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letterfrompublisher Eat Patriotically on the Fourth In the early 1970s, when I first became more conscious about choosing foods to better nurture and sustain me, research led me to conclude that the best thing to do is to eat food in as natural a state as possible. It just made sense. When the microwave oven found its way into my mother’s kitchen and processed dinners out of a box became commonplace, it didn’t make sense to me. That’s why my kitchen and pantry today looks pretty much like it all did when I moved into my first apartment. It’s still stocked with juicers, blenders and natural foods in as pure a state as possible. My health record tells me I must be doing something right. When I first began eating based on how I wanted to feel, the impact our choices have on sustaining the health of our planet, as well, wasn’t as apparent to me then as it is now. A lot has changed in the past half-century, as farming and food production, patterns of food delivery and consumption and even how most people think about food careened off of its formerly healthy track. Today, Americans spend an average of 90 percent of their food budget on chemically laden, highly processed, nutritionally weak, high-calorie food-like substances. The far-reaching consequences are many, including the exorbitant costs of trying to reverse escalating obesity, disease and poisoned environmental resources. Plus, we export this bad example and its unhealthy products globally. Yikes. Even entrenched skeptics are starting to ask the right questions: Why are so many of us getting sick? Why are so many suffering from cancer and a range of autoimmune diseases that were rare 30 years ago? Why do we see that one out of three children is overweight or obese when we walk into a school lunchroom? When families sit down to an iconic American meal this Fourth of July to celebrate our country’s hard-earned freedoms, how many question the pitched battle for our right to pure, real food, unencumbered by many major manufacturers’ drive to feed us badly in the name of corporate profits. Ellen Gustafson remarks in her new book, We the Eaters: If We Change Dinner, We Can Change the World, “This change doesn’t have to begin just in the hipster neighborhoods full of wheatgrass-shooting, edamame- and kale-munching vegetarians. It can begin right in your own backyard, at a good old American-style family barbecue. It is a change that can begin and end with a burger, bun, fries, salad and an ear of corn. It can be washed down with a cold sweet drink and followed up with homemade cherry-apple pie.” In this month’s special Food Watch edition, we offer page-turning information about dangerous affronts by the FDA and the fracking industry, plus news on the GMO labeling fight. But we also present plenty of heroic solutions and doable reforms that call out for our support. When we shift the types of food on our plates by spending our consumer food dollars differently, we can begin the process of rebuilding a healthy food system with cascading benefits for all. We can love our country enough to be better stewards of our world, our environment and our health. Celebrating our power to create healthy change,
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r. Michele Pelletiere, owner of Pelletiere Healing Center, in Bonita Springs, and Mariesa Copeland, owner of Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins & More, in Naples, will present a free screening of the movie Hungry for Change at 6 p.m., July 10, at the Genesis store. A discussion led by the two experts followDr. Michele Pelletiere ing the movie will provide attendees with the tools to make healthier decisions about food and their lives. “At this time, many people have health issues that are directly related to what they are eating, and they don’t even know what is in their food,” says Pelletiere, a network chiropractor whose approach to care is to help people live their lives with more passion. “This movie provides the resources to start making choices that will improve their health and their lives.” Genesis location: 877 91st Ave., Ste. 4, Naples. For more information or to register (required), call 239-949-1222 or visit BackToWellBeing.com. See ad, page 32.
Williams Authors New SUN POWER Book
eville Williams, a solar power pioneer, advocate and entrepreneur, has authored a new book, SUN POWER, which analyzes the prevalent technologies, economics and financial realities of the $100 billion solar power industry, which is experiencing an 80 Neville Williams to 90 percent annual growth rate, and discusses the potential the sun has to light up a new era of economic and environmental security. A former consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Naples resident explains how America is on the brink of an energy revolution that can save the planet and increase peace and prosperity by harnessing the unlimited power of the sun. Williams founded the Solar Electric Light Fund, a successful nonprofit organization that brings sun power to un-electrified peoples in developing countries, and has launched companies around the world to sell and install solar electric systems. To purchase the book in in either hardcover or e-book format, visit SunPowerBook.com or NevilleWilliams.com.
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Sacred Journey to Costa Rica
he Integrative Life Institute, in Naples, is conducting a Sacred Journey retreat to Costa Rica from July 16 to 22. Veteran trip leader Grace Barr, BA, LMT, will facilitate activities and experiences, including yoga, reconnecting with nature, meditation and creating ceremony and ritual: The True Language of the Soul. Barr is proficient in many energy healing practices, including psychoGrace Barr synthesis/gestalt, Movement of Vital Energy (MOVE), yoga, massage, craniosacral therapy, shamanic healing and sufi healing. Cost: $1,970, due by Jul. 6, includes workshop, room and board, three daily meals and local transportation; airfare is not included. For more information or to make reservations, call 239-293-7711.
Roberts to Lead Health Discussions
r. Carol L. Roberts, practicing at the Perlmutter Health Center, in Naples, will lead three open discussions on new trends and approaches to improve health this summer. Topics include Digestive Dr. Carol L. Disorders on July 24, The Human Energy Roberts Field on August 28 and Herbal Medicine on September 25, all at 6:30 p.m. A Harvard-educated medical doctor who has practiced surgery and emergency medicine, Roberts has turned to holistic and functional medicine for the past two decades. She uses functional medicine, nutrition and the balancing of hormones and priorities to achieve increased energy and joy in living. Admission is free, attendees are asked to make a donation to the Humane Society of Naples. Location: 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270, Naples. To reserve a seat, call Perlmutter Health Center at 239-649-7400. See ad, page 14.
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oga Loft Naples is now open in the Mercato shopping center at 9123 Strada Place, Suite 7115. The studio features a full schedule of vinyasa yoga classes and an athletic wear boutique. From gentle yoga to ashtanga to Amy Lucky and Michael Schaeffer fast, heart-pumping flow, the studio offers classes to suit any yoga practitioner. Owners Michael Schaeffer and Amy Lucky created the modern space with the vision that students from any background and experience level would feel comfortable and receive the healing benefits of yoga. For more information, including special offers, schedule of classes and workshops, plus teacher training, visit YogaLoftNaples.com.
City Vapor in Fort Myers Offers Special
ity Vapor City Vapor & E Cig 7, in Fort Myers, offers only USA-made e-liquids without any synthetics or artificial ingredients, and customers can feel confident that they are getting the purest, organic and natural blend vapor available. City Vapor asserts that most other e-liquids contain the chemical propylene glycol, an artificial sweetener and preservative that can cause a dry, irritated and scratchy throat, allergic reactions including mouth ulcers, sinus issues and headaches, and can crystallize in the lungs and loosen teeth and gums. Natural Awakenings readers can receive a free bottle of natural and organic eliquid when they buy one at the regular price during July. Location: 3547 Cleveland Ave. For more information, call 239-362-3551. See ad, page 23.
Peaceful Mind Classes at Monarch Therapy
eaceful Mind classes continue through the summer for adults and teens from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at Monarch Therapy, in Naples. The topic for the July session is trust and for August is patience. Sessions are led by William Ward, Peggy Sealfon, Carrie Sopko and Jill Emmerich on a rotating basis. It is recommended that attendees wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat and blanket while they unwind and energize through simple breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. Unlike previous classes, no RSVP or preregistration is required. Costs: non-members, $20/class or $70/ four classes. Member discounts are available. Location: 4500 Executive Dr., Ste. 100. For more information, including membership in the Integrative Therapy program, call 239-325-9210 or visit MonarchTherapy.com. See ad, page 16.
Gulf Coast Acupuncture & Herbs Opens in Naples
ulf Coast Acupuncture & Herbs, Inc., owned and operated by Dr. Phyllis Weber, AP, LAc, is opening a new location in Naples at 1250 Ninth Street North (Tamiami Trail), Suite 301. Weber, a nationally certified and Florida board-certified acupuncture Phyllis Weber physician with more than 18 years of experience in Oriental medicine, acupuncture, kinesiology, bioenergetic medicine and functional medicine, also has an office in Fort Myers. With more than 16 years of experience with Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) and her extensive training, Weber helps her patients resolve both chronic and acute health problems that include autoimmune disorders, pain and allergies. For more information, call 239-841-6611 or visit GulfCoastAcupuncture.com. See ad, page 17.
Sacred Circle Events at Happehatchee Center
he Happehatchee Center, in Estero, will be closed during July and August except for Sacred Circle events each Friday, including a Reiki Healing Circle from 6:30 to 8 p.m., July 4; Healing with Sound from 6:30 to 8 p.m., July 11; a Women’s Sacred Circle from 7 to 9 p.m., July 18; and a drum circle from 7 to 9 p.m., July 25. The center will also conduct the 2014 Happe Summer Eco-Camp for farm worker children, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the GRACE Project, from July 18 through 25. Attendees will learn communication skills and make musical instruments and other objects out of natural materials. The outdoor Peace Pavilion, Labyrinth and Bamboo Studio are available this summer for private rentals for ceremonies or special events. The center reopens in September and will host yoga and Law of Attraction classes, Mangrove EcoCafé gatherings and other events that attendees of an Open House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 6, can learn about. Visitors can also paint on the Eco-Murals and participate in a drum circle. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-992-5455 or visit Happehatchee.org.
et people back into the kitchen and combat the trend toward processed food and fast food. ~Dr. Andrew Weil
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ort Myers-based health coaches Christy McDonald Hutcheson and Tara Ross Orbe are introducing an all-inclusive, 30-day nutritional cleansing system that comes with a full money-back guarantee. The simple, all-natural, glutenfree, full-body cellular cleanse contains no artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, GMOs or before and after soy, and helps clients increase energy levels, get better sleep and shed pounds. Results are promised within two weeks. McDonald Hutcheson says consumers will “be amazed at how awesome you can feel and how your body will transform when you are fueling it with this mega nutrition and cleansing it from the inside-out. No matter what your goals, everyone needs to experience a true, full-body cellular cleanse.” For more information or to order the product (mentioning Natural Awakenings earns a free one-year membership), call McDonald Hutcheson at 239-233-3909 or Ross Orbe at 239565-9996. See ad, page 59.
Dzogchen Meditation Sessions in August
eith Dowman, a renowned translator of Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen master, will deliver practical meditation instructions on discovering Dzogchen, regarded by practitioners as our true Keith Dowman non-dual condition and natural state, next month. The Yoga of the Now – the Deep Heart’s Core, will be presented in an introductory talk at 7 p.m., August 8, followed by workshops from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., August 9 and 10 with lunch and other breaks at the Naples Hilton. Dowman absorbed the teachings of Tibetan masters for more than two decades. “We are fortunate to have a current master who is authentically trained in the Indo-Tibetan tradition come to Southwest Florida and introduce us to our natural authentic condition,” says event organizer Arthur Anger, a life coach and Naples resident who has practiced Tibetan Buddhism for 20 years. “To relax and reach this point is much easier than struggling for years in meditation that for many heightens their struggle, rather than dissolving it.” Cost: Introductory talk, $25, Workshops, $200 (No one will be denied entry due to financial considerations). Location: 5111 Tamiami Trl. N., Naples. For more information or to register, call 703-887-4993 or email AngerA44@gmail.com. See ad, page 57.
Financial Advice Presentation by David Essel
avid Essel, renowned author, inspirational speaker, radio host and master life and relationship coach, will give readers free advice on achieving financial security with his Financial Freedom Now! seminar exclusively for Natural Awakenings readers from 6 to 8 p.m., July 23, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Hotel & Spa, in Estero. Attendees will learn how David Essel their beliefs about money keep them from becoming financially free and what real action steps can be taken immediately to turn it all around. An adjunct professor, addiction recovery coach and all faiths minister, Essel has been helping people to understand the basics about money, belief systems and financial freedom for more than 25 years. Admission is free. Event location: 5001 Coconut Rd., Estero. For more information, visit TalkDavid.com. See ad on page 51 to obtain a complimentary event coupon.Â
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ey to Life International will air its first weekly live online talk show addressing family and community issues and seeking to reconnect families to God from 7 to 8 p.m., July 10. Hosted by J. Lindsey Clark, FamilyTableNetwork.com will stream the shows from Studio 7 Café and Coffee Co., in Cape Coral. The program aims to increase awareness of the family’s breakdown due to many challenges, as evidenced by increases in the number of children battling addiction, poverty, homelessness and other problems, and provide positive resource information that enables families to reunite and rebuild their structure. Show location: 1404 Del Prado Blvd. N.
Junior Triathlon Series Events in Naples
he 2014 Naples Cyclery Junior Triathlon series, presented by T2 Multisport, will provide children ages 7 to 13 separate running, biking and swimming competitions starting at 8 a.m., July 12 and August 16, at North Collier Regional Community Park. The swim portion will take place at the Lazy River in the park’s Sun & Fun Lagoon. Children ages 7 to 10 will run fourtenths of a mile, bicycle 1.7 miles and swim 300 yards. The running and bike races will be twice as long for 11-to-13year-old participants, with the swimming event remaining the same length. Event check-in begins at 7 a.m. both days. Cost: $17 covers all three events on each day. Location: 15000 Livingston Rd., Naples. For more information, email SteveGust@comcast.net or visit NaplesTriathletes.com. See ad, page 52.
Open House and Movie Screening at Integrative Mindfulness
ntegrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs, is hosting a free open house and screening of the documentary film, The Mindfulness Movie, at 6 p.m., July 18. The film highlights the growing body of worldwide brain research establishing the many benefits of mindfulness training and practice, a topic that was featured in a recent issue of Time magazine. Attendees will meet the staff, see the studio, enjoy refreshments and watch the film. Integrative Mindfulness conducts eight-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction courses on a regular basis. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste. 102, Bonita Springs. For more information or to RSVP (requested), call 239-5909485 or visit IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See ad, page 12.
Suncoast Thermal Imaging Offers Foot Detoxification at New Location
uncoast Thermal Imaging, in Cape Coral, has relocated to 308 Southeast 43rd Lane, off Palm Tree Boulevard, and has added foot detoxification to its regular services. The additional treatment can eliminate toxins including heavy metals, inflammation, liver and gallbladder dysfunction and cleanse the lymph node system. “We feel that medical thermal imaging is starting to really gain momentum in the ‘natural’ medical field, and the awareness is spreading of all the benefits that are offered,” says owner Kimberly Lemons. “Full-body imaging keeps you informed of dysfunction in your body without harmful radiation, and breast thermal imaging is very reliable, locating angiogenesis and abnormalities within the breast tissue.” For more information, call 239-540-1002. See ad, page 19.
Essential Oils Effective in Fighting Candida, MRSA
ssential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing. Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.
Preterm Babies Grow Better with Supplements
n a study published earlier this year in Pediatrics, researchers from Liverpool Women’s Hospital gave either a standard diet or that plus multivitamin and mineral supplementation intravenously to 150 preterm infants for 28 days after their birth. Supplemented babies had higher rates of growth, measured in weight, plus head circumference sizes that were between five and eight millimeters greater. The differences in head circumference remained nine months after the supplementation period ended.
Sun’s Rays May Help Heart Health
n addition to triggering vitamin D production, the sun may have other health benefits. University of Edinburgh researchers studied 24 healthy volunteers that used lamps that produce ultraviolet A (UVA) light mimicking the sun’s UVA rays, compared with similar lamps that only produce heat. Two sessions under the UVA lamps significantly lowered blood pressure and boosted nitric oxide levels in the blood. The latter is linked to better circulation. The scientists concluded that the combined effect may help prevent heart disease.
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he ancient ayurvedic herb ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) shows promise in reducing the symptoms of bipolar disorder, according to two recent studies. For eight weeks, scientists from the University of Pittsburghâ€™s Western Psychiatric Institute gave 500 milligrams per day of ashwagandha extract or a placebo to 53 patients diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The researchers used a series of bipolar tests to gauge cognition, response time, social cognition response and other processes. After the eight weeks, the group given ashwagandha showed significant improvements in auditory-verbal working memory, reaction time and social cognition. In a study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatric Medicine, among a group of 64 men and women with chronic stress, after two months of ashwagandha treatment, standardized test scores revealed stress reduced by 44 percent, anxiety and insomnia by 68 percent and severe depression by 79 percent. Depression and anxiety are hallmarks of bipolar disorder.
Ginger and Turmeric Protect Skin from Sun
cientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin that can be damaged by the sun’s rays. The researchers measured the ability of each herb extract to absorb ultraviolet radiation and act as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. Turmeric and ginger extracts absorbed a significant amount of UVB rays before they could damage the skin, according to the results, published in Photochemistry and Photobiology. Each was found to stimulate the synthesis of thioredoxin 1, an antioxidant protein that appears to protect keratinocytes from DNA damage and toxicity to living cells.
What We Can Do About Digestive Disorders by Carol Roberts, M.D.
loating, gas, constipation, diarrhea and heartburn are common symptoms of a digestive tract in turmoil. Their convenient medical terms and accepted labels—irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and ulcerative colitis— reveal nothing about the five major causes of digestive problems: food sensitivities, bad bacteria and yeast, poor nutrition, prescription medications and toxicity, or the fact that we can reverse and heal these problems. What We Can Do: We can increase the nutritional density of the food we eat. By eating no empty calories, the automatic reduction in carbohydrate intake addresses poor nutrition. Organic foods lower toxicity. Improving nutritional intake can eventually eliminate the need for medication. Dairy products, wheat and eggs are foods that cause the most problems. Eliminate these for two weeks. Reintroduce them one at a time to get important clues about food allergies and sensitivities. Particularly exclude foods such as peanut butter or chocolate, which we might crave every day. While it is challenging, the effort yields the answer to what is irritating the body. Then we can begin the search for new and different, tasty and nutritious, healing foods that will lead us in the direction of disease prevention and optimal health. The human “biome” is the term scientists use to describe the organisms that live in and on our bodies. Trillions live in our gut, either allowing smooth digestion and helping us stay healthy or
causing havoc. Connections are consistently made in the laboratory between bacterial and fungal toxins as the major cause of arthritis, headaches, spinal stenosis, depression and heart disease. Anyone that has been taking multiple courses of antibiotics, eating high-carb foods or been treated with steroids or antacid drugs for years is a perfect host for bad bacteria. What We Can Do: Take probiotic supplements to increase the numbers of good bacteria in the digestive tract. Eat lots of vegetables and fruit for fiber that feeds good bacteria. Do not take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. Dig in the garden. A healthy population of soil bacteria is in perfect symbiosis with the human biome because the soil is its home. Use common sense. Eat better food, drink clean water, move the body in energizing ways, get plenty of rest, reduce stress levels and plan to include fun. Life is too short to waste any of it in a hospital bed. Dr. Carol Roberts is the author of Good Medicine: A Return to Common Sense. She practices functional/ holisitc medicine at the Perlmutter Health Center, 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. 270, Naples. For more information or to register for her Jul. 24 presentation at 6:30 p.m. on digestive disorders, call 239-649-7400. Donations will be given to the Humane Society of Collier County. See ad, page 14.
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Sewage Can Lurk in Bagged Fertilizers Bagged garden fertilizers help plants grow, but store-bought brands can be a scary mix of sewage sludge—treated human, industrial and hospital waste. No federal or state regulations require that sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, be listed on the label. Sludge can also be blended with more natural fertilizers without listing it as an ingredient. Today’s testing requirements for waste sludge cover only 10 elements and two indicator bacteria; all other contaminants, pharmaceuticals and toxic chemicals that go down the drain of every home and business go right into the fertilizer. Terms like “organic” and “natural” only apply to some food products, not compost or fertilizer. Arsenic and lead are both considered natural ingredients. Toxins and heavy metals don’t disappear when exposed to sun or rain; they enter the soil or travel by wind and water runoff into yards and communities and can be absorbed in vegetables, plants and livestock. When we consume foods grown in sludge, we consume whatever the plant takes up from the soil. Also, elements like heavy metals collect in the meat, milk and fat of animals that are fed crops grown in sewage sludge. To protect the family garden, call the fertilizer manufacturer before purchasing a product to verify ingredients. Ask the nursery or store for labeling that depicts which products are sludgefree and also insist on their use at area schools, parks and playgrounds. For more information, visit USludgeFree.org. 20
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Training Programs Attract Young Farmers There’s little doubt that the nation needs more young farmers, because statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show the average American farmer is 58 years old. Hope lies in farm incubators that equip young agrarians with the technical skills and the business savvy needed to compete in the fierce, burgeoning market for locally grown produce. At Kinsman Farm (KinsmanFarm.net), in Cleveland, the Ohio State University Extension gives would-be farmers quarter-acre starter plots and helps them develop business plans. Financial support is available, too. “The city of Cleveland recently received private funds to expand its Gardening for Greenbacks Program,” advises spokesperson Marie Barni. “Our urban farmers can now receive a $5,000 grant to help start their farming microenterprise.” Some city planners have voiced considerable skepticism about whether urban farms are an effective tool for creating jobs and rebuilding economies like Cleveland’s, but advocates point to other farm incubators in North Carolina, Oregon and Rhode Island, as well as in Kansas City, Kansas, Holyoke, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Missouri, and Seattle, Washington. In Chicago, students at the role model Windy City Harvest, coordinated by the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Richard J. Daley City College (ChicagoBotanic.org/ windycityharvest), engage in six months of hands-on horticulture training, and then a three-month paid internship with a farm or food justice organization. Source: Emagazine.com
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Microbeads are tiny balls of hard plastic found in facial scrubs, shampoo and toothpaste that flow down drains and pass through wastewater treatment plants, ending up in waterways, where they enter the food chain. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has proposed the first U.S. legislation banning plastic microbeads in commonly used cosmetics (Tinyurl.com/ BeadLegislation). Finding microbead-free products isn’t easy; we must read ingredient lists and steer clear of products that contain polyethylene or polypropylene. Natural alternatives include ground almonds, oatmeal and pumice. Palm oil is a natural ingredient used in thousands of everyday products from snack foods to shampoo. But as tropical forests are cleared and carbon-rich peat swamps are drained and burned to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitat for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s heat-trapping emissions. Last March, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive announced new palm oil policies. Concerned citizens can tell other major corporations that for the sake of our atmosphere, tropical forests, peat lands and endangered species, the time to act is now, and to use only deforestation-free and peatlands-free palm oil going forward. Take action at Tinyurl.com/Palm OilPetition.
Strength in Numbers It Takes a Village to Feed the World Organizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 (Tinyurl.com/FoodTank100). All are vital in creating a better food system. Here are a few examples. Food MythBusters is telling the real story of how food is produced through short films, showing that we can have a food system that is truly affordable, delicious, fair and good for the planet. Heifer International has been helping small farmers around the world practice better animal husbandry and develop more environmentally sustainable sources of food production for 70 years. Oxfam, a confederation of 17 organizations worldwide, helps find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam America’s recent Behind the Brands campaign highlights how favorite consumer brands bring hidden costs to farmers, food security and the environment. Real Food Challenge, started in 2008 mainly among students, aims to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets from industrial farms and junk foods to community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources by 2020. Seed Savers Exchange is dedicated to saving and sharing organic, heirloom and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds.
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How Plants and Animals Adapt to Cities
Last September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, all but guaranteeing that when the NOSB meets every six months, the non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic items will increase. Certain non-organic or synthetic materials can be used in up to 5 percent of a USDA Organic product, and in up to 30 percent of a Made with Organic Ingredients product. Look for the addition of carrageenan, synthetic nutrients such as DHA and ARA, sausage casings made from processed intestines, synthetic methionine, antibiotics and mutagens, among others.
More than half of the world’s population now resides in cities, and the United Nations projects that 5 billion people will call a city home by 2030. “We need to understand how cities are changing the ecology of the systems they are built on, and how plants and animals are adapting to them,” says Dieter Hochuli, a Ph.D. biologist who specializes in integrative ecology at the University of Sydney, in Australia. For the most part, plants and animals adapt to urban surroundings using traits that help them survive in their natural habitat, but some scientists predict the pressures of the city, especially pollution, may become so great that evolution may intervene. “We’ve created this whole new habitat that never used to exist here,” remarks Angela Moles, a University of New South Wales (Australia) plant biologist. “There will be some species living here that are not doing so well and there’ll be selection for individuals that can do better in an urban environment.” “We still have functioning ecosystems, they’re just different from what they were 200 years ago,” comments Hochuli. Some shifts will be irreversible.
Sign a petition in protest at Tinyurl.com/OrganicStandardsPetition.
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Vermont Demands GMO Labeling Vermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for Vermont to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, game-changing new law signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on April 23. Anticipating the current lawsuit by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Vermont has set aside $10 million for legal fees. The Organic Manufacturers Association is working to expand funding behind Vermont’s defense because the outcome could affect all 50 states. Unless legally overturned, starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9 percent GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic engineering was used. Products that contain GMOs and are labeled as such cannot also label their products as “natural”. The bill, however, does not apply to labels for milk, eggs and meat from animals fed GMOs. Donate to Vermont’s defense fund at Tinyurl.com/SupportGMOLabeling.
U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege
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communityspotlight Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins Makes Living Healthy Easier by Linda Sechrist
ariesa Copeland, co-owner of Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, in Naples, lovingly recalls from childhood the times when her dad would lift her up onto the kitchen countertop so that she could watch while he made her fresh juice. “By the time I was a teenager, I was making fun of him for doing that because like any other adolescent, I thought it was totally not cool,” recounts Copeland. Fortunately, Copeland began to find her way back to modeling her father’s healthier lifestyle when she was 20. “Up until then, I had bad eating habits, loved red meat, bacon, cheese and bread. Naturally, as an emotional eater, I was overweight. It wasn’t uncommon for me to eat French fries five times a day if I got stressed or upset about something,” she admits. While Copeland was living in Colorado, a friend sent her an email about the documentary film Food Matters. “As soon as I saw David Wolfe, I knew I wanted to be just like him,” she chuckles. “He was so passionate and intelligent that he inspired me to give up my poor eating habits and try a
raw food diet. I found his BodyMind Institute classes online and started taking as many as possible. It was like my brain opened up and everything I studied stuck in it. Eating raw left me feeling so clean and clear, which I suspect could have been why I retained all the knowledge. Because of my earlier exposure to a healthy lifestyle and David’s training, I developed a fiery passion for natural health education that is essential for guiding people to their right path for achieving optimal health.” Today, when Copeland walks around her family-operated, 1,700-square-foot store, which sells strictly non-GMO products from bulk herbs and supplements to organic clothing, she feels a sense of gratitude for the wide base of knowledge she acquired as she earned BodyMind Institute certifications as a holistic health and lifestyle coach, raw food nutrition coach, life coach and spiritual counselor. “My role reversal with my dad sometimes feels a bit paradoxical,” she muses, noting that her father, Vincent Pitonzo, also works at Genesis every day. “He was the one who used to
teach me. Now, I walk with him around the store to teach him what I have learned about particular herbs and supplements.” Maria Pitonzo, Copeland’s mother, also plays a part in the business. A hair stylist for 22 years, she began working with only organic hair care products in 2008. “Now our customers can also get their hair done while they are here,” says Copeland, who loves the diversity of Genesis, which opened April 1. “When I lived in New York, I only had a raw food café inside of a small organic grocery store. With all our offerings here—including coaching in health, nutrition and spiritual matters—life has blossomed not only for me, but also for all those I come in contact with. My favorite thing is to show people all that is available to them on their path to optimal health,” she advises. Particularly proud of her extensive research regarding the store’s non-GMO supplements, Copeland explains, “It was a monumental task to go through all the GMO certifications and verifications. This opened my eyes to the big picture in the health industry, especially when I discovered that children’s vitamins were among the most highly contaminated with GMOs and fillers. Our motto is ‘Treat your body like a temple.’ Our family takes it seriously, so that customers can walk comfortably though the store and know they don’t have to worry about reading labels to find non-GMO products. Everything here is non-GMO,” explains Copeland. Location: 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. For more information, call 239596-9017 or visit GenesisNonGmo.com. See ad, page 32.
Good Clean Fun Water Sports Saying No to a Wave of Trash by Avery Mack
he ocean is my bliss. Be a hero, but it was glorious!” Neal likens scuba diving My job lets me do take pollution to entering another world, what I love and call nature’s undersea it work,” says Andrea Neal, down to zero. revealing glories. “Crabs sneak a peek Ph.D., founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Sciences, a ~ National Park and you’re face-to-face with fish. Sea lions want to play,” scientific collaboration seekService she says. “I’ve also had great ing healthy water solutions, white sharks cruise by and give me an in Ojai, California. “When I surf, I’m intimidating nudge.” in sync with water and air at the same It’s not just sharks and extreme time.” One time during a Scandinavian snowfall, she donned a wet suit to ride weather that swimmers, divers and watereight-foot waves; after splashdown, she craft enthusiasts worry about these days— emerged with ice-tipped eyelashes and it’s trash, too. The most basic requirement a huge grin. “I’ve never been so cold, for safe water sports is clean water. Plas-
tics, paper and other debris, ranging from microscopic toxins to everyday garbage, pose life-threatening hazards to human and marine life. “I want my kids and their kids to share in what I’ve experienced,” exclaims Neal, part of the global scientific community redefining clean water habitats as an investment. Semiannual walking beach cleanups, an Oregon tradition for 30 years, have removed 2.8 million pounds of trash, largely comprising cigarette butts, fishing ropes and plastic bottles. Unusual items include telephone poles and a 200-pound Styrofoam block. In the 2014 spring campaign, 4,800 volunteers that treasure coastal recreational activities removed an estimated 24 tons of litter and marine debris (solv.org). What West Coasters see can also show up in Japan and vice versa, so coordinated cleanup efforts benefit outdoor enthusiasts in both countries. Lake Tahoe, on the California/ Nevada border, beckons paddleboard, raft, canoe and kayak aficionados. Last year, volunteers for the Great Sierra River Cleanup, a Sierra Nevada Conservancy project, finessed the condition of this recreational site by picking up a ton of trash in and near the water and were able to recycle 600 pounds of it (Tinyurl.com/SierraRiverCleanup). Desert winds, combined with flat landscapes, blow Las Vegas debris into Nevada’s Lake Mead. Operation Zero – Citizens Removing and Eliminating Waste, ferries volunteers to a cove accessible only by boat to clean and enjoy the area (Tinyurl.com/LakeMeadOperationZero).
“In the spring, when waters are high, Rivers for Change sponsors paddling races and other California river events to highlight the importance of clean water. Starting in September and continuing through the winter months, they partner with water use organizations and land trusts to help clean up waterways like the Sacramento River.” ~ Matt Palmarillo, California 100 event director, RiversForChange.org The improved natural environment attracts visitors to the lake to try new sports like wakesurfing, riding the water behind a wave-producing boat by dropping the tow line once waves form. The more adventurous go
wakeboarding, which combines water skiing, snowboarding and surfing skills as the rider becomes airborne between waves. The more advanced sport of waterskating requires more stylish skateboarder moves. Further inland, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers help keep the Great Lakes clean. More than a beach sweep, volunteers regularly monitor litter throughout the year and perform a complete beach health assessment on each visit. The eight Great Lakes border states—Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—benefit from teams of volunteers continually working to improve beach health (GreatLakes.org/adoptabeach). Moving south, Project AWARE cleans up Iowa’s waterways, “one stretch of river, one piece of trash at a time” (Tinyurl.com/IowaAware). Stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are popular river activities. Paddlers collect litter en route and leave it in designated bins at access points.
In Missouri, the Big River beckons. Jeff Briggs, an insurance adjustor in High Ridge, tubes the mile-plus stretch between dams at Rockford Beach Park and Byrnes Mill. “When we’re tubing, it’s just for enjoyment,” he says. “For a longer float, we take the jon boat so there’s space to stow trash.” Table Rock Lake, in southern Missouri, draws fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. Their WK Lewis Shoreline Cleanup has removed 179 tons of trash in 10 years. In 2013, 670 volunteers filled 11 dumpsters (Tinyurl. com/WK-Lewis-Cleanup). “It takes love and commitment, patience and persistence to keep cleaning up habitats,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., co-founder of four grassroots water advocacy groups. “Clean water is important though, to sustain fit life on the planet.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@ mindspring.com.
How Trash Impacts Marine Life by Avery Mack
o matter where you live, trash can travel from your hands to storm drains to streams and on to the sea. The problem of ocean trash is entirely preventable, and you can make a difference,” advises the Ocean Conservancy. The Ocean Trash Index provides information by state and country on how much and what kind of trash enters our waterways. Each fall, data is collected during the organization’s International Coastal Cleanup oneday campaign both on land and under water. About 10 million pounds of trash was collected worldwide in 2013; of that total, 3.5 million pounds, or nearly 35 percent, originated in the U.S. The most common offenses include discarded cigarette butts and filters, food wrappers, plastic bottles and bags, beverage caps and lids, cups, plates, utensils, straws and stirrers, glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper bags. All of it could have been recycled, including the cigarettes (see RippleLife.org/butts).
Trash enters the water from illegal or thoughtless dumping, extreme weather events, a crashed plane, sunken boat, lost fishing traps, nets or lines, movie props or windblown litter. For example, a plastic bag blows out of the trash can or truck, enters a storm drain or creek and moves into rivers and the ocean, where it endangers marine life, swimmers and watercraft. Water boards in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area recognize that voluntary measures aren’t enough to solve the problem. Some cities in the Los Angeles area have implemented fullcapture systems designed to trap debris greater than five millimeters in size. Prevention is obviously the least expensive, safest and easiest way to keep water clean. To protect local, regional and global waters, follow the familiar refrain of recycle, reuse, repair and repurpose. Be thoughtful about what’s in the trash can and keep it securely closed. Move the car on street
sweeping days—along with dust, dirt and leaves, a street sweeper picks up animal waste and oil from cars. Ask for and advocate less packaging on commonly used products, stiffer fines for polluters and increased funding for enforcement and research. Knowing what comprises most trash helps consumers demand product redesigns and new policies that address the most problematic items and materials, explains Nicholas Mallos, a marine debris specialist with the Ocean Conservancy. Rippl is a free mobile application that can help users practice what they preach in making simple, sustainable choices by delivering weekly green living tips, available at OceanConservancy. org/do-your-part/rippl.html. A safe, fun day near, on, in or under the water starts with green practices at home. For details visit Tinyurl.com/ CoastalCleanupReport.
Safe and Painless Ultrasonic Fat Cavitation Treatments by Lee Walker
hose shopping for a more youthful look with tighter skin and fewer wrinkles or a more toned and sculpted body with less cellulite may follow the example of thousands of individuals opting to spend less on invasive surgeries and more on painless, safe and non-invasive treatments that use the latest in technology, such as the ultrasonic cavitation wave. The basis of the ultrasound cavitation wave is a radio frequency that stimulates and vibrates adipose (fat) cells at a high rate, causing tiny air molecules to form inside them. As these bubbles rupture the fat cell by forcing their way out, the fat is released and metabolized through the liver and other natural metabolic processes. The same ultrasound wave that passes through the skin’s surface also stimulates and oxygenates surface cells, causing a firming
and tightening of the skin. Cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CaviLipo also improves cellulite and lymphatic drainage. “Although cavitation is not a method for weight loss, you can think of it as non-invasive ultrasonic liposuction, because it produces the same results without cutting into the skin,” says Andrea Sorrenti, who recently added the treatment to her Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa menu. During the six to 10 recommended treatments, which are spaced three days apart for the first three sessions, a low-calorie diet that includes protein with each meal is suggested, along with a minimum of one glass of warm water before and after the session. For at least three days after each session, individuals should drink plenty of water and include daily aerobic activities
such as a brisk walk, biking or other cardio workouts to continue stimulating lymphatic activity, which aids in the elimination of the fat. After the completion of the first three sessions, the others are scheduled once a week. Upon completion of all sessions, maintenance treatments consist of one session each month for four months, followed by one treatment every four months. “A lymph-draining massage is also encouraged in addition to the treatments, in order to improve the circulation and lymphatic system, which helps to drain fluids,” explains Ron Repice, DC, founder of Lipo-Light Naples. “Targeted areas for Cavi-Lipo treatments are those with localized fat, such as thighs, abdomen, arms and buttocks, where diet and exercise alone have not been effective. There is no real limitation as to areas of the body,” advises Debra Florio, owner of Contour Body Works Massage Therapy and Day Spa, in Fort Myers. “Exilis Elite uses radio frequencies and ultrasound vibrations to liquefy fat and cellulite on hips, abdomen, thighs and knees. It also stimulates the production of collagen. A new, special head for the machine, which is designed specifically for the face and neck, is a good alternative to a surgical facelift,” advises Shelle Misiorowski, owner of Trim and Tone Spa, in Naples. Andrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, 6714 Lone Oak Blvd., Naples, 239-514-4707, NaplesOrganicHair Studio.com. See ad, page 35. Contour Body Works Massage Therapy and Day Spa, 26381 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 36, Bonita Springs, 239-489-3063; 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Ste. 5, Ft. Myers, 239-489-3063; 2726 Tamiami Tr., Ste. C, Port Charlotte, 941-629-7600. See ad, page 32. Lipo-Light Naples, 1575 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste. 6, Naples, 239-530-3040, LipoLightNaples.com. See ad, page 20. Trim and Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20, Naples, 239-596-5522, TrimAndToneSpa.com. See ad, page 15.
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Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies by Judith Fertig
moothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities. Other ingredients follow the peak of summer crops. Berries, greens, melon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots and stone fruits like peaches and mangoes add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon or two of milled flax seeds, hemp or nut butter adds richness to the flavor, while providing omega-3 fatty acids necessary for complete nutrition. For the finale, add a touch of sweetness from fruits, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia. The best way to mix a smoothie is to start with either a liquid or an ingredient with a thicker consistency,
like yogurt, placed in a standard or high-speed performance blender. Next, add the desired fruits or vegetables and flavorings, followed by ice. Start on a slower speed, holding down the lid tightly, before increasing the speed to achieve a velvety texture. If the smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit or ice. Freezing the fruits first and then blending them into a smoothie can substitute for ice. Peeling bananas before freezing them makes smoothie-making easier. Freezing the fruits in recipe-size portions also simplifies the process. Smooth-fleshed fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, ripe peaches and nectarines blend more easily to a silky finish than do fresh berries. Tender, baby greens such as spinach, kale or chard virtually disappear within a smoothie; if using mature, rather than baby greens, cut out the stems unless the blender is extremely powerful.
Blending enough ingredients for two smoothies can yield a leftover serving to store in a reusable glass jar in the refrigerator. To reactivate the full taste later, just turn over the jar and give it a good shake to re-blend the ingredients. Spirulina (made from a microsaltwater plant) and wheatgrass juice and powder are some popular smoothie additions. Milled flax seeds add healthy fat, but their water-soluble fiber also adds a little bulk; although the texture
difference isn’t noticeable if the smoothie is enjoyed right away, it will be apparent if it sits for 20 minutes or more. With the whir of a blender—and no cooking—summer’s tastiest bounty transforms into at-home or on-the-go beverages to revive, replenish and renew us so we’re ready for our next adventure.
Black Cherry Raspberry Yields 2 servings /4 cup cranberry juice 1 cup pitted sweet black cherries 1 /2 cup raspberries 1 /3 cup plain soy or coconut yogurt 4 ice cubes
recipe photos by Stephen Blancett
Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.
Mango Lassi Yields 2 servings /4 cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk 1 /4 cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt 3 /4 tsp vanilla extract 11/2 cups chopped fresh mango, frozen 1 /2 tsp ground cardamom Agave nectar to taste Ground pistachios for garnish 3
Combine the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, mango and cardamom and blend using low to high speeds until smooth. Add agave nectar to taste and blend again. Sprinkle ground pistachios over each serving.
Tomato Smoothie Yields 2 servings 2 cups tomatoes, chopped 1 /2 cup tomato juice 1 /4 cup apple juice 1 /2 cup carrots 1 /4 cup celery, chopped Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste 2 cups ice
Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.
Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.
Yields 2 servings
Cool as a Cucumber Smoothie
2-3 cups watermelon, seeded 1 cup low-fat vegan vanilla yogurt 1 cup frozen organic strawberries 1 cup frozen organic sliced peaches
Yields 2 servings 1 cup apple juice 1 cup sliced sweet apple 1 /4 cup applesauce 1 /2 cup sliced carrots 1 /2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced 2 cups ice Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)
Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.
Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.
Summer Salad Smoothie Yields 2 servings /2 cup apple juice 2 cups stemmed and chopped baby spinach, Swiss chard or kale 1 apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped 1 /2 avocado, peeled and chopped 1 /2 cup cilantro leaves 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp matcha (fine green tea powder) 1 Tbsp milled flax seeds 1 /4 cup vegan protein powder 1
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Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth. natural awakenings
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Nick Batty Life’s mission: To enjoy this beautiful world. Work: Agriculture. My farm, Inyoni, which means bird, is located in Golden Gate. Proudest Achievements: Becoming a father. My wife and I have paternal twins. Expectations for the Future: I would like to see more people buying their good, clean food from local farmers’ markets. Favorite APP: Pandora. Favorite website: MagicSeaweed.com. Local causes supported: I support local businesses. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: The Community Resource Guide. Most frequented health food restaurant: The Local, in Naples.
How do you invest in your community? I do my best to keep an open door here at the farm so that people can come and learn about where their food comes from. I like sharing my knowledge with others about what food grows well in Florida, and I particularly enjoy educating children who come to the farm on school tours. Favorite quote: “What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world?” For more information about Inyoni Farm, see article on page 39.
Sneak Attack on Dietary Supplements
According to Scott Tips, president and legal counsel for the National Health Federation (NHF), harmonized global standards are enabling overall reduced vitamin and mineral levels in pill and food form. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed changes to both the current Nutrition Facts panel on food labels and Supplement Facts panel on dietary supplement labels that prompt concern. “While the food industry, media and general public focus on the proposed format changes, new wording and label design, there’s a danger to our health in the FDA harmonizing our Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamin and mineral levels down to the extremely low levels of the Codex Alimentarius, which our organization has fought against for more than a decade,” advises Tips. Although a few RDIs have been raised, if the proposed rulemaking is adopted, the NHF anticipates that the FDA will work to conform other recommended nutrient values to those of Codex. Support for this projection is based on an October 11, 1995, FDA pronouncement in the Federal Register to harmonize its food laws with those of the rest of the world. The deadline for citizens to submit comments to the FDA ended on June 2, but we can still write to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5360 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Mention Docket No. FDA-2012-N-1210 and insist that the FDA cease pushing its harmonization agenda. For more information, visit Tinyurl.com/NHFCaseForNutrients. natural awakenings
James Gormley Takes On the FDA Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself by Kathleen Barnes
ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an awardwinning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute.
His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.
Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929
book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.
With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.
Did the FDA declare war on the natural products industry in the 1990s? The FDA conducted numerous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal L-tryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the â€œvitamin B-bustâ€?. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.
Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The superrefined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.
What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americansâ€™ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com. natural awakenings
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Diana and Dick Dyer
STewaRDS OF eaRTh’S BOUNTy
Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change by melinda hemmelgarn
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rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farmers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of
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heroes providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and the way we think about the ability of good food to feed the future well. Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations. Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong dream to farm in 2009, each at the age
of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son, Joraan, who died of cancer in 2010 at
photo by Dan Hemmelgarn
photo by Dan Hemmelgarn
photo by Dan Hem melgarn
the age of 23. Joraan’s to learn orchard is home to thrivwhere their ing, health-supporting food comes apple, apricot, cherry from and the and plum trees, plus reasons fresh, native aronia berries. organically It also injects fresh life grown food into the community. really matters Each spring, the Forto our health,” bords celebrate their says Lanier. son’s birthday by “wakHowever, ing up” his orchard. “This is just the His mother explains: tip of the iceLuverne and Mary Jo Forbord “People of all ages berg for us. Ulgather—an assortment timately, we’d of our friends, Joraan’s friends and their like to be a chemical-free community growing families, neighbors, relatives, through advocating for reduction and co-workers, students and others—to elimination of pesticide and chemical keep his legacy growing. The incredible use in schools, hospitals, households community support keeps us going.” and local parks and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want future generations to enjoy it without fearing that it’s making us sick,” she says. “We are intent on having a school garden in every school, and we want Tarrant Lanier, gardening with children at the to see area hospitals Center for Family and Community Development establish organic food Tarrant Lanier, of the Center for gardens that support efforts to make Family and Community Developpeople healthier without the use of ment (CFCD) and Victory Teaching heavy medications.” Farm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants Lanier further explains: “We see all children to grow up in safe comour victory as reducing hunger and inmunities with access to plenty of creasing health and wellness, environwholesome food. After working for mental sustainability and repair, comnearly two decades with some of South munity development and beautification, Alabama’s most vulnerable families, economic development and access to Lanier wanted to “provide more than locally grown food, by promoting and a crutch.” In 2009, she established creating a local food system.” the nonprofit CFCD organization, dedicated to healthy living. Within five Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, years, she had assembled a small, but of Zephyros Farm and Garden, in hard-working staff that began building Paonia, Colorado, grow exquisite orcommunity and school gardens and ganic flowers and vegetables for farmcreating collaborative partnerships. ers’ markets and community supported Recently, the group established the agriculture members in Telluride and Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s first the Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the urban teaching farm and community couple decided to take fewer trips resource center. “The farm will serve away from their children and homeas an onsite experience for children stead, and instead bring more people
“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” ~ Don Lareau to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red
kidney beans and edaConscientious food the Copper River and mame soybeans, along Bristol Bay fisheries. producers are with raising livestock on During that time, Mosabout 1,400 acres. Their teachers, innovators, ness became a passionate family farm philosophy advocate for protecting environmental entails looking at the coastal communities and world through a lens of ecosystems. “Like farm stewards and abundance, rather than families on land, fishing change-makers scarcity, and working in families face many risks cooperation with their creating a brighter and uncertainties,” but neighbors instead of in she believes, “political future for us all. forces may be even more competition. The result has been a grounddamaging to our liveliswell of thriving organic farmers and a hoods and wild fish.” renewed sense of community and eco For example, “We are replicating nomic strength throughout their region. some of the worst practices of factory The Martens switched to organic farming on land in our marine environfarming after Klaas experienced partial ment with diseases, parasites and voluparalysis due to exposure to pesticides, minous amounts of pollution flushing compounded by concern for the health into our coastal waters,” explains Mosof their three children. Because the ness. She’s also concerned about the Martens work in alliance with nature, U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s they’ve learned to ask a unique set of potential approval of genetically engiquestions. For example, when Klaas neered (GMO) fish without adequate sees a weed, he doesn’t ask, “What health and environmental assessments, can we spray to kill it?” but, “What and she works to support GMO labelwas the environment that allowed the ing so consumers can make informed weed to grow?” choices in the marketplace. Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in
Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.blogspot.com.
Hear from Two Heroes
Prairie Horizons Farm: LocalFoods.umn.edu/prairiehorizons
Tinyurl.com/KlaasMartensPartOne Tinyurl.com/KlaasMartensPartTwo Tinyurl.com/AnneMosness
Info on the Heroes and More Dyer Family Organic Farm: DyerFamilyOrganicFarm.com
Victory Teaching Farm: cfcdofalabama.org Vilicus Farm: RootedMontana.com/crabtrees.html (includes other vegetable and livestock farms in the state) Zephyros Farm and Garden: ZephyrosFarmAndGarden.com
Fish Farming: FoodAndWaterWatch. org/common-resources/fish/fish-farming
Support Hero Farmers
Lakeview Organic Grain and Greenmarket’s Regional Grains Project: LakeviewOrganicGrain.com and GrowNYC.org/grains-main
Farmer Veteran Coalition: FarmVetCo.org
National Young Farmers Coalition: YoungFarmers.org
GROw lOCal, BUy lOCal, eaT lOCal The Trend is Strong in Southwest Florida
by linda Sechrist
he U.S. organic food market is expected to maintain a compound annual growth rate of 14 percent until 2018, according to a TechSci Research report. While this reflects projected long-term national growth, Lee and Collier counties offer tangible evidence of the trend in our backyards.
Inyoni Organic Farm Nick Batty owns Inyoni, a six-acre, certified organic farm in Naples. “I grow varieties of greens, tomatoes, squash, melons beets, turnips, onions, radishes, Swiss chard, kale and Asian spinach, which is getting more popular,” he says enthusiastically. “Demand for different varieties of produce grows as people learn how to prepare them. Ten years ago I could put kale on my table at the Old Naples Farmers’ Market, and there was still plenty left when it was time to close. Today, I have none left because people have realized the nutritional value of kale and are using it for more than a garnish.” Rock Rd., Naples. 239-980-3605. Facebook.com/InyoniFarms.
Wild Heritage Farm While the five-acre Wild Heritage Farm is certified organic, owners Ken Alaimo and Terrence Tessarzik call it “ biological” rather than organic. “The reason we distinguish ourselves is because organic certification allows farmers to use organic pesticides and fertilizers,” explains Alaimo. “We don’t. We spent three years focusing on building up very healthy soil so we don’t have to use chemical fertilizers.” With Manager Danielle Reinersten on board, the farm is growing. “This year we farmed two-and-a-half acres, and we plan on planting all five acres for the upcoming growing season,” promises Alaimo. 7575 Sanders Blvd., Naples. 239-248-8938. WildHeritageFarm.com.
Collier Family Farms The certified organic Collier Family Farms, now managed by Stephen Massie, is entering its third growing season. “We started with 60 different crops and began making changes after we saw what stumped our CSA (community supported agriculture) members. For instance, even though we included recipe suggestions, rutabaga and kohlrabi weren’t well accepted because people didn’t know what to do with them,” Massie explains. “Beginning in November, we’re trying a new pickup approach; we’ll bring all the CSA produce to one farmers’ market in the Marques Plaza at the intersection of Pine Ridge and Livingston roads. Members, who get a discount can make their own selections, along with the general public.” 5321 Ave Maria Blvd., Ave Maria. 239-207-5231. CollierFamilyFarms.com.
Food & Thought: The Organic General Store Jameson Johnson was proud to take over managing Food & Thought–The Organic General Store, founded by Frank Oakes, a community icon who died in 2013. Frank’s son, Alfie Oakes, runs Oakes Farms, also established by Frank, which grows certified organic produce for the store and other local businesses. Alfie recently purchased 10 acres, which will also be certified organic, next to the original five. “Everything is still done the permaculture way,” avows Johnson. “A bucket of worm castings placed in each row, a cold-pressed fish and seaweed foliar spray is used on the leaves and of course, we compost.” 2132 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 239-213-2222. FoodAndThought.com. See ad, page 8.
31 Produce Mike Greenwell, the retired major league baseball player and owner of 31 Produce, in Alva, has been expanding his family farm since opening in 2009. Now with 80 acres, Greenwell uses organic growing methods to yield 70 percent of the produce sold at the onsite farmers’ market, which he supplements with goods from other local farms. In July 2013, Greenwell added a farm-to-table restaurant where at least four side dishes are made daily from the farm’s fresh produce. “Florida Senate Bill 1106, passed in 2013, supports Florida’s agritourism and allows small farmers to do more. For example, we can offer cooking and canning classes, camps and farm tours,” he affirms. 18500 State Rd. 1, Alva. 239-818-8213. 31Produce.com. See ad, page 63. natural awakenings
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014 is abuzz with the idea of turning your kitchen into an apothecary. The alchemistic bone broths, herbed meats, medicinal teas, longevity elixirs and heart-strengthening rice and whole grain porridges bubbling from unglazed clay pots for centuries have captured the imagination of chefs, foodie bloggers and health-conscious home cooks. The Essenergy VitaClay Smart Organic Multi-Cooker is riding the cresting wave of interest in these ancient culinary healing arts with an ultramodern, unglazed clay pot cooking system. Unglazed clay a top green choice because it is fast, and elegant meals are easy to prepare for one or many. In a recent interview with Essenergy’s Michelle Liu, we learned why it was a banner year for her unique invention.
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Why is unglazed clay so important to bring into a ‘green’ kitchen? Unglazed clay pot cooking has been tempting the taste buds and enhancing the health of ancient civilizations for centuries. When I discovered rich, intense flavors and unparalleled health benefits by preparing fresh food in unglazed clay cookware, I created the VitaClay pot. My intention was to bring the superior results of clay cooking into my
How easy is it to use the VitaClay? It’s so simple because it’s a technological breakthrough and fully programmed for soups, stews, varietal rice, whole grains and low-temperature yogurt. Any healthy cook really does become a culinary genius, because all it takes is good-quality ingredients and pushing a button.
Something special happens to ingredients cooked in clay. Can you tell us why? It’s really about synergy and integration. Healthy foods react positively together when heated inside unglazed clay. The ancients knew how low heat and clay created a delicate and evenly cooking environment that optimized the nutritional profile of their meals and made them richer, tastier and healthier. This is because clay neutralizes acidity and unlocks nature’s gifts in the food, such as salts, vitamins, minerals and natural sugars. Another big plus is that fats and meat juices are preserved when steamed at low temperatures and remain nourishing, bioavailable and digestible. The smell molecules also remain intact with our special seal, waking up your digestive powers and satisfying your appetite.
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Fracking Versus Food America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake by harriet Shugarman
hat if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its accompanying infrastructure threaten this. Questions must be raised and answered before the safety of our food supply is permanently impacted.
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n No federal funding exists for researching the impacts of chemical contamination from oil and gas drilling and infrastructure on food and food production. n No public tests are required for what contaminants to look for because many of the 500-plus chemicals used in the fracking process are categorized as proprietary. n Minimal-to-no baseline analysis is being done on air, water and soil conditions before oil and gas companies come into a new area. n No commonly agreed distances are lawfully required between farms, farmlands, rivers, streams and water supplies in relation to oil and gas wells and their infrastructure.
Compounding Crises Harsh economic conditions, plus concerns over long-term climate changes, including extreme weather events, have pitted neighbors against one another as farmers consider leasing their lands to oil and gas companies. More, often the riches promised do not make their way to the farmers that need them the most as American policies continue to favor
What To Do 4 Support local, county and state bans on fracking operations and waste disposal.
Information is Power Center for Environmental Health, CEH.org Chefs for the Marcellus, ChefsForMarcellus.org
4 Learn about local farmers’ situations and make them aware of factors to consider.
The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange, Tinyurl.com/EndocrineDisruptingChemicals
4 Support local farmers and food producers.
GRACE Communications Foundation, GraceLinks.org/1305/natural-gas-fracking
megalithic agribusinesses and push farming families into unsustainable choices. Standard drilling leases rarely provide broad protections for farmers and can even eliminate their input on where roads are created and fracking machinery is installed on their property, all of which can hamper normal farming. In Pennsylvania, where fracking is commonplace, thousands of diesel trucks drive by working farms daily, compounding problems already associated with 24/7 vibrations, noises, emissions and light pollution, stressing both humans and farm animals. In New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio, farmers that have or are near such leased land are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain mortgages, re-mortgage property and acquire or renew insurance policies. Caught up in a vicious cycle, some farmers feel forced to abandon their farms, thus opening up more land to oil and gas companies. “Fracking is turning many rural environments into industrial zones,” observes Jennifer Clark, owner of Eminence Road Farm Winery, in New York’s Delaware County. She notes that we often hear a lot about the jobs fracking might create, but we hear little about the agricultural jobs being lost or the destruction of a way of life that has been integral to America’s landscape for generations. Asha Canalos, an organic blueberry and heirloom vegetable farmer in Orange County, New York, is among the leaders in the David versus Goliath battle pitting farmers and community members against the Millennium Pipeline Company and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. On May 1, oral arguments were heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals. According to Canalos, “Our case could set a national precedent, with all the attending legal precedent, that will either empower other farmers and communities like ours and Minisink or will do the opposite.” In January 2013, more then 150 New York chefs and food professionals sent a letter to Governor Mario Cuomo calling for a ban on fracking in their state. As of December 2013, more then 250 chefs have signed on to the Chefs for the Marcellus campaign, which created the petition. In April 2014, Connecticut chefs entered the fray by launching their own petition to ban the acceptance of fracking waste in Connecticut. In California this past February, farmers and chefs banded together to present Governor Jerry Brown with a petition calling for a moratorium on fracking, stating that fracking wastes huge amounts of water. The previous month, California had declared a statewide drought emergency, and by April, Brown had issued an executive order to strengthen the
Food Not Fracking, FoodNotFracking.org
Love NY: Don’t Frack It Up, LoveNYDontFrackItUp.org Minisink Matters, MinisinkMatters.org state’s ability to manage water. Ironically, existing California regulations don’t restrict water use by industrial processes, including fracking, which uses and permanently removes tremendous amounts of water from the water cycle. To date, fracking in California operates with little state regulation. It’s past due for a “time out” on oil and gas production and infrastructure development. Every citizen needs to think carefully and thoughtfully about what’s at stake as outside interests rush to use extreme forms of energy extraction to squeeze the last drops of fossil fuels from our Mother Earth. Activist Harriet Shugarman, a veteran economist and policy analyst and former representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations, currently chairs regional environmental committees and works with national, state and local organizations seeking pro-environmental legislation.
Demonstration in Washington to Stop Fracked Gas Exports
n Sunday, July 13, demonstrators will gather in Washington, D.C., to protest fracked gas exports at Cove Point, in Maryland, and other proposed sites across the nation. The event will feature such anti-fracking movement leaders as Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, along with mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines, and others demanding solutions to climate change. “This is the first-ever major action in D.C. on this issue,” says Ted Glick, National Campaign Coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “Thousands of us will be there to show the strength of the movement against shale gas drilling and fracking. We’re calling for a rapid transition away from coal, gas and oil energy sources and toward wind power, solar energy and efficiency investments, which create jobs and a stable climate.” A civil disobedience event is planned for the next day, July 14. To learn more and register for the demonstration, visit StopGasExports.org. natural awakenings
Kick the Smoking Habit with City Vapor & E-Cig by Savannah Noir
hen a some, the ulticusmate goal is to tomer wean off nicotine comes to City altogether, which Vapor & E-Cig in is why City Vapor Fort Myers to trade offers different in a longstanding concentrations cigarette habit for of nicotine in the a smoking alternaliquids, including tive known as the 18 milligram (mg), e-cigarette, own12 mg, 6 mg and ers Christa Whitazero mg, for those ker and her son that still enjoy the Brett feel a deep process of “vapsense of pride. “It ing” as a way to Brett and Christa Whitaker feels good knowsatisfy the handing that someone to-mouth habit to wants to improve their health and which they have become accusthat we are there to make the diftomed, even when they are no ference and offer them a healthier longer nicotine dependent. As they solution,” says Christa. kick the cigarettes, Christa points Although some of the e-vapor out, vaping has the potential to products offered are small and save smokers money and future slender, similar to a cigarette, most health problems. are the size of a large ink pen with City Vapor uniquely offers a sleek colors, and some even have signature blend of natural nicointricate designs. Others are larger tine liquids that do not contain and digitally adjustable. No matpharmaceutical-grade propylene ter the shape, size, color or type, a glycol, which is commonly used small reservoir, or tank, is always as a solvent in oral, topical and filled with a special liquid that is injectable drug products, as well absorbed via a coil/wick system and as in foods. One bottle of the orheated with energy from a small ganic/natural blend e-liquid retails battery to turn the liquid into a virtu- for $9.99. ally odorless vapor. “We educate our clients so that The company recognizes each they know cessation from smoking customer’s individuality and works is possible and easier than people to match them with the appropriate think,” affirms Christa. equipment and level of nicotine. Location: 3547 Cleveland Ave., Fort The goal is to help e-cigarette usMyers. For more information, call 239ers, called “vapers”, feel satisfied 362-3551 or visit CityVaporEcig.com. without experiencing the effects See ad, page 24. of withdrawing from nicotine. For
Safe Sunless Tanning by Lisa Marlene
cientific reports regarding overexposure to increased ultraviolet (UV) activity in the Earth’s atmosphere have been public knowledge since the 1980s. Today, even though dermatologists and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continue to warn of the damaging effects of UV rays, individuals are still chasing the sun for a tan. Awareness of the damaging effects of UV radiation from tanning beds has also grown, thanks to campaigns such as the Skin Cancer Foundation’s “Go With Your Own Glow”, which stresses the beauty of our natural skin color. Despite the fact that indoor UV tanners are 75 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those that have never tanned indoors, the desire for a “kissed by the sun” appearance persists, particularly in teens and 20-somethings. According to the American Cancer Society, this is reflected in soaring melanoma figures that are now six times higher for young adults than they were in 1974. Many wise individuals seeking a sunless bronzed glow without risking their health are turning to today’s much-improved sunless tanners, which are available in creams, lotions, gels, pump sprays, aerosol and wipes. However, the most advanced offering is the botanical, cosmeceutical-grade spray tanning that offers a safe, natural-looking color without the notorious orange streaks of yesteryear, toxic chemicals, dyes or artificial colors. The solution is made with ingredients such as purified water; dihydroxyacetone, a simple carbohydrate compound approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that is derived
from plant sources such as beet and sugar; Saccharum officinarum, the botanical name for cane sugar; whole leaf aloe vera (Barbadensis) extract; sodium benzoate (benzoic acid), a naturally occurring compound with antimicrobial properties found in cranberries, prunes, greengage plums, cinnamon, ripe cloves and apples; and potassium sorbate (sorbic acid), derived from the oil of the unripe rowan berry. All ingredients, when applied in the right concentration, cause a natural
tanning of the skin without skin damage. The tan lasts for seven to 10 days, depending on the body’s natural exfoliation cycle. For best results, exfoliation with a loofah or salt or sugar scrub is recommended prior to spray tanning. Resource: Jayne Koedding, licensed esthetician and owner of Organic Skincare & Bodyworkx, 13240 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 207 (Royal Cove Shopping Center), in Naples. For more information, call 239-514-4494. See ad, page 13.
Caring, Steering, Cheering
A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson
A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.
hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-year-old retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed help with many things in 46
order to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps, focus on
strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a threeto-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at LauressaNelson@gmail.com.
Hallmarks of a Good Health Coach by Margaret Moore In the past 10 years, approximately 10,000 health professionals have become coaches through dedicated training schools and university programs focused on life, corporate or health and wellness coaching. The selection of the right partner to help in the quest for lifelong wellness entails assessing the following qualifications. Credentials and training: A reputable health and wellness coach training program typically requires six months to two years of education, skills training and practice with clients, followed by a certification process that tests for knowledge and core competencies. Employment background: Additional desirable credentials in the medical, physical or mental health fields will likely include exercise physiology, physical therapy, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, nursing or medicine. Structured relationship: A coach should be able to explain how coaching works and why successful results are more likely with a coach. Coaching sessions are typically conducted by phone and last between 30 and 60 minutes. Coaching services are generally not covered by insurance. Personal character: Effective health coaches are good listeners, interested in clientsâ€™ unique stories. They foster self-acceptance and self-respect, pointing out personal strengths, values and desires. Coaches engage, energize and challenge clients through a positive, non-judgmental focus, while at the same time asking courageous questions. As skilled partners, they help clients become clear about personal motivations and an overall vision for life, so that they can help design a detailed, attainable plan that successfully moves them toward fulfilling their goals. Margaret Moore is CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and holds a masterâ€™s degree in business administration. Email her at Margaret@Wellcoaches.com or visit CoachMeg.com or Wellcoaches.com. natural awakenings
Local Health Coaches Provide Lifestyle Education and Enrichment by Linda Sechrist
Savvy physicians such as Dr. Mark Hyman, author of the 10-Day Blood Sugar Detox Solution, have found a new way to help patients achieve their health goals—referring them to a trained health and wellness coach. Well ahead of the latest trend in fitness and wellness, Hyman personally trained a group of coaches to guide and support patients through his program to balance metabolism and reverse metabolic syndrome, a silent epidemic from which 55 million Americans unknowingly suffer. According to Margaret Moore, founder of Well Coaches, the only health and wellness coaching certification program endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, physician referral to coaches is still at an early stage. She also advises that the concept is becoming increasingly popular with the public even though most programs operate on a fee-for-service basis, and few managed healthcare companies reimburse members for coaching fees
unless they are physician prescribed or involve a registered nurse health coach. Some health insurers, such as Humana and Cigna, offer the services of their own health coaches to members in order to bridge the gap between provider recommendations for lifestyle changes and patient implementation. Locally, the concept of wellness coaching is still in its infancy, with individuals such as Terry Foster, owner of The Skinny Pantry, and Eric Eccles, owner of E2Fitness Academy, doing their best to educate the general public and their clients regarding the many benefits of health and wellness coaching. Foster is a certified health and nutritional counselor, as well as a dietary educator with 20 years of experience in the medical/dental field. She opened her Terry Foster
store after losing 75 pounds and realizing increased energy and improved health by following a low-carbohydrate, gluten-free diet. “I became a good role model and inspiration for others who wanted to do the same. I was already educating my customers, so health counseling was a natural step,” says Foster, who works closely with the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), an affordable lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle modification. Foster helps individuals with health challenges such as excessive weight gain, diabetes and high blood pressure. She collaborates with local dieticians, nutritionists, physicians and nurse practitioners directly and indirectly. “If a customer is told by their doctor to lower their cholesterol, I work with them to achieve that goal. I also refer out to local health practitioners,” advises Foster, who favors the approach of functional medicine, which focuses on the root cause of health problems rather than the temporary relief of symptoms. Health coaches are as likely to have discussions with clients about the benefits of keeping a food diary and how to shop for real rather than processed food as they are to give instructions on how to read labels to avoid unhealthy ingredients. They might even encourage and help locate suitable cooking classes. “A heath coach gives a client all the tools they need and encourages as well as empowers them to do what they have to do,” notes Foster, who is also the branch manager for the Gluten Intolerance Group of Southwest Florida. Estero resident Eric Eccles, author of A Lifestyle Worth Living, is a certified holistic fitness practitioner. He trained with John Spencer Ellis, founder of the Eric Eccles Spencer Institute, which offers certification programs in life coaching, education and nutrition coaching, as
well as sports psychology and wellness training. The Spencer Institute is the coaching career training and certifying division of the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. “My 24 years of experience in the fitness and wellness industry has prepared me well for any discussion with a client concerning the connection between nutrition and health,” says Eccles. “In a nutshell, everyone I work with is basically clueless about not only the right foods to eat, but also the proper combining of them. The largest chapter in my book is devoted to the basics of nutrition, because we are what we eat.” Eccles especially enjoys helping clients work their way out of their prescription medications: “The most challenging circumstances that I’ve had to work with involved a client who was on 21 different medications; I was so amazed that I lined up the bottles and took a photo. I’m more direct now than I was when I first started out. For example, when a client mentions that their doctor wants to increase their blood pressure medicine, I suggest that they try learning breathing techniques to reduce their blood pressure instead,” comments Eccles, who concurs with CHIP’s foundation statement that 75 percent of more of Western diseases are lifestyle-related. All lifestyle diseases, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, excessive weight gain, fatigue and constipation, are connected to our processed diet, lack of exercise, increased levels of stress and overuse of cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine and sugar—which means that they can be reversed. Health coaching can provide the one-on-one education, motivation, encouragement and accountability to make the ultimate goal achievable, one successful building block at a time. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 17, Fort Myers. 239-9355093. TheSkinnyPantry.com. See ad, page 35. Eric Eccles, 239-398-9123. E2Fitness Academy.com and Generation Awareness.org. See Resource Guide listing, page 70.
Dance Joyfully Through Life with Nia by Lillie Viola
ast-paced cardio workouts aren’t generally known for toning the mind, body and soul or leading individuals inward to their own rhythm and ways of moving. However, there is an exception—Nia. In the hour-long class, enthusiasts experience the creativity of dance, the precision of yoga and the power of martial arts as they move to music that rocks the body and soothes the soul. According to renowned physician Christiane Northup, Nia is a mind, body and spirit celebration that can help individuals become aware of how to use the body’s movements as a language to express moods and experience what it means to live fully and expressively. “Nia is a wonderful tool and way of educating people so that their confidence and happiness increases naturally. It also helps them become connected to others to shape a consciousness that extends beyond their own,” says Valeria Hill, a Nia teacher at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs. Nia’s pioneering co-founders, Debbie and Carlos Rosas, intended that the body-mind physiology of the practice would empower individuals to achieve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self-healing and well-being through movements that have their foundation in dance,
as well as the healing and martial arts. Its combined movements create a fusion fitness class performed to a variety of music genres. Changing music throughout the session stimulates the body to move in a variety of ways. Most importantly, dancing is done barefoot for the purpose of grounding the body. It is not uncommon for Nia students to fall in love with the joy of being, as well as the movement choices that exist within a flexible structure that is personally modifiable to suit an individual’s needs. The sensation of joy, the first principal in training for all four Nia belts—white, blue, brown and black—is consciously sought in the body, on and off the practice floor. When joy is absent, students are encouraged to look within to build and strengthen joy like one would a muscle. “Within the Nia community, we believe that every individual can discover, explore, unleash and enhance their individual potential to live a joyful, fulfilling and meaningful life,” says Hill. Resource Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old U.S. 41 Rd., Bonita Springs. For more information on Nia classes on Thu. from 6 to 7 p.m., call 239-949-0749 or visit ShangrilaSprings.com. See ad, page 18.
Essential Oils for Summer
Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes
A breath of sweet lavender oil can quickly reduce stress. A whiff of lemon oil can energize us.
ssential oils are not magic or folklore. There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California. Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender, the most popular of all essential oils: The cilia—microscopic cellular fibers in the nose—transport the aroma to the olfactory bulb at the bottom of the brain, from where it proceeds to the limbic brain and directly affects the nerves, delivering a soothing effect. “Or put it on your skin and other properties of essential oils are absorbed straight into the bloodstream,” advises Jones, author of Awaken to Healing Fragrance. Thai studies show that a whiff of lavender oil is calming and lowers blood pressure and heart rate, yet there are many more benefits attributed to the art and science of aromatherapy and essential oils. For those struggling with summer maladies, here are several simple solutions essential oils can provide.
Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. “Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (RobertTisserand.com), of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”
Sunburn, Bug Bites and Poison Ivy A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted
lavender is also a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.” Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.
Allergy Relief During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.
Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot. Rosemary is particularly effective
Best Carriers Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation. Use coldpressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance. Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil.
for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
Never-Fail Insect Repellant 2 Tbsp eucalyptus oil 1 tsp cedar wood oil 1 tsp citronella oil 1 tsp pennyroyal oil 1 tsp lemongrass oil Mix in warm water in a one-quart spray bottle. Shake and use liberally. Source: Kathleen Barnes natural awakenings
Forsaking ‘Angry Birds’ for Bird Songs
CAMPING TURNS KIDS INTO NATURE LOVERS by Avery Mack
hether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts. One way to disconnect kids from electronics is to go camping. Such educational, fresh air exercise is inclusive and inexpensive. David Finch,
superintendent of the Dunes Edge Campground, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, suggests borrowed gear for the first outing. A backyard campout can be a rewarding trial run; each child can ask a friend to stay over and a parent and the family dog can participate. Once kids have the hang of sleeping somewhere outside their own bedroom, consider an overnight program at a local or regional zoo. Kids get a kick
out of watching the animals and learning about their behaviors, diets and habitats. The Toledo Zoo, in Ohio, offers Snooze at the Zoo, including a pizza dinner, breakfast and admission the next day. Children sleep near one of the exhibits or in a safari tent. The program teaches animal adaptations, food chains and ecosystems and meets requirements for scout badges in a fun setting. The Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Maryland, near Baltimore, offers a rich outdoor experience. Organizers provide food, activities and camping equipment. Children first attend a fire safety class, and then help cook a meal and make s’mores. At night, participants learn how to mimic owl hoots and practice their new skills, often receiving hoots in return. Night walks sometimes include sightings of deer, bats or flying squirrels, while morning walks showcase groundhogs and birds. Jean Gazis, with the women’s and girls’ rights nonprofit Legal Momentum, in Brooklyn, New York, observes, “It’s easier to camp with small, even tiny, children, than with older kids. Babies are portable.” She recalls taking her 7-week-old infant along and nostalgically comments, “Now that the kids are 11 and 14, they don’t have as much free time.” Drive-up camping in a state park that offers facilities and planned activities sets up a good time. Gazis feels that
“It’s not how fast and how far you go, it’s what you see, smell, touch and listen to along the way. You might move only five feet in 15 minutes, but what you see and discuss will help children grow into respectful explorers and lifelong campers. Take photos and bring a journal; a child’s adventures are the best keepsakes.” ~ Stephanie Rach, founder of the Let’s Go Chipper play-based learning program, in Corte Madera, CA a destination four hours away is the limit for car trips with small children. She advises giving everyone duties. “My young son once had a great time digging a ditch around the tent when
it began to rain,” she recalls. “He kept the sleeping bags dry and got to play in the mud.” Jeff Alt, of Cincinnati, Ohio, author of Get Your Kids Hiking, suggests, “Start them young and keep it fun. Get the kids involved in the planning. My kids have gone along since they were born. We stayed at a lodge when they were small because little trekkers have a lot of gear. During the day we were out in the park exploring, always keeping in mind that kids tire out fast.” His mandatory equipment includes good walking shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Adhering to such rules as never leave the trail or wander off and don’t pick flowers or touch animals is non-negotiable. Stephanie Wear, a biologist for The Nature Conservancy, working in Beaufort, South Carolina, has found that it’s easy to make the experience lively. “We like to do observational scavenger hunts—find the flower, the mushroom or the tree that looks like a picture and make a list of what you see. Getting out in nature sharpens observation skills, boosts creativity and improves physi-
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Leave No Trace
by Avery Mack If family members enjoy their initial camping experiences, it’s time to invest in gear. Goodwill Industries and other thrift stores may have some items, although finding what’s needed will be a hit-ormiss endeavor. Note that sleeping bags at thrifts will most likely be for indoor use only—not waterproofed or suitable for colder weather. Military surplus stores are a better bet. Check these sites for bargains or discounted prices:
cal and mental health,” she says. Wear notes that her kids have listed 70 forms of life in the family’s backyard alone. Visit a local park or NatureRocks.org to take part in more activities and explore different locations. “Nature presents a great parenting tool,” she remarks. Summertime camping helps every member of the family unplug, unwind and wander along new paths.
4 Know the rules beforehand and be ready for inclement weather.
4 Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Use existing trails.
Rei.com/outlet Thrift shops often have inexpensive flatware and plastic/reusable dishes (cuts paper waste at the campsite), as well as clothing that carefree kids won’t have to worry about ruining; pick gender-neutral colors so T-shirts can be passed down or shared. When packing, give each child a personally labeled travel container with clothing, toothbrush and other essentials, and a current checklist to be sure each item is packed (and repacked at camp). Include other items of their choosing but if any of them don’t fit in, they don’t go along.
4 Dispose of waste properly. 4 Leave plants undisturbed. 4 Minimize campfire impacts. 4 Use a lightweight stove instead of a fire. 4 Respect wildlife. Do not follow, feed or approach animals. 4 Keep dogs tethered so they can’t chase or harm wildlife. 4 Be courteous to other visitors (no loud music). Happily share the trail and experiences. Find more tips from the Center for Outdoor Ethics at lnt.org/learn/7-principles.
naturalpet Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow by Suzi Beber
o keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results.
Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plantbased form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.
Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports PetEducation.com, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith, owners of Foster and
Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.
Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals. Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according to naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.
Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.
A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.
Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J.
Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.
Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers. The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.
Suzi Beber is the founder of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission.
Chow Down Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible for all of these recipes.
Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.
Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute.
Combine ingredients in a mediumsized bowl; let sit for 10 miutes. Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, add bowl contents and then scramble like regular eggs. Cool before serving as a topping to a dog’s regular meal.
Raw Liver Paté
/2 lb liver (chicken or bison) 2 eggs 1 tsp sea salt or kelp 1 Tbsp olive oil Whirl all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use as a topper for regular meals.
Chia Coconut Crunch
11/2 cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder 1 /2 cup coconut flour 11/2 Tbsp chia seeds 1 /4 cup coconut oil 1 cup almond butter 2 whole eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla 1 /4 cup carob chips Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except carob chips. After ingredients are well incorporated, add carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands, place on cookie sheet and lightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag.
Oats ‘n Egg Scramble 2 eggs, whisked 1 /2 cup rolled oats 1 /4 cup goat’s milk Olive oil
Cooked Liver Paté
Same ingredients as liver paté. Hard boil the eggs and set aside. Lightly sauté liver in a pan with the olive oil, sea salt and kelp. Cook until pink is gone. Cool and then combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Serve and store as indicated above. Source: Recipes courtesy of Suzi Beber.
Give Freedom a Hand Let Peace and Prosperity Ring Around the World by Kirk Boyd
Individually, we are one drop.
Together, we are an ocean. ~Ryunosuke Satoro
048 is a plan to prevent wars, eliminate poverty and create the conditions for global sustainability by the time we celebrate the centennial of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, unanimously adopted in 1948 by all UN member countries. 2048 dispels myths, including a major misconception that peace and prosperity are hopelessly complicated and unattainable. In truth, both can be secured through the realization of five fundamental freedoms for everyone: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment and freedom from fear. These basic freedoms establish a framework within which other rights can flourish. The five fingers of our hand illustrate the possibilities, starting with the thumb. It looks different and stands out. It is strong. It represents freedom of speech, an idea that stands up to dishonesty and corruption. With our index finger, we point and indicate direction. It represents freedom of religion. Each of us is free to choose our own way. Those that decide God is their guide are free to live their own relationship with God. The middle finger, the longest, represents freedom from want—the long road of existence and the certainty that
there’ll be food, water, education and health care for every one of us as we go along. Next is the wedding ring finger for many of us, and a finger with a direct link to our nervous system for all of us. It represents freedom for the environment and for life. We all have a direct link to the Earth and the ecosystem of which we are a part. When the life of the Earth is spoiled, our lives are spoiled. Finally, there is our little finger, the least imposing. It represents freedom from fear. It’s the “finale” of our hand, our reward. All the others lead to this one. As we recount the five freedoms represented by our fingers, remember that we didn’t ask for that hand; we were born with it. Everyone was born with the right to all five freedoms. They are the essence of a good life for all, and in this way they are intertwined; the success of each bolsters the others. As we learn our rights, we come to expect and demand them, with lasting results. They become our way of life. Source: Adapted excerpt from 2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together by Kirk Boyd. Used with permission of Berrett-Koehler Publishers. See the evolution of human rights at Tinyurl. com/HumanRightsTimeline.
how you can support the body at this time. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 3
TUESDAY, JULY 1
Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones we use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.
The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will give out the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Sacred Jewelry Making – 6pm. Create a necklace with gemstones that empower you. Healing jewelry artisan Beth Brown-Rinella will help understand which stones to use, designs and provides all tools and materials. $18 plus materials. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Space limited. Must RSVP: 228-6949. Love Yoga Center’s Fourth Anniversary Party – 6-8pm. Come help us celebrate four years of being in business and let us personally say thank you for supporting us with a free class, food and live music. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 44. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. With Jennifer Stevens. Whether you have never meditated or have years of experience, this class will provide you the opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen your practice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 4
WEDNESDAY, JULY 2 In-Store Demonstration – 10:30am-3pm. Free taste sampling and free entry for raffle baskets. Live blood cell analysis, special offer $50. In one drop of blood, learn the health of your body and what challenges it is dealing with. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 992-5838. Mpower Business Strategy Session: Creating Lasting Customer Relationships – 5:30-6:30pm. Giving customers an experience that makes them feel happiness and appreciation will keep them coming back and referring you more business. In this session, explore new ideas on how to implement systems to create wow experiences for your customers. $10. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Supplements to Enhance Surgical Recovery – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Patients are instructed to stop all supplements before surgery for weeks before an incredibly stressful event. Learn
Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of other creatures, including dolphins and manatees. $50 per person, includes all equipment and a FL master naturalist guide. At Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay with GAEA guides. RSVP required: 694-5513. Reiki Healing Circle – 6:30-8pm. Join us outside in nature in the beautiful Peace Pavilion to receive the combined healing energy of Reiki, restorative yoga and crystal bowls. $15 suggested donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 5 Nature Walk with Bird Patrol – 8:30am. See birds in native vegetation with experienced bird patrol guides pointing out the species, hot spots and crucial nesting area for many birds. Arrive a few minutes after 8am for intro and to sign waiver. Free with paid parking. $1/hour or $5/all day. Lakes Regional Park, shelter A7 (near train station), 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 533-7580. BirdPatrol.org. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck
of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. NaplesReallyReallyFree.WikiSpaces.com. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 Fifth Ave S, Naples. 403-3550.
SUNDAY, JULY 6 Intro to Psychic Development – 1-4pm. Get started learning about energy, pendulums, discernment and protection in this workshop. Some of the most important basics to get you moving forward with your gifts will be covered. Meet your spirit guides and learn which gift affects you the strongest. $45. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 228-6949.
MONDAY, JULY 7 Mpower Warrior Sculpt – 9am. By combining segments of strength, power, resistance, cardio, core and yoga, you’ll work your entire body and will achieve mind-blowing results. The combination and organization of Warrior Sculpt allows maximum results in weight loss, muscle sculpting, posture, coordination, stress reduction, focus, balance and confidence. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Mini Readings – 5:30-8:30pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. Experience the benefits of yoga during pregnancy; improved sleep, reduced stress, increased strength and flexibility for labor, decreased discomforts of pregnancy. $10. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info: LifeBehold@gmail.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 8 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and how an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 17. Say No to the Smart Meter – 6:30pm. Get the answers to your questions at this eye opening evening. Take Back Your Power documentary will be available
for viewing. Held at Food & Thought Café, Naples, FL. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. Film Society Summer Series – 7pm. Featuring the film You Can Count on Me. $25 includes pre- and post-screening discussions, one movie ticket, choice of beverage, savory bites and sweet treats. Silverspot Cinema at Mercato, 9188 Strada Place, Naples. Tickets: SilverSpotCinema.com.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 9 Foot Detox – 11am-3pm. With Sandy Davis. See what’s going on in your body. $40. Genesis NonGMO Vitamins & More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. GenesisNonGMO.com. 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 on 7/16. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, JULY 10 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 on 7/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Yoga Flow – 5:45pm. This class is based on movement of flow working with breath. Although fitnessbased, it is still steeped with spiritual connection and breathing techniques, focusing on breath-synchronized movement. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Hungry for Change Movie – 6pm. View the film and learn more about how you can heal with food. Dr Michele Pelletier and Mariesa Copeland will facilitate a discussion after the movie. Free. Hosted by Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins & More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. Must RSVP: Dr Pelletier: 949-1222 or BackToWellBeing.com. See news brief, page 8. Intro to Intuitive Tarot – 6:30-8:30pm. With Alan and Lesley Tett. This six-week class meets weekly. Learn the basics of reading the tarot, its symbols and the deeper understandings when combined with intuition. Exercises will strengthen your inner sight. $20 per class. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Family Talk Show – 7-8pm. Key to Life International will air its first weekly live online talk show addressing family and community issues and seeking to reconnect families to God. Hosted by J Lindsey Clark, FamilyTableNetwork.com will stream the shows from Studio 7 Café and Coffee Co, 1404 Del Prado Blvd N, Cape Coral. See news brief, page 14.
FRIDAY, JULY 11 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training – July 11-26. With Kiersten Mooney and Luca Richards. A 200hour, two-week intensive teacher training certification. Whether you are a student ready to evolve into a teacher, a teacher ready to discover a fresh and impactful way of teaching, or a student ready to dive deeper into your yoga practice, you will find it here. Bala Vinyasa Yoga Coral Gables, 1430 S Dixie Hwy, Ste 116, Miami. Info: 786-953-7709 or BVYoga.com. See ad, page 21. Mini Readings – 10am-3pm. With Candyce Strafford. $25/15 minutes. Summer Day Market and Café, Marco Island Towne Center. 394-8361. See ad, page 65. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour on the Caloosahatchee – 5:45-8:45pm. See thousands
of birds, sunset and moonrise. Lots of nesting birds flying in to roost for the night. $40 includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Full Moon Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Free. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Healing with Sound – 6:30-8pm. With Mary Cline or Sue Lovett. Sound Healing Circles involve crystal bowls, chanting, kirtan and more. Sound music and chanting are powerful tools for the healing process, combined with traditional and alternative health care. $15 suggested donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of Reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, JULY 12 Weekend Childbirth Education – July 12-13. 10am-3pm, Sat and 12-4pm, Sun. 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, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/ register click on classes at NaplesBirthCenter.com. 2014 Naples Cyclery Junior Triathlon – 8am. Triathlon for kids 7-13. $17 entry fee. No child turned away. Presented by T2 Multisport. North Collier Regional Park, Naples. Info: 566-0600. NaplesTriathletes.com. See ad on page 52 and news brief on page 14. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10:30am-3:30pm. A fascinating journey through one drop of blood. Check the condition of your red and white blood cells, the activity of your white blood cells, results of toxicity, the presence of fungus and many other findings. $45. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. RSVP: Terry Foster: 9355093. TheSkinnyPantry.com. Shamanic Reiki Certification Class – 11am-4pm. With Bethanny Gonzalez. Over the course of eight months learn Reiki 1 and 2, journeying, crystal and vibration healing, essential oils, adding in your personal healing abilities. Meets once per month. $125. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Psychic and Healing Faire – 12-4pm. Naples’ largest ongoing monthly psychic faire. Staff and special guests gather to offer 20-minute appointments at discounted prices. A great way for the community to sample the eclectic offerings at Anahata. Free entry. Anahata, 1065 5th Ave N, Naples. 262-0811. AnahataNaples.com. The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drug-free alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita. Seating limited; reserve: 444-3106. See ad on back cover. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination,
Gentle Yoga – 9am. This class is structured around rejuvenating and healing the body. Yoga props such as blankets, blocks and straps are often used and allow the body to fully achieve each position comfortably, releasing stress and tension from joints and muscles. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com.
to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon Celebration – 7:15pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulfshore Blvd N off Park Shore Dr, Naples. 398-3953.
SUNDAY, JULY 13 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm and 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness as you begin to experience your multidimensionality. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: Expressing the Love of God in Your Relationships. SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Tr, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034.
TUESDAY, JULY 15 Peripheral Neuropathy Seminar – 11am. If you or a loved one is suffering from numbness, tingling or sharp nerve pain in the feet, legs or hands, learn about a non-invasive, drug-free and FDA-approved therapy. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Ctr, Blvd, Bonita Springs. Seating limited; RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, back cover. Staying Young in the Florida Sun – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Learn how to use nutrition as protective insurance against aging. Whole Foods Market at Mercato, Naples. Limited seating; RSVP: 947-1177. See ad, page 2. 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. Learn the benefits, techniques for positioning and latching on, timing and frequency of feeds, challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com or FBCNaples@gmail.com. Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace thru the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $10. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Circle, Marco. 398-3953.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 Sacred Journey Costa Rican Retreat – July 16-22. With Grace Barr, BA, LMT. Workshop: Sacred Journey – A call to remember who we really are. Explore yoga, the mystery of new beginnings, reconnect with Mother Nature, stages of meditation, activate the personal will for our highest good and create ceremony and ritual and more. $1,970 includes workshop, room and board, three meals a day and local transport (airfare not included). Costa Rica. Grace: 293-7711. See news brief, page 9.
Muscle Response Testing 101 – 6pm. What does your body really want? Learn how to ask and listen for the answer. $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins & More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. Must RSVP: 596-9017. GenesisNonGMO.com. Health Talk and Dinner – 6-8pm. With Shane Walker, DC. Learn how diet and lifestyle impacts your health and how to improve it. Free talk. The Cider Press Café, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples. Must RSVP: 631-2500. CiderPressCafe.com. Can Cholesterol Be Redeemed? How it Supports Your Health – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. A witch-hunt of immense proportions to destroy or alter our cholesterol has not been terribly beneficial for anyone. Come find out why. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com. Nutrition Class – 7pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Free. The Family Birth Center, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. Preregister: FBCNaples@gmail.com
THURSDAY, JULY 17 Fun Run & Yoga – 6pm. Join Lenore Bishop at Lululemon, Waterside Shops, for a fun two-mile run followed by a complimentary 30-minute yoga practice. Guaranteed fun, laughter, sweat and friends. Bring running shoes, water and yoga mat. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
Seraphim Blueprint Lecture – 7pm. With JoAnn Rahl, Seraphim Blueprint teacher. Learn about the Seraphim Blueprint, a system that teaches how to activate universal energies for healing and selfrealization and sample a taste of the Seraphim healing energies in a peaceful meditative setting. Conscious Posture Studio, 501 Goodlette Rd, Ste D304, Naples. Preregister: 777-2597. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Pam Bzoch. Meditation and Reiki to activate the heart center to clear blockages in order to better give and receive love. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-8:30pm. Healing and messages from the Emissaries of Light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $25. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 6, Naples. 949-3387.
FRIDAY, JULY 18 Open House and The Mindfulness Movie – 6pm. Meet our practitioners, see the studio and watch the documentary film The Mindfulness Movie on the growing body of worldwide brain research establishing the many benefits of mindfulness. Refreshments provided. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief, page 15. Women’s Sacred Circle – 7-9pm. Gather to share, grow and support one another. Bring your song, your dance, your instrument, your laughter and your tears. We circle to celebrate the divine and our femininity through ritual, ceremony, meditation, prayer and sharing openly in perfect love and trust. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. RSVP: Happehatchee@gmail.com.
affiliate of Eckankar. Free. Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave, Bonita. 482-4034. Pillars of Baptiste Power Practice – 1:30-3:30pm. Join Lenore Bishop and explore the five pillars of Baptiste yoga: breath, heat, flow, drishti and foundation. Bring a journal, pen, towel and water. $30. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will 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. Intro to Trager – 5pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Innovative approach to movement education. Basic principles of gentle but deeply effective full-body movement; increase ROM, foster psychophysical integration. Help client release deep-seated restrictive patterns. $89. 8 FL CEUs for LMTs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com.
Monday, July 21 Say No to the Smart Meter – 6:30pm. Get the answers to your questions at this eye opening evening. Take Back Your Power documentary will be available for viewing. Held at Food & Thought Café, Naples, FL. RSVP: email@example.com.
TUESDAY, JULY 22 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and how an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 17.
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SATURDAY, JULY 19 Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. 25 min/$25. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drug-free alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita. Seating limited; reserve: 444-3106. See ad on back cover. Key to Secret Worlds Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Learn and practice spiritual exercises and activities to help in your daily life, better understand your dreams and to experience your secret worlds. Sponsored by the Florida Satsang Society, a chartered
Foot Detox – 11am-3pm. With Sandy Davis. See what’s going on in your body. $40. Genesis NonGMO Vitamins & More, 877 91st Ave N, Ste 4, Naples. RSVP: 596-9017. GenesisNonGMO.com. Financial Freedom Workshop – 6-8pm. With David Essel. Learn how our beliefs about money hold us back from becoming financially free and what action steps we can take right now to turn it all around. Free to Natural Awakenings readers only. Hyatt Regency Stillwater Spa, Estero. 433-9111. DavidEssel.com. See ad on page 51 and news brief on page 13. Usui Reiki Level II – 7pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
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THURSDAY, JULY 24 Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Digestive Disorders: What You Can Do – 6:30pm. With Dr Carol L Roberts, a Harvard-educated medical doctor in practice at Perlmutter Health Center. Donations to benefit Humane Society of Naples. 800 Goodlette Rd N, Ste 270, Naples. RSVP: 649-7400. See news brief, page 9.
FRIDAY, JULY 25 Alternative Facelift – 3-5pm. There are numerous ways to look young again and most don’t require a scalpel. Learn about the latest advancements in facial rejuvenation from SW Florida facial expert Stephen Prendiville, MD. 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste A, Ft Myers. RSVP: 437-3900. DrPrendiville. com. See ad, page 47. Spirit Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Drum circles guided by Jeannie Williamson and Starbo and occasional drummers from varied traditions. Bring drums, shakers and favorite instruments. Extra drums are available. Gather at the fire pit by the Peace Pavilion. Donations appreciated. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 26 Fourth Annual Sarasota Mystic Faire – July 2627. More than 80 exhibitors. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 Tamiami Trl N, Sarasota. 239-9493398 or Canbria@aol.com. Weekend Childbirth Education – July 26-27. 10am-3pm, Sat and 12-4pm, Sun. 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, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/ register click on classes at NaplesBirthCenter.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. 25 min for $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Staying Young in the Florida Sun – 1pm. With Dr Gary Gendron. Learn how to use nutrition as protective insurance against aging. Food & Thought Organic Market, 2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. Naples. Limited seating; RSVP: 947-1177. See ad, page 2.
New Moon Celebration – 5pm. With Cathy Blair. Se an intention for the new you, envision for you, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your request up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170. New Moon Sacred Sound Intention Evocation – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Align with the still, small voice within that opens through the portal of the sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and blissful bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. Suggested $15 love offering. Light the Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 27 Paddleboard Yoga – 8:30-9:30am. A fun yoga class building balance and stability in beautiful surroundings. $25 with own board, $40 includes board rental. Must sign up in advance. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Divine Healing Workshop – 3-6pm. With Renowned British Healer Rev Christopher Macklin. In this informative and experiential presentation, Macklin will talk about the many physical and emotional conditions he works with, the way that Divine Healing works and how he selects a particular modality of Divine Healing, depending upon a client’s particular needs. All attendees will experience Macklin’s powerful healing energies. $60. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. Info/register: 963-8024.
MONDAY, JULY 28 Talk on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30pm. Introduction to internationally acclaimed eight-week stress reduction course using mindfulness, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Free. 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. RSVP: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30 Mpower Business Strategy Session: Mastering Your Mindset – 5:30-6:30pm. Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions and your actions create your life. In this powerful session, we will help you identify the thoughts and limiting beliefs that are sabotaging your success and how to create a powerful mindset. $10. Mpower Studio, 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Combine the healing therapies of the Himalayan salt
and the alchemical singing bowls. Rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170. Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for personal use and for others. Receive a free tea leaf reading. A tea party with extras. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Manorama’s playful and dynamic style of sharing the Sanskrit Alphabet. During this weekend of personal and spiritual exploration combined with intensive Sanskrit study, Manorama will guide the student on the path of Luminous Soul, sacred sound as light. $170, includes both days and course materials. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 44.
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THURSDAY, JULY 31 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will give out the book The Poison in Your Teeth by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Medical Qigong Practitioner Level I – 9am5:30pm. July 31-Aug 3. With Dr Isaac Goren. Learn ancient, subtle energetic wisdom from TCM by experiencing exercises, meditations and hands-on. $565 before Jul 10. 32 FL CEUs, nurses, MHC, LMT, acupuncturists, CSWs, MFTs. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. A personal candle will be made. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Seraphim Blueprint Lecture – 7pm. With JoAnn Rahl, Seraphim Blueprint teacher. Learn about the Seraphim Blueprint, a system that teaches how to activate universal energies for healing and selfrealization and sample a taste of the Seraphim healing energies in a peaceful meditative setting. Conscious Posture Studio, 501 Goodlette Rd, Ste D304, Naples. Preregister: 777-2597.
Dzogchen Meditation Intro Talk – 7pm. With Keith Dowman, renowned translator of Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen master. The Yoga of the Now – The Deep Heart’s Core, will be presented. $25 (no one turned away because of financial reasons). Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 703-887-4993. See ad on page 57 and news brief on page 12.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9 Dzogchen Meditation Sessions – Aug 9-10. With Keith Dowman, renowned translator of Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen master. The Yoga of the Now – The Deep Heart’s Core, will be presented. Dowman will point out instructions of Dzogchen, our true non-dual condition. Practical meditation instructions on discovering our “natural state” will be discussed. $200 (no one turned away because of financial reasons). Naples Hilton, 5111 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 703-887-4993. See ad on page 57 and news brief on page 12.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 2014 Naples Cyclery Junior Triathlon – 8am. Triathlon for kids 7-13. $17 entry fee. No child turned away. Presented by T2 Multisport. North Collier Regional Park, Naples. Info: 566-0600. NaplesTriathletes.com. See ad on page 52 and news brief on page 14.
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plan ahead FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 In-Store Demonstration – 10:30am-3pm. Free taste sampling and free entry for raffle baskets. Live Blood Cell Analysis, special offer $50. In one drop of blood learn the health of your body and what challenges it is dealing with. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 992-5838.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 Study Sanskrit with Manorama – Aug 2-3. Enjoy
Tall Tales – 1-3pm. Learn about this quintessential American art form, its history, characteristics and modern expression in storytellers like Garrison Keillor. Free. Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Dr, Naples. 267-6480.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Happehatchee Center Open House – 9am-5pm. Meet the instructors and staff, paint a critter on the eco-murals and sample the different class and workshop offerings. Drum Circle at 4pm. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. See news brief, page 11.
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Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org.
sunday Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. 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 – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Children’s ministry at 11am service. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 3:30-5pm. If you grew up with parents who argued constantly, then ACA is for you. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. AdultChildren.org.
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: SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.
Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.
Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. firstname.lastname@example.org. uunaples.org.
conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Rivers and Creek Tour from Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater
Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598. Info@MeditationFtMyers.com. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. 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 Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Ft Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.
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readings and discussions. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org.
Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
tuesday Dance the NIA Technique – 10am. With Sandy Contento. Find your joy in movement while healing. $10. Pelican Marsh Fitness Center, Naples. 249-0022. NiaNow.com.
Yoga Class – 10am. Stretching and meditation. $10. Thomas Edison Congregational Church, 1619 Llewellyn Dr, Ft Myers. 244-7717. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Laura Coccomo-Hajjar. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Gentle Movement and Meditation – 11am12:30pm. With JoAnn Rahl, BCSI. Explore a gentle way of finding options in your movement patterns to release old habit energy and discomfort. $15. Conscious Posture, 501 Goodlette Rd, Ste D-304, Naples. Preregister: 777-2597. ConsciousPosture.co. Emotions Anonymous (EA) – 5:30-6:30pm. A 12-step program. Recovery work from emotional difficulties. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Ron: 450-1662. Slow Flow Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Nicole Hills. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. email@example.com. Iyengar Yoga – 6:30pm. With Marjorie. Beginners to advanced. Paced and personalized. $15. Eyes
Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Meditation Class – 7pm. With Matthew Davis. Learn how to meditate with various styles of meditation. $10. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Transformational Breath – 7pm. 07/14 & 07/28. With Carrie Sopko. Learn how to use your breath to access the subconscious mind and create permanent release and transformation of old patterns, suppressions, repressions and trauma. Saith Seren, Naples. RSVP: 262-7007. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with
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Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899.
thursday Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948.
Dance the NIA Technique – 10am. With Sandy Contento. Find your joy in movement while healing. $10. Pelican Marsh Fitness Center, Naples. 249-0022. NiaNow.com.
Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
wednesday Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Baby & Me – 9-10am. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 6 weeks to 1 year. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. $18. Selfmassage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Quilting for Healing and Empowerment – 10am12pm. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW. Day/time adjustable based on interest. For individuals healing from trauma. Create a quilt symbolic of empowerment. $150/six weeks. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Register: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Art & Nature Day – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. $10/adults, kids free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
Happy Yoga – 6pm. Yoga, dancing, hula hoops and meditation (all heart openers). $10. Thomas Edison Congregational Church, 1619 Llewellyn Dr, Ft Myers. 244-7717. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Power Yoga Basics – 6-7:15pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Medical Qigong – 6:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Meditation and exercises. Holistic system that supports health and healing. Free for Eyes Wide Open students/clients. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202, Bonita. 948-9444.
Readings/Healings – 11am-4pm. Genai Ellen Wachs brings her vibrational alchemy to clear blocks, bring clarity, spiritual energy transmissions, healing and more. Cost based on time. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. New Hope Adult Children of Alchoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Nia Class – 6-7pm. $20. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. Coral Vet Clinic 9540 Cypress Lake Dr, Ft Myers. 481-4746.
Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Meditation, brief treatment. Contribute healthy snack. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com.
ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. ArtsAnonymous.org.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948.
A Course in Miracles – 7-8:30pm. With Amy Torres. Discover ways to heal and transform your relationships, dissolve anxiety and depression and more. $25 per class or four for $80. 2800 Davis Blvd, Ste 100, Naples. 249-1304. MPowerStudio.com.
La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350.
Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968.
Transformational Breath – 7pm. 07/10 & 07/24. With Carrie Sopko. Learn how to use your breath to access the subconscious mind and create permanent release and transformation of old patterns, suppressions, repressions and trauma. Saith Seren, Naples. RSVP: 262-7007.
Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968.
Sunset Beach Yoga – 7-8pm. With Amy Voelkl. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Dr, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
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friday Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. LaurieLLL@aol.com. Creative Dream Group – 10am-12pm. With Mary Ann Whalen, LCSW. Explore deeper meaning of dreams via creative expression. Journaling, painting, movement, mask-making, etc. $200/eight weeks. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Register: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Sally: 948-9162. Toddler and Me – 3:30-4:15pm. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 1-4. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.
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