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Feminine Energy Rising Thinking about honoring women, and especially mothers, this month brings to mind courageous female role models that have inspired and empowered my journey. Oprah Winfrey is one of them, and arguably among the most influential women in modern times. Her acceptance speech as the first black woman to receive the 2018 Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award moved many and brought hope that a new day is dawning. “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have,” said Winfrey. She acknowledged the population of women that have felt strong and empowered enough to finally speak up and tell their stories of surviving sexual and violent assault and abuse of position, as evidenced in the Me Too (#MeToo) and supportive Time’s Up movements. Such stories transcend gender, culture, politics, religion and employment. It’s obvious that the historic power imbalance between men and women isn’t working. As one of my spiritual teachers says about playing small, “The gig’s up!” To operate optimally, each of us, man or woman, must necessarily express both masculine and feminine spiritual qualities such as strength, authority, gentleness and love. Whatever our gender, we can experience a sense of loss of our best self if we disconnect from either our masculine drive, ambition and competitiveness or our feminine nurturing, empathy and creative intuition. Balance is required. For too long, society has bathed us all in predominately male-derived structures, as clearly evidenced by recent political, social and economic events. Meanwhile, women are only beginning to realize the vast scope of their full potential to enhance the health of organizations, communities and the world. The traditional system is not creating the kind of world most people want to live in: one that is harmonious, fair, equitable and safe. The feminine energy now rising is what the world needs to be able to heal and transform itself before all we hold dear is destroyed. So how do we all consistently tap into our feminine energy to balance feeling, being, opening, flowing and receiving with the masculine energy of doing, giving, planning and decision-making? Feminine energy is receptive while masculine energy is actionoriented, and both are essential. Overdoing one at the cost of the other isn’t healthy for anyone. Viewing my own life as a businesswoman, mother and homeowner, I understand firsthand how multitasking modern women can end up overdosed with masculine energy. The month of May with its spring flowers, birth of wildlife, softer weather and designated day to honor mothering of all kinds can help guide us. Connecting to the feminine energies of the universe while relearning how to be open and humble, yet strong and resilient at the same time teaches us how to be in relationship with ourselves and the world. When we first notice any imbalance is the best time to rebalance, often through self-care and stopping to receive the sweet fragrances of life all around us. Let’s look for more opportunities this month to celebrate our loving connections with mothers, sisters, girlfriends, women mentors and the humble, open-hearted men that understand the value of true womanhood. To truly healthy women and men everywhere,

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Protocol for Reversing Alzheimer’s Disease


ara Albright Capece, a certified health coach in functional medicine trained in the Bredesen Reversing Cognitive Decline (ReCODE) protocol, has launched online telehealth coaching for using the protocol to treat individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Capece observed a client’s spouse that was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia progress from being Sara Allbright Capece depressed and withdrawn to fully engaged and interacting with his family after being treated using the Bredesen ReCODE protocol. The part-time resident of Sanibel says, “Anyone who has watched a loved one drift away through cognitive decline will appreciate the significance of this transformation. My coaching and wellness strategies are based on these principles.” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.7 million Americans currently live with Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, this number is projected to nearly double. From helping find a trained practitioner to making the necessary changes to nutrition and lifestyle, a health coach can help patients navigate the process and achieve successful implementation of this complex protocol and reverse symptoms. For more information or to arrange for an initial complementary session, call 518-423-1399, email or visit See Resource Guide listing, page 65.


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BEssentially Green Formed in Fort Myers


iane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick, of Fort Myers, have created BEssentially Green to advise, guide and assist people that want to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. The duo offers natural living journeys, as well as home and business green makeovers using feng shui principles. Services begin with an initial consultation, followed by the development of a customized program of coaching and support at an hourly rate. “We feel that more and more people are becoming interested in a healthier way of living, but don’t know where to start,” says Leddy. “They may want to eat more healthfully, rid their homes and businesses of toxins or clear their spaces and de-clutter their homes so they can feel lighter in their mind, body and spirit. As natural living advisors, we can support and guide people without stress and with success using personalized mentoring for each individual.” Leddy and Fitzpatrick will lead Southwest Florida Health & Wellness Meetup sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 8, at Square 1 Burger’s meeting room, in Fort Myers, and on May 10 at Casamigos Mexican Cantina, in Naples. Locations: Square 1 Burger, 5031 S. Cleveland Ave. and Casamigos Mexican Cantina, 4947 Tamiami Tr., Ste. 110. For more information, call Leddy at 941-356-3688 or email See ad, page 32.

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Holistic Health Coach Helps Clients Transition to a Plant-Based Diet


manda Laukaitis, a certified holistic health coach with a certificate in plant-based nutrition, will give a free presentation about her new holistic healthy diet consulting business at 11:30 a.m., May 12, at the Gulf Coast Family Fitness Center, in Cape Coral. Laukaitis, who transitioned to a plant-based diet three years ago, provides personalized coaching by phone. “A plantbased diet has given me great health and energy, but more importantly, it has led me to my life’s work,” she explains. “New information is very exciting and motivating, but unfortunately, changing behaviors can be hard because it requires discipline to change what we believe to be true about the world and ourselves. “When people come to me looking to transition, I help them figure out what to eat, but that is only part of the process. More importantly, I teach people how to turn these healthy habits into behaviors that last. I help women create a health plan that fits into both their full-time jobs and commitments.” Event location: 814 SW Pine Island Rd., Ste. 102-104. For more information or to RSVP, email EmpoweruHealthCoaching@gmail. com or visit EmpoweruHealthCoaching. com. See Resource Guide listing, page 66.

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New Chiropractic Practice in Bonita Springs


onita Beach Chiropractic is open at 11100 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 107B, in Bonita Springs. Owned by Dr. Annie Ray, the practice provides gentle and effective chiropractic care, nutrition and wellness counseling, along with at-home therapies that include electrical muscle stimulation and laser therapy. With a Doctor of Chiropractic degree Dr. Annie Ray from Logan University, College of Chiropractic, Ray completed her clinical internship at Logan University and has worked with disabled athletes. Ray explains the process for new clients: “We’ll do a full assessment of your health history and specific complaint to determine how best to address the issue. Maybe it is adjustments, but perhaps you would benefit from reassessing what you’re eating or your daily movement. I love being a chiropractor and helping people find the right balance.” For more information or appointment, call 239-992-6643, email or visit BonitaBeachChiro. com. See ad, page 36.

Happehatchee Center Celebrates World Labyrinth Day


he Happehatchee Center, in Estero, will host Walk as One at 1 p.m. on May 5 to commemorate World Labyrinth Day. Walkers will join more than 5,000 people around the planet participating in the celebration in 45 U.S. and more than 20 countries, taking mindful steps to envision and reinforce efforts for world peace. Visitors can enjoy free yoga classes, live music and homemade soaps provided by Yoga Momma and Happe Feet. A community drum circle will take place at 3:30 p.m., led by Debo Kumi, with percussion instruments for attendees to play. According to the Labyrinth Society, “Group walks at public labyrinths engage the community and amplify our collective energy. It is a walking meditation, a path of prayer, and a blueprint where psyche meets spirit.” Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-9925455, email or visit See Resource Guide listing, page 64. May 2018


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My Florida Green Presents Cannabis Symposium


y Florida Green will present Cannabis Speaks, an educational symposium on medicinal marijuana, from 6 to 9 p.m., May 4, at the Hilton Naples. Physicians, healers, patients, their families and those interested in learning about the effectiveness and value of medicinal marijuana as an alternative treatment may attend this event. “The overwhelming passage of the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Amendment in 2016 made it clear that our community wants a treatment option that’s the most effective and least dangerous for their family and friends,” says My Florida Green founder and CEO Nick Garulay. “We have collected some of the most preeminent leaders in the medical marijuana community to offer valuable insights and education regarding research, healing and practical uses.” Speakers Dr. Mark Hashim, Dr. Paul Weisman, Dr. Cade Copeland, Dr. Mark Vacker and Garulay will provide an overview of what medical marijuana is, who it can help, the medicinal value, what the process looks like and how to navigate the system. Information will be presented from the point of view of both the patient and physician. My Florida Green’s primary mission is to help people suffering from any of 28 qualified medical conditions or other conditions of similar like, kind or class, with a natural and effective alternative to synthetic drugs in a discreet environment. All of their member physicians are extensively vetted for quality, licensed with Florida’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use and meticulously follow all laws and legal protocols set forth by the state of Florida and Department of Health. Location: 5111 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 239-307-5307 or visit


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Tracking Device in the Works for Autistic Children

Theta Healing Event at Wellbridges in Bonita


Free admission. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information, call 239-599-4224, email SpiritualCoach@hotmail. com or visit See ad, page 55.

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piritual Coach and Theta Healing Practitioner Patti Wilson will offer Clearing Resentments to Make Room for Inner Peace from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., May 9, at Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs. During this workshop and demonstration, Wilson will discuss the whole Patti Wilson body-mind-spirit system and how limiting thoughts and feelings can be altered to produce rapid personal growth and physical healing. “The body is a brilliantly functioning system, yet it faces unconscious blocks in its quest for harmony and healing. By learning how the mind impacts our emotional and physical health, we can develop awareness and insight into our own blockages and boost our journey to greater wellness,” says Wilson. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Bonita Springs Assistance Office.

onathon Lindback, founder and president of Ausome Minds, is developing a GPS tracking device for children with autism. The first working prototype was recently finished and testing with local families will begin soon. Lindback plans to make the app available by August 1. The app is shaped like a watch, with many customizable features to accommodate the sensory needs of individuals. Certain situations can cause autistic children to become overwhelmed, and they tend to wander off without notice. A tragic fatality involving a young boy in Naples inspired Lindback to create this app. “We have been working with families in the autism community to make sure our product is designed around their needs,” says Lindback, who began work on it while still a Florida Gulf Coast University student through the school’s Institute for Entrepreneurship. “We will reduce the risk of dangerous situations by allowing parents to monitor their child’s whereabouts at all times.”

kudos Two local organizations have been recognized by the Blue Zones Project—a communityby-community well-being improvement initiative supporting longer, better lives through permanent changes to the environment, policy and social networks. Naples United Church of Christ is now a Blue Zones Project-approved Faith-Based Organization. In addition to hosting a Purpose Workshop to promote fellowship, the church recently added bike racks and yoga classes to encourage physical activity, planted a garden, became a tobacco-free site and promoted community volunteer opportunities. The Naples Art Association, named a Blue Zones Projectrecognized organization, took similar measures, enhancing volunteerism within their organization to increase their employees’ sense of purpose, becoming a tobacco-free organization and ensuring bike racks are available on-site to encourage alternative transportation methods. For more information, visit SouthwestFlorida.BlueZonesProject. com, or 16

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Foot Reflexology Benefits the Entire Body Nerves are the communication lines of the body, according to “the barefoot professor”, Daniel Howell, Ph.D., who writes about the effects of footwear on foot anatomy in his Barefoot Book. Howell notes that natural biofeedback occurs between the brain and the estimated 100,000 to 200,000 exteroreceptors in the soles of each foot. Peripheral nerves, he explains, originate from the brain and spinal cord, extend to the skin, muscles and tissues, and relay information in the form of electrical impulses. This communication plays a big part in the work of reflexologists that use their thumbs to apply alternating pressure on reflex points located on the feet. “If you’re feeling out of kilter, don’t know why or what about, let your feet reveal the answer, find the sore spot, work it out,” is the personal philosophy of Eunice D. Ingham, who created the world-renowned Ingham Method, considered the Rolls Royce of reflexology. Ingham worked alongside her mentor, Dr. Joe Shelby Riley, to research and document the theories and signature thumb, finger and hand techniques used today by 25,000 reflexologists throughout the world. The Original Works of Eunice D. Ingham, published in 1984, includes Stories the Feet Can Tell Thru Reflexology. The book correlates the connections between specific organs

and glands with reflex areas in the feet. A reflexologist’s experienced hands and thumbs, which travel over feet dusted with non-talcum powder, pick up on textures such as grittiness, sponginess, lumps, hard spots or a callous formation. Responses to reflexology vary widely, from feelings of calm and sleepiness to a sense of renewed energy and rejuvenation. The more frequently an individual experiences reflexology, the more likely they are to notice overall benefits such as stress reduction, relaxation, assistance in maintaining wellness and pain management. In a typical 60-minute reflexology session, only footwear is removed. Although work is generally focused on the feet, hands and the outer area of the ears might also be included. Reflexology is good for foot problems, relaxes the entire body and relieves emotional stress. Nurses, hairstylists, bartenders, waitresses and massage therapists that stand on their feet for the majority of their work day are especially good candidates for reflexology because it helps increase circulation.

Happy Feet Reflexology, Neapolitan Plaza, 4661 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-465-0708. See ad, page 14. Ultimate Relaxation, Coastland Center Mall, Naples. 239793-8888. See ad, page 41.

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New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 18

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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.


New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure

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Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.

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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Exedrin, and included in many over-the-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.

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Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.

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Yoga Soothes the Blues Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.

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Breast Thermography Provides Early Cancer Detection American Cancer Society (ACS) statistics on breast cancer are shocking. Every three minutes in the U.S., a woman is diagnosed with this dreaded disease, which annually claims the lives of more than 40,000 women. With the incidence of breast cancer on the rise, women are educating themselves about the option of including a thermogram in their annual check-up. This tool for risk assessment measures thermal emissions emanating from the body, a key indicator of health. Available in this country since the 1960s, it was approved in 1982 as an adjunct to mammography. Thermography utilizes an infrared camera to take images of the breasts without radiation, compression, pain or side effects. Medical

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doctors trained in thermology analyze the images and report their findings. This is the only breast test that evaluates pathology physiologically, meaning that it measures the function of the breast and its blood vessels, as opposed to all other available tests, which measure the anatomy looking for tumors and cysts. Thermography detects the physiologic changes in the breast tissue that have been shown to correlate with cancerous or precancerous states. It is widely acknowledged that cancers need nutrients to maintain or accelerate their growth even in their earliest stages. In order to facilitate this process, blood vessels remain open while inactive blood vessels are activated and new ones are formed, a pro-

cess known as angiogenesis. This vascular process causes an increase in surface temperature in the affected regions that can be viewed with infrared imaging cameras. Additionally, the newly formed or activated blood vessels have a distinct appearance that thermography can detect. A thermogram has a 95 percent detection rate when used as part of a multi-modal approach, using breast examination and anatomic testing. It is particularly valuable because it can be performed safely at age 20, allowing for the detection of early stage breast cancers at their inception.

Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd., Naples. 239-307-5616. Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound, Sunshine Plaza & Professional Center, 0148 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 202, Bonita Springs. 239-949-2011. See ad, page 42. Suncoast Thermal Imaging, 308 S.E. 43rd Ln., Cape Coral. 239-5401022. See ad, page 30.

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Waterborne Drugs

Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.

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Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit May 2018


Grocer Shuns Plastic Trays

The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

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Inspiring Messages that Surprise

Artistically decorated rocks featuring inspirational messages are turning up in Mobile, Alabama, and along the Gulf of Mexico shoreline as part of The Kindness Rocks Project ( Anyone can paint rocks and “plant” them for someone else to discover. Likewise, everyone is invited to hunt for kindness rocks. Those that find a rock are free to take it, plant it somewhere else or leave it for someone else to find. The grassroots movement was created to spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through the random placement of the rocks in public spaces. The goal is to encourage others to find creative ways to reach out and brighten someone else’s day unexpectedly, whether it’s through kindness rocks, love notes or random acts of generosity.

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Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

Locals Prevail Against Bristol Bay Mine

Alaskan mining critics cheered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency decision to maintain an existing policy not to permit the Northern Dynasty Minerals’ Pebble copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay. They maintain that the project’s toxic byproducts would threaten fisheries and other natural resources. Alannah Hurley, with United Tribes of Bristol Bay, a group opposing the mine, has said that members of the tribes she represents are willing to lie down in front of bulldozers to protect the waters. She notes, “Ideally, we would like these [protections] finalized, and the battle to protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine and mines like Pebble is far from over. But the fact that these protections remain in place and can be used within the process is a very positive step in the effort to protect the Bristol Bay watershed for generations to come.” 22

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Even Paradise Requires Mindfulness by Linda Sechrist


in which I practice. No s a teenager, Ann Fisher, LSW, matter what area of noticed that she counseling I’m involved was the one her friends in, it’s always about the always opened up to when importance of healthy they needed to share their relationship, whether secrets or discuss their it’s with ourselves, each problems. Even then, other, our bodies or Fisher recognized her with the Earth that we intrigue for what made inhabit,” explains Fisher. people tick, and that psyFisher moved from Ann Fisher chology was going to be the Boston area to Naples her career path. “I’ve been a clinical social a little more than three years ago. “Up until worker for more than 30 years, and I’m still we moved to Florida, my husband and I feeling passionate about psychotherapy. I lived in that area our entire life. I never love my career, which keeps me excited,” thought we’d live in Florida, but we have says Fisher. found that living in a warm climate where Reflecting upon her career, Fisher the sun shines most of the time, it’s easier recalls that she initially worked with to lead a healthier lifestyle,” says Fisher. individuals that were affected by sexual Fisher was surprised to discover that trauma. “While I still do some of this work, living in a resort city on the shores of the I have expanded my sphere of practice Gulf of Mexico, famous for its beautiful into areas of couples and family relationbeaches, sophisticated dining and happy ships, as well as groups. More recently, hours, could also pose a challenge. “A I’ve been working with individuals around number of clients who were working on issues that deal with the aging process and living a healthier lifestyle brought my leading my Aging Wisely programs. This attention to their concern about how work incorporates a significant amount of social life here revolves around drinkpositive psychology and holistic health. ing alcohol. They voiced a desire to find As I’ve personally evolved, my field another way of meeting other women of study has evolved, as well as the way that didn’t include drinking. They also

wanted a place where they could discuss their concerns with women who might be interested in a similar conversation about how they used alcohol. Through discussions with these women, we conceived the idea of the Happier Hour, a group for women who are examining the role of alcohol in their lives,” advises Fisher, who understands the challenges that people can face when they decide to make changes in their drinking habits. “Reasons for the decision can vary from not wanting to have a glass or glasses of wine to take the edge off social anxiety or boredom to not wanting to use alcohol to relax after a busy and tiring day to taking better care of the body and improving a health condition,” explains Fisher, whose research on alcohol consumption among women led her to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, where she learned that between 2002 and 2013 alcohol consumption among women has risen about 58 percent. Among older adults it rose 65 percent. “My concern is how drinking alcoholic beverages increases not only a woman’s risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer but also other conditions such as heart disease, stroke and dementia. I also found it worrisome that older women are at a higher risk from adverse interactions between medications and drinking alcohol. Those were just two of the good reasons to start the Happier Hour,” notes Fisher. Ann Fisher is located at 5100 Tamiami Tr., in Naples. For more information, call 781771-8068, email, or visit See ad, page 15.

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Eco-Upgrades for America’s Landmarks Monuments and Parks Adopt Sustainable Practices by Avery Mack


ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.

Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. 24

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed

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natural gas. In 2010, a Climate Action Plan introduced green office practices, conversion to solar water heaters in National Park Service residences and increased composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 30 percent by 2020. The park is unique in its composting program for mule waste.

Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon, Colorado Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

of airborne microorganisms,” says Kevin Hickey, president of Aerus, LLC, in Dallas. “It keeps germs from spreading in crowded situations.” ActivePure is also in place at the Ground Zero Museum. “The nature of the artifacts often caused itchy eyes and coughs,” Hickey recalls. “We donated freestanding units and saw improved air quality the next day.”

Empire State Building, New York City The iconic historic structure is the tallest LEED-certified building in the U.S. It’s also the most photographed building in the world, according to Cornell University researchers in Ithaca, New York. All 6,514 windows were refurbished to be four times more energy efficient than before, reusing 96 percent of the original glass and frames.

Statue of Liberty, New York City Cooking oils are repurposed as bio-diesel fuel here, annually diverting an average of 10 tons of waste from landfills. More than 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds from serving visitors and staff are composted. Lady Liberty has been 100 percent carbon neutral for 12 years.

South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Since 2001, the Aquarium has recycled everything from cardboard and paper to wine corks and ink cartridges. Charleston Harbor water fills the saltwater fish tanks, and landscaping using less-thirsty native plants reduces freshwater use. While enjoying visits to America’s landmarks, it’s gratifying to realize so many are adopting eco-friendly measures. Connect with the freelance writer via

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring AnheuserBusch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

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CRAZY-GOOD CONDIMENTS DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients


by Judith Fertig

hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects

heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including highfructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl. com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.


Serious Eats food writer Joshua Bousel uses only six ingredients to make a deliciously easy Grainy Mustard: yellow and brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, kosher salt and an optional pinch of brown sugar. Learn how at WholeGrainDijonRecipe.

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Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at HealthyRanchDressing.

More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (

Superfood Popcorn Seasoning

Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Tinyurl. com/HealthyPopcornSeasoning. Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pint-size jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


Mayonnaise and Ranch Dressing

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DIY Condiment Recipes THE Green Sauce photos by Stephen Blancett

“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups

Plant-Based Ranch Dressing “Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water

1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Pomegranate Molasses

It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely.

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months.

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This is a valuable course for anyone working or volunteering with youths between the ages of 10 and 18, including teachers, coaches, medical staff, church youth advisors, sports club staff and camp counselors.

Minding the Minds of Our Youth by Linda Sechrist


ince 2014, Lee Health has been leading the way in educating the community about how to improve physical and mental well-being through its Healthy Living lecture series and the Lee Health website calendar of events. While the four-year-old lecture series was becoming a huge success, drawing as many as 1,000 attendees to hear lectures from experts such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of Forks Over Knives, and Rick Esselstyn, author of Plant Strong: Discover the World’s Healthiest Diet, there was a continuous behindthe-scenes emphasis on mental and behavioral health for nearly 10 years. Recently, ongoing planning efforts materialized in a partnership with Lee Health, Lee County Schools and the Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Minding Your Mind (MYM) speaker program that offers dynamic, young adults with presentations to students, faculty and parents that focus on firsthand stories about their struggles with mood disorders, thoughts of suicide, eating disorders, addictive behavior, self-harm and bullying. Inspiring sessions provide students with a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of mental disorders and an emphasis on the fact that they are 28

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treatable and help is available. Rob Spicker, communications coordinator for Lee County Schools, was present on March 12 at the first of several assemblies that included school faculty and counselors. “I heard Drew Bergman’s powerful talk about his sad early teenage years plagued with depression, two suicide attempts and inspiring turning point. Although the MYM program was in the planning stages for the nine previous months, the timing was coincidental in its proximity to the shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. Everyone was listening respectfully to Drew talk about the MYM program, yet when he began talking about his first suicide attempt at age 13, the weight of the reality hit everyone. When he finished, six students immediately went to the front of the auditorium to talk with him and the school counselors,” recalls Spicker. “Bergman is just out of college and not much older than the students. He related to them on different level than a principal or counselor. He encouraged us to recognize signs and symptoms in students and gave us some simple tools that are preventive—get good sleep, eat well, develop good health habits and find some-

one to talk with and trust,” advises Spicker. “The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Kids Minds Matter and Valerie’s House were among the resource tables at the sessions so that students and parents knew where they could turn to locally,” says Christin Collins, system director of health and wellness for Lee Health. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Kids’ Minds Matter raises awareness and funds for the estimated 46,000 children in Southwest Florida that are currently living with mental health and behavioral disorders, but without adequate support services. Valerie’s House is a special place for children and families in Southwest Florida to connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced the death of a loved one. One in five Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance abuse problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late. The second-leading cause of death of individuals between 14 and 23 years old is suicide. Because the age of onset of most psychiatric disorders is typically during adolescence, it is essential that the proper information be brought to the attention of secondary school educators, counselors, students and their parents. These are reasons why Lee Health is increasing mental health literacy with Youth Mental Health First Aid training. Youth Mental Health First Aid gives people the tools to identify when an ado-


Complete Health Improvement Program, Kids Minds Matter, Voices for Children’s Mental Health at Golisano Children’s Hospital, Minding Your Mind, 610-642-3879, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Lee/Hendry Counties, 239337-9024. Charlotte County 941-787-2763. Valerie’s House Southwest Florida,

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lescent might be struggling with a mental health or substance abuse problem, and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. This is a valuable course for anyone working or volunteering with youths between the ages of 10 and 18, including teachers, coaches, medical staff, church youth advisors, sports club staff and camp counselors. “On June 4, the mental health theme continues with guest speaker Dr. Darren Morton, author and expert in lifestyle medicine who was integrally involved in Dr. Darren Morton the development of the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), a lifestyle program that has helped Lee Health deliver proven results and priceless benefits in the area of chronic diseases,” advises Collins. The event, Helping Happiness—How to Lift Your Mood and Your Life, gives the author of three books the opportunity to share research on scientifically proven ways for improving happiness.

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Take a Quiz to Help the Planet

As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable. 2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable. 3. Cardboard pizza boxes can be recycled despite absorption of grease and food residue. 4. Aluminum, steel and tin-plated cans can all go in the recycling bin. 5. Some of these items are recyclable: Styrofoam food containers and cups, used paint cans, sewing needles, non-empty aerosol cans, garden hoses and clothing. 6. Recycling broken glass is the same as intact glass. 7. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer. 8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper. Answers: 1. False; generally, only paper bags are recyclable unless a grocer or big-box retailer has its own program for plastic bags. 2. True 3. False 4. True, if free of harmful chemical residue. 5. False; generally, none are recyclable. Notable exceptions for foam are detailed at; shipping storefronts may accept foam packing peanuts. 6. False; put broken light bulbs and other shattered glass in the trash; bring all fluorescent bulbs to a local building supply store. 7. True; many consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers, states and charities offer options to recycle or donate devices. Visit RecyclingForCharities. com,, or 8. True; 30 percent of landfill trash generated annually is paper, outweighed only by plastic and food waste. May 2018


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Five Reasons to Love a Cat

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s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.


Time spent with cats is never wasted.

nature and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity ~Sigmund Freud can be tapped using do-ityourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic

I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy.

Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers.

Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis

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by April Thompson

fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores de-

cided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne William-

son and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and 32

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what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-bymoment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance? The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 34

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

Resistance to Change

Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

It’s a Marathon

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at May 2018


New Standard of Care


Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of

Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattlebased organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

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medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional.

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includes weight-bearing exercise at least three or four days per week. “I’ve followed the bone densities of women that used whole body vibration therapy and a more alkaline diet high in veggies. Their bone densities improved year to year and they weren’t using prescription drugs for osteoporosis. Understand that once you start some of those pharmaceuticals, your bone loss will become worse if you stop. Once you start, you’re on them for life,” says Hughes.

Women’s Health Issues Local Practitioners Discuss Causes and Natural Solutions by Linda Sechrist


o Zorayda Torres, M.D., owner of Upstream Medical Consults, in Bonita Springs, women’s health issues such as heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s, Dr. Zorayda Torres autoimmune disorders and cancer all have hidden origins. “It’s necessary to look for the underlying causes in order to reduce progression or maybe reverse the process. Many of the causes are common among these diseases. Frequently, there’s a combination of multiple things causing chronic inflammation and hormone disturbances. Examples are subtle infections, toxins, metabolic disturbances due to poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, allergies and sensitivities, high stress and unhealthy lifestyles. Genetics also play a role, as some women are immunologically predisposed to chronic inflammation from certain triggers,” says Torres. “No matter what chronic disease or diagnosis, it’s essential to dig deep for clues in a woman’s history and laboratory tests to truly help her,” explains the board-certified internal medicine specialist whose perspective reflects that of Southwest Florida’s top functional medicine practitioners. 38

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Pamela Hughes, DO, owner of Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, in Naples, describes the perfect storm that leads to osteoporosis. “Inactivity, aging, Dr. Pamela Hughes hormone imbalances, steroid use, low vitamin D levels, low magnesium levels, nutritional deficiencies and emotional stress all play a role in osteoporosis. Foods can make it worse. Sweetened beverages and sugar increase inflammation, as well as alcohol consumption that can lead to a leaching of calcium from bones. Eating processed meat and red meat results in excess sodium intake and increased inflammation that can create bone loss. Caffeine and thyroid hormones also promote bone loss. If a woman is on thyroid replacement, she needs to keep levels optimized,” advises Hughes. Supplements that get Hughes’ blessing for osteoporosis are strontium, an alkaline earth metal, vitamins D3 and K2 in combination, as well as calcium and magnesium. Even with the controversy over calcium, she asserts that it is important to balance it with the D, magnesium and K2 and not to take excess calcium. Hughes list of recommendations

Yoga and Osteoporosis

“Few women realize that they have osteoporosis until they fall, experience a fracture and are diagnosed,” says Deb Grilo, yoga teacher and owner of Practice Yoga, in Naples. Deb Grilo Grilo notes that yoga is good for gaining bone mass and strengthening bones. “We do yoga in bare feet and spread our toes, strengthening all of our arches. This helps with balance and reduces the risk of falling. We bear our body weight in poses, lift, lengthen and decompress the spine, which pulls the vertebrae apart. And postures work deep core muscles that improve posture,” she says. Grilo refers to a study conducted by Dr. Loren M. Fishman, a psychiatrist at Columbia University who specializes in rehabilitative medicine. Fishman followed 741 individuals (202 were women) from 2005 to 2015 gathering evidence on how12 yoga poses, practiced daily or every other day, affected bone health. The average age of participants upon joining the study was 68, and 83 percent had osteoporosis or its precursor, osteopenia. A decade later, the findings of bone density measurements reported in Topics of Geriatric Rehabilitation showed improved bone density in the spine and femur of the 227 participants that were moderately or fully compliant with the assigned yoga exercises.

Heart Disease

In the book Doing Harm, author Maya Dusenbery expresses surprise to learn

through her research that the American Heart Association declared in 2016 that despite some progress over the last two decades, heart disease remains under-studied, under-diagnosed and under-treated in women.” Integrative medicine specialists such as Heather Auld, M.D., Lee Physician Group Integrative Medicine, in Bonita Springs, practice a whole systems approach to helping Heather Auld, M.D. female patients that present symptoms of heart disease. “We can prevent 80 percent of existing heart disease with an anti-inflammatory diet, probiotics, exercise, a regular sleep schedule and encouraging women to build community connections and relationships, as well as to practice some form of stress management, and having them follow a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which puts seriously needed nutrients and fiber in their diet,” explains Auld. Stress management is whatever works for a woman that needs to have an outlet for relaxation and feeling joy. “It could be connecting with nature, praying, meditating, listening to music, deep breathing, spending time with a pet, doing yoga or earthing, which is having contact with the Earth’s magnetic force by walking barefoot. For me, it’s grooming my horse,” says Auld, who mentions that social relationships, a sense of purpose and meaningful volunteer work are also good for the heart.


At Root Causes Holistic Health and Medicine, in Fort Myers, Doreen DeStefano, owner, registered nurse, natural heath practitioner and licensed Doreen DeStefano esthetician, has a toolbox of intravenous nutrient therapy, a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and pulsed electromagnetic therapy (PEMF). She uses them in conjunction with a healthy diet and supplementation when working with

clients that have Alzheimer’s or dementia, or are looking to prevent them. She also uses them for other health conditions. DeStefano uses an intravenous infusion of phosphatidylcholine, a major component of biological membranes that plays a role in membrane-mediated cell signaling, to get to optimal levels in the brain. “This helps repair cellular membrane of the central nervous system so cells can function and communicate. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) infusion therapy protects DNA, slows down aging and helps restore function in neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson’s,” she says. “PEMF increases vascular capacity. We use it in conjunction with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We open the existing blood vessels with PEMF and then use the hyperbaric chamber to push oxygen into the capillaries that aren’t getting blood flow. The frequency of treatments depends on whether the goal is prevention, managing or reversal,” notes DeStefano.

Autoimmune – It’s All About the Gut

“If I’m dealing with someone who has autoimmune issues, I start with cleaning up the gut and recommending a healthy diet because that’s where those issues originate. I start wherever I suspect the root cause is. You cannot doctor your way out of a crappy diet,” advises DeStefano.

Depression – It’s a Gut Ditto

Mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, stereotyped as women’s conditions, are symptoms of other problems that originate not in the brain, but in the gut. Deborah Post “Patients with mood disorders have to clean up their gut. Although serotonin, which helps regulate mood, sleep, appetite, digestion and memory, is a brain neurotransmitter, 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract,” says Deb Post, an advanced registered nurse practitioner and owner of Wellbridges, in Bonita Springs.

Improving the gut’s microbiome is essential. Taking the right strains of probiotics, along with eating a healthy diet, reducing environmental toxins, as well as reducing stress and allergens goes a long way in elevating mood helping improve any health problem you have. It’s the basis for all disease,” notes Post.

Breast Cancer

Dee Harris, owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, took the road less traveled after learning she had breast cancer. Harris agreed to have the lump Dee Harris removed, but not to the chemotherapy, radiation or medication that came with a list of side effects that impact quality of life. “My family and friends were supportive in that they prayed for me, but none of them understood how I could go against doctor’s orders. I told them that I had done my research and understood all the implications. If I did it my way, with lifestyle changes I would have a better quality of life, a reduced risk of heart disease, no side effects and a reduced risk for a recurrence,” says Harris, who today recommends that every woman that is diagnosed with breast cancer should do their own extensive research. “Prevention is the cure,” says Harris. It starts with reducing stress levels, getting your genetics tested to determine if you can detox estrogen, and having your urinary ratio of estrogen metabolites checked. Results could be a predictor of probability for developing breast cancer. “If you’re not a good estrogen detoxifier, there are supplements to take and things to do to protect yourself. I refer patients to the Environmental Working Group website so they can learn how they can limit their exposure to toxins in their home environment and personal care products,” advises Harris, who urges women to remove inflammatory junk food, unhealthy fat, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup from their diet. Additionally, she encourages everyone to visit to learn about medications and the nutritional deficiencies they cause. May 2018


Thermography – More Clues

Jo Vaccarino, owner of Be Well Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging, in Naples, suggests that women get the whole picture on breast health. “Thermography provides important information about the physiology of the breasts and nearby lymph nodes. This valuable puzzle piece is a unique perspective and can actually act serve as a guide to increase the efficacy of ultrasound,” says Vaccarino.

The Science of Social Connectedness

Loneliness is linked to a significant increase in the risk of early mortality, according to a study at Brigham Young University. Head author Julianne Holt-Lunstad Dorothy Rodwell notes, “Substantial evidence indicates that individuals lacking social connections (both objective and subjective social isolation) are

at risk for premature mortality.” Dorothy Rodwell, a licensed psychotherapist who also practices at AHA! A Holistic Approach, in Fort Myers, advises that social connectedness is well known for having a positive impact on overall health and longevity. Being socially active and integrated into the community can reduce stress and support our life purpose. “Loving relationships and friendships involve the release of oxytocin (a complex hormone acting as a neurotransmitter) and boosts the feel-good neurochemical serotonin,” advises Rodwell, who also discusses the connection between food and mood with her clients.


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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

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Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony

after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

Go Easy

While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some

forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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Step Three: Specify What Went Wrong Don’t be tempted to try to solve the huge problem initially presented, such as, “I hate my life, everything is terrible, I can’t do anything right.” The goal is actually much smaller, so teach a child to shrink it by narrowing down from some global form to the specific offending thought or situation that needs to be addressed. With young children, frame this approach as doing detective work to locate the source of the problem; with older children, explain that it’s usually a triggering event that makes us feel really bad— the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s key to helping them know what to do to feel better.

Upbeat Kids Five Steps to Positivity by Tamar Chansky

This is a family master plan for helping both children and adults resist negative thinking.

Step One: Empathize with a Child’s Experience While the desired outcome is to help a child embrace a different point of view of their situation, the first goal is not to come on too strong with an agenda of change. Instead, start from where they are, based on an expressed emotion. Reflect this with words, a hug or a gesture. Thoroughly accepting how a child feels doesn’t necessarily imply agreeing or sharing the same view, but it does release them from having to show how bad they feel. So when a child says, “I feel like I’m in jail,” resist the urge to say, “Are you crazy?” Rather than try to steer them off their course, go in the direction of their swerve to help direct them back to their best self. The key is to normalize the experience without minimizing it. Exhibiting too much good cheer means they have no choice but to be grumpy to get their point across. Introduce the idea of choice: “Your thoughts are making you feel really bad. I wonder if there is something different we could do.” Don’t oppressively correct them with the right answer; it makes a child feel bad for being wrong.

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Step Four: Optimize and Rewire When a child is thinking negatively, their thoughts stall, their strengths and resources lock up, and their energy, motivation and hopefulness are drained. Try different settings or perspectives on the specific problem the child has identified and choose the version or interpretation that works best for them, one that is the least damaging, most accurate and gets their system moving in a new direction.

Step Five: Mobilize to Be the Change When we can’t think our way out of a mood, we can move ourselves out of it. Like picking up the needle on a skipping record and putting it down elsewhere, doing something active helps the brain engage in something enjoyable until our nervous system recovers. Thoughts, like a windup toy with its wheels against a wall, can keep spinning fruitlessly in place until manually turned in a new direction. Redirecting differs from distracting ourself from negative thoughts. Distractions play hide-and-seek with negativity; eventually, it will find us again. The master plan in caring for a child calls for us to first dismantle the power of whatever perspective is bullying them, correctly value ideas and then focus on what matters most. Whether we’re accepting or dismissing thoughts that suggest themselves, either way, we’re the boss because thoughts have only the power we give them and we are equipped to let them float on by or to amend, correct or replace them. Psychologist Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Her many books include Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking. For more information, visit

sibilities and accusations, we might steel ourselves to remain calm, get some distance or take our thoughts with a grain of salt. Relabeling begins with noticing a familiar ring to a child’s thoughts and distress; like us, they can also learn to recognize when “Mr. Negative” appears. Then they’re better prepared for discussion. As parents, when we learn to predict, “Yep, I knew my negative thinking was going to jump to that conclusion,” we can decide to choose other interpretations.

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KID TALK How to Communicate with a Child


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udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

Stay Clear. Evenson contends that children are often mirrors of the

surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

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to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.” Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you correct or redirect a child in front of others, they

will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson emphasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life. Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson

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ing,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

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Pillow Self-Talk Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping by Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui


sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.

Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.


What is one thing I would do differently?

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at, from which this was adapted. May 2018





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session for them. Whether ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leashed or comfortably crated. Donations support local charities. Kunjani Cafe, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

TUESDAY, MAY 1 Breathing as Medicine Part II – 6:15-7:30pm. Experience the power of pranayama using life force breathing with Kandy Love, PhD, CYT, YT, LMT. Practice breathing awareness through controlled breath techniques to provide these healing effects: oxygenate your blood, detox, relax, reduce pain, gain mental clarity. $20. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. 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.

WEDNESDAY MAY 2 Chronic Disease Self-Management Program – 9-11:30am. It’s All About You is a six-week workshop designed for people 18 years of age or older with chronic health conditions to help them learn ways to better manage their chronic conditions and the symptoms that often accompany chronic health conditions. Free. Lee Health Solutions, 12550 New Brittany Blvd, Ft Myers. Info/register: 343-9264. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 5/9. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – Also, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30. With Jenny Li Ciconne. Tap into your body for reconnection, balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30/session or $99/4 sessions. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 2771399. Jenny: 851-5415.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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28-Day Gratitude Workout – 9:30am-3pm. Join Sharon and Louanne Saraga Walters for a fourhour workshop that will teach many unique ways to exercise gratitude in all areas of your life. $30/ person. House of Prayer Retreat Center, Beacon Executive Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ste 604, Ft Myers.

posium on medicinal marijuana, presented by My Florida Green, for physicians, potential patients and their families. Event speakers will provide an overview of what medical marijuana is, who it can help, the medicinal value, etc. Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Tr N. See news brief, page 14. Art Walk – May 4-5. 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. Reiki Circle – 7pm. With Pam Bzoch. Through meditation within the circle you will connect to the universal life force to remove blockages to healing and receive messages from your guides. $25. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun included after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With RM Silvia Casabianca. 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. Naples. Preregister: 948-9444. Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five-to-15-minute reiki

Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Live Blood Cell Analysis –10am-5pm. For Goodness Sake, Marquesa Plaza, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 19, Naples. Register: 353-7778. World Labyrinth Day – 1-3:30pm. Free yoga classes and live music. Drum circle at 3:30pm with Debo Kumi (percussion instruments available). Yoga Momma will offer homemade peace sign soaps, and Happe Feet soaps to commemorate World Labyrinth Day. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455 or See news brief, page 13. Movement and Breath for Labor – 3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises.  $25/early bird, $30/door.  The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 248-7931. Register:

SATURDAY, MAY 6 Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Use crystal grids for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, and connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on the flower of life or sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

MONDAY, MAY 7 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

TUESDAY, MAY 8 SWFL Health and Wellness MeetUp – 11:30am1pm. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month with Diane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick of BEssentially Green. Square1 Burger (meeting room), 5031 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers. RSVP: 941-356-3688. Fairies 101 – 5:30-7:30pm. Learn how to attract, connect and communicate with these enchanted beings and their role in our everyday lives. Utilize the fairies’ wisdom and guidance to better care for your natural environment. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. 10 Foods and Techniques to Boost your Energy and Mood – 6:15-7:45pm. Have low energy; feeling anxious or depressed; want more get-up-and-go? Discover foods and techniques to promote your energy and zest for life. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9 Eckankar Sound of Soul Event –5pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. Clearing Resentments to Make Room for Inner Peace – 5:30-7:30pm. With Patti Wilson, MA, MEd. This Theta Healing demonstration will address the whole body-mind-spirit system and show how limiting thoughts and feelings can be altered to produce rapid personal growth and physical healing. Free. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 599-4224. See news brief, page 16.

THURSDAY, MAY 10 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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SWFL Health and Wellness MeetUp – 11:30am1pm. This group meets the first Thursday of every month with Diane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick of BEssentially Green. Casamigos Mexican Cantina, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 110, Naples. RSVP: 941356-3688. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Also 4/26. With Jenny Hong. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Hong will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@ Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 5/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Meditation Class – 10-11am. With D Renee Sarra AP, DOM. Peace, relaxation, and stillness will bring you to what’s important in your life. $10/ class. Integrative Medicine Office, 26800 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 350, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 495-4480.

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SATURDAY, MAY 12 Weekend Childbirth Education – May 12-13. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event –11:30am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Personalized Health Coaching – 11:30am. An overview with Empower U Health Coaching by Amanda about how busy women can transition to a plant based diet and more. The Gulf Coast Family Fitness Center, 814 SW Pine Island Rd, Ste 102-104, Cape Coral. RSVP: EmpowerUHealthCoaching@ See news brief, page 12. Empath Survival Class – Noon-2pm. Are you an empath or think you might be? Learn spiritual tips and techniques to help you survive in this world. Participate in various interactive activities that will empower you as an empath. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

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SUNDAY, MAY 13 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: How to Spiritually Overcome the Mind. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

MONDAY, MAY 14 Shattering the Stigma – 11:30am. Registration begins at 11am. Award-winning mental health expert Dr Radu V Saveanu, of the University of Miami, will discuss the latest advances in mental health treatment at a special luncheon hosted by SalusCare. $45 includes lunch; $60 with CEUs. Broadway Palm, 1380 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. Tickets:

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Wellness Retreat – May 15-17. Join Lee Health physicians and natural health experts as they support and guide you to a healthier lifestyle through nutrition, exercise, self-care and integrated therapies. Fort Myers Beach. Info: 495-4475. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or Taurus New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Anchor the new you upon the Earth as you step into your self-mastery. Be the beacon of light you came here to be by sharing the gifts of your soul’s essence fulfilling your destiny. Bring beach chair and blanket.  $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Cancer Care and the Genetics Link –5:45-7pm. $20/person. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP:  239-6765249 or 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, MAY 17 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. BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams

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and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Alienated Grandparents Anonymous – 3:305:30pm. Support group for grandparents who are cut off from their grandchildren. Community Foundation of Collier County, 1110 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Naples.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 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. 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. 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.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Expanding Consciousness – 9:30am-3pm. Dr Richard Byrne, D Minn, will lead a contemplative, reflective exercise in order to understand more

clearly the quantum and spiritual dimensions of consciousness. Bring a lunch or restaurant on site. $30/person. House of Prayer Retreat Center, Beacon Executive Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ste 604, Ft Myers. TropicaliTea: End of Season Luau – 10amnoon. Unity of Fort Myers’ monthly women’s gathering concludes with a luau. It’s time to have fun, wear your most outrageously flowered outfit and shake your hips and learn to do the hula. Bring your ‘sisters’! Community is welcome. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. $5 love offering. 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 404-4551 or Psychic Fair –11am-4pm. Mini-readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Introduction to Food Healing Workshop – 1:304:30pm. Discover the power of foods to reverse diseases and create radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the Conquering Any Disease FoodHealing System; visit the new probiotics section. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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SUNDAY, MAY 20 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair.  Relax into the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls. Let the whispers of your soul inspire you to fulfill a dream close to your heart. Bring beach chair or mat and blanket. $20 cash or check.  The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Lunch and Learn: About Better Hearing –11:30am-1pm. An educational luncheon presented by the Hoglund Family Hearing & Audiology Center. Experience a hearing screening, and learn how you might hear better to enjoy life better. A light luncheon is included. Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511 or Calling Down the Goddess – 1-3pm. Discuss Goddesses linked to the elements/astrological signs and pick one to work with; brief meditation and steps to work this lovely energy until we release the Goddess for another day. $50. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette N, Naples. 228-6949.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. 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 so you may revitalize your life force. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite Usui Reiki levels one and two. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite Usui Reiki levels one and two. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.


FRIDAY, MAY 25 Light Worker Initiation and Ceremony – May 25-27. 5-10pm, Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat. Lecture, meditation, art, ceremony and ritual to gain greater contact with Hierarchy of Light, greater power in the world to do light work and more. $550. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette N, Naples. 228-6949. Info:

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Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655. Essential Oils 101 – 2-3pm. Learn how certified pure therapeutic-grade essential oils can help you personally and walk away confident in the various uses and applications of these amazing oils. Free with RSVP. NIKS Beauty Lounge, 1944 Winkler Ave, Ft Myers. Register: 248-303-3611.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:45-8:45pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $50/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.

TUESDAY, MAY 29 The Goodwill of Humanity Full Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Receive the final overlay, the heart codes of goodwill to man/womankind. We will distribute the new vision for a peaceful and loving humanity. Bring beach chair or blanket. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N (southernmost beach) off Harbour Dr, Naples. 398-3953.

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

THURSDAY, MAY 31 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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Helping Happiness: How to Lift Your Mood and Your Life – 6-7pm. 5:30pm doors open. With Dr Darren Morton, internationally recognized expert in lifestyle medicine, author, speaker and educator. Free. First Christian Church, 2061 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Info: 424-3234. RSVP: See article, page 28.

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Kids Yoga Teacher Training – Jun 8-10. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 19.

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NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit to submit online.

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.


Power Yoga – 4-5pm. With Tiffany Smith, RYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925.

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

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

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

sunday 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. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski.

Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 4:30-6:30pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $60 includes equipment

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

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. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Qigong Class – 9-10am. No experience necessary.

$7/class. East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr, Naples. 601-2966. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Use the chair to sit on or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting – 4-5pm. Ages 4-6. $85/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Art Social Inclusion – 5-6pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Power Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. With Joel Waltzer, RYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga., 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 6311925. Community Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation, followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@

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A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Gen Chodor. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653.

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Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels. Includes vinyasa, balance, and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Mid-Day Meditation and Discussion – Noon1:30pm. With Rev Clive deLaporte. Optional halfhour meditation plus interactive discussion based on the lesson from the previous Sundays’ message. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Align and Flow Level I – 5:45-6:45pm. With Hanna Riley, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste

128, Naples. 631-1925. Belly Dance Classes – 6-6:50pm (beginners); 7:508:40pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. All-Level Yoga – 6-7pm. With Dr Susan Pataky. Asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Co-Ed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-7:30pm. A 12-step program for men and women whose common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Adult Silent Sustained Drawing Class – 6:307:45pm. Ages 14 and up. $100/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Tuesday Evening Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Sitting and walking meditation followed by a study of Buddhist teachings in the Plum Village Tradition. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Florida

Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6:50-7:40pm. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216870-0653. 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.

wednesday Qigong Class – 9-10am. No experience necessary. $7/class. East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr, Naples. 601-2966. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301938-7503. Hatha Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Erin LaTessa. This all-levels class incorporates asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $17 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Wednesday Morning Book Group – 10-11:30am. In a small group setting study and share books on mindfulness practices that create happier and healthier living. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 292-4189. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $55. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Power Yoga – 4-5pm. With Christina Pandiscio, RYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 6311925.

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Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Meditation and Book Study – 6:30-8pm. Following a half-hour meditation, Rev Clive deLaporte hosts a seven-week series on Living Originally, by Robert Brumet. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Bachata Dance Class – 7-8pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and


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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. 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.

friday Hatha Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Erin LaTessa. This all-levels class incorporates use of asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $17 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

Salsa Dance Class – 8-9pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples.


Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388.

Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels. Includes vinyasa, balance, and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Thursday Morning Meditation – 9am. Drop in for sitting meditation as a way to refresh your practice with others of like mind. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 823-4217. Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. This class emphasizes the practice of posture with focus on alignment, using props, Sanskrit names, breathing and meditation. All-level students. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/location: 269-8846. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting – 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 6-10. $90/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Middle School Art – 5:45-6:45pm. Ages 11-14. $90/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 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. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail. com or Drop-In Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Relax, refresh, re-nourish. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers.

Therapeutic Yoga – Noon-1pm. With Laurie Orlando, ERYT. $15/drop-in or packages available. Practice Yoga, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples. 631-1925. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL Master Naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. 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. Bellydance Class – 7-7:45pm & 8-8:45pm. With Ansuya. Group class specials. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 273-2167.

saturday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Adult Special Needs Yoga – 1-2pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30pm, 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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FOR SALE HYDROPONIC FARM EQUIPMENT – 985 stacks; four, five or six pots on each stack, three dousing systems, plus shed included. Five years old: $75,000 ($129,000 value). Happy Berry Farm: 609-636-3784.

OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE HERE – Are you hiring, renting property/office space, selling products, offering services or in need of volunteers? Advertise your personal/business needs in Natural Awakenings classified ad section. To place an ad, email RAW HAIR ORGANIC SALON – Now hiring experienced stylists for part-time and full-time positions. Flexible work schedule and great work environment. Also seeking a full-time  front desk salon administrator. Send resume to:  Melanie@ 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

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ACUPUNCTURE 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.

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

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

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

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


Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and kinesiology. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 52.

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

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


2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. As a physician and educator, visit for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.


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


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

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

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


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).



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.

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

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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.

CHIROPRACTOR NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Michele Pelletiere 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222

All phases of dentistry for optimum health, holistic, bio-compatible dentistry: sedation dentistry, removing of toxic metals, replacing them with bio-compatible materials, laser dentistry for painless surgeries and extractions, Zirconia/ceramic implants, natural bone augmentation/ Plasma Rich Growth Factor, oral DNA testing and add gums to receding gums. See ad, page 49.


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.

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

Internationally certified with 30 years licensed nursing experience; offering colonics with stateof-the-art water system. I am a Vodder Lymphatic Specialist enhancing your progress with free sessions on the BEMER micro circulation mat and ionic footbaths. MM13162.


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



Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 51.


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 41.


Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 27.

Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 E Commercial Blvd., Ste 208 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 •

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 and healing circles. Events/ceremonies and sacred wedding spaces available in nature. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions:


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

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


Collier/Lee Counties

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


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


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 Southwest Florida's primary resource for essential oils, educational classes, kits, diffusers and more. Check our website to RSVP for classes and special events.


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

Success is the sum of small efforts— repeated day in and day out. ~Robert Collier


Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach Telehealth Coaching: 518-423-1399 Health coaching specializing in Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and cognitive decline. Prevent/reverse symptoms using Dr. Bredesen’s ReCODE protocol – using recommended nutrition, sleep, exercise, and brain training techniques.

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 55.


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

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141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 •

Be the Friend He Needs

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 57.


Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR, EMDR, couples therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshop, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 33.


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. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.


Amanda Laukaitis Certified Holistic Health Coach 978-257-3238 •


Amanda holds a certificate in PlantBased Nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She helps busy women who want to transform their bodies using a plantbased diet easily transition with personalized coaching programs.

-AManatee® Photo © Patrick M. Rose


Collier/Lee Counties

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 52.


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 25.


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 43.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 57.

We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men... We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name. ~Maya Angelou


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 33.


Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH15322) AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Kim St. Clair is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Doctorate in Psychology. She has been working with all age groups since 2003 and specialized in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR was originally created to treat PTSD but has expanded to be an effective generalized treatment with quick and lasting results. See ad, page 33.


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!

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

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


5926 Premier Way, Ste 128, Naples 34109 239-631-1925 • Practice Yoga is committed to delivering the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yoga. Practice Yoga offers a wide variety of classes appropriate for all levels, including Power Vinyasa, Align and Yin. See ad, page 37.

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Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers May 2018  

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

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers May 2018  

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