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Paradise Found

Strawberry Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, the Sleepytime Bear. Recently, he was honored with a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio at 8

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This month’s giant strawberry cover image inspires me to share with you some of my favorite resources for enjoying the best locally grown organic fruits (and veggies) in Southwest Florida. All season long I’ve been greeted by beautiful displays of organic strawberries at the Food & Thought Organic Market, delivered fresh from their local Oakes Organics farm. They’ve become a sweet, juicy ingredient for many delightful recipes. Owner Alfie Oakes and store manager Jameson Johnson confirm that they’re enjoying the best strawberry season in years. This week I scored again, benefiting from an overabundance of just-picked Black Sapotes from my friend Marianne Luch’s backyard fruit tree “farmacy”. Each visit brings to mind years of fond memories of sitting at her kitchen countertop savoring the latest magical concoctions created from the bounty of her many types of trees. Her lifestyle embodies my idea of living in paradise, picking her breakfast, lunch and dinner ingredients daily for her mostly fruit, raw food diet. Just try keeping up with her naturally energetic lifestyle. My friends Terry and Debby Kays equally inspire me with their passion for developing local community gardens. Having begun with a neighborhood plot, they now work with volunteers in two other community garden projects, as well. They grow Moringa, fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. Check out page 40 for details and more go-to fresh produce resources. In this issue, we also explore an increasingly prevalent topic in conversations about what we like to eat and how it affects us—the growing number of people we know that are impacted by food intolerances. Kathleen Barnes’ feature article “Fearless Eating: How to Move Past Food Sensitivities” on page 44, provides a springboard for considering the roles food plays in our lives, changes in the supply chain and how to identify and deal with food sensitivities, intolerances and allergies. I know that my body gives me clear, quick signals when something I’ve eaten isn’t to my benefit. I used to wish I didn’t have to be more “sensitive” than others in making food selections. But today, I thank my body for keeping me attuned to what keeps it operating optimally so that I can stay healthy. My food sensitivities are common ones: gluten, dairy, shellfish and of course, too much sugar. When we’re informed, we can eliminate questionable foods in order to consistently feel our best. Unless we have a sensitivity to the contrary, I expect that any good health practitioner will advise eating as many organic fruits and veggies as we want and sticking with real food in its purest form. I hope this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings helps steer us all in a helpful direction good for body, mind and spirit. Remember to head for the beach when you can; a beautiful sunset can be one of the best remedies around. Be well, be happy,

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Yoga Festival of Naples

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Brodsky Concert at House of Gaia


huck Brodsky will perform a concert at 6 p.m., March 18, at the House of Gaia Community Center, in Naples. The acoustic guitar player and singer is noted for quirky songs that use wit and irony set to haunting melodies to tell the stories of oddball and underdog characters that celebrate the goodness in people. GuiChuck Brodsky tarist and vocalist Elizabeth Lockhart, of Naples, with violinist Randi Zwicker, of Estero, will open the show. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Brodsky began performing in small coffeehouses in the San Francisco area in the early 1980s, won the Emerging Songwriter Award at the Napa Valley Folk Festival in 1992 and has performed across the U.S. and Canada, Ireland, Denmark, England, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Wales and the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Citing Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen as some of his major influencers, his 10th and most recent CD is entitled Tell Tale Heart. Tickets: $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Donations to support House of Gaia programs are encouraged. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way. For more information or tickets, call 239-777-5481 or visit Also visit See ad, page 69.


ealth and Wellness Sanctuary of SW Florida will present the Yoga Festival of Naples from 1 to 8 p.m., April 2, at North Collier Regional Park, in North Naples. Celebrating the healing and many other benefits of yoga, the event will feature classes and workshops in several yoga styles, meditation and kirtan for all skill levels and ages. Visitors can also enjoy fun children’s events, delicious food and vendors. Cost: $5 admission, $25 for classes, kirtan and meditation. Location: 15000 Livingston Rd. For more information or tickets, call 727-386-8058, email HealthAndWellnessSanctuary@ or visit YogaFestivalNaples2017. See ad, page 4.

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newsbriefs Zen Breathwork Retreat with Sensei Al Rapaport


ensei Al Rapaport will lead a Zen Breathwork Retreat from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., March 18, at Open Mind Zen Naples. Participants will Sensei Al Rapaport learn this powerful method of experiencing the vibrant life force which can contribute to physical, mental and spiritual liberation. The two-hour morning session features a simple technique that helps deepen participants’ yoga and meditation practice while providing increased clarity, joy and bliss. Following lunch and a break, this experience will be integrated into the traditional Zen format of zazen and kinhin, alternate rounds of sitting and walking meditation, with optional private sessions with Rapaport. The event will conclude with a dharma talk and discussion. No prior experience in yoga or meditation is necessary. “In the yoga sutras, there are references to the Kundala, or serpent energy, that lies dormant at the base of the spine,” says Rapaport, an authorized Zen teacher and certified breathwork facilitator and director of the Open Mind Zen Center, in Melbourne, Florida. “When this energy is liberated, it travels up the spine through the chakras (nerve plexes) of the body.” Suggested donation: $50 for members and $40 for students. Location: North Trail Bldg., 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 205. For more information or to register, call 239-961-2491 or visit See ad, page 22.


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Dr. Claudia Marcelo Joins Hughes Center Team


octor of Osteopathic Medicine Claudia Marcelo, a board-certified family and geriatric medicine physician and the founder of Medically Fit & Balanced, a functional and regenerative medicine practice, has joined the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, in Naples. With a personalized, wholebody approach, she is dedicated to Dr. Claudia Marcelo what she terms “successful aging.� Using the principles of functional medicine, Marcelo provides customized nutrition plans, weight-loss programs, exercise, stress management, sexual wellness protocols (Vshot and Erectus shot), hormone balancing, intravenous nutrition, detoxification, hyperbaric oxygen and comprehensive wellness regimens. She also offers stem cell and platelet-rich plasma therapies. A member of the Institute of Functional Medicine and the Kalish Institute, Marcelo received stem cell training from the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, in Spain, and certification from Train Now MD in regenerative and cosmetic medicine. Location: 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270. For more information or an appointment, call 239-649-7400 or visit See ad, page 87.

Specialty Movement Series for Back, Neck and Shoulders


xperienced Registered Yoga and Pilates Teacher Linda Mundt will bring her therapeutic focus to two, four-week series of specialty classes at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. Neck and shoulder relief classes will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., March 1, 8, 15 and 22, while back sessions are set for from 9 to 10:15 a.m., March 2, 9, 16 and 23. Linda Mundt Participants will learn to create greater ease and freedom of movement where their bodies need it the most. Combining therapeutic yoga and strength-building Pilates, these classes offer simple skills that can be replicated at home. Mindfulness mediation is a key feature of each class. Cost: $58 per series or $15 per class. Location: In The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir. For more information or to register, call 239-405-7330, email Linda@ or visit See ad, page 35.

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newsbriefs Experiential Meditation Workshops in Naples


ertified Advanced Meditation Teacher Bill McLaughlin, of Experiential Meditation International, will present the first in a series of monthly experiential meditation workshops from 1 to 4 p.m., March Bill McLaughlin 12, at the Be Well Natural Health Clinic, in Naples. The series continues on the second Saturday of each month. A practical and comprehensive experience, McLaughlin teaches participants how to stop negative habits and emotions at their source and learn how to overcome stress, anxiety, depression, fear, smoking, food, alcohol, overspending, overworking and more from the inside-out. Cost: $75. Location: Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-287-3458, email or visit See ad, page 35.

Mitchem Leads Solar Energy Presentation


lifford Mitchem, an independent energy advisor with Clean Renewable Energy Worldwide, will lead a free solar education presentation from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 6. “This is important because the Sunshine State should be solar powered,” says Mitchem. “Through our efforts in voting up amendment 4 and down amendment 1, we have made it possible to take advantage of solar power unhampered. This is our best opportunity to decrease pollution and protect our most precious resource, our environment. We are leading an initiative to make the Southwest Florida Region renewable, beginning with installing solar on 10,000 roofs.” With a degree in aerospace engineering, Mitchem has been working with alternative energy throughout his career, beginning with residential wind turbines. For location and other event information, call 239-218-1354, email or visit OwnTheSwitch. com/swflsolar.

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Picnic ‘n Flick Film Series at House of Gaia

Free Workshop on Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death

ouse of Gaia, in Naples, along with TreeSisters of the Sacred Forest of Southwest Florida, is hosting Picnic ‘n’ Flick, a three-month film series beginning at 6:30 p.m., March 7, and continuing April 4 and May 9. Participants are welcome to bring their own food, as well as blankets and pillows. The event will engage the community in prospective-broadening discussions and inspire cooperation and understanding. The first film, Freedom Writers, artfully brings into view the unique struggles of four different ethnic groups as they ultimately come together by recognizing commonalties instead of differences. Pride, the second film to be shown, is an ode to activism as a social equalizer and an illustration that hearts and minds can be changed. The May 9 showing of Sing Street provides sensitive insight into what it’s like to be bullied as a child and how emotional and psychological trauma comes in many different forms.

akes Regional Library, in Fort Myers, will host a workshop on the book, Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death, by Eckankar spiritual leader Harold Klemp, from 2 to 4 p.m., March 11. Free copies of the book will be available to workshop participants. Exploring the eternal nature of soul and the concept of love being stronger than fear and death, participants will learn techniques and spiritual exercises to unlock their potential to experience the reality of Heaven here and now, to understand near-death experiences, get help from spiritual guides and meet with departed loved ones, people or pets. “Death is a doorway, a transition into the inner worlds,” writes Klemp, “but a further step on Soul’s journey home to God.” A follow-up class for the general public will be held at 11 a.m., April 2, at the Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, in Fort Myers. Both events are presented by the Florida Satsang Society, Inc., a chartered affiliate of Eckankar.

Love donation accepted. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way. For more information or to RSVP, email Info@HouseOfGaia. org or visit See ad, page 69.

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newsbriefs Unity Youth Ministry Silent Auction and Fundraiser


nity of Fort Myers will host its annual Youth Ministry Silent Auction and Fundraiser Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 2. Children accompanied by adults can enjoy face painting, crafts, games, a bounce house, live music, jewelry, food and a silent auction. Unity is a self-financed organization and spiritual center that supports area youth with classes that explore spiritual ideas through discussion, videos, music and other activities. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, call 239-278-1511, email or visit See ad, page 60.

Live Cell Analysis at Genesis in Naples


enesis Non-GMO Vitamins & More, in Naples, is offering live cell analysis and Brad Ferringo naturopathic consultations with Brad Ferringo. An internationally trained homeopathic doctor and naturopath who works alongside other health professionals that prioritize integrative medicine, functional medicine, clinical nutrition and natural therapies, Ferringo is offering 15-minute initial discussions at no cost to new clients. On how he has focused on an integrative model that better meets clients’ needs, Ferringo says, “I noticed that the health field had become a tools-centered model where people are put through a preset assembly line of sorts, regardless of what they need and without knowing anything about their life story, experiences, lifestyle or eating habits. “Too often, practitioners subject their patients to the same processes and tools without first understanding them deeply and meaningfully,” he continues. “Health professionals need to get out of their comfort zone and partner with their patients to properly appreciate what they actually need to feel better. More than half of the people I talk to have been made to feel like they are the problem, and that is neither fair nor helpful.” Location: 877 91st Ave. N., Ste 4. For more information or arrange a consultation, call 239-59-9017. See ad, page 32.


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Plover Leads Stress Reduction Workshop


Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, Sharon Plover will lead an Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction experiential workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 25, at the Beacon Manor Executive Suites, in Fort Myers. Participants Sharon Plover will learn how to obtain a peaceful, stress-free life. According to Plover, “The Work is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all your suffering. These are the same thoughts that currently are (or that may eventually become) important perceptional obstacles for you or for the people around you. The prerequisite to practice The Work is having an open mind.� Plover has helped hundreds of people find their pathway to peaceful thoughts by showing them a simple process of finding their underlying beliefs.

Cost: $55. Location: 8359 Beacon Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-464-4433, email or visit See ad, page 78.

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newsbriefs Spring Return of the Mystic Faire


ore than 60 psychics, healers and vendors will offer their artistic wares and health services at the 13th biannual Naples Mystic Faire, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 18, at Etudes Dance Studio. The return of the largest psychic fair in Southwest Florida will feature massage, reiki, animal communications, tarot, mediums, angel portraits, feng shui, crystals, candles, incense, spiritual art, books, jewelry, Native American art and drums, angel art, mandalas and refreshments in a large food court. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for door prizes will be donated to the New Vision Learning Center, and attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the St. Matthews House food bank. Cost: $5, free for 13 and under. Location: 3285 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-949-3387, email, visit or See ad, page 81.

Adelante! Move Forward Through World Café Conversations


he World Café Coalition will present Going Forward: Putting Passions Into Action, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 1, at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, in Naples. Join others to help shape a vision that will build a better future for everyone. In a creative and fun setting, participants will use conversational circles, where everyone is listened to without judgment, to gather collective wisdom. In the afternoon, self-organizing action circles will be formed through which all ideas and passions for justice and peace will be shared. “We want to move forward with clear goals, actions and a supportive community to sustain them,” says Ann Smith, a member of the World Café Coalition. The event is free and open to the community. Location: 7070 Immokalee Rd. For more information and to register, visit

Andrea’s Spa Adds Permanent Makeup Studio


he Organic Permanent Makeup Studio has opened in Andrea’s Organic Spa, in Naples. Practitioner Irina Cheva, of Beauty DerIrina Cheva maPro, provides 3-D areola restoration, 6D brow microblading, top and bottom eyeliner, lip micropigmentation, tattoo removal and microneedlingcollagen inductions, using high-quality equipment and organic pigments. To celebrate the opening, Cheva is offering free 3-D areola restoration procedures ($600 value) to the first five breast cancer survivors and their families that inquire. A Florida-licensed permanent makeup artist with a master’s degree in science, Cheva is certified in many procedures and has extensive experience working with plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Location: 6714 Lone Oak Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239-285-4774. See ad, page 31.

First Meeting of Lee County Breastfeeding Coalition


he inaugural meeting of the Lee County Breastfeeding Coalition will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., March 8, at the Health Park Medical Center, in Fort Myers. This event will help the coalition recruit professional and community partners to strategize the process of supporting breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding infants and young children. Location: 9981 S. Health Park Dr., Sanibel Room. For more information, call 239-343-5515 or email


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newsbriefs Annual Family Fundraiser for Golisano in Fort Myers


he Fort Myers Seventh Day Adventist Church will host the fourth annual 5K Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, March 12, at the church. Co-administered by the Lee Health Complete Health Improvement Program, this high-energy, family friendly event has raised more than $10,000 for the Golisano Children’s Hospital since its inception. Runners and walkers will take home commemorative T-shirts and goodie bags, along with awards for the top runners in each age category. Guests can enjoy a children’s obstacle course set up by the Fort Myers Police Department, a rockclimbing wall, fire trucks and free, plant-based, whole food tastings. Cost: $25 for participants and free admission. Location: 3451 Ortiz Ave. For more information or to register, call 239-910-0755, email Kathy Reynaert at KKRnfl@ or visit

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he third annual Kind Mariners Ball, a fundraiser for Freedom Waters Foundation programs for facilitating water recreation for area special needs children and veterans, will take place from 5:30 to 11 p.m., March 11, at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club. The dinner event will feature a lively On the Emerald Isle theme as a nod to St. Patrick’s Day; a performance by a pipe and drum band, an Irish fiddler and a harpist; live and silent auctions; live music by the High Voltage Band and a keynote address by WINK news anchor Lois Thome. Freedom Waters Foundation programs include Weller Days yacht outings for children with cancer and their families and other special needs groups, as well as sailing and fishing programs that include individuals with disabilities, marine activities for veterans and their families, and a variety of nauticalthemed special events. Last year’s event raised more than $200,000 from more than 200 guests. Cost: $300 individuals. Tables of eight and 10 may be prearranged. Location: 896 River Point Dr. For more information, call 239-449-9780, email Info@ or visit

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Wheezing Toddlers Prone to Food Allergies


esearchers in Singapore studied the relationship between eczema and wheezing in babies and food allergies in toddlers. They collected data from 849 children that had completed skin prick testing for inhalant and food allergies, including eggs, peanuts and cow’s milk at 18 months and 36 months of age. The resulting data were compared to information obtained from questionnaires administered to the children’s mothers at several intervals throughout their first three years of life to determine the prevalence of allergic diseases such as eczema and rhinitis, along with wheezing. The researchers found children that experienced eczema or wheezing within their first 18 months were more likely to have an allergy at 36 months. Occurrences of eczema or wheezing after youngsters were 18 months old appeared to have no notable impact on the later allergy skin test results.

DHA Boosts Elder Brain Function


esearchers from Tianjin Medical University, in China, have discovered that regularly taking docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) improves brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. A total of 219 adults over the age of 65 participated in the randomized, double-blind, 12-month trial. Half of the subjects were given two grams of this omega-3 fatty acid daily, while the others received a placebo. The researchers measured cognitive function, including a full-scale intelligence quotient (IQ) test and two IQ subtests which serve as indicators of both short and long-term memory. The tests were administered after six months and again after 12 months. The DHA group showed a 10 percent higher IQ than the placebo group. There were also significant increases in both IQ subtests and brain hippocampus volume in the DHA group. Decreased hippocampus volume is a primary indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.


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nyone that has struggled to reduce their intake of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) may have considered avoiding saturated fat in their diets, although the latest meta-study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine now refutes this. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, conducted a test to determine if consuming low-fat versus regular cheeses impacts LDL cholesterol levels. The study divided 139 people into three groups. One ate regular fat cheese, one consumed reduced-fat cheese and one didn’t eat any cheese at all for 12 weeks. Both LDL and high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) levels were tested at the beginning and end of the period. Researchers found no significant difference in the LDL levels of any of the groups and no difference between the HDL levels of the reduced-fat and regular cheese groups, suggesting that consuming low-fat versions has no measurable metabolic benefit. An increase in HDL levels among those that abstained from eating cheese altogether was noted.


Kids Going Online at Bedtime Sleep Poorly


new study from King’s College London has found that children’s use of electronic devices close to bedtime can reduce their chances of a good night’s sleep. Researchers examined 20 existing studies encompassing 125,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19. They found that youngsters using a device within 90 minutes of falling asleep had an increased likelihood of poor and inadequate sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness. Study author Ben Carter, Ph.D., says, “Sleep is an often undervalued, but important part of children’s development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems.” These can include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, reduced immune function and poor diet. Poor food choices and excessive eating can start young, as illustrated in a study from Colorado University, in Boulder, which found a link between sleep deprivation and poor diet choices in preschool children. The Colorado study followed five girls and five boys, ages 3 and 4, that were regular afternoon nappers. They were deprived of their naps for one day, during which their food and beverage consumption was monitored and compared with their choices on a day when their sleep routine remained intact. During the sleep-deprived day, the children ate 20 percent more calories than usual and their diet consisted of 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates.

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Veggie, Fish and Nut Fats Preserve Heart Health


esearchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, used data from previous studies to discern the association between dairy and animal fats and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in American adults. The study reviewed dairy fat and other fat consumption data using validated food-frequency questionnaires from more than 43,000 men and 175,000 women during three different studies, each spanning at least 20 consecutive years. Of the subjects studied, 14,815 developed some form of CVD, close to 7 percent of the total. The researchers found that replacing dairy foods with foods containing polyunsaturated fats—primarily found in vegetables, nuts and fish—in just 5 percent of a subject’s diet reduced the risk of CVD by an average of 24 percent. But replacing the same percentage of dairy fats with other animal fats increased the incidence of CVD by 6 percent.


utein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we must get them from supplements or food sources such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs. Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better brain function.


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Float Therapy Summons Unique Brain Powers by Lily Viola


ensory isolation in a floatation tank is known for inducing deep relaxation with subsequent positive health effects. In 2014, a clinical trial, now published in the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry, investigated the effects of restricted environmental stimulation therapy (REST) in a series of flotation tank treatments for 65 participants. The outcome demonstrated that floatation is an effective preventive healthcare intervention for stress, depression, anxiety and pain. These health issues were significantly decreased, along with a sense of optimism and better sleep quality. Additionally, there was also a significant correlation between mindfulness in daily life and the degree of altered states of consciousness that occurred during relaxation time in the flotation tank. A feeling of weightlessness, coupled with floating in a dark abyss, is a privilege generally reserved for astronauts and deep-sea divers. Today, individuals that climb into a sensory deprivation tank can get the same experience. Sensory deprivation chambers, or “float tanks�, are unique enclosures filled with a shallow layer of saltwater dense enough that a person inside can literally float face up on top of the water with their head above the surface. A typical float lasts one hour. The water is filtered three times between each session and sanitized using UV light. Ten inches of water mixed with 1,000 pounds of medical-grade Epsom salt guarantees buoyancy. The lukewarm water inside the tank, where the air stays humid, but not unpleasant, is four times denser than the Dead Sea. Peter Suedfeld, Ph.D., a pioneering psychologist in the field of REST, speculates that flotation may enhance creativity and performance in a manner similar to that of sleep or meditation. Research has shown that during resting states, the brain repeatedly rehearses newly learned skills and consolidates recently acquired knowledge for long-term storage. Some studies have also shown that the resting brain is particularly adept at synthesizing information from a wide range of brain areas to solve tough problems. Suedfeld and other researchers with studies published in the International Journal on Addiction suggest that the use of REST is helpful in treating addictive behaviors. Naples Massage & Neuromuscular is located at 5926 Premier Way, Ste. 134, in Naples. For more information, call 239-325-9410. See ad, page 23.


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The Reconnection


r. Eric Pearl, author of The Reconnection: Heal Others, Heal Yourself, demystifies the healing process. He teaches others (90,000 and counting) how to activate and use what he refers to as an all-inclusive spectrum of healing frequencies. “Reconnection teaches people how to transcend the ego and its judgment, and reach a state of nonjudgment observation,” explains Pearl. “Many of the individuals I have taught describe their experience simply as an internal activation of an advanced level of consciousness, in which awareness allows the perception of a multidimensional universe.” Pearl posits that as part of our growth as human beings, stating, “We not only discover that we have become more, we understand that we can’t stand in fear, lack and limitation, and we can only offer ourselves as a vessel for healing for ourselves and others when we reside in oneness and love.” Pearl believes that it is part of everyone’s life journey to discover that they are an empty vessel, born to be filled with spirit. He advises, “By letting go of beliefs that block our ability to deeply understand this, we can harmonically converge with the lives of others at the level where we are all energy, as physics indicates.”

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Botanical Breakthrough

Oregano Oil Proves a Safe Antibiotic for Poultry In many large commercial chicken farms, the animals are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and fight off infections. But due to consumer demand, McDonald’s has eliminated antibiotics used in human medicine from its entire restaurant chicken supply. Meanwhile, a farm in Pennsylvania owned by Scott Sechler is among the first to rely solely on a mix of oregano oil and cinnamon in the treatment and care of its chickens. In addition to being completely natural, oregano oil supplies the chickens with health advantages, producing a much higher quality of natural chicken in a far more humane method than that attained using antibiotics. Like antibiotics, the oil assists the chickens in battling any infections, reducing the number of birds lost to disease. Bob Ruth, president of another Pennsylvania farming business, has been testing oregano on his pigs for six months to see if it can outperform prescription antibiotics. Related problems arise when animals live in dirty conditions, making them more susceptible to infections and viruses, which can also be triggered by insufficient cleansing of slaughterhouses that must be hosed down and completely sanitized after each act of butchery. He thinks that drugs should not be a requirement if the farmers keep things tidy. 30

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A Veggie Leather Alternative

Researchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with vinegar and sugar, made in shallow plastic tanks. When a colony of bacteria and yeast is added, the material grows on the top of the liquid’s surface, where it can be harvested and dried. The researchers have successfully used the material to make prototype garments, including shoes and a vest. It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so when the fabric gets wet, it softens and becomes less durable; in very low temperatures, it can become brittle. Young-A Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, in Ames, says, “Fashion, to most people, is an ephemeral expression of culture, art and technology, manifesting itself in practical form. Fashion companies keep producing new materials and clothing, from season to season, year to year, to fulfill consumers’ desires and needs. Think about where these items eventually go. They will take up tremendous underground spaces of the Earth, like other trash.” Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, another fauxleather product made from pineapple leaf fibers as a more sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. She acted after seeing how leather tanneries operate.

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California’s ongoing ban on single-use plastic carryout bags, approved by 52 percent of voters, is setting a notable precedent for other states. A coalition of environmental groups, grocers and others are collaborating, and Mark Murray, of Californians Against Waste, welcomes elimination of the 25 million plastic bags that pollute California every day, threatening wildlife. In 2007, San Francisco first banned plastic shopping bags, setting off a movement that led nearly half the state, including its biggest cities, to do the same. Although the legislature passed a statewide ban on plastic bags two years ago, paper bags are still for sale at grocery stores and other outlets for a nominal fee.

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Junior Achievement Take the Kids to Work

The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation (TODASTW) is holding its annual national event on April 27, offering new toolkits and activity guides based on this year’s theme of Dependability at The group assists businesses, families, schools and organizations throughout the year initiate their own special work day for children and mentees. Each year, more than 3.5 million American workplaces open their doors to about 39 million employees and their children on TODASTW Day. “Human resources and marketing professionals are typically responsible for creating this day within their companies,” says Carolyn McKeucen, the foundation’s executive director. “We provide templates and automated planning elements to save them time while ensuring success for planners and participants.”


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Kids in middle schools with attendance problems may simply lack clean clothes to wear. An experiment by the Whirlpool company has taken on the issue with significant results. The Whirlpool Care Counts Program donated 17 pairs of washers and dryers to school districts in St. Louis and Fairfield, California. Kids with attendance problems were asked to bring their laundry to be cleaned while they were in class. Each student had approximately 50 loads of laundry done at school during the year, and more than 90 percent increased their attendance, with at-risk students attending almost two more weeks in class. Whirlpool is now expanding the program. Compared to factors such as economic opportunity, unemployment and institutional racism, laundry might seem inconsequential, but for a 10-year-old facing stacked odds, having nothing clean to wear could be the deciding factor in whether or not they want to face their classmates that day. Seventh-grade teacher Alison Guernsey, in Fairfield, says, “One of my students had more or less withdrawn from school completely. After we started the program, he was more excited about coming and started to actively engage in class. He didn’t feel like an outsider anymore.”

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A Patient-Centered Partnership for Healthcare by Lisa Marlene


“My husband and I didn’t fully believe that we r. Christine Hoch, owner of Fort Myers would find exactly what we’d seen of our community Chiropractic Studio, practices functional on the website, but when we arrived, we were pleasmedicine. She offers not only chiropracantly surprised to find it was perfectly represented. A tic adjustments coupled with physiotherapy, but year later, our house was finished. While the two of us also traditional Chinese acupuncture, nutritionwere alone in a room waiting to conclude our closing al support, and wellness programs customized session, I looked at my husband and said, ‘Why is this for patients. home going to only be for our vacations? We should “I consider myself a true partner in a pajust move here.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Now you tient’s health and value spending quality one-ontell me!’ We went back home and made plans to sell one time with them, rather than typing reports and sending and re-sending them for a review Dr Christine Hoch our house,” says Hoch. Hoch initially planned to retire after movprocess by insurance companies. By not being ing to the land of sunshine in 2013. “I felt burned out after a party to any insurance provider contract, the services I running first one, and then two practices, for 20 years. I felt provide and when I provide them are not restricted in any I needed some serious downtime. After three weeks of not way. This allows the patient and I to decide what is the best working, I’d already rearranged the cupboards several times course of action, and then follow that path together,” explains Hoch, who takes pride in being a drugless healthcare when my husband said, ‘You have to find something to do.’ I provider. “In partnership with patients, I help them to regain decided that something was opening an office in Fort Myers, where I could support patients with a real-life approach to and maintain the physical capabilities and stamina to carry their health care; one that would actually help them succeed out their purpose with less threat of disease and depenin achieving optimal health. I had to wait one year to take dence on medication.” Years ago in her native Illinois, Hoch found that her the Florida Board of Chiropractic exams to get licensed to practice here, as there is no reciprocity between Illinois and answers to an intensive questionnaire designed to help indiFlorida,” she explains. viduals determine the perfect U.S. city for a vacation home helped her make a decision on where she and her husband should make their purchase. The former Illinois residents took Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio is located at 8971 Daniels Center Dr., Ste. 304, in Fort Myers. For more information call the quiz individually, compared quiz answers, found their 239-243-8735 or visit See ad, commonalities, asked friends for feedback and used Google page 28. Earth to zero in on possibilities.

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Making a Cuppa More Planet-Friendly A Gallup poll last year reported that 64 percent of U.S. adult coffee lovers consume one or more cups daily and the average number of cups quaffed each day is 2.7. We can express our affection for both java and the Earth by following these eco-tips.  Forego the convenience of single-cup, plastic pod makers like Keurig. As Mother Jones magazine recently reported, only 5 percent of current pods are made with recyclable plastic, and even those, having hard-to-remove aluminum tops, pose recycling challenges. Keurig plans to make all of its pods recyclable by 2020.  Many other simpler coffee-making devices maximize energy use by facilitating more servings and reducing waste. recommends the Moka Pot, a pressure-driven aluminum stovetop brewer; the Chemex Coffeemaker, a funnel-shaped glass unit with a wooden collar; the Canadian wood product Aeropress; an old-fashioned vacuum pot with two glass chambers connected by a thin neck; and a traditional non-electric stovetop percolator.  Some coffee farms exploit their workers, paying subsistence wages, damage rainforests and use unsustainable farming practices. Jake Carney, co-founder of, founded Lucy’s Bru, an organic whole-bean coffee that’s exclusively shade-grown under fair trade conditions, sustainably farmed and free of harsh fertilizers and pesticides.  Reuse steel and aluminum coffee cans. details how they can make effective dehumidifiers for damp basements when filled with salt; soak paint brushes in thinner solutions; store items in a garage or work space; and serve as a spot lawn or garden seeder after punching holes in the bottom. The website also lists ways that coffee grounds can be used as a beauty, cleaning, deodorizer and dying agent.  Use better filters at home. Instead of paper, single-use filters, INeedCoffee. com suggests reusable or unbleached, biodegradable alternatives such as the Medelco cone permanent filter and a French press.  For to-go drinkers, many coffee shops and restaurants will pour fresh brew into mugs that patrons bring in. Keeping a clean spoon in the car can save on plastic stirrers.


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platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facials, ne.K. Rowling, author of the Harry glecting home and professional care for Potter series, enticed readers of all the delicate skin of our face can result in ages into learning new vocabulary long-term consequences such as early words that increased their appreciation for stories populated with magical crea- lines and wrinkles. To offer readers a better understandtures such as boggarts and hippogriffs. ing of skincare for the face as well as the In today’s magical world of wrinklereducing wands, rejuvenating skin treat- differences between day spa and med spa facials and treatments, ments and anti-aging cosmetics, users also Natural Awakenhave to learn a new ings turned to local Southwest Florida spa lexicon in order to owners and aesthekeep up with these ticians in Naples, cutting-edge spa Bonita Springs and technologies. Fort Myers. While new To make sure beauty industry lingo that spa-goers get the for repair, rejuvenabest facial, Jennifer tion and prevention Alvarez Linguidi, appears in spa treatfounder and owner ment descriptions, of Purely You Spa, a the facial continues certified organic spa to remain a staple. in Naples, recomEven with skin enhancing technology Organic Skincare & Bodyworx' five- mends frequenting such as microcurrent, minute Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream only result-oriented LED light therapy and treatment – before (top) and after images spa with experienced 36

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aestheticians that use a variety of methods to analyze the skin. “A great aesthetician analyzes the skin with a magnifying lamp and asks questions intended to reveal information about the client’s lifestyle. Understanding your skin type, concerns goals and personal goals allows a skincare specialist to make recommendations for the types of facials, treatments and products that are best for your skin,” says Alvarez Linguidi. Jayne Koedding, owner of Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples, a certified organic spa, advises that skin cells turn over every four weeks. “An accumulation of dead skin cells takes away your skin’s healthy appearance. This is why an aesthetician recommends a monthly facial, as well as regular exfoliation with products that are organic. Organic skincare products are very effective and produce definitive results without chemicals. Our aestheticians have five lines of organic skincare products to choose from when performing customized facials that include masks with enhancing serums and exfoliation or peels for removing dead skin cells,” says Koedding. Certain skin conditions of the face, such as rosacea, an autoimmune disorder that responds well to an antiinflammatory diet, can pose a challenge. After many years in the beauty industry, Larissa Smolen, aesthetician and owner of Spa de Larissa, in Naples, created privateSpa de Larissa's label profesrosacea treatment – sional products before (top) and as a solution. after images “Two topical products and one beetroot-based supplement with powerful antioxidants are very effective. A natural detoxifier that purifies the blood and makes the skin glow, beetroot juice reduces

internal inflammation, calms professional and must be the skin and is beneficial for performed by a trained health fighting boils and pimples. It provider such as a trained also works on eczema,” says physician, dermatologist or Smolen, whose spa has been plastic surgeon. open in Naples for 16 years. A med spa that also of Aesthetician Alana fers physician consultations Weaver, at Trim & Tone Med must be located in an area Spa, in Naples, explains that is zoned for medical what a facial can reveal use, carry insurance speabout an individual. “It tells cifically for medical spas me if you get enough sleep, and provide medical-grade are under stress, consume products and services,” says too much alcohol, exfoliate Tehjan Prendiville, coat least three times a week, owner of Assuage Centers, in drink enough water and eat Naples and Fort Myers. well. The skin grows from the Shelle Misiorowski, coinside out, and needs each owner of Trim & Tone Spa, of these things to keep it recently upgraded her day Assuage Center's healthy and glowing. GorUltherapy treatment – spa to a med spa. “I wanted geous skin requires a mixture to grow professionally and before (top) and of science, a healthy and help clients realize better reafter images balanced lifestyle and listensults with medical-grade saing to your esthetician’s advice, as well lon products and treatments. Med spas as simple home regiment of exfoliating, are a growing industry because people cleansing, moisturizing and toning,” no longer want to undergo surgical she says. procedures to enhance appearance, Aesthetician Giovanna Silva, at says Misiorowski, who operates the Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs, Exilis Elite, recognized by New Beauty is in alignment with Weaver, adding magazine as the best skin-tightening that a plant-based diet offers the most device on the market. significant benefits for healthy skin. Eat- Professional-grade salon products ing leafy greens and healthy fats such as sold by day spas and med spas for found in avocados and almonds, offers home use between professional facials numerous benefits, while processed, are superior to over-the-counter (OTC) salty, sugary and fatty foods, as well as skincare products that contain ingredidairy and sugary drinks, cause inflaments in weaker concentrations, inactive mation and damage cells. The results compounds, fragrances and preservashow up on the skin. While water is tives. These “cosmeceutical” creams and necessary for hydration, green teas are lotions used and sold by med spas conalso beneficial. tain beneficial active ingredients such Day spas provide facials, sell salon as vitamin C, a known antioxidant, and products and offer a variety of beautify- botanical and marine extracts, as well as ing and rejuvenating treatments, which vitamins and peptides. In many cases, can be combined sequentially during products have undergone controlled one visit. Providing many of the same laboratory testing to support claims such beauty and wellness services as destias reducing wrinkles and fine lines. nation spas and resorts, they can often Cosmeceutical is a marketing term, not be less pricey. recognized as a separate class of beauty Med spas are a combination of a products by the FDA. customary salon and medical clinic. Pharmaceutical-grade skincare “Med spa services such a skin tightenproducts must contain 99.9 percent ing, U.S. Food and Drug Administration pure active ingredients for instant (FDA)-approved laser treatments, medpenetration upon contact with the ical-grade chemical peels, microdermskin. Only available through a licensed abrasion, Botox injections and aesthetic professional, they are regulated by the fillers are more advance and complex, FDA, must be backed up by scientific require the supervision of a medical studies and demonstrate beneficial

effects upon a function or structure of the skin. “Unlike OTC products, where a consumer can self-diagnose when choosing a skin care product, pharmaceutical skin care products must be selected for you and likely give the best results,” says Weaver. Painless LED light therapy, which sends stimulating light into deeper layers of the skin, can reduce the visible signs of aging and damaged skin. “Red light LED stimulates fibroblasts that boost collagen production, plumping up aging skin and minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. Blue light LED kills the bacteria deep in the skin that is responsible for acne. LED light therapy can be a standalone or part of a facial,” says Samantha Pasquino, an aesthetician at Andrea’s Organic Studio & Day Spa, in Naples. Radio frequency energy, used by Pasquino, also tightens skin by penetrating the dermis and subcutaneous layers, improving the underlying tissue structure. It can lift eyebrows Andrea's Organic and tighten foreStudio & Day Spa's head skin, thicken radio frequency skin under the eyes, treatment – before tighten and lift the (top) and upper skin of the after images cheeks, diminish enlarged pores, a sagging jaw line and wrinkling of the neck skin. Individuals that Google rejuvenating skincare services rarely look to a licensed acupuncturist or a wellness center. However, searching online beyond the typical spa categories can reap rewards such as the acupuncture facelifts offered in Naples by Tae Healthy Aging Center, as well as the PRP therapy facials offered by Yollo Wellness and Root Causes Holistic Health & Medicine, in Fort Myers. “Facial rejuvenation acupuncture (FRA) is a valuable ally for the

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face,” says Terri Evans, an acupuncturist, aesthetician, Doctor of Oriental medicine and owner of TAE Healthy Aging Center, in Naples. FRA provides benefits that go beyond skin deep. It is a specific system for the face that turns back the clock and takes years off our appearance. “By systemically treating the whole body and the energetic channels of the face, its muscular structure also benefits. FRA can reshape patterns of aging, reduce lines and wrinkles, improve complexion and provide a natural acupuncture facelift,” says Evans. “Platelet-rich plasma has a long history in orthopedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery. Its benefits are now being applied to wound healing and cosmetic facial rejuvenation. Scientific studies indicate that PRP grows new collagen when injected into the skin and can soften sun damage and aging skin issues,” advises Dr. Caroline Young Ortiz, owner of Orchidia Med Spa, in Fort Myers. Ortiz also offers fillers, chemical peels, micro-needling, Botox and mesotherapy, as well as a non-surgical option for improving the appearance of severe fat/folds below the chin. “PRP stimulates the production of collagen for total facial rejuvenation, rather than individual wrinkle improvement. It adds volume to faces, plumps out cheek indentations, softens under-eye hollows, improves skin tone, tightness and texture and fills in areas where hyaluronic acid fillers cannot reach or are not safe to use,” says Wendy Law, co-owner of Yollo Wellness, in Fort Myers. Doreen DeStefano, RN-BSN, an aesthetician and owner of Integrated Skincare & Root Causes Holistic Health & Medicine, explains the PRP process. “I draw blood, spin it in a centrifuge to isolate stem cells, and then combine it with peptides and vitamins. This is injected into the face. To see the greatest benefit of PRP, three treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, are necessary. There is no downtime and results become apparent three to four weeks after the treatment session and continue to improve with time. A really good anti-inflammatory diet high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, coupled with hyperbaric treatments before and after increases the production of stem cells.” 38

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With the mainstreaming of massage and skincare routines for men and women, daily tête-à-têtes should include language such as aesthetician, massage therapist, facial, and anti-aging treatments. “That is particularly so if you want everybody to consider you as fashionably up-to-date with what’s going on in the world of beauty and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. The key is to start before the wrinkles and lines become deep-set and harder to diminish with professional treatments,” says Misiorowski.

Local Resources Andrea’s Organic Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples. 239-5144707. See ad, page 31. Assuage Spa Luxury, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Ft. Myers. 239-333-1450. 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, Naples. 239333-1450. See ad, page 24. Integrated Skin Care and Root Causes Holistic Health & Medicine, 12734 Kenwood Ln., Ste. 84, Fort Myers. 239425-2900. See ad, page 16. Orchidia Med Spa, 4966 Royal Gulf Circle, Ft. Myers. 239-333-8809. See ad, page 59. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302, Naples. 239-331-8266. See ad, page 17. Spa de Larissa, Airport Professional Center, 3811 Airport Rd. N., Ste. 201-B, Naples. 239-571-9900. FacialSpaDe See ad, page 35. Tae Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A, Naples. 239430-6800. See ad, page 22. Trim & Tone Med Spa, 13020 Livingston Rd., Ste. 16. Naples. 239-5965522. See ad, page 15. Yollo Wellness, 3033 Winkler Ave., Ste. b170, Ft. Myers. 239-275-0039. See ad, page 65.


Reframing Your Life Story Create Your Own Hero’s Journey

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very life unfolds as a uniquely dynamic, purposeful and potentially heroic story that is open to interpretation, especially our own. We are the star and spin doctor of this work-in-progress, with the power to tell our stories as triumphs, tragedies or something in-between. Our life story is filled with suspense: Big and little decisions affect our storyline, including the relationships we choose, our goals, how we live and the ways we nourish ourself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. How we tell our story matters. We are constantly sifting through competing narratives to make sense of our world for ourself and others. Whether we consider ourself a heroic figure overcoming obstacles or a tragic victim of destiny often depends on how we choose to read the

text of our life and tell our story. Creating a personal myth is a fundamental way we find meaning. We are always the protagonist, with supporting characters providing love and assistance and antagonists posing challenges that push us beyond our comfort zones. Rather than narcissism or navel-gazing, the more intimate we become with our own story, the more we realize that everyone has an equally valid and vital narrative in which they are the central character. Understanding that everyone is on their own story journey can help us establish connection and empathy. In every myth, the protagonist has a character arc; a particular way they mature and develop due to shifting tides in their life story. Similarly, each of us is on an ever-evolving journey of

self-discovery with choices about how to respond to situations, conflicts and happenstance. By reframing our lives as personal growth adventures, we can adapt to plot twists and view unexpected difficulties as opportunities for self-transformation. With gusto, we can reclaim and shape our personal narrative through choice and voice. Thinking of ourself as the main character in our story can help us shift to novel perspectives on situations we repeatedly face. Instead of staying stuck in the same old storyline, try asking: If I were a character in a novel or movie‌ n What would I hope the hero would do when faced with these circumstances? n What actions or outcomes would I prefer as the observer of this story? n What might this situation be teaching the star? n How might the protagonist maximize this situation, perhaps becoming a more compassionate, caring, creative or stronger person? n Why would a benevolent author place this character in a particular situation? With imagination and well-directed self-inquiry, we can step out of our story, check out the landscape and determine whether to stay on our current path or go in a different direction. We can then transform obstacles into opportunities to break bad habits and improve character to become the real hero of our own living, evolving story. Kim Schneiderman is a New York City psychotherapist and author of Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life. Visit

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Neopolitan Marianne Luch with her sapote tree

Fruitalicious Edible Landscapes

The Perfect Backyard Pharmacy by Linda Sechrist


here are 67,000 pharmacies in the U.S., and Florida numbers among the top five states with the most of them, so in all likelihood, each of us is aware of a local drugstore within a short distance. What we are less likely aware of is that much of the decorative plantings in our landscaping can be easily replaced with edible plants and fruitproducing trees. Combining edibles and ornamentals yields a virtual living apothecary that can reward us with health and economic benefits. Reducing the grocery bill may be the first enticing feature of a yard with shade-providing fruit tress until we learn that the nutrients of their fruits have the potential to save us from spending excessively on supplements and pharmaceuticals. If we can’t grow our own due to homeowner association restrictions, the next best option is purchasing them fresh from a local farmers’ market, community garden or neighbor that has a bumper crop they can’t consume or preserve. Getting fresh nutrients from the tree or the garden guarantees that our body can more easily absorbed them. From blueberries and bananas to papayas, strawberries and more exotic fruit such as the nectar sweet sapote, local residents such as Karen Knotek and Russell Jones, Debby and Terry Kays, and Marianne Luch, as well as small farms such as that owned by Food & Thought, in Naples, are enjoying the organic fruits of their labors in a good growing season. There are two totally unrelated things that Karen Knotek and Russell Jones, owners of PineyWood Morels Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables, are passionate about—seven species of blueberries and the elusive morel mushroom, a gift of the eastern Oregon Mountains, where Knotek and Jones spend their spring and summer. “We sun-dry the morels as soon as we pick them so they never lose their flavor and nutrition,” says Knotek. 40

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There are 500 varieties of blueberries, but only seven grow in Florida. In the Arcadia and Ocala areas, Knotek and Jones found the perfect temperatures, soil and natural spring water that constitute a great recipe for growing blueberries. Picked and packed by hand, the couple sells their berries at Naples’ Third Street Market and at the Pine Ridge Road Farmers’ Market, as well as the several other farmers markets and Oakes Farms Market, in Naples. From January through June, adventuresome individuals that want more than a morning stroll can pack a picnic lunch and drive north on a sunny afternoon to enjoy picking berries for $3 per pound at one of the three blueberry farms cared for by the couple. “Anyone interested in ‘you pick’ can follow our blueberry season online at our Facebook page. I also make and sell my own blueberry, blackberry and raspberry preserves. They sell really fast,” notes Karen. Food & Thought has the answer for all the mouths that drool at the thought of strawberry season. When Mother Nature fully cooperates, planting starts in October. The berry bonanza starts in January and continues through March. “Unlike in the north, where berry plants come alive again in the spring and produce for several years, we have to replant every year,” says Jameson Johnson, Food & Thought general manager. Colder night temperatures increase the sweetness of strawberries. “This is why our berries have an amazing flavor and fragrance this year,” says Johnson who reminisces about the late Frank Oakes, founder of Food & Thought. “Frank’s favorite variety of strawberry was the Chandler, an old-fashioned berry with a good flavor, but not as sweet as today’s popular variety, the Red Merlin.” The Food & Thought farm also grows pineapples, papaya, bananas, three varieties of avocadoes and five varieties of peaches. If Naples had a blue ribbon award for nurturing and managing a successful community garden, as well as a flourishing business that sells homegrown fruit, vegetables and herbs, it would go to Naples residents Debbey and Terry Kays. In 2010, the couple organized a community garden that grows bananas and papayas, as well as passion fruit,

Jameson Johnson at Food & Thought with local strawberries grown at Oakes Organics Farm

lettuce, greens, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants on an empty lot offered to them by a neighbor, Justin Finch. “Today, the garden has a committed group of 15 gardeners that are largely repeaters. All the plots are full. This year the garden is looking particularly spectacular, even though we’ve had little rain. The lushness is due to the fact that in 2015, Justin installed a well on the lot and now the plants are watered via a wicking bed method that supplies water from the bottom up. We don’t need to water too frequently because we used plastic liner and mulch on the bottom,” advises Debbey. The Kays formed Tiger Toes Herbs and Teas in 2016 with the intention of growing the moringa tree, which has been praised for its nutritional value and health benefits for thousands of years. Rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds, almost all parts of the tree can be eaten or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines. The Kays dry the Local blueberries from Pineywood Morels Seasonal Fruit & moringa leaves and turn them into powder. Their varieties of Vegetables at local farmers' market herbs, which are made into teas, as well as their produce, is sold to local customers through direct sales, farmers’ markets Facebook is Luch’s tool for letting people know she and co-ops, in addition to local stores and restaurants. has fruit to sell. “I put a notice out on a raw fruit website. They recently expanded and started a one-acre farm on Sporadically, I take some to a local farmers’ market. SomeSanta Barbara Boulevard, where they grow moringa and fruit times I send fruit to individuals by mail, especially for the trees, as well as a variety of greens, Asian vegetables, turmeric, holidays. I also sell to my neighbors, give some away to galangal, a rhizome that gives a citrus flavor to curry pastes friends and family and donate to several charitable organiand Thai dishes, Thai basil, Thai peppers, papayas and jackfruit zations in the area.” She guesstimates that she gives away (jackfruit won’t be ready to harvest for two more years). The or sells 50 percent of her mangoes and 60 percent of her Kays also lease a small space at Nick Batty’s black sapotes, but eats and/or freezes all certified organic Inyoni Farm, in Naples. “We of her bananas. “I do eat much of the fruit sell our produce and teas at local markets myself and preserve what I can’t eat in two and directly to the public,” says Debbey. large upright freezers and a smaller one,” Marianne Luch, another Naples resiadvises Luch, who notes that local individdent, converted her yard from ornamental uals often take some of their bumper crop into edible. As a raw foodist who eats mostto the Asian Market, in Naples. ly fruit, Luch particularly delights in her Luch finds that eating mono meals of veritable “Garden of Eden”, picking fresh only one fruit is easier on digestion and can fruit daily. Her lush and edible landscape be more energizing. “Last year, I ate a total includes gardens and 20 fruit trees—lyof 20 jackfruits, but obviously not all at one chee, longan, mangoes, strawberry, eggsitting. They are one of my favorite and easy fruit, moringa, mulberry, soursop, jackfruit, to binge on. I’m not too strict with mono several varieties of sapote, banana, star meals. Sometimes I mix fruits or make Locally grown papaya available from smoothies with almond milk. I don’t like fruit, avocado, passion fruit, fig, pomeTiger Toes Herbs and Teas granate, jabot cava, olive, Barbados cherry to waste any of my fruit, so I also juice it,” and tangerine. she explains. “It’s good to have several varieties of some trees. I have Florida is a wonderland for fruit, but few individuals are two lychees, seven varieties of mangoes, four varieties of familiar with much of the fruit that can grow here. The state sapotes and several varieties of avocadoes. It was necessary is mostly known for its citrus crop, bananas and papayas, for me to plan my yard for harvesting purposes. I don’t want but there is so much more, including unusual farm to fork trees bearing fruit all at the same time; that would be too restaurants such as the Barefoot Beach Farmacy & Café, a overwhelming. For instance, one of my sapote trees recently one-of-a-kind café in Bonita Springs that grows their own produced 500 fruits. Generally, I have to pick them and then organic microgreens, lettuce and basil hydroponically on the they ripen, but this year they ripened a little early on the tree premises. Plants are available for sale by order. and were falling off,” says Luch. For individuals that may be interested in converting their Her seven mango trees bear fruit from May through yard, but wonder where they might find help to care for it, October. “The longan bears fruit after the lychee. The white, Luch notes that there are local individuals who do care for creamy fruit of the lychee is so delicious that I’m disappointthe trees and yards of numerous Neapolitans. “People like ed when it’s over. Fortunately, I have the sweet, juicy longan me, who have so many fruit bearing trees, need to have help used by the Chinese as a tonic for the heart, to look forward sometimes, especially if we need to leave town for an emerto shortly thereafter. It tastes similar to the lychee,” she says. gency or go on a vacation,” says Luch. natural awakenings

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A Living 'Farmacy' in 20 Florida Fruits


lorida yards and gardens offer a plethora of growing opportunities for individuals that want to eat fresh from a living pharmacy every day. These 20 fruits offer a bumper crop of vitamins, flavonoids, which act as antioxidants, minerals and more than 25,000 phytonutrients that may help prevent disease and keep the body working properly. Avocadoes are a good source of glutathione, an antioxidant that prevents aging, cancer, and heart disease. They are also a source of vitamin E. Bananas contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6, as well as tryptophan, an amino acid that plays a role in preserving memory and boosting mood. Blueberries, considered number one in the world of antioxidants, contain anthocyanin, selenium, vitamins A, Bcomplex, C and E, zinc, sodium, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, among others. Eggfruit, with a texture that resembles an egg yolk (soft, starchy, and somewhat creamy) is commonly referred to as canistel. It is rich in niacin, iron, calcium, beta-carotene and ascorbic acid. Jaboticaba contains lots of protein and calcium, as well as iron and phosphorus. It is very high in vitamin C and some B vitamins. New studies are being done on the effectiveness of this fruit for fighting cancer, because it contains many anticancer compounds. Jackfruit is high in potassium and contains phytonutrients, with health benefits ranging from anti-cancer to lowering blood pressure. Limes contain a large amount of vitamin C and Flavonoids, class-1 antioxidants with antibiotic and disinfectant properties. A glass of warm water with a full lime’s worth of juice is a weight reducer as well as refreshing antioxidant drink. Lychees are an exotic tropical delight that contains and high levels of vitamin C as well as, B vitamins, potassium, thiamin, niacin, folate, and copper. Longans are high in iron, B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C, used by the Chinese as a blood tonic to build energy (qi), calm the mind, support the spleen, support the qi of the heart and to add luster and beauty to the skin. Mangoes are rich in vitamin A and flavonoids, as well as B vitamins and potassium. Considered the “king of fruit”, mangoes also contain considerable potassium.


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Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C, as well as a variety of phytochemicals and flavonoids. They have high levels of vitamin A and contain some minerals such as potassium and calcium. Papayas contain papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins. They are also a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals potassium and magnesium; as well as fiber. Olives are high in a monounsaturated fat that has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels. In addition to vitamin E, olives contain a variety of beneficial active phytonutrient compounds including polyphenols and flavonoids, which appear to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. Sapotes, which contain a good amount of antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin A, are available in several varieties. The flesh of the white sapote is filled with vanilla aromatics. It is nectar is sweet with notes of banana and pear and its texture tender and custard-like. Mamey sapote pulp is salmon pink, orange, red, dark red or reddish-brown in color, from soft and smooth to finely granular in texture, usually low in fiber. The pulp has a sweet, almond-like, unique flavor. Black sapotes are also known as “the chocolate pudding fruit”. A healthier alternative to the real deal, they are lower in fat and contain about four times as much vitamin C as the orange. Soursop has a delicious white pulp, with tones of fruit candy and smooth cream. The flesh of the fruit can speed the healing of wounds by using it as a poultice. A decoction of the young shoots or leaves is regarded as a remedy for gall bladder trouble, as well as coughs, catarrh, diarrhea, dysentery, fever and indigestion. Star fruit, also known as carambola, provides 76 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C in a one-cup serving. The fruit also contains dietary fiber, copper, pantothenic acid and potassium, as well as B-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin and vitamin B6. Strawberries contain the flavonoid quercetin, a natural anti-inflammatory that can reduce the risk of atherosclerosis and fight against free radicals, as well as decrease inflammation. The fiber and high potassium levels in strawberries also support heart health. Pomelos are considered citrus fruit and contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Sapodillas are a popular tropical fruit in line with mango, banana and jackfruit. The fruit is rich in antioxidant polyphenolic compound tannin, which studies suggest possess astringent properties that are anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-parasitic. The fruit is also a good source of minerals such as potassium, copper, iron and vitamins like folate, niacin and pantothenic acid. Persimmons are a powerhouse phytonutrients, flavonoids and antioxidants such as of vitamin A and vitamin C, plus excellent amounts of manganese. They are also are an excellent source of fiber, B-complex vitamins, copper and phosphorus.

Local Resources for Organic Fruit Asian Pok Market, 1951 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste. 102, Naples. 239-300-1533. Banana Sanctuary, on Big Corkscrew Island, grows bananas, papayas, guavas, melons, avocados and sapodillas. Barefoot Beach Farmacy & Café, 4277 Bonita Beach Rd. SW, Bonita Springs. 239-676-9238. David Bird, organic exotic fruit, Third Street South Farmers Market, 245 13th Ave. S., Naples. 239-263-0424. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-213-2222. FoodAnd See ad, page 10.

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Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults.


Some More Common Issues

“Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky

FEARLESS EATING How to Move Past Food Sensitivities by Kathleen Barnes


omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wideranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

Food allergies seem to be plaguing America’s children now more than in the past. We know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, once standard lunchbox fare, have become a no-no. They’re often outlawed by schools to protect the students that experience extreme peanut allergies. 44

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The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers.

gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer

Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna,

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance. ~Fiona McCulloch last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin.

Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able

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to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at 46

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Food Intolerances Self-Questionnaire by JJ Virgin Answer each question with never (0), seldom (1), sometimes (2) or often (3). 1. I need a cup of coffee or another caffeinated pick-me-up to jumpstart the middle of my morning or afternoon. _____ 2. I crave baked goods, pasta and other high-sugar impact foods. _____ 3. I have difficulty falling asleep or I awake during the night feeling anxious and struggle to get back to sleep. _____ 4. My bowel movements occur infrequently (less than one a day), which can sometimes be painful and involve straining. _____ 5. My mood can change swiftly and I take out my crankiness and irritation on coworkers and family members. _____ 6. I want to lay my head down on my desk mid-morning or afternoon because I have little motivation to remain productive. _____ 7. During meetings or conversations I zone out and struggle to concentrate for long periods of time on my work. _____ 8. After eating a big meal, I’m hungry and craving more of what I ate several hours later. _____ 9. Doing routine and important tasks takes all the energy and initiative I have. _____ 10. Even as an adult, I struggle with acne, rashes or blotchy skin, even though I use expensive skin cream. _____ 11. I head to the bathroom or step outside after a meal because of gassiness, bloating or other uncomfortable gut issues. _____ 12. The smell of a scented candle, perfume and detergent bothers me. _____ 13. Walking or moving around can create cramping, achiness or joint pain. _____ 14. I develop headaches that prevent me from enjoying the moment and leave me scrambling for a pain reliever. _____ 15. Even though I don’t have other cold/flu symptoms, I suffer from a scratchy throat or sinus trouble. _____ 6. I eat all the right foods in moderation, exercise religiously, and yet struggle 1 intensely to lose every pound. _____ Total Score: ______

What Scores Mean

18 or above – You most likely struggle with food intolerances that create many unpleasant symptoms and stall fat loss. By removing the seven target foods for just three weeks, you’ll see these symptoms disappear and the scales will start moving again. 10 to 17 – You display some of the symptoms that food intolerances can trigger. You would greatly benefit from eliminating target foods to lose symptoms and those last few pounds. Below 10 – While you suffer few of the symptoms brought about by food intolerances, you could still benefit from the same regimen. Even the healthiest person can take their game up a notch and ditch those last few stubborn pounds. Source: The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin

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Thumbs-Up on Fats Good Fat Doesn’t Make Us Fat by Judith Fertig


n an era of too much information, the role of fats in our diet has been a victim of not enough information. Today’s turnaround in nutritional thinking acknowledges natural fats as being vital to heart health and weight loss.

Heart Health Benefit

A recent metastudy in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American College of Physicians, concluded that saturated fat does not appear to increase heart disease risk, overturning almost 60 years of accepted medical thought. The researchers analyzed data from 76 studies involving more than 600,000 people and found that those that ate the most saturated, or “bad”, fat did not show a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those that ate the least. Note that processed trans fats remain a villain, still deemed a risk to heart health per the metastudy. The misleading information began in the 1950s, when Physiologist Ancel Keys, Ph.D., discovered a correlation between diets high in saturated fats and higher cholesterol levels. Soon, the lowfat diet was born.  In 2000, further research introduced the concepts of good and bad fats. More 48

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recent analysis confirmed this finding with the refinement that saturated fats increase both types of cholesterol. However, the latest research from the journal BMJ shows that saturated fat does not increase the number of LDL, or “bad”, particles, a predictor of cardiovascular disease. Instead, it makes existing LDL particles larger, a fairly benign situation in regard to such disease.

Weight Loss Benefit

Fat doesn’t even make you fat, claims Mark Hyman, a well-known medical doctor in Lenox, Massachusetts, and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. “The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths,” says this practitioner of functional medicine who points out that we’ve been sidetracked by wrong thinking. “Eating fat can make you lean. Healthy cell walls made from highquality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which keeps blood sugar better regulated. Without proper blood sugar control, the body socks away fat for a rainy day. The right fats also in-

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crease fat burning, diminish hunger and reduce fat storage,” he notes. Whole30, a 30-day diet revolving around clean eating, also emphasizes healthy fats. Devised in 2009 by Dallas Hartwig, a functional medicine practitioner and certified sports nutritionist, and Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports nutritionist, the program aims to reduce inflammation, detoxify the body and reset metabolism. The Salt Lake City, Utah, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 recommend healthy fats to keep us full and rev up metabolism. Recommended healthy fats include coconut milk and oil, avocados, olive oil, organic ghee (clarified butter) and raw nuts. Josh Axe, a natural medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Nashville, Tennessee, recommends the healthy fats contained in avocados, organic butter and ghee from grass-fed cows and goats, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. “Butter’s experiencing a comeback as a healthy fat as its benefits become more widely known,” says Axe. “The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in butter help the brain function properly and improve skin health.” Ghee, an ancient Indian version of butter, is lactose- and casein-free, while being loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, says Axe. These vitamins are best absorbed by the body when they’re in a fat substance and then stored in the gastrointestinal tract, keeping metabolism and digestion on track, he notes. Ghee’s high level of vitamin K2, best known as a natural blood coagulator, “also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.”

Healthy Levels of Fat

“If you’re active, about 40 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates, another 30 percent from protein and the other 30 percent from fat in general,” says Axe, adding that this has the added benefit of helping prevent arteriosclerosis. “Some people may consume a greater percentage of healthy fats if the goal is to become a fat burner.” “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss and health,”

Hyman reminds us. “Low-carb, higherfat diets work for most people, but for some, they may not be optimal in the long term.” Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

Prime Sources of Healthy Fats Functional medicine physician Mark Hyman suggests that we include four to five servings of fat in our diets every day. “In the last five years, the scientific evidence has been mounting that high-fat diets outperform low-fat diets for weight loss and for revising every single indication of heart disease risk, including abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and inflammation,” he says. Each amount listed indicates a serving size. Nuts (a handful of walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts or cashews) Seeds (a handful of pumpkin, sunflower of flaxseed) Most plant-based liquid oils (one tablespoon of olive, safflower, sesame, avocado, macadamia, grape seed or walnut oil) Fatty fish (4 ounces of salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, tuna or trout) Avocado (one-half to one avocado) Extra virgin coconut oil (one tablespoon) Organic coconut milk (one-quarter cup) Olives (one-quarter cup) Grass-fed animal butter, clarified butter or ghee (one tablespoon) Aim to eat fats that remain liquid (not solid) at room temperature; it’s a sure sign of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats. Source: Adapted from Eat Fat, Get Thin, by Mark Hyman, M.D. natural awakenings

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octor of Osteopathic Medicine Joseph Mercola has practiced as a boardcertified family physician for more than 30 years. His educational website,, has been the most visited natural health site for the past 12 years, with 12 million unique visitors each month. His three New York Times bestsellers include Effortless Healing.

It is important to get these levels checked, because it is impossible to know without testing.

In your opinion, what is the greatest health risk Americans face today and what can we do about it right now?

With today’s overload of conflicting health information—and the temptation to self-diagnose—how can we accurately assess our status in terms of optimal wellness? One of the major principles I strongly embrace is to listen to your body and adjust your lifestyle based on the feedback it’s providing you. The seven clinically proven gauges I advise you to assess now and continue to monitor every six months or so are fasting insulin level (normal is less than five micro-international units per milliliter of blood; ideal is less than three); vitamin D level (normal is 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter); waist-to-hip ratio (ideal for men, 0.8; for women, 0.7); body fat percentage (fitness level for women is 21 to 24 percent; for men, 14 to 17 percent); HDL to total cholesterol ratio (ideally 24 to 30 percent or higher); blood pressure (ideal numbers are 120 over 80 systolic/diastolic without medication); and uric acid level (ideal is three to five milligrams per deciliter). 50

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I’m convinced that for the typical American, the most important health step to take is to stop drinking soda, sports drinks, fruit juices or artificially flavored and sweetened waters and replace them with pure water. Most people are now aware that sodas are laced with processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, but many don’t know that their favorite sport and vitamin drinks contain these sweeteners plus a host of frightening extras, including toxic chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, phthalates, BPA [bisphenol A] and disinfection byproducts.

What role do carbohydrates play? Carbs are a far dirtier fuel than fat and generate far more reactive oxygen species than fat. Some 70 years of following low-fat diet recommendations has resulted in the vast majority of dieters losing the ability to burn fat as their primary fuel. One of the most powerful strategies to regain this ability is to start a practice of regular intermittent fasting, restricting your eating window to six to 14 hours a day and fast the rest of the day.

Of course, you will want to replace a high net carb intake, or total carbs minus fiber, with healthy fats such as those in avocados, coconut oil, seeds and nuts. Avoid industrially processed omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, soy and canola.

Because an indoor, climatecontrolled, sedentary lifestyle may lead to slowly developing chronic disease, what changes do you suggest we make? Spending time outside with bare feet in contact with the ground even for short periods can yield significant benefits. It’s even better to do it with the sun shining on your bare skin. The Earth is an abundant source of free electrons, and when the sun shines on your skin a vital biological circuit forms that helps transfer energy to water throughout the body, which serves as a cellular battery. Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize for describing this process, called the photoelectric effect. Reducing the length of time sitting each day and regularly moving is even more important for most of us than getting regular exercise. A good rule of thumb is to stand up every 15 minutes or so.

What can we do better to maintain optimal health?

Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. The problems with carrying excess weight are more than aesthetic. At the root of obesity is mitochondrial metabolic dysfunction. Metabolic disorders go hand-in-hand with many of the chronic diseases plaguing Americans in record numbers—including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and cancer—according to numerous studies such as research by the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for the Study of Chronic Metabolic and Rare Diseases, at George Mason University. The most potent strategy to address such metabolic dysfunction is to make a strong commitment to reaching and maintaining a personally healthy level of body fat. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Holistic Eye Care Taking the Whole Body into Account by Linda Sechrist


he “old wives’ tale” about eating carrots for healthy vision wasn’t wrong, but fell far short of a holistic approach to eye health. Today’s holistically trained healthcare providers and ophthalmologists believe that properly maintaining the marvelous phenomenon of eyesight requires taking into consideration genetics, diet, toxin exposures, life environments and our belief systems. “The body does not work as a series of parts in isolation, but as a dynamically integrated living system,” says Marc Grossman, a doctor of optometry, licensed acupuncture physician and co-founder of Natural Eye Health, in New Paltz, New York. “The reductionist method of referring each symptom to the domain of a particular specialist, isolated from the whole person, is slowly being replaced with a complementary view of health care that may include acupuncture and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We are beginning to look at each person as an integrated being.” Progressive health providers now consider dietary preferences, general exercise regimens, environmental factors and physical, emotional and mental issues, as well as an individual’s particular symptoms, in determining treatment strategies. “To improve vision, the condition of the whole person needs to be addressed,” says Grossman, whose books include Natural Eye Care: Your Guide to Healthy Vision. Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Homeopathic Doctor Edward Kondrot’s practice at Healing The Eye & 52

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Wellness Center, which he founded in Zephyrhills, Florida, embraces traditional and alternative therapies. He uses microcurrent, ozone therapy and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord in treating serious eye disease. Kondrot, the author of 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, systemically understands the eyes as windows to overall health. For instance, his perspective is founded on the fact that a balanced diet is one of the best preventive measures for maintaining eye health. Systemic disorders such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stress-related effects and nutritional deficiencies are easily determined under the scrutiny of his holistic biomicroscope. According to science published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic spinal manipulation may also contribute to normal vision; in one case study, 20 treatment sessions helped an individual recover the function of optic nerves and normal vision. It’s generally accepted that chiropractic adjustment realigning the spinal column allows the nervous system to function properly, reduces tension and frees up the body to better transport blood to locations such as the eyes. Additionally, the second vertebra below the skull contains nerves that affect the eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves and sinuses. Common eye conditions generally develop so slowly that they may not present noticeable symptoms until deterioration has become severe. “Many factors can affect our eyesight, including



other health problems. Having a family member with eye disease may mean you’re genetically prone to having that condition as well, but living a healthy lifestyle may prevent the gene from being activated,” advises Kondrot. Viewing the condition of the eyes as a reflection of whole body health means that lifestyle and diet choices play major roles. The Vision Diet and supplement program recommended in Grossman’s Natural Eye Care has been shown to reduce the intraocular pressure in the eyes of study participants by five to seven millimeters, which generally equates to 10 to 15 percent. In general, a diet high in beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and sulfur-bearing amino acids can be helpful. Foods containing such nutrients include garlic, onions, beans, spinach, celery, turnips, yellow and orange vegetables, green leafy vegetables, seaweed, apples, oranges and tomatoes. Other dietary and lifestyle options recommended by Grossman are daily drinking one pint of juice made from mostly green vegetables and drinking eight to 10 glasses of purified water to keep eyes hydrated. Managing stress and doing palming and other eye exercises, such as those found at Tinyurl. com/ComputerEyeStrainExercises, as well as daily aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes, are also beneficial. Additionally, Kondrot’s use of multimodal protocols such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, homeopathy, and detoxification can be applied to reverse visual loss. Kondrot advises that avoiding foods that trigger allergic reactions is important. “A study of 113 patients with chronic simple glaucoma showed an immediate increase in pressure in the fluid inside the eye when they were exposed to foods to which they were allergic. Take up meditation, yoga, tai chi or any other practice that helps you manage stress and relax,” he advises. “Some consider glaucoma a stress-related condition.” The best strategy for healthy eyes is to have regular eye examinations. Early detection and prompt treatment can prevent significant vision loss. For Dr. Kondrot’s free report on how to heal macular degeneration, visit and see ad on page 73.

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Hello Gyro Workouts Use Natural Body Patterns by Aimee Hughes


magine an exercise system that strengthens the body enough to be used in training world-class athletes, stretches more safely than any form of yoga and expands the core training concepts of Pilates into natural full-body movements like those used in everyday reaching and walking, along with jumping and swimming. This is the Gyrotonic system,” says Angela Crowley, a Gyrotonic master teacher, trainer and exercise spa owner in Coral Gables, Florida. A former gymnast and dancer, Crowley took to the Gyrotonic approach after being severely injured in an automobile accident. “Traditional physical therapy only addressed certain aspects without bringing me back to normal,” she says. “Running and yoga felt intolerable. Gyrotonic exercises became a perfect bridge. I was able to rehabilitate safely while challenging myself to return to normal expectations and now, beyond.” The system of fluid movements leverages specially designed equipment that can be customized for every individual.

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Find an illustrative video and search classes by postal code at “The Gyrotonic system combines elements from many different modalities into three-dimensional, circular movements. A primary focus is on all the different motions of the spine and how to create rhythmic, flowing movement within the entire body,” says Stefani Schrimpf, Gyrotonic instructor and studio owner of Physiques, in Overland Park, Kansas. “The exercises strengthen, lengthen and stretch muscles, while stimulating connective tissues around the joints. They also improve balance, flexibility and coordination. This system allows you to push beyond specific limitations and to isolate and fine tune movement skills,” says Schrimpf. While a Gyrotonic workout has similarities to yoga and Pilates, it is also unique. According to Melissa Jutras, a Pilates instructor, weightlifting coach, personal trainer and gym/studio owner of Big Blue Strength, in Lexington, Kentucky, “Hatha yoga is a series of static postures, whereas Pilates and Gyrotonic movements focus on flow, using equipment to enhance core strength, stability, control, coordination and flexibility. The difference is that Gyrotonic exercises works on three dimensions with every circular movement, like the body naturally moves. It uses weights and a pulley system, whereas Pilates is more linear and uses spring tension.” Jutras believes the Gyrotonic system, Pilates and yoga all complement weightlifting and strength training, affording a mind-body balance. “The body then experiences low- and high-threshold exercise, low-intensity and highintensity, weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing activity,” she says. Crowley sees the Gyrotonic approach complementing virtually any activity. “The exercises help practitioners learn how to move more efficiently, easily, powerfully, gracefully and successfully in every facet of life.” The method is also offered without equipment in the form of Gyrokinesis, a flowing class done on a chair, mat and standing. This affordable option can be practiced independently at home. “My youngest client is 7, my oldest is 94,” relates Crowley. “We have clients that have become bored by repetitive exercise and enjoy the limitless variations of movements that keep both their minds and muscles alert. We have chronic pain clients that have exhausted other medical options and are improving their ability to function more optimally and enjoying their lives again.” Both Schrimpf and her husband, Juan Trujillo, teach the Gyrotonic method. “Our greatest reward is the feedback we get. Once people try it, they’re hooked,” she says. “It transforms how people think about movement and brings a sense of joy and accomplishment. They feel their joints becoming more supple and balanced, and find their bodies responding well to the natural movement patterns.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at


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Where Fun And Health Are Great Dance Partners by Savannah Noir


hether we are moving our body and feet to the beat of West Coast swing, cha-cha, waltz, or tango, we know one sure thing—dancing is fun. According to researchers at the Mayo Clinic, the level of elevated mood that dancers feel is due to an increase of endorphin levels that naturally lessen stress and depression. “People who come to Allstar Dance Studio are more interested in learning something new and enjoying life than they are in the excellent benefits of their healthy pastime,” says Roman Gomez, studio co-owner and dance instructor. “We offer private classes in any type of dance—waltz, hustle, swing, bolero, hip-hop, cha-cha, salsa, tango, mambo, rumba, fox trot, bachata and ballroom—on any day of the week. Whatever works the best for our students is what works for all of our talented instructors,” notes Gomez, who in 2016 closed his Arthur Murray Dance Center of Naples in order to open Allstar Dance Studio in January. “I wanted to expand our offerings and be known for something other than only ballroom dancing. For example, we now also offer yoga classes and other special events,” explains Gomez.

The studio also offers group classes, as well as open dancing, which is especially designed to help students practice what they learn during private and group classes. Open dancing is a social night with no lessons, no judgments and no commitment. We just want people to come in and enjoy two hours of dancing, light refreshments, wine and soft beverages, fruits and snacks,” says Gomez. For dance parties and open dancing the rule is—no experience, no partner, no problem. “Individuals who don’t want to come alone can bring a friend or be ready to meet new people. We have a very friendly team that makes sure everyone has an enjoyable evening while they are developing stronger bones, increasing their circulation, improving muscle tone and coordination,” jokes Gomez, who notes that students often comment on the increased self-confidence and self-esteem they experience from learning to dance. “That’s what everyone in our industry knows is a guaranteed benefit,” advises Gomez. Allstar Dance Studio is located at 4910 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 118 (Outback Plaza), Naples. For more information, call 239-304-9013. See ad, page 33.

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FOREVER GREEN Eco-Burial Options Grow

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atural burials allow those that lived their principles of an environmentally sound life to complete their days in a planet-friendly, personalized way. “The number of U.S. cemeteries allowing natural burials has increased by 30 in the last year,” says Elizabeth Fournier, owner of Cornerstone Funeral Services, in Boring, Oregon. “More than 150 cemeteries allow them now. We encourage replacing cut flowers with plants. A multipurpose wooden casket can serve as a bookshelf until needed, or a casket can be made of natural wicker, paper or grass.” Formaldehyde-free embalming fluids made of non-toxic and biodegradable essential oils allow for a synthetic chemical-free burial. “Green burials tend to be unique and can last from one to four hours,” says Brian Flowers, green burial coordinator for Moles Farewell Tributes, in Bellingham, Washington. “One funeral had 50 Civil War re-enactors in blue and gray outfits, along with a 21-musket and two-cannon salute. Another was led by a shaman. Natural burial isn’t just for the Birkenstock/patchouli crowd. Our area is farm-rich, so a green burial fits with the idea of living close to the land.” The Moles’ four-and-one-half-acre meadow for natural burial will expand in the next two years to eight acres. Flowers explains, “It’s an ecological

restoration site. We manage invasive species and plant three native plants for each burial.” In Houston, Terry Ward, president and CEO of Country Communities, notes how fast-paced lifestyles can prevent intimate connections among siblings. “At Indigo Fields, we’re able to implant an app-accessible microchip into an urn or stone. The information can include photos, details of the person’s life and stories that might otherwise become lost. It can be updated at any time and serves as a gift for anyone researching the family tree. It helps the living heal and talk about their fears, too.”

Added Green Alternatives Cremation has always been an alternative to burial, but is energy intensive; recycling medical parts helps green up this option. Many choices are available for the cremains, the ashes that remain after a cremation. Many states outlaw burying pet remains in a human cemetery, so Lisa Brambilla, of Yorba Linda, California, invented 100 percent biodegradable Bio Urns. “Before, pet lovers had few choices when it came time to say

goodbye. Laying a cremated pet to rest this way makes a loss easier because it’s a physical manifestation of a pet in plant form. It hurts a little less,” she says. Each urn comes with a seed for a tree or shrub and the proper soil to help it grow. “Maka, a keeshond, was the dog my son’s heart bonded with; he was 6 when she died,” Brambilla relates. “After she grew into a tree, he could smile when he talked about her. It teaches kids to create a new life and to treat the planet well. Death is nothing but a word. The only thing real is life.” Bio Urn expanded to include human clients after Brambilla’s fatherin-law requested to be remembered via a redwood tree and her mother, a Christmas tree. Eternal reefs are made of ashes mixed with cement placed in the ocean in a military-style ceremony to help support marine life for at least 500 years. Family members retain the reef’s GPS coordinates and can boat or dive to visit it. Music lovers can choose to have their ashes compressed into a vinyl record. A live recording of goodbyes, a last will and testament or compilation of

favorite songs can be prerecorded. Ashes can also be compressed into colorful memorial gemstones ready to be set into jewelry to keep a loved one close. Resomation, or bio-cremation, liquefies the body in a heated alkaline bath, using far less energy than traditional cremation and without environmentally harmful chemical emissions; afterward, the bones are ground, resembling cremains, and are returned to the family. Promession is a way to freeze-dry the body by immersion in liquid nitrogen at -321° F. When it becomes brittle, vibrations shake the corpse into small pieces, water is evaporated and the dust that remains can be used as compost. Invented by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, she feels it’s the utmost Earth-friendly way to return a body to the soil. As people opt to avoid the higher costs of a traditional funeral and elect practical, eco-friendly ways to exit the human scene, natural burials can become more accepted ways to achieve Biblical dust-to-dust while doing no harm.


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Each year, traditional funerals use and bury: n Hardwoods for caskets (30 million board feet) n Steel for caskets (90,272 tons, plus 14,000 tons for vaults) n Copper and bronze for caskets (2,700 tons) n Reinforced concrete for vaults (1.636 million tons) n Embalming fluids (827,060 gallons)

Earth-friendly methods: n Cost about half as much as a traditional funeral. n Use non-toxic embalming fluids. n Offer biodegradable caskets. n Replace quarried headstones with natural stone or greenery. n Restore native plant areas, reducing invasive species, mowing and herbicides. n Contribute to peace of mind with a green legacy.

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Silencing Cyberbullies How to Defuse Bad Actors by April Thompson


hether it’s a damaging rumor posted on Facebook, a humiliating photo shared on Instagram or a threatening text, cyberbullying is increasing among today’s youth. A 2015 Cyberbullying Research Center study of middle school students found that 43 percent had been targeted, while 15 percent admitted to being online bullies. Meanwhile, students, parents and teachers are combating cyber-aggression with initiatives to make the phenomenon socially unacceptable in schools.

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Tyler Gregory, 23, attended a small, insular high school in rural Ohio where bullying was problematic. As a senior with younger siblings approaching their high school years, he aimed to change the local culture to make bullying uncool. Gregory decided to make a movie to submit to the NO BULL Challenge, a national organization that provides students a platform to develop and dis58

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seminate materials that spark dialogue about such troubling issues. Challenges ranged from teaching himself filmmaking and persuading students to participate to mustering the courage to present the project to his school. He achieved the transformation he sought, beginning with 70 students participating in his production. “I appealed to classmates by asking, ‘How do you want to be remembered? Why not choose to be viewed positively, as leaders?’” says Gregory, who later became a spokesperson for NO BULL Challenge. To date, the challenge has received 600 submissions, garnering 23 million impressions through digital and social media, the vehicles of cyberbullies. A recent graduate of Dayton, Ohio’s Wright State University, Gregory has spoken to about 45,000 students in 27 states in school assemblies. Nancy Willard, director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age, headquartered in Creswell, Oregon, believes that such initiatives, which shift schools from punitive approaches to making



bullying incompatible with accepted social norms, are the only way to bring lasting change. “We need to cultivate a climate where being hurtful is contrary to a school’s expressed values. Most young people don’t like to see their peers being hurtful and admire those that stand up to peers and have them make amends,” says Willard. The educator’s website,, offers free materials with concrete steps for students and teachers to foster positive school environments.

Protecting the Vulnerable

Cyberbullying isn’t limited to attacks on unpopular kids that lack satisfying peer relationships. It’s seven times more likely to occur between current or former friends and romantic partners than between strangers, according to a study led by Diane Felmlee, professor of sociology at Pennsylvania State University. Felmlee’s research further found that non-heterosexual youth are four times as likely as their heterosexual peers to be cyberbullied, while popular kids are also frequently targeted. Two social dynamics seem to be at work: “One involves individuals that violate social norms, such as LGBTQ youth, and the other revolves around status struggles,” reports Felmlee. “In the latter case, bullies are vying for popularity, recognition and self-esteem. Those with higher social status may be attacked because they’re viewed as competition.” Cyberbullying’s impact can exceed face-to-face aggression, as offensive remarks can spread far and fast, and live online in perpetuity instead of fading away, observes Felmlee. Gregory adds that it can also affect students’

ability to learn when some skip school to avoid tormentors.

Helpful Responses

Most youths don’t report cyberbullying, feeling embarrassed, afraid the situation will get worse or doubtful of remedial action. “Schools need to step up their response to bullying, make it known that it won’t be tolerated, set clear policies and enforce them,” counsels Gregory. Because most bullied youths don’t speak up, parents need to communicate openly with kids and be aware of their online activities, advises Felmlee. Willard notes that it’s also important to address the bullies themselves through understanding their motivation, and then persuading them to accept responsibility and take steps to rectify harm. “This should be about reparation, not punishment.” Gregory’s high school film assures bullies that it’s never too late to make amends. While it can be hard to stand up to bullies, caring peers can easily express support. “Bystanders have the power to change the atmosphere,” agrees Gregory. “Kindly approaching a student being picked on who may feel alone and ashamed goes further than most students realize.” Those affected by cyberbullying also can cut off their aggressors, suggests Gregory. “The ‘block’ button is powerful. Cyberbullies want to see a reaction. Blocking them from social media exchanges or texting takes away their power.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Muting Meanness Here are some tips to help keep digital spaces safe and civil. * Think twice before posting a photo or comment that could be taken out of context and misappropriated. * Report bad behavior to an adult that can help figure out the right course of action. * Don’t portray youth as victims, which can perpetuate the idea they are weak and vulnerable targets. * Save cyber evidence to help officials take appropriate action. Some schools now have online reporting systems that allow students to anonymously submit screenshots from social media. * Don’t retaliate. It likely will only aggravate unwanted behavior and drag everyone down to the cyberbully’s level of consciousness. * Keep watch. Apps like Online Guardian for Families, CyberSynchs and YouDiligence allow parents to monitor children’s exposure on social media via keywords related to bullying. Resources:;; PreventionTips; BlockBullies; cyberbullying.

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even just nibbles the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially prepared or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about six weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are itchy ears or skin, ear infections, sneezing, runny eyes, scratching, vomiting or diarrhea. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can be tinctures or poultices; one herb or a blended mixture. Some are applied externally, some internally.” Giving the proper dosage for the size of the pet is vital. She particularly likes calendula for hot spots, despite its



ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key to finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then ask the vet to allergy test for the specific problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.” While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process that must be done with precision. “If your pet

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odor, because it’s antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral, followed by witch hazel to dry them, and then coconut oil or aloe to soothe and soften affected skin—plus Echinacea to boost the immune system. She uses ginger or peppermint to counteract nausea. “Many people think an allergic pet should be switched to a lamb and rice diet. In some cases, that makes dry, itchy, skin worse,” she says. “That’s why it’s important to know what they are allergic to before trying out new foods or herbal remedies. Find a holistic vet to work with.” Morgan often prescribes a mixture of herbs for the best results. “I like licorice because it works like a steroid without the side effects. Probiotics help keep gut bacteria and the immune system healthy. Parsley works well for dry, itchy, skin caused by a blood deficiency, or imbalance. “Parsley brings a protein, as well as several vitamins, to the party,” notes Kimberly Gauthier, a dog nutrition blogger in Marysville, Washington. “It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and also great if your dog’s breath needs a freshness boost.” She suggests rosemary and thyme as ingredients in an antibacterial, antifungal salve; she mixes these essential oils with extra virgin coconut oil and beeswax to create paw balm. Morgan reminds us that essential oils can be harmful, even life-threatening, for cats. “If Kitty has itchy skin, lavender tea can be used as a rinse on cooperative cats,” she suggests. “For a less cooperative feline, chamomile tea as a drink or as leaves mixed into the food soothes itches.” Dohmen cautions, “Herbs and other homeopathic remedies or flower essences are medicine and should be given as a prescription by a qualified veterinarian.”

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calendarofevents WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 Movement for Neck and Shoulder Relief – 9:3010:45am. Four-week series with experienced movement teacher Linda Mundt, E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and strength-building Pilates. Learn skills you can do at home. $58/series or $15/ drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 405-7330. See news brief, page 13. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 3/8. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Art Walk – Mar 3-4. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. Women’s Gathering – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

CD Release Concert – 7-9.30pm. Marc J Wagner and friends playing the music you love. $18/ticket. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. Info:

SpiritLIVE Band Dance Celebration – 8-10pm. Live music and dance to release, recharge and reconnect. Wear comfy clothes and bare feet or soft soles. $15/adults & teens; $7/ages 12 & under accompanied by an adult; babes in arms/free. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Amala:



Movement for a Healthy Back – 9-10:15am. Four-week series with experienced movement teacher Linda Mundt E-RYT. Therapeutic yoga and strength-building Pilates. Learn skills you can do at home. $58/series or $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 405-7330. Songwriters at Sunset Concert – 4:30pm. Hear original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Bluebird Café style on the beach in the gazebo and enjoy a Lover’s Key sunset. Free concert admission with park entry fee. $8/parking fee (2-8 people), $4/single person/vehicle, $2/pedestrian/ bicyclist. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch.

Walk and Learn – 9-10am. Q&A with Jennifer Leota Barrell, MS, who will lead a discussion about functional nutrition for children. The walk will take place at Golisano Park by the Children’s Museum. Meet by the soccer fields and then enjoy walking around the lake. Make sure to bring your questions. Lace up those tennis shoes and get the facts about nutrition as you exercise. 15000 Livingston Rd, Naples. RSVP by 3/2: 676-5249.

Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring a dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki session for them. Whether they are ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Free; donations accepted for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. First International Grandparent Alienation Conference –10am-2pm. An informal time for grandparents to share stories with each other. Presentation by Amanda, president/founder of Alienated Grandparent Anonymous (AGA). Free admission; donations welcome. Lunch provided. Community Foundation of Collier County, 1110 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Naples. Preregistration required: Info@  Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Weekend Childbirth Education – Mar 4-5. 10am3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register/fee: Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778.

WGCU Evening of Music – 5:30pm. WGCU and Shangri-La Springs invite the public to an evening of music featuring WGCUs own John Davis and guest musicians. $10 donation at the door benefits WGCU Public Media. Make a reservation for dinner. Shangri-La Lounge, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls to soothe your soul and bring your body back into balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208.

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 First International Grandparent Alienation Conference – 9am, meet and greet; 10am-4pm, conference. Leading international expert presentations. Free admission; donations welcome. Lunch provided. 6 CLE credits (attorneys - approval from FL State Bar); 5 CEU credits (mental health providers). $50/training fee. Continuing education for licensed mental health professionals and psychologists provided by the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, provider #BAP-307, expires 3/18). Naples Daily News Bldg, Community Rm, Main Fl. Preregistration required:

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Psychic Development Series –11am. New series begins, and if you are already psychic, will show your strengths and weaknesses. Each class will build upon the previous class. $20 all materials included. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 4443106. See ad, page 30. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With psychic Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. Appointment: 403-3550.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Film Premier – 11:30am-12:30pm. Angel Stokey portrays Myrtle Fillmore (1845-1931), co-founder of Unity Church, in the world premiere of Healed! The Inspiring Life of Myrtle Fillmore, written by local author Roberta Moore after a dream. Learn how Fillmore was miraculously healed of tuberculosis when she was near death, and how she received the gift of healing others. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 404-4551. RobertaMooreFl@ Intro to Wicca – 2pm. New series begins. In this weekly progressive class, learn what wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, MARCH 6 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.

Mini Readings – 5:30-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414. Tower Gardening – 6:15-7:45pm. Grow 30 percent more, three times faster, use 98 percent less water. Discover how an advanced form of hydroponics/ aeroponics uses water, liquid nutrients and a soil-less growing medium to quickly and efficiently grow more colorful, tastier, better smelling and incredibly nutritious produce. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Solar Education Presentation – 6:30-8:30pm. Clean Renewable Energy Worldwide (CREW) is leading the initiative to make Southwest Florida Region renewable beginning with installing solar on 10,000 roofs. This presentation and Q&A is for those interested in finding out more information about solar powering the Sunshine State. Location TBD. Clifford Mitchem: 218-1354. Info: Facebook. com/swflsolar or See news brief, page 14.

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 3/14. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Kids Minds Matter – 5:30-10pm. Join for an elegant evening at the historic Shangri-La Springs to raise awareness and funds for Golisano Children’s Hospital’s new Behavioral Health Initiative. Guests and sponsors will enjoy delicious food as well as wonderful entertainment provided by Night Train Band. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Tickets: Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Picnic ’n’ Flick – 6:30pm. See an inspirational film, Freedom Writers, and an opportunity to share

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amongst the group afterwards. BYO food to nosh during the movie and a blanket and pillow. The film, winner of Heartland Film Festival’s Truly Moving Picture Award explores the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life and is based on a true story. PG-13. Love donation. 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. RSVP: TreeSisters-of-the-Sacred-Forest-of-SouthwestFlorida. See news brief, page 15. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Fee info/register: or Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 Community Yoga Class – 5:30pm, 6:30pm & 7:30pm. Enjoy yoga surrounded by lush nature and community drumming. Beginners to advanced for the whole family. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Lee County Breastfeeding Coalition Inaugural Meeting – 6-7:30pm. Goal: to recruit professional and community partners to strategize process supporting breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding infants and young children. Health Park Medical Center, 9981 S Health Park Dr, Sanibel Rm, Ft Myers. 343-5515 or Carol.Lawrence@LeeHealth. org. See news brief, page 18. Art and Nature Night – 6-9pm. “Bright Light” reception: featuring the original works of Michael Monroe, Pat Zalisko, Dawn Scandale in the Great House. Live music, street painting, dulcimer music, photo booth, Calusa storytelling, poetry, trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making and drum circle. Beer and wine bar. Organic dining: 5-8pm. Yoga: 5:30-7:30pm. Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Calusa Storytelling – 6:30-8pm. The Calusa Indians gathered water at the Bonita Spring and regarded it as a sacred place. Calusa John will share his experiences and research into the Calusa Indians and the Spaniards. See demonstrations of their indigenous technologies. Hear the haunting sound of the horse conch horn. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Mini Spa Treatments – 6:30-7:30pm. Free minitreatments include massage, facials and energy work on a first-come, first-served basis. Tips for therapists recommended. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

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Community Drumming Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Mark Wagner. Show your community spirit and be a part of a family-oriented unity of rhythm and love on the beautiful grounds of Shangri-La

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Springs. Great for beginners, dancers, hoopers and musicians. Free. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Parent Support Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, solve difficult situations, support and teach each other. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 3/15. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle in this class, which is included with the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4:30-7:30pm. With GAEA Guides - Guided Kayak Nature Tours. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as your guide. $40/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Introduction to Homeopathy/Homeopathic FirstAid – Mar 9-Apr 13. 5:30-8:30pm, weekly on Thurs. With Dr Julia A Eastman, DOM, CCH. For those who are interested in homeopathy, but need to know

more before deciding to use remedies with their family members; choose a homeopath for constitutional care; or pursue the in-depth study of homeopathy. $250. $120/home remedy kit (optional). House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Detox Debacle: Are You Doing More Harm Than Good? – 6pm. The vast majority of people find themselves in vicious cycles of ups and downs, crisis after crisis, and still feeling no better while suffering the effects of improper timing, selection, and implementation of detoxification. Learn three simple steps to avoid disaster and harness the benefits of a proper detoxification program. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. 596-9017. Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training Program (MB-EAT) – Mar 9-Apr 27. 6-8pm. Eight-week session. Forget words like diet, deprivation and guilt, and establish a more balanced and harmonious relationship with food. Learn to eat for quality not quantity, and achieve permanent weight management. $395. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 612-718-1416. Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nurture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Intro to Akashic Records – 6:30-8:30pm. With Lorraine Meyer, RM. Akashic records “book of life”, a collection of events and knowledge encoded on the etheric plane, can be accessed to expand your awareness and enhance your life. Prerequisite for

upcoming workshop on 4/8. $22. 9200 Bonita Beach RD, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Also 3/23. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Ft Myers. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail. com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 10 ThetaHealing Advanced – Mar 10-12. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg, licensed ThetaHealing trainers for Vianna Stibal, THInK, International. Preregistration required. $444 (payment plans available). Naples. Info/register: 6929120 or Bulletproof Against Cancer – 6-8pm. Enjoy a live cooking presentation of healthy food with chef Kristina San Filippo while learning how to create a healthy home inside and out with Deborah J Post, ARNP. Three-course dinner includes wine and sustainably raised locally sourced food with lecture. $58. 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 908-3842. See ad, page 63. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. Silvia Casabianca, reiki master. Become a reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. Reiki history, precepts, chakras, qigong applied to reiki, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Monkey Sprouts Community Event –1-3pm. With Tiffany Smith. This event is a gathering of moms and their children who are interested in yoga and are looking for the support of a community. Attendees may come and go as they please, but there will be formal practice and discussion 1:30-2pm. Meets once a month. Free with current greenmonkey package. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Experiential Meditation Workshop – 1-4pm. With Bill McLaughlin. Stop negative habits and emotions at their source. Stress, anxiety, sadness, pain, food, alcohol, smoking, etc. $75. Limited to 12 participants. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Naples. Info/ preregister: 287-3458 or ExperientialMeditation. org. See ad on page 35 and news brief on page 14. Movement and Breath for Labor – 2-3:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi, with LifeBehold, to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. $25/early bird, $30/door. Register: or


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Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death Workshop – 2-3:30pm. Attendees will learn techniques and spiritual exercises to unlock their potential to experience the reality of Heaven here and now, to understand near-death experiences, get help from spiritual guides and meet with departed loved ones, people or pets. Follow-up class 4/2 at Eckankar Center. Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Ft Myers. 482-4034. See news brief, page 15. Yin-Thai Yoga – 2:30-4:30pm. With Jamie Shane. Sink deep into yin style yoga poses as Shane works the magic of Thai yoga. Limited to eight students.  $45/early registration, $50/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 3:30-5pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco of Monarch Wellness. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Lowdermilk Park, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Kind Mariners Ball – 5:30-11pm. Hosted by Freedom Waters Foundation to support individuals with special needs and veterans. The dinner event will feature a lively “On the Emerald Isle” theme, live music by the High Voltage Band and keynote address by WINK News Anchor Lois Thome. $300/ ticket. Tables of 8-10 may be prearranged. Naples Sailing & Yacht Club, 896 River Point Dr. 449-9780. See news brief, page 20. Franklin & Marshall College Chamber Singers –The Franklin & Marshall College Chamber Singers from Lancaster, PA, led by Director William Wright invite you to their 11th Annual Spring Tour. 6pm, organic dinner in the Art Gallery dining

room followed by 7:30pm concert in the Octagon. $38/person. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Reservations: 770-5826. Americana Community Music Society Concert – 6:30pm, doors open; 7pm, show. Musician, singer, songwriter Mary Dahl, accompanied by Carolyn Stanley will open for Nouveau Honkies, “Roots and Roll that Rocks”, Rebecca Dawkins and Tim O’Donnell. $10/members, $15/nonmembers. 2756 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Info: 691-4069. Kirtan – 7:30pm. With Lee Harrington. $20/advance, $30/door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 60.

SUNDAY, MARCH 12 5K Fun Run and Health Fair – 9am-noon. Fun for the whole family, benefitting the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Enjoy a 5K fun run/walk plus lots of fun, free giveaways, a rock-climbing wall, SWAT Team, fire trucks, and free whole-food plantbased food samples. $20. Fort Myers Seventh Day Adventist Church, 3451 Ortiz, Ft Myers. Register: See news brief, page 20. Crystal Bowl Meditation –10am. With Cathy Blair. Expand into the new frequencies received during the eclipses. Let the loving harmonics soothe your soul as you integrate the new light codes and prepare for the full moon and spring equinox. Bring pillow, mat and blanket.  $20 (cash or check). The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Living Life with Love and Gratitude. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. Full Moon Celebration – 6:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the full moon radiations as we recalibrate and set our intentions for 2017. Join with like minded souls setting an intention for the foundation of the new Earth frequencies of peace and harmony. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Feng Shui Public Talk –7-8pm. With Linda Mundt, MFA, 12 years experience. Learn how you can change your mind by changing your space. Donation. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 405-7330.

MONDAY, MARCH 13 Muscle Testing – 6:15-8pm. Muscle testing is the quickest, easiest way to find answers to questions. Learn how to muscle test yourself and others, plus how to get accurate and reliable answers. Attendees will leave with a tool that serves them for the rest of their life. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Full Moon Meditation –7-8pm. With Marc Wagner. Be guided through a journey of exploration of your seven main chakras improving balance, well-being and healing. Using the powerful energy of the full moon will help release and let go of things which no longer serve us. $15/drop-in. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Info: Full Moon Mondays Spring Equinox Edition – 7-8pm. With Gus Komninos. Yoga under the light of the full moon will consist of 108 sun salutes. Komninos leads four groups of 27 sun salutes, beginning with the most accessible version. All levels. $5/ advance, $10/door. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938.

TUESDAY, MARCH 14 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Lindsey Kay. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 Yoga Nidra – 12:30-1:30pm. With Susan Guzzo. $20. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 60. Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.


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Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Align with your highest potential using kundalini yoga, breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. $20/drop-in. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register:

THURSDAY, MARCH 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. Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training Program (MB-EAT) – Thru Apr 27. 6-8pm. Eightweek session. Forget words like diet, deprivation and guilt, and establish a more balanced and harmonious relationship with food. Learn to “eat for quality, not quantity” and achieve permanent weight management. $395. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 612-718-1416. Writing With The Elements – 6-8:30pm. With poet Sal Marici. If we know where a poem is going before we start writing, there’s no discovery, it’s doom. Participants connect with the elements and, under guidance of spirit/muse, write a poem that discovers. $11. 9200 Bonita Beach RD, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444. The Master Battery: How to Keep Your Gut Running Optimally – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post,

ARNP. More and more information is coming to light that your gut is the answer to most if not all health problems. Learn how to keep it healthy and happy. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. 231-8354  or 481-5600. Meditation – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. Learn how to better your meditation practice at home with short discussions and practice with William Ward. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Women’s Circle –7-9pm. Facilitated by Kathleen D’Orsi, LCSW, therapist and energy healer. Join the gathering to be heard and hear another, share your challenges and passions. When you join your intentions with others your path opens to results. Refreshments will be served. Free. North Naples. Register: 513-0255.

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.

Psychic Development for Kids – 10-11am. With Paulette McDaniel. A monthly class for children to learn more about spiritual gifts and how to use them and most importantly, they will learn they are not alone in their uniqueness. $15. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-3339.

Essential Oils for Everyone – 6:30pm. A fun, free wellness class that explains what essential oils are and how to use them. Samples and exclusive special offers available. 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. RSVP: 689-3649.

Women of UniTea and The Men’s Group – 10amnoon. 3rd Sat. Monthly luncheon where ladies socialize and learn from the talents and expertise of different guest speakers each month. A gathering for the gentlemen also includes a guest speaker each month. Bring a dish to share. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511 or

St Patrick’s Day Dance Party – 7pm. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

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Reiki Level II – Mar 18-19. 8:30am-6pm. With Silvia Casabianca, reiki master. Review basic reiki protocols. Learn three symbols to access higher sources of energy for physical/emotional/mental and distance healing. $295. 18 FL CEUs, LMTs, nurses, MHC, CSWs, MFTs, nutritionists. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Preregister:

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Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

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Zen Breathwork Retreat – 10am-4:30pm. With Sensei Al Rapaport. Learn a simple technique that often results in substantial deepening of yoga and meditation practice as well as increased clarity, joy and bliss. In the afternoon, attendees will integrate this experience into the traditional Zen format of sitting and walking meditation followed by dharma talk and discussion. $50 or $40/OMZ members/ students. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. Register: 961-2491 or OpenMind See news brief, page 12. 13th Biannual Naples Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. More than 60 psychics, healers and vendors. Largest psychic fair in Southwest Florida. $5/entry fee, 13 and under/free. Bring canned food for local food banks. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 949-3387. See ad on page 81 and news brief on page 18. Seraphim Blueprint Level IV – 10am-6pm. Cosmic splendor repairs the damaged parts of our holographic etheric body and helps us adjust to an expanding universe. $180. Prerequisite: SB III. In person or via teleconference. Maria Hubbuch: 910-6576 or Art Alive – 11am-4pm. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consists of more than 36 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: Open House – 11am-4pm. Drop-in with your questions. Enjoy classes, demos, special offers and samples.

& Healing Center, 4637 Vincennes Blvd, Ste, Ste 4, Cape Coral. Scrying – Into the Looking Glass – 2pm. Learn how to use a crystal ball or a mirror to get intuitive visual information. Cleansing and preparing of the tools will be discussed, as well as different techniques used for scrying and how to interpret messages. BYO crystal ball, crystal, or mirror or borrow one from the center. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Meet the health partners and learn about services: thermal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. See ad, page 21. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. ThetaHealing Talk and Demo –1-3pm. ThetaHealing is an energy technique that targets limited core beliefs. Participate, receive healings and watch demonstrations that will let you see shifts and changes unfold in front of you. $20. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 599-4224. AromaTouch Certification – 1-7pm. This essential oil technique certification is easy enough for anyone to learn and administer, yet powerful enough to produce consistent results. $149. Synergetic Health

Chuck Brodsky Concert – 6pm. House of Gaia joins the Naples Folk Music Society to host internationally renowned singer, songwriter, troubadour with Chuck Brodsky in concert. Guitarist and vocalist Elizabeth Lockhart of Naples with violinist Randi Zwicker of Estero will open. $20/online or $25/door, includes refreshments. All donations go to support your community through House of Gaia. 777-5481. 1660 Trade Center Way. Tickets: ElizabethLockhartMusic: Facebook and Instagram. See news brief, page 10.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19 Seraphim Blueprint Level V – 10am-6pm. Planetary healing bringing humanity into balance with the natural order. Specific initiations connect us to nature, elementals and expand our communication capabilities. $180. Prerequisite: SB IV. In person or via teleconference. Maria Hubbuch: 910-6576 or Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A Kundalini yoga class followed by the sound therapy of the gong while you lie in

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savasana. $25/early registration, $30/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Recovery Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Y12SR certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc). By donation. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk – 6-8pm. Evening includes meditation, candlelight labyrinth walk followed by herbal tea and dessert. Create sacred space. Intention setting and grounding. Incense, medicinal herb and harvesting flower bundle intentions written on parchment and (invocation) burn/ release to the universe. $10/suggested donation. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Feng Shui Public Talk – 7-8pm. With Lind a M u n d t , M FA , 1 2 y e a r s e x p e r i e n c e . Learn the role of clearing clutter in creating health and a healthy mind. Donation. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 405-7330.

MONDAY, MARCH 20 The Seasoned Circle Series – 1pm. Three-month series – Hope is Not a Plan. Part II: presentation of Five Wishes, a Living Will by Mark Beland with AVOW. Free. Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 N Tamiami Tr, Naples. 597-1043. See ad, page 26. Presence in Healing – 5-6:30pm. Four-week series with physical therapist, integrative practitioner and body worker Sara Pierce, MA, PT, BCTMB. Multiple modalities using mindfulness and movement. Mondays thru 4/10. $60. Space limited. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 207- 266-9162. Spring Equinox Sound Immersion – 7:30pm.

With Cathy Blair. The equinox marks the beginning of the 2017 zodiac. Enter the Portal of Light to receive your seed packets of divine clarity, wisdom and grace. Drink from the chalice of divine love and become a vessel of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. Space is limited. $25 (cash or check). The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 398-3953.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Water Equals Life: Is Your Water Safe To Drink? – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. The quality of our water; is tap water safe to drink; what about bottled water; what is best and how do you know? Come learn about your options. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. 231-8354  or 481-5600. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 7pm.Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034. Creating Harmony Meditation Class – 7pm. With Carol May. Open your qi, connect to your still point and in turn create balance, peace and joy. Love donation. Ancient Touch, Sunshine Professional Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 208, Bonita Springs. 223-5107. Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $25. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – 7:30pm. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation. Vineyards Community Center, 6321 Arbor Blvd, Naples. 482-4034.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle in this class, which is included with the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Alienated Grandparent Anonymous (AGA) – 5-6pm. Provides information and support for grandparents who have been cut off from access


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to their grandchildren. Collier County Regional Library, Central Ave and 7th St, Naples. Info@  Ask the Panel – 6pm. As part of their ongoing community outreach at Genesis Non-GMO, they put together a panel of leading health experts in an open forum which participants can ask questions about their personal goals or challenges, and provide accurate and actionable information to make meaningful and lasting changes to one’s health. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. 596-9017. Peaceful Mind Yoga – 6:30-8:00pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines a gentle practice of yoga with a relaxation segment to soothe the soul. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. $80/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. John of God 2018 Journey Discussion and Movie – 7-9pm. With John of God Casa Guides Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Private home in Naples. Registration required: Karen CoratelliSmith: 692-9120 or 

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 Love your Body Dining Events – 5-8pm. With Certified Nutrition Therapist Suzanne Jeffreys and chef Pyro Rodriguez. Discover Jeffreys’ secrets to eating deliciously to shrink your waist, shed fat, and release inflammation, and then enjoy the chef’s gourmet three-course meal created just for this event. Recipes, shopping lists, cooking secrets of these foodie pros included. $75/person. Shangri-La Springs. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 239-9490749. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) – The Work of Byron Katie Experiential Workshop – 9am-5pm. With Sharon Plover. The beliefs that underlie shame, blame, worthlessness and more can be questioned with this process, allowing for new insights, new perspectives and options that are kinder, more peaceful and empowering. $55. Beacon Manor Executives Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. 464-4433. See news brief, page 17. Children’s Health and Nutrition Class – 10-11am. Jennifer Leota Barrell, MS, will examine childhood health as it relates to nutrition. Topics include: what signs to look for when suspecting food allergies/ sensitivities; learning how to assess common pediatric supplements; recipe ideas for picky eaters. $20/person. 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita

Springs. RSVP with payment by 3/23: 676-5249. Art and the Consciousness of Oneness – 10amnoon. With Jose Maria Castillo. This monthly interactive workshop includes lecture, meditation, observing sketch, as well as sketching by participants. $25 or $20/OMZ members/students. Supplies required. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. Register: 961-2491 or Past-Life Regression Experiential Class – 10am3:30pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg, licensed counselors with the Academy of Professional Hypnosis. $50. Preregistration is required. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Info/ register: 692-9120 or Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of our experienced readers and healers offering many services: readings/astrology, mediumship, tarot/ palm readings, reiki. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita Springs, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Introduction to Food Healing –1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 Eckankar Community HU Chant –11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Kundalini Women’s Circle – 1-3pm. With Dhanwant.  Share and meditate with fellow women, discovering and exploring the 11 feminine moon points. $25/early registration, $30/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision for 2017. Let the singing bowls reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Wrap yourself in the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

TUESDAY, MARCH 28 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Lindsey Kay. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Health Presentation – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora. Those that suffer from belly fat, fatigue, insomnia, digestive issues can attend this life-changing presentation to find out the underlying causes and solutions to health issues. Free $10 gift card to Food & Thought for the first 10 to RSVP and attend. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 777-4647. See ad, page 24. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.


Tone Med Spa, Marquese Plaza, 13020 Livingston Rd, Ste 16, Naples. RSVP for free treatment: 5965522. See ad, page 15. Family Fun Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. A great way to reduce stress, stay healthy, and have fun together as a family. $12/adult, $7/child; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Healing Night Sound Immersion –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket.  $25 cash or check. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself as well as others. Receive a free tea leaf reading during this tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 Open House – 3-7pm. Free makeovers by Jane Iredale and La Bella Donna (by appointment), free 10-minute mini-facials (cleanse and moisturizer), $1/minute chair massage, free food, wine and prizes drawn every hour. 15 percent off storewide. $20/door (refunded with purchase). Organic Skincare and Bodyworx. 13240 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 207, Naples. 514-4494.

Family Constellations – 1-5pm. This three-dimensional group provides a new perspective to old problems. Behavior often is passed down through family generations and this workshop explores origins of patterns and habits causing blockage in an individual’s life. $80 or $70 registered by 3/22. Eyes Wide Open, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Tobey Burton: 502-664-0614.


Open House – 3-7pm. Meet Medical Director Dr Emilia Murray and new Medical Aesthetician Alana Weaver; learn about Shelle Misiorowski’s upgraded and new services; and enjoy discounts. Trim and

Sacred Sound Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. With Sue Lovett. Sound therapy works by helping unblock stuck energy and restoring natural harmony at the cellular level. A variety of sacred sound vibration

Facial Rejuvenation Seminar – 11:30am. Join for a light lunch and presentation, followed by Q&A session with facial expert Dr Stephen Prendiville. He will explain the benefits of the pre-lift and other aesthetic procedures. Free. Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Tr N. RSVP: 201-4762. AssuageCenters. com. See ad, page 24.

Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. PosiPalooza – 7pm. This special concert event will feature award-winning singer/songwriters Daniel Nahmod, Richard Mekdeci, Sue Riley, and Susie Hulcher. Presented by empower Music & Arts. $20. Tickets are available at the church, or online. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Fort Myers. Tickets: Feng Shui Public Talk –7-8pm. With Linda Mundt, MFA, 12 years experience. Learn how to quiet a space that feels speedy and noisy. Donation. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 405-7330.

MONDAY, MARCH 27 New Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy

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instruments will be integrated. Chairs and additional props provided. Advance registration requested. $20/advance, $25/door. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749.

plan ahead SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Seraphim Blueprint Level VI – Apr 1-2. Participants are now ready for grace and union with the divine. They will begin to feel a real need to absorb beauty and feel closer to source. $225. Prerequisite: SB V. In person or via teleconference. Maria Hubbuch: 910-6576 or Mutu@aol. com. Sacred Pilgrimage to Egypt – Apr 1-10. With Rae Chandran. This unique tour offers a once-ina-lifetime opportunity to experience Egypt with a custom guided program that combines nature, history, adventure and spiritual experiences in some of the most magnificent spots in the world. $3,800-$4,200 (airfare not included). Susan Deflavis Winters: 340-1036. Adelante! Going Forward Together – 9:30am3pm. Celebrate paradise – using our common wisdom, let’s shape a vision that will help us build a better future for all. Begins with conversational circles to gather the collective wisdom from participants, followed in the afternoon with self-organizing action circles. Free and open to all. St Monica’s Episcopal Church, 7070 Immokalee Rd, Naples. Treasure Mapping Workshop –10am-3pm. Facilitators will assist attendees in creating a tool to help them focus on and achieve their goals in life. Bring your creativity and zest for living. Open to both families and individuals. Suggested minimum age for children is 5. Love offering. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. RSVP by 3/29: Elizabeth Smith: 775-3009, ext 113 or YouthEd@

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Annual Unity Youth Ministry Silent Auction and Fundraiser Fair – 11am-2pm. Bring the children and enjoy face-painting, crafts, games, a bounce house, music, jewelry, food, and a silent auction. Unity is a self-financed organization supporting the youth of Southwest Florida. They welcome all young people and their parents or guardians to join for an afternoon of family fun with lots of activities. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. See ad on page 60 and news brief on page 16. Yoga Festival of Naples – 1-8pm. Fun for the whole family: meditation, yoga workshops, kirtan, music, vendors, kids yoga, food. Sponsored by the Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Southwest Florida. North Collier Regional Park, 1500 Livingston Rd, Naples. Eventbrite. com/e/yoga-festival-naples-tickets-31754074291. See ad on page 4 and news brief on page 10.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 The Seasoned Circle Series – 1pm. Three-month series – Hope is Not a Plan. Part III: Capturing Our Own Legacy – the process of life review and writing our narrative presented by Linda Sechrist, of Natural Awakenings magazine. Free. Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 N Tamiami Tr, Naples. 597-1043. See ad, page 26. Picnic ’n’ Flick – 6:30pm. See an inspirational film, Pride, and an opportunity to share with the group afterward. BYO food to nosh during the movie and a blanket and pillow if you so desire. The film, based on a true story, shows the viewer what can be accomplished with cooperation, respect, and the power of true solidarity. Rated R (mild). Love donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. RSVP: TreeSisters-of-the-Sacred-Forest-of-SouthwestFlorida. See news brief, page ##.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7 Healing in America Certified Energy Healing Therapy Development Level I Class –Apr 7-9. Contact credits for massage therapists and nurses. $425. Private home in Naples. Karen Coratelli-

Smith regional director: 692-9120 or kSmith727@ Info:

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Feldenkrais ATM: Soften your Shoulders – 2-4:30pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Learn the moves to antidote 21st-century forward head posture, computer shoulder slump and pain. Discover how pain relief can be fun, gentle and easy. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons are a kind approach to reclaiming a healthy relationship with your whole self. Beginners are welcome. $25/preregistered, $30/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr Naples. 213-9276.

TUESDAY, MAY 9 Picnic ’n’ Flick – 6:30pm. See an inspirational film, Sing Street, and an opportunity to share with the group afterward. Bring food to nosh during the movie and a blanket and pillow if you so desire. The film, about bullying and youthful angst, illustrates how at the core, we have more in common than what seems to divide us on the surface. PG-13. Love donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. RSVP: See news brief, page 15.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Jun 9-11. $444 includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, Licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or Info:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 John of God and The House of Saint Ignatius of Loyola Spiritual Journey – Aug 12-27. With John of God casa guides Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Join for an enlightenment opportunity of a lifetime in Abadiania, Brazil. Everything is taken care of for you. Set your intentions for healing of emotions, mind, body and soul. Travel is from Miami to Brazilia, transfers, R&B, Casa donation all included. Info/register: 692-9120 or RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY & FARM OBTAIN THE PROPERTY REPORT REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW AND READ IT BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING. NO FEDERAL AGENCY HAS JUDGED THE MERITS OR VALUE, IF ANY, OF THIS PROPERTY. This is not intended to be an offer to sell, nor solicitation of an offer to buy real estate in North Carolina to residents of any state or other jurisdiction where prohibited by law.


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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

River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.

Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/ drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at

Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314.


Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100.

Beginners’ Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Last Sunday. Get to know our style of practice, our lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. Cushions and chairs provided. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. 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.

Transformational Breath – 10-11:30am. With Carrie Sopko. Relax your mind by learning to stay calm and exploring your inner consciousness through guided breathing. $20/drop-in or class packages. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491.


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

members, $20/nonmembers (includes admission to the Garden). 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938.

Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service/Youth and Family Ministry – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Yoga at the Garden – 10-11am. With Susie Lentz, of greenmonkey yoga. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of the Naples Botanical Gardens on the Kapnick Caribbean lawn. $10/

Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. or Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of the Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group – 1:45-3:45pm. With dharma teacher Mary Tracy Sigman. Come explore practical Buddhism for everyday life. Service includes chanting from the Lotus Sutra, dharma study, circle of compassion and a short closing meditation. All are welcome. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Rm 1, Ft Myers. Info: 239-292-3182. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.


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Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

monday Nature’s Peace at CREW – Thru Apr. 2nd Mon. An award-winning series of programs for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients or persons that are visually impaired and their caregivers at the CREW Bird Rookery Swamp trail. Free. 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd W, Naples. For Alzheimer’s patients/caregivers, register: 262-8388. For visually impaired persons/caregivers, register: 430-3934. CrewTrust. org/natures-peace. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Sit on the chair to perform modified poses or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Shelling and Beachcombing Talk – Thru April. 10-11am. Join a naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga specific self-talk skills. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. AshtangaYoga – 11am-noon. With Briana Beauvoir. Modifications, hands on adjustments will be available to students to deepen their practice and understanding of the true meaning of yoga. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Journey within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100 percent of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 9803257 or

sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410.

Strength Class – 6-7pm. This co-ed, full-body conditioning class changes with a monthly theme for a completely unique workout each time. $18/dropin. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300.

Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095.

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory

Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This informal class will explore the techniques of mindful meditation. Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491.

Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. 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 Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. Small classes to suit your needs. Boost physical/emotional well being. Gain strength. $18. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Mindful Movement and Meditation – 9-10am. Meditative class to tune into a deep inner mind/body connection. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick.

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). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. Yoga Regulators – 5-6pm. Specialized yoga for active kiddos to improve behavior, focus, and attention through learning self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 7-12. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Sunset Beach Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm (6:30-7:30pm after time change). With Sue Rokela. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Yoga – 5:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. Slow-flow mixed with restorative. You’ll be guided to move with your breath and with ease which cultivates strength, balance and awareness. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

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All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846.

Meditation – 6pm. Donation. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221.

Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385.

FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help to slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Pilates Level I Foundations – 10am-10:50am. With Susan Mann, PT, DPT. Learn the basics to progress your strength, flexibility and balance safely. Fitness for Life, 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 948-5555. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10-11:30am. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 1-2pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095.

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. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga specific self-talk skills. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. “Understanding Y” Coed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program for men and women. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899 or Linda: 949-4910. 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 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. 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.

Therapeutics Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582.

Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 2-3pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes; discover how to move easily with less pain. Regardless of age or condition increase your ability to learn and improve. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444.



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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No

dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Brittany Price. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus park entry fee. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 5981938. Body/Mind/Soul Consultations – 9am-5pm. By appointment. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Pilates Bootcamp Class – 9:30-10:30am. More than a Pilates mat class; get your heart pumping and body moving with this challenging cross-conditioning class. Beginners welcome. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tl N, Naples. 254-9300. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10am. 3rd Wed. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Exploring Coastal Habitats Walk – Thru April. 1011am. Naturalist guided walk exploring one of the most productive ecosystems in nature. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Yang Style Tai Chi – 11am-noon. With Suzanne Jefferies. A fun, gentle way to relax, reduce stress, improve balance and feel great. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749.

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. For those who feel threatened by angry people or personal criticisms. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Locally Grown Produce Market – Thru May. 3-6pm. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. Info: Confident Caterpillars – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Children ages 5-12 learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $80/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consist of more than 36 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/ map: Access BARs – 5:30-8:30pm. For those have taken the energetic healing BARs class, attend and exchange sessions with others. $5. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: Kristina: 305-331-7465. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Barre Motion Class – 6-7pm. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This high-energy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Restorative Yoga – 6-7pm. With Linda Mundt, E-RYT. $15/drop-in. Integrative Mindfulness studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circ, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 405-7330. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm, group class ($5); 7-9pm, dancing ($12). Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 NTamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. 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.

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thursday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. Small classes to suit your needs. Boost physical/emotional well being. Gain strength. $18. Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Mind-Body Renewal – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Combining yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra). Feel refreshed and recharged. $50/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. This hour-long class does a little with every part of the body. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement – 2-3pm. With JoAnn Rahl. Gentle movement classes; discover how to move easily with less pain. Regardless of age or condition increase your ability to learn and improve. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Qigong – 3-4pm. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Kids Yoga Classes – 4:30-5:30pm. With Salima Silverman. A fun way for kids to learn yoga through animal themes and games. Ages 6-10.  $10/ drop-in. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. IN.FORM Meetings – 4:30-6pm. Gain health and enjoy the side effects of weight loss, better gut and cardio health and more energy. First week free, subsequent weeks free with IN.FORM program participation. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: In-form-mtgs. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-

6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Live Music – 5-8pm. Organic wine and beer bar. Organic dining and 8.5 acres of lush grounds to tour. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Yin/Yoga Nidra Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 5297582. Soul Yoga Flow – 6-7pm. Facilitated by Briana Beauvoir, she encourages intuitive practice which invites you to listen to your body and move as it wants you to. Shangri-La Springs, Long House, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. 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. Yoga – 6:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of restorative sound, integrative relaxation, meditation group and peaceful mind yoga. $80/4 classes; client discount available. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm, group class ($8); 8-9:30pm, salsa party ($12). Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

friday Pilates Level 2 Equipment Combo – 8-8:50am. Energetic, flowing pace using the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Spine Corrector to increase flexibility and core strength for improved balance. Fitness for Life, 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. 948-5555. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Shelling and Beachcombing Talk – Thru April. 10-11am. Join a naturalist to learn why and what you find on the beach. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Ding Darling Lecture Series – Thru Apr 14. 10am & 1pm. Photographic presentations will feature birds and other wildlife and their habitat during the lecture series. Book signings will follow most lectures. Arrive one hour early to assure seating. JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. Info/schedule: Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. For those who feel threatened by angry people or personal criticisms. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. IN.FORM Friday – 3-4pm. Learn about this revolutionary body transformation program that starts with gut and cardio health. Supplements combined with 13 weeks of free coaching can help one gain health and ditch fat. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Jo: 250-9312. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Live Music – 5-8pm. Organic wine and beer bar. Organic dining and 8.5 acres of lush grounds to tour. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511.


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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Buddhist Meditation and Teachings – 6:307:30pm. With Buddhist Teacher JoAnn Lawrence. Practical teachings and guided meditation to understand the mind, change habits and find relaxation and peace. $10 suggested donation. Must RSVP, seating is limited. 4933 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 200, Naples. 822-5806.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Barre Motion Class – 9:30-10:30am. Naples’ original Pilates-based, cardio barre class. This highenergy class is ideal for dancers and non-dancers alike. Be prepared to sweat. $18/drop-in. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Naturalist Guided Walk – Thru April. 10am. Free. Naturalist walk through maritime forest and coastal strand. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Beach Blvd, Bonita Springs. Barefoot Beach Preserve Lecture Series – Thru Apr. 10am. Featuring different speakers each week. Free. Beach pass required or entrance fee. Barefoot Beach Preserve Learning Center, Barefoot Bch Blvd, Bonita Springs. Schedule: Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is a minimum charge of $25 for up to the first 20 words and $1 for each additional word. To place an ad, email NAclassifieds@ FOR RENT OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT – Beautiful, private room in Integrity Biofeedback Bonita Bay office complex. Includes private restroom and relaxing waiting area. Utilities included. Call 221-8977. OFFICE/THERAPY ROOMS FOR RENT – Nicely finished with waiting room. Ground floor Landmark Professional Building, near Colonial Blvd. Handicap accessible. Ample parking. Rent one or both. Starting at $300/month. Utilities included. 209-0199. TRANQUIL ROOM FOR RENT – All new and beautiful organic spa room with hardwood floors located at a medical wellness center near Fifth Ave. South. Perfect for acupuncturist, nutritionist, counselor, energy healer or other. $700/month. 777-0344. ROOM FOR RENT –12-by-10 feet in established functional medical practice. Looking for integrative professional. Professional buildings at 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. Call regarding price and amenities: 481-5600.

OPPORTUNITIES SEEKING DUALLY LICENSED LMT/ESTHETICIAN – Located in an organic, upscale spa. Must be experienced. Email resume: Info@ with MAR-NA-HireMeLMT as the subject. SEEKING LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST– Located in an organic, upscale spa. Must be experienced. Email resume: Info@PurelyYouSpa. com with MAR-NA-HireMeLMT as the subject. SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My work includes recognizing and energizing potential

business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business, complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 530-1377 or visit

RETREATS SPIRITUAL RETREATS TO EGYPT AND ISRAEL – Meditations, initiations and channeling with Rae Chandran. Join Natural Awakenings Publisher Sharon Bruckman and Naples medical qigong practitioner Dr. Susan Deflavis Winters on these life-changing tours of Egypt and Israel with this very special guide. 340-1036 or

SERVICES GIVE LOVE – SEND MUSIC – BRING JOY & PEACE – Violinist and Musical Therapist JamesSteven Farnsworth brings sacred sounds and beautiful music of The Healing Violin. For the care of Alzheimer’s; those in surgical Rehabilitation; and those in Hospice treatment. Twenty-two years of experience. Excellent recommendations. Licensed and Insured. Please visit website for further information. God blesses thru Music. 510-292-7786.

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. Historic Walking Tours – 1pm. Spend a beautiful afternoon with nature. Learn about the history and ecology of the center. Park in the parking lot and meet in the Historic House. Donations appreciated. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Experiential Meditation Course – 1-4pm. 2nd Sat. Stop negative habits/emotions at their source. Stress, food, smoking. $75. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Naples. 287-3458. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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Eco Yards


plus: Medical Massage Readers are Seeking These Providers & Services: Gardening Supplies • Lawn Care Equipment Xeriscapes & Other Earth-Friendly Landscaping Plant Care Specialists • Organic Bedding • Composting Horticulture Books & Online Resources Outdoor & Grow Lighting • Chiropractors • Physical Therapy CranioSacral Therapy • Massage Therapists ... and this is just a partial list!

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Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified 6628 Willow Park Dr, Ste C 1032 Goodlette Rd (Colonial Square) 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 31.

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

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

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

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 57.

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

Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.


Karin S Wolfe, CBS 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 •

Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.



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

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


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


2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate board-certified internal medicine, natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Blog, newsletter and online courses at


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.

Certified Biofeedback Specialist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBS#5563.

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

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


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5100 N Tamiami Trl, Ste 126, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).


George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer PTX/Egoscue Posture Therapist Avazzia Microcurrent Therapist 239-919-4413• Lasting relief from chronic pain and tightness with improved posture and performance using Rolfing, PTX/Egoscue structural exercises and Avazzia Microcurrent therapy used by professional sports teams. MA50132.


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

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

Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 39.


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.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 77.



Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 •

Clean Renewable Energy Worldwide is the best value in solar. $0 down solar ownership you receive the benefits of clean renewable power. Get your energy assessment to see how you can solar power your home. Go forth and spread sunshine.


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 43.



Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing. MA77085, MM33594.

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 30.



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

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





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

A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: our-events/.


Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.


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


239-910-6576 Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.


Healing People & Animals since 2005 • 239-253-9008 Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.


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


Feldenkrais® ATM® Student Teacher Kinesis Structural Integration Practitioner Licensed Massage Therapist 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • Discover how to move with ease and comfort using Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement®. Accelerate your healing by combining private sessions with public classes/workshops. Check website and ongoing events for class times. MA26919, MM24629.


239-405-7330 • Creating space for a peaceful mind. More than 10 years creating homes, schools and businesses to enhance relationships, health, clear thinking and project start-up energy. Color and space design. Staging. Clutter clearing.


Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 24.

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

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


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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 63.


2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 •

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 56.


Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 68.


Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 25.


630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.


Licensed Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" Coach, Workshop Leader, Teacher & Speaker • 239-404-2912 "You can't change what's going on around you until you change what is going on within you." Simple proven wisdom for complex lives. Individual private sessions and weekly group workshops. All sessions in a calm, patient, purposeful environment. Let's talk.



9200 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • Regain body wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. Reiki, qigong, Bach Flowers and Trager Approach®. Massage and CEU classes for health professionals. All levels yoga. Call for assessment. MM21921.

9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 24.

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~E. M. Forster natural awakenings

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7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 65.


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 70.

NUTRITION PATTI BADINER, MB-EAT + ONE-ONONE COACHING Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training Instructor 612-718-1416 •





Fitness for Life of Naples 28811 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs 239-948-5555 Physical therapist and pilates instructor specializing in women's health. Accepting new clients for private pilates and group classes – schedule your appointment today!



Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 •

Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with researchbased methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back. See ad, page 17.


AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 25.



Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 18.



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


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

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


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At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 21.


Lose the dieting mentality and gain a balanced relationship with food through Mindful Eating. Discover the power of tuning into your body and mind by combining mindfulness meditation practices with eating awareness, and achieve permanent weight management without struggle.

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

Area Rug Cleaning Specialist 4081 Mercantile Ave, Ste B, Naples 34104 239-206-1481 ·

Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582

Brand new healing art space offering therapeutic and Thai massage, yoga therapy and multistyle yoga classes and workshops including Therapeutics, Hatha, Yin/ Yoga Nidra, restorative, Vinyasa-Flow and crystal bowls. MA# 74913. MM# 35896.


2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 53.


(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.

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

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve posture, breath-work, heal injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Gift certificates available. See ad, page 29.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton

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