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I’ve been on a stricter nutritional plan than usual after noticing my blood pressure was running a little high last winter. However, now that I’ve arrived at my summer lake cottage in Michigan, I anticipate my discipline may be put to the test. Beginning with the Fourth of July holiday, family and friends will start arriving bringing goodies I’m not supposed to eat. My new program calls for eliminating dairy, grains, processed foods and sugars. Basically, I’m always safe eating as many low-carb veggies as I want. It’s a far cry from the good old days, when my seven siblings and I left water play to feast on Wonder Bread bologna sandwiches, potato chips and Kool-Aid. Childhood game nights munching on Mom’s special caramel corn and roasting marshmallows over the campfire are tough to replace. But it’s a fun challenge trying to find healthy alternatives. When I was in my 20s and making healthier choices, the cottage became the site of a weeklong fast. I’d already learned that subsequent to summer’s traditionally more lenient food choices, I needed to regularly cleanse and detox my body. I’m glad other family members began joining me on this path. For several years running, the new tradition became coming up with freshly juiced veggie concoctions and supporting each other in a group fast, so we actually looked forward to the adventure. By the end of the week, we’d feel so good that we hesitated to break our fast. These days, I prefer more gentle cleanses and detoxes like the ones described in this month’s two features on ways to naturally remove toxins from body, mind and spirit (pages 36-40). “Natural Ways to Cleanse Body and Mind,” by Meredith Montgomery, and “Local Health Professionals Make Great Detox Partners,” by Linda Sechrist, cover a whole systems approach to detoxification. The aim is to remove limiting thoughts and beliefs, as well—all the barriers that impede the free flow of life energy throughout our being. Speaking of fresh energy, check out the new Natural Awakenings logo on the cover. During our 23 years of publishing we’ve periodically updated our look, and feel this latest design is stronger and bolder, properly representing the leadership of our family of 85 magazines nationwide. As the first and flagship edition, Southwest Florida will be piloting other new design elements this year, as well, to see how readers respond. Let me know what you think at Sharon@NaturalAwakeningsMag. com. It’s all part of our commitment to accurately reflect the progressive, cuttingedge information you find in these pages each month. Summer is a great time to look for new ways to renew your spirit. I intend to find them… and hope you do too. I double dare you! Happy adventuring,
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newsbriefs Summer Camps at House of Gaia
he House of Gaia, in Naples, will conduct two summer camps as part of its Outside the Box leadership programs, which focuses on communication skills, a sense of community and creating meaningful global connections. Children from 4 to 10 years old can attend camp from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 25 through 29. A session for campers with challenges and different abilities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., August 1 through 5. Campers will learn the elements of cartoons, television and film production. Scholarships are available for this unique program. Cost: $175 per week; 10 percent discount available for siblings. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1 and 3. For more information or to register, call 239-272-6152, email Info@HouseOfGaia.org or visit HouseOfGaia.org. See ad, page 24.
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Self-Defense Classes in Fort Myers
r. Robert Murdoch, a 40-year martial arts veteran, certified bodyguard and former police defense tactics instructor, will lead a six-week Dr. Robert series of self-deMurdoch fense classes from 7 to 8:30 p.m., beginning July 11, at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. The classes will focus on situational awareness to help prevent a violent attack and provide tools for protection and survival. Participants will learn the techniques, strategies and mindset to help avoid, survive and win in violent encounters, because the best defense is being proactive and avoiding potential problems when possible. This course is geared toward women, but is also open to men.
Cost: $125. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-433-5995, email AHA@AHolisticApproachCenter.com or visit AHolisticApproachCenter.com. See ad, page 35.
Ozone Therapy Offers Hope to Lyme Patients
ifeWorks Wellness Center, an alternative health clinic based in Clearwater, offers ozone therapy to Lyme disease patients as part of their treatment program. Medical Director David Minkoff, M.D., sits on the board of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy and is considered a pioneer in the use of ozone for Lyme disease. Minkoff states, â€œWhen someone is diagnosed with Lyme, it can be devastating, as it can be such a debilitating disease. Most of the patients we see have tried numerous treatment programs, but have seen little improvement. Their research leads them to read about the benefits of ozone and then to ultimately find our clinic.â€? Ozone therapy differs from other Lyme treatment programs because it can substantially increase oxygen in the bloodstream that in turn facilitates healing. It can detoxify the liver, open the blood cells, enhance the immune system and kill viruses and bacteria. For more information, call 727-466-6789 or visit LifeworksWellnessCenter.com. See ad, page 53.
Juicelation Launches Biweekly Talent Shows
uicelation, in Naples, will host the first Who’s Got the Juice Talent Show from 8 to 10 p.m., July 7, with shows continuing every other Friday throughout the summer. Up to 10 singers, songwriters, comedians, poets, live artists and musicians will get five minutes each to showcase their talents. All proceeds from ticket sales go to nonprofit art organizations in the area. Juices and treats will be on sale during the performances, which will be aired live on Facebook. “Eating a plant-based diet and juicing has been shown to improve both mental function and clarity, so we want to see who has the juiciest flow,” says Juicelation co-owner Alexandra Sebastian. Cost: $5 for spectators. Location: 4947 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 104. For more information or to register, call 239-529-2290 or email Juicelation@gmail.com.
Kids Yoga Camp at BKS Yoga Studio
alima Silverman will teach a Kids Yoga Camp from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays between July 11 and August 8 at the BKS Yoga Studio, in Naples. Boys and girls 5 to 10 years old will learn self-awareness and develop self-confidence through the practice of yoga. By playing fun games, journaling and creating and designing mandalas, kids will experience meditation and discover how to still their minds through meditation and breathing techniques. Cost: $150, includes supplies. Location: 2900 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information or to preregister (recommended), call 239-213-9276 or visit bksYogaStudio.com. See ad, page 31.
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atural Awakenings publishers from around the U.S., plus Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, attended a company conference from May 5 to 7 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, in Orlando. Highlights included presentations by Michael Aun, an author, columnist and businessman emphasizing customer service and leadership; Adam Brown, a business coach and publishing expert; and G. William James, a professional trainer in wireless business technology. Other sessions unveiled the upcoming magazine redesign, new operations features, revenue-generating ideas and panel discussions led by individual publishers. Franchisees also shared their best practices for effective automation, local editorial content, annual directories and growth strategies. Community Outreach Director Linda Sechrist announced her three-month Natural Awakenings Wellness Roadie Tour, starting in August, to connect with healthy living authors, sustainability activists and local businesses. “Special appreciation recognized franchisees that have reached significant five-, 10- and 15-year marks of publishing. We also honored President Larry Levine, who passed last September,” says CEO Sharon Bruckman. Founded by Bruckman with a single edition in Naples in 1994, Natural Awakenings has become one of the largest free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers in 84 locations. For more information, visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com. See ad, page 66. Everglades Wonder Gardens, an 80-year-old cultural icon, was designated a historic resource of the city of Bonita Springs on May 23 when the city’s Historic Preservation Board unveiled a plaque to honor the environmental, educational and historical attraction. The facility, now operated by the nonprofit Bonita Wonder Gardens organization, provides the opportunity to experience rare and exotic plants and wildlife. Throughout 3.5 acres of botanical gardens, there are more than 2,100 unusual trees and plants and 245 rescued birds and reptiles for visitors to enjoy. Location: 27180 Old 41 Rd. For more information, visit EvergladesWonderGardens.com.
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Maria Pitonzo is celebrating her third anniversary as an organic hairstylist at Genesis Non GMO Vitamins, in Naples, this month. The store provides products Maria Pitonzo and services to keep the body in optimal health and Pitonzo specializes in treating hair that’s been damaged by chemicals or thinned from health issues, along with sensitivities and allergies. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Pitonzo has been a hairstylist and nail technician for more than 25 years. She has spent the last six years as an exclusively organic hair stylist in Naples. Her extensive knowledge of ingredients, safety and modern cutting techniques includes using products that are of the highest salon quality and free of potentially harmful chemicals. Location: 87791st Ave. N., Ste. 4. For more information or an appointment, call 315-569-6245, email MJPitonzo@ outlook.com visit GenesisNongmo.com. See ad, page 18. The Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs, has added Licensed Massage Therapist Tasha Perez to its practice. The recent recipient of a Master of Science degree in Tasha Perez Chinese Medicine from the East West School of Natural Medicine is offering auricular therapy and massage therapy, using her experience of more than 16 years in reflexology, cupping, warm stone treatment, neuromuscular, Swedish and therapeutic massage. Owner Deb Post, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, views the addition of Perez as a “significant expansion on the many services offered to help people with radical recovery from acute and chronic conditions.” Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or an appointment, call 239-246-6622, email QWatersWellness@gmail.com or visit Wellbridges.com. See ad, page 47.
Coal Phase-Out Boosts Health
he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.
Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function
esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university. 16
Tax and Pricing Policies Spur Healthier Eating
meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14 percent more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16 percent increase in consumption with each 10 percent price drop. The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”
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study from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, has found that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (sold as Kyo-Dophilus) helps relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Researchers split 173 healthy adults with mild seasonal allergies into two groups during the height of the spring allergy season. The first group was given the probiotic combination, while the other group received a placebo. The subjects filled out a weekly online survey for eight weeks about their allergy symptoms and discomfort levels. The probiotic combination resulted in fewer allergyrelated nasal symptoms plus quality-of-life improvements.
study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurancetrained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powdered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a half-marathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.
Colicky Babies Respond to Acupuncture
esearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between the ages of 2 and 8 weeks with colic at four separate Swedish public child health centers. The babies were divided into three groups; each visited the clinic twice a week for two weeks. One group received â€œgold standardâ€? care plus five minutes of minimal acupuncture, one group received standard care plus five minutes of acupuncture and one group received standard care only. After two weeks, both acupuncture groups showed a reduction in crying time by the second week and at a later follow-up. More babies dropped to less than three hours of crying per day in the acupuncture groups than the control group, removing them from the colic category altogether. No adverse effects were recorded.
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Food Grows Without Soil or Groundwater
Neonic Pesticides Again Linked to Decline
Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a year-round growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce.
A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.” Take action at Tinyurl.com/ BanNeonicsPetition.
After decades of strong growth, bottled water consumption has outpaced carbonated soft drinks to become the largest beverage category by volume in the United States. Michael Bellas, chairman and chief executive at Beverage Marketing Corp. says, “When Perrier first entered the country in the 1970s, few would have predicted the heights to which bottled water would eventually climb.” In 2015, U.S. bottled water consumption totaled 39.3 gallons per capita, while carbonated soft drinks fell to 38.5 gallons. Bad publicity about the health effects of sugary beverages is at the root of the trend, with some states considering making them off-limits to food stamp purchasers and cities voting for soda taxes to combat diet-related diseases like obesity and diabetes.
Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.
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globalbriefs Rigged Research An article published by the journal PLOS One reflects the opinion of researchers affiliated with France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research that a large portion of studies on genetically modified (GM/GMO) crops are rife with conflicts of interest. They state that many have been tainted because someone that worked on a study was also an employee of a company producing them. The study investigated direct financial conflicts of interest, but not other factors such as authors being members of advisory boards, co-holders of patents or consultants to GM companies. Out of 579 published studies analyzed, some 40 percent showed a possible conflict of interest. The authors noted that the suspect studies had a much higher likelihood of presenting a favorable outcome for GMOs compared to others. The majority of these studies (404) were American; 83 were Chinese.
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ecotip Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (TexasGardenClubs.org), headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s (ffgc.org) roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation (FlaWildflowers.org) recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (GardenClubOfNC.org), with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.
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Following the Trail of Synchronicities by Lee Walker
ynchronicities act as signposts or mile might like to try the school’s culinary promarkers that guide and direct us to an gram. I enrolled, and even before gradualignment with our personal growth. ating, I had a job offer at a local country They are frequently noted in retrospect, unclub. When the chef exited to open his less we are attuned to and watchful for the own restaurant, the manager made me different forms in which they come—peoexecutive chef. From there, my culinary ple, conversations, patterns, books, articles management career flowered. In the years and actual signs. Ann Raquet recalls how that followed, I worked in various settings, all of hers have had an accumulative effect, including a five-diamond restaurant, as leading her to Southwest Florida and her well as the restaurant that my husband and work as a massage therapist and a channel I owned. Eventually, I got a call from the for intuitive healing. manager who had promoted me to execuOriginally from Appleton, Wisconsin, tive chef. He was living in and working in Raquet grew up in a family that enjoyed Naples at the Audubon Country Club. He working with their hands, being outdoors needed an executive chef. I moved. and spending time at their summer cottage “During my years in the restaurant in northern Wisconsin, near the Michigan business, I experienced a couple of bad Ann Raquet border. “My parents enjoyed gardening. falls. The last one left me with one herDad, an engineer who worked on IBM mainframe comniated disc in my back and two in my neck. That was puters, took care of the vegetables. Mom, an artist and my introduction to chiropractic and massage, which I retired professional costumer for local theatre groups, enjoyed receiving. That led to my enrollment in massage still tends to the flowers,” she recalls. school, where I learned about shiatsu from a practitioner Raquet connects her love of salt lamps, as well as who came to lecture on the subject. After I graduated the crystals she uses with massage clients to her childvaledictorian from the Florida Academy, I worked with a hood fetish for collecting rocks and stones. “Upon shiatsu practitioner for nine years, where I developed an graduating from high school, my dad took the family on interest in oriental techniques and the healing powers of a five-week camping trip. My three sisters and I collected vibration. Today, I practice modalities such as reflexolrocks from every state. I still have them, along with the ogy and CranioSacral Therapy, along with tuning forks, granite and quartz I collected from our summer cottage. Tibetan bowls and my voice, for toning. They are in every room of my home, situated on a parcel “In retrospect, I feel that my connection to the Earth of land zoned for agriculture. The pond and woods beand love of nature are related to my intuitive abilities. If hind our property make this such a natural setting where Dad hadn’t gone to the local technical college to fix their I can watch the hawks and listen to the songbirds, wind computer, I would be an engineer. The two years of colchimes and leaves rustling, all which keeps me feeling lege that I completed gave me great mathematical insight grounded, which my work requires.” for the management aspect of my culinary career, which Following in her father’s footsteps, after high was the result of my love of cooking. Had I not moved to school, Raquet began studying engineering at a twoNaples or had back injuries, I wouldn’t have discovered year college where she earned an associate degree in massage or shiatsu, and I wouldn’t be where I am, doing science. “My dad instilled in me a love of math and sci- massage and intuitive work that helps the body to release ence. Since I had no real sense of what I wanted to do, whatever it is holding on to.” engineering was a logical choice, until one day my dad came home from working on a mainframe computer at Ann M. Raquet practices at SkinCare Therapy, located at the local technical school. My dad and I were both pas- 16050 S. U.S. 41, in Horizon Plaza, S. Fort Myers. For sionate about cooking, which is why he suggested that I more information, call 239-839-4195.
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA by Linda Sechrist
lthough recent arrivals in Southwest Florida are unable to imagine a time when clean, healthy, organic take-out meals were only figments of the imagination, veteran vegans and vegetarians know it is true. From famine to feast in 13 years, today’s nearly 30 healthy eating establishments from Naples to Cape Coral offer diners and snackers so many delicious grab ‘n’ go selections that sometimes deciding on menu options comes down to a coin flip. Community-led well-being improvement initiatives such as the Blue Zones Project and Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center at the Coconut Point Mall, in Estero, have helped to promote the demand for healthier restaurant menu options, as well as substantially more nutritious, plant-based home-cooked and worksite meals. The Blue Zones Project, launched by NCH Healthcare System in 2014, is nearly three years into its 10-year strategic plan to promote healthier lifestyles. The project has successfully recruited more than 28
400 local organizations such as homeowners associations, schools, faithbased organizations and restaurants that are working through the approval process to meet Blue Zone checklist items. More than 75 organizations have already implemented enough best practices to help make healthier choices easier in the community. “My colleague, David Longfield Smith, reaches out into eating establishments and helps them to get involved,” says Deb Logan, Blue Zones Southwest Florida executive director, whose job is to help Southwest Florida communities become healthier, happier places to live, work and play. “The checklist isn’t just about more plant-based menu items, but also things such as removing salt shakers from tables, a fruit default rather than just offering French fries or chips as a side dish, a bike rack outside the restaurant, serving on 10-inch plates instead of 12, offering half-portions and allowing customers to share a plate without a fee, smaller desserts, no refills
Food & Thought, Naples The leader of healthy, organic, raw and gluten-free eating in Southwest Florida is Food & Thought, established by the Obi-Wan Kenobi of organics, the late Frank Oakes. Freedom Teague, the head chef who has been in charge of the café since it opened in 2004, continues the tradition of offering longtime vegan and vegetarian favorites such as the Holy Yamoli wrap of yams, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, onion and vegan mayo. The café’s expanded eat-in and grab ‘n’ go selections are the result of keeping pace with the increased numbers of individuals learning about the connection between food and health from the media and lectures such as those offered in the Thoughtful Threads dining area adjacent to the café courtyard.
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Healthy Choices in
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on sweetened beverages and eliminating bread or chips before a meal, in addition to other proven best practices.” Blue Zone Projects are based on the “Power 9”. The specifics of these nine longevity lifestyle characteristics— move naturally 30 minutes five times a week, eat more plants, less meats and processed foods, drink red wine in moderation (one glass per day), have a sense of purpose, take time to relieve stress, participate in a spiritual community, make family a priority and build social connections—are fully detailed in Dan Buetnner’s book Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.
Kylee Brinkman, owner of The Bowl, can’t help noticing that everyone she greets and serves at her store is looking for food that makes them feel and look good. “Eating healthy and staying active are the ways to do it. Plus, when you make healthy organic food taste as good as we do, it’s possible to enjoy the intense flavors and forget you’re eating something that’s good for you,” says Brinkman. The Bowl’s entire menu consists of clean, healthy eating options that are easy take-outs. As a result, choice is challenging. “Our number one seller is the AB&J Bowl, an acai bowl with almond butter in the blend. Favorite smoothie options are the Dirty Milkshake and Good Morning,” advises Brinkman. “The option of eight bowl varieties with organic fresh fruit, toppings and ingredients with crazy healthy benefits and kombucha on tap are all things that I’m seeing people get excited about. I’ve noticed that many individuals have never heard of things such as spirulina or goji berries, which is why my staff is trained to help educate customers,” explains Brinkman.
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Pizza Fusion, in Naples and Fort Myers
Jon Copeland, fresh category manager for Earth Origins Market, with 11 locations in Florida, Maryland and Massachusetts, advises, “Store associates have noted the increased numbers of customers who are taking the time to read labels that help them make sure they are buying the healthiest options.” Earth Origins’ focus on building community, trust and exceptional customer service has resulted in the phenomenon of customers trusting the well-educated store associates to guide them. “Customers look up to our associates, expecting them to be informed and trusting that the information they share about our healthy food options is comprehensive, reliable and up to date,” says Copeland, who advises that the store’s produce is 100 percent organic. While the café offers many grab ‘n’ go options for vegans and vegetarians, its most popular items are massaged kale salad and the variety of quinoa salads. Vegenaise, an egg-free mayonnaise alternative, is used in most items.
Ada’s Natural Market, Fort Myers photo courtesy of Ada's Natural Market
Rose Gaglio Thompson, owner of Pizza Fusion’s Fort Myers and Naples locations, credits today’s interest in eating healthier at home and on the go to social media and entertainment companies such as Netflix, which offers access to documentaries such as Forks Over Knives, Food Matters and Super Size Me, as well as others that educate viewers on genetically engineered foods, the link between nutrition and chronic diseases, and what
pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals in food. Since opening in 2009, the restaurant menu has been organic, all natural and designed for eat-in or take-out. Menu items, including gluten-free offerings of pizza, brownies and beer, enable gluten-sensitive individuals to indulge in some of America’s favorite foods. “When we opened, I thought that our fresh, organic and natural offerings created a good niche and wondered how long that niche would last. Eight years and two locations later, I realize that healthy eating isn’t a niche. It’s a way of life with an endless shelf life,” says Gaglio-Thompson.
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The Bowl, Naples’ Most Recent Addition
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Salad varieties, which number 25, and four different kinds of soup, include only the highest-quality, organic ingredients. “Although we’re more concerned about quality than cost, our full meals can be purchased at the reasonable cost of $11 to $12,” says Teague, who advises that the most popular grab ‘n’ go item is a fish entrée with varying side dishes. In the raw food category, where initially only one daily option was offered, today there are three and sometimes four raw items.
Chef Winfield Lentz, of Ada’s Green Leaf Café at Ada’s Natural Market, credits Ada’s noticeable upswing in eat-in and grab ‘n’ go sales not only to consumer education, but also to epiphanies that many individuals are experiencing. “Eating vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean that meals are limited to salads and side dishes. Consumers are wak-
Since 2010, System Director of Food & Nutrition for Lee Health Larry Altier has been involved in helping to design a comprehensive and multifaceted program that educates Lee Health employees and patients from a nutritional perspective. With a goal of leading individuals toward a healthier lifestyle, the latest aspect of the program includes raising awareness about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. “In 2014, we introduced into our retail operations a Veggie Fare food station. We began with a selection of seven made-to order vegan and vegetarian menu items for the staff. Today, Veggie Fare has 21 vegan and vegetarian items 30
Local Resources Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers. AdasMarket.com. See ad, page 17. Earth Origins Market, 15121 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 104, Fort Myers, 239210-3256. EarthOriginsMarket.com. See ad, page 23. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples, 239-213-2222. Foodand Thought.com. See ad, page 10. Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point, 23190 Fashion Dr., Ste. 105, Estero, 239-495-4475. LeeHealth.org/Healthy LifeCenter. Pizza Fusion, 2146 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples, 239-262-8111. PizzaFusion.com/ Naples; 12901 McGregor Blvd., Ste. 5, Fort Myers, 239-337-7979. FortMyers. PizzaFusion.com. See ad, page 42. The Bowl, 1427 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste. 103, Naples, 239-734-3867. The-Bowl.com. See ad, page 20.
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Lee Health, an Enlightened Institution
and offers grab ‘n’ go meals. All items are made to order, freshly prepared and predominantly organic. Our optimal nutrition approach promotes brightly colored fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, legumes and lean meats. We avoid highly processed foods and added sugar.” In 2015, Lee Health’s Healthy Life Center at Coconut Point began offering health and wellness events. Staffed by personal health advocates and health guides, the center is a ‘go-to’ place for individuals interested in learning about how to support a healthy lifestyle, as well as early detection of disease, chronic disease management and much more. Monthly cooking demonstrations, led by a registered dietitian, inspire attendees to choose better ingredients that can improve their health and to learn about weight management, cardiovascular health, slow cooking, food safety and other subjects. A second Healthy Life Center loca-
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ing up to world cuisines from cultures where meat is not the primary resource for protein. Indian, Thai, Mexican, Greek, Lebanese and Japanese dishes are some examples of such cuisine that uses flavorful spices in recipes that are easily adaptable for home chefs to prepare,” advises Lentz. Ada’s educates customers and the general public via a speaker series that provides valuable information on how to change a diet for present health reasons or how to have a healthier lifestyle to avoid a chronic diagnosis in the future. “We’re especially proud to be collaborating with Lee Health as the newest retail vendor that provides meal selections in the Golisano Children’s Hospital for patients and guests,” explains Lentz.
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Monthly cooking demonstrations at Lee Health's Healthy Life Center
tion will open in August at Lee Health’s Wellness Center in Cape Coral. The new site will offer free health guidance, services, and education to inspire healthier lifestyles that are designed for maintaining and improving health. The concept of educating our communities to empower and inspire healthy lifestyle choices at home, school, in the workplace or on the go is spreading throughout Southwest Florida. The only downside of helping this concept to continue growing in our communities is that more great eating choices will emerge, and we’ll need to do more coin flipping.
Eating Vegan on the Road Clever Ways to Eat Healthy Anywhere by Judith Fertig
raveling can be tricky for those trying to eat a plant-based diet, especially on long stretches of highway. More than 33 percent of Americans, or 100 million-plus people, are eating vegan/vegetarian meals more often, even if they do not adhere to a strict plant-based lifestyle, concluded a 2011 Harris Interactive study commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group. Here is what the discerning traveler can do when hunger strikes. Start by looking for vegan pit stops before you go. Identify a plant-friendly restaurant group, such as Dr. Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen (now in 12 states), and then Google for their locations. Smartphone apps such as Finding Vegan and Happy Cow help point the way to vegan-friendly restaurants around the world. This month, Natural Awakenings asked three savvy travelers how they manage plant-based eating wherever they go. For Dustin Harder, eating well on the road is a matter of research and preparation. He is the New York Citybased chef/host of the online program The Vegan Roadie, with 100 U.S. restaurant visits and counting and now seeking
crowdfunding for its third season, set in Italy. Harder has learned to investigate his dining options ahead of time, and always packs a travel-size, high-speed blender, lots of trail mix and his favorite condiments of sriracha (bottled hot sauce) and nutritional yeast. “You can locate great vegan restaurants in surprising places if you search online before you travel,” he says, listing Viva Vegeria and La Botanica, in San Antonio, Texas, and The Red Fern, in Rochester, New York, among his finds. Where vegan restaurants are scarce, he turns to plant-based options at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread. His DIY hotel-room cuisine favorites are a Hotel Smoothie, Banushi (banana sushi) and Pizzadilla, a cross between a pizza and a quesadilla, “cooked” in aluminum foil using a hotel iron and ironing board. Matt Frazier, a runner and co-author of the No Meat Athlete Cookbook, recently went on the road for a selffunded book tour. Not only had he left his high-powered blender back home with his family in Asheville, North Carolina, he was on a tight budget. “The trick that has helped me not just survive, but thrive on the road is eating fresher, more whole and more raw,”
he says. He recommends filling up on kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, nuts and seeds, berries, beans, onions and mushrooms. Lindsay S. Nixon, author of The Happy Herbivore Guide to PlantBased Living and related cookbooks, has traveled from her home in Los Angeles across the country and around the world, finding plant-based foods wherever she goes. “Almost every city has a Thai or Italian restaurant where
you should be able to find something on the menu or adapt a dish to stick with plants,” she says. “You might have to get a little creative. I once asked for salsa and a plain, baked potato; not a bad combo, as it turns out.” Wherever we find ourselves, we can still find healthy ways to eat. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS. Connect at JudithFertig.com.
Vegan DIY Room Service by Dustin Harder sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Fold the other half over the toppings, and then fold the foil over the entire Pizzadilla, completely closing the edges of the foil. Place the foil packet on the ironing board and the iron on the foil packet. Iron it out to flatten slightly and then leave iron on the foil packet for 2 minutes, flip and repeat. Open foil, cut the Pizzadilla in half and it’s ready to eat.
Preheat hotel or travel iron; the linen setting works well. While the iron is preheating, place tortilla on a square of aluminum foil large enough to enclose the tortilla. Sprinkle half the cheese on one half of the tortilla, top with peppers and onions, spoon over the marinara and
Yields: 1 serving Nut butter of choice Bananas (not overripe; firm enough to hold toppings) Blueberries Pomegranate seeds or strawberries, cut into slivers Raw nuts of choice, crumbled, crushed or ground up Peel the banana. Spread with a layer of nut butter to look like a sushi roll. Place blueberries in a line down the middle lengthwise, about an inch apart. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds or strawberry slivers and top with raw nut crumble. Slice into pieces the size of sushi roll pieces.
Yields: 1 serving 1 large tortilla of choice (whole wheat or GMO-free corn) 1 /2 cup Daiya vegan mozzarella shreds 2 Tbsp onion, chopped 2 Tbsp green pepper, chopped 1 /4 cup pizza sauce or marinara, store-bought Shredded fresh basil for garnish (optional) Field Roast Grain Meat Italian Sausage (optional) Large piece of aluminum foil Iron and ironing board
Recipes courtesy of VeganRoadie.com.
Hotel Smoothie Yields: 1 serving 1 cup filtered water or apple juice Handful or two of tender, baby greens, such as baby spinach or kale 1 banana, peeled, or another favorite soft, peeled fruit Put the water, greens and banana in a high-speed, travel-sized blender and blend until smooth.
Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible. natural awakenings
Fun Ways to Get Outside This Summer
Be a Kid Again With Your Own Family
water container, camp toilet, queen-size cot, grill, food storage and sun shower are provided. “Compared to other accommodations, each night at a Tentrr campsite saves 245 gallons of water and reduces CO2 output by 54 pounds per campsite,” estimates Michael D’Agostino, Tentrr’s founder and CEO. The secluded Lumberland, New York, campsite, along the Delaware River, sets its roomy tent on a wooden deck. Attractions include Adirondack chairs for unwinding and a nearby farmers’ market and restaurant. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, swimming and fishing. Tentrr provides required life jackets and a shuttle to meet paddlers at their destination for the return trip to camp. From its original 35 sites, the organization recently expanded to 250 campsites, predominantly from Pennsylvania to Maine. This fall, they’ll also open sites in the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Washington state.
by Sandra Murphy
Holding the Guinness World Record for the longest and largest continuous eco zip line canopy tour in the world, historic Banning Mills, in Whitesburg, Georgia, will thrill tweens and teens. Enjoy a slower pace on the 12-mile Hike and Bike Trail, with nine suspension bridges, including the longest of its kind in North America. Stay in ecofriendly lodges, cabins and tree houses.
“Hiking teaches kids respect for the outdoors and animals,” says Branch Whitney, a Mount Charleston, Nevada, author of three books on hiking. “Near Las Vegas, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, sandstone rock affords a rare sight—year-round running water and lush ferns.” Ralph Stover State Park, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, offers easy walking trails and climbing rocks. When water levels are high, Tohickon Creek challenges paddlers and whitewater rafters.
From July 30 to August 4, the Omega Institute, in Rhinebeck, New York, will host Family Week. Grownups attend workshops while kids participate in specialty camps; everyone convenes for meals, free time and evening entertainment. The campus relies on sustainable energy and local agriculture. Free tours are available at the environmental education center.
Camp in Style
If traditional camping isn’t on the table, try Tentrr. Campsites on the privately owned properties sleep four to 16 people in a family, pet-friendly atmosphere. A tent, fire pit, picnic table,
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Zip Lines and More
ummer is calling and so is the great outdoors. Here are some super vacation sites, inviting activities and ideas to spark summer fun with your family.
Head for the Beach
At Natural Bridges State Park, in California, visitors relish viewing shorebirds, migrating whales, seals and playful otters. Moore Creek forms freshwater wetlands and a salt marsh. There’s also a Monarch Butterfly Natural Preserve. At Kama’ole Beach Park III, in Maui, Hawaii, the small waves are so clear that fish can be seen from the surface. Snorkeling gear rentals are available. Shaved ice stands keep everyone cool. Lakefront beaches like West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, on Lake Michigan’s southern tip, attract kids. They can earn beachcomber badges in the Junior Ranger program by finding three different-colored rocks or telling what plants they saw most often. In late August, Mayflower Beach, in Dennis, Massachusetts, hosts its annual local sand sculpture contest with divisions for kids and families creating the art together.
FarmWise, near Alpine Valley, in southeastern Wisconsin, gives children a personal peek into where their food comes from. They learn about life on a farm by tending livestock and farm pets, pruning fruit trees and weeding the garden. They also prepare snacks with the fruits of their day’s labor. The emphasis is on doing the work themselves, be it planting seeds or feeding pigs.
Science Saturdays at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, in San Francisco, are held every weekend with a focus on environmental education, park restoration, climate change science experiments, nature walks and citizen science excursions. “There are no other centers like it in the U.S.,” says staffer Jacqueline Murray. Learn more about this Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Platinum living classroom at EcoCenterhhp.org.
Dare to go green
Organic sidewalk chalk, fairy garden and birdhouse kits, and ideas for imaginatively using found items keep kids busy and happy; see BellaLuna Toys.com. Letterboxing combines a contemporary scavenger hunt, hike and mysterious clues; participants have fun locating hidden boxes and collecting stamp marks in personalized logbooks. Whether on a one- or two-week vacation or a weekend away, a daytrip or backyard activity, there are plenty of nurturing outdoor options for kids of all ages to experience when the weather heats up. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
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to Cleanse Body & Mind
Take Toxins Out of Your Life by Meredith Montgomery
he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington,
D.C., physician specializing in clinical nutrition and author of How Not to Die. “What matters more is longterm—what you’re eating a decade from now. No quick fix is going to do it, it’s a lifestyle change.”
Feed Your Microbiome
When the microbiome becomes depleted, overall health is affected. Dr. Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist at Georgetown University Hospital, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, in Washington, D.C., and author of Gutbliss and The Microbiome Solution, explains, “The GI tract is the body’s
We’re all exposed to toxins, but if our inner terrain is healthy, our body can flush them out, so we won’t get sick. ~Robynne Chutkan
“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.”
engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrientrich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”
Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.
he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not
Reboot with a Quick Cleanse
To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients,
Few Snacks, More Water
Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”
5 Ways to Detox Every Day
Burn Fat Cells
According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.
ready to maintain such a limited diet, he recommends a polydiet with the option to add seasonal steamed vegetables, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.
by Meredith Montgomery
s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of NutritionFacts.org. Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.
Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.
Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.
Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.
Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”
Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide (Tinyurl.com/EWG-Buying-Guide) to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings
by Robynne Chutkan
good bowel movement is the ultimate detox, eliminating toxins, unwanted bacteria, cells that have outlived their usefulness and other waste that has to go. Stools provide an index of health, so turn around and take a look at them for feedback for improving digestive and overall health. One key way to assess a stool is by its color. Use the following guide: 4 Pale, chalky stool can be a sign of liver disease or clogged bile ducts, and is often accompanied by dark urine because the bile gets excreted through the kidneys instead of the digestive tract. 4 Yellow stool may mean a parasite like Giardia or excess fat because of a pancreas that’s not secreting enough enzymes. 4 Green stool can be the result of a Clostridium difficile infection or antibiotics. 4 Red stool occurs with bleeding from the colon, but can also be caused by eating beets. 4 Black stool usually signifies bleeding from higher in the gastrointestinal tract or from an iron supplement. 4 Lighter brown stool may mean insufficient deeply pigmented leafy greens in the diet. 4 Blue stool can be from bluecolored food. 4 Dark brown is the color of stool nirvana. Bile and bilirubin pigment, formed in the liver from dead red blood cells, give healthy stools this chocolate color. Learn more at DigestiveCenterFor Wellness.com.
“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects,
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Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.
while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions. She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional wellbeing or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving HealthyPlanet.com).
Local Health Professionals Make Great Detox Partners by Linda Sechrist
hile the lyrics of singer/songwriter Paul Simon suggest that there are “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” there are only six ways for toxins to leave the body—through the skin, lungs, liver, lymphatic system, kidneys and bowel. Narrowing the avenues for exiting via perspiration, urine or feces are detox pathways that may not be functioning optimally or that are genetically compromised. There is only one option to determine this—genetic testing.
Genetic Testing At D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist Dee Harris relies on raw data from 23AndMe. com genetic testing results. With an Dee Harris analysis of these DNA results, Harris is able to zero in on specifics that can seriously impact an individual’s ability to metabolize food, supplements and toxins, as well as pharmaceuticals. “Despite all the ways that you are consciously working at living a healthy lifestyle—exercising, making good food choices, getting enough sleep and even meditating to keep stress levels low, you can’t know if your detox pathways are genetically compromised and working against your efforts unless you know about your genetic variants. Compromised genes are our Achilles Heel, and the only way to rectify the situation is with nutritional support specifically designed to offset any glyphs in the genes,” explains Harris.
Endocrine Disruptors Harris offers an example of why optimally functioning detox pathways are critical for eliminating excessive estrogen in the body. “Many of the things we use or consume daily contain xenoes-
trogens, a category of endocrine disruptors that mimic the function of natural estrogen, blocking or binding the body’s hormone receptors.” Xenoestrogens in the body increase the total amount of estrogen, resulting in a phenomenon called estrogen dominance. They are not biodegradable and get stored in our fat cells. The accumulation of xenoestrogens has been indicated in conditions such as breast, uterine, prostate and testicular cancer, erectile dysfunction, obesity, infertility, endometriosis, early onset puberty, miscarriages and diabetes. “Every function of the body is dependent upon nutrients. If someone can’t metabolize xenoestrogens properly, they need to be made aware of what supplements they need to take and that they should eat more organic fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, particularly in the cruciferous family. Organic is important because conventionally grown fruit and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides that also contain xenoestrogens,” says Harris. Harris is in agreement with Dr. Claudia Marcelo, a colleague of Dr. Pamela Hughes, owner of the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, in Naples—gentle Dr. Claudia Marcelo detoxing, along with right formulation of supplements and organic foods, is best performed on a daily basis for the purpose of good health and longevity.
A Cascade of Factors Marcelo also adds to Harris’ cautions regarding invisible health issues that impact detoxing. “Toxicity can start at birth. The Multigenerational Epigenetic Inheritance Study by researchers at Wayne State University [in Detroit] revealed that mothers with high levels
of lead in their blood not only affect the fetal cells of their unborn children, but also their grandchildren,” explains Marcelo, who adds that women are unknowingly exposed to lead in many different ways through air, drinking water, food, contaminated soil, deteriorating paint and dust. Even homes built as recently as 1978 might contain lead paint. Marcelo notes that after the possible inheritance of the toxic heavy metal, childhood vaccines expose kids to other heavy metals, while life exposes them to infections, viruses, bacteria, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, sugar and artificial sweeteners, as well as processed and genetically modified foods, all which accumulate to form a cascade of inflammation in their little bodies.
Testing for Toxic Burden on the Body With regard to her practice of personalized medicine, Hughes suggests that body burden testing for toxins is helpful to her when determining what type of detox Dr. Pamela Hughes program a patient should follow. “The individual who unwittingly dives into an aggressive detox program might have headaches, an inability to think clearly or flu-like symptoms with achy joints. This experience is likely to lead them to the assumption that the detox didn’t work and instead made them ill,” she explains. The three integrative functional medicine health professionals promote a detox plan that always begins with cleaning up the gut and its microbiome before moving on to other organs and systems. Their first step is to eliminate difficult-to-digest foods such as dairy, wheat, grains and gluten, as well as excluding sugars, artificial sweeteners and processed foods from the patient’s diet. Marcelo is a fan of using therapeutic-grade essential oils such as lemon, lime or wild orange in a cup of warm water each morning to improve digestion. “Peppermint oil is good in a cup of tea. Diffused or combined with a few natural awakenings
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drops of coconut oil, it can be rubbed onto the stomach area. Natural modalities such as steam baths, infrared saunas, coffee enemas and colonics, also known as colon hydrotherapy, are other steps that Marcelo recommends. “Coffee enemas help to boost the liver’s production of glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant,” she remarks. Harris sums up the detox process with a helpful metaphor. “Think of the body like a washing machine. There is a wash and rinse cycle. If you throw in a white shirt with a fat-soluble chocolate stain on it and don’t put the right detergent in, the stain won’t come out. Toxins are lipid loving and live in fat cells, so you need detox detergent in the wash cycle that is made up of the right vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from foods and supplements. The rinse cycle agent is a lot of protein, fiber and probiotics. If you don’t have the nutrients to get through either phase one or phase two of the detox and you have constipation, toxins get reabsorbed into the bloodstream and cause oxidative stress, inflammation and symptoms.” The best way to detox is to keep a clean diet and environment. Read labels and use natural home care and cleaning products that are as free of chemicals as possible. Eat organic foods as much as possible. Avoid food additives and preservatives- especially in supplements. Visit the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) for guidelines on recommended food, personal care and home cleaning products that won’t add to the toxic load. In the approach to detoxing, just as Simon’s song lyrics suggest, “The answer is easy if you take it logically.” Rather than diving into a detox process with only the help of “Dr. Google”, consider consulting a health professional and let them design a truly effective and personalized plan.
Local Resources D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 61. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270, Naples. 239649-7400. HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 71.
Four Reasons to Break a Sweat The Fast Path to Flushing Toxins by Deanna Minich
octors, health experts and fitness gurus tell us that we should break a sweat every day—and for good reason. Sweat not only activates a host of benefits tied to healthboosting exercise, perspiring itself is curative. Whether sitting in a sauna, walking on a warm day or working out, sweating is a necessary bodily function with powerful healing effects. By clearing out a range of toxins, sweat plays an essential role in the body’s natural detoxifying function. Here are some of the toxins it helps eliminate:
organic pollutants (solvents, fumigants and insecticides): A clinical study of
20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.
Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this
toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.
Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.
4 Bisphenol A (BPA):
Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.
A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact
option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at DeannaMinich.com.
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Healthy Eye-Catching Eco-Wear It’s in Style and Easy Care by Avery Mack
co-friendly fashion used to be an oxymoron, synonymous with frumpy clothing and ugly shoes. Now designers and manufacturers are finding ways to provide attractive and healthier alternatives to common fabrics, especially polyester. After World War II, cotton, wool and linen fell out of favor as wash and wear, stain-resistant, permanent-press polyester arrived. Annual production of the synthetic fiber, consuming petroleum, coal, air and water resources, today exceeds 22 billion tons. Americans alone discard 14 million tons of clothing each year—80 pounds per person—with 80 percent going to landfills, where polyester takes 20 to 200 years to biodegrade. A host of suppliers are responding to a rising demand for comfortable, trendy, easy-care, high-quality and eco-friendly clothing that’s actually good for you. Here are just a few of these innovators.
Ably Apparel, in Seattle, makes hoodies, T-shirts and jogging pants,
using Filium-activated, 100 percent cotton fabric free of chemicals and nanoparticles. It repels spills and stains. When wet, it dries 40 percent faster than other materials. Perspiration evaporates through the breathable natural fabric, so Ably clothing doesn’t absorb odors or need to be washed and dried as often, saving water and energy (Tinyurl.com/FiliumFashion). “The retail industry is one of today’s largest polluters in the world,” says Raj Shah, co-founder of Ably and co-creator of Filium. “Ably apparel saves time and reduces both carbon emissions and chemical detergent usage, resulting in cleaner water supplies. We’re the first to apply the benefits of Filium to clothing, but hope other companies will follow suit.” The company has three stores and ships worldwide from its website.
Farm2Fashion made its New York debut in 2014, featuring ponchos, scarves and wraps crafted from manufacturers’ pre-consumer, recycled
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Orgotton’s classic “little black dress” takes on fresh personalities via two long straps that change its appearance from a modest one-shoulder to a dressier backless version, halter style or a variation with cap sleeves. Made to order in Philadelphia, the five-way short dress expands a woman’s wardrobe with a single purchase (Tinyurl.com/ OrgottonShortDress). The dress is 65 percent bamboo, 27 percent organic cotton and 8 percent Spandex; it’s washable in cold water and dries flat, saving energy. Orgotton’s Infinity Collection comprises a long dress, short dress, romper and bodysuit. Alis Living (AlisLiving.com) lifestyle boutique, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is owner Janet Ellis’ creation. “In 2007, I taught meditation classes and noticed the women were not enjoying life
fully. Life should not be stressful,” she observes. “The skin is the largest organ on the body and clothing fabrics are often treated with formaldehyde. So we exclusively focus on organic clothing.” Her motto is, “Dress healthy, look good, have fun.” The clothing she carries are so simple and versatile that a change in accessories can take a dress from daytime business wear to evening elegance. “It used to be harder to find eco-friendly clothing. It’s easier now,” Ellis remarks. “We carry Blue Canoe, Indigenous, Onno, Shupaca and Synergy fashion lines, adding more brands as we discover them.” As a Master Gardener, Ellis also offers organic cooking classes for customers, harvesting from an onsite garden, thus creating a conscious community for women. “We want to serve one another and live joyously, but too often don’t make time for ourselves,” she says. “We’re concerned about human health and the planet. We believe that we don’t have to do harm in order to enjoy good fashion, food and fun.” Fashion personality and creation, organic gardening, mindful art, meditation and yoga on the lawn are other classes offered onsite. Eco-friendly clothing used to have little appeal for fashion buffs. Now designers and manufacturers are finding fresh ways to provide the attractive and eco-healthy clothing more women want to wear.
photos courtesy of Janet Ellis/Alis Living
cotton scrap, plus local virgin farm fiber under the guidance of Laurie Perrone, creative director and president. Located in Cornwall, New York, the company’s artisaninspired products are available through stores and the Web (Farm2Fashion.com). “Our philosophy is simple—design classic products in America with substance and sustainability, while creating a low carbon footprint,” says Perrone. “We encourage customers to pass our products from generation to generation. Apparel and other textile goods in America used to be made at home for families and friends. We want to bring some of that back to life.”
Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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Maria Rodale Helps Organic Farmers Succeed by Randy Kambic
uthor, gardener and corporate executive Maria Rodale continues to add luster to an unparalleled family commitment to organic food, sustainability and healthy living covering threequarters of a century. As CEO and chairman of Rodale Inc., she oversees the publishing of books (An Inconvenient Truth; The South Beach Diet; Eat This, Not That!), magazines (Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Prevention and Organic Gardening) and naturally healthy living websites. Her grandfather, J. I. Rodale, pioneered the American organic movement in 1942 by launching Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. In 1947, he founded the Soil and Health Association, which later became the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit educational and advocacy organization, of which Maria is a board member. The influence of her 2011 book Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe remains strong.
What is the status of the organic farming industry? As a whole, it has seen great growth, in large part due to increasing demand resulting from consumer awareness. In 2015, organic was a $43 billion industry in the U.S., with Millennial householders leading the way. Still, only 5 percent of all food consumed in the U.S. is organic [produce 13 percent], while less than 1 percent of our farmland is certified organic, which spurs imports. So the opportunity to help encourage new organic farmers and transition conventional farmers is significant. The Rodale Institute invests as much time on education and outreach as on research to help organic farmers be profitable.
How else does the Institute help the industry? We conduct cutting-edge research in organic agriculture to study and test natural strategies to combat pests,
diseases and weeds. Growing organic isn’t solely about what you don’t do, such as using pesticides and genetically modified seeds. It also proactively focuses on benefiting soil health by using compost, cover crops, crop rotations and reduced tillage. As we refine these “regenerative agriculture” methods, we share them with farmers so they can increase their productivity and success. We are expanding our research in nutrient density. The Institute works to understand the difference in nutrient levels, such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, in organic and conventional foods and how farmers can grow nutrient-packed food.
What new programs or initiatives are particularly exciting? Launched in 1981, our Farming Systems Trial is the longest-running North American research project comparing organic versus conventional grains such as corn and soybeans; it has allowed us to compare yields, water and energy use, soil organic matter, nutrient density, profitability and other factors. In 2016, we introduced our Vegetable Systems Trial, a sideby-side comparison for organic versus conventional produce. We expect organic management practices that improve soil health can enhance nutrient density in vegetables and so benefit farmers’ lives and eating habits worldwide. In 2016, we launched the Organic Farmers Association (OrganicFarmers Association.org), creating a valuable information exchange and unified voice for domestic certified organic producers. This national membership organization focuses on policy issues, including the Farm Bill, subsidy programs, animal welfare standards and contamination from conventional farm fields.
Can the public provide input to the 2018 Farm Bill? President Trump’s proposed “skinny” budget seeks to gut many federal programs, including those designed to protect the environment, so we need to urge elected representatives to stand up for organic farmers as the new bill develops. Historically, heavily funded commodity 46
crop interests fight against assistance programs that encourage low-income people to buy healthy foods. Organic agriculture made strides in the 2014 Farm Bill, which provided increased support for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, crop insurance, organic research and organic certification cost-sharing programs. To help meet surging demand for organics, it’s important to support initiatives like the Conservation Reserve and Transition Initiatives programs that provide resources for farmers to move from synthetic chemical farming to organic methods.
Besides healthier food, what other benefits of organic farming have convinced late adopters to convert? Healthy soil, full of billions of beneficial microorganisms, is a major byproduct of regenerative organic farming. Organic farming creates diverse, healthy ecosystems that protect wildlife. However, any agricultural model that’s fixated on yields at the expense of soil health will incur a steep price as those farms won’t remain productive for future generations. Regenerative organic farming facilitates storage of carbon in the ground, making it integral to addressing the climate crisis. Organic Manifesto makes the case plain; to optimize your own and the planet’s health—buy, grow and eat organic food. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
We have ups and downs in life, and the same is true of our finances. ~Bari Tessler
chology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.
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Think Independence, Intimacy, Integrity by April Thompson
oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.
Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder,
Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in her graduate-level psy-
Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of selfrealization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because many people bring feelings of guilt and shame to their relationship with money. She recommends doing a “body check-in” to become aware of our physical reaction to related issues, whether it’s going on a reckless spending spree or bracing to ask for a raise. This stage paves the way for the practical work of learning to manage our money in alignment with our values, goals and dreams. It begins with developing practices to track, review and reflect upon spending and earning patterns.
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Tactical Tools Tessler recommends utilizing one of many free financial tracking tools like Mint.com, ynab.com or MoneyMinder Online.com. She also suggests we rename their preloaded budget categories to reflect our personal relationships to the areas of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” for savings targeted for time off; or “life happens” for late fees). For an enlightened view of cash flows, Onerheim suggests translating what was spent on something into the hours it took to earn the money. “This perspective can transform how we allocate resources and what we’re willing to spend money on,” she says. Vicki Robin, co-author of the bestseller Your Money or Your Life, espouses a similar approach: thinking of money in terms of hours of life energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural sense of knowing when enough is enough,” she writes. Tessler and Onerheim both encourage rethinking the idea that all earning is good and all spending is bad: “It’s about balancing needs and wants, and we need joy in life. It’s not about saving every penny and not enjoying yourself,” says Onerheim.
A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com. natural awakenings
An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; living life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living.
An Awesome Antidote to Polarization by Kirk J. Schneider
e live in polarized times. The current polarization of the American electorate and federal government is rooted in “the polarized mind”, a fixation by individuals on one point of view that excludes differing views and provokes intolerance. Complex issues become black and white, and those with differing views or lifestyles are demonized. Beyond politics, this is seen in gun violence and terrorism, corporate abuses of health and safety, and religious and ethnic strife—affecting major aspects of our daily lives. An antidote to polarization is awe—the wonder of being alive; liv-
ing life with hope, respect, humility, wonder and a deep reverence for the adventure of living. Psychology experiments at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, have shown those that practice awe are better able to see outside their own experiences and appreciate other points of view, which can transcend the tunnel vision and pettiness of a polarized atmosphere. Here are some basic steps toward cultivating a sense of awe: Appreciate the passing nature of time and life. Even while doing something disagreeable, slowing down
and affirming the preciousness of the moment can sometimes render alternative perspectives. Be open to discovery and surprise. This is especially helpful if we are constantly locked in by assumptions about people or things. Think how politicians might benefit by being open to the possibility of discovery or surprise during delicate negotiations. The same principle can hold true with family and friends. Step outside the box of personal judgments and consider the bigger picture of life. Replace the prison of self-criticism often stemming from comparing ourselves with idealized media images with appreciation of the many facets of who we are and what we can become. Psychologist Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, president-elect of the Existential-Humanistic Institute and adjunct faculty at Saybrook and Columbia universities, in New York City. His books include Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind and The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution. Visit KirkJSchneider.com.
The Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Naples by Lisa Marlene
hile traveling a spiritual path sound vibration healing sessions are for more than 25 years, also available. Programs that teach life Yolanda Beckers, a Naples resiskills for children are intended to develdent, has generously shared the wisdom op emotional strength, self-confidence and spiritual insights she has received and stability. along the way with many Southwest The Health and Wellness sanctuary Floridians. Beckers, who practices natuhosts a monthly Southwest Florida Comropathy, raja yoga meditation and spring munity Kirtan, an evening of joyful and forest qigong, facilitates body/mind/soul dynamic devotional chants, as well as connection workshops and serves as the organizing and hosting the annual Yoga director of the InnerLight Center and The Festival of Naples, with yoga classes, Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Naples, vendors, meditation classes, live kirtan Yolanda Beckers a nonprofit that empowers individuals to music and healthy food. Volunteers will live healthy, conscious and spiritually aware lifestyles. be appreciated for the 2018 event. The Health and Wellness Sanctuary offers adult edu“We teach individuals how to tap into the power of cation courses on body, mind and spirit, as well as stimutheir natural healing force so they can experience vitality lating speakers and workshops on a variety of subjects such and well-being and bring vibrant health back. We see you as discovering the age-old secrets of energy fields and how as a unique being. Nobody is the same, so we offer each they can influence well-being, crystal bowls and ancient person a program best suited to their individual needs,” gong sounds to balance the chakras. says Beckers. A teacher of the Spiritual University of the Yoga classes are offered, along with rhythmic moveBrahma Kumaris, who learned healing sound techniques ments of qigong, which stimulate vital energy and reduce from Tibetan monks, she offers free meditation courses at stress while enhancing the immune system. Raja yoga the InnerLight Center throughout the year. meditation courses are offered for all levels free of charge, The Health and Wellness Sanctuary is offering a threebased on an adequate amount of donations received by the hour program from 9 a.m. to noon, July 22, that includes sanctuary. instruction on how to go deep into meditation after a yoga Classes on nutrition and how to prepare quick and session, as well as sound healing to align the chakras. “Evhealthy meals help individuals understand their particular eryone is welcome,” advises Beckers. constitution and which foods optimize health. Instruction includes alkaline juicing and take-home recipes. The Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Naples is located at Instruction on relaxation techniques and healing 4810 Hickory Wood Dr., in Naples. For more information, modalities are offered for individuals dealing with cancer. call 239-269-2221 or email InnerLight@gmail.com. See Private consultations, interactive healing sessions and ad, page 17.
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Good nutrient sources to add to doggie meals include:
Vitamin A: liver, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, eggs Vitamin C: berries, citrus, red bell peppers (or berry powder supplements; one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds of weight) Vitamin E: grains, seeds and their oils, wheat germ oil Vitamin D: liver, eggs, oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon B vitamins: liver, venison (or moringa leaf powder supplement, one-half teaspoon per 25 pounds) Zinc: red meat, poultry Magnesium: dark leafy greens, seeds, fish
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Selenium: oily fish, grass-fed beef and beef liver, free-range chicken, egg Turmeric: a powerful supplement to help treat and prevent gene damage caused by heavy metals and glyphosate (one-eighth to one-quarter teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day, combined with a healthy fat like coconut oil and some freshly ground black pepper for better absorption).
ou know that mercury is bad for people. John Moore, a prominent 20th-century mercury and dental health researcher, regarded mercury as a ubiquitous contaminant of everything from plastics to concrete and medicine. But what about your dog? Pets also routinely encounter mercury and other toxic metals like aluminum and lead. For humans, eating whole, organic and even biodynamic food has become imperative to avoid heavy metals. Thatâ€™s also true for canines. A species-appropriate raw diet including veggies is often recommended. And any raw meaty bones should be the joints and not the long bones unless purchased from a company that tests for heavy metals. Here are some preventive and remedial steps.
Heal leaky gut first. Like humans, pets with leaky gut will have food allergies. Remove causes like vaccines and processed foods; support the liver; rebalance with prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes; replenish with a healthy whole foods diet, along with aloe, slippery elm and marshmallow root; and restore with homeopathic remedies. Follow up with fermented veggies as part of the diet. Consult a naturopathic veterinarian for treatment. Mountain spring water is ideal.
Boost nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies
that can arise in conjunction with mercury poisoning include antioxidant vitamins A, C, E and vitamin D, plus the complex of B vitamins, zinc, magnesium and selenium. These also help treat potential post-vaccination immunity issues.
Provide clean, filtered water.
Prevent and treat candida. Avoid aggravating
Greens, minerals and herbs. The use of juvenile grasses is detoxifying and provides necessary magnesium during a detox. Sea vegetables can supply calcium, iodine and trace minerals. Herbs like curcumin, ginger and cayenne are potent antioxidants; ginger and turmeric help with DNA repair. Nutrients from green leafy vegetables like spinach and broccoli can enter cells and reduce inflammation; broccoli sprouts also apply, with the most effective delivery method via a concentrated powder. Blend or lightly steam veggies to enhance digestion, then add one tablespoon for smaller dogs, or three to four for larger dogs.
No fake food or vitamins. Be wary of synthetic
vitamins. Whole foods may be properly supplemented with gentle chelators like open cell wall chlorella and super foods like spirulina.
Probiotics plus. Probiotics help restore healthy gut
bacteria, repair genes, synthesize nutrients and help remove mercury from the body. Cultivating a gut garden of beneficial bugs boosts health. Add a teaspoon or two of kefir or fermented veggies to the dinner of small dogs, up to a tablespoon or two for larger animals. A high-quality refrigerated probiotic supplement is an option; if it’s made for animals,
candida as it can release 60-plus toxic substances, including ethanols and the heavy metals it eats. Eliminate all carbs, sugar and grains from the dog’s diet.
follow the package directions; for human products, assume the dose is for a 150-pound person and adjust for the dog’s weight. Amino acids, the primary building blocks of proteins, are integral to detoxification; feeding a dog a variety of meats, along with fish and eggs, will provide these. Digestive enzymes also support health; a supplement should include many kinds. Cellulase, a plant enzyme that helps digest plant material, also extracts mercury, which destroys naturally occurring enzymes.
Plan meals with prebiotics. Prebiotics occur naturally in common high-fiber foods including cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. Carrots, beets and spirulina also benefit the gut. Establishing a healthy gut restores the body’s natural detoxification function, plus its ability to assimilate critical nutrients. Add a teaspoon or two for small dogs; one to three tablespoons for larger dogs.
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Organ meats. A dog should have organ meats from clean animals at least once a week or as 10 percent of its diet.
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As the body detoxifies, symptoms and discharges may occur. These are less common for dogs with raw, speciesappropriate diets and minimal vaccinations. Visible results include old dogs displaying more energy and sharper cognitive function and awareness. Eyes are clearer. Fatty tissues shrink down, coats fill out and become shinier and skin becomes healthier. As the largest organ, skin reflects the state of the immune system as a whole. A concentrated detox to overturn health issues relies on doctor protocols and individualized treatment. An everyday gentle detox generally keeps pets healthier. Patricia Jordan is a naturopathic veterinarian in Cape Carteret, NC. Learn more at Dr-Jordan.com.
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e aware that glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is prevalent in nonorganic foods, widely used as a weed killer and to dry crops before harvesting. This hidden poison, in the presence of ingested mercury, makes both the glyphosate and mercury 1,000 times more toxic. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Stephani Seneff, author of the article “The Destructive Effects of Heavy Metals and Glyphosate,” reports that glyphosate is a major driver of disease. The toxin stays in a pet’s bones, as well as the bones of the food-producing animals eating genetically modified (GMO) grains that dogs chew on. 4 Avoid the chemicals and toxins commonly found in many lawn care supplies, household cleaners and body care products. Grow food or patronize a best practices local farmer. 4 Be diligent in sourcing for clean, unprocessed food. Learn about biodynamic farming and step up from organic to biodynamic. 4 Don’t hamper the immune system with unsafe and unnecessary vaccinations and drugs. 4 Spend time in the sunshine. 4 Exercise. The lymphatic system won’t work and the body can’t purge spent mitochondria or make new ones without it. 4 Incorporate beneficial bugs through prebiotics and probiotics and enzymes. Learn to ferment and sprout, and add these ingredients to family and pet meals.
calendarofevents SATURDAY, JULY 1 Lower Cross Syndrome – 9am-3pm. Continuing education with Tony Kicklighter. $125. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 11. Esoteric Healing Part II – July 1-3. 9am6:30pm. Includes a review of Part I, plus the expansion of more triangles in more organs. This interactive class gives participants the chance to practice and receive treatment. $125/repeat students. Naples. 910-6576. HarmonizingAmbientEnergy. com. MariaHubbuch.com. 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. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Use crystal grids for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief and connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on the Flower of Life, also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
MONDAY, JULY 3 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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 5 Meditation Session – 6-7pm. Ann Merli, LMT, RM, will give an overview of some of the modalities of energy healing and facilitate a guided meditation that will create peace and tranquility in body, mind and spirit. Assuage Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers. 333-1450. Feel Relaxed and Supported EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. Five-week series with Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey to peace and joy. For those chronically anxious and overwhelmed, distracted, feel unsupported, keep striving but not achieving, have physical symptoms. $15/workshop or $150/series. 6710 Winkler Rd,
Who’s Got Juice Talent Show – 8-10pm. Calling all singers, song writers, comedians, poets, live artists and musicians to get their creative juices flowing. Maximum of 10 contestants will receive five minutes of fame per show that runs biweekly throughout the summer. $5/ticket (max 25 guests). Juicelation, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 104, Naples. Info: 529-2290. See news brief on page 13.
SATURDAY, JULY 8
Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 7/12. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, JULY 6 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 materials included. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. With GAEA Guides – Guided Kayak Nature Tours. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. 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.
FRIDAY, JULY 7 Art Walk – July 7-8. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. FortMyersArtWalk.com. Candle Magick – 7pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Make your own personal candle. $30 materials included. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Weekend Childbirth Education – July 8-9. 10am3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register/fee: FBCNaples@gmail.com. NaplesBirthCenter.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SUNDAY, JULY 9 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Learning to Listen to Inner Guidance, and Trust It! ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. Join registered yoga teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of Yoga Nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A kundalini yoga class followed by the sound therapy of the gong while you lie in savasana. $25/early registration, $30/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
encouraged! Featuring special guests The Naples Players Rocky Horror Show cast. Tickets: $15-$50. Sugden Theater, 701 Fifth Ave S, Naples. 263-7990. Facebook.com/events/123177071590986.
MONDAY, JULY 10 Food Talk: Healing the Gut – 6:15-7:45pm. Explore an amazing world of foods and their healing phytochemicals. Learn how others reversed difficult and painful digestive diseases. Sample foods in the digestive healing protocol from Conquering Any Disease. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Dina Radcliffe. With soft music and candlelight gently flow from pose to pose, integrating breath with movement. Combines working postures to stretch and tone with gentle postures to free the joints and rest deeply. For beginners to intermediate. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. 2809095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
TUESDAY, JULY 11 Kids Yoga Camp – July 11-Aug 8. 9am-11am. With Salima Silverman. Meets Tuesdays for five weeks. Kids will learn self-awareness and develop selfconfidence through the practice of yoga. Mediation, games, journal, create malas and design mandalas. Ages 5-10, co-ed. $150 includes supplies. Space limited to eight. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. See news brief on page 13 and ad on page 31. Experience Polarity Therapy – 6:15-8pm. Also 7/18. Explore two of the five elements of this ayuvedic-based energy healing modality with Larry Witzleben. Learn what each element (corresponding to chakras) does; how they affect each other; and why it matters. $12/session. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while
THURSDAY, JULY 13 Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 7/20. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
FRIDAY, JULY 14 breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com. 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. Self Defense Class – July 11-Aug 15. 7-8:30pm. With Dr Robert Murdoch. Learn techniques, strategies and mindset that will help one avoid, survive and win in violent encounters. $125/series. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. See news brief, page 10.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 40. A Midsummer Night’s Steam – 8-10pm. The Steampunk Stompers present an epic concert filled with original and cover tunes. Steampunk costumes
Pranic Healing Massage – 4-10pm. Continuing education with Inga Balciuniene. $100. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 11. Women’s Gathering – 7pm. A bimonthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, JULY 15 Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from food-healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the Flower of Life pattern, also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Movement and Breath for Labor – 2-3:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, with LifeBehold. Prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. $25/early bird, $30/door. Register: LifeBehold@gmail.com or LifeBehold.com. Restorative Yoga and Crystal Bowl Sound Bath – 2:30-4:30pm. With Lizz Cohoon. Be immersed in soothing, deeply nourishing and healing sound vibrations of the crystal bowls while relaxing in restorative postures. $25/early registration, $30/ day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
MONDAY, JULY 17 Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With registered yoga teacher Dina Radcliffe. With soft music and candlelight gently flow from pose to pose, integrating breath with movement. Combines working postures to stretch and tone with gentle postures to free the joints and rest deeply. For beginners to intermediate. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. 2809095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
TUESDAY, JULY 18 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon,
8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. ThetaHealing Practice Session – 6:30-8:30pm. With Karen and David. All students of Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing and THInk Institute are welcome. RSVP is required stating level of ThetaHealing work accomplished. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast.net.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 Meditation Session – 6-7pm. Ann Merli, LMT, RM, will give an overview of some of the modalities of energy healing and facilitate a guided meditation that will create peace and tranquility in body, mind and spirit. Assuage Spa, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 1, Naples. 333-1450. Usui Reiki Level II – 7pm. Learn long distance healing method using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 20 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com.
FRIDAY, JULY 21 Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. RiverDistrictEvents.com. 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. Essential Oils 101 – 7-8pm. This basic class will explain what essential oils are and discuss essential oil application. Free. I Love Oils Training Center, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. 6893649. RSVP: ILoveOils.com. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 22 Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita
Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Dowsing Class – 2pm. With Ross. Learn what dowsing is and how to use this method for finding objects underground, testing energy fields, spirit energies, and also learn the different tools used for dowsing. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
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Arm Balances – 2:30-4:30pm. With Trisha Necessary. Develop proper preparation, stability, strength and alignment to safely guide you into yoga arm balances, handstands and more. $25/early registration, $30/day of. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
SUNDAY, JULY 23 Eckankar Community HU Chant – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – Noon. Topic: Have You Had a Spiritual Experience. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman. This 90-minute class features gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 8-9 pm. Join a guided meditation to connect with the Maya Moon Goddess Ix-Chel and Sacred Earth Mother Ix-Mucane to harness the power of the divine feminine, the new moon and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month. Free. 319-527-3182.
MONDAY, JULY 24 MELT Hand and Foot Workshop – 5:30-7pm. Relieve pain and improve flexibility with The Melt Method hands-off bodywork, as see on Dr Oz and NYT Bestseller. 9015 Strada Stell Ct, Ste 105, Naples. Registration required: 325-9082. Core360Wellness.com. The Healing Power of Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs – 6pm. With Dr Claudia Marcelo. Hughes Center of Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. See ad, page 71. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Registered Yoga Teacher Dina Radcliffe. With soft music and candlelight gently flow from pose to pose, integrating breath with movement. Combines working postures to stretch and tone with gentle postures to free the joints and rest deeply. For beginners to intermediate. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. 2809095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
TUESDAY, JULY 25 House of Gaia Summer Camp – July 25-29. 9:30am-3pm. Youngsters ages 4-10 will have fun learning elements of cartoons, TV and film production. $175/per child/week; 10 percent discount for siblings; scholarships available. 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Register: 272-6152 or HouseOfGaia.org. See ad on page 24 and news brief on page 10. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie
Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. TheMysticalMoon.com. 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. HouseOfGaia.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, JULY 27 Herb and Oil Magick – 2pm. Learn the properties of several herbs and the oils extracted to produce a number of enhancements to your magickal workings. This workshop is not for beginners. Create your own personal blend for whatever purpose you deem appropriate. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and story-listeners. Bring a story, or just come to listen. Practice stories, get feedback, have fun! Free. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. OpenDreaming.com/ Naples-Storytelling-Guild.
FRIDAY, JULY 28 Aromatherapy for the Mind, Body and Spirit – July 28-30. 8:30am-5:30pm. Continuing education with Wolfgang Luckmann. $270. 18 CEUs. Florida Academy, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 11. Chakra Balancing Massage – 4-10pm. Continuing education with Inga Balciuniene. $100. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 11.
Integrated Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage with Acupuressure and Essential Oils – 4-10pm. Continuing education with Wolfgang Luckmann. $100. 8 CEUs. Florida Academy, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 11.
Register: 272-6152 or HouseOfGaia.org. See ad on page 24 and news brief on page 10.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Healing in America’s Module I Energy Healing Therapy Development Course – Aug 18-20. For those with CE units for nurses and massage therapists. Class offers internship option working towards certified energy healer status. $425. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: regional director, Karen Coratelli-Smith: 692-9120 or email@example.com.
Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com.
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Healing in America and International NFSH/The Healing Trust Community Healing Circle – 6:158:40pm. Join 10 healers and 20 guests for this amazing evening of energy healing therapy. $20 cash or check made payable to HIA. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. RSVP required: Karen CoratelliSmith, Southeast Regional Director: 692-9120 or KSmith727@comcast.net.
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.
Eckankar Community HU Chant – 6:30pm. Vineyards Community Center, 6231 Arbor Blvd W, Naples. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org.
Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – 7:15pm. Topic: Have You Had a Spiritual Experience? Vineyards Community Center, 6231 Arbor Blvd W, Naples. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org.
SATURDAY, JULY 29 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 House of Gaia Summer Camp – Aug 1-5. 9:30am2:30pm. Specifically designed for children with challenges and diverse abilities. $175/per child/ week; 10 percent discount for siblings; scholarships available. 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples.
Theta Healing Basic DNA – Sep 23-25. Taught by certified teachers Mark and Maria Hubbuch based on the book ThetaHealing, by Vianna Stibal and certified by Stibal to teach. Three-day class will change your subconscious beliefs and inner most feelings to empower you to create the life you desire and let go of what is holding you back. $444. Naples. 910-6576. HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com. MariaHubbuch.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 India Trip – Nov 16-Dec 2. Visit the Taj Mahal, temples and Himalayas, stay in a palace, dip your toes in the holy Ganga River and more. Includes: daily yoga with Carla, three vegetarian meals per day, accommodations, ground transportation and airfare in India. Airfare to and from India not included. No alcohol or meat permitted on this trip. $3,300/ dbl occupancy, $4,300/private room. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 8.
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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 SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org. 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: Happehatchee.org.
and chairs provided. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com.
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.
Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Beginners’ Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Last Sunday. Get to know our style of practice, our lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. Cushions
a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. 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. NaplesUnity.org. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com.
Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org.
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.
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.
Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com.
Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering,
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ter, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. FortMyersQuakers.org or FtMyers.Quakers@gmail.com. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. SJoyceH@aol.com. 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. 4556553. Office@uunaples.org. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Kessel.Joyce@gmail.com. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. 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. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.
monday Reverse the Age of the Spine Series – Noon-1pm. Using the Great Yoga Wall with Meredith Musick. For private location in Naples and more info: 269-8846. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. MiraclesAmongUs.org. Yoga Regulators – 5:30-6:30pm. Specialized yoga for active kiddos to improve behavior, focus, and attention through learning self-control and appropriate release of energy. Ages 7-12. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100 percent of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or FireflyWithin.org. 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. ACAIntergroup.org.
Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. firstname.lastname@example.org.
and answers. $25. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. 630-740-0312. KristiOen.com.
A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help participants slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.
Therapeutics Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This informal class will explore the techniques of mindful meditation. Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. email@example.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.
tuesday Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick.
All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. 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. Tai Chi – 11am-noon. Dr Joel Ying, MD, teaches Chen-style exercise and moving meditation. Beginners welcome. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. LoveYogaCenter.com. Spiritual Development Circle with Meditation – 11am-12:30pm. Come explore the beautiful possibilities that awaken during spiritual exploration with spiritual guide/teacher Kristi Oen. Circle adapts to the needs of the individuals present. Enjoy meditation, developing spiritual gifts and time for questions
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Coed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:308pm. A 12-step program for men and women. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David K: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. lllFlorida.com. 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. HouseOfGaia.org.
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. Sandy: 301-938-7503. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10am. 3rd Wed. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. 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. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30-2:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Tai Chi Eight-Form – 2-3pm. With Sondra Dansby. Improve posture, balance, fall prevention, reduce blood pressure and restore emotional balance. $10
(packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.
Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Feel guilty while standing up for yourself? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consist of more than 36 professional artists showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: NaplesArtDistrict.com. Conﬁdent Caterpillars – 5:30-6:30pm. With Salima Silverman. Children ages 5-12 learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga is the smooth way that poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or exhale. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.
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Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.
thursday Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Kundalini Yoga – 11am-noon. As taught by Yogi Bhajan with Pamela Raymond. A traditional kundalini yoga class that uses asana, mudras, pranayama and meditations to balance the glandular system. $20/drop-in. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9273. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. Using breath, core work, stretching and
the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N Cleveland, N Ft Myers. 585955-3910. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Salima Silverman. Kids practice yoga in a fun interactive environment, learn poses, balance, strength and self-awareness. $10/ drop-in. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9273. BKSYogaStudio.com. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883.
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Yin/Yoga Nidra Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 5297582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. Restorative Yoga – 6-7pm. Nourish, nurture and create balance in the body, mind and spirit. Connect to the body through sequencing that supports digestion. Breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance creates an imprint empowering the student. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com.
friday La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Laurielll@aol.com. Plant Sale – 10-4pm. There are unique perennial edibles, medicinal and native plants in the growing nursery. All proceeds benefit environmental education at the Happehatchee Center. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Feel guilty when standing up for yourself? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:30-
4pm. 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. Happehatchee.org. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Who’s Got the Juice Talent Show – 8-10pm. Begins July 7. Maximum of 10 contestants will receive five minutes of fame per show that runs bi-weekly throughout the summer. $5/ticket (max 25 guests). Juicelation, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 104, Naples. Info: 529-2290.
saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. 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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Plant Sale – 10-4pm. There are unique perennial edibles, medicinal and native plants in the growing nursery. All proceeds benefit environmental education at the Happehatchee Center. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 239-992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Urban Farming Workshop Series – 10:30am. Thru July. Workshops will cover topics about food security, backyard vegetable gardening, and beekeeping, raising livestock for eggs and meat, permaculture, brewing and distilling and food preservation. The Alliance for the Arts Green Market, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail.com Happehatchee.org.
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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531
New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 DrCenAcupuncture@gmail.com
Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.
DR. YING LI, ACUPUNCTURIST, L. AC, MD 223 Airport Pulling Rd S, Naples 34104 301-905-8471 • AcuHealthTherapy.com
Practiced in DC area since 2001. MD Degree from China and Master’s Degree in Molecular Pathology from the UNC at Chapel Hill. Worked in the National Institutes of Health on retinal vascular lesion of diabetes.Expertise in treating back pain, disc problems, arthritis.
DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, 33908 239-433-5995
An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today.
PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP
Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 GulfCoastAcupuncture.com Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and k i n e s i o l o g y. A c u p u n c t u r e stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 18.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD
2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • JoyHealthWellness.com Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. As a physician and educator, visit LivingthePresentMoment.com for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.
AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER
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.
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Karin S Wolfe, CBS 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • FireflyWithin.com Info@FireflyWithin.com Certified Biofeedback Specialist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBS#5563.
BODYWORK ART OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 AOHMassage.com
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TERESA KENNEDY (MA71100) Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722
Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut.
ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.
Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5100 N Tamiami Trl, Ste 126, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).
PAULA TERRY, LMT
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STUART WRIGHT, ND
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.
ROGER J. PINT, MPH, DMD
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NETWORK CHIROPRACTOR Dr. Michele Pelletiere 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222
N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.
COLON THERAPY Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing. MA77085, MM33594.
8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org
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: Happehatchee.org/ our-events/.
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RB INSTITUTE, INC.
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com 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 45.
DENTISTRY LASER DENTISTRY
Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com 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 20.
ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER
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Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 49.
REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH 239-692-9120 HealingInAmerica-Southeast.org HugsForHappiness.com KSmith727@comcast.net
Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.
MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE
Healing People & Animals since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 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.
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Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.
FELDENKRAIS JOANN RAHL
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CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
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.
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FENG SHUI LINDA MUNDT DESIGN
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FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE EVIE BREEDLOVE-MANGAPORA, ARNP
Inner Essence Health 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-777-4647 • InnerEssenceHealth.com 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 25.
HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com
AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER
Honored to continue the traditions of the retiring Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Hughes, through functional diagnostic medicine and a comprehensive patient-specific approach, will provide adults and children the tools to restore normal body function by locating the root source of their illness or symptoms. See ad, inside back cover.
Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 35.
ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
239-948-9444 • SilviaCasabianca.com
Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com 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 47.
HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com 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 • WynnsOnline.com 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 47.
15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.
HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
Coming Next Month Rethinking Cancer Plus: Reframing Autism
August articles include: Preventing Cancer Natural Solutions to Sleep Apnea Preparing Autistic Children for Adulthood and so much more!
Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 45.
INTUITIVE CONSULTATION HEATHER FAUN BASL
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NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.
ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 17.
PSYCHOTHERAPY GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 • FtMyersTherapy.com
Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with research-based methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back.
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DOROTHY RODWELL, LMFT & RTR THERAPIST
AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 35.
REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows the market, offers expert counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!
YOGA AWAKENING THROUGH SYNERGY, LLC Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582 AwakeningThroughSynergy.com
Brand new healing art space offering therapeutic and Thai massage, yoga therapy and multistyle yoga classes and workshops including Therapeutics, Hatha, Yin/ Yoga Nidra, restorative, Vinyasa-Flow and crystal bowls. MA# 74913. MM# 35896.
BKS YOGA STUDIO
2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • BKSYogaStudio.com 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 31.
(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) GreenMonkey.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.
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