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letterfrompublisher Choose Happiness

I experience happiness in infinite ways, including the ability to fly off recently on a spontaneous trip to Kauai with my daughter before continuing on to a family wedding in Asheville. In the past, obstacles to making it happen so quickly might have kept me home; but these days, having Lake Lure, North Carolina upgraded my mindset, this unexpected opportunity aligned perfectly with my newly tweaked life goals. So off we went. I’d like to share with you some of the happiness tools I use and share with new Natural Awakenings publishers in the belief that they’ll help them be more successful. Judith Fertig’s feature story “Happy All Day: Simple Practices for a Happier Life,” on page 40, starts us off well, and I’ve added my own favorite practices to help inspire you, too. Take time each morning to “get your head on straight”. Meditate, pray and journal about what you want to create and experience in your life. Ask the Divine to connect you with the people and experiences that will enable you to make the most effective difference. Declare that everything that happens is perfect. Act as if all your challenges and setbacks are by design, and that on some soul level, you’ve chosen them. Accept everything and everyone as a gift or opportunity—the irate driver, divorce, health challenge—all of it. Be grateful for everything, all day long. Go on a complaint-free diet for 21 days and see how your life changes (even one complaint and you must start over). Be grateful

for the little things, along with the big things; the challenges, as well as the special times. Be loving to yourself. Nurture yourself; learn extreme self-care and speak lovingly to yourself and others. Place yourself at the top of your priority list. Surround yourself with positive people. Be with people that believe and support a grander version of you and that force you to grow. Accept whatever you are feeling and experiencing without making it “wrong”. Love and forgive yourself and others; it helps to free us up and keep energy from becoming stuck. Take mindful minutes throughout the day to breathe and center yourself. Have fun! Whatever you are doing, lighten up; there are no mistakes. Don’t sweat the small stuff and as the saying goes, “It’s all small stuff.” At heart, the goal is for all of us to make increasingly better choices that will lead to experiencing more happiness. A good place to start is by taking the time to see the goodness already around us… and dance under the summer moon as often as possible! Happy summering,

Sharon Bruckman, Publisher P.S. This month, we bid a fond farewell, with great gratitude, to our finance manager of seven years, Amie Delozier, who will be camping under the stars and climbing new heights around the world this summer. You’re the best and we will miss you. RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY & FARM OBTAIN THE PROPERTY REPORT REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW AND READ IT BEFORE SIGNING ANYTHING. NO FEDERAL AGENCY HAS JUDGED THE MERITS OR VALUE, IF ANY, OF THIS PROPERTY. This is not intended to be an offer to sell, nor solicitation of an offer to buy real estate in North Carolina to residents of any state or other jurisdiction where prohibited by law.


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newsbriefs ‘Ding’ Darling Conducts Free Summer Programs


ildlife Wonders talks, weekly walks and nature crafts will highlight the free summer programming to be offered from June 19 through August 6 at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on Sanibel Island. The activities are made possible by support from the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. Weekly activities include Reading at the Refuge, 45-minute learning sessions focused on a refuge animal, along with a take-home craft, at 10 a.m. Wednesdays; Refuge Naturals will lead participants on one-hour tours to identify and discuss the ecosystem’s plants, mammals, birds and reptiles during Indigo Trail Hikes at 10 a.m. Thursdays; one-hour Family Beach Walks exploring the refuge’s Gulf-front Perry Tract take place at 9 a.m. Fridays; and Wildlife Wonders, an indoor program about the mysteries of manatees, alligators, crocodiles and birds in the Visitor & Education Center auditorium begin at 11 a.m. every other Saturday. Location: 1 Wildlife Dr. For more information, call 239-472-1100 ext. 236 or visit summer-programming.

Summer Kids’ Camps at Happehatchee Center


he Happehatchee Center, in Estero, will host four weeklong summer camp sessions featuring the popular Super Science and Amazing Art teachers. The program is open to children in grades one through five and will utilize the historic house, breezy and shaded Peace Pavilion, butterfly garden and other attractions on the property’s five acres on the Estero River.  Participants can produce their own film at the Movie Making camp from July 4 to 8; alternative energy, climate solutions and building an eco-system are among the topics presented at the Environmental Arts session from July 11 to 15; Eco-Engineering takes place from July 18 to 22, covering thermodynamics, creating recycled art and designing jewelry and clothing; and campers participate in fun outdoor games and challenges that teach them about nature, wildlife and conservation at the Eco Tourism session from July 25 to 29. Final presentations will be held each Friday, with family and friends invited to attend.  Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information or to register, call Allison at 239-682-2780, email or visit or






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New Chef, Menu and Hours at Shangri-La Springs Restaurant


he Shangri-La Springs Restaurant, in historic Bonita Springs, has made many changes, including Chef Pyro, a new, all-organic menu and updated operating hours. The many farm- and boat-to-table offerings can satisfy both meat lovers and those on vegan, vegetarian, dairyand gluten-free diets. The Shangri-La Salad, fresh from the restaurant’s onsite organic gardens, changes with the seasons. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a Sunday brunch will soon be offered. Chef Pyro The unique historic property that dates back to the Calusa Indians as a sacred place also provides programs for the mind, body and healthy lifestyle changes, a full-service spa, guided botanical tours and overnight retreats. Location: 27750 Old 41 Rd. For more information, call 239-676-7334 or visit See ad, page 45.

Trim and Tone Spa Adds Exilis Ultra Treatment


rim and Tone Spa, in Naples, is reportedly the first in the state to offer Exilis Ultra, the only treatment that combines radio frequency with ultrasound to melt fat and tighten the skin at the same time. The non-invasive treatment, which feels like a hot stone massage and necessitates no downtime or Shelle Misiorowski needles, will be available this month. Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Exilis Ultra has won industry awards for superior skin tightening and body contouring in the U.S. and Europe. Owner and operator of the treatment Shelle Misiorowski conducts ongoing research and education and has delivered effective, high-quality, noninvasive spa treatments to her clients for the past nine years. Location: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20. For more information, call 239-596-5522 or visit See ad, page 15.

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newsbriefs MBSR Introductory Sessions in Bonita Springs


adeline Ebelini, registered yoga teacher, stress reduction educator and founder of Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs, Madeline Ebelini will deliver two presentations on the internationally acclaimed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program pioneered by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, at 5:30 p.m., June 23, and 10 a.m., June 24. In this introductory presentation, Ebelini will give an overview of the eight-week, evidence-based MBSR program that will begin in September and answer any questions. Course participants can dramatically shift experiences of stress through time-tested and scientifically sound techniques based on mindfulness, including meditation, yoga and home practices using guided audio and video recordings; learning about the history of the MBSR program, the scientific research confirming its benefits, the neurobiology of stress and how mindfulness changes the brain for the better; and the Day of Mindfulness Retreat. Chronic conditions exacerbated by stress include anxiety, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, recovery from cancer, insomnia, high blood pressure, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir. For more information or to register (required), call 239-590-9485 or visit the events page at Integrative See ad, page 48.


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Water Quality and Purification Process Events


amie Zappier, with Allini Water, in Fort Lauderdale, will speak about the quality of Collier County’s water and the patented natural Allini Media System water purification system at 6 p.m., June 9, at the Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More store, in Naples, and at 7 p.m. the same night at Food & Thought Organic Market and Restaurant, also in Naples. Designed by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineer, the Allini water purification process features a filter that includes coconut shells, quartz crystals bio-ceramics and several types of rocks and sand. The process produces a delicious tasting, high-pH (eight and higher) grade of chlorine- and contaminant-free water for drinking, washing produce and showering. Locations: Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins and More, 877 91st Ave. N.; Food & Thought Organic Market and Restaurant, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 239-2480592 or visit See ad, page 7.

Gemstones Available on E-Commerce Website


ove My Pet Gemstone is an ecommerce business launched at last fall by Laura Hendrickson, in Homosassa Springs, Florida. The business provides high-quality gemstones and crystals, complete with an explanation of their healing properties and visual appeal, for people and their pets. The affordable pieces, including polished and unpolished hearts and pyramids, are shipped directly to customers in a timely manner. Hendrickson points to Judy Hall’s book The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals and Robert Simmons’ The Pocket Book of Stones, that cover the healing properties of gemstones and crystals. She also offers 20 kinds of soapstone animals and sparkling black rainbow carbides, which are popular with children. For more information, call 352-601-1240, email Contact@ or visit See ad, page 35.

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newsbriefs Wellbridges Adds Breedlove-Mangapora to Staff


vie Breedlove-Mangapora, of Inner Essence Health, a board-certified nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, has joined Wellbridges, Inc., in Bonita Springs. With considerable experience in both acute and primary care settings, she is devoted to educating, supporting and coaching individuals, families and communities in achieving optional health and wellness. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Evie Breedlove-Mangapora (L) Breedlove-Mangapora is fellowship trained by the and Deb Post American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and Metabolic Medical Institute and practices functional and anti-aging medicine, a form of preventive medicine. Her sensible approach is to resolve the underlying health conditions and not simply mask the symptoms. She does this by educating patients about safe, gentle and natural therapeutic and lifestyle changes to facilitate the body’s innate ability to heal. Breedlove-Mangapora will lead free educational seminars on how reducing stress and hormone imbalances can improve many aspects of health at 6:15 p.m., June 8 and 22, in Naples. Deb Post, also of Wellbridges, will lead the same seminars at 6:30 p.m., June 16 and 30, in Bonita Springs. Seminar locations provided upon registration. Wellbridges location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113. To register for seminars (suggested), call 239-560-8334. For more information or an appointment, call Post at 239-482-5600 or BreedloveMangapora at 239-777-4647 or visit or See ads, pages 36 and 49.

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newsbriefs Medical Marijuana Business Seminars in Bonita


he Crohn’s Charity Service Foundation will host two seminars on how to open a business in the medical cannabis industry from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 9 p.m., July 23 and August 20, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, in Bonita Springs. Jonathan R. Byron, Ph.D., will lead both sessions. Byron has a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil sciences Jonathan R. Byron from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a marijuana cultivation certificate from Oaksterdam University, a master’s degree in environmental studies and a doctorate in geographic information processing. He currently works for a Fortune 500 corporation in Jacksonville producing maps and has a plant nursery business that produces culinary and medicinal herbs. Cost: $199 for Jun. 5-Jul. 5; $250 for Jul. 6-23. Location: 5001 Coconut Rd. For more information or to register, call 239-200-7214, email Yvette.CrohnsCharity@ or visit See ad, page 59.

Healthy Happy Hour at Integrated Skin Care


ntegrated Skin Care, in Fort Myers, will host a Nifty Fifty Healthy Happy Hour event from 4 to 7 p.m., June 25, featuring a Myers Cocktail Doreen DeStefano with a shot of glutathione. In addition, new patients can get $50 off their initial $125 consultation fee and current patients receive $50 off of the normal $145 fee for the nutrient treatment. The Healthy Happy Hour will begin with an informative discussion of the latest in anti-aging intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy. Attendees will learn how and why these cutting-edge nutrient delivery protocols are beneficial. “As we age, we do not absorb our nutrients. Intravenous nutrients provide a very powerful vitamin, mineral, botanical and antioxidant boost,” says owner Doreen DeStefano. “Knowing the right combination can help you look and feel your best. With IV and injectable nutrients, you can feel better almost immediately. IV therapy provides a rapid increase in nutrient levels at the center of the cells where nutrients are most useful. Increased energy leads to motivation to exercise, eat right and achieve optimal health.” Admission is free. Location: 6700 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2. For more information, call 239-425-2900 or visit Integrated See ad, page 20.


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Fishing on Father’s Day at Naples Botanical Garden


athers and Grandfathers can enjoy free admission to Naples Botanical Garden to celebrate celebrate Father’s Day on June 19. Catch-and-release fishing will be offered in the garden lakes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 18 and 19, and all non-fathers can take advantage of summer admission discounts. The Garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors need to bring their own fishing equipment. Cost: Discounted summer rates through Sept. 18: free for members, $9.95 adults, $4.95 children (ages 4-14), 3 and under free. Tickets available until 4 p.m. Location: 4820 Bayshore Dr. For more information, call 239-643-7275 or visit See ad, page 62.

Kids’ Summer Camp Sessions at House of Gaia


he House of Gaia will conduct four weeklong boys’ and girls’ camp sessions starting this month for 4-to-10-yearolds from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day in Naples. The themes include Explore the Universe from June 6 to 10, Fun with Dragons and Fairies from June 13 to 17, Travel the Globe from June 20 to 24 and Castle and Princess from June 27 to July 1. The unique camps, which will also be held in July and August, follow a leadership program designed to teach communication skills, develop a sense of community and create global awareness and meaningful connections. Cost: $175 per child per week; 10 percent discount available for siblings. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1 and 3. For more information or to register (required), call 239-2726152 or visit

Correction In our May issue Community Spotlight, the telephone number of Noneen O’Rafferty, co-owner of the Center for Natural Healing, located at 4632 Vincennes Boulevard, Suite 104, in Cape Coral, was misstated. The correct number is 239-542-5600. We regret the error.

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Live Comedy Evokes Trust and Empathy


esearch from the UK University of Surrey has found that witnessing live comedy increases emotional interaction and bonding between the spectators and performer and enhances a general feeling of trust and intimacy among participants through the shared experience. Published in the journal Comedy Studies, the study was conducted by doctoral candidate Tim Miles, who analyzed surveys and interviews of audience members, as well as comedians, including some wellknown performers. Miles found that comics and audiences connected through sharing of admiration and empathy. Bonds also formed as the audience began to identify with the observations and experiences of the comic. “Comedy has often been seen to be a bit frivolous, but it’s actually something really important. My work looking at comedians and comedy audiences has shown how live, stand-up comedy fulfills a need for feelings of truth, trust, empathy and intimacy between people, which is really important in a society where many people often complain about feeling isolated,” says Miles.

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E-Cigarettes Produce Free Radicals


lectronic cigarette use, or vaping, is on the rise as many consider it a healthier alternative to smoking. However, in a study published in the American Chemical Society journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, researchers from the Penn State University College of Medicine report that e-cigarettes produce considerable levels of reactive free radicals created by the high-temperature heating coils that warm up the nicotine solution. Dr. John Richie, a professor at Penn State and senior author of the research, says, “The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can’t just say e-cigarettes are safe because they don’t contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful.” The researchers found that levels of free radicals in e-cigarettes are between 100 to 1,000 times less than the levels produced by tobacco cigarettes, still making them a better choice than traditional cigarettes although they still carry risk. Richie explains, “The levels of radicals that we’re seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area, but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke.” Previous research has found that e-cigarette smoke also contains aldehydes that can potentially cause cellular and tissue damage.

Awe and Wonder Prime Physical Health


wo related studies from the University of California, Berkeley, suggest that the act of admiring the beauty of nature with awe and wonder can decrease inflammation in the body. More than 200 adults reported their experiences of emotions on a particular day, including amusement, awe, compassion, joy, contentment and pride. Samples of the subjects’ gum and cheek tissues were analyzed for cytokines, and the researchers found those that cited emotions of awe, wonder and amazement had the lowest levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6). UC Berkeley professor and co-author of the research Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., says, “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines suggests that the things we do to experience these emotions—a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art—have a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells


esearchers from Rutgers University have found that an ingredient in olive oil will kill cancer cells in under an hour. The researchers tested a compound called oleocanthal, a central component of extra virgin olive oil, and found that it caused the premature death of cancer cells in the laboratory by puncturing cancer cell vesicles, called lysosomes. “We needed to determine if oleocanthal was targeting that protein and causing the cells to die,” says Paul Breslin, Ph.D., a professor of nutritional sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers and co-author of the study, published in Molecular and Cellular Oncology. The research also found that the olive oil compound didn’t damage healthy cells. Breslin states that the compound merely “put them to sleep” for a day, after which they resumed their normal, healthy functioning. Senior author David Foster, Ph.D., of Hunter College, points out that additional studies are necessary to determine if the compound halts tumor growth. “We also need to understand why it is that cancerous cells are more sensitive to oleocanthal than non-cancerous cells,” he says. natural awakenings

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Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer


esearch published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has confirmed that high blood levels of DHA, EPA and DPA—three omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil supplements—are linked to prostate cancer. The study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center tested 834 men with prostate cancer and 1,393 healthy men; they found that such high concentrations were associated with a 71 percent increased risk of more serious prostate cancer and a 44 percent increase in the risk of less serious prostate cancer. The overall increased risk in all prostate cancers was 43 percent. The findings of this study confirm similar research in 2011 and another large European study. “What’s important is that we have been able to replicate our findings from 2011,” says one of the more recent study’s authors, Theodore Brasky, Ph.D.

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Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone


ow testosterone levels can be problematic for men as they age. Fortunately, Mother Nature produces her own form of testosterone booster: the herb ashwagandha. Research published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition tested 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50. They were divided into two groups—one was given 300 milligrams of the herbal extract twice a day for eight weeks; the other ingested a placebo for the same period. Both groups underwent supervised muscle training programs for the duration of the study. The men that took the ashwagandha had significantly higher levels of circulating testosterone compared to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also experienced an increase in muscle mass in the chest and arms, yielding an average arm muscle size of 8.6 centimeters, compared to the placebo group’s 5.3 centimeters. Those men in the ashwagandha group also exhibited faster reductions of creatine kinase, a marker for the type of muscle fiber injury that occurs during strenuous exercise, following workouts.

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Medicinal Mushroom Heals HPV


esearch from the University of Texas Medical School and Health Science Center has found that a medicinal mushroom extract may be able to eradicate human papillomavirus (HPV), a common sexually transmitted disease. Presented last fall at the 11th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, in Houston, the clinical study treated 10 women that tested positive for HPV with the mushroom mycelia extract called active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). The patients were given three grams of the AHCC once a day for six months or longer. Eight of them tested negative for HPV after the period, including three that were confirmed HPV-eradicated after stopping the AHCC treatment. The two other patients continued receiving the extract. A phase II clinical trial led by Dr. Judith Smith, a professor at the UT Medical School, will be conducted.

Red Clover Guards against Menopausal Bone Loss


12-week study of 60 menopausal women in Denmark has found that red clover halted bone loss and bone mineral density reduction. The randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled research, sponsored by the Aarhus University Medical School and Hospital, tested the women over a threemonth period. Half were treated with 150 milliliters of red clover extract daily and the others were given a placebo. The red clover plant extract was standardized to 37 milligrams of isoflavones, including 34 milligrams of aglycones. The scientists measured changes in bone mineral density, bone mineral content and T-score, measured at the spine and femoral bone. They also monitored bone turnover markers. By the end of the study, the women in the placebo group had continued to lose bone mass and bone mineral density. Those given the red clover extract showed no such reductions during the study period. In addition, the red clover group experienced no increase in inflammation or blood pressure.

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Legumes Keep Colorectal Cancer at Bay


orean medical school scientists have found that those eating more legumes have a significantly reduced risk of colorectal cancer. Their research analyzed the diets of 3,740 people, including 901 colorectal cancer patients. A total of 106 different foods were graded and calculated to establish frequency of intake among the study participants. The group that consumed the highest amounts of legumes had more than a 50 percent drop in incidence of colorectal cancer. As legume consumption increased, colorectal cancer risk decreased. The researchers attributed the dramatic reduction in risk to the intake of isoflavones, contained in many nuts and beans. When intakes of total isoflavones were calculated, those with diets that contained the highest levels reduced their colorectal cancer risk, by 33 percent in men and 35 percent in women. The researchers reported, “The reduced risks for colorectal cancer among high-intake groups were most consistent for legumes and sprouts.�

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healthbriefs Testing for Prostate Cancer What Every Man Should Know by James Occhiogrosso


ccording to the American Cancer Society, about 220,000 cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed in 2015, making it the second-most common male cancer. Unfortunately, no test is available to rule out prostate cancer, and only an invasive biopsy can make a conclusive diagnosis. Most men age 50 or older are familiar with the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test ordered at routine examinations. PSA is specific to the prostate gland and cancer can increase its total value. A level above the generally recognized limit of four often results in a recommendation for a prostate biopsy, but other tests can help determine if the high PSA is significant. The free PSA test measures the percentage of unbound (or free) PSA in the blood. Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) tends to produce a higher percentage of free PSA than cancer. The prostate cancer gene3 (PCA3) test measures a gene in the urine produced predominantly by prostate cancer cells. Unlike the PSA test, it, is unaffected by prostate size. Earlier this year, these were joined by APIFINY, a new non-PSA blood test that measures several specific autoantibodies, a type of protein produced by the immune system as a response to the presence of prostate cancer. While the total PSA test is most commonly used, there are many non-cancerous conditions that can cause elevation. A prostate inflamed by infection or minor trauma can temporarily elevate PSA, as can sexual activity, bicycle or horseback riding, heavy exercise or a digital rectal exam within 24 hours of a blood draw. A biopsy is not a benign procedure. In a 2015 study, investigator Florian Wagenlehner, M.D., from the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, followed 876 patients that received a transrectal prostate biopsy. Fifty percent of the patients developed symptomatic urinary tract infections; three percent developed febrile urinary tract infections; four percent were hospitalized; and one patient died. While the tests are valuable for a man with an elevated PSA considering a prostate biopsy, none of them is conclusive. Thus, it is always wise to get multiple opinions before committing to any course of treatment or invasive tests. In many cases, natural treatments with selected herbal supplements and vitamins can help keep a wayward prostate from causing significant problems for many years. James Occhiogrosso is a natural health practitioner, herbalist and author of the book Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life. He offers telephone consultations and provides a free natural health newsletter via email. For more information, call 239-652-0421, email or visit See ad, page 66.


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The Missing Link: Inflammation and Depression in Women


ntidepressant drug use is on the rise, particularly among women. A report released by Medco Health Solutions analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million Americans between 2001 and 2010 and found that 25 percent of women take drugs for a mental health condition. Despite a mainstream medicine notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications known by familiar names such as Zoloft and Prozac meant to counter symptoms of such an imbalance may instead be causing a host of known harmful side effects. “In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance,” asserts Dr. Kelly Brogan, an integrative physician, women’s health advocate and pioneer in holistic psychiatry. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 reviewed 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in adults with symptoms of depression. The researchers from Aarhus University, in Denmark, found that treating inflammation in patients helped decrease their symptoms. Brogan asserts that this approach is the best way to treat depression in women, advocating the use of a holistic anti-inflammation strategy instead of NSAIDs or antidepressants. “A more effective, drug-free approach is to recruit basic lifestyle changes that kick-start the body’s self-healing mechanisms, helping to curtail the symptoms of depression,” she claims. Her suggestions include dietary modification; simple breathing and meditation techniques; minimizing exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that include common over-the-counter drugs; sufficient sleep and exercise. “Medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than 20 years, so if you think a chemical pill can save, cure or correct you, think again,” says Brogan. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem.” For more information, visit

Staying Active Relates to Healthy Hearing


esearch from Johns Hopkins University has found that elderly persons that engage in frequent physical activity have a reduced incidence of hearing loss. The researchers tested 706 people of age 70 or older. The subjects responded to a questionnaire about their physical activity levels over the previous 30 days and wore accelerometers to measure their level of day-to-day physical activity. Subjects were categorized as inactive, insufficiently active or sufficiently active. After testing each participant’s hearing, the researchers found that those in the inactive category, according to the accelerometer data, were 70 percent more likely to suffer from significant hearing impairment. The data produced by the questionnaires alone suggested that individuals in the lowest category had a 59 percent increased incidence of hearing impairment. natural awakenings

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New Healthy Building Standard The WELL Building Standard, administered by the International WELL Building Institute, is the world’s first development criterion to focus exclusively on human health and wellness. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research, harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being. Pioneered by the Delos company and the culmination of seven years of research in partnership with leading scientists, doctors, architects and wellness thought leaders, WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between the buildings where people spend more than 90 percent of their time and the health and wellness impacts on occupants. It sets performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and state of mind. WELL-certified spaces can help foster improvements in the nutrition, fitness, moods, sleep patterns and performance of occupants. WELL is independently certified by Green Business Certification Inc., which administers the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and associated professional credentialing program. Source:


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Bye-Bye Dye

Mars and Others Abandoning Artificial Colors Mars Inc., the maker of many candies, chewing gum flavors and other food products, is phasing out artificial food dyes over the next five years. The decision came as a response to growing customer demand, says CEO Grant F. Reid. Nestlé, General Mills, Kraft and Kellogg’s have also started eliminating artificial dyes from their products due to calls for more natural ingredients. Common shades of red 40 and yellow 5 are presently ubiquitous, as per capita production of artificial coloring approved for use in food has increased more than five-fold since the 1950s. According to a study of supermarket labels by the Center for Science in Public Interest, an estimated 90 percent of childoriented candies, fruit snacks, drink mixes and powders contain artificial colors, and many parents are concerned about their potential impact on developing brains. Several studies have scrutinized dyes’ possible link to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other effects on children’s behavior. When a study by a group of British scientists suggested a link between the consumption of certain food dyes and hyperactivity in kids, Europe and the UK began requiring food with artificial dyes to carry warning labels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to maintain that no causal relationship exists between color additives and hyperactivity in children, and doesn’t require warning labels.

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globalbriefs Nature’s Metric

Rethinking All Aspects of Society The International Living Future Institute’s Living Future Challenge presents a bold new framework for rethinking how systems, products, buildings and communities are designed. Based on the elegant and profound architecture of its recent Living Building Challenge that cites nature as the ultimate metric for success, the Living Future Challenge is now branching out to influence aspects of society. The Living Community Challenge applies Living Building concepts to entire communities or cities; the Living Product Challenge asks designers and manufacturers to create net positive products; Net Zero Energy Building certification rates successful energy conservation in both new and existing buildings; Just becomes the social justice label for appropriately certified organizations; Declare confirms the merit of nutrition labels; and Reveal affirms a building’s energy efficiency status. Source:

Unsafe Playfields

Artificial Surfaces Pose Risks As of January, there have been 200 nationwide cases of cancers in young athletes that played on synthetic turf—many of them lymphoma, which is uncommon in the age group. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency withdrew earlier safety assurances and called for new, more comprehensive studies. A majority of professional and college athletes strongly prefer natural turf because those playing on synthetic turf suffer about 50 percent more knee and ankle injuries. Other playfields use “crumb rubber” infill made of ground-up used tires formerly considered hazardous waste. Thus, sports players may be exposed to dozens of chemical compounds, most of which have never been tested for health impact; some of those tested are believed to cause cancer, birth defects, developmental and reproductive disorders and infertility. Primary source:

Municipal Pioneers More U.S. Cities Leaving the Grid

Nassau, New York, a town of 5,000 outside Albany, plans to ramp up a combination of rooftop- and ground-mounted solar, wind turbine and landfill methane-capture technologies to generate 100 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2020. “If all goes as planned, within the next four years, all six of the town buildings will be disconnected from the grid,” says Nassau Supervisor Dave Fleming. The New York Department of Public Services wants this trend to grow through its Reforming Energy Vision (REV) initiative. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration is actively working to help municipalities, especially core towns and schools, move toward getting a significant portion of their power from renewable resources. Smaller, cleaner, power systems are less costly and cleaner alternatives to the traditional larger electrical stations. San Diego, California, recently committed to securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. It’s the largest American city to do so. Already, at least 13 U.S. cities, including San Francisco; Burlington, Vermont; and Aspen, Colorado, have committed to 100 percent clean energy. Las Vegas is among other major cities aiming to follow suit. Hawaii has pledged the same by 2045, the most ambitious standard set by a U.S. state to date. Source:


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Goat Groundskeepers

A Chew Crew Gobbles Up Invasive Species The Historic Congressional Cemetery, permanent resting place of J. Edgar Hoover, John Philip Sousa and 68,000 others, is threatened by invasive species such as poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, kudzu and English ivy. “They are plants not native to Washington, D.C.,” says Paul Williams, president of the cemetery. “They climb and kill our trees, which then fall onto the cemetery, damaging our headstones.” Instead of using harmful herbicides that could become runoff into the nearby Anacostia River, managers have enlisted a herd of 30 goats to combat the problem. The arrangement lets the native plants grow to support pollinating insects. The University of Georgia’s Chew Crew, comprising 40 goats, is likewise tasked with getting rid of invasive species growing around urban streams on its campus, another example of the elegant, low-tech solution. Maintaining steep inclines and other hard-to-reach areas can be expensive when using toxic herbicides and physical labor. After seeing the success of the Chew Crew, Clemson University is now also using goats to naturally recover some of the more overgrown areas of its campus.

Salmon Scam

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Farmed Fish Mislabeled as Wild-Caught The nonprofit Oceana reveals that salmon, America’s favorite fish, is often mislabeled in restaurants and grocery stores. They collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores between December 2013 and March 2014 and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that the majority of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as a wild-caught product. “Americans might love salmon, but as our study reveals, they may be falling victim to a bait-andswitch,” says Beth Lowell, a senior campaign director with Oceana. “Not only are consumers getting ripped off, but responsible U.S. fishermen are being cheated when fraudulent products lower the price for their hard-won catch.” Kimberly Warner, Ph.D., the report’s author and a senior scientist at Oceana, observes, “While U.S. fishermen catch enough salmon to satisfy 80 percent of our domestic demand, 70 percent of that catch is then exported, instead of going directly to American grocery stores and restaurants.” Source: natural awakenings

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Swedes’ Solution

Ground Control

The Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign report Soil & Carbon: Soil Solutions to Climate Problems maintains that it’s possible to take atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that fuels climate change and put it back into the soil, where much of it was once a solid mineral. There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and the oceans, but not enough stable carbon in the ground supporting healthy soils. Cultivated soils globally have lost 50 to 70 percent of their original carbon content through paving, converting grasslands to cropland and agricultural practices that rob soil of organic matter and its ability to store carbon, making it more susceptible to flooding and erosion. Healthy soils—fed through organic agriculture practices like polycultures, cover crops and compost—give soil microbes the ability to store more CO2 and withstand drought and floods better, because revitalized soil structure allows it to act like a sponge. The report concludes, “Rebuilding soil carbon is a zerorisk, low-cost proposition. It has universal application and we already know how to do it.”

Many Americans work 50 hours a week or more because they think they’ll get more done and reap the benefits later. However, according to a metastudy published in The Lancet, people that clock a 55-hour week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and 13 percent higher risk of developing coronary heart disease than those that maintain a 35- to 40-hour work week. Data from 25 studies that monitored the health of 600,000 people from the U.S., Europe and Australia for up to 8.5 years were analyzed. Paul Kelley, of Oxford University’s Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, notes that even a traditional nine-tofive workday is at odds with peoples’ internal body clocks, contributing to sleep deprivation. Now Sweden is moving toward a standard six-hour workday, with some businesses having already implemented the change. Linus Feldt, CEO of Stockholm app developer Filimundus, reports that the shift has maintained productivity while decreasing staff conflicts, because people are happier and better rested. Several Toyota service centers in Gothenburg that switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago also report happier staff, a lower turnover rate and increased ease in enticing new hires. A Swedish retirement home has embarked on a yearlong experiment to compare the costs and benefits of a shorter working day.

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Jungles, the founder of the Miami-based landscape architecture firm Raymond Jungles, Inc., is a member of the dream team that helped to complete the master plan for the 170-acre Naples Botanical Garden in 2006. Jungles returned to focus his genius on the Scott Florida Garden for a more satisfying visitor experience that better reflects the diversity of plants that flourish in Florida.

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or decades, nature has been acknowledged as a healing agent. In a 1924 speech to the Boy Scouts of America, President Calvin Coolidge reminded his young audience, “There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits and there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer.” This concept is one that Naples Botanical Garden continues to perpetuate in the design of its exhibits, where the sounds of breezes rustling the leaves, bird songs and splashing water enhance the aesthetic qualities of nature’s creations. The landscape design to develop the Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden for the greatest use and enjoyment of visitors required someone with the knowledge and understanding of the environment, as well as the selection of plants that would perform well in it. No doubt, the great philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, who proposed that when nature had work to be done, she created a genius to do it, would agree that Raymond Jungles, a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, was the perfect mastermind for the job.

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What was your inspiration for the Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden? My inspiration was Florida’s native vegetation. We wanted to use an abundance of the plant diversity of our beautiful and unique ecosystems from the beginning and let that guide the garden design. The opportunity to showcase the great gardening opportunities that are afforded by Florida’s climate was also a motivator, as well as my desire to have the garden inspire visitors. What in the garden reflects an Old Florida landscape? It is not so much about what is in the garden, but rather what’s beyond it. Now, with the new Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden, the beautiful views beyond are incorporated so that it is no longer an isolated garden, but rather one that is experienced by the visitor as an integral part of the entire master plan. Our team brought the adjacent landscape in to make the entire river of grass, wetlands, bird sanctuary, lake and natural ecosystem beyond all work together to reflect what captivated author Marjory Stoneman Douglas about Florida’s natural beauty. What is the takeaway visitors? I hope that visitors to the Karen and Robert Scott Florida Garden take home an appreciation of nature and an increased knowledge and understanding of Florida plants, as well as how and why they thrive and flourish here, so that they might use them in their home gardens. Naples Botanical Garden is located at 4820 Bayshore Dr., in Naples. For more information, call 239-643-7275 or visit See ad, page 62.

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diseases. I’ve noticed that staying hydrated helps me maintain mental clarity and remain energized throughout my workday,” says the 59-year-old ball of energy and enthusiasm, who works out on his lunch break. Essel uses weight machines 20 minutes daily and works on strengthening two different muscle groups each time. He also does 25 minutes of cardio training and takes lessons from a pro twice weekly. “While focusing on the ball, everything disappears,” quips Essel, who sets aside his Sundays for the beach, pleasure reading and journaling. Supplements and a raw, organic green drink make a noticeable difference in Essel’s energy. He takes amino acids for brain chemistry, as well as an adrenal support supplement.

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Manning Up Local Guys Share their Fitness and Nutrition Regimes that Keep Them in Tip Top Shape by Linda Sechrist


ccording to a recent study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine, men are nearly twice as active as women—getting an average of 30 minutes of daily exercise. The results also indicate that this regular physical activity participation is associated with positive health outcomes. Although the bodies of men and women undergo many changes throughout their lifetime, no matter at what age, 30 minutes of daily activity is recommended, along with nutritionally well-balanced meals. Natural Awakenings checked in with 11 local men to learn about how a healthy lifestyle with regular fitness activities improves their strength and flexibility. Busy business owners, these men still make time for self-care.

David Essel Author, Master Life/ Relationship Coach and Motivational Speaker Topping Essel’s daily to-do list is an hour of prayer, meditation and journaling. Following a high-protein, moderate carbohydrate diet for three meals helps him stay lean and control body fat. One to two gallons of purified water keep him well hydrated. “Your Body’s Many David Essel Cries for Water, by Dr. Fereydoon Batamanghelidj, convinced me that one of nature’s miracles is water, which is a great preventative for chronic 32

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Owner, Sound of Celebrations and Graceful Passages, Naples Farnsworth’s day also begins with meditation, which he repeats in the evening. His morning exercise includes a short session of qigong and the full sequence of five Tibetan rites created by monks for healing, rejuvenation and longevity. This process of standing and floor exercises affect the body, emotions and mind, in addition to James Steven Farnsworth activating the endocrine system. They are especially beneficial to the body’s overall functioning and aging process and stimulate the circulation of essential life energy throughout the body. “These take me 10 and 15 minutes to complete,” remarks the professional violinist. “I awaken with an expression of gratitude and consciously set my intention to be a blessing to humanity, as well as in the service of others. I follow this with a mantra of appreciation and gratitude, which keeps my mind connected with my heart. As I wind down to dreamtime at night, I listen to the spiritual teachings of Sri Mooji on,” notes Farnsworth.

Jack Morris Owner, Acupuncture Solutions, Naples Morris’s daily routine for staying healthy at age 57 begins with taking his resting heart rate before rising. Next are 20 wrist and ankle rotations, once in each direction, to start his blood circulating. “Most heart attacks and seizures occur in the morning, due to the liver storing our blood while we sleep, so it’s important to get the blood circulating before you get out of bed,” explains Morris, whose next steps lead to the kitchen, where he squeezes one Jack Morris lemon and pours the juice into a 10-ounce glass of room temperature water. “This takes care of any potential digestive issues, even though all my meals

are organic with only fresh, non-processed food,” says the licensed acupuncturist. Morris’s physical exercise includes a mix of cardio and strength training three times a week, as well as tai chi and qigong workouts three times a week and a nightly walk after dinner. “I’ve done martial arts for 41 years and have been teaching it full time in Naples for 32 years,” he says. Spending leisure time on hobbies, as well with friends and family, balances Morris’s spirit. “The most important thing that I do for prevention is acupuncture three times a week and cupping once a week,” advises Morris.

Jay Weitzner Owner, Symmetry – No Fads. All Fitness., Naples Weitzner’s business is the mechanics and physiology of exercise. Because this resistance training and muscle system specialist knows the value and importance of his non-clinical approach to evaluating and treating muscle systems to improve function, he receives a personal Muscle Activation Technique Jay Weitzner session once a week to preserve and improve his joints. Resistances training three to five times a week, cardiovascular training five to seven times weekly and jiu jitsu four to five times weekly are also part of his wellness and prevention plan. “My diet consists of protein, carbohydrates and fat at breakfast, lunch and dinner, with small meals in-between,” says Weitzner, who at 43 is still at the top of his physical game. He studies regularly to also stay on top of his industry for personal health reasons and to better serve his clients.

Jim Occhiogrosso Owner, Health Naturally Today, Fort Myers Consistently exercising for at least three to four times weekly has helped Occhiogrosso maintain his body weight within the normal range of 170 pounds, which was his weight in high school days. “Since my body can no longer handle Jim Occhiogrosso three-hour sessions of racquetball five days per week, which I used to thoroughly enjoy, I limit my playing to once or twice weekly and spend the other days swimming laps for about 30 to 40 minutes,” he says. A diet of mostly vegetables, fruits and nuts, with some grains, as well as no red meat, and very little other animal products keeps Occhiogrosso in good health at 77. “While I enjoy a piece of chocolate now and then, I eat very little processed sugar and rarely salt my food,” he notes.

A high-quality multivitamin three times daily, along with four grams of vitamin C, 4,000 IU of vitamin D, and 400 IU of a full-spectrum vitamin E product keeps Occhiogrosso’s body humming along. “I also take several supplements for prostate health and use an over-the-counter testosterone booster cream to help keep the testosterone level at a reasonably high level,” he explains.

Rod Law Co-Owner, Patinella’s Chicken Grills, Fort Myers/Naples; Owner, PWR LLC Law’s prevention and wellness list includes hyperbaric oxygen treatments for anti-aging and detoxifying, as well as two infrared sauna treatments a week at Yollo Wellness, in Fort Myers. Additional proactive treatments include upper cervical chiropractic, massage, and yearly ALCAT food senRod Law sitivity testing and micronutrient testing to make sure his body is on track for optimal health and longevity. He lifts weights and does cardio workouts three or four times weekly. Prior to working out, he has a 20-minute stretching routine. His consistent bedtime affords him seven to eight hours of good sleep. Law adds supplements to his balanced meals of a protein source and vegetables. “I don’t drink alcohol nor do I take prescription drugs or pain medications. If I have a health issue, I allow it to heal naturally using alternative holistic modalities. I read labels, avoid GMOs and eat organic,” he advises. At 49, Law still works 10 hours a day, six days a week. He attributes his young at heart attitude to longboarding, boating, fishing and golfing with his two daughters, ages 20 and 23, as well as staying active in his community. He says, “I strive for balance in mind, body and spirit, which is why at the end of every day I thank God for the blessing of my health and accomplishments.

Dr. Ron Repice Owner, Rejuvenations Cool Cryo Spa, Naples Repice finds ways to minimize stress with cardio and strength training exercises, as well as yoga, meditation and downtime away from technology. “I balance work and play. I work hard, which is why I take time to have fun,” he says. Repice’s diet is sugar-free,

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More than our DNA determines the way we age. The latest research reveals that exercise can help delay and even reverse aging’s debilitating effects on our muscles, heart and brain. with a substantial intake of nutritional low-carbohydrate foods and quality fats such as avocado and mixed nuts. A probiotic and digestive enzymes provide gastrointestinal support. He maintains the pH balance of his body via green drinks and organic vegetables. The amino acid arginine keeps his circulation in top shape and reduces the chances of cardiovascular disease. For preventative care, the 46-year-old relies on chiropractic, acupuncture, whole body cryotherapy, massage and quality sleep, as well as time with friends and family.

Dr. Robert Gilliland Owner, Florida Natural Health Center, Bonita Springs Gilliland’s short list of what it takes to maintain his health, muscular strength and flexibility includes daily push-ups and squats without weights, a Paleo/ Mediterranean diet and at least seven hours of sleep. For fun and relaxation, he takes his family to Disney World once a month. “The single most important Dr. Robert Gilliland thing that I do for my health is pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy twice a week for an hour. “The frequency and vibrations of the PEMF therapy, which I provide patients in my office, exercises my cells. This allows all the nutrients I take in to actually enter the cells, along with more oxygen. It also allows the cells to push out the toxins that tend to accumulate inside and it also opens up receptor sites that may be blocked by heavy metals like mercury and aluminum. I rely on PEMF therapy to maintain good health because it has been shown in over 2,000 medical studies to decrease inflammation, increase circulation and give cells increased energy,” advises Gilliand.

Teo Nikolov Owner, Cura Holistic Health & Massage Center, Naples As a complementary health practitioner for more than 20 years, Nikolov has experienced many ways to balance his physical, spiritual and emotional health. As a result, he has incorporated into his weekly wellness routine what works for him. Three times weekly, the licensed massage therapist does qigong exercises, runs and uses resistance training. “I generally give five to eight 34

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massage sessions a day, which means I’m constantly pushing with my arms. The last thing I want to do is lift. I’d rather pull. The resistance feels good, and so does a regular massage. I like getting them as much as I like giving them,” he advises. While meditation puts him in a state of bliss, Nikolov notes that he gets a sense of spiritual nirvana when he holds his sleeping daughter in his arms.

Matt Abate Co-Owner, Infinite Stones, Fort Myers In retrospect Abate notes that his exercise routines have changed throughout the years to meet his changing goals. “When I was younger, I was interested in looking really buff. Now, at age 38, I’m more about health and maintenance,” advises Abate. Today, along with running InfiMatt Abate nite Stones, he is a diamond coach for Beachbody, coaching three-week fitness programs for large groups of individuals on Facebook. “In helping others achieve their goals, I stay on track with my fitness program, which I like to switch up. Sometimes it’s a gym workout, weightlifting and cardio, other times it’s martial arts and bike riding,” he explains. Abate likes superfoods and drinks special shakes every day. He also supplements his healthy eating habits with vitamins and minerals.

Scott King Owner, Preferred Building Systems, Cape Coral At 56, King depends upon his hourlong morning exercise routine to help him feel better. After 33 years of performing landscape and irrigation construction services,, Scott’s lower back and muscles perform much better after his morning workout. “I walk three miles on my treadmill and a series of old-fashioned Scott King calisthenics such as pushups and sit-ups to work my core muscles. I work my lower body by doing 16-inch step-ups; 75 each leg. After that, I stretch using five basic yoga poses focused on my lower back and torso. Additionally, my wife and I get a good cardio workout when we take dancing lessons every week from a private dance instructor at Studio One, in Naples. We’re also part of a Bachata dance team class with six other couples. We practice a lot in our spare time, and that’s another workout,” he advises. More than our DNA determines the way we age. The latest research reveals that exercise can help delay and even reverse aging’s debilitating effects on our muscles, heart and brain. The only side effect—looking and feeling better, is what all of these active men are enjoying. Hopefully, more men will man up and imitate them.

readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader?

Meet Dr. David Perlmutter, fellow of the American College of Nutrition Proudest Achievements: Helping individuals achieve improvements in their health by guiding them to see things in a different way, day by day. Expectations for the future: I’m open and excited for whatever is in store! Favorite app: WeatherBug and Delectable Favorite websites:,,,

Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Food & Thought. How you invest in your community: I’m doing my best to raise awareness of the potential health threatening issues such as GMO, glyphosate usage and over usage of antibiotics in both humans and livestock. I prefer to address the community at large.

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Favorite quote: “At every crossway on the road that leads to the future, each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand men appointed to guard the past.” Maurice Maeterlinck

Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: Natural Awakenings provides health-related information that readers of mainstream publications may not get. It really adds balance to the whole notion of what helps keep us stay healthy.

What you are doing to be the change you want to see in the world: I’m trying my best to teach by example. Every day is a learning experience for all of us. So the message, and therefore the change itself, must remain dynamic.

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MUNCHIES Tasty Homemade Alternatives to Junk Food by Judith Fertig


lanning ahead is an effective key to healthy eating and weight management. Having healthy snacks available, both savory and naturally sweet, helps us to conquer cravings and avoid a sugar rush—or slump. Between-meal nutritious and delicious snacks can be easy to

make. Plus, unlike commercial foods, we know their ingredients. Here, Natural Awakenings has tapped two plant-based whole foods experts and cookbook authors for their best snack recipes and tips. “Healthy happens when we’re prepared,” says Elise Museles, of

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.

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commercial foods, we know their ingredients. Washington, D.C., the mother of two sons who writes at and recently released Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover. “Nutritious is delicious; healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring.” she says. Nor does it take hours to make. “I pick one day a week to do meal prep,” she explains. “After a visit to our Sunday farmers’ market, I work in the kitchen for a few hours so I’m ready to go on Monday and for the rest of the week.” Whenever hunger threatens to derail her from a whole-foods, nutrientdense diet, Museles is equipped with options like protein balls and carrot hummus. She’s also learned that having naturally sweet foods at hand helps divert cravings, realizing, “You just want a sweet thing more if you think you can’t have it. Plus, I think better when my blood sugar is stable.” Museles combines naturally sweet dried fruits such as goji berries and tropical coconut to make a handy snack mix. “Like blending smoothies, this basic trail mix can have many variations,” she says. She also suggests maintaining a well-stocked freezer. Museles freezes berries in season to pop in the blender

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for smoothies; pitted and peeled avocados to thaw and mash over gluten-free toast; and frozen banana slices to layer over nut butter.   Canadian Ella Leché, a mother of two daughters best known for her website, is the new author of Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough cookbook. She came to a plant-based lifestyle in 2008 after a whole foods diet helped her overcome a chronic illness. Her blog documents her journey to wellness—one healthy change at a time. Leché, a graphic designer and photographer in Mississauga, near Toronto, started an elimination diet four months after the birth of her first child, when she noticed puzzling symptoms. “I started to make small changes and slowly but surely, I began to recover,” she says. Today her diet is 90 percent vegan and gluten-free. “I had a sweet tooth, but I didn’t have the balance thing figured out,” Leché admits. Foregoing sugar was hard emotionally, even though her body had difficulties with sugar, which seemed correlated to frequent headaches and mood slumps. Slowly, she started emphasizing naturally sweet, pure foods like dates and fruits and found other ways to ease cravings. “Starting the day with a savory, healthy breakfast can cut sugar from your diet because the sweet taste on our tongue essentially sets the brain into craving sugar,” she says. Leché enjoys involving her children in making snacks like healthy turnip or kale chips. When she gets a hankering for something sweet, she chooses her special cranberry and chocolate protein balls, sweetened with dried fruit and bolstered with almonds and walnuts. They take minutes to make and keep in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to three months.   Having easy-to-prepare, whole food snacks on hand keeps families happily snacking on quick bites and on track with healthy eating. “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle,” says Museles. “If you like recipes that are good for you, it’s a sustainable lifestyle.”  Judith Fertig is the author of the awardwinning Back in the Swing Cookbook and blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

Natural Quick Snack Recipes 2 cloves garlic, peeled /4 cup water Juice of 1/2 lemon 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes 1 /2 tsp sea salt 3

Preheat the oven to 300° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure the kale leaves are thoroughly dry. Tear them into large pieces and place in a large bowl. Rinse and drain the cashews. In a food processor, process the cashews, bell pepper, garlic, water, lemon juice, yeast flakes and salt until a smooth paste forms.

Turnip and Beet Chips Yields: Up to 4 servings 4 turnips, peeled 4 beets, peeled 1 /4 cup grapeseed oil or other neutral oil 1 tsp sea salt Preheat the oven to 325° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the turnips and beets using a mandolin and place in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil over the vegetables, sprinkle with the salt and toss to fully coat.

Toss the kale leaves in the paste to fully coat, and then place them on the baking sheet in a single layer; don’t overlap any. Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the leaves and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Note: Alternatively, dehydrate the kale leaves in a food dehydrator for 8 hours on a high setting (no need to turn them over). Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

Bake for 15 minutes, turning over chips halfway through the baking time. Then lower the temperature to 200° F and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, until golden. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché

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Superfood Trail Mix Yields: About 3 servings This trail mix is loaded with antioxidants. Pack up a mason jar and store it at the office or other work station or make individual serving packets to take along on hikes. /2 cup sunflower seeds 1 cup walnuts 1 cup goji berries 1 /2 cup coconut flakes 1 /4 cup cacao nibs 1

Raw CranberryChocolate Protein Balls Yields: 20 servings 11/2 cups raw walnuts 1 cup raw pecans 1 /2 cup naturally sweetened dried cranberries 5 Medjool dates, pitted 1 /4 cup raw cacao powder 1 to 2 Tbsp chocolate or vanilla protein powder 1 to 2 tsp water 1 tsp vanilla extract 4 drops liquid stevia

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles

Process all of the ingredients in a food processor until a dough forms. Turn off the processor, remove the blade and roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball using the palms of the hands. Repeat with all the dough. Enjoy between meals or after a workout. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to three months. Source: Cut the Sugar, You’re Sweet Enough, by Ella Leché


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Frozen Banana Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Cacao Nibs Yields: 2 servings These take only about 5 minutes to make, and there are no rules when it comes to mixing and matching different nut butters and nutritional boosts. 1 banana 2 Tbsp almond butter 1 tsp cacao nibs Peel, then cut 1 banana in half lengthwise and then slice it in half horizontally. Arrange the quarters on a small baking sheet or freezer-safe plate and spread equal amounts of nut butter on the banana slices. Top with the cacao nibs for added crunch (optional), and then place two banana slices together to make two “sandwiches”. Freeze at least 3 to 4 hours until solid. Then, remove from the tray and store in the freezer in containers (for up to a month), or wrap individually for a graband-go option. Source: Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover, by Elise Museles


The Salt Therapy Grotto by Lee Walker


he Salt Therapy Grotto, in Naples, owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Dariusz Klentak and Magdalena Bykowska, offers adults and children the opportunity to benefit from wellness services such as natural, non-invasive salt therapy and a far-infrared sauna. Two separate artificial caves, one for adults and the other for children, are designed to mimic the grotto caves located along the coast of the Black Sea on the Crimean Peninsula. They are built with tons of Himalayan salt from Pakistan, as well as salt from Poland, Japan, the Dead Sea area of Jordan, France, Cypress, Morocco, Portugal, Hawaii, Peru, India and England. The salt contains 84 minerals that the body needs to function properly. The first recorded mention of the therapeutic use of salt caves occurred in Poland at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in 1843, when Polish physician Felix Boczkowski discovered that men working in the salt mines there suffered fewer respiratory problems than the general population. In modern salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, a halogenerator blows tiny salt microparticles containing nega-

tive ions that stimulate airway linings, improve mucous clearance and immune response to pathogens. Clinical studies show salt therapy is an effective natural treatment for allergies, asthma, sinusitis and other respiratory conditions. It alleviates symptoms, helps prevent reoccurrences and reduces dependence on medications such as nasal sprays and inhalers. It also reduces stress, headaches, lethargy and depression, while also improving energy, mental acuity and stabilizing mood and sleep patterns. In addition to the salt therapy treatment, the Salt Therapy Grotto offers a state-of-the-art, full-spectrum, infrared sauna room providing heliotherapy (light therapy), which is associated with the treatment of skin disorders; chiefly psoriasis, acne, eczema and neonatal jaundice. Infrared saunas also provide the benefits of detoxification, relaxation, pain relief, weight loss, improved circulation and skin purification. The Salt Therapy Grotto is located in the Cambridge Square Offices at 3443 Pine Ridge Rd., Unit 102, in Naples. For an appointment and more information, call 239-598-0990 or visit SaltTherapyGrotto. com. See ad on back cover.


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HAPPY ALL DAY Simple Daily Practices for a Happier Life by Judith Fertig

When we view our thoughts as events in the mind, he says, conscious selfobservation introduces a space between our perceptions and responses, allowing us to view our thoughts as separate from the person we really are. Complementary methods may include breathing techniques or body awareness that help shift us away from anxious, “What if?” speculations into the ever-present now. With just a few minutes of mindfulness a day—the first thing in the morning or at night before retiring— according to Verni, “We can shift our relationship to ourselves and our life experiences in a way that allows for greater spaciousness, acceptance and compassion, and in doing so, can dramatically improve the quality of our lives.”

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hroughout the past decade, success researchers and positive psychologists have sketched out in broad strokes the big picture of our elemental yearning for happiness. According to Martin Seligman, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, inner happiness derives from four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment. What we want to know now is how to instill happiness into daily practices. In her latest book, Better Than Before: Mastering The Habits Of Our Everyday Lives, happiness expert Gretchen Rubin fleshes out the needed details. She maintains that the shift into a happier way of being can be as simple as changing our habits, which she terms the invisible architecture of daily life. Rubin found, “We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.” We can start small in sometimes surprising ways that encourage personal, family, workplace and community well-being.


Israeli-born Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., a former Harvard lecturer and author of the bestselling Happier: Learn the Secrets to 40

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Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, had 854 students enroll in one of his pioneering classes on happiness in 2006, the highest enrollment for any class at the time. “Students explored ways to apply these ideas to their life experiences and communities,” he says. Today, he lectures and consults worldwide on the science of happiness, or “optimal being and functioning”. Ben-Shahar suggests we cultivate three personal habits. The first one is to simplify, saying, “We need to turn off our phones, email and other distractions at home, so we can fully be with the people we care about and that care about us. Time affluence—time to enjoy and appreciate—is a predictor of happiness.” The second is to exercise. “We were not meant to be sedentary,” he says. The third is to meditate. “Meditating helps us to develop extreme resilience to negative emotion.” Ken A.Verni, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist in Highland Park, New Jersey, endorses the importance of a mindfulness habit. In his new book, Happiness the Mindful Way: A Practical Guide, Verni outlines easy, step-by-step actions to form a new happiness habit that concurrently reduces stress and increases enlightenment. He starts with what he calls “compassionate attention”; being fully awake or present in our lives without judging what we’re thinking.

Another way to improve the quality of our life is to reverse one habit. Shonda Rhimes, creator of TV dramas that include Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, admits that she’s a driven, Type-A person in her new book, Year of Yes. A busy career in Los Angeles, three children and little leisure left her feeling unhappy, so instead of reciting her habitual, “No” to anything extraneous—like parties, eating chocolate chip cookies or spending a lazy afternoon chatting with an old friend—she decided to change that habit to, “Yes.” One of Rhimes’ most profound revelations occurred after she responded positively when her children asked her to play. She observes that kids don’t want that much from us and playtime rarely involves more than 15 minutes; when we give them access and attention, it makes everyone feel good. Rubin agrees that it’s the little things that can contribute to family happiness. As a New York City mother of two, she decided that she’d be happier if she knew she was creating family memories. She started regularly preparing “special occasion” family breakfasts, a relatively easy meal to customize. She says, “Studies show that family traditions support children’s social development and strengthen family cohesiveness. They provide the connection and predictability that people crave. I know that I enjoy a holiday more when I know exactly what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.”


Take the Secret Society of Happy People’s personal happiness inventory at DefiningOurHappiness provides an introduction. Home for Matthieu Ricard, a biochemist turned Buddhist monk, could be a Nepalese monastery or a seat at scientific conferences around the world. As the author of Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, he defines happiness as a deep sense of flourishing that arises from an exceptionally healthy mind. “It’s not a mere pleasurable feeling, a fleeting emotion or a mood, but an optimal state of being,” he says. In order to nurture it, Ricard recommends taking some time each day for quiet reflection, noting, “The contemplative approach consists of rising above the whirlpool of our thoughts for a moment and looking calmly within, as if at an interior landscape, to find the embodiment of our deepest aspirations.” By cultivating attention and mindfulness, the cares of everyday life

become less burdensome. Such a spiritual practice of just sitting quietly for 10 minutes a day, observing the thoughts that randomly cross our minds, and then gently shooing them away, can be enormously beneficial, he says, as it helps us put things in perspective and aim for continuous calm.

Flipping the Switch

Changing thought habits to focus on the good things in life is an approach that works for clients of Mary Lynn Ziemer, a life coach in Estero, Florida. Ziemer suggests we “flip the switch” from negative thinking and make a habit of starting our day being positive and grateful for 10 minutes. She recommends we start by doing deep breathing—four seconds breathing in, hold for seven seconds, eight seconds breathing out— repeated four times. Next, we ask our-

selves how we feel in the moment and identify the emotion, and then ask what thoughts we can think to feel better. The last step of the exercise is to frame a positive outlook in an affirmation, such as, “I am so grateful that I know I am doing the best I can and everything will work out. Everything is fine.” Ziemer adds, “Remember that happiness comes from love and takes you to a place of peace and calm. It is such emotions that beget success in relationships, health, supply, and clear purpose. Plus, it benefits everyone around you.”

Happiness Habits at Work Dallas happiness researcher Shawn Achor, founder of Goodthink, Inc., and author of The Happiness Advantage, applies the science of happiness to the workplace. His research echoes the personal positivity of Ziemer, Verni and Ben-Shahar’s approaches to nurturing happiness. “Happiness is such an incredible advantage in our lives,” says Achor. “When the human brain is positive, our intelligence rises and we stop diverting resources to think about anxiety.” The Harvard Business Review published his



appy people don’t find happiness like you’d find a penny on the ground; they make it happen, with action. Cultivating happiness habits can make a marked difference in your life.

4 Be deliberately optimistic. Optimism is imperative to emotional wellness. 4 Prioritize mindfully. Consistently align choices, intentions and actions with the top priorities of love, happiness and health. 4 Keep uplifting resources on hand. A few surefire mood-lifters may include a green smoothie, mani-pedi and solo dance party to at least one get-your-feetmoving song by a favorite artist. 4 Put yourself first. It’s the best way to bring your A game to everyone else. 4 Be a prolific seeker. Seek beauty, joy, adventure, pleasure, growth and

powerful meaning in all areas of life. Let life move you to possibility, opportunity and gratitude. 4 Don’t make things personal. Absolutely nothing others say or do is about you, ever. 4 Examine the worst that can happen. Many of the limitations you’re placing on yourself aren’t real—they’re illusions.

4 Practice loving-kindness. Making this a habit changes the vibration of your life and the lives of those around you. Plus it feels great. 4 Be aware of your energy. Tune in to surrounding energy, as well as the energy you’re emitting and notice what needs to be adjusted or abandoned. 4 Be wary of media consumption. Limit messages in everything from email and news to books and music that take you away from the calm, open space within that revels in joy and wonder. Conversations count, too. Kristi Ling is the author of Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss. The life and business coach shares more at operationhappinessresources. natural awakenings

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I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health. ~Voltaire research results: “Creativity triples and productive energy rises by 31 percent. Sales rise by 37 percent and the likelihood of promotion rises by 40 percent.” Achor’s method is helping people rewrite the way they think by first looking for positives at work. Workers write down three highly specific, positive things about their workday for 21 consecutive days. Rather than just, “I love my job,” acknowledge, “I love my job because I get to help people every day.” Or, “I love my morning tea because it gets me going.” Achor reports that at the end of the period, “Their brain starts to retain a pattern of scanning the world not for the negative, but for the positive first.” Taking a work break for two minutes of mindfulness is also effective. “We did this at Google,” he says. “We had employees take their hands off their keyboards for two minutes a


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day to go from multitasking to simply focusing on their breathing. This drops their stress levels and raises accuracy rates. It improves levels of happiness and it takes just minutes.”

Happiness in the Community We can foster happiness habits at home, at work and in the community. Rubin suggests starting such a group, akin to a self-help book club or bridge group, but with extra benefits. She even offers a free starter kit for those that want to try it, available via Gretchen In addition to the happy exchange of ideas and success stories, happiness habits group members also have the benefit of being accountable to each other. Others can help us continue to color in the details supporting and forwarding the broad brushstrokes of positive emotions, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishments in a down-to-earth, fun way. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

HAPPIER IN JUST MINUTES n Journaling for two minutes about one positive experience we’ve had over the past 24 hours allows our brain to relive it. n Exercising, including 15 minutes of cardiovascular action a day, teaches our brain that our behavior matters and improves our mood. n Meditating for even a few minutes at a time relieves an overloaded brain and allows it to focus on one thing at a time. n Writing one quick email in the morning praising or thanking someone we work with or just to make them happy will make us feel a sense of social support, a great predictor of happiness. Source: The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor


Gay Hendricks on Nurturing Love in Midlife Why Growing Up Can Mean Loving Better by S. Alison Chabonais


Probably the biggest ay Hendricks factor is that people and his wife, in the second half of Kathlyn, have life tend to be open to discovered through learning and trying new working on their own things, such as adopting relationship and counour practice of schedulseling hundreds of other ing two, 10-minute concouples that the time versations a week to take from midlife onward ofcare of relationship busifers the greatest opporness: one covers “stuff tunity of any other petalk”, the other is “heart riod to grow love. At a talk”. Often, it only takes mutual low point, they a few minutes of trying made the life-changing out a brand-new activity decision to rebirth their Gay Hendricks and to spark a major rebirth marriage, tapping into his wife, Kathlyn of intimacy. a new source of energy and rejuvenation that’s producing How pivotal is self-love, a tough extensive and surprising benefits. concept for many, in securing The Ojai, California-based couple, a healthy relationship? both with Ph.D. degrees, co-authored their first trailblazing bestseller, Conscious You can only love another person to Loving, more than 20 years ago and have the extent that you love yourself. After published 30 other books, including their we take people through a process designed to give them a clear experience latest, Conscious Loving Ever After. The of loving themselves unconditionally, Hendricks Institute that they founded they often tell us that the experience annually offers workshops and seminars changed everything in their relationin North America, Europe and Asia. Their ship. It’s powerful because so many of nonprofit Foundation for Conscious Living funds research, films and scholarships us enter a relationship in an attempt to get the other person to love some part related to relationship well-being. of ourselves that we don’t know how to love, which never works. Learning to Why do you say the best relalove ourselves is an inside job. tionships are possible in the

second half of life, including the greatest sex?

Childrearing responsibilities often decrease in our 40s and 50s, affording more time and resources to invest in the quality of the relationship. Psychological and spiritual maturity also comes into play—the more deeply we know ourselves, the more able we are to communicate meaningfully with our partner.

What would you say is the biggest challenge for midlife couples in a longterm relationship? It’s vital to get out of the rut of recycling conflicts and predictable routines in order to liberate a new creativity. Creativity doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It might be a matter of giving a

new way to communicate a whirl or taking a walk together instead of watching TV. Ultimately, relationships only thrive when both people make an ongoing commitment to investing time and energy to explore their own creative nature. One may elect to learn to play a musical instrument, while the other might take up gardening. The only requirement is that we take on new activities that have the capacity to surprise us.

What tips do you have for those that are single during the second half of their life? Enjoy your singularity! Singlehood affords great opportunities. You can choose whether or not you wish to invest time and energy manifesting a mate. No law requires that everyone has to have an intimate relationship, but if you’d like to, go about the process consciously. First, work on learning to love yourself, because it’s wise not to depend on anyone else to do it for us. Second, figure out what we call your Three Absolute Yesses and Nos, the three most important qualities you want in a mate, and equally important, the three most important things you don’t want in a mate. It’s a good way to avoid mistakes.

Why do you call blame “the crack cocaine of relationships”? When you blame another person for something, you fire up adrenaline both in yourself and the other person. Adrenaline is manufactured by our bodies and is highly addictive. Blame also typically produces a defensive reaction, causing a harmful cycle of two-way criticism and defensiveness that can go on for years. One couple we counseled had been having essentially the same argument since their honeymoon 29 years earlier—so addicted to the adrenalized “cocaine” of blame that it had become a permanent feature of their relationship. The answer is for each person to take healthy responsibility for issues in the relationship and together seek ways to both break unhealthy habits and replace them with mutually satisfying ways of relating. S. Alison Chabonais orchestrates national editorial content for Natural Awakenings magazines. natural awakenings

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How to be the Father Kids Need by Armin Brott


merican fatherhood has evolved considerably in the last 50 years. While dads used to be kept out of the delivery room, today, more than 90 percent of new fathers are present for their children’s birth, reflected in MenCare Advocacy’s State of the Worlds’ Fathers. However, being there early on does not necessarily define the scope of future involvement. Overcoming obstacles that might keep men from being the “high-five” dads they and their family need them to be is key. Involved fathers benefit children. Most research on child development has focused on how mothers influence their children, but in recent decades, society has “discovered” fathers. In many studies, pioneering Psychologist Ross Parke, Ph.D., professor emeritus of University of California, Riverside, and others have conclusively shown that children of more-involved dads are better at solving puzzles, score higher on cognitive skills tests, do better in school, are more likely to go to college, are more empathetic, manage their emotions better, have fewer behavior problems, are less likely to suffer from depression or mental illness and are less likely to break laws or become teen parents. Fathering tip: Never miss an opportunity to change a diaper, play with the kids, read stories together or simply ask them about their day. 44

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Equal workplace policies matter. The U.S. is the only economically advanced country that has no nationally mandated paid maternity leave policy and is absent a national paternity leave policy, paid or unpaid. When men don’t get time off to learn basic parenting skills, it’s harder for them to stay engaged later. In 1977, 41 percent of women and 35 percent of men in dual-earner couples reported work-family life conflicts. Today, the figures are 47 percent and 60 percent, respectively, according to the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing National Study of the Changing Workforce. Parenting tip: Advocate for national, paid parenting leave policies for men and women starting with local employers. It benefits both families and companies. Studies by Stanford University, the Families and Work Institute, Gallup, Inc. and others have found that companies with family-friendly benefits enjoy more loyal employees, better morale, lower turnover, fewer arbitrary sick days, higher levels of customer service and higher shareholder returns—all of which contribute to their bottom line. Both genders can be naturally nurturing. Certainly, women are biologically adapted for giving birth and breastfeeding, but Parke found that caring new dads typically cuddle, coo, giggle, rock and feed their babies just as much as new mothers. One hurdle men

face is that they usually have to return to work sooner, and their natural nurturing skills can get rusty, while moms’ get sharper. Opportunity and practice are the biggest predictors of meaningful connections with children. Fathering tip: Don’t assume that a partner knows more. Whatever a mother knows, she learned by making mistakes, and that’s the best way for fathers to learn, too. Be open to complementary expertise. A dad with a mate that praises and supports him will be far more confident and engaged with his child than one with a partner that criticizes him. Parenting tip: No one likes to feel incompetent, so when offering dad advice, do it in a nonthreatening way that supports and compliments his improving skills over time. It may mean adjusting personal standards a bit. Dad should take pride in practicing his unique rapport with offspring. Instead of letting mom pluck a crying or smelly baby from his arms, he can try, “Honey, I’ve got this.” End-running the legal system after divorce. For some 30 years, the default decision in divorce cases has been to award the mother primary physical custody, with limited visitation for the father. More states are now moving toward a presumption of 50-50 physical custody, but it’s not the norm. Therefore, many divorced dads may feel disconnected from their children and suppressed in their parenting role moving forward. Fathering tip: Never give up. Children need their dad in their life and vice-versa. It’s critical to stay in touch. In person is best; phone, email and Skype are decent fallbacks. Make time together feel meaningful as well as normal, instead of falling into a “Disneyland dad” syndrome of trying to make every moment a party. Practice harmonious communications with the ex. The biggest known predictor of children’s future mental and emotional health is how well their parents get along. Separated parents don’t have to be friends, but they do need to acknowledge both parents’ importance to the children and treat each other respectfully. Armin Brott is the author of eight bestselling books on fatherhood, including The Expectant Father and The New Father. Learn more at



or parents serving in the military, some of the biggest barriers to involvement are inevitable and often repeated deployments. Dads returning home often struggle to reestablish both their family role—which changed while they were away—and their relationships with children they haven’t seen for months and who may not even recognize them. Here are practical tips to counter any estrangement. Talk to your children before you leave and tell them, in age-appropriate terms, what’s happening and why. Record yourself reading a child’s favorite book and ask mom to play it every night. Their hearing your voice while you’re gone will make it easier for them to get used to having you home again. During deployment, communicate with home as much as possible by phone, Skype and email, taking into account time zone differences and military security. Don’t underestimate the power of snail mail. Little things—a dried leaf from a tree near the barracks, a film canister full of sand—let a child know Dad is thinking of them and provides tangible signs that he’s in a real place somewhere. Upon returning home, take it easy and don’t expect to be able to simply pick up where you were when you left. Everyone in the family has changed, and likely become stronger via the experience. Some things may never return to the pre-deployment normal, but the new normal can be just as good—or better. Source: The Military Father: A Handson Guide for Deployed Dads, by Armin Brott natural awakenings

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Zen Meditation


en, the Japanese word for To study the Way, meditation, is a virtual science of mind, in which the is to study the self. student uses the mind-body To study the self, as a laboratory to engage in the experiment of spirituality. is to forget the self. This science includes working To forget the self, with the mind, body and spirit for a complete experience is to be awakened of freedom and awakening. by all things. More than meditation, Zen is a process of uncovering uncon~Dogen scious habit patterns and ways that we see our life. The guidance of a skilled Zen teacher is an instrumental part of the path. The core of Zen is based on longstanding methods such as zazen and koan practice. Zazen, a silent seated meditation, can be done in several positions other than full lotus cross-legged with both knees resting flat on the floor. Other positions include a half-lotus position where the left foot is placed onto the right thigh and the right leg is tucked under the left thigh, a kneeling position and a chair position with the back straight. A koan is a paradoxical anecdote or riddle to be meditated upon. It is used to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment. In some schools of Zen, students sit with koans. Rather than thinking about them and trying to figure them out, they concentrate on the koan and exhaust discriminating thoughts. As a result, a deeper and more intuitive insight may arise. What is realized is not knowledge, nor is it a supernatural experience. It is direct insight into the nature of reality, which is normally perceived in a fragmented way. The Open Mind Zen Center is located at 1250 Tamiami Tr. N., Unit 205, in Naples. For more information, call 239-9612491, email or visit See ad, page 48.


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Practice forward thinking and willingness to let go of the past. People with high EI are too busy thinking of future possibilities to dwell upon things that didn’t work out in the past. They apply lessons learned from past missteps in taking future actions. They never see failure as permanent or a personal reflection of themselves. Look for ways to make life more fun, happy and interesting. At work, at home and with friends, high EI people know what makes them happy and look for opportunities to expand the enjoyment. They receive pleasure and satisfaction from seeing others happy and fulfilled, and do whatever they can to brighten someone else’s day. Expend energy wisely. High EI folks don’t hold onto anger over how others have treated them, but use the incident to create awareness of how to not let it happen again. While they move on and forgive, they don’t forget, and are unlikely to be taken advantage of again in the same set of circumstances.

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Always learn and grow. High EI people are lifelong learners, constantly growing and evolving. Being critical thinkers, they are open to changing their minds if someone presents a better idea. They trust themselves and their own judgment to make the best decision for themselves.

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How to Raise Your Quotient


he role of emotional intelligence (EI) in helping to facilitate success and happiness in individual lives has become well accepted. People with high EI tend to share seven habits. Focus on the positive. While not ignoring bad news, EI people have made a conscious decision to not spend much time and energy focusing on problems. Rather, they look at what’s positive in a situation and seek solutions. They focus on what can be done and what’s within their control. Associate only with positive people. High EI people regard complainers and negative people as energy drains. They tend to avoid them to maintain their own vitality. Instead, they spend time with those that look on the bright side of life. They tend to smile and laugh and attract other positive people. Their warmth, openness and caring attitude leads others to regard them as more trustworthy. Set boundaries and assert a position. Although their friendly, open nature may make them appear as pushovers to some, people with high EI are able to set boundaries and assert themselves when necessary; they demonstrate politeness and consideration, yet stay firm. High EI people guard their time and commitments and know when they need to say no. They don’t make needless enemies. Their response to potentially volatile situations is measured, not inflated, and managed appropriately. They think before speaking, allowing themselves time to calm down if their emotions start to feel overwhelming.

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Buff and Balanced Bodybuilders Turn to Yoga by Aimee Hughes


e don’t typically envision iron-pumping bodybuilders also flowing and breathing through yoga postures, yet many are combining these complementary disciplines to realize huge benefits.

Competitive Edge

Nicolina Sandstedt, a yoga teacher trainer and anatomy expert with the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja, Mexico, observes, “The body awareness and alignment focus that the practice of yoga asanas [positions] offers helps bodybuilders find correct posture. Yoga also teaches elegance in transitions that improve competitive posing.” Peter Nielsen, a bodybuilder, yoga practitioner and world-class fitness guru in Detroit, observes, “Most bodybuilders haven’t fine-tuned their presentation. They often grimace and look uncomfortable, with their veins popping out.” He points out, “Yoga helps teach bodybuilders how to slow down, breathe into each posture and ultimately win posing competitions because of the grace, elegance and body awareness that yoga provides.”

Injury Prevention

Joseph Grassadonia, bodybuilder, yoga enthusiast and founder of On Fitness magazine, in Kahuku, Hawaii, cites 48

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additional benefits: “Incorporating yoga into your workout routine improves your core, giving you overall body strength in specific targeted muscle groups. It also increases flexibility, stability and mobility, allowing greater range of motion. Most importantly, it will keep you from being sidelined with injuries.” “Stretching a muscle can make it more aesthetically pleasing,” remarks Sandstedt. “In yoga, we often hold postures for a relatively long period of time, in a more isometric endurance workout, than the short, repetitive movements performed in bodybuilding. Bodybuilding develops fast-twitch muscle fibers for power and speed, while yoga develops slow-twitch muscle fibers for endurance. Both are important for tissues to stay healthy while building muscle mass.” Nielsen notes, “Bodybuilding makes me feel stronger; I look better and have loads of endurance. Yoga makes me feel more centered; it softens me so I can hear and surrender to what my body is telling me rather than me just telling it what to do.” Such listening is essential to preventing injuries that periodically plague bodybuilders. Slowing down into yoga’s present moment awareness teaches bodybuilders how to perform from a place of presence rather than on autopilot, which is when most injuries occur.

“Yoga works all the muscles, even the smaller, intrinsic muscles often neglected in bodybuilding,” Sandstedt says. “In addition to facilitating healthy posture, these small muscles help support balanced joint alignment.” She explains that the explosive, repetitive movements used to build muscle mass in bodybuilding make the muscles less elastic, which also inhibits range of motion. Less elastic muscles may be more prone to injury, as daily activities require both strength and mobility.” 

Beginning Yogis

For bodybuilders that want to give yoga a shot, Nielsen advises trying a structured, 30-day yoga challenge. He sees how after the first month with his clients, the positive effects become apparent and most bodybuilders don’t want to go back to life before yoga.

Sandstedt offers, “I advise newcomers to incorporate a light yoga routine into the beginning and end of each bodybuilding training session. Ending training sessions with a few yoga postures will help balance the body, bringing a sense of calm and equanimity to the workout experience.” “In my fitness career, I’ve found that yoga perfectly complements any strength training program as a form of stretching, flexibility and de-stressing,” says Nielsen. “Yoga focuses me, and helps me to isolate whatever muscle I choose. It helps me reach my fullest potential and simply makes me a better version of myself.” Aimee Hughes is a doctor of naturopathy and freelance writer in Kansas City, MO. Connect at



Stretches and lengthens muscles while relieving tension

Shortens and builds muscles while building tension

Moves prana (life force energy) throughout the body, boosting energy levels and mental sharpness after a session

Expends energy, sometimes ending in muscle fatigue and mental exhaustion

Improves oxygenation of the circulatory system, providing energy and invigoration

Improves muscle oxygenation, which helps growth and repair functions

Tones muscles gradually

Builds muscle strength rapidly and enhances the toning aspect of yoga

Involves the body, mind and spirit

Primarily involves the physical body

Accessible to every age group

Not accessible for the very young and very old

Promotes body confidence through self-acceptance

Promotes body confidence through a fixed physical aesthetic

Prevents injuries through body awareness and helps heal injuries through yoga therapeutics

Can cause injury absent preventive awareness

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TRESS STRESS Natural Ways to Prevent Hair Loss by Jody McCutcheon


ncient Egyptians sought to stem hair loss and stimulate hair growth with a cocktail of iron oxide, red lead, onions, alabaster, animal fats and honey. Today, we’re still deploying creative approaches. Men’s hair loss, specifically, is a billion-dollar industry, touting solutions ranging from chemically laced topical treatments and drugs to transplants and wigs. Yet hairloss science is imperfect; it’s riddled with misinformation that allows companies to sell products of varying efficacy.


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The average head holds about 120,000 to 150,000 strands of hair, and it’s normal for both men and women to lose 50 to 100 strands daily. We lose hair for several reasons. Chiefly, aging weakens hair and makes it more brittle; it also decreases hormone production, slowing hair growth. According to a study published in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, anything that interrupts the normal hair cycle can trigger diffuse hair loss. Triggers include physiologic trauma

and emotional stresses, nutritional deficiencies, endocrine imbalances and illness, as well as genetics, including pattern baldness. Even air and water pollutants and sunlight’s phototoxic aging effects may facilitate alopecia (sudden hair loss). While it’s impossible to completely stop natural hair loss catalyzed by aging and genes, the rate can be controlled and abnormal loss may be reversed while stimulating growth. Dietary Changes. The typical North American fat-, protein- and salt-rich diet fosters an acidic environment in the body which can lead to premature hair loss. Iron-rich foods like lean red meats and dark green veggies contribute to ferritin levels sufficient to increase the hair’s growth cycle. Iron also delivers oxygen to hair follicles, further inciting growth. In a review of related research, the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology reports that double-blind data confirmed the findings of a study in women with increased hair shedding in which a significant proportion responded to llysine and iron therapy. Because hair is made mostly of protein, and protein deficiency is thought to cause hair loss, it would seem that consuming more protein would stimulate growth, although moderation is the key. Too much protein may result in baldness, according to Dr. Michael Eades, who owns The American Heart Association recommends against high-protein diets because most Americans already eat more protein than they need. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds and their oils can facilitate the production and action of hormones and oily lubricants that effect a healthy scalp and follicles and bouncy, shiny hair. A-complex and B-complex vitamins also are said to promote vibrant, shiny hair; B12 to neutralize premature hair loss; vitamin C and zinc to help strengthen hair; biotin to avoid hair loss and premature graying; vitamin D to facilitate healthy follicular growth; and vitamin E to maintain a healthy, moisturized scalp. Eating whole foods like organic eggs, lentils, spinach, red meat, pumpkin seeds and salmon is ideal, including plenty of

fruits and vegetables for vitamins and minerals. Most vegetable skins are also rich in silica, which helps strengthen hair. Drink More Tea. Green tea, saw palmetto (or its extract) and stinging nettle tea contain ingredients that inhibit the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a compound that’s been linked to thinning hair and pattern baldness, according to Medical News Today. These products are used in battling some forms of alopecia and concentrated ingredients of these teas are available in pill form. Detox. Eliminating alcohol, tobacco and coffee can help. Excessive booze and caffeine lead to dehydration, which makes hair dry and brittle, and also dramatically depletes the body’s iron and zinc levels. Cigarette smoke contains toxins that accelerate hair loss, as well as premature graying. Chill Out. Stress is a widely known factor in hair loss, specifically of a condition called telogen effluvium (Principles of Dermatology, by James Marks and Jeffrey Miller). Meditation and exercise can relieve stress and create a better hormonal balance, thereby helping to prevent alopecia. Massage of body and scalp also may be beneficial. Adding oils such as almond or coconut infuses the scalp with essential vitamins and minerals. A study by the Journal of Dermatology shows that applying onion juice can lead to hair growth. Treat hair gently, air-drying rather than rubbing it with a towel. Don’t Fake It. Using extensions and weaves or wearing tight wigs or hairpieces daily may damage hair follicles by stressing their anchor to the scalp, accelerating hair loss. Also, hair straighteners, tight pony tails, blow dryers and heated rollers may damage or break off follicles. Consider natural hair dyes. Eschew Shampoo. Most commercial shampoos contain sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulphate because it’s inexpensive, lathers well and typically thickens hair via salt. SLS also corrodes follicles and impairs their ability to grow hair. Consider switching to organic shampoos and conditioners. Jody McCutcheon is a freelance editor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Colon Hydrotherapy For a Cleaner Bill of Health by Yvette Lyn


hile many individuals continue to work on revamping their diets to eat more fresh foods and organic produce, the results of consuming animals products fed on a diet laced with antibiotics, along with gluten, unhealthy fat, sugar and processed foods with little fiber take their toll on the colon. It is likely that for the 4.4 million Americans that suffer from constipation, the colon has become more of a sluggish repository of accumulated waste, toxins and an unhealthy microbiome than a healthy functioning organ of the body’s elimination system. Even with five elimination channels—lungs, liver, kidneys, skin, lymph and colon—the body is challenged to deal with toxic materials that re-enter the blood stream from a constipated or sluggish colon. Ignoring it can leave us susceptible to leaky gut and autoimmune diseases. According to Brenda Watson, a certified nutritional consultant and author of Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps, a healthy, wellfunctioning bowel is essential for the maintenance of optimal health. However, this vital organ remains the most neglected in the human body. Watson suggests that failing to regularly cleanse the colon not only affects natural processes, it also affects the body’s capacity to heal and maintain vibrancy. Watson suggests cleansing the colon using herbal cleanses, colon hydrotherapy and a high-fiber, highly nutritious diet. “For centuries, every culture around the world has been using some form of colon cleansing for health,” observes Watson. This proponent of colon hydrotherapy, which detoxifies the large intestine through a gentle infusion of purified water at a safely controlled temperature with gentle, continuous pressure, used it to overcome her own


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issue of constipation related to a lazy colon. “Hydrating the colon causes the muscles to contract, and that brought about an automatic release response, which my body needed to remind my colon how to do its job,” she says. Colon hydrotherapy made into mainstream medicine when Dr. Joseph Fiorito, Danbury Hospital’s chief of gastroenterology in Danbury, Connecticut, conducted a study of colon hydrotherapy as a successful substitute for the traditional methods of large bowel preparation for a colonoscopy. Since 2008, as a result of Fiorito’s success rate in demonstrating how the quality of the colon cleansing and overall tolerance, comfort and convenience for the patient were significantly better with colon hydrotherapy, the hospital has been giving patients this option when preparing for their colonoscopy. In preparation for a colonoscopy, a colonic is also much more convenient for the patient that arrives at the hospital two hours prior to their colonoscopy appointment. The prep procedure is completed in less than two hours from start to finish, with the actual colonic taking between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the patient. Southwest Florida colonic experts applaud Watson’s advice for cleansing with a series of three colonic irrigation sessions at least twice a year. For individuals with chronic constipation, Kelly Swan, owner of Cape Coral Colonics, posits that these might be done more frequently. “The use of colonics is very individualized according to someone’s needs. To support a lifestyle change, integrate a colonic before, during,, and after a detox program,” advises Swan. She believes that colon hydrotherapy can help a leaky gut, as well as the imbalance of good/bacteria such as yeast. “It

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DITCH THE HOTEL Frugal Lodging Options from AirBnB to House Swapping by Avery Mack


ravel is changing as vacationers increasingly value unique experiences over standard tourist fare. In addition to the option of couch surfing (, more people are making the most of house rentals, swapping and sitting, plus various home stays via AirBnB (AirBnB. com). All expand options for affordable

journeys tailored to their needs. AirBnB accommodations range from private studios to family-sized homey spaces, encompassing tiny houses, treehouses, geodesic domes, yurts, container cars, caves, lighthouses, working ranches, castles and luxury carriage houses. With 2 million listings for 34,000 cities in 190 countries, 600 million people have found their ideal

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getaway through the San Francisco-based company since it launched in 2008. Published feedback, including comment books at the rental sites, provides assurance for visitors. When hosts aren’t on the premises, they are available as needed by guests. Mary Bartnikowski, publisher and photographer at Vagabond Travel Photography Magazine (VagabondTravel, has visited 32 countries so far, staying in homes, ashrams, temples, boats and apartments. “My best AirBnB rental was camping for two weeks in a Hawaii home garden next to a big tree; my host forgot to mention the big, friendly dog,” she says, recalling an unexpected wake-up greeting. Hosts find providing rentals a way to monetize unused space, meet new people and showcase their area. Beth Everett, an Oregon author, offers an AirBnB detached backyard studio space. “We moved from New Jersey to Portland two years ago, and the extra income lets me stay home to write,” she says. House swapping is another option for soaking in local color. Preparation is key and includes a notebook’s worth of helpful details shared in advance, as well as onsite. Most exchanges involve a series of Skype sessions for questions and answers. Leasa Sanders McIntosh, an executive recruiter, swapped her Denver home for a month in Kona, Hawaii. “We traded cars and joked that we even traded cats. We swapped three times before they moved to the mainland.” This summer, she’ll swap to be at

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the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Susan May, an established advocate of organ donation from Cartersville, Georgia, traded homes and cars to take her four teens to Europe. “We visited 13 countries, spending two weeks in Wales and three in Germany. We saw fireworks in Paris on Bastille Day and joined the Highland Games, in Scotland,” she says. “I want our family to be more than just tourists passing through Westernized hotels with no real contact with local folks. Exchanging homes is an ideal way for a family to travel inexpensively.” Housesitting fan and senior technical recruiter Rachel Burke, of Santa Monica, California, has stayed for free in London, Cape Cod and Palm Springs, California, using “This way, homeowners can travel without leaving pets in a kennel while unpaid housesitters avoid hotel expenses and gain a chance to be a native in a different location,” she says. “Last year, I watched a five-story home in a London suburb while the owners visited Portugal for three weeks.” She shares shots of her favorite spots at Burke combines housesitting with AirBnB by renting her apartment when she travels. “A couple of years ago, I paid $1,800 for a two-week trip to Thailand and charged $125 a night for my apartment, making my trip to Thailand free,” she relates. Burke lives near the Santa Monica Pier, Venice Beach and Hollywood, all prime destinations.

With 50,000 listings in 150 countries, tweaks the AirBnB experience in that hosts are more involved in their guests’ local adventures. Cuba currently tops desired destinations for U.S. travelers, with most rentals in the capital, Havana, the nearby artistic enclave of Trinidad or rural Vinales. Many hosts arrange airport transfers, tours, visits to attractions, bicycle rentals, restaurant reservations and transportation to other Cuban locales. Hosts usually speak several languages, including English, and may even teach guests to play Cuban-style dominoes. Eco-friendly homestays are available, too, ranging from a private Nicaraguan island independently powered by solar panels and a Spanish farmhouse off the grid to an organic farm in Thailand or eco-lodge in South Africa. An Austin, Texas, listing notes, “Everything is reclaimed, recycled or repurposed. We have an infused honey business. We’re laid-back and practice good karma and a healthy, drama-free lifestyle.” Homestay’s average nightly rental is $46. While some guests are students, the majority are 35 and older, vacationing on substantial salaries; they simply prefer the local color. Vacations needn’t be expensive, but they should be memorable. The biggest challenge may be deciding where to go first. Connect with freelance writer via



ick Steves, host of the long-running Public Television series Rick Steves’ Europe and Edmonds, Washington, bestselling author of 40 European travel books, encourages Americans to travel as “temporary locals”. Here’s some of his helpful advice. 4 Start by searching HomeExchange. com, and for listings, tips and assistance. 4Contact the host well before the trip. Be clear about what’s expected and what to do if there’s a hiccup. Triple check the key’s location and how to open the door, including any alarm system. Agree on phone and Internet charges. 4Share information on where to shop and instructions for appliances and maintenance services. Ask about any quirks a loaned car might have and make sure insurance covers another driver. 4Information about local sights and good restaurants is appreciated. Source: Adapted from

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Hot Days Are Hard on Pets How to Prevent, Detect and Treat Heatstroke by Shawn Messonnier


s outdoor temperatures heat up, pets may suffer from the effects of increased ambient temperatures. While problems such as squamous cell carcinoma and moist dermatitis (skin hot spots) increase along with temperatures and amount of sun exposure, the most serious heat-related health issue is heatstroke. Holistic vets recommend some simple, commonsense steps that will help and also possibly save a pet’s life. Heat stroke in both people and pets develops when core body temperature rises and stays above a certain level. In dogs and cats, the tipping point tends to be a body temperature higher than 106 degrees Fahrenheit. This can happen more quickly in overheated dogs and cats because they don’t have the ability to sweat in order to cool off like people do; this is due to a lack of eccrine sweat glands over most of their body surface. Panting can reduce body temperature, but is inefficient and easily


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overwhelmed if their temperature rises quickly and a pet can’t remove itself from the surrounding warm environment. Dogs such as pugs and bulldogs that have a short, broad skull are especially at risk due to genetically impaired breathing structures; they can easily overheat even in mildly warm weather. Ferrets and rabbits are especially prone to heatstroke because they typically dwell in cooler temperatures. As a result, these small mammals do best when housed indoors rather than outside; outdoor time should be limited and supervised. Heatstroke in pets is usually easy to detect for a pet with a history of being in a hot environment from which it cannot escape to cool itself in shade or water or take a refreshing drink. Excess panting, dark red gums and a “hot feel” to the ears and hairless skin of the abdomen are clues. First-aid involves quickly cooling the animal and notifying the veterinarian that a pet suffering from heatstroke

is on the way. Wetting it will begin the process. Applying either ice packs or ice cubes in a plastic bag wrapped in a towel to avoid freezing the skin also helps. Recommended spots for the packs are on the back of the neck, armpits and groin, as these areas have large arteries and veins close to the surface. If possible, don’t spend much time on these actions, because getting the pet to the doctor quickly is the overriding goal. Administering homeopathic drops of arnica and hypericum via the mouth from a natural home first-aid kit while en route to the vet may assist healing. Treatment at the veterinary hospital involves continued cooling, including intravenous fluids and cool water enemas. Cooling the pet must be done quickly in order to restore enzyme systems to normal functioning. Hospitalization will likely be required to evaluate the patient for potential serious complications, including cardiac arrest, shock, septicemia, bloody diarrhea, and disseminated intravascular coagulation to ensure against a usually fatal disorder involving the pet’s blood-clotting mechanisms. With prompt assistance, most pets with heatstroke will recover, but treatment can be extensive and expensive. The most important aspect is initiating it early to prevent permanent organ and brain damage. Prevention is ideal and preferred over the need for treatment. Guard against leaving furred pets outdoors for extended periods of time during hot weather. Pets that must be outside need protection from the heat and sun in shaded areas with access to plenty of fresh cool water; provide several water bowls. Opinion is divided about whether longer-haired pets seem more comfortable and have fewer weather-related problems if their hair is cut short, but don’t cut it down to the skin, as that removes their protective coat and predisposes them to sunburn. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s too hot for the pet’s person, it’s too hot for the pet. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit

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calendarofevents WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 6/8. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 Salt Therapy Grotto Open House – 10am-noon. Gather in the new salt cave and spa and enjoy hors d’oeuvers and relaxation. 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. Sky Art Reception: featuring the original works of Mary Taglieri, Celeste Borah and Michael Monroe. Live painting by Michael Monroe; live music by Alchemie; live street painting by Jane Portaluppi Durand; live Dulcimer Music by Debo Sylla; and Interactive Food as Art by Chef Pyro and Pierre. Trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making, community drum circle and yoga class (6:30-7:30pm). Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Simultaneous Breath and Sound Integration – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With Carrie Sopko and William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul


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and bring your body back into its original balance, while using the breath to help clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness. Client discounts available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3 Healer Elka Boren – June 3-5. Offering private sessions, a healing ceremony and her certification course called the 7 Archangel Healing System; a practitioner training. Boren is from Panama and trained vigorously to become the incredible healer that she is. Goddess I Am, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Guided Nature Walk – 8am. See birds in native vegetation with experienced bird patrol guides pointing out the many species. Wear comfortable shoes and outdoor wear. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Free with paid parking. Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 533-7580. 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. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. With Brandi Stewart. Utilizing one drop of blood, see 42 anomalies in your health relating to digestive dysfunction, liver stress, toxicity, inflammation markers, yeast imbalances, lymphocytes, health of white and red blood cells and more. $50 includes DVD and takehome information. For Goodness Sake, 7211 Radio Rd, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778.


Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls, which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655.

Stillness and Stretch: Restorative Yoga Series – 10:30-11:30am Tuesdays thru June 28. Four-week series with Dina Radcliffe, RYT. A therapeutic form of yoga using props like bolsters, blankets and yoga blocks for the benefits of longer-held passive stretching. $100. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 280-9095.

Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars,

The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

Past-Life Regression Workshop – 6:30-8:45pm. Every 1st Thurs. With Carolyn Beauchamp, CCHt. Begins with a brief introductory lecture and explanation of the process, followed by relaxing guided imagery with calming music. $20/class. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312.

Psychic Development – 11am. First class in new series. This is a series of two classes per month totaling 10 classes on psychic development. The information provided will help enhance your psychism and if you are already psychic, will show you your strengths and weaknesses. Each class will build upon the previous class. $20 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5 Spiritual Discussion – 11am. Topic: Spirituality in Everyday Life. Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A light kundalini class consisting of physical warm-ups, kriya and mantras, followed by the sound therapy of the gong. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Pizza’s for Peace Fundraiser – 4-6pm. Help fund daily programs at House of Gaia nonprofit organization such as Outside the Box children and family programs, as well as compelling programs that build a bridge for adolescents and young adults with autism and developmental disabilities. Raffle prizes, pizza, games and science show. $35/ticket. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way , Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Register: 272-6152 or Create a New Reality for your Life – 5-8pm. With Terry McBride. Learn how to weave the tools of choice together so you really experience how you can take charge of your life and move to your dreams. $30. McBride will also speak at the Sunday service at 10am. Topic: Jesus brought you Freedom and Power. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

MONDAY, JUNE 6 House of Gaia Summer Camp – June 6-10. 9:30am-2:30pm. Program: Explore the universe. For boys and girls ages 4 to 10 years old. This leadership program is designed to teach communication skills, develop a sense of community and create global and meaningful connections. $175/child (10 percent discount for siblings). 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregister: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia. org. See news brief, page 17.

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holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 Nutrition 101 Workshop – 10am-3pm. Receive an LBC analysis, free enzymes, information sheets on alkaline/acid food, food meal plans and more. $75/person. Yollo Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 275-0039. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:15pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora, ARNP. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Naples. RSVP required: 560-8334. See news brief, page 14. Parent Support Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, problem solve difficult situations, support and teach each other. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Call for eight-week group dates. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 3259210.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9 Introduction to Mindful Meditation – 11am. With Gwen Peterson. Gather in the salt grotto surrounded by healing energies of salt and sound. Set an inten-

tion, sit in silent meditation and explore your inner being. For beginners or experienced meditators. Dress comfortably and arrive early. Salt Therapy Grotto, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP required: 598-0990.

emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 6/16. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Early Morning Sadhana – 4:30-7am. With Dhanwant. A morning of meditation, mantras, exercise and prayer done when the world is quiet, before the sun rises. Serving tea and light snack following class. $15-$20 suggested donation. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

Water Quality Presentation – 6pm & 7pm. Jamie Zappier from Allini Water Headquarters, in Ft Lauderdale, will speak about the quality of the water in Collier County and how to purify water the natural way with patented Allini Media System designed by an MIT engineer. 6pm: Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave N, Naples; 7pm: Food & Thought Café, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 248-0592. See news brief, page 13. Candlelight Yin Yoga with Crystal Bowls – 6-7:15pm. With Marcie. A relaxing and restorative class, often with live music. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nurture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges, with new solutions where before there were only problems. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

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All Levels Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. With Tania. An energetic class suitable for all levels of experience. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs, 494-6983. Inner Spa Day – 9-11am. Soothe Your Summer Soul. Breeze through the summer while centering your mind, body and soul. Explore and experience various Monarch programs for personal growth specific to adults, teens, children and families. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. Salt Therapy Grotto Open House for Kids – 10am-noon. Gather your kids in the new salt cave and spa and enjoy relaxation. 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 102, Naples. 598-0990. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Thyroid Seminar – 10:30am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 51. ABCs of Yoga – 1-3pm. With Liz Ross. ABC’s of Yoga (all beginners class) is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. $10. 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-south-schedule.

SUNDAY, JUNE 12 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair. Align with the love of the divine creator. Surrender to the higher self and live from your heart center. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring beach chair and blanket. $20. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Heaven is up to us! Eckankar Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Father’s Day Music Jam – 4-6pm. Join as we bond through music and celebrate fatherhood. Enjoy some delicious juice from Juicelation. This fundraiser is a family event. $25/family. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Register at 272-6152 or Complimentary Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 4:30-6pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through


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laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210.

MONDAY, JUNE 13 House of Gaia Summer Camp – June 13-17. 9:30am-2:30pm. Program: Fun with Dragons and Fairies. For boys and girls ages 4 to 10 years old. This leadership program is designed to teach communication skills, develop a sense of community and create global and meaningful connections. $175/ child (10 percent discount for siblings). 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregister: 2726152. See news brief, page 17.

TUESDAY, JUNE 14 Yoga Therapy Mix – 9:30-10:45am. With Ann. A mixed-level gentle yoga class perfect for beginners or more advanced students. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15 Turmeric Workshop – 10am-noon. Learn the proper way to take turmeric pills or powder for


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optimal healing. Golden paste making—tested to be five times stronger. Yollo Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 275-0039.

office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442.

Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, aura, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Junior Ranger Adventure: Animal Tracks – 10am. Join a park ranger to discover the exciting world of animal tracks. Lean about what animals live in the park and make which tracks, then go on a short hike. Make your own animal tracks to take home using molds and plaster. For kids ages 6 and up. Free with park admission. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Preregister: 463-4588.

Open House for 200-Hr Teacher Training Certification Program – 6-7pm. With Kim Clayton. Meet the teaching team and other participants, learn about curriculum specifics and talk with graduates. Be up to something big to transform your life and make a difference in the lives of others. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Simple Easy Every Day Meditation – 6-7:30pm. Four-week beginner series with certified instructor Kathy Hurst. Wednesdays thru July 6. $175 includes book and guided audio for home practice. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 580-7700. Introduction to Access Consciousness – 7-8pm. What if you had the tools and processes to create your life the way you knew you were always meant to live? Access Consciousness uses practical techniques that include your being and your body to change anything that isn’t working in your life. Free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic 1032, Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-3317465.

THURSDAY, JUNE 16 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Call the

The Role of Toxins and Cancer – 5pm. With Dee Harris, RD. Learn how to identify toxins and limit your exposure. Take a tour through the Environmental Working Group’s website and look at how to lower your toxic load through food. Lastly, receive tips on how to select and buy supplements that are safe and won’t make you sicker. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 6/10: 676-5249. Help Preserve Collier’s Sensitive Habitats – 6pm. Cypress Cove Conservancy president Bobbie Lee Davenport presents a project to acquire lands to preserve water resources and wildlife habitat. Learn how to get involved. Open to all. Free. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334. See news brief, page 14. Transformational Breath – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Carrie Sopko. Clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness which you can integrate into your everyday life. Release suppressions, repressions and old patterns

permanently at a cellular level. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Environmental Toxins – 6:30-8:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Toxins, heavy metals and pesticides constantly dumped into our environment excessively stress the total body burden. Learn to identify heavy metal toxicity, unburden your body and promote body’s optimal functioning. $15. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204. RSVP: 948-9444

FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Women’s Self-Help Health Coaching – 6:30-8pm. Every other Fri for 11 weeks. Break emotional eating and self defeating habits. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 250-9312. Details: Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 7-9pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through the energies of the grace-filled gongs and the blissful bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance your powers of creative expression and manifest your greatest potential. Bring mat, pillow, and blanket. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Angel Codes for Peace – 7-8:30pm. With Sandra McGill and Lee Shook. Join for an evening of angelic downloads, inspiration and healing. Sandra and Lee were given the information that spirit had a task for them to bring this message to the world. We are delighted to bring this message of peace and oneness to Naples. Love donation. Goddess I Am, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, JUNE 18 Father’s Day Weekend at Naples Botanical Garden – June 18-19. 10am-2pm. Express your gratitude to dad or granddad by enjoying catchand-release fishing in the Garden lakes. Bring your own fishing equipment. Dads and grandfathers enjoy free admission on June 19 only. Summer admission: members/free, $9.95/adults, $4.95/children (ages 4-14); 3 & under/free. Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples. 643-7275. See news brief, page 17. Psychic Faire – 11am-4pm. Offering mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past-life and readings plus meet your angels and your animal spirit guide. Mediumship and aura energy readings are our new additions. $20/15 minutes. Shop in Naples’ largest metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I Am, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Access Consciousness Energetic Face Lift Class – 11am-6pm. Learn the Energetic Facelift, a non-

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invasive light touch, dynamic energy transformation system that naturally lifts sagging skin, diminishes wrinkles and revives skin. People have reported permanent-looking results after 20 sessions. $250. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. KristinaAston.Access

SUNDAY, JUNE 19 Recovery Yoga – 5:30-7:30pm. With Y12SR certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for Candlelight Yoga afterwards. By donation. Monarch Wellness. Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210.

MONDAY, JUNE 20 House of Gaia Summer Camp – June 20-24. 9:30am-2:30pm. Program: Travel the Globe. For boys and girls ages 4 to 10 years old. This leadership program is designed to teach communication skills, develop a sense of community and create global and meaningful connections. $175/child (10 percent discount for siblings). 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregister: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia. org. See news brief, page 17. Summer Solstice Kundalini Meditation – 5:156:30pm. With Lizz. A full hour of multiple compassion-focused meditations, removing the barriers of the egocentric self and feeling the self in all. Dress in all white and a head covering is encouraged. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Full Moon Summer Solstice Sound Bath – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the vibrational sound codes of this expanding cosmic event. A


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multidimensional experience through the sounds of the master alchemy crystal singing bowls recalibrating your DNA into its mastery frequency. Bring beach chair and blanket. Space is limited to 20 guests.  $35 (cash or check). The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 398-3953.

TUESDAY, JUNE 21 Chakra Balancing – 11am-5pm. With John Cartwright. Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the universe. Transform harmful emotional energy into positive healing energy. $65/45 minutes. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-0749. Yoga for Runners – 2-4pm. With Julia. A workshop for beginner to avid runners learning how to love and protect the hips, hamstrings and everything in between to keep you injury free. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Sound Bowl Meditation – 7-8pm. With Marc Wagner. Designed to clear, cleanse and balance all the energetic centers of the body, clear and balance the mind and remove toxic energy that has accumulated. Experience healing “sound massage” and leave feeling refreshed and renewed. $25 or $5 off if registered by 6/20. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 Yollo Wellness Open House – 9am-5pm. Oxygen healing with hyperbaric: free 30 minute session. Doctor’s script required to use hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Yollo Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 275-0039.

Access BARS Day – 10am-5pm. Schedule a BARS session on this day only and receive 20 percent off the regular price of $125 for a 75-minute session. Release limitations, negative programming and start learning to truly receive. Become a walking, talking meditation. Get free of what’s holding you back. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. KristinaAston.Access Conscious CA$H Creation – 6-10pm. Would you like to create and generate more money in your life? Whether you are in debt and struggling, or just want more ease around money, come learn tools and processes to change any money situation. Class special: $175 ($250 value). Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Register: 305-331-7465. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:15pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora, ARNP. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Naples. RSVP required: 560-8334. See news brief, page 14.

THURSDAY, JUNE 23 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. See news brief, page 12. Mantras and Miracles Kundalini Yoga – 6-8pm. With Jamie Shane. Clear out blocks and make space for new evolutions. Light kundalini yoga, lots of breath and mantra, mantra, mantra. All levels; no experience necessary. $20/drop-in. Shangri-La

Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Bat Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. With GAEA guides. Visit a lovely creek in the wilderness of North Fort Myers. This is part of our estuary system, with many plants and animals. At dusk, see the bats come out of their hiding places. Learn about these very interesting, ancient and important creatures from a certified Florida master naturalist guide. $40/person includes equipment. RSVP: 694-5513. Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 3259210.

FRIDAY, JUNE 24 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon KabatZinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. See news brief, page 12. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. Every 4th Fri. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy an evening in the River District, including pet friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. Red Tent Gathering – 6-9pm. Join for a monthly women’s community gathering. Bring a dish for sharing. Receive a message from spirit, meditate and do arts and crafts project. $20. Goddess I Am, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Thermal Imaging/Qigong Lecture – 7-8pm & 8-9pm. Two-part lecture plus Q&A with Jo Vaccarino. Part I: Thermal Imaging for breast care, pain evaluation and other applications. Part II: Intro to Qigong; how this ancient practice can help you in the modern world. Free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312.

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Weekend Childbirth Education – June 25-26. 10am-3pm, Sat; noon-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Access Consciousness BARS Class – 10am-6pm. Learn the Access BARS, 32 points on the head that when lightly touched start to clear all of the limita-

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tions you have about different areas of your life and body. Get relief from sadness, pain, stress, insomnia, money, relationship, sex, health, weight and anxiety issues and more. $300. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. Register: Be Well Natural Health Partners Open House Weekend – June 25-26. 11am-4pm, Sat; noon4pm, Sun. Stop in with your questions. Enjoy demos on our therapeutic equipment, special offers and samples. Learn about services: thermal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 2509312. Restorative Yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 2-4pm. With Susan.  Be immersed in soothing, deeply nourishing and healing sound vibrations of the crystal bowls while relaxing in restorative postures. $25. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Nifty Fifty Healthy Happy Hour – 4-7pm. Begins with an informative discussion on the latest antiaging intravenous nutrient therapy and how and why these cutting-edge nutrient delivery protocols are beneficial. Try a Myers Cocktail with glutathione ‘shot’. New patients receive $50 off initial consultation fee; current patients receive $50 off nutrients. Integrated Skin Care, 6700 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 425-2900. See news brief, page 16. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls, which help to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Message Gallery – 7-9pm. Join medium, psychic, teacher Jay Higgins for an evening of messages from spirit. Goddess I Am, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 Upper Body Ease Workshop – 1-3pm. With Gus Komninos and Kim Clayton. Discover the possibility of practicing with ease in your upper body by exploring a yoga practice without putting your hands down on the mat. Reduce stress on the wrists, shoulders and neck by efficiently accessing the core and legs. $45 or $40 registered and paid by 6/25.

6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. 598-1938. greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule. Mindful Parenting Workshop – 2-4:30pm. Led by Lulu Carter, speech therapist, artist, psycodramatist from Brazil, masters in early childhood education. This workshop will explore how to identify roles, create healthy boundaries and positive communication with children and teens. $25/person or $40/couple. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Register: 272-6152 or

MONDAY, JUNE 27 House of Gaia Summer Camp – June 27-July 1. 9:30am-2:30pm. Program: Castle and Princess. For boys and girls ages 4 to 10 years old. This leadership program is designed to teach communication skills, develop a sense of community and create global and meaningful connections. $175/child (10 percent discount for siblings). 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregister: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia. org. See news brief, page 17.

TUESDAY, JUNE 28 Open House for 200-Hr Teacher Training Certification Program – 6-7pm. With Kim Clayton. Meet the teaching team and other participants, learn about curriculum specifics and talk with graduates. Be up to something big to transform your life and make a difference in the lives of others. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. naples-schedule. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. Enjoy the benefits of sound vibration healing. Relax and heal from the vibrations of the seven bowls which helps to heal and open one’s heart, helping to align self to its higher purpose. $10. Ages 12 and up. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. 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, 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, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of

Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29 Yollo Wellness Open House – 9am-5pm. Give your breasts the attention they deserve. Free thermographic DITI with purchase of one hyperbaric oxygen therapy session. Yollo Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 275-0039. Is Alcoholism a Real Disease? – 6:30pm. With David Essel, MS. Learn the causes and solutions for alcoholism and dependency. Two complimentary seats with coupon. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Rd, Bonita Springs. See ad on page 53 for coupon. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Combines the healing therapies of the Himalayan salt and the alchemical singing bowls. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. A tea party with extras. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others. Also receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30 Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Deb Post, ARNP. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Bonita Springs. RSVP required: 560-8334. See news brief, page 14. Simultaneous Movement and Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward and Peggy Sealfon. Allow the healing vibrations of the crystal and Tibetan bowls bring you peace as you gently move on your mat. Part of the Peaceful Mind series with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Trager for Daily Life – 6:30-8pm. With Silvia Casabianca, CPT, LMT. Adopt simple, effortless movements to ease your life. Prevent pain by applying Trager principles. Lessen joint or back discomfort with soft, effortless moves. Improve balance; enhance performance. Bodyworkers, laypeople. $11. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444.

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Book Study: Think and Grow Rich – 11:30am1:30pm. Sundays thru July 31. With Rev Eileen. Five-week class based on the book Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. Discover the entire philosophy of moneymaking, just as it was organized from the actual achievements of the most successful men known to the American people during the past 50 years. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

Medical Marijuana Business Seminar – 10am2:30pm or 5-9:30pm. With Dr Jonathan R Byron, PhD. Crohns Charity Service Foundation presents prospective career opportunities in starting medicinal marijuana business seminar. These classes will inform and aid participants about opening a business in the medical cannabis industry. $199/registered by 7/5, $250/from 7/6-7/23. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 200-7214. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 16.




Happe Campers Summer Camps – July 4-29. With Super Science and Amazing Art. Camps: Movie Making; Environmental Arts; Eco-Engineering; and Eco-Tourism. For children grades one through five. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Register: 682-2780 or Allison@SuperScienceFL. com. or See news brief, page 10.

FRIDAY, JULY 15 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Two-Week Intensive – July 15-31. This two-week intensive program is an immersion of transformation and inspiration that will give you tools to live your life to your fullest potential. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or intensive-teacher-trainings.

Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. Sky Art Reception: featuring the original works of Mary Taglieri, Celeste Borah and Michael Monroe. Live painting by Michael Monroe; live music by Alchemie, live street painting by Jane Portaluppi Durand; live Dulcimer Music by Debo Sylla; and Interactive Food as Art by Chef Pyro and Pierre. Trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making, community drum circle and yoga class (6:30-7:30pm). Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 Medicinal Marijuana Business Seminar – 10am2:30pm or 5-9:30pm. See July 23 listing. $199/registered by 7/5, $250/from 7/6-7/23. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 200-7214. See ad on page 59 and news brief on page 16.

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Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463.

daily 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

Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624.

David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at 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: Guided Tour, Organic Lunch and Spa – MonFri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am and 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Tue-Sun: organic spa by appointment. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods. 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 – 9:45-11am. Sunday

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

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. service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Youth ministry also at 10am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. 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. Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers welcome. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30am-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 11:30am. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month.

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Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.

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.

Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095.

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. Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

monday Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. Working Towards Wellness Support Group – 5:307pm. With Patrick Hendry. For people living with a mental diagnosis and still working in the community. The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, 2335 9th St N, Ste 404, Naples. 703-489-5742 or Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa


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yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five-class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646-2261471. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. Sunset Beach Yoga –6:45-7:45pm. With Sue Rokela. All-levels. Visit greenmonkey Facebook page for weather cancelations. $5 plus park entry fee. Proceeds benefit the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. 11135 Gulfshore Dr, parking area 3, Naples. 598-1938. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.

Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study 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. Hatha Yoga – 7-8pm. With Meryl Sykes. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444.

Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 6pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA. 30-minute guided practice with readings, discussion and Q&A. By donation. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485.

Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RTY. Gentle yoga targeting poses to build strength and flexibility for your body. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Tai Chi – 9:30am. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Healing Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Meditative class to tune into your mind/ body connection for healing. $15/drop-in or $50/ four classes; client discount available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560.

Nonviolent System: Peace in the Midst of Violence – 6-7pm. With Eddie Rose. Learn how to avoid and redirect an attack, rather than to strike back and escalate an attack. These principles can also be applied to verbal and/or energetic aggression. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Bachata – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Aleksandra Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga while being sur-

rounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Qigong Movement and Relaxation – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra) to help you feel refreshed and recharged. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes; client discount available, members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga postures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Reading at the Refuge – Jun 19-Aug 6. 10am. Attendees of each 45-minute reading and crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a takehome craft related to it. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. More concerned about another’s well being, rather than your own? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Behavior Specialist Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Build social and communication skills including sharing, taking turns, following directions and healthy expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/ four classes; client discount available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Focused Caterpillar Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Salima Silverman. Specialized yoga for children to improve focus and attention through self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 5-6pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Veterans/free, $10/drop-in/general public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444.

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Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 6pm. Yoga prepares body for meditation. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques; reduce stress. Donation. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Gentle Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/

lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Indigo Trail Hike – Jun 19-Aug 6. 10am. Join refuge naturalists as they lead a one-hour tour to the Wildlife Education Board to identify and discuss ecosystem’s plants, mammals, birds and reptiles. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 11am-noon. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Veterans/free, $10/drop-in/general public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland Ave, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Calm and Confident Caterpillars Kids Yoga –

5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Special class for children ages 4-12 struggling with anxiety, fears, shyness and self-doubt. Day/time to be determined based on interest. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. The Edible Gardening Exchange’s Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 5:45-6:45pm. With Dawn Beavers. Vinyasa yoga classes use the linking together of movement to breath to create a vinyasa flow. $15/drop-in or $120/10 class pass. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. With Reiki Master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang; support each other, offer or receive reiki. Potluck. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Info: 948-9444. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of Transformational Breath, restorative sound, yoga and integrative relaxation. $20/drop-in or $60/four weeks; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Intro to Latin – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Salsa – 8pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464.

friday Family Beach Walk – Jun 19-Aug 6. 9am. The onehour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s Gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Leigh


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On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Slow Flow Glow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. A candlelit slow flow restorative class designed to warm your body, stretch your muscles and deepen your breath. $20/drop-in; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or 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. Longstreth. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness as we connect with the nurturing energy of nature. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45am. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Baby Care Class – Noon-2:30pm. 1st Fri. Thru July. Baby care teaches parents what to expect to help parents feel prepared and confident for their baby’s arrival. $25 includes book. Naples YMCA, Wynn’s Café Conference Room, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Register: 989-7332. Kristin.Millet@ Complimentary Class Fridays – Noon-7pm. Join Be Well Health Partners for free classes about: energy, essential oils, self hypnosis, healthy habits, eating for wellness, fitness, relaxation and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. Schedule: Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, E-RYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. More concerned about another’s well being, rather than your own? Grace Church (enter thru thrift store), 2415 Grand Ave, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm.

Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Complimentary Boot Camp Class – 9am. 1st Sat. With Dave Kunes. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 412-779-6176 or Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:30-4:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Dolores Gozzi. Enjoy a class or group healing and meditation; varies each month. $35. The Pines, 8192 College Pkwy, Ste B 37 & B 38, Ft Myers. 826-6960. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947.

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Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Wildlife Wonders – Jun 19-Aug 6. 11am. Every other Sat. Refuge education staff lead this indoor program about the mysteries of manatees, alligators, crocodiles and birds in the Visitor and Education Center auditorium. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. Happehatchee Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sound Healing Circle – 5-6:30pm. 2nd Sat. Evening includes call-and-response singing with crystal singing bowls meditation. $15/donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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


Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified • 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 29.


Patricia Acerra, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), CCHt, HAPM • 2335 9th St N, #303B, Naples 34103 239-659-9100 • Empowering and inspiring you to change habits, release energetic blocks, create and reach goals. Just be happy! Over 20 years’ experience blending esoteric acupuncture, hypnotherapy, subconscious behaviorist, nationally board-certified Holistic Alternative Psychology Master and more. Free 30-minute consultation.

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

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

Rosemary Harris, Lic. Acupuncture Physician Complete Well-Being Center 684 Goodlette Rd N, Naples 34102 239-404-0648 We combine modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient healing utilizing acupuncture, auricular therapy, herbal medicine, cupping, dietary therapy, electrical acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, a therapeutic massage chair and cold laser pain therapy. “We treat you like family!”

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 16.

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.

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Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples & Ft Myers Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 11.


2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. Yoga, tai chi, meditation classes.


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.


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.


Mary Ann Mugaas, NCR 5051 Castello Dr, Ste 210, Naples 261-8833 Reflexology is a natural system of relaxation based on the principles that the body is reflected on the feet. The application of pressure to these areas promotes circulation, balance and relaxation. Nationally certified. Practicing since 1986. MA24479, MM8962.

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

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


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 201 8th St S, Ste 307, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM28692, MM66086, MM33202.


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


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


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

BOTANICAL GARDEN NAPLES BOTANICAL GARDEN 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples 239-643-7275 / 877-433-1874

With nine lush, tropical cultivated gardens and native preserve inspired by plants and cultures from around the globe between the 26th latitude North and 26th latitude South, Naples Botanical Garden is a truly unique destination. See ad, page 62.


Dr. Michele Pelletiere 9138 Bonita Beach Rd (Sunshine Plaza) Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222 N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.


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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 16.


Granite, Marble and Crystals 12911 Metro Pkwy, Ft Myers 33906 239-561-1981 Specializing in unique granite from oversea, precious stone slabs and crystals. We sell wholesale and retail. Please call for an appointment to visit our ware-house. See ad, page 63.


Business & Residential Green Cleaning Services Naples • 239-404-7102 • Let us take care of your mess while you do what you do best. Offering summer specials, group discounts and familyfriendly personal services. Do not confuse familiarity with safety. Call today for a free estimate. See ad, page 71.


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


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 24.

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4444 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 6 Naples 34103 239-263-2636 •


Understand that your mouth affects your overall health? Call Dr. Stites. Forty years dedicated of biocompatible, conservative preparations, root canal alternatives and optimal oral health.

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


A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature Tuesday through Sunday, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EVIE BREEDLOVE-MANGAPORA, ARNP Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 •

Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 49.

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


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

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 •


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.

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.

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life. ~Omar Khayyám 76

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9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, 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 36.


3840 Colonial Blvd, Ste 2, Ft Myers 33966 239-275-0039 •

ENERGY HEALING 239-597-7372


Wendy Law is a wellness advocate that will empower you to take control of your health and wellness using FDA-approved modalities and testing. See ad, page 25.


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.


Dine-in/Take-Out/Catering 2500 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 111, Naples 239-263-8009 • Homemade, healthy food cooked Sous-Vide, from scratch without any fat or preservatives. Everything gluten-free! Open Mon-Sat 4-9pm. See ad, page 38.


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 60.


Come heal with us! From Iyengar and Alignment yoga to Quantum Energetics, CranioSacral Therapy, Rapid Tr a u m a R e s o l u t i o n a n d Acupuncture, we can help.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Stes 202-204 239-948-9444 • Regain Body Wisdom! Looking to eat healthier, reduce stress, recover joy, find purpose in life? Come for counseling & art therapy (individuals, couples & families); Nutrition Education; Medical QiGong; Trager Approach®, Massage, Reflexology; Reiki classes & sessions, and free Reiki circles on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. CEUs. Call ahead. MM21921.

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 70.


AHA! A Holistic Approach 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 Forget everything you ever learned about dieting and lose weight naturally with the Virtual Gastric Band. This extremely simple but effective nonsurgical technique works by harnessing the power you hold within yourself to change your life. Flick the switch in your brain and you can stop cravings and change your attitude towards food!



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Private Sessions by phone 612-207-2188 ThetaHealing instructor, medium and medical intuitive. Clear beliefs for improved health, relationships and finances. See website for classes and events offered at Center of Eternal Light. ®


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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 18.


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Keith L Minchew, D.PSc, CNC, PMA Lic. #2305 8891 Brighton Ln, Ste 107, Bonita Spgs 34135 239-390-3177 • In June, $29.95 one-hour introductory muscle-testing (kinesiology) session. Free zinc test/ bottle of aqueous zinc. By appt: 239-390-3177.


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 42.


Natural Health Practitioner, Herbalist N Ft Myers • 239-652-0421 Improve your health naturally. Hormone testing. Bio-Identical Hormones. Powerful healing herbs and supplements. Male/ female anti-aging and sexual problems. Want to feel better? Call now! See ad, page 66.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 20.



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




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

At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 14.



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

GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 •

Relationships are precious, learn how to heal yours. Reinvent your sex life so that the passion returns. If you decide to part, learn to do it powerfully, leaving both whole to love again. See ad, page 47.

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


2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 58.


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


Master Yoga Teacher and Massage Therapist • 239-269-8846 Positively change your life physically and mentally using time-tested, classical Hatha yoga and Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi bodywork. Specializing in therapeutic yoga and The Great Yoga Wall®.


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