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A friend of mine recently invited me to her 60th birthday celebration in Estero. She and her partner divide the year between their Coconut Point residence overlooking the village’s main retail street and their home base, in Indianapolis. I was impressed by the age diversity of guests from the neighborhood and fascinating conversational topics. The neighbors commented on how my friends have facilitated people in their building coming together and getting to know each other. They love to throw parties and be helpfully involved. We enjoyed hearing stories about their relationships with neighbors in Indianapolis, too, including folks that didn’t know each other at all before they instigated and hosted get-togethers. Like many people, they long for and thrive in community. In this month’s feature article, “Livable Communities We Love,” John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist measure livability as the sum of positive factors that add up to a community’s quality of life and well-being. Turn to page 32 to discover the details. According to the latest Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, Americans reported a decline in their overall well-being between 2016 and 2017—and yet, notes journalist Rachael Rettner, of the news analysis website Live Science, residents of sunny Naples seem to be as happy as ever. She reports that the Naples metro topped a national ranking of well-being for the third year in a row, making it the happiest city in the country. The research was based on interviews with more than 337,000 adults in 186 metro areas. It assessed five key elements: physical health, economic security, relationships, community and purpose, defined as “liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.” On a scale of 0 to 100, Naples and nearby towns earned a collective score of 67.6, performing well across all five areas of well-being. Our local scores show up a little less favorably in the AARP Livability Index, which ranks U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. (See chart on page 34). According to one AARP study, more than 40 percent of American adults suffer from loneliness, a condition without demographic distinctions. Humans may not always get along, yet we can’t get enough of one another. “We evolved to depend on our social connections,” says Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former U.S. surgeon general. “Over thousands of years, this got baked into our nervous systems—so much so that if we are feeling socially disconnected, that places us in a physiologic stress state.” I’ve often wondered what my ideal community would look like. Over the years, I have visited several intentional communities, which differ from more familiar planned communities, as they’re designed from the start to foster a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork. Members typically hold a common social or spiritual vision, often following an alternative lifestyle built around common spaces intended to keep residents connected with dinners, shared gardens or other activities, creating a feeling of togetherness. However you slice it, humans are hardwired for community and connection. We need our tribes. Creating community can be as easy as inviting some friends to meet for a sunset or a spontaneous potluck dinner. The longer, slower days of summer are a great time for us all to raise our connection index! Celebrating Community,

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Diamond Oaks Village Supports Servicemen


iamond Oaks Village, in Bonita Springs, is partnering with Ammilvets to collect donations for care packages for servicemen and women and veterans throughout June. Those interested in making a donation can drop off items at the Diamond Oaks Village clubhouse. In addition, the groups will provide “letters from home” to give servicemen some cheer, encouragement and a connection to familiar surroundings. Once the items have been collected, residents, staff and volunteers will assemble them into individual care packages that will be presented to Ammilvets for distribution. “It really just seemed like a meaningful way to involve our residents in showing our support,” says Field Marketing Manager Lisa Wilkinson. “Many of our residents are veterans or family members of veterans themselves. What better way to honor them prior to our Independence Day than to come together as a community and send them some love?” Location: 24110 S. Tamiami Tr. For more information, including a list of items needed, call 239-676-1259. See ad, page 2.

Kula Kids Yoga at Happehatchee Center


ula Kids Yoga with Katie will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. Children between 5 and 12 years old can learn yoga, meditation and mindfulness. The class is structured to share breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as stretching and strengthening poses, in a fun way through music, dancing, games and imagination. The teacher’s music will get children singing, dancing, skipping, shaking and laughing, all while practicing yoga.

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Cost is $10. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information or to register, call 239992-5455, email or visit See Resource Guide listing, page 60. 


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Summer Yoga Partnership in Naples


loYo Naples is partnering with Cycle Guroo, also of Naples, to expand opportunities for yoga classes. Students with active packages of 10 classes or more or that have unlimited passes can attend classes at Cycle Guroo for $15 per class or vice-versa through the rest of the summer. Yoga is a complementary form of exercise to cycling and can help improve flexibility and focus. Cycling is a great way to get the cardio workout which may be missing in a yoga practice. Yoga Journal reports that 75 percent of yoga practitioners also engage in other physical exercises, including running, group sports, weightlifting and cycling. Also, 37 percent of yoga practitioners participate in other group exercises, compared to just 9 percent of the general population. Locations: FloYo Naples, 6200 Trail Blvd. and 1800 Tamiami Tr. E.; Cycle Guroo, 3080 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call Lacie at 239-598-1938 or email See ad, page 15.

Bioidentical Hormone Treatments Available Online


r. Eric S. Gerken, based in Fort Myers, recently began providing bioidentical hormone treatment through his website. A longtime member of the American Board of Anti-Aging and Restorative Medicine (ABAARM) and a recent graduate of the Institute for Functional Medicine, Gerken Dr. Eric S. Gerken works with Laurie Jean Krause, who specializes in anti-aging medical aesthetics. After potential clients complete a free online survey, Gerken contacts them with results and recommends steps that may include a meeting at a local practice with which he is affiliated. “Bioidentical hormones are one of the closest therapies we know of that approach the Fountain of Youth,” says Gerken. “As we age, we produce less and less hormones, and simple supplementation is safe, easy and inexpensive.” According to ABAARM, after menopause or andropause, we lose 1.5 to 2 percent of our skin thickness each year. In 25 years, up to 50 percent of our skin thickness and collagen is lost. With supplementation, that number can be reduced to 0.15 to 0.2 percent. For more information or an appointment, call 239-415-1122, email or visit See Resource Guide listing, page 63.

Impacts of Cupping Noted in Massages


ne year after integrating cupping into her practice, Licensed Massage Therapist Mary Radewahn, of Power of Touch, in Naples, reports a tremendous response as part of comprehensive massages. “It’s less invasive, especially with inflammation,” she says. A recent client “couldn’t move her Mary Radewahn neck, and she’s now pain-free. It vacuums impurities out of the body.” Radewahn, who is certified in cupping by a practitioner in Sarasota, cites many other benefits, including reducing congestion, adhesions, anxiety, toxins and deep tissue stiffness, as well as improvement in circulation, range of motion and muscle and connective tissue flexibility. Her massages also include aroma and vibration therapy, moist heating pads, hot and Himalayan stones and hot towel foot wraps. Location: 4156 Tamiami Trl. N., inside Suzanna’s Image full-service salon. For more information or an appointment, call or text (preferred) 239-571-2903 or visit See ad, page 16.

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Crystal Moon Meditations at Both Mystical Moon Locations


aurie Barraco, of The Mystical Moon, is reviving monthly crystal moon meditations at both of her area locations. The one-hour events, which provide stress relief and help attendees unwind and Laurie Barraco recharge their batteries, are being held on the second Wednesday of each month in Bonita Springs and the fourth Wednesday in Fort Myers, both beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Crystal Bowl Meditation is a sound vibrational experience that soothes the mind, body and spirit. Benefits include a heightened sense of intuition, third eye awakening, balancing of chakras, communication with guides and spiritual helpers, increased stamina and focus, reconnection with our higher self and improved sleep patterns. It makes an excellent gift for the consciously living individual.

Cost is $10. Locations: 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste. 107, Ft. Myers, 239-939-3339; 8951 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Ste. 255, Bonita Springs, 239-301-0655. For more information, email or visit See ad, page 50.



long with chiropractic care, nutrition and wellness consulting, Bonita Beach Chiropractic, owned by Dr. Annie Ray, provides electrical Dr. Annie Ray stimulation and laser therapy at her office, not at homes. For more information or appointment, call 239-992-6643 or visit See ad, page 24.


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AHA! A Holistic Approach Center Adds Transformational Breath


HA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers, has added Transformational Breath, with Alva Marie Ristevski, to its services. A certified facilitator and workshop leader in this unique approach that helps heal the body, mind and spirit, she has studied extensively under its founder, Judith Kravit. Sessions are 90 minutes long, stimuAlva Marie Ristevski late the body’s natural healing ability and improve overall physical and mental well-being. Each session includes a breath analysis and instruction on how to achieve full, deeply connected breath. Endorsed by well-known integrative experts such as Deepak Chopra and Christiane Northrup, Transformational Breath is different from other forms of breathwork or yogic pranayama.

Cost: $125 per session. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239-641-4100 or 239-433-5995, email or visit See ad, page 14.

Sabin Provides Cupping and Self-Care Products


dvanced Contemporary Cupping Practitioner and Licensed Massage Therapist Marisa Sabin, of Cupping for Wellness & Beauty, in Naples, provides cupping treatments and massages, as well as easy-to-use self-care products that include CelliCupp for cellulite care Marisa Sabin and FitCupp for all ages and lifestyles. For first-time clients, she is offering a $25 discount on either a one-hour massage/cupping session or a cellulite lift treatment through July 15. Cupping brings healthy balance to body tension by improving hydration, collagen and blood circulation. Water within the body softens muscle and connective tissues, while hyaluronic acid plumps the skin’s surface. Improved circulation brings better health while promoting detoxification. Sabin contends that cupping can release tension in the back, neck, hips, feet and other areas, improve sciatica symptoms and increase poor range of motion, anxiety, muscle cramps, digestion and plantar fasciitis. She also provides tips and advice on how to use self-care cupping products at home. Location: 3699 Airport Rd. N., inside Naples Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & Med Spa. For more information or an appointment, call 239-919- 6573, email or visit See ad, page 49.

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way. ~A.C. Benson June 2018


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Healing Touch Program in Cape Coral


ary Pat FitzGibbons, a registered nurse and certified Brennan Healing Science practitioner, will lead a Healing Touch Level One program from 8 Mary Pat FitzGibbons a.m. to 6:30 p.m., June 23 and 24, at Hope Hospice House, in Cape Coral. The natural, nursing-based healing method can help reduce pain, stress and recovery time from surgery and other medical procedures, and increase flexibility and a sense of well-being. Participants will learn the locations of auras and chakras and how to assess them, along with practicing eight techniques for basic healing focused on pain relief and self-healing, legal issues and professional development. With certifications from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, Healing Touch is an energy medicine program that is suitable for registered nurses, physicians, body therapists, counselors, psychotherapists, other health professionals and individuals desiring an in-depth understanding and practice of healing work using energybased concepts. FitzGibbons can also visit clients to provide Healing Touch sessions. She will lead a Level Two program in August. Cost is $497. Natural Awakenings readers receive a $50 discount. Nurses and massage therapist can earn16 CE credits. Location: 2430 Diplomat Pkwy. For more information, to register or make an appointment, call 740-607-4038 or email or See Resource Guide listing, page 59.

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Author Publishes Forward-Thinking Book


uthor David Kline has published a new book, Change a Letter, Change Your Life. The book gives readers the opportunity to learn about the law of attraction and how to use it to improve their lives. Encouraging readers to move beyond the phrase, I’ll believe it when I see it, Kline suggests readers take the initiative to formulate a new way of thinking by changing the w in when to a t, so that the resulting updated phrase becomes: I believe, then I see. “What a difference one letter can make,” notes Kline. “It can change everything from a negative and stagnant approach to life to a positive and forward-thinking stance. But changing that one letter in your belief system may be one of the hardest things you ever have to do. It means giving up your old thought processes and early programming and moving fearlessly ahead into uncharted territory.” The book is available for sale at For more information, visit See ad, page 54.


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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes—a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time. 18

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.


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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights— less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.


Scientists Discover Alcohol-Cancer Link Alcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, have tracked down a possible cause. In lab tests, they found that when the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde alters and damages DNA within blood stem cells, leading to rearranged chromosomes and a greater likelihood of cancer.


Mangoes Carry Health Benefits Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes, report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight weeks had fewer digestive symptoms, improved inflammation biomarkers and less colon cancer-linked molecules in their digestive tracts.

New Healthy Coffee Alternative Success by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800-681-4926 or email June 2018


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Quick Quarters

Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing

A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Deadly Cargo Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology

Experts are warning that the Iranian tanker Sanchi oil spill in January in the East China Sea could potentially be one of the worst in decades. Scientists from the UK National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton are monitoring the disaster, believing it could 20

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severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”


Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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oday’s fast-paced lifestyle allows for few if any opportunities to notice such natural occurrences as the solstices and equinoxes, which are barely given a calendar nod as the first day of spring and the first day of winter,” says Beth Brown-Rinella, owner of Goddess I AM. The summer solstice, which occurs this year on June 21 at 6:07 a.m., comes when the northern hemisphere is at its most extreme angle toward the sun. The winter solstice conversely occurs when it’s farthest away. The spring (vernal) and fall (autumnal) equinoxes, always around March 21 or September 21, are when the amount of sunlight and darkness in a day are about equal.

Ideas for Summer Solstice Celebrations

“Today’s summer solstice celebrations bear little resemblance to those that occurred at historical sacred sites such as Stonehenge, in Wilshire, England, and Easter Island, in Polynesia. However, current celebratory versions still honor the power of nature with outdoor activities,” says Laurie Barraco, owner of Mystical Moon, with locations in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers. Southwest Floridians can celebrate by taking a walk through any one of Collier County’s 16 parks or any of Lee County’s 38 parks, Naples Botanical Garden, Happehatchee’s labyrinth, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates botanical gardens or along any of our beautiful beaches. With the extra daylight, there’s plenty of time for a longer walk, preferably without a cell phone.

Other suggestions for the occasion are cooking seasonal foods using the bounty of organic produce now available. Pack them up as a picnic lunch and head for the beach. Prepare a late dinner and light candles as the sun is setting. Add another fire element by cooking on the grill. Throw a few logs into the fire pit and light up the night under the waxing Strawberry Moon. Make a summer wish while tossing in a few herbs such as vervain, lavender or St. John’s Wort to ignite the passion for making the wish come true. Make solstice sun tea by adding fresh herbs and flowers to water in a jar. Cover and leave in the sun. Buy a new journal to use for reflection and prioritizing goals for the coming season and revisit New Year’s resolutions for any progress or need for hitting the reset button. Create a flower wreath of orange, yellow and red flowers for the front door, the dining room table or on the head. Add a little musical fun. Locate John Denver’s Sunshine on My Shoulders or Katrina & The Waves’ Walking on Sunshine on Pandora, Spotify or iTunes and sing along.

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We Need Clean Waters Streams and Rivers Are Life Links by Avery Mack


reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

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Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle

Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000 three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and

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Water is life, and clean water means health. ~Audrey Hepburn

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CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”. Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via June 2018


A Poor Report Card on Water Quality by Linda Sechrist

Wherever the human race has roamed, be it across oceans, continents or into the depths of space, we are forever searching for the presence of water: clean water, plentiful water. In its abundance, civilizations have flourished. In its absence, life has withered. ~The Water Imperative, Audubon International


review of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida Estuaries Report Card, the guide to understanding the health of Southwest Florida’s 10 watersheds, rivers, estuaries and bays, makes it clear that our region’s most precious resource—fishable, drinkable and swimmable water—is in big trouble.

Report Card Marks

Our quality of life, tourism-driven economy and agricultural economy each relies on clean water. The need to achieve the right balance appears to be a challenge that hasn’t yet been met. Report card marks are based on the water quality assessments available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, hydrologic information, impervious surface cover, wetlands, mangroves and conservation lands data from other agencies. The Conservancy graded each watershed based on two categories: water quality and wildlife habitat. Naples Bay and the Caloosahatchee River flunked, with a D-minus in both categories. Rookery

Bay faired better with a B-plus and C, respectively, while the Ten Thousand Islands earned an A-plus and C-plus. Wiggins Pass/ Cocohatchee received a B and D-minus. These poor grades, the need to connect key environmental, agriculture and government stakeholders involved in massive water quality and storage projects, and the urgency in developing pathways to workable solutions led the News-Press to hold a second Save Our Water Summit in May.

Waterkeepers: Eyes on the Water

The eyes on the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary, Lake Okeechobee, Nicodemus Slough, Charlotte Harbor, Estero Bay and the near-shore waters of Lee County belong to Caloosahatchee Waterkeeper John Cassani and his volunteer Calusa Waterkeeper Rangers. Patrolling and working to protect and improve waterways and mangroves that are important to fisheries, these water watchdogs monitor for algae blooms, fish kills, illicit discharges and potential health risk problems.

Cassani, a panelist at the summit, advises, “Southwest Florida is really struggling to manage water quality and water quantity problems. The drivers of the problem include rapid and widespread development that follows a population boom. When you add the effects of increased severe weather events that severely alter hydrology and sea level rise to rapid landscape development, it makes it very difficult to prevent further decline of water quality. “Much of the state oversight of land use planning by local governments was diminished over the last eight years. There is progress on some fronts where the focus is to restore hydrology, but the growing problem of harmful algal blooms and fecal indicator bacteria need more enforcement of existing regulations and funding for restoration.” Cassani notes that the excuse for reducing environmental regulation to improve economic conditions does not stand up to full cost accounting. “In Southwest Florida, the environment is the basis of the economy with respect to property values, tourism and the related sectors of hotel and restaurant businesses,” he says.

Collier County Waterkeeper

“Collier County is globally known for its extraordinary number of pristine waterways that are home to some of the most diverse ecosystems in our state. These include Rookery Bay, Gordon River, Naples Bay, Wiggins Pass, Gordon Pass, Big Cypress, Marco Island, Keewaydin Island, and the 10,000 Islands,” says Harrison Langley, a Collier County waterkeeper. “While there are some good projects on the horizon, new development in Collier County means more golf courses, more storm water runoff pollution and more mangrove forest encroachment. The Rookery Bay watershed, in-between the Marco Island and Naples watersheds, is at the greatest risk with all the new developments popping up. We need to educate builders, site crews and developers so that they minimize impact on the environment. Otherwise, the rookery will continue to diminish,” explains Langley. For more information, visit, and


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Qi Revolution Coming to Bradenton An Interview with Jeff Primack – Part 1 of 2 by Damon D’Amato

Can you bring a Universal meaning to describe “what is Qi?”

Qi is the electric life presence that beats the human heart and charges the air we breathe. Gong, like Gong Fu, is a repeated action to activate higher energy. Qigong generates a powerful magnetic field in the hands and this energy “dilates arteries”, healing what it touches. The effects of Qi are profound for increasing circulation and improving endocrine imbalances. Science will discover Qi is related to static electricity and can be harnessed with hand postures.

Qi Revolution is coming to Bradenton, Florida, for your national event, July 28 to 30. What is your higher vision for sharing this kind of healing with a thousand people?

I believe when more human beings develop “Qi Awareness”, human evolution will go higher. We hold our national event once a year and transform a convention center into sacred space. Our intention is to experience the authentic healing and stress-dissolving practices of Qigong in a strong group energy field. Sound, light and Qi graphics are used to improve learning so everyone can feel what is going on even without any previous experience. It’s rare that one thousand people all simultaneously inhale at the same second while holding the same healing prayer. Many people who attend heal old injuries and nearly everyone is strengthened by the energy. Our vision for this event is to uplift the group energy to the highest level to benefit all who attend.

Is there significance to practicing Qigong in large groups?

From 1980 to 1999, the Chinese people gathered for Qigong events inside arenas and stadiums in the tens-ofthousands. Dr. Yan Xin led the first wave of Qi awareness with integrity, but other fake masters misused Qigong to protest the government and consequently it was banned in large group settings. Chinese people had discovered the secret of “group energy” and it went beyond the roar of a rock concert or the cheers at a football game. A weekly outing in China for two decades, people viewed it as an opportunity to be strengthened and healed while enjoying fellowship.

The breathwork at the Qi Revolution is transformative. Since every person is connected to it, do you believe the answers to healing and overcoming negative emotions are found here?

Breathing is the most powerful skill humans can learn to attune with the spirit of life. Genesis 2:7 reveals, “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” After teaching Qigong breathing to groups large and small, I would say there is a connection. People report euphoric vibrational experiences when they do our Breath Empowerment, even if they don’t believe Qi exists. Breathwork is the best Gong Fu; repeated deep breaths will break the veil of darkness and bad thoughts, eventually flooding the body with light energy.

I’ve seen a shift over the past few years where your focus has really zeroed in on food healing, especially in regards to food science. Why

do you feel this is so important in today’s world and how does it relate to one’s personal Qi?

Food is the key to excellent health, especially natural foods made before the inventions of man. Kiwi, for example, has helped “reverse asthma” in hundreds of students I’ve counseled. Moreover, the prestigious medical journal Thorax indicates children who ate kiwi three to five times a week versus those who didn’t eat any had a much lower incidence of asthma. My theories have science to back them. (Kiwis Effect on Breathing, Thorax, Respiratory Medicine, 2004)

You perform a Global Healing Circle that is legendary. How does it connect participants using the 9-Breath Method with an expanded process?

The living electricity felt in the hands of the healing circle is unlike anything else we teach. After everyone is proficient in using the 9-Breath Method—our signature breathing technique—we hold hands while doing it many times. The feeling is like an electric current going through everyone’s legs, arms and hands. It feels so very good—delicious I might say! We focus our mind to God and ask for healing of people we love and send light to noble groups and nations worldwide. Qi Revolution at $149 for three days is made affordable to open the “Qi Door” for more people. U. S. veterans attend free; many have become the best Qigong instructors. Massage therapists earn 24 CE hours. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, page 4. Damon D’Amato is a writer/publisher of the Distinguished Women and Men series of books and president of the non-profit organization Qi United. June 2018



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All-Natural Beauty

Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry


by Marlaina Donato

rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecovalues,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

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all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and

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Find a guide to toxic personal care products at ~Vibrant Wellness Journal most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

Demand Escalates Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each

wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Celebrities Go Natural Nina Dobrev Senator Dianne Feinstein Kate Hudson Miranda Kerr Metallica: Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich Gwyneth Paltrow Alicia Silverstone Christine Taylor Shailene Woodley

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duce definitive results without chemicals. We carry six lines of organic skincare products. All are chemical-free and organic, as are our essences, toners, mineral sunscreen, body lotions, bug spray, deodorant, toothpaste and mouthwash. There are no artificial fragrances in any of our organic products. Every scent comes from essential oils made from flowers, herbs or fruits.” Although every customer that enters isn’t intent only on finding clean makeup or lead-free lipstick, Koedding notes that after learning that skin absorbs 60 to 70 percent of whatever is put on it, they make a purchase and return for a replacement. “Customers often dispose of their old makeup and decide to go totally organic,” she says.

The Toxic Side of Beauty Local Experts Offer Alternatives


by Linda Sechrist

ccording to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Dirty Dozen report on the 12 worst hormone-altering chemicals lurking in food, water, plastic containers, fire retardants, pesticides, water-resistant coatings on clothing, furniture and carpet, old lead paint and non-stick cookware, as well as cleaning products, personal care products and cosmetics, our body is subject to the endless tricks that they play. Some examples of these pranks range from increasing the production of certain hormones and decreasing the production of others, imitating hormones or turning one hormone into another and interfering with hormone signaling, and telling cells to die prematurely to competing with essential nutrients, binding to essential hormones and accumulating in organs that produce hormones. An EWG survey and product study of teenagers that use more personal care products daily than an average adult woman revealed adolescent girls across the U.S. are contaminated with chemicals commonly used those same cosmetics and body care products. EWG detected 16 chemicals from 28

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four chemical families in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls 14 through 19 years old—phthalates, controversial chemicals often used to make fragrances last longer; triclosans, antibacterial agents used in soaps, deodorants and mouthwash; parabens, cosmetic preservatives; and musks, synthetic compounds used as fixatives in perfumes. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects that include cancer and hormone disruption. EWG proposes that teens may be particularly sensitive to trace-level exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals, given the cascade of closely interrelated hormonal signals orchestrating the transformation from childhood to adulthood. While mainstream media has only recently alerted the general public to the problem, beauty and spa experts in Southwest Florida have been offering organic and far less toxic alternatives for nearly a decade.

Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, Naples Jayne Koedding, owner of Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, a certified organic spa, advises, “Organic skincare products pro-

Assuage Spa Luxury, Fort Myers and Naples

Tehjan Prendiville, co-owner of Assuage Spa Luxury, a medical day spa, notes that only natural plant-based products, made from plants, fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants are used in treatments. “We use medical-grade cosmeceutical products that contain higher amounts of active ingredients than those produced for over-the-counter sales,” explains Prendiville. Assuage’s latest offerings include facials and massages using evidencebased CBD oil that is backed by scientific research. Cannabinoids reduces inflammation, which decreases skin redness. New clients enjoy extra time with staff members that provide education on products used in treatments. The spa also offers periodic lunch and learn sessions at no charge

TAE Healthy Aging Center, Naples

With the advantage of Internet research, consumers are more educated than ever before. “Beware. All internet information photo provided by TAE Healthy Aging Center

Natural products display at Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples

is not accurate,” says Terri Evans, owner of TAE Health Aging Center. Evans, a licensed acupuncturist and aesthetician, advises of a new trend—skincare apothecaries—which are popular with professionals and consumers. “Developing an intimate understanding of ingredients is a winwin, which allows consumers to determine and address their unique individuality and affords skincare professionals the opportunity to use their knowledge to create customized treatments for clients,” remarks Evans. Apothecary skincare workshops offered by Evans are a fun and informative way to see, feel, touch, smell and experience individual ingredients. Participants develop a deeper understanding of herbs, essential oils and the best carrier oils, which Evans believes leads to a more confidant consumer that has a true understanding of ingredient knowledge. Essential oils have become a popular and healthier substitute for commercial skincare products. Added to carrier oils that have no aroma, they contribute a fragrance particularly pleasing to the wearer. A few commonly used essential oils for skincare are bergamot, which cleanses, uplifts and balances, and chamomile, which is soothing and good for all skin types.

I Love Oils, Fort Myers

Susie and Peter Bagwell, doTerra wellness advocates and founders of I Love Oils, use their training center off Alico Road to teach classes on how to use essential oils. Susie, a certified massage therapist, teaches the introduction to essential oils class, while Peter, a level one cross-fit trainer, focuses on oils and products that help the cardiovascular system and support an active lifestyle. “Because therapeutic-grade essential oils are pure and versatile, with no chemicals that disrupt the hormone system, they can be used in a number of ways to benefit dry, oily or irritated skin. There are essential oil do-it-yourself recipes that can help anyone soothe, moisturize or cleanse facial skin or other body areas,” says Susie.

Raw Hair Organics Salon, Naples

Melanie Nickels, Raw Hair Organics Salon owner, advises that her business is a sought

Organic products from Raw Hair Organics Salon

out for its healthier options. “It’s rare that someone wanders in here. We get the well-educated consumer that is concerned about exposure to toxic ingredients such as sodium laurel sulfate. This cleansing and emulsifying foaming agent in many commercial shampoos, as well as toothpastes in addition to parabens, are still used because they are cost-effective for commercial manufacturers,” explains Nickels. Nickels’ initial offering of organic hair care was not fully accepted within the hair care industry. Peers referred to it as “fringe” and she was ostracized by people that didn’t believe organic would ever be the norm. Nickels and her husband created a line of women’s and men’s hair care products, pet shampoo, conditioner and detangling spray, as well as special products for curly hair. Their new anti-aging skincare line is also organic.

Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, Naples

Co-owner of Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, Mariessa Smola, surmises that the majority of her customers come of their own volition or are referred by a health practitioner that suggested they shop for non-GMO supplements. “Prior to opening, I conducted mountains of personal research to locate products without any GMO [genetically modified]-derived ingredients. For example, B-vitamins are mostly derived from corn or soy. If a non-GMO label lists soy as an ingredient, it’s necessary to know the source, because two of the three top crops grown in the U.S. are corn and soy. Ini-

tially, companies hung up on me because I asked too many questions,” says Smola. Consumers can do research for Non-GMO Project Verified products at “Not all companies with non-GMO products can afford to pay $1,000 for each product bar code required to be verified NonGMO,” advises Smola. Maria Pitonzo, Smola’s mother, whose salon is connected to Genesis, has been a hair stylist for 26 years. “Mom began using only organic products in 2008 after she was diagnosed with a fibroid tumor, which was linked to the hair care products she used in her salon. Now she uses only the cleanest products on her clients,” says Smola.

Natural Nail Care Clinic, Naples The two reasons that women patronize Julie Campbell’s, Natural Nail Care Clinic are to fix nails that are in bad condition or have been damaged by artificial nails. “Women seek us out because our products are as natural as possible. There is no such thing as an organic nail product. That’s all marketing hype. There are gentler products with miniscule amounts or derivatives of formaldehyde, as well as botanicals and essential oils. Some manufacturers that are responding to public demand are using ingredients such calcium, a natural nail hardener, and keratin, the protein that real nails are made of,” advises Campbell.

Trim & Tone Med Spa, Naples

Medical-grade, paraben-free, anti-aging Skinceuticals are the only products that Shelle Misiorowski, owner of Trim & Tone Med Spa, uses for facials that she does with the patented technology of the HydraFacial. “It’s a medical-grade device that cleanses and peels, extracts and hydrates in addition to infusing. Many of the plastic surgeons in town use this granddaddy of all facial devices, which infuses boosters and skin brighteners into the skin, in addition to stimulating the growth of collagen. The effects keep working for two weeks. Everyone who has this customized facial buys the cosmeceutical facial products, which are high in antioxidants, and continues to use them,” says Misiorowski. June 2018


Integrated Skincare, Fort Myers

“Women are definitely looking for more natural options,” says Doreen DeStefano, owner of Integrated Skincare and Root Causes Holistic Health and Medicine. “This is why platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has become so popular. It actually rejuvenates the skin from the inside-out. This process can take a few treatments to get optimal results, but the benefits are worth it,” explains DeStefano, a licensed medical esthetician and registered nurse trained in naturopathy. DeStefano explains that at Root Causes, she uses a process to make filler from a client’s own plasma, which can be placed anywhere, including mid-face. This can add volume, and when combined with a light peel, it is a very rejuvenating process. A less expensive alternative is the injection of vitamins, mineral and peptides that help restore a youthful look. Peptide injections can significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and add a healthy glow to skin. “Lasers damage the live layer of the skin so that it no longer produces collagen or elastin in the lasered area. The tightening effect of many lasers comes from actu-


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ally coagulating collagen. It works, but only for the short term. Since the tissue is no longer metabolizing, in the long term, skin won’t be as healthy,” says DeStefano.

Prevention is the Answer

It’s better to maintain skin health by natural means. “Prevention is always best. Taking good care of your skin with highquality topical products in teenage years is a first step. Never smoke. Stay hydrated and eat healthy fats, as well as lots of fruit and vegetables. Begin getting peptide injections and PRP early, before lines and creases begin to appear. No one ever regrets this advice,” enthuses DeStefano.

Local Resources

Assuage, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Ft. Myers. 239-333-1450; 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, Naples. 239-333-1450. See ad, page 23. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. For more information, call 239-596-9017 or visit See ad, page 15.

I Love Oils, Inc., 17030 Alico Commerce Ct., Ste. 303, Ft. Myers, Natural Nail Care Clinic, 12820 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 4, Naples, 239-254-8788. See ad, page 22. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239-5144494. See ad, page 3. Raw Hair Organics, 2940 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 4, Naples. 239-597-0939. See ad, page 42. Integrative Skincare and Root Causes Holistic Health and Medicine, 12734 Kenwood Ln. Unit 84, Ft. Myers. 239- 425-2900. See ad, page 36. TAE Healthy Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100C, Naples. 239-430-6800. See ad, page 26. Trim & Tone Spa, (Marquesa Plaza), 13020 Livingston Rd., Ste. 16, Naples. 239-596-5522. See ad, page 51.

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A Career That Keeps On Giving Joy by Linda Sechrist


ulie Campbell, owner of Natural so many years, as well as inhaling the Nail Care Clinic, in Naples, began fumes from the acetone in which clients her career as a nail technician after soaked their acrylic nails,” she says. graduating from high school. “It’s hard Initially diagnosed as terminal, with for me to believe that it was 32 years only two or three weeks to live, Campago when I was living in Virginia,” she bell responded surprisingly well to recalls. “The state allowed me to comchemotherapy. “I didn’t have the energy plete an apprenticeship in place of the or the time to wrestle with the fact that formal nail technician school requirethere had never been and still aren’t any ‘may cause cancer’ warning signs on the ment. The 2,000-hour apprenticeships products I was using, but I did have the are still arranged today through the time to tell any of my nail tech friends Virginia Department of Labor and Inabout what caused the cancer. Two of dustry. I completed my apprenticeship at them also developed the non-Hodgkin’s a local nail salon, and then did the book lymphoma after 20-plus years of doing study aspect so that I could pass the nail acrylic nails.” technician written and practical exams to qualify for my license.” When the cancer responded so well Julie Campbell A career as a nail technician appealed to treatment, Campbell wrestled with the to Campbell. “I’m a very social person idea of not returning to the nail business and I love people. Initially, I worked as a receptionist in the nail until she queried her doctors that were confident that the Masalon and could see that the girls were always laughing and chitvala products she’d been using for several years hadn’t caused chatting with clients. It felt more like a party atmosphere than a the cancer. workplace, and I wanted to be part of that. I was so enthusiastic Campbell’s believes that published studies revealing and asked so many questions of the owner that she suggested information about the toxins in personal care, hair and I look into the apprenticeship program so she could teach me makeup products are the result of increased public interest how to do nails,” says Campbell. in more natural products. “It’s why people seek out my salon. Campbell’s business consisted mostly of doing artificial They keep returning because our salon atmosphere is family acrylic nails until around 1998, when a nail tech friend began friendly, casual, social and fun,” she says. trying different products to remove her acrylic nails. They More than half the salon’s clientele has been coming for 10 were very damaged by the time she found Mavala, the line years or more. “All of my nail technicians have longevity. The of products that I use today. “My friend’s nails got so healthy most senior technician has been with me 12 years, and the least for six. We enjoy great working relationships with each other with Mavala that it became the only line she used in her shop. and our clients, who have often become friends with each other. She trained me how to use them. The gentler product lines They hang out together outside the salon, play golf and go out that we have today hadn’t yet made a big splash in the nail to dinner. Despite all the trials and tribulations I’ve had with my market,” says Campbell who jokes that only “tree-huggers” health, this is still a career I thoroughly enjoy because it gives were interested in them then. me the perfect outlet to do what I most love—be with people In 2003, Campbell was diagnosed with stage 4 nonand form relationships,” enthuses Campbell. Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer that forms in the bloodstream or lymph system, which carries immune cells throughout Natural Nail Care Clinic is located at 12820 Tamiami Tr. N., the body. “I was shocked when doctors at MD Anderson, in Ste. 4, in Naples. For appointments, call 239-254-8788 or email Houston, Texas, told me that it was caused by my working with See ad, page 22. acrylic nails, inhaling the toxic fumes 10 or 12 hours a day for

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 32

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Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

Street-Scene Renaissance

In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly



operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.  

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.

No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to

chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. AARP Livability Index, a livability rating of U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places. June 2018


How Livable Are Our Local Communities? Local Livability Index Scores


he AARP Public Policy Institute developed the Livability Index as a web-based tool to measure community livability. Users can search the Index by address, ZIP Code or community to find an overall livability score, as well as a score for each of seven major categories. Scores range from 0 to 100. Users can also customize the Index to place higher or lower emphasis on the livability features of most importance to them. The website provides resources to help consumers and policymakers use livability scores to effect change in their communities. It is the first tool of its kind to measure livability broadly at the neighborhood level for the entire country, and it is intended to inform and encourage people to take action to make their communities more livable.



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etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep.

Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.

Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal

Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fibersupporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesiumrich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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t day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a healthy way.

Clued-in Professionals “As a sports nutritionist and mother of active kids, I know there’s a lot of

misinformation out there, and I get all kinds of questions from parents about what drinks are best for kids,” says Jackie Berning, Ph.D., a registered dietitian, sports nutrition consultant and professor of health science at the University of Colorado, in Colorado Springs. “Parents need to know that all beverages are not created equal when it comes to hydrating them. The best [healthful] beverages taste good when your child is active, so encourage their drinking more of them,” she says.

Michele Olivier, the mother of daughters Elliette and Parker, views herself as both a lover of food and a control freak. The Denver, Colorado, recipe blogger started off making food for her baby and toddler. As her kids grew and their nutritional needs changed, she created new recipes, including healthy sports drinks that both balance electrolytes and hydrate. While Elliette loves water and has no trouble staying hydrated, Parker loves juice, so Mom had to “make something that looks like juice, but is healthy,” says Olivier. Four main ingredients are a little frozen fruit left over from breakfast smoothies, a bit of honey for sweetening, a dash of Himalayan sea salt and water, or herbal tea or coconut water. She might also add fresh mint, ginger or other natural flavorings ( Heather Dessinger, a mom of three and blogger of recipes and natural mothering tips from Santa Fe, Tennessee, makes a drink based on coconut water with lime juice, raw honey and sea salt for older kids that play soccer or other warm-weather sports. Dessinger describes herself as a researcher and healthy living DIY fan ( With homemade drinks, we know exactly what is—and what isn’t—in them. They can be made in batches and kept in the refrigerator. Dessinger relates, “I’ve found that when I make a batch with honey, which is naturally antimicrobial, and store it in the coldest part of the fridge, my homemade sports drink lasts for at least a week.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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According to the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the recommended beverage contents for active kids during sports and other activities should contain at least 100 milligrams (mg) of sodium and at least 28 mg of potassium per eight ounces. It should be noncarbonated. We asked two moms keen on nutrition how they include these elements in drinks that kids will like.

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Yields: 4 cups 4 blackberries, fresh or frozen ½ lemon, juiced 1 mint leaf 1 Tbsp honey ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt 4 cups water, herbal iced tea or coconut water Place all ingredients in a blender and set on high for 45 to 60 seconds or until fruit is completely puréed. Add ice to a water bottle and pour electrolyte water on top to serve. Popsicle Option: Follow the same instructions, but add an additional tablespoon of honey, and then pour the electrolyte drink into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.  Courtesy of Michele Olivier,

3 cups coconut water 1 cup water or more, based on preference in strength of flavor) ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (lemon is also delicious) ¼ tsp Celtic sea salt or other unrefined sea salt with trace minerals 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup (or more to taste) Few drops of ConcenTrace trace mineral drops (optional) Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Adapted from a recipe courtesy of Heather Dessinger, Drinks4Kids.

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ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

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Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. 40

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For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at


“The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

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A Breathing While Running William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving—and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.”

ccording to Brad Walker, coach, nationally ranked athlete and author of The Anatomy of Stretching: Your Illustrated Guide to Flexibility and Injury Rehabilitation, two issues that can sideline runners and walkers are over-pronation and over-supination of the feet. The anatomical terms of motion refer to the foot’s natural rolling movement while running or walking, something that the majority of individuals barely notice until symptoms such as pain in the heel, arch, knee, hip or back occur. Shin splints, as well as Achilles tendonitis, are other possible symptoms related to these unique set of actions and reactions that the foot performs to support, cushion and balance the body while it is in motion. Pronation is the inward roll of the foot during normal use. It occurs at the outer edge of the heel as it strikes the ground and the foot rolls inward and flattens out. Supination is the opposite of pronation, and refers to the outward roll of the foot during normal motion. While a moderate amount of both rolling motions is necessary for the foot to function properly, an excessive amount of either can lead to biomechanical problems that are best corrected with the proper footwear. Worn-out running or walking shoes

can worsen an uncorrected gait. Running shoes should be replaced approximately every six months or after 300 to 500 miles, depending on the shoe. Replace walking shoes approximately every six to nine months if a daily walk includes four to five miles. For treatment and prevention, see a qualified sports doctor, physical therapist or podiatrist for a complete foot-strike and running/walking gait analysis and advice on beneficial stretching and strengthening exercises for the legs. A competent sports footwear salesperson at a store specializing in running shoes can recommend shoes to suit an individual’s foot requirements. If necessary, investing in a pair of orthotic inserts can further prevent excessive pronation or supination. Orthotics help support the foot and distribute stress across the foot more evenly. If necessary, invest in a pair of custom orthotic inserts made for each unique foot. Annie Ray, DC, is the owner of Bonita Beach Chiropractic, located at 11100 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Ste. 107B, in Bonita Springs. She treats occupational and sports injuries in addition to other health issues. For more information, call 238992-6643. See ad, page 24.

Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.” June 2018


DOING NOTHING Why Timeouts Matter by April Thompson


n a harried world where our work is never done, it’s tough to take timeouts to do nothing. Yet, when we pump the brakes on Americans’ obsessive drive, we discover fresh productivity, creativity and contentment.

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guilty feelings when they arise, but don’t heed them. It takes time to undo mental programming and learn to quiet the voice urging, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”

Mindfully do nothing. It’s not about

vegging out with passive activities like watching TV or checking email. It’s a time to come alive to our senses and surroundings, whether listening to music or peoplewatching, free of distractions from phone calls or anxious thoughts.

Doing something is okay. The aim



Create a “do nothing” ritual. Set aside a special time and make it known. It can start the morning or wind down an evening. It may be meditating a few minutes or enjoying a bit of aromatherapy, wherever the heart leads.

is to let go of the compulsion to check off every item on our to-do list—but that doesn’t mean blankly staring off into space. These are purposeful moments without a specific purpose. Doodle in a sketchbook, wander around the neighborhood or lie in the grass and look at clouds. Spontaneously go with the flow.

There’s no one way or right way to do nothing. “Just by carving out space,

you’ll get a benefit even if it doesn’t feel like you’re doing it right or perfectly,” advises Long. It looks different for different people. “Before I had kids, my ‘nothing time’ might be just being out in nature or simply doing one thing mindfully at a time, like washing dishes. Now I incorporate the principle into family time. One day a week, I shut off the phone, get on the floor with my kids and just let life get messy.” Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature


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eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out

brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.

Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

What are you most passionate about? No one should have a wild or exotic animal as a pet. The animals I show to audiences were bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at June 2018



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s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

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Colony Cove, in Find amenable lodging friendly pups can ride Ellenton, Florida, is along in a horse-drawn at a 55-plus retirement carriage from Doublecommunity that altree Carriage Comlows multiple pets, including some breeds pany, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog watch or snooze through film showings at park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welthe Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. come to take a dip in the pool. Further, the Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep association offers mobile groomers, photos Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to with Santa and costume contests. Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in sum All species are welcome at Rose Villa mer with their three dogs to favorite stops Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist residents’ request for an off-leash dog areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, park play area was granted. One resident dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down owns two dogs, two cats and an African into a mine with you,” she says. gray parrot. Kim Salerno, president and founder The largest-ever Canadian residential of, in Wake Forest, project to earn Leadership in Energy and North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any Environmental Design platinum certificasize, weight, breed or species. Amenities tion, Calgary’s University District, embraces include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys ecological conservation, habitat restoration with no additional pet fee,” she says. and long-term conservation management Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs principles. Designed for residents to age are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore in place with their families, recreational Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in fitness amenities include on- and off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly paths leading to parks. dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first Favorite Activities and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Sara Nick, chief content officer at Side Whether at home or traveling, families walk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiencing unique adventures. Dog padexperiences with pets. Just be sure they dling takes on new meaning via stand-up mind their manners to have a good time. paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy state parks. Whatever the weather, equineat

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Caring in the Community – June 1-30. All month, Diamond Oaks Village will be partnering with Ammilvets to collect donated items for active servicemen and veterans. Items will be collected into care packages and sent. Donated items may be dropped off at the Diamond Oaks Clubhouse, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. Info: 676-1259. See news brief, page 10. Donuts with Diamond Oaks Village – 9:3011:30am. Join for free coffee and donuts and take a tour. Enter to win a $50 Visa gift card in their Life is a Song sweepstakes. 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259. Art Walk – Jun 1-2. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. 14 art galleries invite locals and visitors to a selfguided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. An Evening of Messages – 7-9pm. Jay Higgins connects to your loved ones and spirit guides to bring love, closure, and information. Ways to connect to loved ones and know when they are trying to connect to you. $30. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing – Jun 2-3. Deep Digging class with licensed instructors Karen

Coratelli-Smith and David C Karg. Bring your healing work to a deeper level through identifying blocks of regret, health, the impossible and negative behaviors. Prerequisites: ThetaHealing Basic DNA and ThetaHealing advanced classes. $444 includes the Deep Digging practitioner’s manual. Private home in Naples.  Preregistration required: 692-9120 or Info: Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Dowsing with Ross – 2pm. Learn what dowsing is and how to use this method for finding objects underground, testing energy fields, spirit energies, and learn the different tools used for dowsing. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Movement and Breath for Labor – 3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25 early bird/$30 door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 248-7931. Register:

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am & 1pm. With Cathy Blair.  Relax into the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls. Let the whispers of your soul inspire you to fulfill a dream close to your heart. Bring beach chair or mat and blanket. $20 cash or check.  The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953. Swing Dancing Series – Noon-1pm. Four-week series every Sunday in June. $100. FloYo, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

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MONDAY, JUNE 4 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. Cheese the Day Open House – 4:30-5:30pm. Join Diamond Oaks Village in honor of National Cheese Day to share free fondue and international cheeses and fruits and take a tour of the beautiful property. Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259. Helping Happiness: How to Lift Your Mood and Your Life – 6-7pm. 5:30pm doors open. With Dr Darren Morton, internationally recognized expert in lifestyle medicine, author, speaker and educator. Free. First Christian Church, 2061 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Info: 424-3234. RSVP:

TUESDAY, JUNE 5 Intro to Wicca – 7pm. New series begins. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Meditation – 7-8pm. $10. FloYo, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:


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Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – Also 6/13, 6/20 & 6/27. With Jenny Li Ciconne. Tap into your body for reconnection, to balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30 (25% off: June group discount for all four sessions is $99). Day class available. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 8515415. RSVP: 277-1399. 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 6/13. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7 Patient Best Seminar – 10-11am. Join for a free information seminar on how to be a pro-active patient and what to look for and guard against. Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259.

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BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Wine and Cheese Real Estate Mixer – 4-6pm. Meet other realtors in a relaxed environment and learn about our referral program. Free. Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259.

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Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. See ad, page 21. Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Jun 8-10. With licensed instructors Karen Coratelli-Smith and David C Karg. Learn how to co-create with creator, release blocks, bring forward abundance, and move forward in life. Class offers practitioners authority to practice the work. Includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. Private home in Naples. $444. Preregistration required: 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast. net. Info:

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SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Intuitive Healing Workshop – 10am-noon. Join Dr Monica for an interactive workshop on intuitive healing based on the Five Element theory of Chinese medicine. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Weekend Childbirth Education – Jun 9-10. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or

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Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Eckankar Sound of Soul – 11:30am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Introduction to Food Healing Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of foods to reverse diseases and create radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the Conquering Any Disease Food-Healing System. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Latin Dancing – 5:15-6:15pm. $25 ($5 discount by 6/8). FloYo, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

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TUESDAY, JUNE 12 SWFL Health and Wellness MeetUp – 11:30am1pm. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month with Diane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick of BEssentially Green. Square1 Burger (meeting room), 5031 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers. RSVP: 941-356-3688. Archangel 101 – 5:30-7:30pm. Lori Bastion presents traits and roles of each of nine archangels that she works with and how to communicate with them. Get a practical understanding of how to incorporate into daily life and spiritual practice. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette N, Naples. 228-6949. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 Alienated Grandparents Anonymous – 3:305:30pm. Support group for grandparents who are cut off from their grandchildren. Community Foundation of Collier County, 1110 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Naples. Eckankar Sound of Soul – 5pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. See news brief on page 12 and ad on page 50. Gemini New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. As you become one with the ocean of creation and the goodwill to all you step into the ascension light. Fine tune your frequency for optimum manifestation of your heart’s desires. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. SWFL Health and Wellness MeetUp – 11:30am1pm. This group meets the first Thursday of every month with Diane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick of BEssentially Green. Casamigos Mexican Cantina, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 110, Naples. RSVP: 941356-3688. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. With Jenny Hong. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Hong will also channel the healing energies


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Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within – 7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

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Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Mini readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Some services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, Oracle and more. $30 for 20 minutes, Goddess I AM 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949.


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Eckankar Spiritual Skillshop – 10:30am-noon. Topic: Dreams and Your Spiritual Journey. Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Rd, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free; free charts available. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 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 6/27. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register:

THURSDAY, JUNE 21 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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BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Boost your Energy, Mood and Immunity with Food – 6:15-7:45pm. Low energy; feeling anxious or depressed; need an immune boost and some extra get-upand-go? Discover medicinal mushrooms, chocolates, and other foods which promote energy, immunity and zest for life. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Summer Solstice Sound Immersion –7pm. With Cathy Blair. The Summer Solstice offers a potent rarified portal of light for the ascension of humanity and Mother Earth. Let the sounds of the singing bowls harmonize these powerful vibrations for your personal spiritual expansion. Bring beach chair and blanket.  $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 398-3953.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 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 works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP. 939-2769.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Healing Touch Level I – June 23-24. 8am-6:30pm.


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pitals when they need it most. Visit our campus to donate blood to help a neighbor. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Elizabeth Troy: 917-532-7437 or

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Learn location, assessment of aura and charkas. Practice more than eight techniques for basic healing, focus issues headaches/pain, self-healing, legal issues and professional development. 16 CEU nursing/massage. Hope Hospice, Cape Coral. Mary Pat FitzGibbons: 740-607-4038. See news brief on page 14 and listing on page 59. 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. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Use crystal grids for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, and connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on the flower of life or sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 The Big Red Bus Blood Drive – 9am-1pm. Gift the Gift of Life. The Big Red Bus is a blood drive for Lee County. Your blood donation helps trauma, surgery and chemotherapy patients in local hos-

Knock it Out of the Park – Jun 25-29. Take a tour of our property any time during the week and be entered to win two free tickets to a Miracles baseball game. Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. Info: 676-1259.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $50/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. See news brief on page 12 and ad on page 50. Healing Night Sound Bathe –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 Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Reduced price readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Reiki Level I Training Course – Jun 30-Jul 1. 2-6pm. $350 (10% discount if paid by 6/15). FloYo, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

THURSDAY, JUNE 31 Capricorn Full Moon Celebration –7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. A time of introspection so you may gain the clarity of purpose before moving forward during the expansion offered during the upcoming eclipse season. Prepare to hold move light. 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.

plan ahead MONDAY, JULY 16 Unity Peace Camp Summer 2018 – July 16-20. 9am-4pm. Bring your children aged 4-13 to learn peace skills by using arts and crafts, story-telling, dance, team building activities, meditation, mindfulness practices, drumming, yoga and additional activities. Healthy breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages included. $135 child/$110 add’l child. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Ellen Barron: 239-278-1511.YouthAndFamilyMinistry@

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Healing Touch Level II – Aug 18-19. Deeper study of aura and charkas: intake interview, back techniques, one-hour healing sequence. Experiential learning: developing healing sequences for specific client needs. $30. 16 CEU nursing/massage. Hope Hospice, Cape Coral. Mary Pat FitzGibbons: 740-607-4038. See news brief on page 14 and listing on page 59.

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

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. Native Plant Sale – 8am-1pm. Learn about and purchase native plants from The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Expert volunteers on hand will answer questions and explain

Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009.

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


meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463.

the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 273-8945. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.

Guided Historic Tours – Thru Dec. 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Wildflower Kayak Tour on Orange River – 10am-2pm.Summer in Southwest Florida is full of gorgeous wildflowers. $60 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.

Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314.

Rivers and Creek Tour – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve. $60 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA Guides, Ft Myers. 6945513.

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Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 4:30-6:30pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Use the chair to sit on or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Drawing, Painting, Sculpting – 4-5pm. Ages 4-6. $85/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Art Social Inclusion – 5-6pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Community Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation, followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068.


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Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with

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Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery.

Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers.


Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@ A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church fireplace room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Gen Chodor. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels. Includes vinyasa, balance and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301938-7503. Mid-Day Meditation and Discussion – Noon1:30pm. With Rev Clive deLaporte. Optional halfhour meditation plus interactive discussion based on the lesson from the previous Sundays’ message. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Belly Dance Classes – 6-6:50pm (beginners); 7:508:40pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. All-Level Yoga – 6-7pm. With Dr Susan Pataky. Asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Adult Silent Sustained Drawing Class – 6:307:45pm. Ages 14 and up. $100/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6:50-7:40pm. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216870-0653. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome.

Hatha Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Erin LaTessa. This all-levels class incorporates asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $17 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Wednesday Morning Book Group – 10-11:30am. In a small group setting study and share books on mindfulness practices that create happier and healthier living. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 292-4189. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $55. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. 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. Kula Kids Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. With Katie. For ages 5-12, learn yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Kay’s music will get children singing, dancing, skipping, shaking and laughing while practicing yoga. $10/class. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Road, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@ Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Meditation and Book Study – 6:30-8pm. Following a half-hour meditation, Rev Clive deLaporte hosts a seven-week series on Living Originally, by Robert Brumet. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Bachata Dance Class – 7-8pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional


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

Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653. Salsa Dance Class – 8-9pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

thursday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels. Includes vinyasa, balance, and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Thursday Morning Meditation – 9am. Drop in for sitting meditation as a way to refresh your practice with others of like mind. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 823-4217. Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Cyndy Bender. This class emphasizes the practice of posture with focus on alignment, using props, Sanskrit names, breathing and meditation. All-level students. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846.

La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. 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. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL Master Naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Bellydance Class – 7-7:45pm & 8-8:45pm. With Ansuya. Group class specials. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 273-2167.

saturday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910.

Junior Ranger Program – 10am. 3rd Sat. Join for a fun learning experience; discover cool stuff about Florida. Meet in the picnic area. Kids ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

Drawing, Painting, Sculpting – 4:30-5:30pm. Ages 6-10. $90/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

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

Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:156:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together.

Guided Historic Tours – Thru Dec. 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311.

Middle School Art – 5:45-6:45pm. Ages 11-14. $90/6-weeks. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail. com or Drop-In Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Relax, refresh, renourish. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers.

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

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Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Adult Special Needs Yoga – 1-2pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Some drums are provided. $10. 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 Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and kinesiology. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 51.

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

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


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


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.

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.


Learn Healing Touch, through an accredited program offered locally and help others feel better. Experience a Healing Touch session for yourself to have less pain, stress and anxiety. I will come to you. Call for information.


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 Heart-Centered Therapy, Somato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.


Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in quick pain relief. Specializing in back pain, structural integration & alignment, all joint-pain-related issues, mobility improvement, sports injuries, non-chiropractic spinal release. MA36890.

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

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.



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

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

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


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


All phases of dentistry for optimum health, holistic, bio-compatible dentistry: sedation dentistry, removing of toxic metals, replacing them with bio-compatible materials, laser dentistry for painless surgeries and extractions, Zirconia/ceramic implants, natural bone augmentation/ Plasma Rich Growth Factor, oral DNA testing and add gums to receding gums. See ad, page 46.


Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 22.

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 23.


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 48.


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

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



A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming and healing circles. Events/ceremonies and sacred wedding spaces available in nature. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions:


Mary Radewahn 4156 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-571-2903 • Cupping helps reduce inflammation by improving circulation to the area that hurts. As the blood flows in, new vessels are created to bring healing oxygen and nutrients to wound. Cupping speeds healing. See ad, page 16.


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

MAUREEN SANDERS, TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALING ENERGY Healing People & Animals since 2005 • 239-253-9008

Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.


Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 Southwest Florida's primary resource for essential oils, educational classes, kits, diffusers and more. Check our website to RSVP for classes and special events.


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


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

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

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


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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 53.


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 49.

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Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR, EMDR, couples therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshop, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 14.

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 23.

15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995


239-948-9444 • Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.

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


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 30.


Amanda Laukaitis Certified Holistic Health Coach 978-257-3238 • Amanda holds a certificate in PlantBased Nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She helps busy women who want to transform their bodies using a plantbased diet easily transition with personalized coaching programs.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 38.



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

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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 36.


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 14.

You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. ~Richard Branson


Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MH15322) AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Kim St. Clair is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Doctorate in Psychology. She has been working with all age groups since 2003 and specialized in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR was originally created to treat PTSD but has expanded to be an effective generalized treatment with quick and lasting results. See ad, page 14.


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!

TELEMEDICINE DR. GERKEN’S HEALTH SPA Eric Gerken, D.C 239-415-1122 DrGerkensHealthSpa

Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) trained, Dr. Eric Gerken now offers internet services. Go to drgerkenshealthspa to get started with your free e-consultation.


6200 Trail Blvd, Naples 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Downtown Naples 239-589-1938 • FlōYō welcomes students of all experience levels delivering a total mind-body workout that renews the mind, body and spirit ranging in challenge, flow and style. See ad, page 15.

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

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

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Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers June 2018  

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

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers June 2018  

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