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letterfrompublisher A Pound of Prevention

I often reflect upon how blessed I am when I hear about anyone living with chronic pain. After falling down a stair exiting a yoga class building last fall and fracturing my ankle, I feel even deeper sympathy for those coping with painful limitations, sometimes for years. I’m happy to report that I joyfully climbed those same steps just a few months later to reclaim the immense benefits my yoga

practice brings in my bid to stay healthy and flexible in body, mind and spirit.

When I was in my early 20s, I resolved to do whatever I could to avoid re-

peating the health conditions I saw my parents dealing with; they were already taking prescribed medications in their 40s and 50s. The more I learned about the benefits of eating natural foods and living a healthy lifestyle, the more inspired I became to implement ideas that appeared radical to my family. I still remember Dad rolling his eyes as he teased me about some new “rabbit food” on my plate or my twice-a-day, 20-minute meditations, which took priority over everything else.

Once my parents turned 60 (my current decade) and their list of meds grew

even longer, things started falling apart big time. Dad had a stroke at 68 and passed a year later from other health issues. Mom’s heart problems seemed chronic and she underwent hip and knee replacement surgeries; she relied on a variety of pain medications for years before passing at 92.

Watching them suffer for so long before saying good-bye has added to my

determination to continue doing the kinds of things that keep me pain-free and healthy, including a plant-based diet, regular exercise, massage, acupuncture and chiropractic care. This month’s two featured articles on chronic pain relief promise to provide anyone that feels stuck for options with exciting tools that offer new hope (pages 36 and 39).

One of the many things I love about working with this magazine is that I get

to hear stories of how people that had suffered for years with chronic pain and its ravaging effects on the body one day discovered a particular holistic treatment that resonated with them and voila; they were not only healed, but hooked on learning more about how to lead a naturally healthy lifestyle for ongoing well-being.

This Father’s Day, I will again think of my dad doing cartwheels at family

weddings and the many ways he was such a blessing to my life. One of his biggest gifts was how to enjoy life and the importance of surrounding ourselves with loving friends and family. I realize now just how important these health-giving insights are. To a free-wheeling happy and healthy summer,

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newsbriefs Quatrano Unveils New Business Name, Website and Class


icensed Massage Therapist Alvina Quatrano, a bodywork veteran, teacher of Acupressure for Anyone and continuing education provider for massage therapists for the Florida Board of Health since moving to Naples in 2008, is offering her services under the new name, Art Of Holistic Massage (formerly Holistic Healing Arts). The name change includes a new website,, and a new online massage class, offering time-tested and cutting-edge techniques. Trained in process acupressure, a mixture of Jin Alvina Quatrano Shin Jytsu, Zero Balancing and psychotherapy from Soul Lightening International, since 1998, Quatrano is a certified Zero Balancing mentor and integrates CranioSacral Therapy, reflexology, hot stone, massage, movement and acupressure into every session as needed. She also teaches couples massage, reflexology, stress-release acupressure and more. Quatrano’s custom-designed sessions include an extensive intake interview and personalized treatment For more information, call 732-266-5276, email or

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Drumming Workshop with African Master Dr. Djo Bi


r. Djo Bi, an African drum master from the Ivory Coast and developer of the Topalan technique, will lead a drumming workshop Dr. Djo Bi from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 10, at the House of Gaia, in Naples. Open to all levels, the class will cover basic, intermediate and advanced techniques demonstrated on the djembe, an African drum, including popular Ivory Coast rhythms Zaouli, Tchatcha, Topalon and others. Bi travels the world to hold workshops teaching hand drumming and African dance. Cost: $25. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1. For more information or to register (recommended), call 239-272-6152. See ad, page 31.





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Free Backyard Farming Workshops at GreenMarket


he Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket will host free backyard farming workshops, When the Shelves Go Bare, at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday morning in June and July in Fort Myers. The events cover food security, backyard vegetable gardening, beekeeping, raising livestock for eggs and meat, permaculture, brewing, distilling and food preservation, as well as discussing increasing concerns about a potential future food shortage. “Just as we pay insurance for our cars, but don’t expect to be in an accident, we should know the basics of growing our own food as insurance against potential disruptions that may or may not come,” says organic farmer and GreenMarket manager Santiago De Choch, who has witnessed firsthand food security situations in South America, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The GreenMarket strives to support local growers, bakers and artisans, including SOL Urban Farm, Green Paradise Eco Farm, Brittain Farms, Pine Manor Community Garden and The Unruly Gardener. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Location: 10091 McGregor Blvd. For more information, call 239-939-2787, email or visit


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Introductory Offer at Allstar Dance Studio


llstar Dance Studio, in Naples, is offering new students a private lesson, participation in a group class and the opportunity to attend a social party for $25 through the end of the year. “Dancing will make you stronger, happier, healthier and smarter,” says manager Anastasia Wachs, a professional dance instructor and U.S. and World Dance Council International adjudicator, who is joined by Andrea Marta, a professional dance instructor and a finalist in world dance competitions. “It will bring you joy.” Location: 4910 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste.118. For more information, call 239-304-9013, email Info@AllstarDanceStudio. com or visit See ad, page 18.

Edulis Designs Offers Discounted Landscaping Services


he rainy season is an ideal time to plant fruit trees and edible tropical perennials, and Edulis Designs is providing an economical way to help customers select the best varieties, pick the best site and get planting assistance. The Bonita Springs-based company is offering a 20 percent discount on consultations and designs for Natural Awakenings readers in both Collier and Lee counties through September 1. “Having edible landscaping installed at your property can save you time, money and resources, while producing an abundance of organic, nutrient-dense food,” says owner Alex Nikesch. “The design process is as much about your life as it is the land. We work with your needs, desires, skills, time, aesthetics and budget.” For more information, call 239-913-9808, email Alex@Edulis or visit See ad, page 14.

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newsbriefs Psychic Fair at Unity Church of Bonita Springs


pirits Row and Unity Church of Bonita Springs will present a psychic fair to benefit their Children’s Outreach program from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 10, at the church. Offering spiritual awareness and healing, the event will feature tarot card readers, Tibetan bowls, handcrafted essential oils, healers, massage therapy, reiki and metaphysical items. For the last three years, the church’s Children’s Outreach Program has provided funds for the Bonita Springs Elementary School for clothing, food and toys.

Community Garden to Grow at Kunjani Café


uests can enjoy a live cooking presentation of healthy, locally sourced food while learning about how best to help their gut by attending The Gut: Your Master Battery event, hosted by Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah Post, of Wellbridges Health Center, and Purple Spoon Culinary Chef Kristina San Filippo, from 6 to 8 p.m., June 1, at Purple Spoon Culinary, in Bonita Springs. While savoring a three-course dinner, including wine and sustainably raised, gluten- and dairy-free food, participants will Deb Post learn how to create a healthy gut, how it all works and what to feed it to repair and maintain optimal gut function. “Today, the level of gastrointestinal dysfunction is rampant in the U.S.,” says Post. “Most people don’t really know how their gut works and how to fix it when gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, weight gain, fatigue and brain fog are happening.”

unjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, in conjunction with the educational nonprofit Firefly Within Foundation, have begun the Kunjani Community Garden Project, an organic 10-by-14square-foot garden featuring a vertical herb garden, potted peppers, vegetables, fruits and flowers, all from organic heirloom seeds, located behind the Kunjani Cafe building, in Naples. The community may participate in building, cultivating and harvesting the garden, and donations are being accepted to purchase supplies. Every season, different plants will be introduced into the garden, according to their time of harvest. The intention of the project is to share the bounty with the community and teach residents how to implement their own organic gardens at home, no matter how much space they have.

Cost: $58. Event location: 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr.; Wellbridges location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or to register, call 239-908-3842 or 239-231-8354, email or visit See ad, page 45.

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newsbriefs Experiential Stress Reduction Workshop in Fort Myers


s a Certified Facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie, Sharon Plover will present an Inquiry-Based Stress Reduction experiential workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 17, at the Beacon Manor Executive Suites, in Fort Myers. Sessions feature the program’s four questions and turnarounds, providing attendees a tool that can be used for the Sharon Plover rest of their lives to alleviate crippling thoughts. Plover has helped hundreds of people find their pathway to peaceful thoughts by showing them this simple process for discovering their underlying beliefs. Cost: $65. Location: 8359 Beacon Blvd., main conference room. RSVP Required. For more information or to register, call Plover at 239-464-4433, email SharonPlover or visit or See ad, page 44.

Introductory Offer on Eyebrow Embroidery Microblading


enesis Non GMO Vitamins, in Naples, is offering 3-D eyebrow embroidery microblading at an introductory price of $375 through the end of September that includes a follow-up visit. This unique, high-quality technique causes no skin damage and is provided in a chemical-free environment by staff with expert knowledge of the highest salon-quality hair color from the UK. Committed to being a one-stop wellness center, Genesis also carries highquality, non-GMO vitamins, supplements and bulk herbs; offers functional medicine consultations with Naturopathic Doctor Brad Ferringo; and other organic, chemical-free hair services in its private salon. Location: 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4. For more information or an appointment, call 315-569-6245 or 239-596-9017, or visit See ad, page 22.

Special Offer for New Clients at Yollo Wellness


ollo Wellness, in Fort Myers, is offering new client consultations for $99 ($299 value) through the end of the month. Each consultation includes a magnesphere session, blood cell analysis, health report, healthy lifestyle tips and literature on a health plan designed to fit each person’s needs. Treatments are combined in the magnesphere chair with a magnetic field equal to that occurring in the body naturally. Research indicates that different muscle, bone and tissues respond to different magnetic fields. Frequencies are set to treat specific issues. Hyperbaric (pressurized) oxygen therapy is also used to remove inflammation. Antigen leukocyte antibody testing pinpoints what foods and other agents are causing inflammation. Once they are removed, the stomach begins to heal and inflammation should decrease. To help reduce this inflammation, Yollo carries tumeric from Fiji, a powerful herb that is six times the strength of any other turmeric, due to its cultivation process, which includes growing in volcanic soil at a 45-degree angle, hand-picked and processed with no heat applied. Location: 3033 Winkler Ave., Ste. 170. For more information or an appointment, call 239-275-0039 or visit See ad, page 53.


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newsbriefs Special Events at Two Assuage Spa Locations


assage therapist and reiki master Ann Merli is conducting monthly energy healing and meditation sessions at both area Assuage Spa locations. The first session will take place at 6 p.m., June 7, in Fort Myers, followed by the second session at 7 p.m., June 21, in Naples. The events will continue the first and third Wednesdays of the month at both locations and include an overview of some energy healing modalities and a guided meditation to create peace and tranquility in the body, mind and spirit. A facial rejuvenation seminar will be held at 11:30 a.m. in Naples and at 3 p.m. in Fort Myers, both on June 23. Assuage strives to offer an ultra-modern and unique spa experience with a global vibe, inspired by ancient practices and exotic techniques from around the world to revitalize clients. Cost: $15 per session or $50 for five. Locations: 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers; 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, Naples. For more information, to register or an appointment, call 239-333-1450 or visit See ad, page 28.

Be Well Clinic Offers IN.FORM System


ith the goal of changing 100 lives this summer, the Be Well Natural Health Clinic, in Naples, is hosting free events to reach people that struggle to maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, along with stress and weight management. Five certified health coaches will lead small groups through the IN.FORM program—a fun, easy-to-follow, proprietary, clinically studied system that combines positive lifestyle changes with cuttingedge supplements. Progress is tracked via a metabolic age scanner, and coaches offer advice on ways to reduce toxins and stress, and support a healthy gut microbiome. Free trials of the program’s supplements will be available during the free Wellness Wednesday lunch workshops from noon to 1 p.m.; a Healthy Habits that Even Dad Can Digest presentation, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 10; and the UnWhine Wine event, from 7 to 9 p.m., June 16. Affordable day, evening and online sessions are available, plus discounts and incentives to maximize the program’s effectiveness. Location: 1032 Goodlette Rd. For more information or to RSVP for any of the events, call 239-307-5616 or visit See ad, page 38.

kudos The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, in Naples, was recently given an Image Award for its public affairs campaign The Ripple Effect by the Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Chapter. Developed by Priority Marketing, the campaign, conducted last year, educated and engaged the public, other advocacy groups and legislators to support the Conservancy’s proposed solutions to resolve issues relating to Lake Okeechobee discharges. The campaign led to an increase in attendance at educational events hosted by the Conservancy, website traffic and email signups, as well as enhanced support of Amendment 1. The Conservancy has been at the forefront of the issue, working with state and federal officials to propose solutions, including buying land in the Everglades Agricultural Area to provide additional storage for water treatment and conveyance. Location: 1495 Smith Preserve Way. For more information, visit 18

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Homeopathy Cures Like With Like


omeopathic medicine, created in the late 18th century by German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, uses highly diluted remedies made from natural substances. Used worldwide today by more than 500 million people, this form of complementary medicine follows the “Law of Similars” (like cures like). This most important concept of homeopathy is based on Hahnemann’s belief that a substance that causes the symptoms of disease in healthy people would cure similar symptoms in sick people. In experiments Hahnemann found that the “sort of patient” was more important than “the sort of disease.” His detailed explanations are published in The Organon of the Healing Art. The sixth edition, published in 1921 is the reference of choice for certified homeopathic practitioners and physicians. A homeopathic practitioner focuses on the patient before prescribing a remedy. Just as each patient has his or her own story, each homeopathic remedy has its own picture, or energy state, which may include emotional, as well as physical symptoms. Homeopathy is very personalized medicine, which is why practitioners determine remedies by listening to a patient tell their story. During the first appointment, generally at least 90 minutes, a medical profile becomes clear, as do important details of a patient’s personality. A patient might talk about their family history, how they function in the world, what makes them anxious, childhood diseases and any grief and traumas experienced, as well as therapies they’ve used and for what particular reasons. In making sense of all these details, the practitioner uses the extensive patient history to create the framework within which to analyze any disharmonies, patterns and the disease process. Like peeling an onion with many layers, homeopathic practitioners address the whole picture, one remedy at time. Brad Ferringo practices homeopathy at Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, located at 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4 in Naples. For more information regarding homeopathy, call 239-248-0455 or visit See ad, page 22.


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Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and Muscle


esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years.

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Ease Sleep Apnea with Herbs

leep apnea is a serious health problem in which the sleeper can stop breathing as often as 30 times an hour, according to a National Institutes of Health study. According to Master Herbalist Steven Frank in Sleep Apnea: A New Approach to an Emergent Problem, Apnea is the result of a diminishing signal from the brain to the diaphragm that can occur during the transition from initial semi-wakefulness into the next stage of lighter sleep prior to REM sleep. “After a short period of time, the brain realizes the need to breathe and forces a rapid inhalation, dragging any sagging soft tissues into the airway and disturbing the sleep cycle,” he says. Conventional medicine usually addresses sleep apnea with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine or surgery. Using such a device can be costly and cumbersome, as well as uncomfortable, creating its own form of sleep disruption. “Natural herbal solutions like lobelia, thyme and camp bark can intensify the signal from the brain to the diaphragm, increase the gas-transfer efficiency of the lungs and relax some of the skeletal muscles that can obstruct the propagation of the signal and so providing relief. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad, page 60.



High-Intensity Workouts May Keep People Coming Back


study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lower-intensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.

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esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.



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Inactive Lifestyle Accelerates Aging etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.

Acupressure is Acupuncture’s Little Sister


he practice of acupressure, or applying precise finger placement and pressure to specific acupoints on the body that follow the same meridians used in acupuncture, is an ancient healing modality from China and other Asian nations. Activation of these points with pressure can improve blood flow, release tension and enhance or unblock life energy known as qi. This allows the energy to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting relaxation, healing and the restoration of proper function. For centuries, the Chinese have used acupressure points as a beauty treatment to enhance muscle tone and increase circulation, especially in facial muscles. This reportedly improves the condition and appearance of the skin, lessening wrinkles and sagging of the face without drugs or surgery. Although frequently performed by massage therapists and other bodyworkers, acupressure can be learned and used for self-care to relieve nausea and headaches, as well as ease chronic pain and alleviate mental and emotional stress. Alvina Quatrano, owner of Art of Holistic Massage, in Naples, is a licensed massage therapist who teaches Acupressure For Everyone. For appointments, call 732-2665276. For more information visit


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Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy


ccording to energy medicine practitioners, humans have an energy body that infuses and informs the physical body. Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy (QEST) is a form of energy medicine that works with this energy body. The system derives its target alarm points from the acupuncture meridian system, which maps energy flows through the body. A reduced flow of energy through the body is the result of a disruption which can present itself as disease or impaired function. Using Applied Kinesiology, also known as muscle testing, a trained QEST practitioner communicates with the body to locate energy disruptions caused by birth trauma, physical injuries, stress, diet, illness and other imbalances to determine what specifically needs to be done. The practitioner then refers to a handbook of numerical codes, which they tap onto the surface of the body, directing energy through it in order to reestablish the energetic pattern of wellness and stimulate the body to heal itself. While QEST is subtle and non-invasive, the benefits are cumulative. The therapy is sanctioned by the Association for the Advancement of Energy Medicine. Practitioners are trained at the QEST Institute in Fort Collins, Colorado. Cindy Carfore, owner of AHA! A Holistic Approach, located at 15971 McGregor Blvd., in Fort Myers, is a QEST practitioner. For more information call 239-433-5995 or visit See ad, page 24.


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Clarity for Expiration Dates on Food Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.

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Taryn Kean Discovered her Thermography Career through the World of Equestrian Competition by Lee Walker


hile Tayrn Kean, owner of Southwest Thermal Imaging, in Bonita Springs, can’t remember every detail about the earliest years of her childhood, she is certain that she left her mother’s womb holding tight to the dream of becoming a veterinarian. “I set my sites on an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, which I received in 1997. I paid my way through college by working in the college’s physiology and clinical research department for four years before I pursued my degree and for four years afterwards. I did a lot of hands-on learning that later impressed the veterinarian’s that I worked with in private practice,” says Kean. After earning her undergraduate degree, Kean was faced with a new reality. “I discovered that working within the hallowed halls of academia and research had shielded me from the reality that happens every day as a veterinarian assistant working within the setting of a small veterinary clinic. I switched and started working as a technician in an emergency medical setting, where I used the experienced I gained from working with large, small and exotic animals at Virginia Tech. After that experience, I wanted a different career in something other than veterinary work. Kean’s father, with a successful career in construction engineering, offered his daughter a temporary solution while she contemplated another future. “Dad was in the process of growing a successful concrete and masonry company. He offered me an office job, which I knew absolutely nothing about. I didn’t even have computer skills. In short order, I discovered that I loved it. Although I had lots to learn, I advanced to project manager in a couple of years just before Dad decided to take the company in another direction that required me to become a state-licensed general contractor. I studied for months and passed the challenging test on the first try. I still maintain an active license,” explains Kean. Riding and showing horses is a passion that Kean has followed since she was big enough to mount a horse and

fit into a saddle. It isn’t surprising that she learned about her present career in thermography through the world of equestrian competition. “It’s a big deal if a horse hurts even a little, because the pain affects their ability to perform. Thermography is used to locate the source of a physiological problem that must be corrected immediately so that it doesn’t escalate and end the horse’s career. I became very interested in the modality and trained in equine thermography, which was very demanding and required traveling,” notes Kean, who switched to human subjects when she learned of the growing demand in breast imaging. Initially, when Kean opened up Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging in 2011, she created interest by using a doorto-door marketing approach that included educating local physicians about the benefits of thermography. Connected to the American College of Clinical Thermography Fort Myers office from the beginning of her imaging career, Kean trained there in three imaging levels—Level 1, basic principles with a focus on breast imaging, Level 2, advanced scanning to include dentistry and allergy testing orthopedics and Level 3 for training the trainer and certification to teach the Level 1 thermography course. “In retrospect, I realized that they were stealthily succeeding in easing me into my present responsibility for training physicians in private practice and in hospitals throughout North America,” she says. Kean recently added ultrasound services to her imaging menu. “No one screening tool is perfect. I found that ultrasound and thermography work really well together as proactive tools when looking for inflammation and dysfunction in the body, particularly in the areas of the thyroid, breast, and carotid arteries. Southwest Thermal Imaging is located in the Sunshine Plaza & Professional Center, 9148 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 202 in Bonita Springs. For more information call 239-9492011 or visit See ad, page 43.

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Molly Hagan on Eco-Living:



orn and raised in the Midwest, actress Molly Hagan moved west in the 1980s to pursue her dream of an acting career. Her childhood home was located alongside farmland that ended up being sold and quarried for limestone. “They kept buying more acreage and infringing on our life and landscape. It was hideous, and led me to want to conserve and protect the land and its beauty,” says Hagan. Committed to realizing her professional goals, she’s also dedicated to living eco-consciously and furthering conservation causes. Hagan lives with her partner, archaeologist Richard Guttenberg, in an energy-efficient home below the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena, California. During her 30-plus-year acting career, Hagan has appeared in more than 30 films, including the classics Code of


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Silence, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sully and Election. Her many TV episode credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Columbo, Friends, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones; she was a regular on the popular Herman’s Head and beloved Unfabulous.

With so many dimensions to sustainability, what issue most moves you to make green lifestyle choices? My chief concern is overpopulation. The most conscious environmental decision I ever made was not to have children; my decision is in no way a judgment on those that do. But I believe the warming world is grossly overpopulated, causing resources to become precious, and we must make ever wiser choices.

What are some of the conservation steps you have taken in your home and garden? When I had the means, I bought bigticket items to conserve electricity, like a Sun Frost refrigerator. When money was tight, I focused more on little things, like energy-efficient light bulbs, composting and recycling.     When we bought our small home in sunny Southern California three years ago, we tore out the lawn and irrigation system and planted mostly native plants that require little to no watering. We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter. Our house had no heating or cooling system, so we invested in ductless split-system heat pumps that cool and heat very efficiently. We knew we needed to do more, so we met with a home energy consultant. We followed through with doable improvements like chimney balloons, painting our flat roof with a reflective coating and weatherproofing windows and doors, while we saved toward doing more big things. Last year, we were able to take the plunge and installed recessed LED lighting, upgraded all our windows and doors and insulated our home’s ceilings and floors. We also repurposed material saved from my former yoga studio for the flooring. The insulation has reduced our air conditioning use by 70 percent; despite living in the scorching San Gabriel Valley with little shade cover, we rarely have to turn it on. Our winter electricity bill is down 40 percent, so we’re already seeing

We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter.  a return on our investments, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint. We know we can still do more. We dream of going solar and adding a water reuse system. Next, we want to get everyone involved in planting trees in our neighborhood.

Because living in a sprawling city or suburb can raise our everyday transportation footprint, how do you minimize your driving? It’s tough to have a small transportation footprint in Los Angeles. I took the bus a couple of times when I moved here, but it was difficult to make timesensitive shoots and auditions. Luckily, nearly everything I need is near our home, and I try not to travel far unless I’m auditioning. I’ve always bought small cars to save gas. I bought the first electric hybrid made by Honda, their futuristiclooking Insight. My last three cars have been a hybrid Toyota Prius.

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Green Car Buying Tips Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli


hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam 34

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Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”

Getting a Green Bargain

Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the

high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.  

Great Green Choices

Here are some more good choices.

Chevrolet Bolt

Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt

With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.

Audi A3 e-tron

Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron

The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

Toyota Highlander

Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander

Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fueleconomy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cellpowered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at natural awakenings

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treated in emergency rooms for misusing prescription opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

Break Free of

Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.


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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according


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to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.

Watch Out for Opioids

Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are

“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain.


Go Natural for Effective Relief

Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain.

Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night

helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”. Immunity—Dysfunctional immune systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain. Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies,

optimizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa,

Yogic Breathing Brings Relief


n ancient yogic breathing practice, or pranayama, is used to rebalance the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Maud Nerman strongly recommends alternate nostril breathing for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma.


Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks.   “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at

Here’s a basic practice: n After folding the middle two fingers of the right hand down, press the right nostril closed. n Inhale to the count of four. n Hold both nostrils closed for a count of eight. n Release the right nostril and exhale to a count of eight. n Repeat on the other side. n Continue for at least three minutes, alternating sides throughout. natural awakenings

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California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.

Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a

“meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

How to Tap Away Pain


apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:

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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10.

Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself”).


Using one or two fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop” area on the outer edge of the other hand while repeating the statement three times.



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* chin * inner collarbone * under arm * top of head

While repeating, e.g., “intense neck pain,” using firm, but gentle pressure, use either two or four fingers to tap these areas, on either side, five to seven times in sequences as follows:


* side of eyebrow * side of eye * under eye * under nose

Source: The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, by Nick Ortner; instructional video at

Refocus on the original problem and rate its intensity. Restate what you’re feeling, as needed.

Pioneers of Gentle Pain Management Cutting-Edge Pain Management Techniques Offered by Forward-Thinking Local Practitioners by Linda Sechrist


While Western medicine

a description of their pain, each indiccording to a July 2016 issue of continues to rely on pain vidual would get a different homeopathic Pain Management, pain is the oldest e m e dy,” a dv i s e s Ferringo, who medical problem and physical afflicmedications, today’s wise rnotes that homeopathic topical traumeel tion of mankind, yet a thorough understandintegrative practitioners, is helpful, and should be in everyone’s ing of its physiology has escaped researchers medicine cabinet, along with burn and until very recently. physical therapists and sting gels like calendula. The 400-year history of scientific studfunctional medicine ies regarding pain began with the 17th-century philosopher, physiologist and mathedoctors are casting a wider Magnesphere, Hyperbaric matician, Rene Descartes. Since then, there Oxygen and Platelet-Rich Plasma investigative net to find has been much progress. Physicians no Wendy Law, a wellness provider and ownlonger value pain as a sign of the patient’s alternatives that provide er of Yollo Wellness, in Fort Myers, states, vitality or a prescription’s effectiveness, longer-lasting or permanent “We specialize in protocols for pain and and no longer debate over whether relief inflammation—the Magnesphere device, from pain might actually retard the healing pain relief. hyperbaric oxygen therapy and Fiji-grown process. However, while Western medicine turmeric that contains five times more curcontinues to rely on pain medications, today’s wise integrative cumin than the majority of others. The Magnesphere utilizes practitioners, physical therapists and functional medicine docthe same principle as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but tors are casting a wider investigative net to find alternatives that at targeted field strengths of a much lower level.” provide longer-lasting or permanent pain relief. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) exposes an indi Southwest Floridians have been benefitting from workvidual to four pounds per square inch of pressure within a ing with forward-thinking practitioners trained in pioneering total body chamber. This allows the oxygen to reach all fluids pain management techniques such as those developed by in the body, reducing inflammation and promoting healing, osteopathic physician John Upledger, founder of CranioSadetoxing and regeneration of new cell growth. cral therapy, and Jonathan Barnes, founder of myofascial Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a release therapy (MRT). Additionally, while modalities such concentrate of plasma enriched with as chiropractic, acupuncture, Rolfing, laser therapy, reflexplatelet cell protein derived from whole ology, yoga and neuromuscular therapy are well-established blood that is centrifuged to remove alternatives for pain relief, there are newcomers on the red blood cells. Platelets play a critical block vying for attention—muscle system care, light therrole in tissue repair and regeneration, apy, cryotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, platelet-rich regulating fundamental mechanisms plasma therapy, the Magnesphere system, cannabis-based involved in the healing process. medicines and consulting a nutritionist or herbalist for a list Food sensitivities can play a part of foods, herbs and supplements that reduce inflammation. in pain. Law uses an antigen leukocyte Wendy Law antibody test (ALCAT), to test blood for

Supplements, Nutrition and Homeopathy

Donald Lippe, who manages the nutrition department at Food & Thought, in Naples, as well as Brad Ferringo, an internationally trained homeopath and naturopath, who offers consultations at Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, also in Naples, agree that supplements to alleviate pain frequently depend on the specific cause. “Turmeric is the popular go-to, but Willow bark (nature’s aspirin) and arnica continue to be customer favorites,” says Lippe. “If 10 people came to me with Brad Ferringo

237 foods, 50 medicinal herbs, medicines and other factors that may be causing inflammation. Using the client’s results, she customizes a 30-day protocol that includes a nutrition and supplement plan for healing and reducing inflammation, as well as 30 hyperbaric treatments for immediate relief. Maria Gonzales, a resident of Lehigh Acres, describes the magnesphere as life-changing. “I have lived every day of my life with a migraine headache until the first session in the Magnesphere. I no longer need the opioids, which didn’t eliminate the pain, anyway. My fibromyalgia is also calmer and the edema in my feet is much better,” she advises. Joanne Russell, the tennis professional at Grey Oaks natural awakenings

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in Naples, found that the hyperbaric oxygen chamber relieved the pain of arthritis in her right arm. She also realized a noticeable difference after following Law’s nutritional protocols and consuming the Fijian-grown turmeric.

Medical Cannabis According to the National Library of Medicine PUB MED, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that benefit from treatment with cannabinoid medicines. “Cannabis is a magic herb that has been around for thousands of years. It’s ridiculous how we’ve been taught to be afraid of it, especially since it is an effective Dr. Carol Roberts answer for pain, insomnia, anxiety and cancer,” says Carol Roberts, M.D., who practices in Naples at the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, which also offers HBOT. To dispense cannabis, Roberts, the author of Good Medicine: A Return to Common Sense, completed the required eight-hour course and examination provided by the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association.

Cryotherapy Being exposed to extremely cold temperatures triggers the body’s natural instinct to keep warm. Cold temperature constricts blood vessels near the surface of Ron Repice, DC the skin, limiting the amount of inflammatory cytokines that flow to that area and cause pain. The body redirects blood flow from the extremities to all of the core organs. “Reducing the circulatory flow to sore muscles or painful joints limits swelling and produces a calming effect on inflammation, essentially tricking the body into healing itself faster,” advises 40

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Ron Repice, DC, owner of Rejuvenations Cool Cryotherapy, in Naples. The licensed, board certified chiropractic neurologist is also a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and the first to bring cryotherapy to Naples.

Muscle System Care From experience, Certified Medical Exercise Specialist and Muscle System Care provider, Jay Weitzner, owner of Symmetry—No Fads All Fitness, in Naples, knows that when Jay Weitzner the muscular system isn’t working properly, individuals are more likely to experience pain, tightness and other discomfort. “When parts of the muscle system lose quality, individuals focus solely on the hurt, thinking pain is the problem. I’m trying to get clients to focus on the not moving well part instead of the hurting part. I work on muscle systems so you can feel, move and be better,” explains Weitzner. Weitzner’s muscle system wizardry made total believers out of Naples residents Holly Strickland, Tracy Colleran and Danielle Bishop. Bishop, who had a back injury in 2013 had five epidurals in 2016 in order to live with the pain. Since her doctor, also Weitzner’s client, recommended Weitzner six months ago, she hasn’t needed one. Colleran was born with mild cerebral palsy, and says, “Jay’s muscle system care reduced the muscle pain in my legs and improved my coordination, balance and flexibility. He taught me to pay attention to how I move, use and hold my body. The greatest testimonial for Jay’s work came from my parents. We hadn’t seen each other for several months before we all flew to Massachusetts for a family reunion. During our layover, I walked away from my parents in the waiting area. When I returned, they didn’t recognize me because my gait was so different,” says Colleran. Strickland, co-owner of Burn Bootcamp, a gym in Naples, was eight weeks pregnant when she sustained

an injury that left her with a herniated disc, a pinched nerve in her arm and bedridden for 12 days. In unbearable agony, her doctor couldn’t prescribe pain medication. “A client gave me Jay’s number. One visit, and the next day I was able to walk around the house. After two sessions I was driving again,” she recalls.

Physical Therapy Jake Berman, physical therapist and owner of Berman Physical Therapy, in Naples, doesn’t believe that his clients have physical problems and pain that are simply just part of Dr. Jake Berman the aging process. “I feel that people can stay active and mobile at any age,” says Berman, who holds a doctorate of physical therapy degree. Charlene Damion, a young-atheart seasonal Naples resident, recently benefitted from Berman’s perspective. Four months after hip replacement surgery, she fell and suffered a soft tissue injury. “I was walking improperly for many years due to arthritis. After I had hip replacement the pain in my opposite foot, caused by the plantar fasciitis worsened, throwing me off balance,” explains Damion, who notes that after a few treatments, the foot pain was significantly reduced and her posture improved. “Dr. Berman assessed and reassessed me during appointments, applied several different tools and assigned me exercises that were helpful,” she notes.

Light Therapy At Purely You Spa, owner Jennifer Alvarez advises clients with pain issues to add U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved lightemitting diode (LED) therapy to Jennifer Alvarez the massage of their choice. “LED infrared light, which pen-

etrates the skin to calm inflammation and relieve pain, can be specifically directed to any area and its affects are accumulative,” advises Alvarez. Not everyone responds to the same treatment, which is why using several modalities in tandem may offer the best relief. Consulting with an integrative practitioner versed in the body’s subtle signals and familiar with the chronic pain vocabulary can help pinpoint the pain’s source and identify therapies to ease discomfort and facilitate healing.

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PROVEN RELIEF FOR SHINGLES Six Drug-Free Ways to Preempt the Pain

by Margie King


ne in three people will develop shingles (Herpes zoster) during their lifetime. Although the painful skin eruptions last only a few weeks, chronic pain can persist for several months and seriously impair quality of life long after the red rash marks disappear.   Also concerning is that the rate of shingles is on the rise, according to a multidisciplinary review of relevant literature by PLOS, a nonprofit openaccess science publisher. The cause may be widespread use of the chickenpox vaccine. A decade-long Australian study published in the Medical Journal of Australia showed that as its use rose, so did the incidence of shingles.


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Shingles is acknowledged as being far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthcare website, reports shingles can also lead to neuropathy, meningitis, hearing loss and blindness.   Fortunately, there are six safe and effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to prevent shingles or ease symptoms.   Vitamin C Therapy: According to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin C has been successfully used in treating shingles’ skin rash and blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick Klenner, eight such patients received 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams


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(mg) of vitamin C by injection every 12 hours, supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit juice every two hours. Seven reported complete pain relief within two hours of the first of five to seven injections. As early as the mid-20th century, a study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of 327 shingles patients demonstrated that vitamin C injections effected complete resolution of the outbreaks in all of them within 72 hours.   Fruits and Vegetables: Diets low in micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can increase the risk by depressing the immune system. In a British community-based study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, researchers followed 243 shingles patients in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment.   Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.    Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either

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capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year followup of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.    Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced


residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent.   Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cellmediated immunity to the varicella


zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced significant improvements in physical functioning. Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were painfree, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia.   Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at


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Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain Six Remedies for Relief by Shawn Messonnier


oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip 44

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and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.

Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.

Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the



affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.

Calcarea carbonica This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).

Kali carbonicum Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.

Rhus toxicodendron This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.

Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders.  Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. natural awakenings

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FAMILY SCREEN TIME How to Set Boundaries in the Digital Era by April Thompson


inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online.   “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”  

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shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes.   Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using

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their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says.   Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.  

Prevent Screen Addiction Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen ex-

Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross posure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions

such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-toface time is important.”   Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Four Ways to Set Digital Limits

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tell them to put their devices away,” advises Pediatrician Corinn Cross. offers a free interactive online tool to create a personalized family media use plan. If kids don’t comply with rules, Kathy Marrocco suggests turning the Wi-Fi off at night or taking away devices altogether. But don’t leave a void, cautions Cross. Substitute fun, fulfilling activities.


eeping the family in sync about the amount of digital media use is challenging. Here are some expert tips on maintaining a healthy balance.


Decide the ground rules — “Determine rules that make sense for everyone, and it’ll be much easier to get your kids on board, as they won’t see it as arbitrary when you


Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked

my boys’ elementary school not to give them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.


Watch out for rewards — Some screen time is more mesmerizing for kids than others, according to Kardaras, who treats such addictions. Most video games are designed on a variable reward schedule, similar to slot machines, which intentionally stimulates players to chase future rewards. Consider stricter limits on such media.


Play first in the real world — Because it reduces overall exercise, screen overuse can contribute to obesity. Cross recommends prioritizing exercising before daily allotted screen time; after being online, it’s more difficult to engage kids in physical activity.

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Backyard Pizza Party Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads by Claire O’Neil


ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and charcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a backyard charcoal-style approach, with toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out that charcoal earthiness.

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“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe 48

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and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough—healthy grain, if preferred— cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivore-ean’,” she says.  

Tiny Pizzas with Big Flavor Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same

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fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,”

advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.

Pizzeria Recipes

Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow.   1 cup ricotta cheese 1 /4 tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /4 tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1 /4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz)  

Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.   Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.   Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks.   Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.

Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Bruschetta Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza.   For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp)   For the bruschetta: 8 slices (1/2-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil   For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste.   For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks.   Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm. natural awakenings

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Thai Shrimp Pizzettes with Coconut and Chiles

Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch-diameter circle.

Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil.

Green curry paste, available in the Asian section of the grocery, contains green chiles, lemongrass and other tasty seasonings. Ingredients include enough shrimp for nibbling before scattering the bulk of them on the pizzettes. For the green curry coconut sauce: 1 cup fresh or canned coconut milk, well shaken 2 tsp green curry paste Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp) For the shrimp pizzettes: 1 lb large shrimp (31 to 35), peeled and deveined Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1 lb prepared pizza dough, whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting 1 /4 cup chopped fresh cilantro For the green curry coconut sauce, stir together the coconut milk, green curry paste and lime juice in small bowl. Set aside.


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For the shrimp pizzettes, soak 8 (12inch) bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other.

Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza base for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect heat side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the green curry coconut sauce. Cover and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping has melted.

Thread the shrimp onto the prepared skewers and brush with olive oil.

Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with grilled shrimp and cilantro.

Grill shrimp over direct heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until firm, opaque and pink.

Source: Patio Pizzeria, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig; adapted, with the permission of Running Press.


The Bowl Makes Fruit Their Menu by Lisa Marlene


fter moving back to Naples, Kylee Brinkman, owner of The Bowl, discovered that what she and her husband were missing was something they had been accustomed to while living in California and traveling in Hawaii—the clean, healthy eating options readily available on the majority of Golden State’s café, restaurant, juice bar and deli menus. Brinkman, a yoga instructor, rose to the challenge of filling the Naples gap by experimenting with different fruit blends and creating her signature fruit bowls with recipes that have the antioxidant-rich acai berry as their base. Brinkman’s business, which spent its infancy in a small commissary at InnerG Health Fuel, on U.S. 41, later expanded to farmers’ markets throughout Naples and eventually grew into a storefront in Magnolia Square at the corner of Pine Ridge and Goodlette roads. Open seven days a week, The Bowl offers eight bowl varieties made on the premises from all organic and locally sourced ingredients that Brinkman selects for their quality, rather than price. While the majority of Brinkman’s bowls are made with a base of acai berries, she also offers the Islamorada and the Beach, made with pitaya. Also known as dragonfruit, these bowls are made with blended, nut-based milks or fruit juices, nut butters and other fruits to form a puree. Each bowl is lined with granola and generous amounts of the puree that is then topped with a selection of sliced fruits and other sweet treats. The Barefoot Bodie Bowl, named after Brinkman’s young son, is a blend of acai, strawberries, blueberries, banana, peanut butter and hemp milk, topped with granola, freshly sliced strawberries and bananas, unsweetened coconut shreds and drizzled raw honey supplied by local honey purveyor, the Lee Queen Bee. The AB&J bowl is a version of everyone’s childhood favorite. The blend of pulverized, frozen acai berries, blueberries, strawberries, banana, almond butter and almond

milk is a customer favorite, topped with granola, hemp hearts, unsweetened coconut shreds, drizzled local raw honey, freshly sliced bananas and whole blueberries. Chocolate lovers go for the Cacao Bowl. The blend of raw chocolate, acai, banana, cacao and coconut milk is topped with sliced strawberries, almond slivers and cocoa nibs. It is dressed with granola, coconut shreds and drizzled raw honey. Other popular bowls are the Key West with Acai, made with pineapple, mango, banana and coconut milk; the Green Tide, with acai, strawberries, banana, spirulina and apple juice; and the Berry+Green with acai, blueberries, strawberries, spinach and apple juice. All three include toppings and drizzled honey. Served in small and large sizes, the bowls are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner—but not the only items on the menu—The Bowl offers different flavors of 221BC Kombucha, made in Sarasota. This sparkling, fermented tea is known for its probiotics and enzymes. Cold-Brewed Black Tulip Coffee (a Naples-based company), as well as smoothies in seven different flavors are also on tap. “We don’t use any fillers in our bowls. This means no ice. Bowls are 100 percent whole food ingredients with a small amount liquid that has no added sugar. Our customers get a thick consistency and a delicious meal in a bowl. The only notable difference between a meal in a bowl and a blended smoothie is the granola and toppings,” enthuses Brinkman. Limited bowl varieties can also be purchased Saturday mornings at the Third Street South Farmers’ Market, located at 245 13th Avenue South. In the fall, Brinkman plans to open a second location at 1200 Central Avenue, in Naples. The Bowl is located at 1427 Pine Ridge Rd., in Naples. For more information call 239-734-3867 or visit See ad, page 33.

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Fast-paced action is a hallmark of pickleball.

New Ways to Court Fitness Racquets and Paddles Get a Sporting Makeover by Randy Kambic

Two fun ways to use tennis courts for fitness are showing big increases in popularity.

Meet the New “Pickleball” You may not have heard of it yet, but pickleball is a mixture of tennis, squash and table tennis, and it’s one of the fastestgrowing sports in the country. The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) at estimates that 2.5 million players are active now, with the number expected to multiply to 8 million by next year. Regulation tennis courts especially marked for pickleball facilitate its smaller, 20-by-44-foot playing area. The need for less running about appeals to older players and others, as does the distinctive thud when the hard paddle hits the plastic ball. (Sample video at PickleballShot.) Christine Barksdale, 48, of Vancouver, Washington, USAPA’s managing director of competition and athlete services, played league tennis from childhood into adulthood until she transferred her passion to pickleball. She assesses that half of participants are “totally focused on pickleball,” while the rest see it as a way to improve their volleying skills for tennis. “It definitely improves reflexes. It’s easy for beginners to pick it up and have fun.” It also introduces kids to racquet sports. 52

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Tennis Goes Cardio

Participants of Cardio Tennis, a Tennis Industry Association program, benefit from high-intensity, aerobic, interval training, using functional movement to run to return shots and move around the court in preparatory footwork drills. It also increases stamina and endurance, which enhances both regular tennis performance and overall fitness. According to (which includes a sample video), men can burn between 500 and 1,000 calories in one, hour-long class; women, between 300 and 500. Estimates put the number of players currently engaging in such clinics at 1.82 million nationwide. “Tennis is a chief component of Cardio Tennis, but it’s much more. It’s a group fitness activity, a major workout that increases the heart rate,” says Chris Ojakian, a global Cardio Tennis trainer and executive director of racquet sports with Elite Racquet Sports, of Marina del Rey, California. They manage and operate tennis programs at facilities nationwide. A session often consists of a five-to-seven-minute dynamic warm-up including stretching, tossing tennis balls and light tennis play; more tennis lasting 10 to 12 minutes, including “cardio blast” sideline activities like quick footwork drills and jumping jacks when changing sides; 30 minutes of point-based tennis games with constant rotation of players and more cardio blasts; and a five-to10-minute cool down. “Participants are moving during the times they’d be waiting their turn to hit the ball in regular tennis clinics, and it works on the kind of quick footwork that’s done in competition,” explains Ojakian, the 2011 U.S. Professional Tennis Association California Pro of the Year. Sessions, which also include party music and heart rate monitors, are “so fast paced and fun, people often can’t believe when they’re over,” he enthuses. “It accomplishes so much in one hour.”

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Stretching the shoulders before playing is advised by licensed sports massage therapist Brian Horner, who works with athletes at pickleball, tennis, racquetball and beach volleyball tournaments in Arizona, California and elsewhere. The shoulder is like the handle of a whip in these sports, says Horner, who authored the new ebook Complete Guide to Winning Pickleball (PickleballTournaments. com). “If it isn’t operating normally, when more pressure is applied it can strain the elbow and wrist.” Swimming, especially backstrokes, is advised because therapists regard water as a friend of shoulders. “Sixty to 70 percent of the people that play [here] are retired,” says Steve Munro, owner of the West View Tennis Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He also sees the sport as a nice transition for older tennis players. Pickleball was invented in Washington’s Bainbridge Island in 1965 by then Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell. Along with the Pacific Northwest, some other major pockets of popularity include Chicago, Phoenix, southern Utah, Orange County, California; and Collier, Lee and Miami-Dade counties, in Florida.

Sideline drills enhance skills during Cardio Tennis sessions. Larry Carlat, of Venice, California, editor in chief of, credits participating in Cardio Tennis sessions with Ojakian twice a week and a healthier diet in the last three-plus years for losing 25 pounds. “You’re never standing still for more than a couple of seconds, and my footwork has improved,” says the 20-year tennis player. “Chris also provides tennis tips during classes. It’s fun and run!” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance editor and writer, including for Natural Awakenings magazine.

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Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies.

On Fatherhood The Lifelong Lessons of Being a Dad



by Ben Greenman

hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received,


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translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was.

As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at

calendarofevents THURSDAY, JUNE 1 Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies and crystal work. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Community Kirtan Jam – 6-8pm. There will be singing, dancing and playing instruments together led by Katrina Lilly and Allowah in the co-creation of uplifting and inspiring music. Bring children and friends/family. Any instruments are also welcomed and encouraged. $10/love donation; kids/ free. Happehatchee Center, Peace Pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455 or Happehatchee@ The Gut, Your Master Battery – 6-8pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP and Chef Kristina San Filippo. Enjoy a live cooking presentation of healthy, helpful, locally sourced food, prepared in front of you while learning about how best to help your gut. $58 for three course dinner (gluten- and dairy-free). 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 908-3842. See news brief, page 14.

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-5pm. By appointment. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-5838. Art Walk – Jun 2-3. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Soul Ascension Meditation – 7-9pm. Experience a portal between Heaven and Earth with Grammynominated David Young. The soothing music of his flutes, with inspired, guided spirit journeying, leads participants to a profound spiritual experience. $30 love offering (no one turned away). Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

SUNDAY, JUNE 4 Introduction to Transformational Breath – 1-3pm. With Carrie Sopko. An explanation of what Transformational Breath is and the benefits of it, followed by a safe, guided session. $25/early registration, $30/door. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, JUNE 5 SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Dig Deeper Advanced Weekend Class – Jun 3-4. With Karen and David. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work and listing on the International website. Prerequisite: ThetaHealing basic and advanced courses. $444. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or Info:

Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Edimi Skin and Body Care Seminar – 3-4:30pm. With Michael Tick. Everything you have ever wanted to know about your skin. Space is limited. Free. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 992-5838.

Reiki Level I Intensive – 8:30am-8pm. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Become a reiki practitioner. Heal self, support others. Reiki history, precepts, chakras, qigong applied to reiki, hand positions, attunements. $165. 12 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMTs, midwives, nutritionists, CSWs, MFTs. Bonita Springs. Preregister: 948-9444.


Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.

Intro to Wicca –7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.

Wildlife Hospital Baby Shower – 10am-2pm. The Conservancy is seeking the support to fulfill the need for supplies by asking community members to send or bring a gift to help provide the von Arx Wildlife hospitals’ youngest patients with the best possible care. Donors will receive one free admission. Conservancy Nature Center, Naples. Registered with Amazon; see wish list: BabyShower. Monetary donations: Conservancy. org/HelpWildlife. Reiki I – 10am-3pm. Continuing education with Mary Ann Chirichella. $150. 5 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad, page 21.

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

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 7 Women’s Health Acupressure Protocol Class – 9am-6pm with lunch break. With Alvina Quatrano, LMT, Soul Lightening International. Learn the specific acupoints used and their combinations; the central channel; how to work at interface; how to

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use this protocol on self and others; a grounding sequence. Then give and receive a session. $175. 8 FL CEUs Fl and NCTMB. Naples. 732-266-5276.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Thai Massage on the Table – Jun 10-11. 9am-3pm. Continuing education with Susan Farhat. $229. 12 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad, page 21.

Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 28. Meditation Session – 6pm. Ann Merli, LMT, RM, will give an overview of some of the modalities of energy healing and facilitate a guided meditation that will create peace and tranquility in body, mind and spirit. Assuage Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers. 333-1450. See news brief, page 18. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. With GAEA Guides – guided kayak nature tours. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. It’s spring and many of these birds are nesting. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise.  Includes all equipment and a Florida Master Naturalist as your guide. $40/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. Reservations: 694-5513. EFT Tapping Series – 6:30-8pm. Feel relaxed and supported – five-week series with Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey to peace and joy. For those chronically anxious and overwhelmed, distracted, that feel unsupported, keep striving, but not achieving, have physical symptoms. $150. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. My Spiritual Life Series – 7:30-9pm. Different topics each week thru June 21. Explore simple ways to increase spirituality with spiritual guide/teacher Kristi Oen. Become empowered through these interactive, hands-on classes by learning how to take control of your spiritual journey and life. $40/ class. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 630-740-0312.

THURSDAY, JUNE 8 Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Informa-

Advanced Reflexology Techniques – 9am-5pm. Continuing education with Mary Ann Chirichella. $175. 7 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad, page 21.

tion will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Jun 9-11. $444 includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or Info: Goodwill Full Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the full moon as we recalibrate and set our intentions of peace, harmony and goodwill for all of humanity. Join with like minded souls setting an intention for the foundation of the New Earth frequencies. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N, (southernmost public beach) off Harbour Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Storytelling Performance The Company We Keep – 7-8:30pm. National Storyteller Elizabeth Ellis comes to Naples. Filled with hilarious and poignant honesty, her stories deliver down-home wisdom, southern style. Hers is a voice that finds the heart and the funny bone. $15. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796.

Weekend Childbirth Education – Jun 10-11. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register/fee: My Spiritual Life Retreat – Jun 10-11. 10am4pm. Reconnect and recharge with spiritual guide/ teacher Kristi Oen. Explore simple ways to increase spirituality in everyday life. Become empowered through this interactive, hands-on, transformational experience by learning how to take control of your spiritual journey and life. $350. Light the Way, 5600 Trail Blvd, Naples. 630-740-0312. Storytelling Workshop – 10am-4pm. Crafting Stories with Elizabeth Ellis. Spend the day with this National Storyteller. Learn how to craft strong stories from this talented workshop leader and author. $60. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Psychic Fair – 10am-5pm. Tarot card readers, Tahitian bowls, handcrafted essential oils, healers, massage therapy, reiki and other metaphysical items to support spiritual awareness and healing. $5/door. Proceeds to support Children’s Outreach Program. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 825-6682. See ad, page 50. Drumming Workshop – 11am-12:30pm. With African drum master Dr Djo Bi. This class is for all levels and will cover basic, intermediate and advanced techniques demonstrated on the djembe, an African drum, which includes Ivory Coast rhythms Zaouli, Tchatcha, Topalon and other popular rhythms. $25. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Register: 272-6152. See news brief, page 10. Healthy Habits That Even Dad Can Digest – 11am2pm. Do whatever you have to do to get Dad to be well for this event for a humorous presentation to help him learn the ease and importance of healthier habits, plus free samples of healthy foods he’ll actually like. Free. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 307-5616 or

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm & 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Last Sunday bowl meditation until Dec. Expand into the new frequencies received during the full moon. Let the loving harmonics soothe your soul as you integrate the new light codes and


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prepare for the Summer Solstice. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $20 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Living Life with Spiritual Detachment. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. Featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita Springs. 404-9744. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm.  With DamaDe’. A kundalini yoga class followed by the sound therapy of the gong while you lie in savasana. $25/early registration, $30/door. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

MONDAY, JUNE 12 Food Talk and Taste: Raw and Nutraceutical Chocolate – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore an amazing world of chocolates which are the creation of famed superfood guru David Wolfe and his partner Steve Adler. These are raw, medicinal chocolates. $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Lindsey Kay. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: or

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 Journey Beyond Words – 6:45-8:15pm. Join on a small-group journey thru this companion study class for A Course in Miracles. $25/session. Email for questions and special south Ft Myers location details: Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 6/21. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, JUNE 15 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442.

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Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 6/22. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Peaceful Mind – 6-7:30pm. Every 3rd Thurs. With William Ward and Peggy Sealfon. Unwind and energize through use of Restorative Sound (crystal and Tibetan bowls) and Integrative Relaxation (yoga nidra). $25; client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 2313208.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16 Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. Women’s Gathering – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. The Un-Whine Wine Event – 7-9pm. Unwind with us. Enjoy fun wine tasting, light snacks, socializing and tips to keep difficult people from ruining your life. Free. Space is limited. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 307-5616.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Upper Cross Syndrome – 9am-3pm. Continuing education with Tony Kicklighter. $125. 6 CEUs.

A smile is happiness

you’ll find right under your nose. ~Tom Wilson

Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad, page 21. Inquiry Based Stress Reduction – 9am-4pm. With Sharon Plover, certified facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie. The Work is a way to identify and question the thoughts that cause all of your suffering. Beacon Manor Executive Suites, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Main Conference Rm, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 464-4433 or See news brief, page 16. Junior Ranger Program: Discover Nature Along the Trails – 10am. Come for a fun learning experience – become a junior ranger. Explore the nature trail with a ranger and discover plants, animals and other secrets of the park. Meet in the picnic area. Ideal for children ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Movement and Breath for Labor – 2-3:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi, with LifeBehold, to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. $25/early bird, $30/door. Register: or

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Doris Miriam. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom

FRIDAY, JUNE 23 Facial Rejuvenation Seminar – 11:30am & 3pm. Assuage Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples (11:30am); 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers (3pm). 333-1450. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 6:30pm. Vineyards Community Center, 6231 Arbor Blvd W, Naples. Naples. 482-4034. New Moon Celebration –7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision. Let the singing bowls reveal your piece of the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Wrap yourself in the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 Meditation Session – 6pm. Ann Merli, LMT, RM, will give an overview of some of the modalities of energy healing and facilitate a guided meditation that will create peace and tranquility in body, mind and spirit. Assuage Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 1, Naples. 333-1450. See news brief, page 18.

Maya New Moon/Venus Meditation – 8pm. Join author and Maya seer John Kralovec for a Maya New Moon/Venus meditation to understand the cosmic forces of the upcoming moon cycle, release the old and set intentions for the upcoming period. Call in for free: 319-527-3182.

Summer Solstice Class – 7-8pm. With Gus Komninos. Yoga under the light of the full moon will consist of 108 sun salutes. Komninos leads four groups of 27 sun salutes, beginning with the most accessible version. All levels. $5/advance, $10/door. All proceeds benefit the Naples Art Association. Young Plaza at the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St, Naples. 598-1938.

Summer Solstice Sound Immersion – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. The Solstice reveals the seeds you have sown from the last cycle. Enter the portal of light to receive your seed packets of divine clarity, wisdom and grace. Drink from the chalice of divine love and become a vessel of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 398-3953.

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Summer Solstice Kundalini Meditation – 6-7:30pm. With Pamela Raymond. An evening designed to cleanse the mind, go beyond ego and feel your spirit soar through Kundalini meditations. $20/early registration, $25/door. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – 7:15pm. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Karma and Reincarnation. Vineyards Community Center, 6231 Arbor Blvd W, Naples. 482-4034.

Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register:



SATURDAY, JUNE 24 ThetaHealing Workshop – 9am-noon. With Kristen Tenpenny. Learn how to test energy, receive healing and how to remove chords of fear. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-222. See ad, page 19. Taste of Lee Tropical Fruit Fair – 9am-2pm. Sample tropical fruits, most unknown to the general public but delicious and healthy, as well as sauces, punch, juice, ice cream, baked goods and tropical vegetables. $2/adults; children 12 and under/free. City Gate Ministries Church, 1735 Jackson St, Ft Myers. 543-9910. Tuning Fork Massage – Jun 24-25. 9am-3pm. Continuing education with Francine Milford. $249. 12 FL CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad, page 21. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and

healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655. Yoga For The Heart – 2:30-4:30pm. With Katie Mulligan. An exploration of the physical, emotional and spiritual heart using yoga asanas, essential oils and meditation. $25/early registration, $30/door. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25 Cupping for Health – 9am-3pm. Continuing education with Ryan Sullivan. $150. 6 FL CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. See ad, page 21. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – Noon. Topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Karma and Reincarnation. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient

aromatic blends. Bring mat, pillow, blanket and musical expression. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Lindsey Kay. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28 Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy Lecture – 6pm. With Dr Carol Roberts. Learn the healing benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Receive 15 percent off your first treatment with ad mention. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. RSVP: 649-700 or HughesCenterNaples. com. See ad, page 71. Healing Night Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.

THURSDAY, JUNE 29 Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself, as well as others. Attendees will receive a free tea leaf reading at this tea party with extras. $30. All materials included. RSVP. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

plan ahead THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 India Trip – Nov 16-Dec 2. Visit the Taj Mahal, temples and Himalayas, stay in a palace, dip your toes in the holy Ganga River and more. Includes: daily yoga with Carla, three vegetarian meals per day, accommodations, ground transportation and airfare in India. Airfare to and from India not included. No alcohol or meat permitted on this trip. $3,300/dbl occupancy, $4,300/private room; $1,000 deposit by 6/15. 692-9747. See ad, page 8.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Healing in America’s Module I Energy Healing Therapy Development Course – Aug 18-20. For those with CE units for nurses and massage therapists. Class offers internship option working towards certified energy healer status. $425. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Regional Director, Karen Coratelli-Smith: 692-9120 or ksmith727@

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church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.

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


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

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

Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

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:

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.

David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at

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

The Gypsy Sea Witch – 8am-1pm. Vendor booth specializing in the highest-quality crystals, sage, incense, herbs and other spiritual tools. $1 environmental impact fee collected at Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-4449779. Beginners’ Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Last Sunday. Get to know our style of practice, our lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. Cushions and chairs provided. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A

Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491.

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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. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. or Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Offi Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Children’s Crystal Circle – 11am. With Nikki D. Children ages of 5-17 will explore the world of crystals and meditation and will be able to touch, feel, experience and learn about the magic and history of crystals. Receive a crystal to take home. $10. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-444-9779. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Reverse the Age of the Spine Series – Noon-1pm. Using the Great Yoga Wall with Meredith Musick. For private location in Naples and more info: 269-8846. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. Yoga – 5:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small

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

groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Yoga Regulators – 5:30-6:30pm. Specialized yoga for active kiddos to improve behavior, focus, and attention through learning self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 7-12. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208.

Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. 6/12 & 6/26. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.


Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100 percent of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. rictra@earthlink. net. 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. Mary: 216-870-0653.

Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846.

Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This informal class will explore the techniques of mindful meditation. Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801.

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. Spiritual Development Circle with Meditation – 11am-12:30pm. Come explore the beautiful possibilities that awaken during spiritual exploration with spiritual guide/teacher Kristi Oen. Circle adapts to the needs of the individuals present. Enjoy meditation, developing spiritual gifts and time for questions and answers. $25. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 630-740-0312. Therapeutics Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. Basic Yoga – 4-5pm. With Gary Granza. Learn basic yoga poses and alignment in a safe and comfortable setting without feeling lost or confused. $20/dropin. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Meditation – 6pm. Donation. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help participants slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Coed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:308pm. A 12-step program for men and women. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David K: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No


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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 Trl N, Naples. Sandy: 301-938-7503


Morning Beach Yoga – 9-10am. With Brittany Price. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus park entry fee. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 5981938.


Body/Mind/Soul Consultations – 9am-5pm. By appointment. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10am. 3rd Wed. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947.


Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30-2:30pm. 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. Tai Chi Eight-Form – 2-3pm. With Sondra Dansby. Improve posture, balance, fall prevention, reduce blood pressure and restore emotional balance. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.





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Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. More concerned about others’ wellbeing, rather than your own? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consist of more than 36 professional artists showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: Confident Caterpillars – 5:30-6:30pm. With Salima Silverman. Children ages 5-12 learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208.

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Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009.

in for one free session; start at any week. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. RSVP: Qigong – Eight Pieces of Brocade –1-2pm. Learn the Eight Pieces of Brocade qigong practice for better circulation, energy, balancing, stress reduction and flexibility. $15/drop-in or $80/8 weeks. Drop in for one free class. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, Colonial Square Office Park, 1032 Goodlette Rd Naples.

Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga is the smooth way that poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or exhale. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585955-3910.

Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm, group class ($5); 7-9pm, dancing ($12). Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

Qigong – 3-4pm. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221.

Crystal Bowl Meditation and Spirit Messages – 7pm. With Nikki D. Recharge your energy, rebalance your chakras, and reconnect to your higher self as well as strengthen your connection with spirit. $15. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corckscrew Rd Estero. Preregister: 754-444-9779 or Nicole@

or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

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.

Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846.

Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative

thursday Kundalini Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Group class. $15/ class or $100/10 group class card. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. IN.FORM Lunch Break – Noon-1pm. A clinically studied diet and lifestyle transformation program for everyone. Enjoy the side effects of weight loss, better gut and cardio health and more energy. Drop-

Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Yin/Yoga Nidra Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 5297582. Restorative Yoga – 6-7pm. Nourish, nurture and create balance in the body, mind and spirit. Connect to the body through sequencing that supports digestion. Breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance creates an imprint empowering the student. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Yoga – 6:15pm. Knowledgeable teachers, small groups. $15. Health and Wellness Sanctuary, Naples. 269-2221. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm (group class); 8:30pm (practica). $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491.

friday La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388.


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Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. More concerned about others’ wellbeing, rather than your own? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. 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. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Hip Hop – 10-11am. $15 or $100/10 classes. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

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FOR SALE GARDENER’S PARADISE: 3BR-2BA HOME IN THE MOORINGS – Eligible for club and golf membership. Walk or bike to Moorings private beach parking, Naples High School, Coastland Mall; bike to downtown and south Naples or to Waterside Shops. Property is large .42-acre corner lot with several fruit trees and lush plantings. Lot is among the highest elevations in Naples; flood insurance may not be required. Solid construction, sturdy tile roof. Room to add a pool or tear down the house and build your dream home., Zillow, MLS #217001010. Call 250-5021.

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SERVICES ELDER CARE – MUSIC THERAPY – Violinist and Musical Therapist JamesSteven Farnsworth brings loving kindness and beautiful music for the care of Alzheimer’s; those in surgical rehabilitation; and those in hospice treatment. He has many excellent recommendations. Please visit his website for further information: JamesSteven. com/TheHealingViolin. Sublime music refreshes the soul and mind. He can be contacted at 510292-7786. FM ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE – Certified teacher of the FM Alexander Technique since 1983, Sylvia Dreiser Farnsworth offers one-on-one sessions in Naples. HOME/OFFICE CLEANING – A Wholesome House is an in-home or in-office cleaning service that uses non-toxic, natural cleaning products only. $120/4-hour service or $30/hour. Samantha: 941202-0142. THE WORK OF BYRON KATIE – Discover the beauty of your life, when stress and fear melt away. Life transition coaching with a certified facilitator for The Work in Naples.

Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Urban Farming Workshop Series – 10:30am. Thru July. Workshops will cover topics about food security, backyard vegetable gardening, and beekeeping, raising livestock for eggs and meat, permaculture, brewing and distilling and food preservation. The Alliance for the Arts Green Market, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 9392787. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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.

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

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


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


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


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.

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently. ~Bill Watterson

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9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730

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

N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.

COLON THERAPY 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.

8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 •

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



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 44.


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 33.

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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 35.


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


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


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


Feldenkrais® ATM® Student Teacher Kinesis Structural Integration Practitioner Licensed Massage Therapist 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd, Ste D-304, Naples 239-777-2597 • Discover how to move with ease and comfort using Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement®. Private sessions combine touch therapy and movement education. MA26919, MM24629.


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.


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


Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 27.



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.

Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 24.


239-948-9444 •

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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 45.


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


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 45.

15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995


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

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

JULY Natural Detox Options Plus: True Prosperity

July articles include: Benefits of Natural Detoxing Dog Diet Detox Your Relationship with Money and so much more!

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 50.


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

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



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 45.



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 28.



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

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


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 17.

PSYCHOTHERAPY 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 with researchbased methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back.

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AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 24.


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

YOGA AWAKENING THROUGH SYNERGY, LLC Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582

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


2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 17.


(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.

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