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ORGANIC FARMING Restoring Food's Nutritional Value


Foods that Zap Inflammation


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This photo of my sister Mary Jo and I from last year’s July Fourth holiday boat parade on Higgins Lake, in Michigan, made the front page of the local newspaper, thanks to our friend and reporter Tommy Resnick, who joined our crew that day. I’ve spent my whole life, it seems, hitting the lake for Independence Day festivities. I still feel like the youngster I used to be when diving into its crystal-clear waters and enjoying the lake with my siblings. Some things from childhood are ever the same, like stopping by the high-dive raft for a swim. But the food packed for boating trips has evolved, reflecting how we feel and want our next blood test to look. Last year, my blood work revealed I needed to up my healthy eating ante even further. Even though I had honored a mostly organic, gluten-free, dairy-free diet, I was still consuming too much sugar and carbs. My doctor recommended I become even stricter, eliminating all grains and all sugar, plus do a much better job of chewing my food. Newly prescribed supplements included a heavy metal detox. Today, I can happily report that my blood work is reflecting my improved diet. I’ve even received a green light to treat myself to a little quinoa and rice these days. Hooray! When I read this month’s Conscious Eating article, “10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods,” by Judith Fertig (page 36), it confirmed again that I’m on the right track. When you consider that inflammation can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain, it just makes sense to choose foods with anti-inflammatory properties to help the body function optimally. I’m delighted that Melinda Hemmelgarn’s feature article, “Organic Farmers: Growing America’s Health – Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops,” shows enlightened farmers as active field health research scientists (page 32). They remind us that ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil our food is grown in. The Fourth encourages us to never take our freedoms for granted and to remain vigilant in our responsibility to protect them. One way to protect the purity of our food and environment is to educate ourselves and purchase products and services that support the healthiest choices possible. You’ll find plenty of ideas and resources in this month’s issue to help guide you. Happy summering,

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Path of Being Opens in Fort Myers


he Path of Being: A Gift and Book Store for Conscious Lifestyles, has opened at 15248 South Tamiami Trail, Unit 300, in south Fort Myers. The store offers psychic and intuitive tarot readings daily, Mommy and Me with Daddy Too yoga and meditation classes every other Sunday, free healing circles on differTheresa Ayers ent healing modalities on the third Tuesday of each month and monthly crystal bowl and guided meditations. The Path of Being will host Astrology and You workshops; a Healthy Living series about essential oils, plant-based living and organic gardening; and a Soul Life series: Awakening and Emergence, an introduction to esoteric teachings. “We are a center for hope and healing that you may live a more abundant life and that you find products and information that help you find balance in your Earth walk,” says owner Theresa Ayers, an intuitive reader and spiritual counselor among other studies. “Join us and share your journey of self-discovery and learning a more balanced life.” For more information or to register for events, call 239-4375141, email or visit


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Inaugural Schroth Scoliosis Therapy Camp in Naples


eople with the idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis forms of spinal deformity can benefit by attending an International Schroth Three-Dimensional Scoliosis Therapy Camp, the first of its kind in the U.S., from July 12 to 18 at the Degrees Scoliosis Rehab Center at PhysioNetics, in Naples. Led by Nikola Jevtic, regional Schroth instructor Nicola Varveris from Germany, and Nicola Varveris, a doctor of physical therapy and certified Schroth therapist, the intensive group treatment is conducted according to the original Katherina Schroth method and is limited to 12 patients. On the first day, each participant will be assessed and a home-exercise program will be prescribed based on their specific curve patterns. The camp consists of four-and-a-half hours of Nikola Jevtic daily treatments provided in three, one-and-a-half-hour sessions with a one-hour break between each session. A light snack and lunch will be provided. Organizers relate that the approach is a proven exercise method to help reverse curves in the spine or stop the progression caused by the ailments. Cost: $1,500 includes Schroth-specific tools, T-shirt and informational materials. Location: 1575 Pine Ridge Rd., Ste. 15. For more information or to register, call 239-593-4348 or visit See ad, page 2.

Detoxify Series at Woodhouse Day Spa


he Woodhouse Day Spa, in Naples, is offering a discount on its Summer Detoxify series. From July 1 through the end of October, customers can enjoy four organic seaweed treatments for the price of three. The spa provides seven detoxifying seaweed treatments, including facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. Multiple treatments are recommended for the best results. Seaweed naturally cleanses and purifies the skin, helping to improve its suppleness and elasticity, thus reducing the signs of aging by toning, smoothing, moisturizing and stimulating skin cells. Each seaweed treatment utilizes Voya Organic Skincare products that contain extracts of wild seaweed which is sustainably hand-harvested from the coast of West Ireland. The 6,000-square-foot facility includes infrared saunas, locker, quiet rooms and organic tea service. Location: The Naples Plaza at 2059 9th St. N. For more information or an appointment, call 239-403-7727, email Info@Naples. or visit See ad, page 17.

Yoga Teacher Training at FloYo Naples


loYo Naples will conduct a 200hour Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teacher training from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., July 20 through August 5. For individuals interested in becoming yoga teachers, diving deeper into their practice or teachers seeking a fresh and impactful way of instructing, this 15-day program provides transformation and inspiration, along with tools for students to reach their fullest potential. “Be inspired and inspire others,” says Lacie Stoel, studio manager. “Commit yourself to the study and practice of yoga in a community that will take you further than ever imagined. Wake up and learn to hold onto nothing and hold nothing back!” Cost: $3,795 paid in full, $3,995 on payment plan. Location: 6200 Trail Blvd. For more information or to register, call 239-598-1938, email or visit See ad, page 15.

Cannibidiol Oil Discount at Salt Cave


he Salt Cave, in Naples, is offering a limited-time special on cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Customers that purchase one ETST HighGrade Hemp CBD Oil unit can get a second one for half off the regular price. CBD oils have been associated with relieving pain and anxiety, along with helping to induce sleep. Location: 4962 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, call 239403-9170 or visit Present ad on page 5 to obtain discount. July 2018


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New Healthy Home Cleaning Company


runchy Cleaning by Cindy is now open, and owner Cindy Bisanti uses Norwex cleaning cloths with the power of silver ions and BacLock Cindy Bisanti technology, and ecofriendly, homemade cleaning products and essential oils to clean homes throughout Lee and Collier counties. Without the use of harsh chemicals that might be ingested or absorbed into the skin, Bisanti’s approach is safe for children, pets and people with compromised immune systems, making homes sanitized, bacteria-free and fresh-smelling. Cleaning times are flexible, and prices are generally $50 per hour, but are ultimately determined by the nature and extent of the job. Bisanti, who spent years doing traditional home cleaning, says she “had enough of dealing with chemicals that burned my fingertips and made me feel poisoned. I fell in love with the ‘crunchy’ concept for cleaning” as the term is akin to eating granola which is “along the mindset of the all-natural, what health-conscious people are likely to eat.” For more information or to arrange for a cleaning visit, call 239-202-3151, email or visit See ad, page 62.

Holy Fire Reiki Workshop at Lotus Blossom Clinic


attie Carney, Usui/ Holy Fire reiki master, teacher and animal communicator, will lead a Reiki I & II Workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 11 and 12, at the Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers. The event is hosted by Dr. David and Deb Martin. Reiki is a hands-on and distance form of relaxation and stress reduction. Holy Fire reiki is unique because of the flow of the meditative experiences the client is


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guided through while the practitioner sends reiki to the client. The healing approach is said to help in recovery from injury or surgery, headaches, sore muscles, grieving, pregnancy, end-of-life experiences and more. In Reiki I, participants will learn the hand positions to send reiki to themselves and others. In Reiki II, attendees will send distance reiki and receive immediate feedback from the client. The class manual is included in the cost and will be sent to attendees in advance. Physical therapist and massage therapy continuing education credits have been applied for. Cost: $225 for both days, $150 for one. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2. For more information or to register, call 239-277-1399, email or visit See ad, page 37.

Therapy on the Gulf Celebrates 10 Years with Special Offer


nthony Hansen launched Therapy on the Gulf 10 years ago in Naples. He is celebrating this milestone by offering 50 percent off any type of massage conducted by him this month. Options for this discount include myofascial release, CranioSacral Therapy, lymphatic drainage, Trager and reiki. Anthony Hansen With a staff that includes Candace Van Ree and Teresa Kennedy, the facility offers sports massage, pregnancy massage, deep tissue, reflexology, aromatherapy, qigong, ear candling, body talk, meridian tapping techniques, therapeutic and hot stone massages. Location: 824 Anchor Rode Dr. For more information or an appointment, call 239-262-8722. See ad, page 11.

Joy Feet Spa Opens with Specials


o herald its grand opening at 2095 Pine Ridge Road, in Naples, Joy Feet Spa is offering several discounts for clients throughout this month. Seventy-minute combo and body massages are available for $49.99 and $59.99, respectively, and reflexology treatments are being provided at $30 per hour prior to 1 p.m. Full-body massage, shiatsu or acupressure can relax muscles via pressure applied against deeper muscles and massaging in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. Skilled therapists can relieve hard-to-reach muscular aches and pains using a Chinese “walk on the back� session. Chair massages are also provided for on-the-go clients. Reflexology can help relieve headaches, indigestion, insomnia, backaches, osteoarthritis, heart disease and cancer. For more information or an appointment, call 239-298-9945 or visit See ad, page 34. July 2018


kudos Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee (FCA@I) Business Development Manager Ruth Fehr and Culinary Program Manager Ahmed El, were joined by members of Youth Leadership Collier in visiting several Immokalee farms in June to provide support for their operations. Also, FCA@I member Melissa Bazley, of Krazy Krops, is working with a certified organic farmer in Immokalee to save unsightly-looking produce that’s been rejected by stores and providing it to those that want it in a community supported agriculture effort. The FCA@I, a membership-based commercial kitchen and processing facility, is operated by a public-private partnership with the Collier County Office of Business and Economic Development and the nonprofit Economic Incubators Inc., and offers a food tasting and nutrition lab staffed by the University of Florida. For more information, visit or

correction A news brief that appeared in our June issue contained an error regarding the benefits of cupping. We regret the error. Here is the corrected version: Marisa Sabin Marisa Sabin, an advanced contemporary cupping practitioner and licensed massage therapist, of Cupping for Wellness & Beauty, in Naples, contends that cupping can improve tense back, neck, hips, feet and other areas, sciatica, poor range of motion, anxiety, muscle cramps, digestion and plantar fasciitis. She also provides tips and advice on how to use self-care cupping products at home. See article on page 28 and ad on page 49. 14

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Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne study. The 299 participants that had undergone chemotherapy an average of eight years earlier wore an accelerometer for a week to measure their average daily minutes of exercise and completed a set of questionnaires and neuropsychological tests. The findings suggest that those regularly performing this level of exercise benefit through improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities. Also, in a recent Portuguese study of 15 women being treated for advanced breast cancer, eight women performed two, one-hour sessions a week of aerobic, strength-training and arm exercises. After 12 weeks, they experienced significantly less fatigue and pain, improved cardiovascular fitness, better emotional well-being and a greater ability to perform daily tasks, compared to the control group. 16

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs Eating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports Johns Hopkins University research published in the European Respiratory Journal. The study, which followed more than 650 people between 2002 and 2012, also found that those that ate more than two tomatoes or more than three portions of fresh fruit daily experienced markedly less of the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.


As Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from the University of California, San Diego. The research links sleep data on 765,000 Americans collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with climate models that predict warming trends. Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099. Seniors, which have difficulty regulating body temperature, and low-income people without air conditioning, are likely to be the most affected.

The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in the San Joaquin Valley of California, a heavypesticide region in which more than one-third of U.S. vegetables and two-thirds of our fruits and nuts are grown. Studying birth records, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara, found that the top 5 percent of women with the highest exposure had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.


Warming Planet Will Worsen Sleep

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Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, concludes a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National guidelines for adults recommend at least one-and-a-half to two cups per day of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Consumption is lowest among men, young adults and adults living in poverty.


Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation Polluted air raises the chances of irregular menstrual cycles among teenage girls, a new Boston University School of Medicine study reports. Studying the records of 34,832 women and linking that information with levels of pollutants when the women were 14 to 18 years old, researchers concluded that teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood. It may also put them at long-term risk of other hormone-related problems, researchers warned.

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According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

In Vitro Corals

Scientists Help Repropagate Vanishing Reefs

Warming seawater and increasing ocean acidity are damaging reef ecosystems around the world, and some scientists and environmentalists fear a worldwide collapse by 2050. Coral reefs are colonies of millions of tiny animals. In a single night, the corals join in casting a fog of sperm and eggs into the water to either fertilize and make baby coral larvae or settle back onto the reef, fostering growth. Dirk Petersen, Ph.D., founder and executive director of Sexual Coral Reproduction, in Hilliard, Ohio, gathers sperm and eggs from corals, fertilizes them in a lab and returns the baby corals to the wild. “A bunch of us coral reef managers were just so sick of just watching things die,” says Laurie Raymundo, a biologist at the University of Guam. This kind of in vitro fertilization provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.


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In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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Algae Alchemy

Dutch Turn Seaweed into 3-D Household Items

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have been cultivating live algae and processing it into material that can be used for 3-D printing. This algae polymer can be turned into everyday items from shampoo bottles to bowls and trash bins. They hope it could replace petroleum-based plastics to help alleviate our unsustainable consumption of fossil fuels. They have also experimented with other biopolymers such as mycelium (fungi), potato starch and cocoa bean shells. The pair now operate a research and algae production lab at the Luma Foundation, in Arles, France. They point out that their creations do more than just replace plastic—algae can also suck up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas driver of global climate change. They explain, “The algae grow by absorbing the carbon and producing a starch that can be used as a raw material for bioplastics or binding agents. The waste product is oxygen—clean air.”

Man-Made Meat

Laboratory Food to Hit Pet Food Market

As we race toward a future full of high-tech, lab-grown meats in place of the environmentally unsound animal protein industry, a new startup wants to extend this offering to our furry friends, too. Aiming to make the most sustainable, transparent and organic product possible, Rich Kelleman, owner of Bond Pet Foods, started growing it in a petri dish from animal cells, free of the environmental and ethical dilemmas caused by traditional animal farming. Lab-grown meat slashes land use by 99 percent, produces 90 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and may be a more economically viable way to feed the growing global population. “Pet food has always been quick to follow human food trends,” says pet food industry consultant Ryan Yamka, who is working with the startup. “If you walked down the aisles this year at the trade shows, you already saw people talking about humanely raised and sustainable pet food.”

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Robert Murdoch This Merry Soul Now Brings Healing to the Colonies by Linda Sechrist


fter 26 years of living in the U.S., Robert Murdoch’s British accent is still detectable. A member of the Natural Family Physicians team, in Cape Coral, this doctor of Oriental medicine is quite goodnatured about answering questions regarding what it was like to grow up in England’s Sherwood Forest. “My siblings, friends and I played Robert Murdoch there and hid in the hollow of an old oak tree, where the real Robin Hood was said to have concealed himself. His real name was Robbie Hode, and as stories about him were told and retold, they were embellished. For instance, there was no Maid Marian or Friar Tuck. John Little got renamed Little John,” recalls Murdoch. Murdoch’s 1992 move to America was motivated by England’s lack of sunshine. “I wanted to live where there was sunshine and I could carry on my profession, which I began practicing in 1986 in Christchurch, Dorset, England,” he says. A brief 10-week touchdown in Florida was followed by a move to Dallas, Texas, where Murdoch lived and practiced until 1996, when he relocated to Cape Coral and set up practice at Natural Family Physicians. Later, at the request of Kandy Love, the founder of Health and Harmony, in Fort Myers, which is now owned by Cindy Carfore and operated as AHA! A Holistic Approach, Murdoch opened an office there.

Confident regarding his philosophy about not only different therapies, but also about therapists, Murdoch says, “I include myself when I say that not every practitioner is suitable for every patient, nor is every therapy right for every patient. Finding a modality that produces results and establishing a good rapport with a therapist is a wonderful thing that contributes to the healing process.”

“I have a few arrows in my quiver.” Murdoch is trained in therapies such as Classical 5 Element acupuncture, classical homeopathy, functional medicine, nutrition and pediatrics. “This means that I don’t have to treat everything only with acupuncture.” Therapists each have their own style, and Murdoch believes that a patient should feel comfortable with that style so they can establish a long-term solid patient/therapist relationship. “My style is that I take a holistic view of individual. I view the cells in the context of their organs and their body, which I look at in the context of their life, environment and community. I put all the pieces of the puzzle together and figure out how all those interactions are going and determine what is best for the individual to move forward with their health and life. If I believe someone else could do a better job, I refer out to other practitioners,” explains Murdoch. “Over the years I’ve been practicing, many people have tried to interest me in learning other modalities such as essential oils or how to use a variety of machines. Quite frankly, I’m happy working with the modalities that I know. I’m not too proud to suggest that there are others gifted at things I don’t do or know about,” says Murdoch. Natural Family Physicians is located at 1222 SE 47th St, Ste. 118, in Cape Coral. For an appointment or more information, call 239-5401220 or visit AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, is located at 15971 McGregor Blvd, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-433-5995 or visit See ad, page 14.

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Curly Hair Versus Humidity


by Yvette Lynn

n the past, for women with naturally curly hair—from loose to classic, tight or kinky—the effects of Florida’s hot, steamy summers with stifling humidity levels and soaring temperatures were unwelcome. Throughout the centuries, the secret to curly hair obedience has been a wide range of salves, irons and rollers that reshaped every strand, either flattening natural curls or creating artificial ones. Today’s expert stylists such as Mida Ademaj, owner of H&N Salon in Naples, and Melanie Nickels, owner of Raw Hair Organics Salon, also in Naples, these harsh treatments are definitely history and have no place in controlling curls. Trained and certified in 2007 by Ouidad, known throughout the industry as the “queen of curl”, Ademaj loves cutting curly hair because it is lively and fun. “It has a life and personality of its own. I love making women feel as if their curls are a gift,” quips Ademaj, whose experience has taught her that every curl is unique, with its own distinctive needs. “As a Ouidadcertified stylist, I understand how to cut and style curly hair with the curve and slicing technique at the curvature of the

curl pattern. The result is all defined curls that fall gently into each other like puzzle pieces, encouraging curl definition and creating more manageable hair.” By directing her clients to the right products, Ademaj helps women understand their curl type and how to keep their hair healthy. “Using the Quidad signature rake-and-shake styling method, women leave my salon with beautiful, curly hair that they are delighted with,” she advises. Ademaj is also Vidal Sassoon-trained and organic color certified. Her new salon is also Quidad-certified. A Master Colorist and Curl/Texture Specialist, Nickels is a curly hair expert who trains stylists via her comprehensive Raw Curls Academy workshops and has formulated her line of Raw Curls natural organic hair products sold in 31 countries. “I have had years of training and cutting experience which benefits other stylists interested in learning how to cut curls. I also conduct expert panels, as well as keep up with the 4,000-plus members of my Facebook page by filming live video tips and posting photos of my cuts,” explains Nickels.

“It’s impossible to avoid humidity, but we curly-headed girls can combat it. Frizz is caused by dehydrated or damaged hair which needs moisture, so it pulls humidity from the air. The trick to control frizz is definitely a combination of a good cut and the right products, which I talk about weekly with my live Facebook group,” advises Nickels. “Although it isn’t curly-girl friendly, silicone is a widely used ingredient in commercial anti-frizz products. I compare silicone to wax on a car that causes rain to bead and run off. Curly hair needs moisture to penetrate it, or over time, it will dry out,” she says. Curly hair has to be properly prepared for a cut and the right tools have to be used. A stylist can’t use a razor or thinning shears; those create even more frizz. The right cut enhances curls without causing additional frizz. The right products eliminate frizz. My entire Raw Curls product line is my number-one seller. I think that and the fact that it has won awards says a lot about how well it works,” says Nickels. H&M Hair Salon is located in the Heritage Court Plaza, 5020 Tamiami Tr. N. Ste. 102, in Naples. For appointments, call 239-298-2569. For more information, email Raw Hair Organics is located at 2940 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 4, in Naples., For appointments, call 239-597-0939. For more information, visit See ad, page 30.

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Natural Ways to Reduce Pain


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hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and


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even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in WinstonSalem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one


To enroll in a new study on mindfulness meditation and chronic back pain, email For information on ongoing studies, visit on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System. It showed that 12 weeks of yoga classes reduced pain and opioid use, and improved functionality of participants; many of them had suffered back pain for more than 15 years. Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”


Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study

Drumming Out Drugs Music, specifically drumming, stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s own morphine-like painkillers. Group drumming can help people withdrawing from addictive drugs, especially those having particular difficulty in conventional addiction programs, reports a University of Arizona at Tempe study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Other supportive studies are listed at html.

from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis. Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no

Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery. THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at

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Caccamesi has 28 years of experience working with clients experiencing acute and chronic pain. “Acupuncturists treat to alleviate pain and suffering to reduce the use of Charles Caccamesi opioids. The military is now using acupuncture in the field for the same reason,” advises the acupuncture physician, who combines Japanese and Chinese styles.

Prior to becoming an advanced Rolfer, Curci-Lee had a rewarding career as a registered nurse who felt that the administration of pain meds, including opiates and Cindi Curci-Lee sleeping pills, were appropriate. A serious car accident changed that. “I sought medical help and was offered pain medications. The side effects of drowsiness, nausea, respiratory depression and decreased blood pressure would have interfered with my performance as a nurse. I searched instead for a therapy that would treat the reason for my severe headaches and hip pain. After five Rolfing sessions, my symptoms resolved and my quality of life greatly improved. I returned to school and became a Rolfer to assist clients in balancing and aligning their structure, thereby increasing strength and stability. Rolfing can improve postural issues in addition to freeing up old restrictions and improving joint function,” says the movement practitioner.

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Opiate Alternatives

Local Practitioners' Recommendations


by Linda Sechrist

octor of Oriental Medicine Terri Evans, owner of TAE Healthy Aging, in Naples, was listening to a documentary series about Americans struggling under the opioid crisis. “After the four-part series finished, I felt frustrated. There was no mention of alternatives to dealing with chronic pain, which is largely what opioids are prescribed for. No mention of acupuncture, chiropractic, yoga or massage therapy, which are capable of helping individuals deal with and ease chronic pain,” says Evans. In May 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued guidelines for doctors recommending that they learn about acupuncture and chiropractic care as therapies for pain management that could help them avoid prescribing opioids for patients.“[Health care providers] should be knowledgeable about the range of available therapies, when they may be helpful and when they should be used as part of a multidisciplinary approach to pain management,” is a phrase included in the proposal. As medical professionals continue relying on medications such as OxyContin or Vicodin that only treat symptoms, many local health practitioners approach the alleviation of pain from an integrative perspective, suggesting that modalities used in tandem can provide the best relief. 24

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Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Care of Naples

According to “How Massage Helps Heal Muscles and Relieve Pain,” an article in Time magazine, Tiffany Field, a leading researcher on the effects of massage and Alvina Quatrano director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, advises that massage has

According to Ray, chiropractic is a safe and effective drug-free approach to treating musculoskeletal pain and offers a natural alternative to potentially dangerous and addictive Annie Ray, DC pain medications. Recommended alternative therapies that can be tried before resorting to these

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the same pain-relieving effect as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve). “Pain is lessened by reducing inflammation,” says Quatrano, a licensed massage therapist

medications include exercise, rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy.

Lacie Stoel, FloYo Yoga, Naples

Stoel suffered from the pain and discomfort of sacroiliitis caused by an old cheerleading injury. The doctor gave her a prescription for painkillers. “The medication Lacie Stoel made me sick to my stomach, and I refused to continue taking them. The doctor sent me for physical therapy, which was good, but it only focused on one area and left the rest of my body hurting. I found restorative yoga and stretching, which doing regularly, works for my body,” says the restorative yoga teacher.

Deborah Post, Wellbridges, Bonita Springs

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“Cannabis has long been associated with its predominant psychoactive component, THC, but the second-most abundant molecule, CBD, is a compound of immense clinical potential

because it interacts directly or indirectly with many different receptor systems in the brain,” advises Post, a licensed advanced registered nurse practitioner who prefers to recommend the potency of cannabisderived CBD oil with higher levels of THC and varying levels of CBD, as opposed to hemp-derived CBD oil with less than 0.3 percent THC. The preliminary research on the use of either CBD or THC for pain modulation is inconclusive, partially due to difficulty getting federal approval to research marijuana. Until the FDA approves and regulates cannabis products as it does other conventional medicines, it remains up to the patient to determine what specific combination of cannabinoids effectively reduces their pain experience.

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Not everyone would choose Evans’ holistic multidisciplinary path of using only acupuncture, chiropractic and massage rather than surgery and opiates to manage Terri Evans the pain of a shattered and broken forearm, as well as all dislocated bones in the wrist and hand. It may be wise, however, to consider trying them to offset the need for higher doses of painkillers. “I only took a quarter of one opioid and immediately understood how that would never heal my arm or restore

the complete loss of use of my hand. It was a journey through the healing process, which still continues. Looking back, I still wouldn’t choose differently,” says Evans.

Local Resources Acupuncture Care of Naples, 501 Goodlette Rd., Ste. D100, Naples, 239-877-2531. Art of Holistic Massage, 732-266-5276. See listing, page 59. Bonita Beach Chiropractic, 11100 Bonita Beach Rd., SE, Ste. 1078, Bonita Springs, 239-992-6643, See ad, page 34. FloYo, 6200 Trail Blvd., 1800 Tamiami Tr. E,, Naples, 239-598-1938, See ad, page 15. Rolfed In Paradise, Inc., 5100 N Tamiami Trl., Ste. 126, Naples. 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste. 100, Ft. Myers, 239-7774070, See listing, page 59. TAE Health Aging Center, 11983 Tamiami Trl. N. Ste. 100A, Naples, 239-430-6800, See ads, pages 22 and 34. Wellbridges, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213, Bonita Springs, 239-481-560, See ad, page 53.

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EXERCISE TO SLEEP BY Quell Insomnia and Nighttime Anxiety


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nsomnia plagues millions of Americans, and finding a solution can be difficult when the condition is chronic. Prolonged lack of quality sleep compromises health and sets the stage for depression, high blood pressure, obesity, inflammation, poor memory and even serious risk of heart attack. The good news is that natural alternatives, especially regular exercise, offer relief. Northwestern University research published in the journal Sleep Medicine even confirms better results from exercise than other natural approaches.

Timing is Everything

Circadian rhythm, the body’s internal clock, governs physiological patterns involving sleep and hunger, and is cued by temperature and sunlight, so timing our exercise is important. Other studies at Northwestern reveal that workouts earlier in the day yield better results because muscles also have their own rhythm (internal clocks) that help them perform more efficiently due to the presence of daylight, and function optimally then. According to the National Sleep Foundation, a decrease in body temperature after an initial increase during physical activity initiates sleep, which also suggests that exercising later in the day, but not before bed, is helpful, as well. Research from Princeton University further shows that exercise can help the brain process stress, helping to minimize anxiety which often accompanies or fosters insomnia. Long Beach, California, holistic podiatrist Don Kim, creator of The Walking Cure Program, affirms, “The first thing to address is the circadian rhythm—what I call the body’s highest peak and lowest valley. The entire system needs to get used to slowing down.” Kim’s life changed for the better, including his struggles 26

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with insomnia, when he made walking a priority after an incapacitating back injury. “Walking is synchronized motion and induces meditative brain waves,” says Kim, who teaches others how to walk for better physical and mental health.

Oxygen is Key

The more oxygen the brain receives, the lower the levels of cortisol that trigger racing thoughts. Other forms of moderate aerobic exercise involving cardio machines, spinning, cross-country skiing, swimming and dancing are also beneficial ways to increase oxygen intake. Chicago fitness expert Stephanie Mansour explains, “Improving circulation helps to increase the body’s energy during the day and helps you wind down at night.” It’s a common misconception that rushing through the day is the same as engaging in exercise. Mansour elaborates: “Exercising is different than just being busy or working outside, because it’s a time where you connect your mind, body and breath. You’re forced to be present. It’s difficult to think about your to-do list when you’re physically engaged.” According to, just 10 minutes of regular aerobic activity anytime improves sleep quality significantly. Plus, it abates the likelihood of sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome that sedentary lifestyles can cause or exacerbate.

Cultivating Calm

Restorative yoga instructor Naima Merella, manager of Studio 34, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, says, “We’re not taught to value rest, and conditions like feeling overwhelmed and insomnia are the result. Most people in our culture suffer from an overactive fight-or-flight response, so engaging our parasympathetic nervous system, or relaxation response, can balance this.” Merella advocates yoga, breath work and certain qigong exercises. “One option is to do a more active yoga practice to burn off excess nervous energy, and then end with restorative poses to engage the relaxation response. It all depends on a person’s schedule and what they’re able to do. Ideally, I would suggest doing at least 30 minutes of restorative yoga and breath work before bed, but even a few minutes of a restorative pose or breathing technique can be helpful. I’ve found the kundalini yoga meditation, Shabad Kriya, most helpful for sleeping.” Renowned yogi Janice Gates, of Marin County, California, also advises physical practice, as well as understanding the foundational teachings. “It’s important to remember that you’re not your anxiety. It’s easy to identify with suffering and conditions that cause it. Yoga supports us to be free of that conditioning. Keep in mind that an issue can be more mental at times and more physiological at other times, so we want to address both with asanas early in the day to balance the nervous system and mindful breathing at bedtime.” Whichever form of exercise we choose, we should be gentle with ourselves. As Merella reminds us, “The best thing we can do is send ourselves compassion and love.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Love Yoga Center’s Recommended Posture for Great Sleep by Lee Walker

Come, sleep! O sleep, the certain knot of peace. ~Sir Philip Sidney


nyone that has ever endured a sleepless night due to stress, affairs of the heart, financial woes or a heavy meal too close to bedtime is likely familiar with Lahoma Nachtrab, in Viparita the idea of attempting to strike Karani (attitude reversal pose) a bargain with sleep. For those seeking a good negotiating tool, yoga offers a super calming pose for the nervous system. Deeply relaxing, it invites rhythmic breathing and invokes a meditative state that further helps to cultivate a quiet mind when practiced for at least 15 minutes before bed “The posture Legs Up the Wall, known in Sanskrit as Viparita Karani, is my first recommendation to induce great sleep. It is easily accessible to almost everyone regardless of yoga experience,” advises Lahoma Nachtrab, a certified yoga teacher and the new owner of Love Yoga Center, in Naples. Nachtrab recommends practicing Legs Up The Wall not only before bed, but also during the night whenever sleep is elusive. “If you include soft and even rhythmic breathing with the pose, the effects are increased,” she says. Legs that are stretched up the wall higher than the heart allow gravity assist the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid. Although this pose is safe for the majority of individuals, pregnancy, glaucoma, high blood pressure and problems with the neck or spine warrant a conversation with a doctor before beginning.

Instructions for Legs Up The Wall

Sit sideways with the right side against the wall. Exhale and gently swing the legs up onto the wall and the shoulders and head lightly down onto the floor. If there is a pulling sensation in the hamstrings, move the sit bones farther away from the wall, while keeping the lower back grounded to the floor. Let the shoulders soften. Release the hands and arms out to the sides, palms up. Close the eyes. Focus on the breath and become aware of the natural rhythm of the breath. Take slow, gentle and deep inhales and exhales, without forcing and straining. Make the length of exhales equal to inhales, which soothes the mind into stillness. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr., N. Ste. 204, Naples. 239-6929747. See ad, page 30. July 2018


therapy spotlight

Local Therapists Bring Back


by Linda Sechrist

t the Rio Summer Olympic Games in 2016, when the ancient Egyptian therapy of cupping left telltale signs on the shoulders of Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, TV viewers took notice and began asking questions. This led to international interest in Phelps and members of the U.S. men’s gymnastics team that were using cupping to speed recovery and improve range of motion for overworked muscles. Cupping therapy involves attaching circular cups to the skin using suction created either by heating the cup, which forms a vacuum, using a handheld pump or employing a vacuum therapy machine. It can cause small blood capillaries to burst, leading to distinctive circular bruises that may last anywhere from three days to several weeks. The therapy can be used in different places on the body to bring blood flow to a specific area. A 2012 study in PubMed indicates that of 40 patients that suffered from knee arthritis, those that underwent cupping reported less pain after four months, compared to arthritis sufferers in a control group that were not treated. Some researchers have suggested that cupping therapy may also reduce neck pain. The outcome of another study, conducted by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, notes, “Different techniques of cupping have been developed over time; however, applying a cup to create suction over a painful area is common to all. Dry, or fire cupping, used on the intact skin, leaves bluish circular markings. Recently, interest in cupping has re-emerged and subsequently, several studies have begun to investigate the mechanisms of cupping therapy. Mechanically, it increases blood circulation, whereas physiologically, it activates the immune system and stimulates the mechanosensitive fibers, thus leading to a reduction in pain.” One year after integrating cupping into her practice, Licensed Massage Therapist Mary Radewahn, of Power of Touch, in Naples, reports a positive response from patients when cupping is used as a part of comprehensive massages. “It’s less invasive, especially with inflammation,” she says. “A recent client couldn’t move her neck, and she’s now pain-free. Another was pleasantly surprised to discover that her sciatica discomfort of 22 years had disappeared.” Radewahn cites other benefits mentioned by her clients, including the reduction of chest congestion and improved range of mo28

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Cupping therapy involves attaching circular cups to the skin using suction created either by heating the cup, which forms a vacuum, using a handheld pump or employing a vacuum therapy machine. tion, as well as muscle and connective tissue flexibility. Cupping for Wellness & Beauty, in Naples, provides cupping treatments for sports, as well as aesthetics, and offers many modalities of massage therapy. A seven-year veteran of cupping, Marisa Sabin blends her treatments to address common complaints such as pre/post knee replacement surgery, middle back tension and cellulite. Sabin also teaches clients how to use self-care cups so that they may help their pain in-between treatment sessions. A secret that Japanese geishas once coveted, Sabin uses vibrational cupping to give a client’s face a mini-lift. “Cupping can reduce puffiness, lift tense muscles, reduce dark circles, minimize under-eye bags, firm jowls, minimize wrinkles and plump lips. It repairs and nourishes the face by moving toxins and stagnant blood out and ushering in new, nutrient-enriched blood and fluids. Its pleasantly invigorating action increases elastin and collagen. “The feeling of the treatment can be invigorating, but also relaxing. Cup markings are never intentional, but depending on the health history of the individual, they can arise. They are easily covered and can dissipate within 24 hours,” she says. Power of Touch is located at 4156 Tamiami Tr. N., inside Suzanna’s Image full-service salon. For appointments, call or text (preferred) 239571-2903 or visit See ad, page 26. Cupping for Wellness & Beauty/Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Med Spa of Naples is located at 3699 Airport Rd. N. For appointments, call 239-919- 6573, email Marisa@ or visit See ad, page 49.


Deeper into Qi

An Interview with Jeff Primack – Part 2 of 2 by Damon D’Amato

As a growing child, how did your father’s work in the medical field impact you? My dad is a senior pharmacist at a hospital. He knows pharmaceuticals have side effects and believes in preventing disease using food as medicine. At first, my dad didn’t believe in Qi. Once he felt the energy for himself, he began practicing qigong and studying Chinese medical models. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis on a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism in all matters of healthcare and I still believe Western medicine has its place when combined with effective food and breathing practices.

Why is qigong healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities? Qigong works directly with your life energy to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise. Postures are “rooted” in one place where grounding and electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the Qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, the Source of life.

You coined the phrase “Press on Qi!” Why is this emphasized so often in your healing forms? Press on Qi is describing subtle movement on the edge of your magnetic field. When a person practices qigong and learns to press on the energy field, it immediately strengthens blood circulation, digestion and metabolism and improves important body

functions. I trademarked the term Press on Qi as our way of expressing this idea unique to our qigong style. After Paul flew back to China, I craved to find another qigong expert who could explain more. Master Weizhao Wu was my most influential teacher for qigong, a practitioner himself since age 7. Although he passed away, his memory lives in the most excellent posture corrections that he carefully gave. He would open my thumb and relax it so the tendons were not hard anymore. That thumb correction makes a huge improvement to Qi flow and has been passed to my forms.

Through this process of education and discipline, how long did it take for you to create the Supreme Science Qigong healing forms? After five years traveling and producing seminars for other qigong masters, I finally created my Level-1 Qigong Healing Form. It was first published in our books in 2003 and only a few dozen instructors memorized it, but by 2007 we had certified a thousand people to teach the routine. Our videos were ‘Qi-Animated’ to show energy graphically and it assisted people in becoming sensitive to energy. In 2013, we upgraded our qigong videos to HD animation and in 2017 we finally released our remastered Level-2 video with ultra-HD animation. I keep learning that Spirit continues to reveal a better way to share these healing practices.

What was the driving force for you to absorb so much from the most respected masters of qigong? As a graduate from University of Florida college of business, I founded Supreme Science Qigong Center to be successful and took my job seriously. Many qigong teachers

I found did not provide the training I was looking for. I did a lot of research and found a qigong master, Paul Dong, who wrote the book, Empty Force. I flew him from China to Florida, in 2001, because he claimed to have practiced qigong every day for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar and I gathered a hundred people to hear Paul share his forms, which were light years ahead of any qigong I had learned previously. His presence activated my Qi and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him.

Will participants get to experience these forms at the Qi Revolution event? All 3-levels of our Qigong program are shared in detail and we amp up the energy teaching Breath Empowerment, NineBreath Method, Tui Na Acupressure, Foot Reflexology and an intensive education in Food-Healing using specific foods to reverse specific diseases. Claudia Gabrielle, M.D., an Ivy League physician who has practiced medicine in four countries, will be speaking at our national conference and sharing what is working in other healthcare systems. Qi Revolution is balanced in presentation and practice. After the event, most people choose to continue practicing qigong from home.

If there was one take-away from the Qi Revolution, what would you wish for each person to embody? The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can breathe through life’s challenges and allow God’s Healing Qi to bring strength and guidance. Attendees will personally experience a higher energy from the qigong. For the last 15 years, people have been writing and thanking us for the powerful breathing exercises at crucial life challenge points. Qigong helps people process stress, but most of all it brings us into a higher state of wellbeing. Jeff Primack, Qigong practitioner, is the founder of Supreme Science Qigong Center and the producer of Qi Revolution. Taking place from July 28 to 30, at Bradenton Convention Center, at $149 for three days, Qi Revolution has deliberately been made affordable. Massage therapists earn 24 CE hours. U.S. veterans attend free. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, page 4. July 2018


culinary spotlight

Immokalee Culinary Accelerator Helps Local Chef Entrepreneurs by Aisling Swift


he Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee (FCA@I), now fully functional, is helping to create new food businesses, guiding chefs through state licensing hurdles and assisting them with getting their products into the retail market. “Interest has been growing since we opened. Education is huge. We’re starting to create new uses for the accelerator, hosting field trips, workshops, cooking classes and other events,” says Culinary Program Manager Ahmed El. The culinary accelerator, built in a converted warehouse in the manufacturing and technology center at Immokalee Regional Airport, offers shared-use cooking and food processing space, dry and cold storage, business workspace and a food nutrition testing lab staffed by the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences.

The facility, designed to help chefs work with Immokalee farms and agricultural businesses, is headed up by a public/ private partnership between the Collier County Office of Business & Economic Development and Economic Incubators Inc. (EII), a nonprofit dedicated to the success of Southwest Florida entrepreneurs. Woodstock’s, a micro-market beneath the Naples Accelerator off Pine Ridge Road, will allow the chefs to showcase and sell their products. This requires a Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (DFACS) wholesale license, depending on the product, or going through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Business Development Manager Ruth Fehr says, “The reaction of the local community in Immokalee has been very supportive.” She adds that the BalGas util-

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Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn


hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

Field Science

Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of 32

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results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees

grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

Healthy Soil, Food and People

At the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, Andrew Smith directs the


Organic Farmers: Growing America’s Health

new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lyco-

pene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s

Quality Food Science Resources Allegheny Mountain Institute: Beyond Pesticides Annual Forum presentations: Food Sleuth Radio current interviews with Andrew Smith and Sue Erhardt: Food Sleuth Radio past interviews with Jim Riddle and David Montgomery:; Grassmilk: History of soil and human health: Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service:; Regenerative Health Institute: Rodale Institute: “Sustaining Life: From Soil Microbiota to Gut Microbiome,” by David Montgomery: U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance: Vilicus Farms:

important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.” David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contributes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.

We Are What We and Our Animals Eat

Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife. July 2018


They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.

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More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia. The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for healthpromoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their

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goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.


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“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, but also for improving mood and overall quality of life.” Hu, Josh Axe, a chiropractor and doctor of natural medicine, in Nashville, Tennessee, and Dr. Andrew Weil, director

of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, promote anti-inflammatory foods, backed by recent studies, on their websites. “Small, gradual changes are typically more sustainable and easier for the body to adapt to,” writes Axe. “So rather than emptying your pantry and sailing off to the Mediterranean, you can pursue an anti-inflammatory diet one step at a time.” That’s what Andrea Adams Britt did. A professional wedding cake baker from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Britt experienced bewildering symptoms, including digestion issues, depression, migraines, weight gain and skin irritation. In 2015, she eliminated flour and sugar from her diet, and then added more organic leafy green vegetables, coconut oil and wild-caught salmon. Her symptoms went away one at a time, and by last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun—the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at Tinyurl. com/Andrew-Weil-Food-Pyramid offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.

Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.


Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil.

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Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil.

Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”


Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.

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Black cod, also known as butterfish or sablefish, has even more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon, notes Weil.

Walnuts, rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, help protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, says Axe. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Hurricane Season Coping Tips Local Experts Recommend Emotional Preparedness


by Linda Sechrist

lthough the 2018 hurricane season officially began on June 1, there are Southwest Floridians still trying to shake the trauma experienced during the 2017 season. For individuals waiting on roof, fence, pool cage and screen repairs, tree pruning or removal, and other home or property renovations due to wind and water damage, mental health experts such as Dorothy Rodwell and Kim St. Clair advise that these can be personal trauma triggers capable of setting off a flashback to earlier psychological trauma that may be linked to hurricane events, well as adverse childhood experiences (ACE). Rodwell, a licensed psychotherapist who offers rapid trauma resolution (RTR) and St. Clair, Psy.D., a licensed mental health counselor who specializes in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) see patients at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. These women, in addition to Linda Mundt, a local feng shui expert who offers a valuable preparation tip, suggest techniques for dealing with lingering emotional trauma.


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We collect information, create a preparation and evacuation plan, and rehearse them. Later, during a state of fear and anxiety, the logical mind is offline and emotions Dorothy take over. RTR is based Rodwell on the fact that the part of our mind causing emotional responses doesn’t respond to reason. “To encourage change, it makes better sense to communicate with the emotional brain in a symbolic language of images that it understands,” advises Rodwell. Any trauma can be considered a block that stops the mind from clearing undesired emotions and reprocessing past memories. “Using RTR, I create a positive space where the individual feels safe and connected to the present moment,” says Rodwell. “A symbolic image of their desired goal is created and together, we work toward clearing the subconscious, emotional mind so desired change is possible. New associations are made using humor, playful banter and metaphors to quickly create painless emotional shifts,”


Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a treatment developed for

post-traumatic syndrome disorder, as well as other mental health conditions such as panic disorders, generalized anxiety disorder and people suffering extreme grief. It does not rely on talk therapy, but rather on individuals’ rapid, rhythmic eye movements, which diminish the power of emotionally charged memories. “I begin by asking the individual to bring to mind emotionally unpleasant memories, images, thoughts about their self and body sensations that stem from Kim St. Clair their traumatic event. I ask them to simultaneously hold these thoughts and images in their mind as I ask them to pay attention to an outside stimulus. For example, they could be asked to move their eyes back and forth to follow the movements of my hand,” explains St. Clair, who has been using evidence-based EMDR since 2003, when she was certified in the technique. “An individual reacts to a trauma trigger in the present. It hooks them and pulls them back into the emotions of their old, disturbing event causing anxiety, panic and sleeplessness. EMDR keeps the past memory from replaying over and over,” advises St. Clair. “I’ve been talking with and getting feedback from other therapists who are telling me that they are doing a lot of single-incident EMDR sessions because of unresolved trauma from Hurricane Irma.”

Clearing Out Clutter

From a feng shui perspective, the best advice on preparing for hurricane season is to clear out clutter. “Peace of mind and a sense of being centered and grounded Linda Mundt can come from knowing where important things such as records for tax returns, spare glasses, insurance papers, valuables and treasured photos are when you need to evacuate or you need to locate them when you return,” notes Mundt. “Clearing clutter helps you emotionally pare down and join


Life’s circumstances aren’t always stable and reliable, which is why we need to create a reliable internal place of calm and peace using a practice such as breath work, centering prayer, meditation, tai chi, yoga or qigong. the minimalist trend the young millennials are following. Clients tell me that there is a great sense of freedom and emotional clarity in doing this. I suggest starting now with baby steps. Clear out and organizing a sock or kitchen drawer. Reward yourself when you finish.” Life’s circumstances aren’t always stable and reliable, which is why we need to create a reliable internal place of calm and peace using a practice such as breath work, centering prayer, meditation, tai chi, yoga or qigong. A main tenet of Buddhism is the natural law of impermanence. In clearing clutter, we are befriending a sense of impermanence and establishing a more internal intimacy with it. In Collier County, Hurricane Irma wreaked approximately $320 million in physical damages. Lee County reported $742 million. The invisible emotional damage and its residue remain untallied. Using the advice of Rodman, St. Clair and Mundt could give individuals the opportunity to clear a house of clutter and mind of trauma before the full force of the 2018 season begins.


Four Steps to Authentic Living How to Live a Deeply Joyful Life by Jan Desai

1. Connect with the inner voice. Uncovering authenticity comes from within. We learn to discern and heed the inner voice of wisdom through daily silence, a still space that allows messages to resonate. This ever-present guidance system is always spot on. The key is to connect often. Be grateful for the fruits of quiet moments. Maybe they occur during prayer and meditation, in the shower, walking in solitude without earphones or driving with the radio off. Breathe deeply, cherishing an open heart. Gut feelings often presage inner knowing.

2. Realize the difference between soul and ego.

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4. Find some crazy joy. Beginning today, do one new thing daily that brings joy. Temporary happiness builds and reinforces joy, but soul-deep joy weaves a base of strength within. It’s an attitude—an outlook. When we are flourishing spiritually, emotionally and physically, it evokes joy in how we live and feel. Move out of familiar comfort zones and do something unexpected. Pursue a heartfelt desire long delayed. Watch a comedy with friends. Take a dance class. Call an old friend. Volunteer somewhere nurturing. Be in this moment. Understand that this is what life will feel like when living authentically, free of masks and pretense—when each day is meaningful and suffused with joy. Remember, authentic living is about the journey, not the destination. Naples resident Jan Desai is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and visionary who transformed her life at age 50 by breaking with conventions. She shares her lifetime of learning at July 2018


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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

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We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?

A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that

had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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Eco-art creatively highlights environmental sustainability issues and sparks possible solutions.


ounts Botanical Garden, in Palm Beach County, Florida, hosted Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, a thoughtprovoking traveling exhibit featuring giant sea creatures made entirely of marine debris from beaches. “It graphically illustrates the amount of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways,” says Curator and Director Rochelle Wolberg. The exhibit included Grace the Humpback Whale Tail, the Marine Debris Anemone, Priscilla the Parrot Fish, Flash the Marlin, Water Bottle Jelly, Sebastian James the Puffin, Lidia the Seal, Hugo the Humpback Whale Tail, American Sea Star and Musical Seaweed. Take a look at some of them and check for current exhibit locations at In Mechanicsville, Maryland, ex-iron and steel worker Steve Glorius repurposes scrap metal into natural world and fantasy art sculptures of ocean creatures that also inform about endangered wildlife. His works have adorned museums, restaurants, galleries and gift shops. Debbie and Mike Schramer, owners of Fairy House Vintage Antiques and Art, in Provo, Utah, create fairy houses made from twigs, mosses, bark and other natural elements. “Instead of paint and paper, we use nature itself,” says Mike, who encourages others to follow suit. “People enjoy time outdoors more intricately as they look for small items.” Although fairy houses are trendy now, the

Schramers started building their fantasy worlds in 1987. They’ve authored three books to spark the imagination, Fairy House: How to Make Amazing Fairy Furniture, Miniatures, and More from Natural Materials, Fairy Village and F is For Fairy: A Forest Friends Alphabet Primer board book. At 14, Canadian Evan Sharma, of Kingston, Ontario, is already an active entrepreneur—his artwork now appears on sneakers and clothes. He calls his company RBLB for Right Brain/Left Brain, saying, “To be a whole person, you have to use both the creative side and the analytical side of your brain.” His passion for the environment is particularly expressed in a painting he donated to support the Olympic team. Painted at an elevation of 7,000 feet on Sun Peaks, in British Columbia, he finished with snow for authenticity and texture. This year, he spoke on creativity at the 6 Under 16 program, in Montreal. “Eco-art makes an impact on the world,” says John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of painting + drawing at Ohio University, in Athens. “Right now, my paintings are round. People say they see a long view of the planet or what’s seen through a microscope. Every painting evokes a different emotional response from the viewer.” All Sabraw’s paintings use pigments processed out of polluted streams, often mixed with other standard artist colors. Sabraw has helped develop several ways for artists to adopt sustainable practices. See his TedxTalk at He points out that whatever form eco-art takes, its purpose is to show a problem, provoke a response and ask the viewer, “What if…?” Connect with the freelance writer via

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hildren benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a child that may be more interested in creative play than in making things grow. Whitney Cohen, education director at Life Lab, a nonprofit that promotes garden-based education in Santa Cruz, California, thinks kids benefit most from

what she calls “dirt time”—spent outdoors interacting with plants, animals, soil and everything else. “When a child plants a seed, tends it over time and ultimately pulls a carrot out of the soil and eats it, they begin to know down in their bones that food comes from plants; that healthy food is delicious; and that we are part of a vast and beautiful web of life,” Cohen says. This learning process may not match a parent’s idea of a lovely garden. “Children don’t make neat rows. They water leaves and flower petals rather than the roots. They ac-

“Children might rather be playing than following instructions,” Koons-Hubbard counsels, but it’s easy to incorporate space for free play in the garden. Depending on a child’s imagination and which toys are used, a spot of diggable soil in the shade might morph into a dinosaur refuge, pony farm or secret place for fairies. Kids are also attracted to stepping stones, which encourage hopping, stretching and even counting. Don’t be surprised if kids turn some of them into a stage or a place to stack rocks or leaves. Children love mixing soil and water together into mud. When given a bucket of clay, soil and water, kids quickly discover they can use mud to paint, sculpt or make fantasy pies decorated with leaves, sticks or flowers. “Playing in mud fully engages the senses, and there are studies that show it can benefit the immune system and make us happier,” says Leigh MacDonald-Rizzo, education director at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, in New York. References include the University of Bristol, UK, University of Colorado Boulder and University of California, Los Angeles. “Mud isn’t anything, really, and that open-ended quality lends itself to joyously creative play that helps children develop a relationship with the natural world,” she says.

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cidentally step on young seedlings. Gardening with children is messy and chaotic, but there is always learning going on beneath the surface, just out of sight,” says Catherine Koons-Hubbard, nature preschool director at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Growing nutritious vegetables like cherry tomatoes allows kids to see, touch and possibly smash a food as they get to know it, increasing the likelihood that they will eventually eat it.

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bin or compost pile, or the structures inside flowers. “But when we just let the children explore, they’ll find loads of intriguing objects we may never have thought of, like water caught on the fuzzy underside of a leaf, a sparkly rock or rough tree bark,” Cohen says. Children love to water plants, especially during hot summer weather. Small watering cans that hold only a little water are easy for kids to handle and limit overdoing it. Waterfilled spray bottles also encourage exploration while keeping kids cool. Digging to discover what’s underground comes naturally to kids, and preschoolers do best with toy-size tools with short handles. Older kids can control child-size spades and rakes better than heavier adult tools.

Keeping Outdoor Space Safe Remove the worry from gardening with kids by minimizing safety risks. Replace poisonous or prickly plants with vegetables, herbs or edible flowers and teach kids of all ages not to eat plants unless they have first been checked by an adult. Insects can be both interesting and threatening, and flying insects often are attracted to bright colors. Dress kids in light, neutral colors to avoid unwanted attention from bugs. Avoid chemical fertilizers and sprays, and opt for organic solutions. Barbara Pleasant has authored many greenthumb books including Homegrown Pantry: Selecting the Best Varieties and Planting the Perfect Amounts for What You Want to Eat Year-Round. She grows vegetables, herbs and fruits in Floyd, VA; connect at

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GMO Toxins Permeate Pet Foods


by Jeffrey Smith

n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin.


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Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

Getting Cancer from Food

Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods.

Pet owners that notice benefits from changing a pet’s diet can share their story via or The sooner we realize the hidden dangers, the quicker the market must respond with healthier ingredients. Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.

Amazing Recoveries

Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely

organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the

root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

Organic Surpasses Non-GMO

GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit

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Better digestion is the top reported benefit for humans and pets that switched to non-GMO and largely organic foods. All conditions that improved in pets also improved in humans. July 2018



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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.

Art Walk – July 6-7. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. 14 art galleries invite locals and visitors to a selfguided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations.

Military Monday Movement (MMM) – 4-6pm. Enjoy a complimentary dinner and presentation from Veteran’s Benefit Consulting, LLC, and a host of other veterans service providers, for the last tour of MMM. Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259.

Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

TUESDAY, JULY 3 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. Meditation – 7-8pm. $10. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

THURSDAY, JULY 5 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 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. Yin Yoga: Journey into Bliss – 12:30-2:30pm. $35 or $30/paid by 7/6. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit: Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, dowse and test energy fields and chakras. Free; free charts available. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Wash that Man Outta Your Hair – July 7-8. 7:3011:30am. Clear unwelcome energy patterns, past partners, and past experiences with toxic patriarchy. Rebuild frequency of the magnetic field to your specifications and create a blueprint for personal power. $99. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N. 228-6949.

SUNDAY, JULY 8 Local Young Authors’ Book Signing – 11:30am1pm. Meet three Lee County students who are each first-time-published authors: Sawvent Hood-Moise, age 13, (Inferno); Amari Jones, age 18 (Life as a Young lady in a Black Society), and Jada Marie Ford, age 10 (Happy Birthday, Sapphire). They will sign their books after Sunday Service in the Higher Shelf Bookstore on campus. Free. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Country Two-Step and Line Dancing Series – 1-2pm. Also 7/15, 7/22 & 7/29. $100 (15% discount paid by 7/4). FloYo Downtown, 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

MONDAY, JULY 9 Summer with the Bhagavad Gita – Mon thru Aug 27. 10-11:30am & 6:30-8pm. Spiritual teacher Carla Palmer will lead a book study/discussion group reading the ancient scripture, The Bhagavad Gita, (Eknath Easwaran translation). By studying this sacred text, participants will learn to apply spiritual insights to their lives. Love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

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Naples Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Three-week series. Also 7/16 & 7/23. Guided meditation with Buddhist monk Gen Chodor. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, Naples 1250 Tamiami Tr N.

TUESDAY, JULY 10 The Sacral Arts: A Place of Benevolent Outcomes – 6:30pm. Also 7/31. The search of meaning and mystery for human life awaits like a springboard of knowledge opening doors before you that your spirit can recognize, so your automatic response system can remain in balance. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. See ad, page 41.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Thyroid Seminar – 11am. Discover answers to why you still have low or hypothyroid symptoms with normal blood work; which tests can identify why you have symptoms and why doctors don’t order them; why drug therapy doesn’t respond well, but Functional medicine does. 27499 Riverview Ctr Blvd, Bonita Springs. 444-3106. See ad, page 48. 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. RSVP: 3010655. Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – Also 7/18 & 7/25. With Jenny Li Ciconne. Tap into your body for reconnection, to balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 277-1399. Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 7/18. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, JULY 12 ISST Schroth Camp – July 12-16. An intensive scoliosis-specific group treatment according to the original Katherina Schroth method. Each patient will be assessed individually and home exercise program (HEP) prescribed. $1,500 includes Schroth-specific props, T-shirt, HEP material, daily snacks and lunch. Degrees Scoliosis Rehab Center at PhysioNetics, 1575 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 15, Naples. 593-4348. See news brief on page 10 and ad on page 2. Vedic Thai Yoga Bodywork Course – July 12-16. 9am-4pm. $700. 4 CECs. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit: BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. With Jenny Hong. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Hong will also channel the healing energies


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of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail. com.

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Aloha Dov! Luau and Pig Roast – 4-6pm. Tour the Diamond Oaks Village property and join for a complimentary poolside luau pig roast and entertainment. Wear tropical attire or go all out to enter our Wacky Tourist contest! Diamond Oaks Village, 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259. Psychic Fair – 5-8pm. Mini readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

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Weekend Childbirth Education – July 14-15. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or

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Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

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

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TUESDAY, JULY 17 SWFL Health and Wellness MeetUp – 11:30am1pm. This group meets the first Tuesday of every month with Diane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick of BEssentially Green. Square1 Burger (meeting room), 5031 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers. RSVP: 941-356-3688. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of

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THURSDAY, JULY 19 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. SWFL Health and Wellness MeetUp – 11:30am1pm. This group meets the first Thursday of every month with Diane Leddy and Cathi Fitzpatrick of BEssentially Green. Casamigos Mexican Cantina, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 110, Naples. RSVP: 941-356-3688. 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. Elemental Magic – 6-7pm. Learn to focus and work with the different earth elements: earth, air, fire and water. What do each represent; how can you use them to heal and grow; what are elementals; are they friendly or foe? $25. The Path of Being A Gift and Book Store for Conscious Lifestyles, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141.

FRIDAY, JULY 20 200-Hour Teacher Training Course – July 20-Aug 5. $3,795. FloYo North, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit: See news brief, page 11. 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. 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. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within – 7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Mini readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones


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Movement and Breath for Labor – 3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25 early bird/$30 door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 248-7931. Register:

TUESDAY, JULY 24 Wild, Wild West Open House – 3-5pm. It’s Pioneer Day at Diamond Oaks Village, independent senior leasing community. Take a tour of their property and then pull up to the chuck wagon and enjoy complimentary food and free drinks in the saloon. Come in costume and be entered to win a free $50 Visa gift card. 24110 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 676-1259.

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

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.

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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.

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THURSDAY, JULY 26 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Enjoy a BioMat treatment infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. Emotional Freedom Technique, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Alienated Grandparents Anonymous – 3:305:30pm. Support group for grandparents who are cut off from their grandchildren. Community Foundation of Collier County, 1110 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Naples. Soulful Transformation: Guided Meditation and Frequency-Harmonizing – 6:30-8pm. Join a small group of people to experience the first and only guided meditation that utilizes the frequency-harmonizing benefits of the BioCharger NG. Harmonize your mind, body, heart and soul with the nation’s leading Soul Mentor. Group session; six people max – three minimum. $42/person. The Soul Medic at OMNI

July 2018


Alzheimer’s: There is Hope! by Dr. Yolanda Cintron


e live in a great country full of opportunities and information. This month we celebrate our freedom. But what happens when you lose the ability to remember? Do you know someone in your life who has been afflicted with Alzheimer’s? Are you afraid that you can end up like one of the 50 million people worldwide already suffering some type of dementia? This number is estimated to double in 20 years. In America alone we have 5.7 million people living with Alzheimer’s and it will cost our nation 277 billion dollars in 2018. I experienced the devastation of Alzheimer’s when visiting my uncle and noticing he was joyful, but something was off. As the stages progressed, so did the confusion for our entire family as to what to do. I asked myself, “How did this happen and how can this be avoided?” This month’s case study is related to Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological, chemical and electrical factors impacting the brain. Patty had been doing research for a few years about replacing her old mercury fillings – toxic loads of metals having an impact on the brain. Not only was her husband’s mother diagnosed with dementia, but her mother was now homebound with Alzheimer’s. Upon examination we found that Patty had a mouthful of mercury fillings, porcelain fused to metal crowns and full

gold crowns. Our experience has been that the majority of crowns we have removed, including gold crowns, have mercury underneath. With a history of Alzheimer’s and dementia in her family, she wanted them all out. Her husband came with her for a post-op visit to view treatment photos. Sure enough, she had mercury under ALL her crowns, with severe CORROSION. Her husband booked his appointment immediately to have his removed. Now that she has removed all her toxic metals, Patty is no longer a “battery”. She is on her way to slowly detoxify her body properly. The metal mercury (Hg) goes from inside the tooth connecting to the dentinal tubules to the fluids into the periodontal ligaments into nerve cells in the brain. The beta tubulin in the brain synapses will have a reduced conductivity when mercury takes its place. Brain studies of post-mortem patients who had Alzheimer’s show the same brain pattern as mercury-poisoned brains. Possible contributors to a diseased brain: • Link to toxic metals • Mercury exposure found in our diet (fish & shellfish) including tuna • Environmental mercury (runoff into our water systems from gold mining, metal refineries, novelty jewelry) • Excess copper, zinc, iron • Vaccines

• EMFs, cell phones, Wi-Fi • Genetic risk factors - test for ApoE protein • High E4 increases risk • The protein plaques of beta amyloids in the brain could be created as our immune system fights off invading microbes There is Hope I recently read this story. On June 11, 1983, a CT scan of a patient’s brain indicated Alzheimer’s. He decided not to accept the diagnosis as an irreversible and untreatable terminal disease. He changed his diet, avoided foods and chemicals to which he was allergic, took vitamins, high Omega 3 and minerals in which he was deficient. On April 4, 1987, after he had all his mercury fillings properly removed, he was retested with a CT scan. The doctors could not believe what they saw. His brain no longer had evidence of Alzheimer’s. This raises the question in my mind: Is the brain capable of reversing neurological damage? I want to believe in this word of God: “Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits— Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103:2-3 For more information on this topic, we welcome you to email Info@, call 954-938-4599 or visit To subscribe for information on holistic health, sign up at

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Balanced Life Center, 720 Goodlette Rd, Ste 205, Naples. 234-1608. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. With Jenny Hong. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Hong will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail. com. Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and story-listeners. Bring a story, or just come to listen. Discover the power of storytelling to connect, inspire and entertain. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Reduced price readings; choose from an assortment of wellestablished and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. 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. Intuitive Arts Fair  –10am-5pm. Mini readings with some of the most gifted readers and healers in SW Florida. Services include: tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cordcutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes. The Path of Being A Gift and Book Store for Conscious Lifestyles, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141.

MONDAY, JULY 30 Alternative Medicine Courses – Bachelor’s degree courses include: dietary influences on health and disease; introduction to homeopathy; principles of acupuncture; stress reduction and relaxation; traditional Chinese medicine; detoxification and healing; nutrition and aging, herbology and botany; and more. Everglades University. 855-723-9087. See ad, page 7.

plan ahead SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Reiki I and II Workshop – Aug 11-12. 10am-5pm. Part I: learn hand positions for reiki and to send reiki to yourself and others. Part II: send distance reiki and receive immediate feedback from the client. $225 or $150/day (includes class manual). Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Register: 277-1399.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 Healing Touch Level II – Aug 18-19. Review Healing Touch I; expanded assessment/documentation/application in clinical settings; one-hour healing sequence, back techniques and more, legal/ professional aspects. CEs. Maria Benninghoven: 898-4876.

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sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Native Plant Sale – 8am-1pm. Learn about and purchase native plants from The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Expert volunteers on hand will answer questions and explain the


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Unity of Ft Myers Sunday Service/Youth and Family Ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation. Enjoy reiki sessions before and after service. Monthly lessons include how to use the 12 powers in our lives today. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009.

Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel and kids yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

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.

fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 273-8945. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463.

Guided Historic Tours – Thru Dec. 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Wildflower Kayak Tour on Orange River – 10am2pm.Summer in Southwest Florida is full of gorgeous wildflowers. $60 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Rivers and Creek Tour – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve. $60 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA Guides, Ft Myers. 6945513. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811. I n t ro d u c t o r y B u d d h i s t Te a c h - I n s a n d Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Cindy Bender. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Use the chair to sit on or simply stand next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Kundalini Yoga – 11am-noon. With Cindy Bender. This practice combines movement, breathing, meditation and deep relaxation. No yoga experience necessary. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Art Social Inclusion – 5-6pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Community Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 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. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church fireplace room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009.

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Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Gen Chodor. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels. Includes vinyasa, balance and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/location: 269-8846. Tuesdays with Rev Clive – Noon-1:30pm. With Rev Clive deLaporte. Prayer and discussion group with optional half-hour meditation plus interactive discussion based on the lesson from the previous Sunday’s message. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

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Belly Dance Classes – 6-6:50pm (beginners); 7:508:40pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575.

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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.

La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral.

Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6:50-7:40pm. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 7685575. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers.

wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301938-7503. Hatha Yoga – 9:30-11am. With Erin LaTessa. This all-levels class incorporates asana, pranayama and meditation for a safe, yet effective yoga experience. $17 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Wednesday Morning Book Group – 10-11:30am. In a small group setting study and share books on mindfulness practices that create happier and healthier living. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 292-4189. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $55. Includes all equipment and FL


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

Meditation and Book Study Class – 6:30-8pm. (No class 7/4). Following a half-hour meditation, Rev Clive deLaporte presents Dr Brené Brown’s book Daring Greatly. This transformative work teaches how vulnerability affects the way we relate to others and live our lives. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Bachata Dance Class – 7-8pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653. Salsa Dance Class – 8-9pm. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples.

thursday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels. Includes vinyasa, balance, and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Thursday Morning Meditation – 9am. Drop in for sitting meditation as a way to refresh your practice with others of like mind. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers. Info: 823-4217. Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Cindy Bender. This class emphasizes the practice of posture with focus on alignment, using props, Sanskrit names, breathing and meditation. All-level

students. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/location: 269-8846. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 1-4pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:156:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail. com or Drop-In Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. Relax, refresh, re-nourish. Donation. Caloosahatchee Mindfulness, 6719 Winkler Rd, Ste 100, Ft Myers.

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

Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388.

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UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Teenagers are invited to enjoy activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food. To assure plenty of refreshments and supplies, notify in advance how many teens are coming to connect with established friends and make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511.

Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Some drums are provided. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL Master Naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. Bellydance Class – 7pm. With Ansuya. First class free (visit website). Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 273-2167.

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saturday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208610-2096. Junior Ranger Program – 10am. 3rd Sat. Join for a fun learning experience; discover cool stuff about Florida. Meet in the picnic area. Kids ages 6-12. Parental presence required. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – Thru Dec. 1011:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and kinesiology. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 51.

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

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


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


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


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

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

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


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


239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with Heart-Centered Therapy, Somato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.


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

CHIROPRACTOR 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.

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

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

All phases of dentistry for optimum health, holistic, bio-compatible dentistry: sedation dentistry, removing of toxic metals, replacing them with bio-compatible materials, laser dentistry for painless surgeries and extractions, Zirconia/ceramic implants, natural bone augmentation/ Plasma Rich Growth Factor, oral DNA testing and add gums to receding gums. See ad, page 52.

Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-571-9816 • MA27876


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


Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 43.



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

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

CUPPING Mary Radewahn 4156 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-571-2903 • Cupping helps reduce inflammation by improving circulation to the area that hurts. As the blood flows in, new vessels are created to bring healing oxygen and nutrients to wound. Cupping speeds healing. See ad, page 26.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 43.

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Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 49.


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





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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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July 2018



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






15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995

Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical p s y c h o t h e r a p y ( R RT, h y p n o t h e r a p y, c o u p l e s therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, Transformational Breath®, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshops, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 14.


239-948-9444 •

Non-toxic, non-chemical, eco-friendly housecleaning. Homemade products, Norwex cloths and essential oils will make your home sanitized and safe for family and pets.


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

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.


A Gift and Book Store for Conscious Lifestyles 15248 S Tamiami Trl, #300, Ft Myers 239-437-5141 • We offer classes and meditation that will help you find peace. Join us and share your journey of selfdiscovery.



141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 48.


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

Make your community a little GREENER…

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 56.


9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 43.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market-prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 54.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 36.

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Collier/Lee Counties

It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. ~Bill Gates


AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Specializing in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), Dorothy can help free you from trauma (sexual, PTSD, illness), anxiety, depression, grief and more. RRT is a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of couples therapy. See ad, page 14.


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

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

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


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

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

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

A sure cure for seasickness is to

sit under a tree. ~Spike Milligan

July 2018


Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers July 2018  

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

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers July 2018  

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