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ooking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July this month brings to mind the great risks and inconveniences our forefathers and other patriots endured to win our nation’s freedoms. They went to great lengths to establish America’s unprecedented Declaration of Independence. John Adams, as one example, traveled long, risky distances by horse and ship just to engage in conversations on the behalf of future generations like us. I wonder if I would ever rise to that level of commitment to right presentday injustices. I likewise ponder, “Where is this selfless human spirit evident in our political system today? Could someone with the high ideals and integrity of someone like John Adams or Thomas Jefferson even be elected?” Our greatest statesmen are reluctant to run the gauntlet of the current perils of political machinery and media bashing. Televised political debates and mainstream media reports have become more entertainment than thoughtful conversation. Imagine how much further along we would be if their intent were to unify and inspire the basic goodness of human beings to greater heights, rather than fear-based divisiveness, discord and fear. Even such sacred trusts as our food and healthcare systems have been hijacked for self-interested profit at untold cost to the public. We thus have little reason to trust research and sources bought and paid for to this end. Increasingly, I count on independent media sources to provide me the “real news” on important issues, to report on objective research and identify trustworthy sources that, like our forefathers, have the common good in mind. This was the impetus that inspired my decision 22 years

ago to launch the first edition of Natural Awakenings. Today, through our 97 franchise publications across the country, readers can count on receiving truthful information on critical issues like genetically modified (GMO) foods, fracking and natural healthcare alternatives, all empowering them to make better choices for themselves and the planet. This month, Linda Sechrist explores this more in-depth in our feature article, “Real News that Matters: Independent Media Tell Us the Truth,” on page 40. I’m grateful for the increasing availability of a range of good, independent media outlets. Together, we work to offset mainstream media’s tendency to give us just one side of a story and to help readers make more educated decisions, enabling them to better sift through often conflicting information to separate fact from fiction—truth from propaganda. I routinely query, “Who is funding the study and what’s their motive?” Thank goodness we can readily communicate without having to travel by horseback to rally support. The next time you have the opportunity to take action on an important issue, let our country’s founders inspire you. We are still fighting for our freedoms today in many essential ways. Let’s celebrate our right to live the life we imagine a benevolent universe intended and be guided by the Golden Rule: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Thank you for supporting this free, independent publication as together we work to create a better vision of what’s possible for our world. May The Force be with you,

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r. Stephen Prendiville, medical director of Assuage Spa Luxury, will deliver two presentations on the benefits of Intense Pulse Light (IPL) and other aesthetic procedures on July 22. The events, which will provide the latest information on wrinkle reduction, skin-smoothing techniques and the new fat-dissolving treatment, SculpSure, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Assuage Spa Luxury, in Naples, and from 3 to 5 p.m. at Southwest Florida Facial Plastic Surgery, in Fort Myers. Light refreshments will be served and a Q&A session will follow each presentation. IPL is a non-surgical treatment that improves skin appearance quickly and easily. It assists the body in creating new, healthy tissue to replace areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger skin. This light-based treatment can be used for pigmentation, permanent hair reduction and skin resurfacing. SculpSure, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is presented as the first non-invasive, fat-melting device to treat stubborn fat in 25 minutes. The versatile, hands-free device features a flexible applicator system using a laser to treat multiple areas of the body without downtime or surgery. Locations: 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, Naples; 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. A, Fort Myers. For more information, call 239333-1450 or visit See ad, page 18.

Lotus Blossom Expands Modalities and Treatments


n partnership with Spirit Works Healing Arts Studio, the Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers, now offers John of God Crystal Healing Bed sessions. Melissa LeBlanc, who brought this healing device to our area, will conduct presentations at 1:30, 4:30 and 6 p.m., July 8, along with drawings for free 25- or 45-minute sessions and discounts on individual and package pricing. Mined in a small town in Brazil, the crystals in the bed are all personally extracted, selected and guaranteed by medium and healer Joao Teixeira de Faira (John of God). The healing bed is designed to perform chakra balancing and energy healing with expanded effects into the spiritual and emotional realms. Dr. David and Deb Martin, both certified in Jeff Primack’s Conquering Any Disease Food System, are now hosting Introduction to Food Healing classes along with private meetings. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, the clinic also provides such modalities as natural anti-aging facials, live blood cell education, massage by three therapists, reiki sessions, crystal bowl meditations, hyper-oxygenating, yogic breathing sessions and more. Cost: $60 regular healing bed sessions (packages are available), $15 Food Healing classes, $45 private meetings and $35 shopping trips. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste 2. For more information, call 239-277-1399, email or visit See ad, page 34.






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Cancer Alliance of Naples Fundraiser at Artis-Naples


ollegeCAN, a junior board of the Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN) that provides financial aid, resources and support for children and adults in Collier and Lee counties, will host its first community-wide fundraising event, MindBodyCAN, from noon to 5 p.m., August 6, at Artis-Naples. The family-friendly event will include cooking demonstrations, fitness activities, health screenings, live music and health and wellness support for cancer survivors and those affected by the disease. Attendees can listen to presentations by guest speakers including Chaundre Cross, M.D, with 21st Century Oncology, and Andrew Litman, M.D., with Florida Cancer Specialists. All proceeds will support CAN’s programs and services, including the KidsCAN college scholarship fund. Location: 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd. For more information, including sponsorship and vendor opportunities, email or visit See ad, page 36.

Summer Hours for Naples Botanical Garden


he Naples Botanical Garden will change their operating hours this month and offer a discount on admission. The garden will open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from July 4 to September 18. After closing for routine maintenance from September 19 through 30, the garden will resume its normal business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays) on October 1. Cost through Sept. 18: Free for members, $9.95 adults, $4.95 ages 4 to 14 and free for children 3 and under. Last admission ticket sold at 4 p.m. Location: 4820 Bayshore Dr. For more information, call 239-643-7275 or visit See ad, page 62.

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newsbriefs Antibody Test Presentation at YOLLO Wellness


ave Marlowe, a specialist with Cell Science, the Deerfield, Florida-based maker of the Antigen Leukocyte Antibody Test (ALCAT), will conduct a presentation of the testing process and how it enables individuals to create a personalized, beneficial nutrition plan, from 1 to 2 p.m., July 27, at YOLLO Wellness, in Fort Myers. The test can help people determine which foods and other substances may trigger unwanted inflammation and develop a diet based on their immune response to assist in making healthier food choices. Symptoms such as migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders and others have been linked to food sensitivity and chronic inflammation. The test is designed to assess sensitivities to more than 450 foods, chemicals and environmental substances often associated with both acute and chronic conditions. These include gastrointestinal disorders like irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion and Crohn’s disease; metabolic disorders such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes; inflammatory conditions like eczema, arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders; and others. When following test results, many clinical symptoms associated with food sensitivity may be substantially improved or prevented altogether. Representatives from the practice contend that the ALCAT test has been independently evaluated and that positive results related to a broad range of symptoms have been reported in more than 30 published studies. Location: 3840 Colonial Blvd. For more information, call 239-275-0039, email or visit yollo See ad, page 39.


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Antiwar Movie Screening in Fort Myers


aying the Price for Peace, a full-length documentary that chronicles S. Brian Willson, who lost both of his legs protesting against arm shipments to Central America in 1987; and his former wife Holley Rauen, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, who supported his efforts and cared for him at the tragic event and afterwards, will be shown at 6 p.m., July 2, at the church. The film, which features many other veterans of foreign wars, recently premiered in Hanoi, Vietnam, and is being shown in film festivals, Unitarian Universalist congregations and Veterans for Peace Centers around the country.  A peace and social activist, Rauen has been assisting with production of the film for four years.  The two were married only 10 days before he was run over by a weapons train in a non-violent protest outside of a naval station in Concord, California. Willson, an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, continues to advocate against wars. Location: 13411 Shire Ln. For more information, call 239936-2826 or visit

Open House at Be Well Natural Health Clinic


e Well Natural Health Clinic, in Naples, will conduct an Open House weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 23, and noon to 4 p.m., July 24. Attendees can enjoy classes and demonstrations, consider special offers, obtain free samples, meet the Be Well health partners and learn about the many services they provide, including thermal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. The clinic offers free classes each Friday on such topics as energy, essential oils, self-hypnosis, healthy habits, eating for wellness, fitness, relaxation and others. Location: 1032 Goodlette Rd. For more information, call 239-307-5616 or visit See ad, page 52.

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newsbriefs Uphues Joins Wellbridges, Speaks at Food & Thought


r. Michael Uphues, who has joined the Wellbridges Bonita Springs practice, will lead a free educational seminar, Demystifying Medical Cannabis: Addicting Drug or Amazing Medicinal Herb, at 6:30 p.m., July 7, at Food & Thought, in Naples. An osteopathic doctor with more than 20 years of family medicine and emergency room experience, Uphues spent the last 17 years at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, in Montana. He is dedicated to providing integrative therapies and emphasizes diet and exercise Dr. Michael Uphues for his patients. Uphues is certified in clinical hypnotherapy by the Hypnotherapy Training Institute, in Corte Medera, California. He encourages natural remedies before any allopathic prescriptions and has treated his clients in Montana with cannabis medicine for treatment of cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain management, anxiety and other chronic disease issues. Locations: Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 113, 239-481-5600, DebPost. com; Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N. To register for seminar (required), call 239-560-8334. See ads, pages 10 and 20.

Managing Anxiety Seminar at Monarch Wellness


egistered Yoga Teacher and Certified Holistic Nutritionist Michelle Falco will present a Wellness Wednesday Managing Anxiety seminar for from 6:30 to 8 p.m., July 20, at Monarch Wellness, in Naples. Through her own struggle and experience with anxiety, Falco has discovered many types of mindfulness techniques and tools that she will share with participants. Attendees will be able to learn from Falco’s experience to find the tips that best suit their own a needs and tap into personal healing. Falco will discuss anxiety, panic attacks, sleep disruptions, the importance of proper nutrition and healthy eating habits, the power of relaxation, relaxation techniques, self-talk, focus techniques and techniques to help one feel empowered and self-confident. Location: 843 Myrtle Terr. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-325-9210 or visit For more information, visit See ad, page 17.

H owever difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. ~Stephen Hawking


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Seasonal Discounts at Happy Feet Naples

Free Sessions for Cancer Patients at Salt Therapy Grotto


he Salt Therapy Grotto, in Naples, will provide three free sessions for those afflicted with cancer on consecutive Wednesdays this month. Children can experience a session in their special cave from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 6, women can partake on July 13 and men can try out the cave on July 20.

Location: 3443 Pine Ridge Rd., Cambridge Ct.. For more information, registration (suggested) or an appointment, call 239598-0990 or visit See ad on back cover.

Discount on New Treatment at Andrea’s in Naples


ndrea’s Organic Hair Studio & Day Spa, in Naples, is offering dermaplaning treatments for all skin colors. This non-invasive, painless and brief procedure that removes dead surface skin cells to increase cell replenishment and smoothen and soften skin is available for $75 ($110 value) throughout the month. Dermaplane and peel or mask will gently scrape away the surface layer of dirt, oil and dead skin cells with a sterile blade. Aesthetician-recommended products are applied to the skin following the treatment, along with a gentle facial massage. Ideal for treating raised scars, wrinkles, crow’s feet, irregular pigmentation, sun damage, fine hairs and aging spots, the treatment has been an effective medical and cosmetic skin care service for more than two decades. Location: 6714 Lane Oak Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239514-4707 or email See ad, page 30.

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appy Feet, in Naples, will offer a 10 percent discount on various healing and soothing services and treatments through September. Customers can purchase a one-hour reflexology session for $35.50 and a traditional Chinese body massage for $54 this summer. Along with the feet, reflexology can help clients with the neck, shoulders, head, hands and back. Massage options include Swedish, deep tissue, shiatsu, walk on back, hot stone and four hands, and can help decrease headaches, stress and muscle inflammation while soothing muscles and improving circulation. Location: 4661 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-465-0708 or visit See ad, page 22.

Detox Presentation at D-Signed Nutrition


ee Harris, a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator, will present The Role of Detox in Cancer Prevention and Treatment at 5 p.m., July 21, at Dee Harris D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs. She will discuss how certain genetic variations can make a difference in how each person eliminates toxins, especially as it relates to liver detoxification. Related topics include specific foods that help to detox on a daily basis and what a diet that emphasizes detoxification looks like; supplementation including shakes, powders and capsules that support detox; and how infrared saunas, Epsom salt baths and exercise can aid in detoxification. Location: 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300. For more information, call 239676-5249 or visit D-SignedNutrition. com. See ad, page 25.

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Calcium Pills Don’t Build Bone Health


esearchers reporting in the British medical journal The Lancet, analyzed 44 studies on calcium supplementation or dietary calcium and bone fractures and concluded, “Dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture and there is no current evidence that increasing dietary calcium intake prevents fractures.” Qualifying studies included more than 44,000 people. A different meta-study from New Zealand’s University of Auckland, also published in The Lancet, reviewed 59 clinical and observational studies of calcium and bone density. The meta-analysis compared the effect of calcium doses of 500, 800 and 1,000 milligrams per day and found that bone density improvements ranged between 0.6 and 1.8 percent throughout the body during the first year of supplementation, but did not increase over time. They concluded that the improvements in bone mineral density from calcium supplements were small and that results mirrored the increases seen from dietary sources, suggesting that neither method significantly improves bone health.


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Colorful Produce Slows Cell Aging


new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition finds that an increased intake of carotenoids, powerful antioxidants found in plantbased foods, is associated with slower aging. The research tested 3,660 U.S. adults and measured blood levels of five common carotenoids: alphacarotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, combined lutein/zeaxanthin and trans-lycopene. The researchers found that those with levels that were in the highest quarter had 5 percent to 8 percent longer telomeres compared to those with the lowest quartile of carotenoid levels. Telomeres are located at the ends of DNA chromosomes and get shorter as we age. Longer telomeres indicate greater longevity. Carotenoids are found in the yellow-to-red pigments in many yellow, red and orange foods. They are also contained in green foods where chlorophyll shields the yellow-red color. Alpha-carotenes are present in carrots, cantaloupes, mangoes, kale, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Beta-carotene is found in some of the same foods, and also tomatoes, apricots and watermelons. Beta-cryptoxanthin is found in papayas, apples and orange peels. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in some of the same foods, along with kiwifruit, grapes, oranges, zucchini and squash. Some of the highest levels are in corn. Lycopene is in tomatoes, watermelons, papayas, apricots and other redto-yellow foods.

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ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones


new study announced at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can weaken bones in children during a time of critical growth. This study tested 5,315 kids between 8 and 17 years old and compared the results to a subgroup of 1,967. Each child was given a bone mineral density scan on the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. The children taking ADHD medications of Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Strattera and Vyvanese had lower bone mineral density in the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. At least 25 percent of the youngsters taking these medications were categorized as having osteopenia. According to a 2014 Express Scripts study, prescriptions of ADHD medications to children in the U.S. grew by 36 percent between 2008 and 2012.

Osteopathy Alleviates Low Back Pain


ore than 600,000 people undergo surgery for back pain every year, yet back surgery is often unsuccessful. Safer manual therapies provide a viable alternative, according to recent research. A study of 455 people with low back pain found that osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) helped with their symptoms. The research, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, gave each patient six osteopathic manual therapy sessions or a placebo treatment over a two-month period. Patients were tested before and a month afterward to assess the success of the treatments, using pain severity and mobility as the main criteria. The research showed that those that started with higher disability scores of 17 or more prior to therapy had significantly less pain and more mobility. Patients with scores of seven or greater also improved, but not to the same degree. Lead researcher and Osteopath Dr. John Licciardone says, “Subgrouping patients according to chronic low back pain intensity and function appears to be a simple strategy for identifying patients that can attain substantial improvement with OMT. From a cost and safety perspective, it should be considered before progressing to more costly or invasive interventions.”


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Neurotoxins Identified in Everyday Items


esearch published in the British medical journal The Lancet has newly identified six neurotoxins: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene or PERC) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). Manganese exposure is found in welding and high-octane gas fumes, among other sources; fluoride is used in many municipal water supplies, glass etching and chrome cleaners. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate contained in many pesticides, including Dursban and Lorsban. While DDT has been banned from insecticides within the U.S., it is still contained in other agents, including petroleum distillates. DDT is also still used in some areas to spray for mosquitoes. PERC has often been used in dry cleaning and for degreasing metals. PBDEs appear as flame retardants and to make electronics, household goods, building materials, polyurethane foams, plastics and more. The same researchers previously identified lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic and toluene as neurotoxins. The neurotoxin label means they affect the nervous system and can cause neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia and others.

Have a Skin Safe Summer by Doreen DeStafano


hile the hot and humid months of summer might be the ideal time for afternoons at the beach or splashing in the lanai pool, they are less than idyllic for our skin. According to the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) startling statistics, more than 2 million Americans are at risk of developing skin cancer every year. Fortunately, ACS reports that most cases involve the two rarely fatal forms of skin cancer— basal and squamous cell carcinomas. Because leading dermatology experts suggest that these cancers are strongly related to sun exposure over time, it is important to begin protecting the skin with sunscreen from an early age in order to diminish the sun-induced incidence of actinic keratosis—rough, scaly patches of skin that are considered a precancerous condition for squamous cell carcinoma. The sunlight that warms our body and makes our skin glow is made up of two types of rays—long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. UVB rays generally burn the superficial layers of the skin and play a key role in the development of skin cancer. The intensity of UVB rays varies by season, location, and time of day. Peak hours are 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Although the market in sun care products is thriving, it is important to take note that discretion should be used in any purchase of high SPF products and common sense should be applied. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that consumers tend to misuse high-SPF products that lull them into a false sense of security. They stay in the sun longer and overexpose them-

selves to UVA and UVB rays. Although a high-SPF sunscreen may prevent burning, the cumulative exposure allows for more subtle damage. Following these EWG suggestions and using SPF-rated sunscreens, moisturizers and lip products rated between 30 and 50 can further decrease the risk of exposure: n Wear clothing. Shirts, hats, shorts and pants shield the skin from the sun’s UV rays, reducing risk by 27 percent. n Plan around the sun. Go outdoors in early morning or late afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky. n Find shade or make it. Picnic under a tree or take a canopy to the beach. Keep infants in the shade, reducing the risk of sunburn by 30 percent. n Don’t get burned. Red, sore, blistered skin means we’ve gotten far too much sun. n Sunglasses are essential. Not just a fashion accessory, sunglasses protect our eyes from UV radiation. n Don’t block sunshine completely. Daily exposure of 20 minutes is good for us, boosts our vitamin D levels and improves our mood. Doreen DeStefano is an esthetician, registered nurse and the owner of Integrated Skin Care, 6700 Winkler Rd. Ste. 2, Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-425-2900, email Integrated or visit Integrated See ad, page 48. natural awakenings

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n addition to alertness, energy drinks may also trigger abnormal heart rhythms and increased blood pressure. Researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, tested 27 healthy adults. The volunteers were split into three groups— one drank two cans of an energy drink per day, another consumed the same amount of a drink with Panax ginseng and the third a similar-tasting placebo beverage. The subjects were given cardiovascular testing before and after the trial. After three weeks, the group imbibing the energy drinks had a significant increase in abnormal heart rhythms and higher blood pressure. The ginseng and placebo groups saw no change in their heart conditions. Sachin A. Shah, a doctor of pharmacy and professor at Pacific’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, says, “Our findings suggest that certain energy drinks may increase the risk of having an abnormal heart rhythm when consumed in high volumes. While we wait for more data, some consumers should exercise caution and not blindly follow the buzz.” The Center for Science in Public Interest, a consumer health advocacy group, has reported that as of June 2014, 34 deaths have been associated with energy drinks.

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Sustainable Ways to Enjoy Sand and Surf When eco-conscious families hit the beach this summer, there’s more to be aware of than just picking up trash like drink containers, wrappers and found litter. Here are some other ways we can enhance our beach and water experiences while upping fitness benefits. Rising water levels and severe weather events have damaged coastlines, so extra care is needed. When setting up a beach spot, stay away from sand dunes and pockets of beach grass that serve as natural defenses against beach erosion. Also watch out for marked-off turtle hatching spots; prime nesting season is May through October, according to the nonprofit Turtle Conservancy. Teach kids not to chase birds. Walk around shorebirds to cause minimal disturbance; it’s stressful dodging danger during meals and wastes precious energy stores. Walking on soft sand is like a weight-training workout, as detailed in Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee’s Barefoot Walking book. Polluting chemicals enter waterways via fertilizer and industry runoff and accidents like the BP Gulf oil spill; don’t contribute more by using sunscreen that contains oxybenzine, which reportedly alters hormone function. The Environmental Working Group ( maintains an online guide of safe sunscreens. The Huffington Post also suggests that we can make our own by mixing zinc oxide (a sunblocking agent), coconut oil (soothes and conditions skin), beeswax (for waterproofing) and tea tree oil (soothes and repairs skin and smells good). The same care applies to chemical hair dyes, shampoos, conditioners and straighteners. Patronize clean, green salons that use natural hair treatments free of synthetic chemicals, ammonia or para-phenylenediamine (PPD). Or search “nontoxic hair care” online. Plan a visit to coincide with a public volunteer beach cleanup event. Check with national organizations like Keep America Beautiful ( and local or countywide groups, as well as social media sites for group activities.

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Moth Misery

Bright Lights Drive Them to Extinction National Moth Week, held from July 23 to 31 (visit for podcast), has prompted the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to encourage cities to install motion-sensitive dimming streetlights and is working to designate dark-sky parks that could provide a refuge for nocturnal species. The giant silk moth and other insects pollinate 80 percent of our food crops. In turn, their bodies sustain innumerable birds, rodents and bats. Entire ecosystems rest on their delicate, powdery wings. Only two species of moths are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and three others have gone extinct in the past decade. Many populations are seeing declines of up to 99 percent. Between monoculture crops, pesticides, changing climate, urbanization and decreasing darkness due to artificial lighting, the future of night-flying moths is uncertain. Their only goal is to reproduce, guided to suitable nesting grounds by the shadow of the moon; many moth species do not even have mouths. However, cities now glow brighter than a full moon, and ambient light pollution radiating from urban areas draws moths to their deaths. IDA Program Manager John Barentine says, “Every time a person turns off and shields a porch light on their house, they’re helping.” Source: Sierra Club

GMO-Free Pioneer

New Grain Transport to be Contaminant-Free Large food companies that are switching to non-GMO (genetically modified) soy and corn products must still worry about their ingredients picking up GMO contamination through conventional supply chains. Now, Captain Drake LLC, a North Dakota grain plant, has acquired its own million-bushel terminal with dedicated rail cars used exclusively for GMOfree grains. President Mark Anderson maintains, “We’ll be able to obtain the best non-GMO commodities from three regions: North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada.” I n a 2015 Nielsen study of 30,000 consumers, 43 percent rank non-GMO as very important and 80 percent said they would pay more for foods that indicate a degree of healthfulness. Sales of non-GMO products exceeded $10 billion last year and are growing. Anderson explains, “The supply chain needs to be tightened up and moved domestically. We consider this to be another strategic asset for food and beverage clients seeking suppliers committed to guaranteeing the integrity and purity of non-GMO commodities.” Source: 24

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Fresh Veggies Come Direct to Offices Pioneering employers are now offering fresh vegetables to help employees improve their diet—and their health. Tech companies are even hiring professional chefs to prepare healthful lunches and snacks. In Texas, the Farm to Work program is making it easy and affordable for workers to pick up baskets of local produce at the office. Participants aren’t required to pay an initial lump sum or commit to buying every week. Instead, they can sign up to receive produce in any given week. Other groups around the country are also looking into workplace produce delivery programs, and while many use the traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) model, others are experimenting with different procedures. The Farm Fresh Program, in Bellingham, Washington, connects local farmers to employers interested in receiving weekly deliveries. Meanwhile, Farm2Work, in Arkansas, links local purveyors of produce, meat, eggs, dairy, pies, jams and jellies to area employers. New York’s Adirondack Harvest, a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, started by helping a single farmer link to area employers. The next step, says Teresa Whalen, the group’s southern chapter representative, is working to persuade insurance companies to subsidize workplace CSAs in the same way they’re starting to subsidize gym memberships. Source:

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New Numbers Confirm Global Overfishing

Recycling Nutrients Animal Droppings Help Forests Absorb CO2

A paper published in Forest Ecosystems concludes that frugivores, large, fruit-eating animals like toucans, tapirs, curassows and spider monkeys, help to keep the woods healthy by eating fruits and spreading seeds. As traps for carbon and an effective defense against global warming, forests collectively absorb up to 30 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions and store more than 1,600 gigatons of carbon in the soil. “You have a lot of large birds that play a fundamental role for large trees,” says study author Mauro Galetti. “They increase the likelihood that seeds will turn into actual photosynthesizing plants.” However, big, tropical birds are constantly under threat of hunting, poaching and habitat loss; the International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List notes that 14 of the world’s 16 toucan species, for instance, are decreasing in population. The study found that without the help of high-capacity frugivores, there would be no way for larger seeds to grow into the towering trees that store carbon best. Scientists now want to research individual species to calculate how much each animal’s services are worth in terms of battling climate change. Putting a dollar amount on a species, say Galetti, could be the only way to persuade governments to protect it.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has been collecting reports for decades on how many fish are caught in the oceans annually. However, those numbers don’t take into account small-scale, recreational and illegal fishing or the bycatch that’s discarded before boats return to harbors. A study published in Nature Communications increases the actual total world catch from 1950 to 2010 by 50 percent. Daniel Pauly, author of the University of British Columbia study, states, “The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn or the remaining balance. Better estimates for the amount we’re taking out can help ensure there’s enough fish to sustain us in the future.” Based on official counts, global catches peaked in 1996 and have declined modestly each year. The decline isn’t due to less fishing or restrictions on certain fish, though. “It’s due to the countries fishing too much and having exhausted one fish after the other,” says Pauly. The findings also emphasize the value of fisheries to low-income people in developing countries. The next steps will require well-informed action to preserve this critical resource for people and for the planet. Source:

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Toxic Teflon

Scientists Increasingly Find It Dangerous According to a new metaanalysis of previous studies, Philippe Grandjean, of Harvard, and Richard Clapp, of the University of Massachusetts, concluded that DuPont Teflon, used for 50 years to make frictionless cookware, is much more dangerous than previously thought, causing cancer, birth defects and heart disease, and weakening the immune system. Even though Teflon’s harmful perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is no longer produced or used, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found it in the blood of more than 99 percent of Americans studied, because it can be passed from mother to unborn child in the womb. The researchers say that the federal government’s recommended “safe” level, set in 2009, is as much as 1,000 times too high to fully protect people’s health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a legal allowable limit for its presence in drinking water. Source:

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Nonprofit Grocery Sells Good Food at Low Prices The biggest challenge to healthy eating in poor neighborhoods isn’t always access to healthy food; it’s whether people can afford to buy it. A year ago, Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, opened Daily Table, a nonprofit grocery in Boston, to take action. It gathers nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted and then sells it at low prices. After learning about food insecurity in the U.S. and that approximately 40 percent of the food we grow is thrown out, Rauch decided to address both problems by offering this new option for people that don’t want handouts. The store now has 5,000 members and hundreds of daily customers, with plans to expand to new locations. “The challenge we have in America is that the food system is designed from the farm on up to create calories that are cheap and nutrients that are expensive,” he says. “People on the lowest economic rung get squeezed the hardest.” Rauch partners with vendors to get excess food, such as fruit just slightly too ripe to make it through the standard supermarket system, that chefs turn into ready-toeat meals like prepared salads and soups, or entrées that can cost less than $2. For more information, visit natural awakenings

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A Harvard University Graduate School of Design proposal to study the impacts of sea level rise on Collier county is garnering some attention and support from a wide-ranging group of 30 elected officials, business leaders, scientists and environmentalists. However, the three-year study on how to maintain a coastal lifestyle that is crucial to promoting tourism in the area is facing a hurdle—money. If funded at an estimated cost of $250,00, the study will be published in 2019. For more information regarding coastal cities affected by sea level rise, download the study at Stonecrab Alliance and other environmental groups are working to stop the potential damage to 70,000 acres in Big Cypress National Preserve that will be subjected to seismic testing by Burnett Oil Company’s plan to explore for oil and gas deposits. The National Park Service, charged with the responsibility to protect the lands, flora and fauna under its jurisdiction, approved a plan to create up to 1,000 miles of new rutted trails through the habitat of nine federally endangered species. For more information, visit Read the report at The Conservancy of Southwest Florida and other local environmental groups, supported by 2,500 members of the general public, are in opposition to the Eastern Collier Multiple Species Habitat Conservation plan (HCP). The plan provides for the intense mining and residential/commercial development of 45,000 acres (the equivalent of nine new towns the size of Ave Maria) in Eastern Collier County. Read the report at Vote Yes on Amendment 4 on August 30. By casting a YES vote on Amendment 4, all Floridians will have an opportunity to lower the cost of energy. If passed, the proposed amendment will exempt solar systems from the burdensome tangible personal property tax for a period of 20 years.

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Fresh Food is a Family Tradition at Pizza Fusion by Linda Sechrist


he tale of an individual’s life generally recycle them. Even our spudware utensils, commences in the present tense. Howmade from 100 percent potatoes, are biodeever, knowing the back story helps evgradable. We go the extra mile to do the best eryone to understand the forces and events thing for everyone—the customer, the envithat shape the life up to that point. Knowing ronment and our employees,” she explains. that a lot of Rose Gaglio Thompson’s early Pizza Fusion’s restaurant menu is childhood and adulthood revolved around organic and all natural. “We stay as locally the dining table with food as a pleasure sourced as possible. Our produce mostly enjoyed for hours over lively conversations comes from Oakes Farms. When they don’t with family members and friends helps to have what we need, we order from Global better appreciate her success as the co-ownOrganic. Our Naples restaurant is practier of the Naples and Fort Myers Pizza Fusion cally farm to table, since it is conveniently franchise locations. located in the same plaza as Oakes Farms’ Gaglio Thompson’s deep love for homeFood & Thought Organic General Store. We walk over and buy what we need,” says made foods prepared in her mother’s kitchen Rose Gaglio Thompson Gaglio Thompson. from scratch with only the freshest ingredients may have influenced her present career Menu items, including gluten-free ofas much hanging out in her parents’ restaurant. “It certainly ferings of pizza, brownies and beer, enable celiac-sensitive laid the foundation for the enjoyment I get in seeing my individuals to indulge in America’s favorite food—pizza—in customers celebrating many of their special occasions over the unique restaurant environments that Gaglio-Thompson meals in our restaurants,” she says. enjoyed designing. In Fort Myers, tables are made from wood “My parents were born in Sicily and moved to the U.S. I was from an old barn that was demolished. Patrons can also eat at their unusual ice bar. Both locations are painted with young when they owned their pizza restaurant in Michigan. The soy-based paint. In Naples, the tables are built from wood restaurant closed before I could do much more than hang out salvaged from an old bowling alley. there,” quips Gaglio Thompson, a Florida resident for 15 years. More than 5 billion pizzas are sold worldwide every year, Being eco-literate with personal ecological principles, and Italian is the most popular ethnic food in America. HealthGaglio Thompson found great appeal in Pizza Fusion’s long minded individuals can enjoy them both at Pizza Fusion. list of environmentally conscious franchise policies and practices. “We’re not your typical pizza restaurant business. Pizza Fusion locations include 2146 Tamiami Tr. N., in Social responsibility is just as important to us as profitability, which is obvious in everything from how we deliver food Naples (239-262-8111,; and 12901 in company-owned hybrid vehicles to recycling and giving McGregor Blvd., Ste. 5,in Fort Myers (239-337-7979. customers discounts for returning pizza boxes so we can See ad, page 27.


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ZEN GOLF Master the Mind to Master the Game by Aimee Hughes


remember the moment I had what I call my ‘golf game epiphany,’” recalls Steve Hughes, a passionate golfer from Richmond, Missouri. “I realized that my main obstacles were in my head, and from that day on, my golf game changed.” In any athletic or fitness endeavor, the pursuit of excellence unfolds an array of challenges. While golf presents some of the toughest hurdles to improvement, any links enthusiast can better their game by acquiring a champion’s mindset. Applying a few Zen techniques and disciplines adapted from the Buddhist tradition of mindful awareness—which teaches that the mind is everything—can work wonders. Zen Golf master and performance psychologist Joe Parent, Ph.D., of Ojai, California, advises: “The key is finding a way to let the ‘thinking’ mind do all the preliminaries to physical performance—selecting a target, judging the lie, gauging weather influences, etc.—and then letting our ‘intuitive’ mind take over, enabling our body to make a swing that’s free from second-guessing ourselves.” He calls the optimal playing mentality, “Not too tight, not too loose.” It’s the sweet spot that allows us to perform via our best self. Some key techniques

prepare us to find and reside in this just-right Goldilocks place of being not too hot and not too cold. Developing mental fortitude takes us even further than we can imagine. Mastery is born from discipline, focused attention and a deep core desire to adopt habits and behaviors that will upgrade our mindset. Author of Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, Parent teaches his students to enter a state that he calls “trusting versus trying.” He teaches a “one stroke at a time” approach, which emphasizes awareness of being in the present moment, as many contemplative spiritual traditions do. When the golfer is deeply engaged in the present moment with just the right level of emotional intensity, free of distractions and worries about future swings, they become integrated with what’s taking place on the course in the here and now to the point of total absorption. In yoga, pranayama, or breathing techniques, are employed to promote relaxation in the mind and body. The Zen approach to golf uses breath work to allow body and mind to make the most fluid and powerful golf swing possible for the player. “The single factor that sets apart the top performers

in any athletic discipline from the rest of us is their state of mind,” says Craig Perkins, a yoga master and founder of the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja California, Mexico. “From all my years of yogic study, there’s one teaching that always sticks with me: If we want to master our game, whether it’s golf, yoga or chess, we must first and foremost master our mind.” Practitioners maintain that, meditation can take our mental game to its optimal level and Perkins believes, “Meditation is the number one practice for cultivating self-trust.” Positive visualization, which can be supported by meditation, is another method champion golfers leverage to improve their performance levels. Parent teaches his students, “Establish a clear image in your mind’s eye, and the body will follow.” Repeating this technique with every shot helps the golfer cultivate the habit of positive visualization by seeing the results. Physical prowess is of little consequence if our mental game is off. Under the intense pressure of a golf match, execution suffers when performance anxiety isn’t kept under control. While many golfers have what it takes to succeed—the requisite native ability, experience, technique and talent—mental hang-ups can cause them to call it a day. Detrimental habits can undermine our self-confidence, as well as our score. The solution lies in pinpointing what’s behind them and applying pertinent Zen techniques to either gradually alleviate or winningly work with them. Hughes, who makes his home overlooking the greens of Shirkey Golf Course, says, “It’s about getting out of your own way. When you’re at one with the game as it presents itself, you know your game will be much better than when your mind is racing off to work issues, family dramas and all the other usual life stuff. When I learned how to establish myself in this present moment awareness, not only did my golf game change for the better, so did the rest of my life.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@ natural awakenings

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Make Time for Downtime

Chilling Out Revives Body and Soul by April Thompson


ere’s something to add to our to-do list: nothing. Americans today work more hours than ever before, foregoing hard-earned vacation days and spending more time with electronic devices than with friends and family. The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of needed rest are great, but failing to take time out to recharge our minds and bodies can have serious consequences, according to experts. Downtime is most acutely needed in the workplace. In a survey of nearly 20,000 workers, The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review found that 59 percent of them were physically exhausted, emotionally drained, distracted and lacking purpose. Headquartered in Yonkers, New York, with offices in Europe and Australia, The Energy Project has helped hundreds of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, create healthier, happier and higher-performing workplaces. The company takes its cues from elite athletes that carefully build rest and recovery periods into their training schedules. “Just as your body needs sleep and food to function optimally, so does your mind and spirit,” says Annie Perrin, an executive vice president with the project. There’s a mounting body of neurological research to buttress the analogy. Important assimilation of learning and “meaning making” occurs in the resting brain, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain. When our minds are allowed to wander, they engage a network of interacting brain regions that together are thought to play a key role in building our ability for inward reflection and recollection, known as the default mode network. Immordino-Yang’s research suggests that such activation during restful moments is positively associated with the recalling of memories, envisioning the future and even developing a moral foundation. 32

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The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of needed rest are great, but failing to take time out to recharge our minds and bodies can have serious consequences, according to experts. “This network seems to be more engaged when we aren’t actively gathering information or working on an external goal,” remarks Immordino-Yang. Zoning out on TV or video games doesn’t produce the same brain benefit because, “It’s about looking inward rather than outward,” she says. The default network does engage when introspection occurs during nurturing social interaction, such as while enjoying a reflective conversation with friends or family. She recommends banning technology and other distractions during periods spent in activities that bring joy and meaning so that we are present in a mindful way. The Energy Project ushers clients through a comprehensive energy audit, using exercises to expose specific personal habits that lead to diminishing returns in both work and play time. In one exercise, workers are asked to rank current incoming emails from one to five, with the highest number equating to, “I need to respond immediately.” Most rate nearly no fives, says Perrin, a realization that has helped many people change their email habits. While change can be hard, Perrin suggests creating new, healthy rituals through repetition, which taps into the brain’s desire for automaticity. For example, she advises workers to schedule “renewal breaks” every 90 minutes after completing a block of high-priority tasks. “If you’ve been sitting, move; if the mind has been active, do something to quiet it, like meditating or simply closing your eyes.” She also suggests finding workers to buddy up with and schedule mutual breaks to help support and hold each other accountable. Immordino-Yang suggests that another practice to maximize the value of downtime is to combine it with exercise. “A walk can be rejuvenating,” she says. “While the body is engaged, the mind is free to wander.” The Energy Project calls on managers to model these downtime activities for their employees. Some companies have instituted policies that limit sending email from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., as well as during weekends and vacations, so staffers don’t feel compelled to read and respond to keep up with work. Setting limits is even more crucial for young people with minds and habits that are especially malleable. “I see teenagers taking their phones into the bathroom or bed to text in the middle of the night. Parents need to put a stop to this,” counsels Immordino-Yang. “The brain needs uninterrupted rest to work at its best.” Learning that being a productive employee or an emotionally available parent requires giving ourselves a break and gives us permission to rest. We find that downtime is not just good for ourselves, but also for our families and workplaces. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

Dr. Zorayda Torres hiking with her family

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Southwest Floridians Schedule Downtime in an Uptime World

to a nature park is as close as Nall gets to nothing. Lynn Thomas, a registered nurse and director of Concerned Health Alternatives, in Bonita Springs, admits that she doesn’t take downtime until she feels emotionally tired and physically drained. “Then I know its time to reboot, take a day for doing nothing, reading; going to the beach or doing self-hypnosis that puts me into a short, deep, relaxed state from Lynn Thomas which I return feeling refreshed,” says the certified hypnotherapist. Doing nothing is important to Beth Brown-Rinella, owner of Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center in Naples. “I slow down, tune in and connect with my deeper self. Doing nothing helps my mind reset from active and full to quiet and contemplative. It also reminds me to step into nature and breathe in the beauty and serenity. Sometimes I veg out with a good book, take a long nap or watch movies. Other times, I go to galleries, artsy shops or out into nature, were my creativity is stimulated. Hanging out with my family, no matter what we do or don’t do, is my favorite way to spend my time away from work,” says Brown-Rinella. In caring for their own health, busy physicians such as Dr. Zorayda Torres, owner of Upstream Medical Consultants, in Bonita Springs, and Dr. Pamela Hughes, founder of the Hughes Center for Functional MediBeth Brown-Rinella with son Dylan

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n a world that moves at a maddening pace, adults that attempt to step back, breathe in the moment and sometimes do nothing generally may experience a nagging suspicion that they should be doing something more productive and valuable. The root of this pesky notion, which reaches across centuries, can be found in the Puritan work ethic. This concept in theology, sociology, economics and history, which preaches that hard work, discipline and frugality are the means to success and salvation, is not the “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” that our nation’s founding fathers endorsed. Frequently leading to burnout, the Puritan theory has been recently researched by mental health experts that have come to understand our serious need for cultivating a state of “being” with downtime. Shifting from the conditioning of “doing” to “being” can be challenging for some individuals. Co-owner of the Naples Dog Center, Linda Nall, rarely does “nothing”. The professional dog groomer doesn’t find it rewarding or relaxing, saying, “In my downtime, I take dogs for free romps in open spaces and do research on their care and nutrition.” Enjoying a meal out with her husband, a picMoses, Elijah and Blue on the road turesque car for a romp with Linda Nall (not pictured) ride or a visit

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cine, in Naples, know the importance of downtime. Torres is as comfortable doing nothing in her leisure hours as she is traveling with her family during school vacations. “Walking the beach alone or with my husband Dr. Zorayda feels good. ReadTorres ing outdoors on my recliner, dancing, watching movies and listening to music are also favorites.

I am much more joyful when I have enough downtime,” advises Torres. If doing nothing occurs on the beach, Hughes is a happy camper. Building sandcastles, walking on the beach listening to Christian music on her waterproof iPod nano, Dr. Pamela paddle boarding, Hughes taking tennis lessons and hanging out with her husband and son qualify as downtime for Hughes.

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“In recent years, I’ve noticed that I’ve scheduled more time for me. The positive effects on my well-being are great, especially for my brain. Seeing patients throughout the day and studying to keep up with their unique needs requires time and mental energy. I try very hard not to do work on Saturdays and Sundays,” says Hughes. Any good habit requires cultivation and repetition. As Southwest Floridians lose their guilt over scheduling downtime, they may discover the biggest reward—a rejuvenation of their life force.

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Flip This Year for Lighter Fare on July 4th by Leona Werhan


hose tired of grilling burgers, chicken and hot dogs for backyard barbeques might want to enjoy the cornucopia of health benefits that the lighter fare of fish offers. Although tilapia, sole and flounder are delicate and best grilled in a foil packet or a grill basket, there are other varieties that remain firm, hold up to intense heat and benefit from the smoky flavor. Tuna served in thick, fresh cuts won’t fall through the grill grates when flipped. People that have eaten only tuna from a can should be aware that the flavor of fresh tuna bears no resemblance. Its much lighter flavor has little fishiness. Hearty red snapper should be grilled whole with the skin on to help keep the tasty meat from overcooking. Fortunately, during the holiday through July 16, it’s red snapper season for commercial fishing. Salmon is an oily fish with a somewhat strong, but delicious taste that lends itself nicely to the smokiness of a grill. Mahi Mahi is a white and meaty fish with a delicate flavor.

Swordfish is undoubtedly one of the best choices for a barbeque. Its firmness allows for those great grill marks. Generally “fresh” caught fish that is flash frozen has a better flavor than farm-raised fish. Flavor and nutrients are preserved when fish are frozen within hours of the catch. Buy from a trusted source and make sure the fish has a nice color. Enhance the flavors of these delicious fish by serving them with Chef Pyro’s special Citrus Chimmichurri fish sauce. The new chef at Shangri-La Springs, in Bonita Springs ,is heating up the kitchen for his new organic seasonal menu.

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Innovation, independence and vision drive women to use their organic farm ventures to create a livelihood, express themselves and do their part to change how America eats. 


SOIL SISTERS Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist


ore women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.

Historic Roots

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work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 20,000 mostly middleclass urban and suburban women to enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.”

Women also helped feed Americans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says HaydenSmith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and undervalued perspectives. The wakeup call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls. This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national advocate and spokeswoman

for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and Ag Network to collectively advocate for a stronger voice. “Throughout history, women in agriculture have been relegated to providing assistance, rather than making decisions,” O’Brien explains. “It’s up to us as women to collaboratively support each other while challenging the system.”

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potato seed; and always invite neighbors to parties and events, even though they may not attend. Even if others’ personal lifestyle and farming philosophies are radical opposites, we still have our physical location and appreciation of nature in common, and that’s big.” “The women farmer movement is just a toddler,” sums up O’Brien. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet, especially with representation on

the national leadership platform.” It’s easy to support female growers at local farmers’ markets. Cultivating change can be rewarding—and tasty. Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Her family runs the energyindependent Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in southwestern Wisconsin.

For her 50th birthday, Paula Foreman gave her life a new chapter. She launched her midlife “second act” in 2007 with Encore Farm, a name that serves as a rallying mantra for her peers. “The name is a tribute declaring that fresh starts and new beginnings can happen at any age,” explains Foreman, now an urban farmer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Embodying this business moxie, she chose to specialize, producing one thing very well: organic dried beans. Relinda Walker, of Walker Organic Farms, outside Savannah, Georgia,  represents a cadre of “boomerang” farmers; women that return to the land to continue a family farm with a commitment to organics. Like many farm kids, after college, Walker left to pursue a corporate career in the city. Then the 9/11 terror attack shifted her priorities. “All roads led me to coming back home and growing food,” she says. Launched in 2005, Walker’s farm was one of southern Georgia’s first organic operations, yielding specialty varieties like rainbow carrots in vivid shades of purple, orange and red.

Future Femme Power

Young women in their 20s and 30s are adding energy, diversity, vibrancy and fresh outlooks to the female farming movement. Lindsey Morris Carpenter runs Grassroots Farm, in Monroe, Wisconsin, a diversified operation of certified organic vegetables and pastured livestock, in partnership with her mother, Gail Carpenter.    “A crucial key to farming happiness is being a good neighbor,” she shares. “I call around when I see livestock and pets outside of fences; maintain my fences; share my garlic and natural awakenings

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A Partnership of Movement and Fitness at Studio One by Yvette Lynn


tyle and sweat aren’t circles, weighted body bars mutually exclusive and stability balls. at Studio One, in Tai chi is a martial art Naples, which is why consisting of a standing men and women pack series of slow, fluid movedance shoes and sneakments. Class begins and ers into their workout finishes with gentle qigong tote. At the new, adultstretching exercises. only 1,650-square-foot Full Body Stretch dance and fitness studio deliberately flexes and/or that’s open seven days a stretches muscles or tendons week, fitness inspiration in order to relax muscles, is offered in forms that improve elasticity and inCoco Waldenmayer connect the body and crease range of motion and mind through movement, music and flexibility Exercises are performed at style. Classes include Smooth, Rhythm the barre and/or on the mat using flexand Latin Dance, Strength & Stretch, ible bands as needed to progressively Pilates Fusion and Tai Chi. “This variincrease the stretching range. ety of choices provides a joyful, social Group dance classes, limited to alternative exercise to walking,” says 20 students, teach the fundamental Studio One owner Coco Waldenmayer. rhythms, steps and patterns of Latin Strength & Stretch fulfills the rumba, cha-cha, samba, swing, process required to develop strong hustle and bolero or and flexible muscles. Exercises cycle smooth waltz, foxtrot through different muscle groups and and tango, all in the alternate between strengthening the American style. muscles in the group using small Also offered is a Latin equipment and isometrics, followed by series that includes salsa, specific stretches. meringue and bachatta. Pilates Fusion lengthens, shapes Classes progress in series of and strengthens muscles. It also imseveral weeks, during which proves posture while enhancing awarethe instructor focuses on ness of how the body can be controlled one or two dances to allow for absorbing and memorizthrough the core. Apparatus includes ing steps and patterns. free weights, resistance bands, fitness

Private dance classes focus on perfect form, weight placement and foot movement to developing lead/follow skills and understanding how to move to rhythm and interpret musical moods and vocals in order to deliver more refined moves. Wedding choreography includes music selection and customization, choreography and optional dress rehearsal (bride only). Packages may include father of the bride dance and full wedding party choreography for one or more musical numbers. These packages are fully customizable to suit individual needs. Private dance parties are the perfect setting for partners to practice dancing skills in a convivial, supporting atmosphere. The two-hour session is open to the public. “We’re open seven days a week, with classes set to music via a state-of-the-art sound system. Classes are overseen by Liz Becton-Read, our fitness director, or Nicolas Koempel, our ballroom director. Our simple, functional and welcoming atmosphere offers people the opportunity to have fun and get fit at the same time,” says Waldenmayer. Studio One has taken the Blue Zone pledge ( by promising to meet the healthcentered movement’s baseline fitness recommendations. Studio One is located at 4184 U.S. 41 N., in Naples. For more information, call 239-220-1018 or visit StudioOneNaples. com. See ad, page 57.

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Missy Balsam From Yoga Teacher to Songwriter and Musician by Lee Walker


very one of us falls in love, but rarely does anyone fall into a head over heels love affair with kirtan, a form of call-andresponse chanting that is accompanied by musical instruments and percussion. Missy Balsam did. The local yoga teacher unexpectedly fell hard and fast for the sound and vibrations she heard coming from a harmonium and the voice of a kirtan musician at her first Bhakti Fest, a yoga, dance, and sacred musical festival. Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion, originated in India more than 500 years ago. Trained in Baptiste Yoga, a potent physical yoga practice of meditation and active self-inquiry, Balsam has evolved into a songwriter and musician. The purchase of a harmonium, lessons in how to use the chords and listening to well-known kirtan artists such as Krishna Das laid the solid foundation. “It’s been an amazing journey. I came out of corporate America to find my true calling through yoga, which meant that I had a lot of corporate conditioning to undo. Originally, in 2008, I was only going to teach one night a week. I took a leap of faith, surrendered the security and benefits of the corporate world and began teaching yoga full-time. I’ve never looked back,” enthuses Balsam. Much like the ecstatic poetry of Sufi mystics such as Rumi and Hafiz, the words and vibrations of kirtan chants are soothing, reassuring us that the divine is always with us. “Kirtan is a yoga practice that few people, even yoga practitioners, recognize as yoga because it’s joyful, openhearted, easy and fun. I’ve integrated it into my group and private classes,” notes Balsam. Balsam pours out a heart full of love in her debut studio album Revealed, which will be available for purchase on iTunes July 7. It is a potent combination of kirtan and her own lyrics that reflect her personal journey. She gives potential listeners a tempting tidbit in a music video, Unconditional Love, which can be viewed on her website and on YouTube. The video was filmed at the Happehatchee EcoSpirituality Center, in Estero. “My deepest intention is that my music brings hope and joy to everyone who listens to it,” says Balsam. To learn more about Missy Balsam and her music, visit natural awakenings

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REAL NEWS THAT MATTERS Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist


n virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers and magazines. According to Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New Media Monopoly, this handful of conglomerates form a cartel that wields enough influence to affect U.S. politics and define social values. Thirty years ago, before many mergers and acquisitions, 50 corporations owned nearly all of American media. Today’s infotainment and rhetoric, misrepresented as news, is leading millions to conclude that these colossal powers do not exist to objectively report the truth.

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Although a recent Gallup Poll reflects Americans’ lack of trust in mainstream media’s reporting of news fully, fairly and accurately, fair reporting was what HarperCollins, a prominent publisher, expected upon the 2016 release of 40

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New York City holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. They were shocked when the book was boycotted. “The New York Times, Dr. Oz and Good Morning America refused to schedule author interviews or write book reviews. There wasn’t a whisper anywhere on mainstream media about my evidenced-based book on how women can holistically recover from depression without a single prescription. HarperCollins was baffled. I was their first credentialed author who spoke out against pharmaceuticals,” says Brogan. So Brogan turned to independent outlets, including print, online and social media, her own website, newsletter lists and word-of-mouth. Her work soon broke through into three of the top bestselling book lists: USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times. That example serves as clear proof of the importance and power of independent media to furnish the public helpful and in-depth information on wide-ranging topics that mainstream broadcast media typically only cover in 30- to 60-second blurbs or not at all.

Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute of Functional Medicine and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, learned Brogan’s lesson early on. “Independent media have been crucial in disseminating my life’s work. Given the misinformation being spread by regular news and government channels about weight and health, we deserve to hear the truth about what’s in our food, toxins in our environment and how we can truly heal our bodies,” says Hyman, a nine-time bestselling author.

Independent Voices

Today’s independent media landscape shifts at warp speed. With 24/7 Internet access to websites, both groundbreaking journalism and grassroots perspectives appear in original articles and blogs. Outlets include independent online radio, TV shows, newspapers, filmmakers and “citizen journalists” armed with smart phones instantly transmitting images and updates via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. From a growing recognition that such media play a vital role in shaping a more informed and engaged citizenry, more attention is again being paid to the need for real news that matters. Breaking the reign of junk food news generators is the mission of, a media research program at California’s Sonoma State University. Billions of dollars are spent annually on webinars, podcasts and e-books exploring health and healing, self-help, spiritual enlightenment and creativity, indicating a reading audience with a hunger for deeper wisdom. Since 1973, New Dimensions Radio, co-founded and hosted by Justine Willis Toms, has featured many of the world’s most respected wisdom keepers. “Guests exclaim how refreshing it is to speak in-depth and at length. Mainstream, commercially based media consistently present sound bites on how things are breaking down and not working, without opening thought to constructive visions for a future that benefits all life and the planet,” says Toms. “Independent media have broken away from dependence on the moneyed interests holding tight reins on the news and information they publish. Because we’re listener-supported, public radio is


free to explore a wide range of timely and timeless topics,” he says. Leaning away from one-sided views gives independent media space to expand people’s perspectives and positive expectations for the future. The seven-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor international news organization was established in Boston over a century ago to till human thought and thereby improve human lives via an uplifted journalistic standard. “Its quiet insistence for human rights and against tyranny; for generosity and against selfishness; for intelligence, charity, courage, integrity and most of all, for progress and hope—surely that has helped,” remarks John Yemma, current columnist and former editor. “We work to uncover where progress is occurring, even though headlines proclaim the contrary. There are always two sides to a story,” says Susan Hackney, a senior director with the Monitor, which consistently resists the sensational in favor of the meaningful. Magazines such as Natural Awakenings, Mother Jones, The Optimist and Yes! are likewise stirring up conversations on meaningful issues via larger perspectives with a focus on tangible solutions. They address such areas as the damaging health and environmental effects of genetically engineered food, championed by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. “Europe could kick genetically modified ingredients (GMO) out of their food supply because their mainstream media covered the health dangers, while U.S. mainstream media ignored them and kept Americans in the dark. Independent media in the U.S. enable democracy and consumer-inspired transformations of all kinds. Knowledge has organizing power,” advises Smith.

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With Fran Korten at its helm, the adfree, subscription-supported, nonprofit Yes! is helping to reframe our biggest issues. “Mainstream media, dependent upon advertisers that would have us believe that we can buy happiness, celebrate stories of the rich and powerful, leaving everyone else feeling small and powerless. Independents can help resist such ways of seeing the world, help people see a different path to suc-

We in America are the best entertained and least informed society in the world. ~Neil Postman, media theorist and educator cess and happiness and perceive themselves as change agents. Together, we share engaging stories of how people are carving out new ways of living that hold the hope of a world more in balance with the living Earth and where everyone’s inherent worth and dignity are recognized,” says Korten. Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute and originator of a holistic land management systems approach to recover and preserve sustainable resources, underscores the need for change leaders and independent thinkers. “As we ponder who they might be, we realize it’s not those that discover new, counterintuitive insights, but those that spread the knowledge. The groundbreakers are pioneers like writers, poets, artists, speakers and social networkers. After 50 years of trying to understand the intense institutional resistance to and ridiculing of my work of managing complexity in a simple manner, holistic management is now quickly spreading globally. This is only due to social networking, independent writers and my TED talk that went viral,” observes Savory. Laurie McCammon, change leader and author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, contracted with independent publisher Red Wheel Weiser to get her message out. “It’s been building awareness of forbidden knowledge—that we each have unrealized potential to affect reality by changing our thoughts. We can nurture a shift in global culture away from an existing way of life that has bred fear, lack and a belief in scarcity,” explains McCammon. She suggests that to preview a new vision of, “I am enough and have enough,” and, “We are enough and have enough,” we should look to the fertile fringes; small communities of intentional and conscious people actively reinvent-

ing society. “Look at what independent media are reporting on; as well as their unprecedented use of new terms such as organic, wellness, sustainability, permaculture, transition town, sharing economy, social responsibility, biomimicry and the butterfly effect,” says McCammon. The existing worldview, with all of its core assumptions and rules, aims to restrain awakening individual and collective consciousness. McCammon observes, “As long as the ‘old story’ was told repeatedly by mainstream media with conviction, it could command our attention and make us doubt our inner story. Trusting that the outer world had our own best interests in mind meant that there was no need to turn within. This is changing. Thanks to farseeing, courageous and strong enough independent media, there’s been an overturning to a more wholesome story of mind-body-spirit, abundance, innovation, collaboration and cooperation.” Mainstream and independent media coexist like two sides of a coin. Mainstream media’s talking heads tell us how to act and think while independent media invite us to engage, educate and think for ourselves, dig deeper and take action. Without independent media, we would know little about the benefits of the ever-evolving grassroots movement of holistic, alternative, complementary, integrative and functional medicine. Nor would we know the truth about climate change; the health advantages of plant-based diets and community gardens; food deserts and nutrition-related illnesses; the prevalence of environmental toxins; signs of spiritual progress; alternative education; and the benefits of eco-villages to people and the planet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings

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Southwest Floridians Share Alternative Media Sources by Lee Walker


illions of individuals follow today’s alternative media such as,,,,,, and others that thanks to the Internet, provide news and views that go unheard and unexamined in mainstream circles. For this category of grassroots revolutionaries, it comes as no surprise that the genre of independent news is rising in popularity while interest in mainstream media’s fear fare of politically biased, filtered and constructed news declines. “We can never give up our right to independent news because it is essential for us to have numerous perspectives on local and global events. In my opinion, the public only gets the news slanted towards the opinions of those who are delivering it,” remarks Andrea Geresdi, owner of The Salt Cave, in Naples, who relies on and for news on health and spirituality. Geresdi hasn’t watched television or listen to radio since the 9/11 attacks. Regarding global news, she Googles her particular interests and surfs though information. “I’m a much happier person since I realized it wasn’t healthy to spend so much time with things I cannot change. Personally, it’s been better to put my energy into the things that I can influence,” she says. For medical news, Deborah J. Post, an advanced registered nurse practitioner and owner of Wellbridges, in Bonita Springs, relies on a wide array of sources such as, Natural, the Alliance for Natural Health, Dr. Jonathan V. Wright’s newsletter and Dr. David Perlmutter’s blog and radio show, as well as the research Deb Post published on “When I see how mainstream media has treated many issues, particularly chronic diseases, GMO’s, diet and nutrition, as well as pharmaceuticals, I can’t spend my time listening to misinformation designed to addict our nation to pathology management as a way of life. This misinformation is already dooming our children. It’s such a shame that as the largest [economic] nation in the world, the U.S. can’t assure a newborn child more than a 50/50 chance of being autistic,” says Post. Dee Harris, owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, doesn’t depend on television or on health and fashion magazines for health information. “The majority of my time is spent undoing the misinformation my patient’s get from TV or mass media,” advises Harris, who is amazed by the number of filters and spins that prevent truth about health from reaching the public. Dee Harris Collier/Lee Counties 42

“For medical news, I access the Institute for Functional Medicine forum. I also follow and Dr. Perlmutter, a master at dissecting and interpreting clinical trials and studies. Other functional medicine practitioners that I rely on for solid information are Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Kelly Brogan, Dr. Josh Axe and Dr. Amy Meyer, among many others. I also read and listen to webinars sponsored by functional labs, neutraceutical companies and anti-aging institutes. These feature renowned scientists and doctors in these fields. Practitioners need to be aware of what is relayed through mainstream media so that we can be ready with studies, facts and position papers to defend the truth,” clarifies Harris. Terri Evans, owner of Tae Healthy Aging, in Naples, doesn’t own a television. Her health news is the result of live research from her functional medicine practice, as well as what she gets from connecting with other pioneer colleagues that base information upon science. “When I was young, I was very political. I recognized how fighting against Terri Evans something, rather than building a better paradigm that attracts others, led me to lose hope and feel powerless. Today, instead of relying on negative, depressing news, I send out the highest love vibration I can every day. Now, I tune in, meditate and do what I am called to do, which is teach,” notes Evans. Health news in peer-reviewed journals is what Jay Weitzner, owner of Symmetry – No Fads. All Fitness., in Naples, relies on. “I read, as well as communicate and debate with colleagues who are exercise professionals currently doing research in their Ph.D. programs. Having these resources is imperative because many reported stories Jay Weitzner misrepresent research. They either cherry pick the parts they want to serve their agenda or they attempt to apply results in ways that they can’t actually be applied,” explains Weitzner, whose world news comes via podcasts, mainly NPR Planet Money and Invisibilia; WNYC Studios Radiolab, Note To Self, Please Explain and More Perfect. These Southwest Floridians who invest their time in the alternative media grassroots revolution understand what Gil Scott Heron, an American soul and jazz poet of the 1970s and 1980s, expressed in his best-known composition, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. “The revolution will be live. There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock news…” It’s obvious that alternative/independent and social media is indeed contributing greatly to our global awakening in many areas.

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Signs That You’ve Found Your Calling by Lissa Rankin


ou may think you’ve identified your calling, questioned it, become disillusioned, left it and then come back to it in a different form. The following clues let you know you’re on the right track. You realize you’ve been training for this since birth. Even the gritty things, the disappointments, regrets and screwups have all been preparation. Major life disruptions and failures were all just teaching essential lessons so that you can become who you’re called to be. You sense ease. In the face of obstacles—such as doors of suspected opportunity that are shut tight or relentless struggles impeding a course you thought was right—it can be hard to tell if your commitment is just being tested or you’ve veered off course. Such hurdles can be part of the growth process cultivating your “inner hero” necessary for the journey. Trust the sense of movement towards ease, which likely will include supportive synchronicities. Your health may improve. Cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen and you’ll feel more energetic. Old aches and pains might disappear; even chronic illness can fade when you’re focused on your life purpose. You feel strangely peaceful, despite reasons to be anxious. Your soul longs to express what you’re on Earth to express, and when you finally rise into alignment with your calling, your soul does a happy dance. Even if everything else seems to be falling apart and others consider you crazy, you’ll be centered in peace, relieved that you finally know what you’re called to do.


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The universe rolls out the red carpet. When called to do what is needed for the highest good of all beings, the universe bends over backwards to hand you whatever you need. No request is too small. Unexpected money flows in and other resources appear just as you’re ready to give up. You’ll know you’re on track, even if it is not quite clear what you’re on track to do. People find you. Few can fulfill a calling alone. Most of us need a tribe to lift us up as we do brave, scary, world-changing things. When you’re aligned with your life purpose, the right people, including magicwielding mentors, will find you at the right time, if only you’re courageous enough to be vulnerable about what you’re being called to do. Dr. Lissa Rankin, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, is the author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling (

A Calling as Our Greatest Gift to the World by Linda Sechrist


hatever we call it—raison d’etre (our reason for being) or dharma (our path in life), now more than ever, our world needs millions of individuals living a life and taking actions that stem from authenticity and higher purpose. In Discover Your Purpose: How to Use the 5 Life Purpose Profiles to Unlock Your Hidden Potential and Live the Life You Were Meant to Live, author Rhys Thomas suggests that when our actions originate from of a sense of grace and ease and are in alignment with our deepest sense of purpose and calling, we are giving our greatest gift to the world. Frederick Stahlman, owner of InnerConnections, in Naples, recognized what would become his greatest gift to the world when he met Dr. John E. Upledger, who Frederick Stahlman discovered the dural pulse in the membrane surrounding the spinal cord, created CranioSacral Therapy and founded Upledger Institute International in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “When he showed me how I could change the world by learning, applying and teaching others this light-touch therapy, I knew I had found my calling and never again doubted myself. Doors opened and opportunities arose. When there were bumps along the road, new opportunities arose and new people appeared to lend me a hand and provide guidance. I have been truly blessed and gifted with a life-changing modality, as well as the mentorship needed to embrace my path and share it with other seekers,” says the manual physical therapist, CranioSacral therapist and Upledger Institute instructor. According to Kimberly Rodgers, a licensed clinical social work/therapist and owner of Monarch Wellness, in

Naples, finding her true calling is best explained in the way that individuals describe meeting their soul mate. “My heart sang, the world seemed brighter with infinite Kimberly Rodgers possibilities and my life felt balanced and made sense. I didn’t know how I survived without this awareness before, and I couldn’t imagine the rest of my life without this purpose,” enthuses Rodgers. “In 1995, when I talked to the social work programs advisor at the University of Georgia, I felt butterflies in my stomach, a surge of energy and the thrill of excitement. My soul and this profession were so aligned. My heart felt at home and I was certain that I was born to be a social worker. Amongst my classmates, professors, supervisors and mentors, I even found what felt like long-lost family members,” she explains. In her early 20s, Shelle Misiorowski, co-owner of Trim & Tone, in Naples, felt a resonance with her calling as a licensed cosmetologist. Now, Shelle Misiorowski from the perspective of a passion that has lasted through 34 years of working in the beauty industry, she notes, “As I continued with advanced training and seminars throughout my career, I could feel my calling evolving and expanding. I reached a point when I decided to change up my career by learning to work with more class 2 medical grade devices, which broadened my offerings and my horizons. I’ve flourished in learning more in this industry because

I’m intrigued with how fast technology is growing. My calling is a personally rewarding one that allows me to make my clients look and feel their best,” she says. Unorchestrated, synchronistic events affirmed Melanie Korpi’s calling. “I connected with my current position as holistic nutritionist and program manager at the Melanie Korpi World Institute of Natural Nutrition, in North Fort Myers, partly due to a dear friend who shared with me her dream about a visit I hadn’t yet planned to make to her home in New York. This prompted me to consider an idea I’d previously dismissed—attending my graduation ceremony in Toronto, just across the border from where my friend lived. Arrangements were made with ease and a last-minute, inexpensive direct flight booked. Our face-to-face chat after the graduation was followed shortly thereafter by this job opportunity. Tamara K. Robison, DDS, founder of Cosmic Smiles for Kids, with locations in Naples and Marco Island, grew up with the encouragement that whatever she Tamara Robison focused her mind on she could accomplish. In college, Robeson was encouraged to become a dentist. “I recall that at age 12, my step-dad pointed out my good hand-eye coordination. This frequent reoccurring memory reinforced the knowing that had chosen the right path,” she recalls. Eventually, Robeson’s specialty of working with children emerged. “In dental situations that upset parents, children and dental assistants, I could cast a sense of calm and instill confidence which I believe stems from always choosing kindness, honesty and integrity, which I’ve done throughout life. One of the aspects I love most about my work with children is turning natural awakenings

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a fearful child into one that loves coming to the dentist,” enthuses Robeson. Phyllis Weber, founder of Gulf Coast Acupuncture & Herbs, with locations in Naples and Fort Myers, had no intention of practicing the art Phyllis Weber when she enrolled in acupuncture school. “Then a teacher and practitioner of martial arts, I was following the suggestion of a martial arts instructor who recommended that if I wanted to learn to move energy in the body, I should learn how to heal with it,” advises Weber. When she learned that acupuncture and oriental medicine had the power to heal physical and emotional disorders on a very deep level in a way that taught the patient to assume responsibility and accountability for their health, Weber knew that acupuncture was her calling. “The challenges I get to work through with

patients, as well as their improved health, are the reinforcing signs that I am in the healing profession because I am supposed to be,” she quips. Marie S. Wright, a licensed mental health counselor, offers her clients suggestions to identify their calling. “Step outside of yourself and watch yourself go by and then Marie Wright answer these questions: What brings you joy in life? What makes you feel good? What makes you feel that life is meaningful and allows you the freedom to live with authenticity? To achieve this, sometimes we need to be reminded that we are not only much more than our physical bodies, but are also an integral part of the universe. Applying spiritual principles in our lives not only lessens the burden of loss, but it leads the way toward a peaceful appreciation of the next conscious steps in our soul’s journey,” says Wright.

Resources InnerConnections, Alico Lakes Commons, 17595 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste.112, Fort Myers. See ad, page 6. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr., Naples. 239-325-9210. Monarch See ad, page 17. Trim & Tone Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 20, Naples. 239-596-5522. See ad, page 15. World Institute of Natural Nutrition, 3403 Hancock Bridge Pkwy., Ste. 1, N. Fort Myers. 239-599-2137 or 844-4795177. Email See ad, page 11. Cosmic Smiles for Kids, 15495 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 125, Naples. 239-263-4517; 40 S. Heathwod Dr., Bldg. B., Marco Island, 239-394-2270. CosmicSmiles See ad, page 59. Gulf Coast Acupuncture & Herbs, 10661 Airport Rd, Ste. 16, Naples. 239841-6611; 6300 Corporate Ct., Ste.104, Fort Myers, 239-936-4199. GulfCoast See ad, page 11. Marie S. Wright, The French Quarter, 501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. D100, Naples. 239-529-7919. See ad, page 14.


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By feeding your baby a steady tasty diet of fresh, homemade, organic baby food, you greatly reduce the risk they’ll grow into a picky eater.


Why is it vital to introduce organic food during a youngster’s early development?

Liza Huber and her four children

Liza Huber on Healthy Meals and Happy Kids Start with Homemade, Organic Baby Food by Gerry Strauss


or many actresses, landing a role on the hit show Passions would be a career highlight. For Liza Huber, daughter of soap opera icon Susan Lucci, a successful acting career was one step en route to her calling as a mother, public speaker and entrepreneur. Her inspiration was to launch Sage Spoonfuls ( to make it easier for parents to make homemade, organic food for their little ones. It’s all about enabling parents to provide a legacy of health, all wrapped up in love.


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How did becoming a parent boost your relationship with organic foods and health? I was raised on a diet of mostly fresh, homemade, food and knew it was something I wanted for my own children. At that point, I knew the basics; that it was healthier and tasted better than store-bought baby food. The more I learned, the more I became fascinated by how switching to an organic diet positively affects our health.

America’s food supply is loaded with more chemicals and GMOs [genetically modified organisms] than ever before. I believe, as many others do, that the rapid rise of food allergies in children is a direct result. Many chemical pesticides and artificial flavors and colors are known to contain carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors and neurotoxins. It is widely believed that even small doses of these common pesticides can have lasting negative effects on a child’s health. I believe that teaching our kids about the importance of fresh, organic food and the potential dangers of a conventionally processed diet helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy choices.

How do homemade organics and packaged organics differ? Store-bought baby food, organic or not, is processed to have a long shelf life of up to two years. So much of the nutrient content is lost during processing that most manufacturers artificially add it back in, but aren’t obligated to inform consumers. The added nutrients are synthetic and aren’t absorbed by the body the same way as naturally occurring nutrients. The taste, color and aroma of commercial baby food isn’t as appealing. By feeding your baby a steady tasty diet of fresh, homemade, organic baby food, you greatly reduce the risk they’ll grow into a picky eater. Plus, making your own baby food is three to five times less expensive than what is store-bought. Homemade food has a far smaller impact on the environment compared with commercial manufacturing, transportation and packaging. By the time a baby turns 1, they will have eaten from nearly 700 jars or pouches

of store-bought baby food that generally end up in landfills, because little is recycled.

Which favorite foods do you love to make for your babies and why? I focus on whole foods. Great first foods include bananas, apples, butternut squash, pears, avocados, peas and sweet potatoes. Once a baby has successfully tried a couple of these, start mixing them together. Banana and avocado, apple and butternut squash, and peas and sweet potato are good combos. They’re loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, easy to make and yummy. Avocados’ healthy fat is also essential to brain development.

What key lessons learned from your mother have you carried forward with your young family? Two lessons really stick with me: “Stay open and leave room for life to surprise you,” and “You can have it all… just not all at the same time.” In my teens and 20s, I was a meticulous planner, disappointed if things didn’t go exactly as I wanted. Amazing things happened after taking Mom’s advice to leave myself open to wonder. Growing up, I saw my mom have an amazing career, yet also be a fantastic wife and mother. Her secret, and now mine, is to prioritize and focus on one thing at a time, whether it’s work, kids or my husband. This way, everything in your life gets 100 percent of your attention some of the time, rather than trying to do everything at the same time, which rarely works.

What’s the best gift a mother can give her child? There’s nothing more important to a child’s overall health and well-being than being raised in a loving, warm environment where they feel safe, loved and important. My deep love for my children guides every decision I make for them. A mother’s intuition is a superpower. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at natural awakenings

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Mom’s Kitchen Counter Cooking School Kids That Learn to Cook Grow Up Eating Healthier by Jen Haugen


nvision walking the supermarket aisles and picking up a favorite pasta sauce and breakfast cereal, then adding favorite fruits and vegetables to the cart. When we think about the grocery brands we buy or our go-to recipes, they tend to begin with one common thread— the influence of our mothers—our first teachers about food and cooking. In their Project EAT study, University of Minnesota researchers found that Mom has the biggest impact on the family’s eating habits and continues to play a significant role in our food choices, brands and how we cook, even influencing our ideas about health itself by their example.

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Most of us learn about cooking from our mothers, and one way moms have a tremendous impact on their children is by collaborating on recipes and cooking meals together. The idea of an at-home “kitchen counter cooking school” doesn’t focus on a hard and

fast course on cooking; instead, it’s a place where family members gather around the counter and cook together. This almost guarantees that meals will be healthier and more fun, affording a sense of ongoing adventure where kids can explore ingredients from around the U.S. and even the world. Consider creating a “United States of My Plate” project by preparing a recipe from each state during the summer, and then rating the recipes based on taste and flavor (startup tools are at Our senses are engaged during food preparation activities. While chopping red peppers for a recipe, we are noting their appearance, feeling their texture, smelling their fragrance, hearing the sounds of preparation and likely tasting some on the spot. Involving more of our senses as we explore our food makes the whole activity more enticing. It helps to adopt Julia Child’s motto: “Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all, have fun.”

Moms can change the world by teaching their kids healthy cooking lessons at home and planting an organic garden together. Gardening Together

The freshest ingredients come from our own gardens and produce the most delicious meals. Gardening as a family can change the way everyone looks at food through the simple act of planting, growing and harvesting. Knowing where everything on the plate comes from makes us more mindful of the energy it takes to grow food, and kids will naturally eat what they help grow. Moms can change the world—right in their own yard or patio—with the power of a traditional or urban garden. Just one square foot of organic gardening space can yield half a pound of fresh fruits and vegetables. A 300-square-foot garden can produce 150 pounds each summer; plus it provides a good workout. In 2011, I started a teaching garden at our local supermarket as a means of showing kids how to grow their own food, with the hope that it would also inspire their families. The goal was to plant the seeds for healthier habits that would last a lifetime. During its first four years, 52 percent of the students’ parents noted a more positive attitude about fruits and vegetables exhibited by their own children. After participating in the program, one mother shared her young daughter’s noteworthy query, “Mom, could you go to the store and get me some Swiss chard?” By planting gardens and creating kitchen counter cooking schools at home throughout America, our country could become victorious in ensuring that families are healthier. They will be eating healthier foods, working out in the garden and learning about food in a whole new way, all while connecting in a family activity.

Voices of Experience Tips from Registered Dietitian Moms “It’s not going to be a Norman Rockwell-like experience. It’s going to be messy, and everything associated with it might take 10 times longer than anticipated. It’s not about the outcome, it’s about the journey. “Allow your children to participate in the cooking process by giving them age-appropriate duties in the kitchen. We’re talking about rinsing produce in the colander, ‘looking’ at cookbooks, stirring, scooping, squeezing and setting the table. As they grow older, give them more to do.” ~Robin Plotkin, Dallas “Every other Wednesday, each child had to cook dinner. I gave them a piece of paper with fill-in-the-blanks. Every Sunday, they had to turn in their menu so I could go grocery shopping. Now, both my kids cook really healthy meals.” ~Chere Bork, near Minneapolis-St. Paul “Have kids look through kid-friendly cookbooks and scroll through their favorite recipe app. My girls regularly pick out recipes they would like to try for our next meal.” ~Suzanne Farrell, Denver “Giving them choices makes them feel like they’re contributing, and lets them put their own twist on a recipe.” ~Naomi May, Charleston, South Carolina

“Teaching someone else solidifies your own knowledge; I knew if her brothers taught my 8-year-old daughter, it would boost their own confidence, too. I always start by teaching about some food they are excited to make on their own. Then I start asking them to help with meal prep. Pretty soon, they have an arsenal of skills and can prepare a meal by themselves.” ~Niki Strealy, Portland, Oregon “Let your kids experiment in the kitchen. My first couple dozen creations didn’t taste good, but I eventually developed a sense of what did and didn’t work. Giving this freedom nurtures a sense of creativity in the kitchen. It’s much easier when spatulas and rolling pins are childsize, like those at” ~Amy Gorin, near New York City “We watch videos together that demonstrate proper techniques. Everyone is designated an ‘official taste tester’.” ~ Jillian O’Neil, New York City Primary Source: Adapted from

Jen Haugen, a registered and licensed dietitian and certified master gardener, is the author of The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden. She blogs at natural awakenings

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Locavore Lingo What All the Food Labels Really Mean by Judith Fertig


ocally grown foods are more likely to have been bred for flavor and nutrition than durability and a long shelf life, says Emily Akins, outreach director for the Kansas City Food Circle, a cooperative that links residents with farmers that grow and raise organic and free-range food. An added benefit is getting to know the farmer and being able to ask the questions—and receive the answers—that are important to us. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that local food sales totaled $12 billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008. They continue to grow.

Organic or Certified Organic Consumers want to know the difference between organics and certified organics. Today’s number of U.S. certified organic operations has jumped nearly 300 percent since 2002 to more than 21,700. Although a certified organic designation might be the preferred index of 52

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how foods are grown and raised, it is not always possible for certain foods in some climates. Sometimes there’s a tradeoff in buying organic foods in the carbon footprint of its transport to market. According to the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, in Tampa, Florida, “Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation.” To be considered certified organic under the Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 205, products must meet these standards: n No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years. n Farmers and processors are inspected annually by a certifying agency. n Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of practices. n Farmers are required to maintain a written organic management plan.

Certified Humane When we buy local cheese, poultry or meat at the farmers’ market, we sometimes see a certified humane notice. One such producer is Baetje Farms, outside St. Louis, Missouri. Their highly regarded goat cheeses offer traceability via a lot number, so buyers can know exactly which milking the cheese came from. In factory farming, which often involves penning or caging animals that never go outdoors, “certified humane” means that this producer meets Humane Farm Animal Care standards: n Fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones. n Provided proper shelter with resting areas and sufficient space. n Animals have the ability to behave naturally. Veronica Baetje says her farm’s goats receive organic mineral supplements and locally grown alfalfa hay in addition to pasture grass every day. She adds, “They are free to choose what they prefer to do, whether skip and run up a hill, lie under the shade of a tree, soak up some sunshine or play with their herd mates.”

Wild Food At times, farmers’ markets will offer foraged foods from the wild or wild game.

Sources are listed online at EatWild. com. “Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers’ markets and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available,” says founder Jo Robinson, in Vashon, Washington. For example, Dave and Sue Whittlesey, at High Wire Ranch, in Hotchkiss, Colorado, raise bison (buffalo) and elk that they sell both through local stores and at the Aspen Saturday Market. The wild game is 100 percent pasture-fed, non-GMO (no genetically modified feed), gluten-free and not given hormones or any antibiotics unless the animal is sick.

Trusted Sources The land, climate and growing season dictate the best natural farming practices for each area, often described along with their products on farm and farmers’ market websites. Wisconsin’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, in Madison, provides detailed descriptions of farm products and agricultural practices so customers can make informed choices. Sometimes, the type of farm makes a difference. “We are intentionally human scale,” says Virginia Goeke, of Sylvan Meadows Farm, in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

“We choose to husband our land to promote harmony and synergy. We are creating a sustainable farm ecosystem where herbal meadows, prairies, heirloom gardens, orchards, woodlands, and rare breeds of livestock and wildlife flourish.” Sometimes, we’d just like someone else to do the food curating for us. The Kansas City Food Circle requires member farmers to take a pledge to follow certain agricultural practices. “When you buy food from our members, you can rely on the co-op’s pledge that it’s been certified naturally grown or that the farmer has USDA Organic certification,” says Akins. Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, the joint effort of 100 small-scale family farms providing fresh, organic, seasonal produce, in Leola, Pennsylvania, gives similar assurances. The USDA reports that 160,000 farmers nationwide are currently selling to their local markets via farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture organizations, restaurants, groceries and institutions, generating health, social, economic and environmental benefits for local communities. It keeps growing because we keep asking questions. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood

Healthy Foods Lexicon Grass-fed—Beef or milk cows fed on grass. The benefit is leaner, betterflavored meat and more omega-3s, plus fuller flavors in milk, butter and other dairy products. Heirloom—Older, non-hybrid varieties of produce, including fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. Foraged—Native foods gathered from the wild, rather than cultivated. Examples: wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, mulberries, native pecans, black walnuts and native persimmons.

Heritage breeds—Ancestral breeds of poultry and livestock that often take longer to reach market weight, but have more flavor.

Free range—Poultry raised outdoors where they are free to range over natural vegetation.

Local—Grown or raised within a threehour driving radius of the consumer’s purchase site.

Pastured—Livestock raised on pastures instead of factory farms. Traceability—Precise tracking by a farmer that informs the consumer of which chicken hatched a specific clutch of eggs, which farm grew a cantaloupe and which mill boiled down and bottled the sorghum syrup. Wild-caught—Fish that live and are caught in open lakes, streams or oceans. For more current agricultural, market and trade terms, visit natural awakenings

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Animal Welfare Lexicon by Tracey Narayani Glover


eciphering the significance of food labels can be daunting, particularly when seeking to understand what they mean for animal welfare. U.S. food labeling laws are notoriously weak, resulting in vague and sometimes misleading marketing claims. Legally, there is no definition of humane, which means that industry organizations are left to define this and other terms themselves. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) simply verifies that these companies comply with their own self-defined standards. Certified organic animals and free-range birds must be allowed outdoor access, yet these standards do not define the amount, duration or quality of access required. For example, the Certified Organic label doesn’t set any space requirements for animals housed indoors, nor prohibit the use of farrowing crates or gestation stalls which can be so small that the confined animals can’t turn around or roll over. The Cage-Free label indicates that eggs came from hens that were never confined to a cage and have had unlimited access to food, water and the freedom to roam. The reality is that most cage-free hens spend their entire lives in a shed where, due to overcrowding, they have barely more space than caged birds. Also, under all labels, it’s standard industry practice to kill the male chicks born to the egg industry. The Cage-Free label is particularly misleading when placed on anything other than egg cartons, because chickens raised for meat are never caged. Under most of the common labels, including Certified Organic, Cage-Free and Free-Range, physical mutilations such as horn removal, tail docking, debeaking and castration are permitted, and in most cases, providing pain relief is not required during these procedures. Animals form strong bonds with their young. In sanctuaries, pigs spend their lives with their piglets, mother cows form immediate and lifelong bonds with their calves, and chickens protect and communicate with their chicks. The routine practice of separating mothers from their young is standard under all labels. Whether an animal is raised for meat or for other products such as dairy or eggs, most agricultural animals will eventually be slaughtered at a fraction of their natural lifespan. Animals such as dairy cows and egg-laying hens are killed when their production declines. Veal (the meat of a


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baby cow) is considered to be a byproduct of the dairy industry, and the USDA estimates that 2,000 calves are slaughtered each day in the U.S. Be wary of the unregulated Humanely Raised label and the American Humane Certified label, which offer little improvement over the standard factory farming practices that many consumers abhor. The Certified Humane label, a program of Humane Farm Animal Care, is more stringent about living conditions, requiring that all animals have space that allows for exercise and freedom of movement, prohibiting crates, cages and tethers. It also has some limitations on physical mutilations, prohibiting debeaking and requiring pain relief for some other procedures at older ages. Under the Global Animal Partnership (GAP) label, products are ranked by a five-tiered rating system, with 1 being the least rigorous and 5 the most. GAP prohibits intensive confinement at all levels and only allows debeaking and tail docking up to its level 3 standard. Both the Certified Humane and the GAP labels go beyond the protections of the Humane Slaughter Act, requiring the butchery of cattle, pigs and sheep to comply with certain standards developed in partnership with Temple Grandin and the North American Meat Institute. The Animal Welfare Approved label likely offers the greatest independent protection of any label. It’s the only label to require pasture access for all animals, prohibit beak trimming of birds and tail docking of pigs, and mandate audited slaughter practices of most farmed animals. Concerned consumers might ask if there is any humane way to kill a sentient being that doesn’t want to die. Despite the perplexing state of food labeling, it’s still possible to eat compassionately. Visit local farms and ask questions or do what many conscientious consumers around the world are doing to ensure that their food choices reflect their values— stick to a plant-based diet, thus leaving animals and their byproducts off our plates entirely. Tracey Narayani Glover, J.D., is an animal advocate, writer, owner and chef of The Pure Vegan, and yoga and meditation teacher in Mobile, AL. Connect at and


COOL CHOW Icy Treats for Hot Summer Days by Sandra Murphy


tasty ways. After removing strings, n 2015, manufacturers of commerfill celery logs with plain yogurt and cial dog and cat foods and treats freeze. To serve, cut into one-bite issued 28 recalls, some for multiple pieces appropriate for a dog’s size. products, due to the potential presAnother easy favorite is fillence of listeria or salmonella bacteria, ing an ice cube tray two-thirds full mold, dangerous levels of cumuwith Greek-style or traditional plain latively harmful propylene glycol, yogurt mixed with diced strawberries inadequate thiamine, elevated levels or whole blueberries of vitamin D, off odors Use the freshest and freeze overnight. or labeling problems ( ingredients, organic For cats, omit the fruit and instead add bits ManufacturerRecalls). and non-GMO (no of mercury-free waterIn response, homemade treats have grown in genetic modification) packed tuna or salmon a special treat. Add popularity to ensure where possible; tuna as fresh or dried catnip to that pets enjoy safe and or salmon in a pouch catch Kitty’s attention. healthy snacks. “Once when fixing “Most summer is safer than BPAdinner, I dropped a fruits work naturally to canned fish. piece of frozen yellow cool the body,” advises squash and the dogs Cathy Alinovi, co-author dove for it,” says writer Livia J. Washof Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of burn, in Azle, Texas, of her ChihuaNutritious Homemade Meals for Cats huas. “Nicki waits for things to hit the and Dogs, in Pine Village, Indiana. floor; Nora showed her game face and “Healthful treats, made from the best won the Squash War.” ingredients, are a good way to take a “Obesity is the number one nubreak from summer heat.” tritional disease affecting our pets, so She suggests taking a refreshing summertime activities that avoid overlook at low-calorie fruits and veggies heating are vital for overall health,” says such as stuffed celery used in creative,

Veterinarian Jeff Werber, a veterinary medical journalist with a Los Angeles practice. “Proper nutrition is critical— not only to the foods we feed, but to the treats we give.” Twelve years ago, Rick Woodford’s Belgian Malinois/Labrador mix, Jackson, was diagnosed with lymphoma. In order to keep him eating, Woodford shared his own food. Jackson lived an additional four years, in part due to improved nutrition. “Portion control is important,” he says. “What’s right for an 80-pound dog is way too much for a 30-pounder.” Woodford, the author of Feed Your Best Friend Better and Chow, lives near Portland, Oregon. Frosty Paws is a lower lactose version of ice cream for dogs and discriminating cats. Recipes for homemade versions can be found online. The basics are one ripe, mashed banana, 32 ounces of plain or vanilla yogurt and two tablespoons of honey, all mixed in a blender and frozen in small ice cube trays. Variations may substitute goat’s milk yogurt or add a quarter-cup of strawberries, cranberries or blueberries for antioxidants in lieu of the honey. Frozen vegetable broth, primed with added bits of cooked chopped spinach, broccoli, carrots or a small cheese cube, is a hit with dogs. Cats like theirs with tidbits of chicken, turkey or a few shreds of cheese. Using a bone-shaped ice cube tray lets humans know it’s the pet’s treat. “When I was developing frozen treat recipes, my husband came in from the yard one hot afternoon and went straight to the freezer,” says Paris Permenter about John Bigley, co-authors of The Healthy Hound Cookbook, in Cedar Park, Texas, who live with mixed breeds Irie and Tiki. “I watched him eat two helpings of the dog ice cream and then told him what it was. We often share our food with our dogs. It was nice for them to share their goodies with us!” The bottom line for the best summertime treats is to go healthy, be creative, use fresh ingredients, don’t overindulge and stay cool. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ natural awakenings

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Plum and Apple Coolers

photo courtesy of The Healthy Hound Cookbook

One batch makes enough cubes to treat both a large- and medium-size dog.

Frosty Treats for Furry Friends Cooling Recipes Fido’s Frozen Fruit Pupsicles

Transfer frozen cubes to a zip-top plastic bag; stores up to 2 months in the freezer.

4 cups water 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional) 1 cup fresh fruit (no grapes or raisins), chopped Wash and core all fruit. Blueberries and strawberries are popular with most dogs, while others enjoy melons, peaches and apples. Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces. Mix fruit with water and molasses.

Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Watermelon Slush Low-calorie watermelon is high in potassium and magnesium plus vitamins A and C; filled with fluid, it helps prevent dehydration. Blackstrap molasses has less sugar and more minerals than other sweeteners.

Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

2 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed 1 /2 cup strawberries 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses 1 /2 cup coconut water 1 cup ice

Mango Sorbet

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix.

Freeze the mix in ice cube trays, small tubs or Popsicle molds.

2 ripe mangos, peeled Juice of 1 orange Juice of 1 lime 1 /2 cup unsweetened almond milk

Serve in a bowl as a slushie treat or pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Add all ingredients to a blender and purée.

Or share a slice of fun. Many dogs love plain watermelon slices. Be sure the animal doesn’t eat the seeds or rind.

Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.

Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley


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(10-lb dog: 1 to 2 cubes; 20-lb dog: 3 to 4 cubes; 40-lb dog: 4 to 5 cubes; 60-lb dog: 5 to 6 cubes; 80-lb dog: 6 to 7 cubes; 100-lb dog: 7 to 8 cubes) 6 plums, washed and pitted 1 Tbsp filtered water, to begin 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1 /4-inch cubes (no seeds) Purée the plums and water in a blender or food processor. Add another 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if needed. Spread the apples in the ice cube tray and spoon the plum purée on top. Don’t pack, or it will become a denser cube. Freeze for 4 hours. Serve the cubes one by one (outdoors may be best) or in a big bowl. Source: Chow, by Rick Woodford

Ingredients to Avoid Avoid peanut and other nut butters or any ingredient with xylitol, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, coffee and caffeine, onions, chives, garlic, nuts and salty snack foods. Chocolate is also on the no-go list; the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for pets; baking chocolate is the most dangerous. If a pet eats any of these, try to determine how much and contact the family veterinarian, a veterinary emergency clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. For a full list of foods to avoid, visit

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The Hidden Deficiency Having the proper amount of iodine in our system at all times is critical to overall health, yet the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that iodine deficiency is increasing drastically in light of an increasingly anemic national diet of unpronounceable additives and secret, unlabeled ingredients. This deficit now affects nearly three-quarters of the population.

Causes of Iodine Deficiency


Almost everyone is routinely exposed to iodine-depleting radiation

Low-Sodium Diets

Overuse of zero-nutrient salt substitutes in foods leads to iodine depletion

Iodized Table Salt

Iodized salt may slowly lose its iodine content by exposure to air


A toxic chemical found in baked goods overrides iodine's ability to aid thyroid

Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

A Growing Epidemic Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

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

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FRIDAY, JULY 1 Fourth Annual Summer of Love Challenge – Commit to either three classes or five classes a week for 10 weeks. Special package rate of $299 for the 10-week program. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 5981938. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, JULY 2 Guided Nature Walk – 8am. See birds in native vegetation with experienced bird patrol guides pointing out the many species. Wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing. Bring water, sunscreen and binoculars. Free with paid parking. Lakes Regional Park, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 533-7580.

Paying the Price for Peace Documentary – 6pm. A full-length documentary about the life of Brian Willson and the peace movement in the US. Includes Alice Walker, Col Ann Wright, Martin Sheen and many more. Narrated by Peter Coyote. $5-$10 suggested donation. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm. org. See news brief, page 13.

SUNDAY, JULY 3 Book Study: Think and Grow Rich – 11:30am1:30pm. Sundays thru July 31. With Rev Eileen. Five-week class based on the book Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. Discover the entire philosophy of moneymaking, just as it was organized from the actual achievements of the most successful men known to the American people during the past 50 years. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

MONDAY, JULY 4 Happe Campers Summer Camps – July 4-29. With Super Science and Amazing Art. Camps: July 4-9: Movie Making; July 11-15: Environmental Arts; July 18-22: Eco-Engineering; and July 25-29: Eco-Tourism. For children grades one through five. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Register: 682-2780 or Allison@SuperScienceFL. com. or

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House of Gaia Summer Camps – July 4-29. 9:30am-2:30pm. Weekly camps for boys and girls ages 4 to 10 years old. This leadership program is designed to teach communication skills, develop a sense of community and create global and meaningful connections. $175/child (10 percent discount for siblings). 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Preregister: 272-6152.

TUESDAY, JULY 5 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. 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. Jennifer Stevens guides students through an hour of meditation and provides an opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen a meditation practice in a comfortable and supportive environment. Free. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or greenmonkey. com/naples-schedule.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 Cancer Wednesday for Children – 11am-4pm. Free salt cave sessions for children with cancer. Appointment required; limited space available. Book online. Salt Therapy Grotto, Cambridge Ct, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. See news brief, page 16. Stress, Hormones and Health – 6:30pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora, ARNP. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP required: 777-4647.

THURSDAY, JULY 7 Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite

deck is required. $30. Part II on 7/14. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

Essential Oils 101 – 5:30pm. Join Tanya Childress to learn to use the safest, purest essential oils to support pregnancy, delivery and natural healing process. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Register:

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.

Dymystifying Medical Cannabis: Addicting Drug or Amazing Medicinal Herb – 6:30pm. With Dr Michael Uphues, DO. The facts about this controversial plant are often obscured by the political and legal issues surrounding the medical use thru the centuries. Seating is limited. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 560-8334. Simultaneous Breath and Sound Integration – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With Carrie Sopko and William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance, while using the breath to help clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness. Client discounts available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

FRIDAY, JULY 8 Tarot Readings – 11am-4pm. With Jamie. Enjoy a private reading to seek answers and directions to questions you may be facing. $35/30 minutes. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples.  By appointment only: 213-9276. John of God Crystal Bed Welcome Event – 1:307pm. Join Lotus Blossom Clinic and Spirit Works Healing Arts Studio as they welcome the John of God Crystal Healing Bed to their clinic and educate/ answer questions about this healing modality. Call for special pricing available for this event only. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 277-1399. See news brief, page 10. Psychic Faire – 5-8pm. Offering mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past-life and readings, plus meet your angels, meet your animal spirit guide. $20/15 mins (cash only for services). Shop in Naples’ largest

SATURDAY, JULY 9 Early Morning Sadhana – 4:30-7am. With Dhanwant. A morning of meditation, mantras, exercise and prayer done when the world is quiet, before the sun rises. Serving tea and light snack following class. $15-$20 suggested donation. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. All Levels Yoga – 8:30-9:30am.  With Tania. An energetic class suitable for all levels of experience. Drop-ins welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. Inner Spa Day – 9-11am. Soothe your summer soul. Breeze through the summer while centering your mind, body and soul. Explore and experience various Monarch programs for personal growth specific to adults, teens, children and families. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Connecting to Your Intuitive Workshop – July 9-10. 10am-5pm. W/Jay Higgins. In this two-day program, learn to open and balance your chakras, meet your five main guides, see auras, feel and understand energies, meditate deeper and connect stronger with yourself. $150 cash or $125 prepaid by 6/30. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Thyroid Seminar – 10:30am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 46. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 277-1399.

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Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Restore and Renew –1-3pm. With Kim Clayton and Addy Huff. Enjoy a blissfully relaxing restorative yoga practice while a massage therapist assists in releasing stress and tension from the body in this deeply therapeutic workshop. $45. 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. (239) 598-1938. Laughter Yoga and Mindfulness – 4:30-6pm. With Jill Emmerich and Michelle Falco. Learn to cope with everyday life challenges through laughter and positive mindfulness. Manage stress through movement, breathing, humor and positive laughirmations. Sponsored by Monarch Wellness and the Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida. Free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210.


Intercession of Knowing: Learn to Channel – 7:30-9:30pm. Meets weekly thru 8/31. With Roy Burns. An eight-week training to create and develop the most effective and efficient person pathway to self-awareness and spirit communication. Receive basic protocols and learn how to embody the frequency you are incarnated to gift to the Earth and others in our world. $225 cash for all or $200/ prepaid. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

THURSDAY, JULY 14 Hyperbaric Oxygen Reduces Pain and Inflammation Seminar – 10am. Free. YOLLO Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 275-0039. Social Inclusion Initiative for Change Fundraiser – 5:30pm-8:30pm. Join for wine and cheese tasting

to benefit House of Gaia’s special needs programs. Raffles/auctions: trip to South America, art, spa packages and more. Live music entertainment. Donation requested. Paradise Wine, 8965 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Info: 239-272-6152 or Integrative Relaxation – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Peggy Sealfon. Nurture your body and mind and release stress from the source. Feel refreshed and empowered to tackle life’s challenges with new solutions where before there were only problems. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Candlelight Yin Yoga with Crystal Bowls – 6-7:15pm. With Marcie. A relaxing and restorative class, often with live music. Drop-ins

Cloth Diapering – 6pm. With EcoBaby and Home. Learn cloth diapering basics – how they are better for your baby, better for the environment and better for your bottom line. See the different styles and brands and how to wash them, travel with them and what to do about the mess. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. Register:

TUESDAY, JULY 12 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 Cancer Wednesday for Women – 11am-4pm. Free salt cave sessions for women with cancer. Appointment required; limited space available. Book online. Salt Therapy Grotto, Cambridge Ct, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. See news brief, page 16. Art Reception and Community Night – 6-9pm. Sky Art Reception: featuring the original works of Mary Taglieri, Celeste Borah and Michael Monroe. Live painting by Michael Monroe; live music by Alchemie; live street painting by Jane Portaluppi Durand; live dulcimer music by Debo Sylla; and Interactive Food as Art by Chef Pyro and Pierre. Trunk jewelry show, butterfly card making, community drum circle and yoga class (6:30-7:30pm). Free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Parent Support Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. With Jill Emmerich. Monthly workshop for parents of kids of all ages and levels of ability to come together, discuss challenges, solve difficult problems, support and teach each other. $30, $50/2 people; clients: $25, $40/2 people; members/free. Call for eight-week group dates. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. 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 I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760.

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welcome. Hummingbird Wellbeing Center & Boutique, 27785 Old 41, Bonita Springs. 494-6983. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 277-1399. RSVP: Goddess Night – 7pm. 2nd Thurs of each month. With Kelly Occhiuzzo and Julie LeBriton. A celebration of the divine feminine. Experience a new goddess energy each month. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. RSVP:

FRIDAY, JULY 15 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Two-Week Intensive – July 15-31. This two-week intensive program is an immersion of transformation and inspiration that will give you tools to live your life to your fullest potential. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or intensive-teacher-trainings. Organic Dinner at Shangri La Springs – 4-8pm. The 3rd Friday of the month with Chef Pyro. Enjoy your dinner in the beautiful garden view dining room or under the giant Mysore fig tree. Organic, fresh, locally-grown ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian and protein options. 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Reservations required: 949-0749. In the Flow – 6:30-9pm. Join Lulu and Salima for the ultimate experience in dance, yoga and art. Also enjoy organic, raw, cold-pressed juice samples by


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SATURDAY, JULY 16 Naples Botanical Garden Juicelation. Music provided by DJ Desmian. $25/ person. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1&3, Naples. Info: 272-6152. Preregistration required: Community HU – 7pm. Sharing a love song to God. Vineyards Community Center, 6231 Arbor Blvd W, Naples. 482-4034. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan Gorny. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. $11 donation. Healing Light Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Sacred Sound/Sacred Space – 7-9pm. With Dana House. Connect to the divine spark within through

Neuvisioning Vision Board Workshop – 9am-5pm. Achieve your dreams using vision boards, but not in the way it’s typically done. Introducing a research validated, evidence-based approach to creating vision boards. Your brain will thank you; your soul will soar. $149, includes lunch. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Weekend Childbirth Education – July 16-17. 10am-3pm, Sat; noon-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Info/register: Psychic Faire –11am-4pm. Offering mini-readings with experienced readers. Angelic, tarot, mediumship, psychic, past-life and readings plus meet your angels, meet your animal spirit guide. $20/15 mins (cash only for services). Shop in Naples’ largest metaphysical store. Appointments welcome. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Conscious CA$H Creation – 1-5pm. Would you like to create and generate more money in your life? Whether you are in debt and struggling, or just want more ease around money, come learn tools and pro-

cesses to change any money situation. Class special: $175 ($250 value). Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Register: 305-331-7465. Scrying – Into the Looking Glass – 2pm. Learn how to use a crystal ball or a mirror to get intuitive visual information. Cleansing and preparing of the tools will be discussed as well as different techniques used for scrying and how to interpret messages. Bring your own crystal ball, crystal or mirror or borrow one of ours. $20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, JULY 17 Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A light kundalini class consisting of physical warm-ups, kriya and mantras, followed by the sound therapy of the gong.  $25.  BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 2139276. Recovery Yoga – 4:30-6pm. With Y12SR-certified Michelle Falco. Combines the practical tools of the 12-step program with the ancient wisdom of yoga. Suitable for trauma, loss, addictions (substances, food, gambling, etc) and other emotional challenges. Stay for candlelight yoga afterward. By donation. Monarch Wellness. Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands  of  birds going to roost for the night. It’s summer and some of these birds are still nesting. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise.  Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $40/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.


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Thermography Screening – With Taryn Kean, CCT Level III of Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging. Bennett Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 7130 Estero Blvd, Ste 1, Ft Myers Bch. Appointment: 929-2011.

The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

Cancer Wednesday for Men – 11am-4pm. Free salt cave sessions for men with cancer. Appointment required; limited space available. Book online. Salt Therapy Grotto, Cambridge Ct, 3443 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. See news brief, page 16. Managing Anxiety – 6:30-8:00pm. Join Michelle Falco, registered yoga teacher and certified holistic nutritionist, for this special seminar on how to manage anxiety. Through her personal experience with anxiety, she has developed different techniques and tools that she teaches in her classes at Monarch. Topics include anxiety, panic attacks, getting a better sleep, proper nutrition, relaxation and empowerment. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. See news brief, page 14. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meaning of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 7/27. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Introduction to Access Consciousness – 7-8pm. What if you had the tools and processes to create your life the way you knew you were always meant to live? Access Consciousness uses practical techniques that include your being and your body to change anything that isn’t working in your life.


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Junior Ranger Adventure: Wading Tour – 10am. Join a park ranger to explore the marine animals that make the estuary unique as you explore the sea grass flats. Be prepared to get wet as you wade into the estuary with dip nets to collect exciting critters. For kids ages 6 and up. Free with park admission. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. Preregister: 463-4588. 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 I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. The Role of Detox in Cancer Prevention and Treatment – 5pm. Learn how certain genetic variations make a difference in how each person eliminates toxins. Discover specific foods that help detox on a daily basis and what a diet that emphasizes detoxification looks like. Supplementation focus will be on shakes, powders and capsules that support a detox. Lastly, learn how infrared

saunas, Epsom salt baths and exercise can also aid in detoxification. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Springs. 239-676-5249. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6pm. With Linda Collins. Come and bask in the high vibrations of Linda’s alchemy crystal infused bowls while she leads you on a guided meditation. Meditation combined with the bowls is an experience in healing and raising your vibrations. $10 cash. Goddess I AM Healing & Art Center, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Transformational Breath – Peaceful Mind – 6:308pm. With Carrie Sopko. Clear the subconscious and open to higher levels of consciousness and awareness which you can integrate into your everyday life. Release suppressions, repressions and old patterns permanently at a cellular level. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210.

FRIDAY, JULY 22 Be Well Natural Health Partners Open House Weekend – July 22-24. See website for Free Class Friday schedule; 11am-4pm, Sat; noon-4pm, Sun. Stop in with your questions. Enjoy demos on our therapeutic equipment, special offers and samples. Learn about services: thermal imaging, hypnotherapy, essential oils, energy healing, massage, lymphatic drainage, foundation training, fitness, yoga, qigong and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. See ad on page 52 and news brief on page 13. Intense Pulse Light Presentation – 11:30am-1pm, in Naples; 3-5pm in Ft Myers. Join for light refreshments and a presentation, followed by a valuable

Q&A session with Medical Director Dr Prendiville. He will explain the benefits of Intense Pulse Light and other aesthetic procedures. Assuage Spa Luxury, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 1, Naples; SW FL Facial Plastic Surgery, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste A, Ft Myers. 333-1450. See ad on page 18 and news brief on page 10. Fijian Products Workshop – 2-3pm. Taste our ginger, turmeric, sea salt and kava and learn about their many uses for health and wellness. $20. YOLLO Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 275-0039. Pet Walk – 6-8pm. Every 4th Fri. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy an evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers.

SATURDAY, JULY 23 Reiki Level II – July 23-24. 8:30am-6pm. With RM Silvia Casabianca. Access higher levels of energy by learning three symbols for physical/emotional/mental and distance healing. Reiki I required. $265 (before 7/10). 18 FLCEUs, LMTs, nurses, MHC, CSWs, MFTs, nutritionists. 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. Preregister: Medical Marijuana Business Seminar – 10am2:30pm or 5-9:30pm. With Dr Jonathan R Byron, PhD. Crohns Charity Service Foundation presents prospective career opportunities in starting medicinal marijuana business seminar. These classes will inform and aid participants about opening a business in the medical cannabis industry. $199/registered by 7/5, $250/from 7/6-7/23. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 200-7214. See ad, page 61. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services, including readings, astrology, mediumship, tarot, palm readings, reiki, biofeedback and pet communication. $25/20 minutes. The Mystical Moon Bonita, 8951 SE Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 255. RSVP: 301-0655. Access Consciousness BARS Class – 10am-6pm. Learn the Access BARS, 32 points on the head that when lightly touched start to clear all of the limitations you have about different areas of your life and body. Get relief from sadness, pain, stress, insomnia, money, relationship, sex, health, weight and anxiety issues and more. $300.  Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-331-7465. Register:

TUESDAY, JULY 26 Stress, Hormones and Health – 4pm. With Evie Breedlove-Mangapora, ARNP. Learn how hormone imbalance could be robbing your zest for life. Kunjani Craft Coffee & Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. RSVP required: 777-4647. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a blanket and/or a pillow. $10. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339.

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Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27 Are Foods Making you Sick? – 1pm. Learn why, with Dave Marlowe, ALCAT specialist from Cell Science. YOLLO Wellness, 3840 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 275-0039. See ad on page 39 and news brief on page 12.

THURSDAY, JULY 28 Restorative Sound – Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With William Ward. Allow the healing vibrations of crystal and Tibetan bowls in concert to soothe your soul and bring your body back into its original balance. Part of the Peaceful Mind series, with rotating teachers each week. Client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 3259210. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 277-1399. RSVP:

SATURDAY, JULY 30 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression,

astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Access Consciousness Energetic Face Lift Class – 11am-6pm. Learn the Energetic Facelift, a non-invasive light touch, dynamic energy transformation system that naturally lifts sagging skin, diminishes wrinkles and revives skin. People have reported permanentlooking results after 20 sessions. $250. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 305-3317465. Yin and Thai Yoga – 2-4pm. With Jamie. Sink deep into yin-style yoga poses as Jamie works the magic of Thai massage. Release tension, root into yourself and let the day go. $45. Limited to eight students. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. Movement and Breath for Labor – 3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25/ early bird, $30/door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 2487931. Register: or

SUNDAY, JULY 31 Empowered Planning for Peace of Mind – 1-3pm. The Magic and Myths of Hospice, presented by Avow. A discussion on living wills and healthcare surrogates: who needs them, what they protect and how to get them in place. When to consider hospice care; how it helps seriously ill people and their families. Get a free Living Will Kit and a copy of My

Life Dossier to organize your personal information. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Info@

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food-healing protocols. $25. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 277-1399.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 Medicinal Marijuana Business Seminar – 10am2:30pm or 5-9:30pm. See July 23 listing. $199/registered by 7/5, $250/from 7/6-7/23. Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 200-7214. See ad, page 61.

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daily Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/ drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: David Essel Alive – Get inspired. Join the archived national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra. Tune in 24/7 at Guided Tour, Organic Lunch and Spa – MonFri. 10am-3pm, gift shop open. 11am and 2pm, guided tour, $15; 11:30am-2:30pm, organic lunch: vegan, vegetarian and protein offerings. Tue-Sun: organic spa by appointment. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100. Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, senior minister. Youth ministry also at 10am. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511.


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Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Silent Meditation – 10-11am. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Newcomers welcome. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. Prayer and meditation with Rev Joyce Heist. Reading and discussion based on Basic Principles of the Science of Mind. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 516-909-7624. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Gentle Yoga for Discovering a Path to Peace – 10:30am-noon. With Renee Newell. Through gentle yoga and stretching, learn to move with awareness and less effort, to be more and do less. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Ashtanga Yoga: Full Primary Series – 11:30am. A set sequence of postures as taught by the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral


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required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Candlelight Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco, RYT. Gentle and meditative practice lit by candles. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. 325-9210. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or just listen. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.

monday Yin Yoga – 10-11:30am. A slow, gentle, restorative technique allowing the body to become more flexible while relieving stress, tension and pain. $17/ drop-in, $60/monthly pass. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312.

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Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). Fire Station 48, 16280 Livingston Rd, Naples. Working Toward Wellness Support Group – 5:307pm. With Patrick Hendry. For people living with a mental diagnosis and still working in the community. The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida, 2335 9th St N, Ste 404, Naples. 703-489-5742 or Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Meryl Sykes. Vinyasa yoga class, no experience necessary. $20/class, $90/ five-class pack, $150/10 class pack. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 646-2261471. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($30). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 280-9095. Gurdjieff/Ouspensky Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410.

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Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 7-8:30pm. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. Second Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of

Naples Botanical Garden a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Bliss Workout – 7-8am. Mix between yoga and aerobics, ending with meditation. For beginners to advanced. $15. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 948-9444. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 9-10am. With Michelle Falco, RTY. Gentle yoga targeting poses to build strength and flexibility for your body. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Tai Chi – 9:30am. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Healing Yoga – 10:30-11:30am. With Michelle Falco. Meditative class to tune into your mind/body connection for healing. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10:30am-noon. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Nia – 11am-noon. With Valeria Hill. Combines marital arts, dance and healing arts. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregiv-

ers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560. Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 5-6pm. 2nd & 4th Tue. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Veterans/free, $10/drop-in/general public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Relax, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Private classes available. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444.

Eifler. Students can enjoy yoga surrounded by the beauty of nature at Delnor-Wiggins State Park. Check Facebook for weather cancellations. $5 plus state park entry fees. 11135 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples. 598-1938. Qigong Movement and Relaxation – 9-10am. With Peggy Sealfon. Combines yoga, qigong and integrative relaxation (yoga nidra) to help you feel refreshed and recharged. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes; client discount available, members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Yoga for Well-being – 9:30-10:45am. With Mary Cline Golbitz. Gentle class for beginners or those suffering from chronic illness or injury. Yoga postures, breath work, sound and wellness practices based on ayurveda, qigong and other disciplines. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Reading at the Refuge – Thru Aug 6. 10am. Attendees of each 45-minute reading and crafts session learn about a refuge animal and make a take-home craft related to it. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Feel guilty when standing up for yourself? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.

Guided Mindfulness Meditation – 6pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA. 30-minute guided practice with readings, discussion and Q&A. By donation. Integrative Mindfulness Studio, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Nonviolent System: Peace in the Midst of Violence – 6-7pm. With Eddie Rose. Learn how to avoid and redirect an attack, rather than to strike back and escalate an attack. These principles can also be applied to verbal and/or energetic aggression. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. Yoga for Anxiety Relief – 6:30-7:30pm. With Michelle Falco. Gentle class to calm the body with yoga while learning specific self-talk skills. $15/ drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Bachata – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152.

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

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Cooperative Caterpillar Kids Club – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Behavior Specialist Jill Emmerich, BCaBA. Build social and communication skills including sharing, taking turns, following directions and healthy expression of emotions. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/ four classes; client discount available; members/ free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Focused Caterpillar Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. Every other Wed; check schedule. With Salima Silverman. Specialized yoga for children to improve focus and attention through self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 4 and up. $15/drop-in or $50/four classes; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Wellness, Naples. 325-9210. Gentle Yoga and Meditation – 6pm. Yoga prepares body for meditation. Learn breathing and relaxation techniques; reduce stress. Donation. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral.

Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those who are in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday World Fusion Dance – 9:30-10:45am. With Winnie Purple. A fun and exciting dance class that incorporates movements from different cultures around the world. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 9490749. Indigo Trail Hike – Thru Aug 6. 10am. Join refuge naturalists as they lead a one-hour tour to the Wildlife Education Board to identify and discuss ecosystem’s plants, mammals, birds and reptiles. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. Connected Warriors: Complimentary Yoga for Veterans – 11am-noon. With Gary Granza and Keady Gonzalez. Adaptive yoga with long sequences to calm your spirit. Followed by coffee, water and snacks. Veterans/free, $10/drop-in/general public. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Calm and Confident Caterpillars Kids Yoga – 5-6pm. With Salima Silverman. Special class for children ages 4-12 struggling with anxiety, fears, shyness and self-doubt. Day/time to be determined based on interest. $15/drop-in, $50/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr, Naples. Preregistration required: 325-9210. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 4th Thurs. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Satsang; support each other, offer or receive reiki. Potluck. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. Info: 948-9444. Peaceful Mind – 6:30-8pm. With rotating teachers. Unwind and energize through use of transformational breath, restorative sound, yoga and integrative relaxation. $20/drop-in or $60/four weeks; client discount available; members/free. Monarch Therapy, 843 Myrtle Terrace, Naples. 325-9210. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Intro to Latin – 7pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Meditation and Dharma Discussion – 7-8pm. Silent seated and walking meditation followed by open dharma discussion based on presented topic. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. A self-healing system using conscious breath work. $20/drop-in. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. Salsa – 8pm. All levels. First class is free. Studio One, 4184 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 214-3464.

friday Family Beach Walk – Thru Aug 6. 9am. The onehour program convenes at Gulfside Park to explore the refuge’s Gulf-front Perry Tract. City parking fees apply. Bring water, sunscreen and bug spray.


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JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. Restorative Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Ann Marina. Quiet the mind, soothe the nervous system and increase mind/body awareness as we connect with the nurturing energy of nature. $15/ drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Open and Volunteer Day – 10am-4pm. Free tours. Lend a hand with organic gardening, painting, sacred space maintenance. Share vegetarian/ vegan potluck lunch. Meditate in the serenity of the Happehatchee Center. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Ashtanga Yoga Basics – 10:45-11:45am. All levels, modifications offered. Based on the teachings of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. $15 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. 961-2491. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Women only. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 948-9162. Baby Care Class – Noon-2:30pm. 1st Fri. Thru July. Baby care teaches parents what to expect to help parents feel prepared and confident for their baby’s arrival. $25 includes book. Naples YMCA, Wynn’s Café Conference Room, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Register: 989-7332. Kristin.Millet@ Free Class Fridays – Noon-7pm. Join Be Well Health Partners for free classes about: energy, essential oils, self hypnosis, healthy habits, eating for wellness, fitness, relaxation and more. Be Well Natural Health Clinic, 1032 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 250-9312. Schedule: Cycling Class for Parkinson’s – 12:30-2pm. Find support from other people with Parkinson’s, feel better and reduce your symptoms. Physician referral required. Free. Bonita Springs YMCA, 27200 Kent Rd. Marla Ramsey: 221-7560.

designed to warm your body, stretch your muscles and deepen your breath. $20/drop-in; regular class packages apply. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 5981938 or Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Bonita Springs Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Everyone welcome; kids, dogs, the whole family. Drum, dance, hoop, have fun. Riverside Park, 10451 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Facebook Page: Drum Circle of Bonita Springs.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. Complimentary Boot Camp Class – 9am. 1st Sat. With Dave Kunes. Tailor Made Fitness, 675 Piper Blvd, Ste 2, Naples. RSVP: 412-779-6176 or Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. A Day of Healing – 9:30am-noon or 1:30-4:30pm. 3rd Sat. With Dolores Gozzi. Enjoy a class or group healing and meditation; varies each month. $35. The Pines, 8192 College Pkwy, Ste B 37 & B 38, Ft Myers. 826-6960. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

Chair Yoga – 2-3pm. With Dina Radcliffe, E-RYT. Breath work, mindful meditations, stretches and balance work. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749.

Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market.

Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Feel guilty when standing up for yourself? Grace Church (enter thru thrift store), 2415 Grand Ave, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. FloridaState.

Open and Volunteer Day – 10am-4pm. Free tours. Lend a hand with organic gardening, painting, sacred space maintenance. Share vegetarian/ vegan potluck lunch. Meditate in the serenity of the Happehatchee Center. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3:30-6:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Slow Flow Glow Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. A candlelit slow flow restorative class

Wildlife Wonders – Thru Aug 6. 11am. Every other Sat. Refuge education staff lead this indoor program about the mysteries of manatees, alligators, crocodiles and birds in the Visitor and Education Center auditorium. JN ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100, ext 236. Happehatchee Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Donation. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

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FOR SALE OIL LADY AROMATHERAPY® FOR SALE – Founded in 1992 by Candace Newman. Wonderful foundation for next person to grow. Contact Cress Diglio for prospectus: 407-709-9605 or cvDiglio@ SALON EQUIPMENT – Galaxy Facial Machine KT2020 with towel warmer: $1,300/OBO. Shampoo bowl and chair-station with attached mirror and hydraulic chair; nail table and chair: $600/OBO. Excellent condition. Roger: 239-850-9801.  

OPPORTUNITIES SEEKING LICENSED ESTHETICIAN – Located in an organic, upscale spa. Must be experienced, five plus years is preferred; experience with Eminence is a plus. Email resume to Info@  with JULY-NA-HireMeE as the subject. SEEKING LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST AND ESTHETICIAN – Located in an organic, upscale spa. Must be experienced; dually licensed is preferred, but not required. Email resume to with JULY-NAHireMeDual as the subject. SEEKING LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST – Located in an organic, upscale spa. Must be experienced. Email resume to Info@PurelyYouSpa. com with JULY-NA-HireMeLMT as the subject. SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My work includes recognizing and energizing potential business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business, complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 530-1377 or visit

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit. DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN


Jack Morris, AP, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM) Advanced Certified Cupping Specialist, MPS Certified • 239-293-4005 Specializing in long- and short-term pain issues, detoxification, cupping (reverse pressure therapy), migraines and TMJ, menses irregularity, PMS and infertility, smoking cessation and PTSD. See ad, page 26.

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

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


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

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

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


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AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, 33908 239-433-5995

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


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


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


Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.


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

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

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


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 201 8th St S, Ste 307, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM33202 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).


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


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


Certified Advanced Rolfer Advanced Cranial Therapist Advanced Visceral Therapist Certified Movement Educator Naturopathic Wellness Consulting By Appointment: 239-272-6443 Over 30 years excelling in Quick Pain Relief. Specializing in Back Pain, Structural Integration & Alignment, All Joint Pain Related Issues, Mobility Improvement, Sports Injuries, Non- Chiropractic Spinal Release. MA36890.

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

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


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


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


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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 68.


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


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 34.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 22.


4444 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 6 Naples 34103 239-263-2636 • Understand that your mouth affects your overall health? Call Dr. Stites. Forty years dedicated of biocompatible, conservative preparations, root canal alternatives and optimal oral health.


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


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


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


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


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

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3840 Colonial Blvd, Ste 2, Ft Myers 33966 239-275-0039 • Wendy Law is a wellness advocate that will empower you to take control of your health and wellness using FDA-approved modalities and testing. See ad, page 39.

Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 •

Dedicated to educating and coaching you to achieve your optimal health and wellness. Fatigue, thyroid disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive disorders, diabetes. Custom wellness plans. See ad, page 28.

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

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


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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 113, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax


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


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 49.


Come heal with us! From Iyengar and Alignment yoga to Quantum Energetics, CranioSacral Therapy, Rapid Trauma Resolution and Acupuncture, we can help.

Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 20.


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

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 68.


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


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


I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day. ~Vincent Van Gogh


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9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 18.



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Keith L Minchew, D.PSc, CNC, PMA Lic. #2305 8891 Brighton Ln, Ste 107, Bonita Spgs 34135 239-390-3177 • July kinesiology screening special only $29.95. Having a health issue with a missing root cause? By appt: 239-390-3177.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 47.


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


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 25.



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




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

At NRS we use a new technology that provides organic rug cleaning that is safer for your home. Our facility is suitable for all types and fibers including wool, silk and viscose rugs. See ad, page 23.



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

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

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

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


2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 59.


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

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

Serving Naples since 1999. Hatha and therapeutic Yoga. Improve p o st u r e , b r e a t h - w o r k , h e a l injuries, The Great Yoga Wall®. Massage therapy: sports, Swedish, Lomi Lomi. Nutritional counsel. Summer special: 3 for 2.


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