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32nd Ave. S. Beach Phil Fisher Frequently working en plein air to capture the tropical light and colors he reveres, fine artist Phil Fisher has been painting in Naples, Florida for the past 40 years. “I was born with a brush in my hand,” he confides. “I love being around the water, so I have a particular affinity for boats— especially sailboats—beaches and palm trees. I like to think of my paintings as a sanctuary for those who feel anesthetized by technology.” Fisher and his artist wife, Natalie Guess (NatalieGuess.com), own and operate a gallery, studio and art frame shop in Crayton Cove, in historic Old Naples. Guess has been creating and teaching batik for more than 32 years and, like Fisher, is drawn to landscapes and nature. Wildlife often features prominently in Fisher’s art, and his colorful, vibrant watercolors and oils have raised funds for numerous wildlife organizations. “I believe it is best for an artist to paint from the heart… doing work for causes which we believe are fair and just,” he says. View the artist’s portfolio at PhilFisher-FineArt.com. Visit Phil Fisher Gallery/Studio and Guess-Fisher Gallery, Etc. at 810 Twelfth Ave. S. 8
letterfrompublisher The Art of Healing This week, I found myself engaged in a dialogue with fellow Natural Awakenings publishers through our intra-company email platform where all 80plus publishers daily share news and views related to publishing our magazines. Our conversation revolved around this month’s feature story, “Live Cancer Free: Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer” (page 36). One person disagreed with one of the sources based on a personal experience. Others debated recommended diets and therapies for cancer patients. Like anyone challenged with a health condition seeking solutions, we can become confused by the host of treatments available; sorting out what’s right for a particular individual’s needs takes time and effort. Writer Linda Sechrist, as usual, went out of her way to represent a variety of both the latest and more time-tested natural approaches for prevention and treatment. I know how scary a diagnosis can be. When it happened to me many years ago, I never entertained the idea that removing the cancerous cells wouldn’t mean complete healing. After several years of follow-up MRIs, I was declared clear. While my oncologist reminded me how lucky I was, I had never considered any other outcome. I’m convinced that positive thinking contributed to my healing. Several stressful things happened simultaneously during that time period, including the loss of a business partner and a child. This tumultuous time became a pivotal period spurring me to deep soul-searching. Spiritual beliefs that I had given lip service to before were put to the test. I had to surrender to ‘what is’ while consciously choosing which thoughts and beliefs would support me in creating my new story. My mantra became, “Somehow, it’s all perfect.” While we look to any number of physical means to avoid or treat a health condition, other, spiritual elements often come into play. In her inspiring memoir, Dying to Be Me, Anita Moorjani tells the story of how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down. She entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth and saw through to the root belief behind the disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital without a trace of cancer in her body! During our publishers debate, I again realized that true healing occurs on all levels, via many paths. Sometimes a crisis provides the impetus for needed inner work and healthy change, sometimes the threshold of death catalyzes openness to deep healing and other times, patient persistence in believing healing is inevitable is the key. I hope this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings provides you and your family the tools you need for wherever you find yourself in your uniquely perfect journey. To your radiant health and well-being,
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Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins
30 FEAST IN THE FIELDS
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32 FRESH LOOKS AT AUTISM Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential
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36 LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist
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48 CREATE A LOVE NEST Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate
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52 DOGS AT WORK Finding the Right Dog for the Job by Sandra Murphy
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Major Upgrades to Natural Awakenings Singles Website
aturalAwakeningsSingles.com, used by Natural Awakenings readers to meet conscious soul mates, twin flames, life partners and friends since 2013 in partnership with the Conscious Dating Network, has been upgraded with a new contemporary layout suited to all platforms and devices, including smartphones and tablets. The site also features a dynamic search function so members can edit and view search results on the same page in real time, plus the ability to save and edit favorite searches more easily. Other new developments include Match Questions, providing a more indepth way of determining compatibility that replaces the Compatibility Test and Sexual IQ. There are eight categories—Dating, Eco-Consciousness, Spirituality, Lifestyle & Personality, Sexuality, Diet & Exercise, Ethics, and Just for Fun—with many pertinent multiple-choice questions. Members answer for themselves, and also select which answers are “acceptable” to them relating to a potential partner’s answers. Match percentages between members are calculated via an algorithm and displayed on profiles. Some of the answers are humorous and entertaining which makes answering the questions more fun, and members can express themselves more deeply with the optional personal comments to go along with each answer. Upcoming new features will include live video chats, a “stealth” profile viewing mode option and a classified ad section. For more information, visit NaturalAwakeningsSingles.com. See ad, page 59.
Debut Solo Storytelling Performance by Dr. Ying
r. Joel Ying will give his firstever solo storytelling performance from 7 to 8:30 p.m., August 25, at his practice in Naples. Adding a modern Dr. Joel Ying twist to the ancient tradition of storytelling, Ying will perform his signature stories and folk tales with the theme of love in all its forms. His repertoire, which has been presented in several previous group storytelling shows, is heartfelt and engaging for audiences. “In this age of information, it’s not the data, but the stories that captivate, inspire and motivate us,” Ying says. Cost: $15. Location: 2335 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 206. For more information or tickets, call 239-200-6796 or visit LegacyOfLove.eventbrite.com. To find out more about storytelling events and Ying’s story, visit OpenDreaming.com and LivingThePresentMoment.com/ storyteller. See Resource Guide listing, page 67.
newsbriefs Ebelini Leads Free Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Talks
adeline Ebelini, a registered yoga teacher and the founder of Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs, will present two free informational talks Madeline Ebelini about the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at 5:30 p.m., August 31, and 10 a.m., September 1. Participants will learn how the eight-week MBSR curriculum offers effective, evidence-based mindfulness practices for reducing the impacts of chronic stress on their health and quality of life, including sitting meditation, gentle yoga, body scans and walking meditation. Recently recognized by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine as a certified teacher of the MBSR program, Ebelini spent hundreds of hours of training and teaching the curriculum, plus an extended period of supervision under a senior member of the universityâ€™s faculty, and gained approval by its MBSR Teacher Certification Committee. Since 2011, Ebelini has guided hundreds of people through the MBSR curriculum. Participants become experienced in the practices through weekly classes and home practice supported by audio and video recordings. Location: The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102, Bonita Springs. For more information or to register (requested), call 239-590-9485, email Madeline@ IntegrativeMindfulness.net or visit IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See ad, page 15.
Back-to-School Physicals at AHA! in Fort Myers
ack-to-school, natural and vaccine-free physicals for children are being offered at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. Concerned parents can learn the sound science to make an educated stand about vaccines and receive holistic, alternative care for their children. Dr. Robert The practice also provides compreMurdoch hensive physicals for newborns, including nutrition guidance, an examination of more than 60 aspects of a baby’s health, guidance for raising healthy children through a broad-based and thorough diagnostic approach using many tests and procedures of modern medicine. “We promote natural, safe and effective treatment for illness and minor injuries, homeopathy, herbal medicine and acupuncture—we use tiny needles—as well as natural antibiotics,” says Dr. Robert Murdoch, a board-certified licensed acupuncture physician who has been practicing holistic pediatrics for 31 years. Cost: $125 for new patient initial visits, $75 for followup appointments. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or an appointment, call 239-4335995, email aha@AHolisticApproachCenter.com, visit AHolisticApproachCenter.com or NaturalFamilyPhysicians. com. See ad, page 20.
Lotus Blossom Clinic Offers Targeted Probiotics
argeted probiotics for specific health issues are available at the Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers. Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health massive Human Microbiome Project, which began in 2008, these products can improve gut health, reduce Lotus Blossom Clinic staff weight, improve allergies and urinary tract health by changing the landscape of the intestinal flora. Based on research from the project, “We defined specific bacterial strains, and now carry a customized weight-loss probiotic,” says David Martin, an acupuncture physician with the clinic. “One patient has lost a stubborn 60 pounds.” One of the first practices in our area to embrace these targeted probiotic therapies, they add that it’s an important new tool to manage our health. Cost: $27 and up. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2. For more information or a free consultation, call 239-277-1399, email Deb@LotusBlossomClinic.com or visit LotusBlossom Clinic.com. See ad, page 51. natural awakenings
newsbriefs MindBodyCAN Fitness Day in Naples
ollegeCAN, a junior board of the Cancer Alliance of Naples, will present wideranging health and wellness information at the second annual MindBodyCAN fair at the Greater Naples YMCA from 2 to 4 p.m., August 6. Attendees will enjoy family-friendly fitness tips, yoga, cooking demonstrations, small-group workout sessions, wellness-oriented vendors, live music, guest speakers, supervised kidsâ€™ activities, food and more. The purpose of the event is to promote healthy living within the community, attract more college students to support the event and the organization, and raise funds for scholarships and other financial assistance for local families and students affected by cancer. Last yearâ€™s inaugural edition raised more than $5,000 for the cause. Cost: $15 suggested donation. Location: 5450 YMCA Rd. For more information, call 239-643-4673 or visit CancerAllianceOfNaples.com.
Four-Part Treatment at YOLLO Wellness
endy Law and Vanessa Scott, both health coaches with certifications in holistic nutrition with a focus on herbs, supplements and weight issues, are providing a four-part health program comprising nutritional consultation, immediate blood test results, the Jump Start Nutrition Plan and Vagus Nerve Frequency Treatment at YOLLO Wellness, in Fort Myers. A session on the magnesphere chair uses frequencies to the vagus nerve, which helps control digestion. Participants will also receive customized health protocols for micronutrients and exercise programs based on their individual needs. Cost: $99 for four-part program. Location: 3033 Winkler Ave., Ste. 170. For more information or an appointment, call 239-275-0039, email Wendy@got-o2.net or visit YolloWellness.com. See ad, page 42.
Orchid Mounting Class at Happehatchee Center
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embers of the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance will offer a free orchid tree-mounting class from 9 to 11 a.m., August 19, at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. Attendees will learn how to incorporate these beautiful flowers into their tropical environment. Members of the Alliance will donate flowers and provide instruction for growing orchids on trees. Participants can find out more about the alliance and other activities that are conducted at the center. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239-992-5455 or visit Happehatchee.org or GulfCoastOrchidAlliance.com.
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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity
study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”
EATING FRUIT LOWERS CARDIAC RISK
Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third.
Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain
esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.
Chinese Fungi Relieve Asthma Suffering
esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.
Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation
NATURAL SOUNDS SOOTHE THE BRAIN
Sussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.
MAPLE SYRUP GIVES GOOD GUT Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.
cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resortâ€™s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.
ecotip Urban Planning Goes Green Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at Urban-Hub.com. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes (EverybodyWalk.org). States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at PeopleForBikes.org rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (sbnPhiladelphia.org), encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”
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Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American
Planting Progress New Seed-Sharing Law in California
California is the fourth state to pass a law making it legal to swap seeds and collect them in non-commercial libraries. That’s good, because the U.S. Department of Agriculture Federal Seed Act, in place for 80 years, mandates that any activity involving non-commercial distribution of seeds must be labeled, permitted and tested according to industrial regulations that would be both costly and burdensome to the hundreds of local seed libraries operating in 46 states. Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota also recently passed laws protecting non-commercial seed activity from regulatory requirements. Free seed libraries, swaps and exchanges increase access to local food and can play a large role in expanding and preserving biodiversity. Neil Thapar, the food and farm attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center, says, “We wanted to create the legal framework for an alternative system that is not reliant on large companies to provide open-pollinated seed varieties. Seed sharing has a direct connection to building local economic resilience.” The center is taking action to try to get laws changed in all 50 states.
Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade. Source: Science
Waterways Granted Personhood This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC
Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact BlueCarbonLab. org will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.
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Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an ecofriendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce.com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weatherblemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December. For more information, visit EndFoodWaste.org.
Sea Mammals Freed from Showtime The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi. 24
Orthopedic Massage Soothes Soft Tissue Pain
rthopedic massage is a distinctive therapy that focuses on alleviating painful conditions that affect soft tissue surrounding the joints. The goal of this systems approach which involves a variety of techniques is to restore pain-free range of motion by returning muscles to their healthy resting length and releasing restrictions caused by scar tissue and fascial adhesions. Therapeutic protocols involved in orthopedic massage can include, but are not limited to, active engagement, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, myofascial release, advanced therapeutic techniques, neuromuscular therapy, nerve mobilization techniques, positional release, muscle energy technique and trigger point therapy. An orthopedic massage professional is trained in advanced treatment techniques for musculoskeletal conditions, as well as key concepts in anatomy, biomechanics and physiology. After applying skills such as evaluating the client’s condition, assessing the nature of the condition and understanding the condition’s physiological makeup, treatment protocols are adapted to their unique presentation of pain or injury symptoms. Effective, long-term solutions to pain and/or injury conditions require the therapist to identify which tissues are at fault and how they are involved in order to treat them effectively.
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Teresa Kennedy, a licensed massage therapist who practices at Therapy on the Gulf, 824 Anchor Rode, in Naples, is medically trained and certified in Whitney Lowe’s Orthopedic Massage system. For more information call 948-444-0606 or 239-262-8722. See Resource Guide listing, page 67.
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onsuming animal products fed on a diet laced with antibiotics, along with gluten, unhealthy fat, sugar and processed foods with little fiber takes a toll on the colon. It is likely that for the 4.4 million Americans that suffer from constipation, the colon has become more of a sluggish repository of accumulated waste, toxins and an unhealthy microbiome than a healthy functioning organ of the body’s elimination system. Even with five elimination channels—lungs, liver, kidneys, skin, lymph and colon—the body is challenged to deal with toxic materials that re-enter the blood stream from a constipated or sluggish colon. According to Brenda Watson, a certified nutritional consultant and author of Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps, a healthy, well-functioning bowel is essential for the maintenance of optimal health. Watson suggests that failing to regularly cleanse the colon not only affects natural processes, it also affects the body’s capacity to heal and maintain vibrancy. Colon cleansing can be done with herbal cleanses, colon hydrotherapy and a high-fiber, highly nutritious diet. “For centuries, every culture around the world has been using some form of colon cleansing for health,” observes Watson. This proponent of colon hydrotherapy, which detoxifies the large intestine through a gentle infusion of purified water at a safely controlled temperature with gentle, continuous pressure, used it to overcome her own issue of constipation related to a lazy colon. “Hydrating the colon causes the muscles to contract, and that brings about an automatic release response, reminding my colon how to do its job,” she says. Watson suggests cleansing with a series of three colonic irrigation sessions at least twice a year. For individuals with chronic constipation, these might be done more frequently. In Florida, to become eligible for certification in colonic irrigation, an individual must hold a valid Florida massage license. More information on standard operating procedures is available from the International Association for Colon Hydrotherapy, which works to heighten awareness, provide education and share referrals among its professional members. Kelly Swan is a licensed massage therapist and colon hydrotherapist at Cape Coral Colonics, 4720 SE 15th Ave., Ste. 209, in Cape Coral. To make an appointment, call 239-549-7559 or visit CapeCoralColonics.com. See Resource Guide listing, page 68.
A Life in Service to Others by Lee Walker
elly Swan’s meandering life path surgery when I was 20. Today, I have started in one of New York City’s arthritic issues because in some parts five thriving boroughs, Manhatof my body, bone rests on bone. It’s tan. She left for Greenwich, Conjust one of the reasons I have so much necticut, in pursuit of her passion for empathy for my clients who are sufferhelping and teaching others. While ing with discomfort and pain. My own earning an undergraduate degree from journey to wellness and my 21 years Fairfield University, Swan worked as as a colon hydrotherapist allows me a recreational therapist in a nursing to bring my life experiences and open home. The position afforded her many heart to my work in helping clients to opportunities to cultivate the empathy explore their inner wellness in a comand compassion she has for the clients fortable environment and safe space,” she serves as a colon hydrotherapist, explains Swan. licensed massage therapist and owner The focus of Swan’s work is finding of Cape Coral Colonics. the best combination of colonics, diet, Kelly Swan Swan got plenty of daily use out exercise and practices which ensure of her dual major in English and writthat the results of her clients’ sessions ing after moving to Japan to teach English as a Second are maintained. “I want them to know how they can Language. She stayed for one year, wholeheartedly live a life of renewed vitality, well-being and lightness,” embraced the foreign culture and returned home with a says Swan, whose technique of colon hydrotherapy is broader perspective on life and people. an ancient and gentle method of colonics that uses only From age 7, Swan began living with a painful gravity, without any extra or unnecessary pressure. childhood health problem, osteochondritis dissecans (a The addition of the BioMat, a U.S. Food and Drug joint condition) that eventually led Swan in adulthood Administration-approved bed of amethyst crystals that to learn about her body’s internal environment, and that conducts far-infrared light waves and negative ions, she could alter it with diet and keeping her colon clean promotes cleansing six inches into all body tissues. with regular colon hydrotherapy. “Acidity accumulates “Adding the BioMat to the colonic means that there is in our joints, which is why it is important to eat a diet more release of dormant toxicity and acidic waste. It of mostly plant-based foods that alkalize the body,” is also a wonderful way to relax. Clients tell me that advises Swan. they feel as if their body has been on a mini-vacation,” Swan’s childhood bone condition occurs mostly notes Swan. in the joints of children when a small segment of bone begins to separate from its surrounding region due to a Cape Coral Colonics is located at 4720 SE 15th Ave. lack of blood supply. Small pieces of bone and the cartiUnit 209, in Cape Coral. For appointments, call 239lage covering it begin to crack, loosen, detach and even 549-7559 or visit CapeCoralColonics.com. See Resource float around. “My joints were literally dissipating. I had Guide listing, page 68.
The focus of Swan’s work is finding the best combination of colonics, diet, exercise and practices which ensure that the results of her clients’ sessions are maintained.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins
n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.
Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a
medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at Tinyurl.com/25-MinMedicineBallWorkout. A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.
Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.
Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems.
Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.
Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.
Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels.
Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.
The Proper Pillow by Randy Kambic
he right natural pillow is a key component to restful sleep. In fact, pillow comfort and support are as critical to good sleep as the proper mattress. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) (SleepFoundation.org), 91 percent of Americans say that a good pillow is key to their sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality, supportive pillow can be transformative, both personally and professionally. The RAND Corporation calculates that poor sleep among U.S. workers annually costs the U.S. economy some $411 billion. Replace old, worn-out pillows. Pillows can harbor dust mites and their excrement, dead skin cells and bacteria that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. If a pillow is clumping, losing support or yellowing, replace it, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder of sleep wellness company Slumbr (Slumbr.com). “Quality, properly sourced, down and feather pillows can be comfortable for those that like classic, soft pillows. Buckwheat and natural latex pillows each have unique qualities promoting better sleep. Buckwheat is therapeutic
for back pain, all-natural and hypoallergenic, and reduces snoring for some,” advises Fishberg. Pillow care. The NSF suggests using pillow as well as mattress protectors; PureCare mattress (PureCare.com) is their official source including a range of down pillows and its MiteTight protector. Organic cotton covers are kind to people and the planet. Slumbr.com likewise advises using a protective cover to extend pillow life. Don’t dry clean pillows, because chemicals and heat can do damage. A down pillow can be washed, but it’s best to have it professionally cleaned by a down specialist every three to four years. Or wash them at home no more than twice a year on the delicate cycle, alone in a large or commercial washing machine, to avoid breaking down the down’s natural oils and structure. Latex pillows can be occasionally hand-washed with mild detergent and airdried flat. Don’t wash buckwheat pillows—if the hulls get wet, pour them into a fine mesh bag and air-dry them in the sun.
FEAST IN THE FIELDS
The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist
he flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. Socalled “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format varies, dinners are typically hosted on working rural or urban farms, last about three hours and include aperitifs and a tour before the meal. Wine pairings or beer tastings and live music may be among the enticing activities offered. Gabriele Marewski, owner of Paradise Farms, near Miami, Florida, was a pioneering forerunner of the trend. For 10 years prior to retirement, she hosted more than 50 chefs, served thousands of guests an organic Dinner in Paradise and raised more than $50,000 for area charities. Periodic onsite dinners continue (ParadiseFarms.net). “Many chefs are active in farm-totable dinners on the West Coast. We also see participation among wineries, orchards, cheese makers and breweries,” says A.K. Crump, CEO of TasteTV, in San Francisco, which also supervises PopUpRestaurants.com. “People like to meet the meal maker and know more about the origin of what they eat.”
“I started Dinner on the Farm nine years ago to create unique experiences that connect people to the places their food is grown and the people that grow them,” says Monica Walch, whose popup dinners are served picnic-style for friends and families that bring their own tableware. Her company’s Midwest events, usually offered on Minnesota and Wisconsin farms, always feature local chefs, food ingredients and breweries (DinnerOnTheFarm.com). “There’s nothing like being comfortably seated in the field where your food is growing and having the opportunity to enjoy it just hours after it’s been picked. Then, add in one-on-one conversations with your chef, brewer and farmer, as well as like-minded community members,” observes Walch, who grew up on an organic dairy farm in Minnesota. Setting the bar for high-end, white tablecloth, adults-only communal events, Outstanding in the Field tours the country to offer a taste of fresh, local cuisine prepared by top regional chefs. They’re known for serving meals on long tables set up in fields on
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prairie ranches, in olive groves or fruit orchards, as well as at urban rooftop farms or near vegetable row crops. “Our mission is to get folks out to the farm and honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table,” says organization founder and chef/artist Jim Denevan. More than 90, five-hour events that include appetizers and a guided farm tour are being held all the way through November in more than a dozen states (see OutstandingInTheField.com). “Some of our most popular events feature farmers of the sea, and are set alongside the ocean or other bodies of water,” adds Lisa Supple, publicist for the company. “They feature local fisher people and oyster and abalone farmers.” “Epicurean San Diego offers popup farm dinner events at Dickinson Farm, in National City, California,” explains
Guests enjoy appetizers and cocktails at a Dinner on the Farm event at Primrose Valley Farm, in New Glarus, Wisconsin.
fundraising events, like The Foodshed Alliance’s Farm to Fork Dinner and Wine Tasting, now in its seventh year (Tinyurl.com/Foodshed-AllianceFarm2Fork). It’s held at the Alba Vineyard, in Milford, New Jersey, which practices renewable viticulture. “We already have eight chefs lined up to prepare an eight-course, locally sourced, wine-pairing dinner served among the vines,” explains Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance. Expert winemakers select each course’s pairing. “We’re proud to be the hardworking roadies that set the stage for America’s rock star farmers,” says Denevan. John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.
Pizza on the Farm event at Dream Acres, served by a waiter on stilts, in Rogers, Minnesota. owner Stephanie Parker (Epicurean SanDiego.com). “We strive to completely source our produce from the farm.” The veteran-owned, certified organic Dickinson Farm features heirloom fruits, vegetables and herbs grown on a large city lot. “We have focused on urban farms to inspire more people to grow their own food and to show that you don’t have to live on a huge piece of property in the countryside,” Parker notes. Some pop-up feasts are managed directly by local farmers in partnership with lead chefs. Others serve as annual
MooGrass Band performance at Dinner on the Farm event at Sandhill Family Farms, in Brodhead, Wisconsin.
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Fresh Looks at Autism
Focusing on a Child’s Optimal Potential
by Linda Sechrist
new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cogni-
tive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice. Parents of the one in 45 children diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outside-the-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are
most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, consultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks and writes at JaniceVedrode.com/blog to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at SelfEmploy.org has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals the maximum opportunity to experi-
ence independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of a young boy with an avid interest in folding clothing. His parents learned how to create a meaningful job for him by creating a simple small laundry business from the family garage. Although at the beginning he was only asked to fold clothing (which he already expressed interest in), his father now accompanies him around the neighborhood to pass out business cards and promote his service. Being in business has helped him grow as a person. “Begin by assuming your child is competent and make it possible for them to follow their passion and create a future they can be proud of,” advises Boaz. Shining lights are leading the way. With her father’s help, Carly Fleishman, diagnosed at the age of 2 with nonverbal severe autism, wrote a book by striking one computer key at a time that described living in a mind and body afflicted with this condition. Still nonverbal, she hosts a YouTube radio show on which she interviews celebrities via a device that turns keystrokes into verbal language. Kerry Magro, with Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization, answered the question, “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults?” in his TEDx talk, one of his many media ventures. Chris Varney, an “I can” advocate for children’s rights, won rave reviews for his TEDx talk, “My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong.” Such powerful stories specifically relate how parents, grandparents and helpful friends forged networks that freed them and their afflicted children of the inhibiting stigma of autism and enabled them to realize their fullest potential. A bedrock philosophy in supporting ASD and other special needs children is to assume they are competent and learn to see them through God’s lens, rather than the lens of the world. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com. natural awakenings
Imagining a More Positive Future for
Special Needs Children by Linda Sechrist
nder the umbrella of special needs children is an incredibly rich diversity within a rainbow of unique individuals experiencing daily struggles against mountainous odds that are yielding positive outcomes and meaningful contributions to their families. Thanks to a village of parents, teams of therapists, organizations devoted to the developmentally disabled, teachers and other health professionals, special needs individuals can learn to overcome obstacles to independence, reach personal goals and give back. From the developmental-, behavioral-, emotional- or sensoryimpaired or physically challenged, the negative images surrounding their journeys are slowly being transformed into motivational provocations that are yielding encouraging impacts. Loving parents of children diagnosed with autism, Debby and Terry Kays, founders of Tigertoes Herbs & Teas, in Naples, as well as Diane and Victor Presto, who founded the MVP Autism Foundation in 2011, don’t deny the existence of challenges and difficult family experiences, but rather choose to focus on their child’s abilities and potential, which they believe could be a key for transforming negative cultural images.
Win-Win Walter is the 23-year old son of the Kays. A resident in a local group home, Walter helps his parents at their small farm, which grows locally sold fruit, 34
vegetables, herbs and teas. “Our farm training program is for special needs individuals interested in gardening. We welcome anyone who wants to try their hands at it,” says Debby. Walter likes shoveling and spreading mulch from a wagon that he pulls. “He’s not fond of pulling weeds or getting dirty, although he enjoys harvest time,” explains Debby, who describes her son as an agile young man that can play all types of sports and even run a marathon. “Walter’s poor articulation, struggles to assemble his thoughts into sentences and inability to write are obstacles to his insatiable desire to write rap music, which he loves listening to. His other hobby is making tie-died Tshirts,” says Debby.
Embrace the unique way your child is blooming— even if it’s not in the garden you imagined. Parents can be obstacles to helping children find meaningful work with the potential of generating financial rewards. “Any level of success only happens if parents wholeheartedly embrace the idea that their child is capable of doing something without their help. Don’t assume that you know your son or daughter’s inner thoughts and desires better than they do. This mindset leads to making wrong decisions for them. Let
them explore possibilities and outlets for their passions or hobbies. It helps to consult with professionals such as Minerva and Boaz Nelson, owners of Picasso Einstein, or locally with Dr. Norman Katz, at Katz Counseling and Educational Psychology, in Fort Myers,” counsels Debby.
Focus on Strengths The Presto’s son Michael has had unusual reading and spelling abilities from the age of 18 months. Although Michael had difficulty with the physical skill of handwriting, his reading skills, ability to memorize letters, numbers and symbols on a computer keyboard facilitated his learning to type and provided him with employable skills. “We focused on Michael’s strengths—memorization, spelling and typing 50 words a minute without mistakes. As a result, he developed skills that enabled him to work updating complex census information,” advise the couple, whose local nonprofit addresses the lack of employment opportunities, as well as the need for health initiatives and social enrichment programs. Michael prefers volunteering at Oakes Farms, in Naples, to working in an office. His dream of writing a cookbook is one that his parents believe is achievable. In the meantime, he loves to cook and takes great joy in packaging bread at Oakes Farms, as well as planting and caring for flowers and vegetables at the Naples Botanical Garden. Federal law guarantees an educa-
tion in certain public classrooms for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities until they’re 21. Once they turn 22, they’re on their own. “We had to think ahead about what we would do after the school bus stopped coming,” recalls Victor. Although it’s emotionally painful to stand aside, we encourage parents to accept that their special needs children have to fall down, learn to get back up, move along and explore outlets of self-expression that offer joy and satisfaction.
Exposure and Possibilities Karen Govern, executive director of the Foundation for Developmentally Disabled’s (FDD) Trailblazer Academy takes pride in the fact that the academy is the result of concerned parents with children that were aging out of high school and after-school programs, as well as support services. Focused on structured daily vocational training at job locations, fitness and recreational activities, nutrition education and independent living skills, art and community enrichment, 28 trailblazing individuals between the ages of 18 and 30-plus are presently working at a variety of jobs as a result of FDD partnerships with 20 local nonprofits and businesses. “We introduce individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to jobs in work environments that range from retail establishments and restaurants to office settings, data entry, animal care, landscaping, performing arts and customer service, so that they can explore job skills, determine what they are good at and what they most like to do,” explains Govern.
Life Skills and Employment Readiness Michelle Turchetta is the area director of the Easterseals Academy and program for life and social skills development, employment readiness, advocacy and participation (LEAP) A private school for middle and high school students with autism and other developmental disabilities. The academy’s transitionto-work program, with classroom and work experience, is designed specifically for students 17 to 22 years old that are working toward employability. The academy accepts Florida’s
“We introduce individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to jobs in work environments that range from retail establishments and restaurants to office settings, data entry, animal care, landscaping, performing arts and customer service, so that they can explore job skills, determine what they are good at and what they most like to do,” explains Karen Govern. Gardiner Scholarship, as well as the McKay Scholarship, which make school choice possible for many families. “Sometimes our challenge is to help students and families to understand that finding a child’s niche starts with a volunteer experience or internship, and that no job is menial. The individual who works at a veterinarian’s office offering comfort to animals after surgery is a priceless asset to the vet and pet owners. We need families and business owners to think outside the box and create opportunities for people who don’t fit into the box,” remarks Turchetta.
Change the Behavior, Not the Personality Katz, a Ph.D., counsels parents and their special needs children. A deep insight, garnered from his work, is one he considers important. “While individuals with autism often want to change their behavior, they don’t want to change their diagnosis if they have accepted it. They often feel insulted that others want to cure them,” he says. Success within the world of autism doesn’t necessarily mean achieving our culture’s normal goals—living independently, getting married or having children. Although an individual may be extremely high-functioning in an intellectual sense, they might not be functional in a long-
term romantic relationship or in living on their own. None of this means failure if they are happy and functioning as independently as possible.
Personal Growth Kays acknowledges how her son has made her life richer and more interesting, “I’ve learned to be more giving to others, more accepting and understanding. I wouldn’t have known that I had the ability to be an advocate, understand and retain the amount of knowledge that I’ve been exposed to, or that I could be comfortable meeting the numbers of people I’ve encountered,” says Kays, who works part-time for Interpreting Application Services (IAS), a Naplesbased company that provides supportive employment for individuals with disabilities. Kays found IAS through Walter, who needed IAS services. When more families come to view their experiences in a positive light, not only might the negative perceptions regarding the impact of disability on families slowly fade away, parents of the newly diagnosed might find that the inspiration and encouragement cancels out their fear and anxiety.
Local Resources Easterseals Academy 8793 Tamiami Tr. E., Ste. 111, Naples. 239-4030366. Easterseals.com. Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled Trailblazer Academy, 5949006. FDDSwFL.org. Interpreting & Application Services, 5405 Taylor Rd., Ste. 4, Naples. 239206-5477. Intappserv.com, Interpret ingAndApplicationServices.com. Katz Counseling & Educational Psychology, Inc., 12791 World Plaza Ln., Bldg. 89, Fort Myers. 239-2471756. KatzPsychology.com. MVP Autism Foundation, Naples. MVPAutism.org. Tigertoes Herbs and Teas, Facebook: TigerToes.herbsandteas.
Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to
LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist
ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.
Whole Life Triumphs
Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now 36
dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”
combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at KathyMydlachBero.com/food-research. These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”,
reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.
Prevention is Paramount
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Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of BeatCancer.org, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since
We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil
2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an antiinflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, small amounts of non-GMO
Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Food Pyramid Source: Tinyurl.com/DrWeilFoodPyramid
whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grass-fed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.
Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment.
Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.
To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She
has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping
Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.
Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
own decision and taking charge of my healing process helped me regain my personal power. My doctors aggressively urged me to change my mind, informing me that I was irresponsible and had signed my own death sentence. I conceded only to taking the cancer drug Tamoxifen, but quit after a week. I was then informed by certified mail that I was on my own. Using only the results of my research (before the Internet), piles of books that I read and my instincts to guide me, I set out on my healing journey,” explains Kaiser.
A Path Less Traveled
for Cancer-Free Living and Healing by Linda Sechrist
hile superheroes have super tools—Thor has his hammer and Wonder Woman has her golden lasso—they also have weaknesses. Thor’s evil brother, Loki, is a constant nemesis and Wonder Woman’s powers disappear when her bracelets are bound together. Although we mortals don’t have super powers and some of our weaknesses are far less exotic—a poor diet of processed foods that contain questionable, but invisible chemicals and a sedentary lifestyle— we do have super tools—prevention and wellness. Lifestyle changes that incorporate a prevention and wellness factor into daily routines can help to boost the immune system, the true super power for staving off chronic and serious diseases such as cancer. These tools don’t make local residents Ursula Kaiser, a health coach and author of My Journey to Wellness: How I Beat Cancer Naturally, and Dee Harris, registered dieticiannutritionist and owner of D-signed 40
Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, invincible. Nevertheless, since their recovery from cancer, the women find a sense of empowerment and comfort in prevention and wellness tools that put them in charge of their health. These simple choices not only benefit Kaiser and Harris, but also the wellness seekers that they counsel.
Decision Point After having several lymph nodes and both ovaries removed and biopsied in 1999, Kaiser’s physician informed her, “You have cancer and should immediately have a complete hysterectomy, as well as radiation and chemotherapy.” Within the following 10 days, Kaiser consulted experts at top Chicago hospitals for two more opinions, received conflicting diagnoses regarding ovarian cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes and agreed to surgery. “I refused radiation and chemotherapy after hearing the long list side effects. This simple act of making my
Kaiser’s first stop was a cancer clinic in Mexico, where she learned about the benefits of daily coffee enemas, as well as a diet that excluded wine, fruit, sugar, starches and yeast. A second stay at a different Mexican clinic is where she was enlightened about the benefits of live blood cell analysis, detoxing, vitamin infusions,and apricot pits (which contain vitamin B17, also known as laetrile). More books and more research turned up information on juicing, breath work, supplements, enzymes, emotional healing, Flor-Essence Tea, the healing power of music and energy/frequency machines, in addition to qigong exercises. Kaiser used all of them.
Slower But Effective Results “Different methods work for different people. It’s essential to learn as much as you can and see what works for you. Keep in mind that alternative methods of healing don’t produce immediate results. They take time,” says Kaiser, who counsels clients via her nonprofit Beyond Wellness Club, which is presently located at Holistic Solutions, in Naples. She also refers clients to Harris for specific nutritional guidance and blood work. Harris and Kaiser met in 2004 at a Naples fitness club, where they continue their regular physical activities as a preventive measure and for enjoyment. Kaiser shared her cancer recovery story with Harris, who took steps to learn more about the role that nutrition played in health through Beth Ellen DiLuglio, creator of Nutrition Mission and Nutrition is Your Best Health Insurance. DiLuglio’s educational programs piqued Harris’s interest, coaxing her out
of a totally conventional medicine paradigm. The shift set her on a path that led her to the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), where she became an IFM-certified practitioner. When Harris decided to use a DNA test and urinary metabolite testing that she learned about through her IFM training, the results indicated that she was in trouble. “My estrogen metabolism was horrendous. I’d had a history in my 40s with ovarian cysts, endometriosis and fibrocystic breasts, which are all related to hormonal issues. I’d been on bioidentical hormones for years, but stopped them immediately. Shortly thereafter, I discovered a lump in my breast and immediately began a major detox diet program and a ketogenic diet, which is a very low-carb, high-healthy fat diet where the body produces ketones to use for energy, rather than using glucose,” she explains. The goal is to starve a tumor, which feeds off of glucose.
Do Whatever It Takes Harris used everything she’d learned to shrink the tumor and keep it from spreading before her lumpectomy. Although she had already cleaned up her living environment of obvious toxins, she reviewed the recommendations of the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) for reducing the toxic load in her personal care and home cleaning products. She applied frankincense oil and used coMra therapy, a medical infrared laser that provides an energetic frequency stimulus for healing, as well as acupuncture. Additionally, she used some of the services at a local energy spa, juiced green vegetables to raise her body’s alkaline level, consumed high doses of supplements such as resveratrol, green tea extract, flax seed and vitamin D, and took diindolylmethane (DIM) complex. Found in cruciferous vegetables, DIM balances estrogen hormone metabolism.
Beyond a Lump in the Road “I refer to the breast cancer scare as my “lump in the road” because it was a distraction for a short time. Even though I was not following the orders for radiation and medication that I’d received from the oncologist and radiologist, I never had any doubt that I was going to get better. I recognized that my standard of care wasn’t the same as theirs when my
Don’t let anyone tell you nutrition has nothing to do with healing. Every cell in the body depends on nutrients. ~Dee Harris
The simple act of making my own decision and taking charge of my healing process helped me regain my personal power. ~Ursula Kaiser oncologist, one of the best in the U.S., told me that nutrition had nothing to do with my healing and recovery. I felt empowered and confident because I was doing everything that I could and still do. I continue to modulate my lifestyle to lower my risk of reoccurrence. I’m not as strict as I initially was, but I don’t take my eye off the ball,” she says.
Believe in the Chosen Path Today, Harris’ personal prevention plan includes a full body thermogram once a year and thermal breast imagining, as well as breast ultrasound every six months. “I often wonder why people like Ursula and I make the choices that we do. I know that neither of us wanted to go the conventional route with all the ugly side effects. Nor did we want to suffer the long-term effects or a reoccurrence. One sure thing we both know is that whatever path someone chooses, whether it’s conventional or holistic, they have to believe in it,” advises Harris, who after her cancer scare, chose to educate others in a cancer group that she started.
Nutrition Underlies Healing “I wanted to get the word out to people in treatment, as well as those in recovery, about alternatives. I taught classes on detox, supplements, environmental hazards and other subjects. I continue to counsel and personalize patients’ health and nutrition plan, no matter what stage of treatment they are in. The key is prevention, so we identify risk factors early and support nutrition, detox and hormones naturally. Don’t let anyone tell you nutrition has nothing to do with healing. Every cell in the body depends on nutrients,” remarks Harris. Kaiser and Harris are shining examples of women who reached for their super tools of prevention, wellness, confidence in their chosen path and trust in inner guidance.
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TAKE A HIKE Escape into Nature with a Day Trip by Marlaina Donato
o many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day hiking can be easily tailored to personal preferences and interests. “Excellent apps and websites list and describe trails in your area or community. We have a database on our site that’s helpful,” says Trimble (AmericanHiking.org). He’s personally high on old rail lines that have been converted to wide, accessible paths (RailsToTrails.us).
A Trail for Everyone Whatever our location, age or fitness level, a hike can provide opportunities for calming solitude or connecting with people we care about. Individuals with disabilities can also get outdoors at accommodating trails such as those at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, in Delaware. There’s always something to be learned in identifying wildlife and plants. “Families can enjoy time walking outdoors together in ways impossible in other settings,” observes Verna Gates, founder of Fresh Air Family, a Birmingham, Alabama, outdoor activities educational foundation. “Nature aids in well-being in many ways.” She points to studies cited at NatureAndForest Therapy.org/the-science.html that reveal how trees emit enzymes into the air that help improve our emotional and physical health. “When I lost a child, the only place I found solace was in nature. Sitting in a patch of wildflowers truly brought me back to living,” recalls Gates. 42
long with checking your state’s departments of tourism and parks and recreation, here are some broader resources for finding local trails. n AmericanHiking.org n AmericanTrails.org
Explorers’ Heaven Following a lovely trail, much like inspired cooking, is as intriguing and delightful as we wish it to be. From wildflower paths to wine country trails, the great outdoors invites exploration of woodlands, glens, forests, mountain valleys, coastal areas, bayous, deserts and other terrain. Experienced daytrippers recommend revisiting favorite trails in specific seasons. “I love being in the natural world, be it New Jersey, Florida or Alaska. Every trail offers surprises,” marvels distance hiker Craig Romano (CraigRomano.com). As the author of several day hike guidebooks, he’s seen firsthand how, “Every part of the country offers different perspectives and forms of beauty. The greatest biological diversity in our country is found in the Great Smoky Mountains, where the rhododendrons are breathtaking in spring.” The world’s largest mapped cave system is in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park. Hiking to observe other subterranean wonders in Indiana or Virginia’s Natural Bridge Caverns is no less exhilarating than walking Alabama’s covered bridge trail or painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch country, in New Mexico. The Appalachian Trail, running between Maine and Georgia, attracts thousands of adventurous long-distance trekkers, but such trails also offer sections ideal for day hikes. Geomagnetic points in Arizona’s vortex region or America’s Stonehenge, in New Hampshire, afford unusual destinations. The wonders of California’s Sonoma County include Planet Walk, a scale model path that illustrates our solar system. The Crater of Diamonds State Park, in Arkansas, is the only place in the world where hikers can dig for diamonds and keep what they find, although quartz diamond sites (semiprecious stones less hard than diamonds) can be accessed at other U.S. locales. Coastal walks lead to discovering sea glass and shells. Arboretums in urban areas offer trails flush with local flora. Joining or starting a hiking club based on common interests is one way to go. “One of our guidebook series encourages outdoor enthusiasts to explore the natural world in their immediate backyards. This approach especially appeals to families, first-time trail users and athletes looking for a quick nature fix after work,” offers Helen Cherullo, publisher of Mountaineers Books (MountaineersBooks.org), a nonprofit committed to conservation and sustainable lifestyles. Wherever we venture, take nothing but pictures and leave nature untouched. Cherullo reminds us, “Connecting people to treasured natural landscapes leads to active engagement to preserve these places for future generations. The future of public lands—owned by every American citizen—is literally in our hands.” They deserve our vote.
n Backpacker.com n BluePlanetGreenLiving.com n ClimateRide.org n FreshAirFamily.org n GearPatrol.com n HikingProject.com n NWF.org (National Wildlife Federation) n OutsideOnline.com (Outside Magazine) n SectionHiker.com
What You Need
ime spent outside is best when we’re well-equipped. Here are some basic tips.
Be prepared for weather, stay alert, plan ahead and have a trail map so you know what to expect. Inform others where you will be and what time you plan to be back. Set a deadline to turn around and head back well before sundown. Plan on not having cell phone reception. Wear proper footwear and clothing. Take a compass and a flashlight. Bring water, in plastic-free bottles, and well-sealed snacks. Apply natural, reliable sunscreen (such as Think Sport) Use DEET-free insect and tick repellant. (For an easy home recipe, add 15 drops of geranium and eucalyptus essential oils to a two-ounce spray bottle filled with distilled water. Shake well before each use.)
Where to Go
Hiking in nature is a ready way to reset frazzled nerves.
Consider a natural first-aid kit. (DIY guidelines for creating alternative kits are found at Tinyurl.com/Natural RemediesTravelKit and Tinyurl.com/ AnHerbalFirstAidKit.)
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Coming Next Month Help for Injured Wildlife Caring Rehab Gives Them Graceful a Second Chance Aging by Sandra Murphy
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eeing lost, injured or orphaned animals is heartbreaking, but unless a wild animal is in immediate danger from prey or traffic, it’s best to wait and observe. Mothers forage for food and return to the babies intermittently. If in doubt, call a wildlife rehabber for advice. “Rehabilitators are trained, tested, licensed, take continuing education courses and file annual reports. All care provided must meet government standards,” explains wildlife rehabilitator Regina Whitman, of Queen Creek, Arizona, via her Desert Cry Wildlife website. She rehabs rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, baby javelina and coyote pups. The Dan & Dianne May Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Lee’s-McRae College, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, is the only college program in the U.S. that allows students to work hands-on with veterinarians in the rehab center. “We see native species of reptiles, raptors, songbirds and mammals like east-
ern gray squirrels,” says Jenna Glaski, a program senior mentor. “When fawns and bobcats are orphaned, it’s usually because the mother has been hit by a car or shot.” In the Georgetown area, South Carolina Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary (SC-CARES) rehabbers care for injured wildlife and other animals. Miss Belle—a doe that was trapped in fencing and temporarily paralyzed trying to get free—received physical therapy and is expected to make a full recovery. Founded in 2004 by Kevin Barton and Linda Schrader, the Wildlife Center of Venice, serves Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Its five acres offers hutches, barns, habitats for squirrels and raccoons, an aviary and a pond for waterfowl. In 2015, volunteers rescued eight striped skunks. Because these mammals are slow and have poor eyesight, wide roads are especially hazardous as they move through diminishing habitat. Skunks eat insects,
grubs, rodents, moles and snakes. Paul and Gloria Halesworth specialize in hummingbirds at Wild Wing Rehab Hummers & Songbirds, in Ahwatukee, Arizona. “Hummingbird babies require a special formula we import from Europe. A body temperature of 105 degrees causes casual rescuers to think they’re overheated. They pant like dogs if too hot; otherwise, they’re okay,” Paul says. If a nest is found on the ground, reaffix it in a tree. “Duct tape works,” he notes. “Mom will find them.” Released birds are taken to the Desert Botanical Garden, in Phoenix. Rehabbing owls costs significantly more, up to $800 from hatchling to release. The Halesworths refer owls to another rehabber that annually cares for about 500 owls. In Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Back 2 the Wild Rehab rescues all kinds of wild animals. In February, two geese were stuck in a frozen river. Firefighters freed the birds and rehabbers checked them for frostbite. One goose died, but the other was released after the next storm passed through. The Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary, near McCall, Idaho, accepts orphaned bear cubs. Tapping into three decades of research reported by program supervisor Jeff Rohlman, they are vetted and put into a two-acre enclosure to learn to live in the wild until they are old enough for release. Most arrive undernourished and dehydrated; if separated from their mother, they don’t know how to feed themselves or when to hibernate. Dreamcatcher Wild Horse & Burro Sanctuary, in Ravendale, California, doesn’t release rehabbed guests—it provides a lifetime home to roam 1,000 acres in family packs to find their own food and water. Public lands are leased to ranchers for grazing, compelling competition for food between livestock and wild animals, so this is a safer option; the sanctuary also advocates protection of resident mountain lions, badgers, coyotes, hawks and eagles. Barry and Maureen Genzlinger, founders of the Vermont Bat Center, in Milton, have rescued and released more than 125 bats since Barry became a
licensed bat rehabilitator for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department in 2013. “We have one bat that lost 95 percent of the skin on a wing,” he says. “After three months, most of it has grown back. In two more months, it should be fine, just in time to hibernate.” Bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour. While some are considered a nuisance, each rescued animal has a place in the overall eco-system. Following the good Samaritan rule allows casual
rescuers to keep an animal only long enough to safely transport it to a rehabilitator. Rescue operations always need volunteers to donate time or money to help the cause. For creatures, staying with a healing friend can help but there’s no place like home. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.
How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything by April Thompson
or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies— a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs
qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session. Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and
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the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at EllenLanger.com.
What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.
What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next,
if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish.
How do the mental constructs we attach to our experiences affect outcomes of health and well-being? Mental constructs are positions we consider as accepted certainties. When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.
How have you seen these principles play out in your own life? My fascination with the ability of our mind to change our health began when my mother’s diagnosed metastasized breast cancer disappeared, a fact the medical world could not explain. Since then, my own prognosis related to a smashed ankle from a Beth Israel teaching hospital physician with the Harvard Medical School, stating that I would always walk with a limp and never play tennis again, has been completely overturned. My mission coming out of these two experiences is to determine how we can apply our mental capacities to increase control of our health and well-being. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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CREATE A LOVE NEST
Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford
ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in old
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energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day,
Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at SoulmateSecret.com.
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n an inaugural moment on August 14, The Garden School of Naples will open its doors to welcome 33 children from local communities. “I believe that parents who have enrolled their child in a Montessori school, where they will learn to think critically, work collaboratively and act boldly, are lighting a candle for the next generation. The skills that our students learn via our child-centered educational approach, which views the child as someone that is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment, is critical to a better future for all of us. I also think that these skills are perhaps why more than 4,000 Montessori schools dot the American landscape and thousands more can be found on six continents,” says founder and Director Kathy Khatib. Since 1907, the Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, has been time-tested by more than 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world. The approach is recognized for valuing the human spirit and the development of the whole child— physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Montessori hallmarks include multiage groupings that foster peer learning and uninterrupted blocks of work time, as well as guided choices of work activity. Younger children learn from older children and older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with individuals of all ages and dispositions.
The teacher, child and environment create a learning triangle that encourages independence, freedom within limits and a sense of order. Through individual choice, the child makes use of what the environment offers to develop themselves, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed. As students develop, Montessori teachers match appropriate lessons and materials to sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalized. Students also learn and master lessons through sensory/motor activities, working with specially designed learning materials that develop cognitive powers through direct experience—seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and moving. Khatib invites parents of potential students and other visitors to visit and observe while the Garden School of Naples is in session. “We have open visitation for anyone during our school hours. Visitors must ring the bell for entry, after which they are guided to the office for signing in. The children are made aware that visitors will occasionally drop by to observe their activities, and that it’s school as usual while they are there,” advises Khatib, who notes that the school can accept three more students. The Garden School of Naples Montessori preschool is located at 6051 Bayshore Dr., in Naples. For more information and enrollment, call 239-424-9084, email Kathy@ GardenSchoolNaples.com or visit GardenSchoolNaples.com. See ad, page 57.
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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.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
House of Gaia Summer Camp – Aug 1-5. 9:30am2:30pm. Specifically designed for children with challenges and diverse abilities. $175/per child/ week; 10% discount for siblings; scholarships available. 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. Register: 272-6152 or HouseOfGaia.org. Intro to Wicca – 2pm. New series begins. In this weekly progressive class, learn what wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. RSVP. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Feel Relaxed and Supported – 6:30-8pm. Fiveweek EFT tapping series with Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey to peace and joy, this series lights the way to bring the calm success we all seek. For those who are chronically anxious and overwhelmed, distracted, feel unsupported, keep striving but not achieving, have physical symptoms. $30/class or $150/series. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft. Myers. RSVP: 2771399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself as well as others. Free tea leaf reading included. A tea party with extras! $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui reiki levels I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. The Gut Your Master Battery – 6-8pm. Deborah J Post, ARNP and Chef Kristina San Fillippo will present how to create a healthy gut, how it all works, what to feed it to repair and maintain optimal gut function.
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Evening includes live cooking presentation, three course dinner (gluten- and dairy-free) with wine and lecture. $58. Purple Spoon Culinary, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 908-3842. PurpleSpoonCulinary@yahoo.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. With GAEA Guides – Guided Kayak Nature Tours. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $40/ person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Art Walk – Aug 4-5. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. FortMyersArtWalk.com. Women’s Gathering – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21 to discuss women’s issues in society, religion and relationships. Support and empower other women and network. Vent in a safe environment. Refreshments will be served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5 Humor Workshop: Make Your Audiences Laugh – 8:30am-12:30pm. With Terry Babb. Wring multiple laughs from one sentence. Humor word play. Bring characters to life. Learn to use body language. $25. Office of Dr Joel Ying: 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 267-6480. HumorWorkshopNaples2017.Eventbrite.com.
MindBodyCAN – 2-4pm. CollegeCAN, a junior board of Cancer Alliance of Naples, invites the public to a day of health and wellness. Join for family-friendly fitness, wellness-oriented vendors, live music, guest speakers, supervised kids activities, food, and more. Activities will accommodate all ages. $15 suggested donation. The Greater Naples YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Ste 100. Register: 643-4673. CancerAllianceOfNaples.com. See news brief, page 14.
MONDAY, AUGUST 7 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. You Can’t Sleep Through Your Awakening Class – 10am or 6pm. Participants may awaken to where they are being run by unconscious cultural/social programming and find ways to free themselves from those limiting beliefs using the FACE formula (forgiveness, appreciation, compassion and embodiment). Love donation. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. See ad, page 32. Monday Mindfulness: Meditation – 6-7pm. With Laura. Learn different five-plus-minute techniques of meditation, including sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating meditation and drawing meditation. Free. Receive 10% off product purchase for attending, but no purchase necessary. Salon Bamboo Aveda, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 122, Naples. 594-7055. Info@SalonBambooAveda.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 The Yoga of Communication – 6-7:30pm. With Jennifer Wasmer. Learn how applying the practices and principles of yoga to your everyday communica-
tion can help deepen your engagement with others, yourself and life. $30/preregistered, $35/door. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. The benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Fee info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com.
Meditation Facilitators Class – 6-8:30pm. Eightweek certification class with Barbara J Gilfillan, licensed spiritual practitioner. Gain the skills to be a meditation facilitator and help others to attain a life of peace and ease. $150 (workbook provided); $50/ deposit required. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave. Register/info: 401-486-9650 or BGilfillan1@gmail.com. CSLCapeCoral.com. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. TheMysticalMoon.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Meditation Facilitators Class – 2-4:30pm. Eightweek certification class with Barbara J Gilfillan, licensed spiritual practitioner. Gain the skills to be a meditation facilitator and help others to attain a life of peace and ease. $150 (workbook provided); $50/ deposit required. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave. Register/info: 401-486-9650 or BGilfillan1@gmail.com. CSLCapeCoral.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 Thai Massage on the Table – Aug 12-13. 9am3pm. Continuing education with Susan Farhat. $229. 12 CEUs. Florida Academy, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 11. Weekend Childbirth Education – Aug 12-13. 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. Register/fee: FBCNaples@gmail.com. NaplesBirthCenter.com. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. TheMysticalMoon.com. Understanding Life Patterns with Numerology – 1-4pm. With Joan Scannell. Study numerology and gain a clearer picture of what lessons must
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 be mastered in order to be most successful in life. Class concludes with a review of personal year information, and the identification of lessons and patterns that can liberate one from repetitive lessons and challenges. $60 or $50/early bird/member. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Expressing Divine Love in Relationships. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. Join registered yoga teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
Thyroid Seminar – 11am. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC. Discover natural solutions to correct thyroid problems, specific foods to avoid, why you feel lousy taking thyroid hormones and more. 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 444-3106. See ad, page 22. 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 8/23. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class – 7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
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Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com.
Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II offered on 8/21. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Then, make your own personal candle. $30 includes materials. 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,
Healing in America Module I Energy Healing Therapy Development Course – Aug 18-20. For those with CE units for nurses and massage therapists. Class offers internship option working towards certified energy healer status. $425. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: regional director, Karen Coratelli-Smith: 692-9120 or KSmith727@ comcast.net. Facial Rejuvenation Seminars – 11:30am-1pm (Naples); 3-5pm (Ft Myers). Join for light refreshments and a presentation, followed by a Q&A session with facial expert, Dr Prendiville. He will explain the benefits of the pre-lift and other aesthetic procedures. Assuage Spa Luxury, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 1, Naples; 9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers. RSVP: 201-4762. AssuageCenters.com. See ad, page 33. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional
attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. RiverDistrictEvents.com. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 6:30pm. Vineyards Community Center, 6231 Arbor Blvd W, Naples. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. FireflyWithin.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 Orchid Mounting Class – 9-11am. Learn how to incorporate orchids into your tropical environment. Members of the Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance will donate orchids and teach how to mount orchids on trees. Volunteers and the public will have the opportunity to learn about the Orchid Society and the Happehatchee Center. 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. GulfCoastOrchidAlliance.com. See news brief, page 14. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. $25/25minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your pendulum. Pendulums can be used for divination, finding lost objects or minerals underground, to test energy fields and chakras and more. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Movement and Breath for Labor – 2-3:30pm. With Cheryl Bernardi, with LifeBehold. Prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. $25/early bird, $30/door. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 248-7931. Register: LifeBehold@gmail.com or LifeBehold.com.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 New Moon Kundalini Yoga Gong Bath – 2-4pm. With DamaDe’. A Kundalini yoga class followed by the sound therapy of the gong while you lie in savasana. $25/preregistered, $30/door. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com.
MONDAY, AUGUST 21 Monday Mindfulness: Massage and Self Care – 6-7pm. With Laura. Learn massage techniques for yourself and for loved ones. Incorporate ways of self care that you can do at home to relax and pamper yourself, reduce stress and be more loving and kind to yourself. Free. Receive 10% off product purchase for attending, but no purchase necessary. Salon Bamboo Aveda, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 122, Naples. 594-7055. Info@SalonBambooAveda.com. New Moon Solar Eclipse Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you envision and receive your download of cosmic fre-
quencies. Let the singing bowls reveal your piece in the divine plan and carry your requests up into the universe. Wrap yourself in the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Maya New Moon Manifestation Meditation – 8-9pm. Join a guided meditation to connect with the Maya Moon Goddess Ix-Chel and Sacred Earth Mother Ix-Mucane to harness the power of the Divine Feminine, the New Moon, and Venus to aid in manifestation for the upcoming month. Call in free to 319-527-3182.
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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. TheMysticalMoon.com.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com. John of God Spiritual Journey Talk and Movie – 7-9pm. With Casa Guides Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn about The House of St Ignatius of Loyola, the Entities of Light and see the healing Orbs of Light. Receive a blessed bottle of water. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: 692-9120 or KSmith727@comcast.net.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 Pet Walk – 6-8pm. The River District Alliance invites well-trained and leashed pets and their owners to enjoy An Evening in the River District, including pet-friendly exhibitors and vendors. Several downtown merchants will also be participating and welcoming pets. Owners assume all responsibility and risk for their pet. Downtown Ft Myers. FortMyersRiverDistrictAlliance.com. Storytelling Performance: Legacy of Love –78:30pm. Support Naples storytelling physician, Dr Joel Ying. Debut solo performance of signature stories and folk tales about love in all its forms. Stories that touch the heart, speak to the soul and smash into the funny bone. $15. Office of Dr Joel Ying: 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. 200-6796. LegacyOfLove.Eventbrite.com. See news brief, page 10.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 Chronic Tension Headache – 9am-3pm. Continuing education with Tony Kicklighter. $125. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 11. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org. Eckankar Spiritual Discussion – Noon. Topic: Tapping into Inner Guidance. ECK Center of SW Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. ECK-Florida.org. Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. Join registered yoga teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
MONDAY, AUGUST 28 Monday Mindfulness: Qigong and Yoga Stretches – 6-7pm. With Laura. Learn easy yoga stretches and qigong exercises that stretch out muscles, get your circulation going, reduce pain and bring more oxygen to the blood. Free. Receive 10 percent off product purchase for attending although, no purchase necessary. Salon Bamboo Aveda, 5926 Premier Way, Ste 122, Naples. 594-7055. Info@ SalonBambooAveda.com.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30 Balancing Your Energy From Within – 6-8pm. With Barbara King. Create your own custom visionary board to manifest your desires. $30/ preregistered, $35/door. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio. com. See ad, page 51.
Big Three Mandatory’s – 9am-3pm. Continuing education with Tony Kicklighter. $90. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 11.
Healing Night Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving frequencies of the singing bowls and the healing vibrations of the Himalayan salt. Bring all aspects of self into alignment for your soul’s expansion into oneness. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash or check. The original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 398-3953.
Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Monthly reduced special on readings and services. Choose from an assortment of well established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.
Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
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readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655. TheMysticalMoon.com.
infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Then, make your own personal candle. $30 includes materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Manifesting and Abundance Advanced ThetaHealing Weekend Class – Oct 7-8. With Karen and David. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work. Prerequisite: ThetaHealing Basic DNA and ThetaHealing advanced courses. $444. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or KSmith727@comcast.net. Info: ThetaHealing.com.
Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 5:30-6:30pm. Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT introduces the internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief on page 12 and ad on page 15.
plan ahead FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – 10-11am. Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT introduces the internationally acclaimed eight-week stress-reduction course using mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass. Free. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102 Bonita Springs. Preregister: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief on page 12 and ad on page 15.
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prayer breakfast, followed by meditative ceremonies throughout the day. Participate in creating prayer flags and other activities, including guest speakers that will focus on peace. A sacred lunch will also be provided. Drop-in any time of the day. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. See ad, page 32.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Theta Healing Basic DNA – Sept 23-25. 10am5pm. This three day class will change your subconscious beliefs and inner most feelings to empower you to create the life you desire and let go of what is holding you back. Certified instructors Mark and Maria Hubbuch will guide participants through the material in Vianna Stibal's book, ThetaHealing. $444. Naples. 910-6576. HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com. MariaHubbuch.com.
Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Nov 3-5. With Karen and David. Includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. First class in the series. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work. Private home in Naples. $444. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or KSmith727@comcast.net. Info: ThetaHealing.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 India Trip – Nov 16-Dec 2. Visit the Taj Mahal, temples and Himalayas, stay in a palace, dip your toes in the holy Ganga River and more. Includes: daily yoga with Carla, three vegetarian meals per day, accommodations, ground transportation and airfare in India. Airfare to and from India not included. No alcohol or meat permitted on this trip. $3,300/dbl occupancy, $4,300/private room. For more info, call 692-9747 or visit LoveYogaCenter.com.
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daily Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.
Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Beginners’ Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Last Sunday. Get to know our style of practice, our lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. Cushions
Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org.
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and chairs provided. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski.
Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. FortMyersQuakers.org or FtMyers.Quakers@gmail.com. Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. SJoyceH@aol.com. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 4556553. Office@uunaples.org. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Kessel.Joyce@gmail.com. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No
dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.
monday Reverse the Age of the Spine Series – Noon1pm. Using the Great Yoga Wall, with Meredith Musick. For private location in Naples and more info: 269-8846. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. MiraclesAmongUs.org. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or FireflyWithin.org. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. ACAIntergroup.org. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. firstname.lastname@example.org. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
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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. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org.
8pm. A 12-step program for men and women. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David K: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948.
Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This informal class will explore the techniques of mindful meditation. Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com.
La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. lllFlorida.com.
Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. email@example.com. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.
tuesday Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Mid-Day Meditation – Noon-12:30pm. Enjoy your lunch time in mindful meditation overlooking
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the Peace Lake. Kathleen Kerswig, licensed Unity teacher, guides participants into silent self-reflection, allowing each person to connect with one’s own God self. Love dontation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Therapeutics Class – 1-2pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 529-7582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. FUNdamentals of Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. An introduction to yoga that will help participants slowly build strength, flexibility and great technique. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Coed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-
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Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue. With Missy Balsam. An evening of connection, community building and heart-opening singing. No experience necessary. $15 love offering. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
wednesday Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Sandy: 301-938-7503. Caregiver Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 10am. 3rd Wed. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn the importance of taking care of yourself, healthy ways to manage stress, relaxation techniques and the importance of connecting with other caregivers. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934.
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Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30-2:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Tai Chi Eight-Form – 2-3pm. With Sondra Dansby. Improve posture, balance, fall prevention, reduce blood pressure and restore emotional balance. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Feel guilty while standing up for yourself? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Confident Caterpillars – 5:30-6:30pm. With Salima Silverman. Children ages 5-12 learn healthy coping skills, build self-confidence and enjoy fun exercise. $80/4 classes. Client discount available. Monarch Wellness, Naples. Preregistration required: 231-3208. MonarchWellness.net. Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga is the smooth way that poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or exhale. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Evening Meditation – 6:45-7:15pm. Quiet yourself mid-week during this time of calming self-reflection, connecting with one’s own God self. Love dontation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. lllflorida.com. 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. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. MeditationInNaples.org. 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.
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thursday Hatha Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Stretch and Strength – 11:30-12:30pm. With Sondra Dansby. Using breath, core work, stretching and the resistance of your own body to build strength, it varies each week. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Feldenkrais ATM – 2-3pm. JoAnn Rahl will verbally guide participants through a sequence of gentle movements intended to help develop a greater awareness of how one moves. $20/drop-in. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9276. BKSYogaStudio.com. Kids Yoga – 4-5pm. With Salima Silverman. Kids practice yoga in a fun interactive environment, learn poses, balance, strength and self-awareness. $10/ drop-in. BKS Yoga Studio, 2900 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 213-9273. BKSYogaStudio.com.
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Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. The Edible Gardening Exchange Speaker Series – 5:30pm. Open and informal chat on edible topics. Bring seeds to share. 6:30pm, speaker. BYO cup for coffee and tea. Membership fee: $10; Lee Parks and Rec lifetime membership card required $10. North Fort Myers Rec Center, 2000 N Recreation Park Way. 610-530-8883. Yin/Yoga Nidra Class – 5:30-6:45pm. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln, Naples. 5297582. AwakeningThroughSynergy.com. Restorative Yoga – 6-7pm. Nourish, nurture and create balance in the body, mind and spirit. Connect to the body through sequencing that supports digestion. Breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance creates an imprint empowering the student. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men
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Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. OpenMindZenNaples.com. Messages and Meditation –7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
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La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Laurielll@aol.com.
Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096.
Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Feel guilty when standing up for yourself? Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Healing the Healers/Reiki Healing Circle – 2:304pm. 4th Fri. With Lenka Spiska. Healers and reiki practitioners on all levels are encouraged to give and receive. $15 donation. Happehatchee Center, peace pavilion, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Who’s Got the Juice Talent Show – 8-10pm. Maximum of 10 contestants will receive five minutes of fame per show that runs biweekly throughout the summer. $5/ticket (max 25 guests). Juicelation, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 104, Naples. Info: 529-2290.
Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee@gmail.com Happehatchee.org.
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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531
New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
ACUPUNCTURE CENTER OF NAPLES Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP, OMD (China) 5683 Naples Blvd, Naples 34109 P: 239-513-9232 • F: 239-513-9293 DrCenAcupuncture@gmail.com
Licensed acupuncture physician with 28 years experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Experienced in pain management, women’s health, insomnia, migraines, digestion issues and much more. See ad, page 12.
DR. ROBERT MURDOCH, BOARDCERTIFIED ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers, 33908 239-433-5995
An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today.
PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP
Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 GulfCoastAcupuncture.com Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and k i n e s i o l o g y. A c u p u n c t u r e stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 25.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD
2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • JoyHealthWellness.com Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. As a physician and educator, visit LivingthePresentMoment.com for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.
AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER
Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples, 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.
TERESA KENNEDY (MA71100) Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722
Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut.
ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.
Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5100 N Tamiami Trl, Ste 126, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).
PAULA TERRY, LMT
239-821-3088, by appt. (Collier & Lee) Trained at the Upledger Institute, Paula utilizes CranioSacral Therapy combined with HeartC en ter ed Th er ap y, S o mato Emotional Release™, Lymphatic Drainage, love and nurturement to foster the healing your body needs. Doula services. MA35358.
STUART WRIGHT, ND
BIOFEEDBACK FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC
Karin S Wolfe, CBS 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • FireflyWithin.com Info@FireflyWithin.com Certified Biofeedback Specialist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBS#5563.
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.
BODYWORK ART OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 AOHMassage.com
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.
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.
ROGER J. PINT, MPH, DMD
COLON THERAPY CAPE CORAL COLONICS
Kelly Swan, Licensed Colon Therapist 4720 SE 15th Ave, Ste 209, Cape Coral 239-549-7559 Colon hydrotherapy is an ancient art used to support natural healing. Releasing dormant toxins may improve issues with constipation, diarrhea, skin and overall wellbeing. MA77085, MM33594.
CLEANSING SPRINGS INC.
Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-596-1110 • 239-571-9816 • MA27876 CleansingSprings.com Internationally Certified with 30 years Licensed Nursing experience; offering a new dimension of colonics with stateof-the-art water system. Massage with Vodder trained Lymphatic Specialists. Facials, Body Wraps, and Far-infrared Sauna. MM13162.
RB INSTITUTE, INC.
C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 61.
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY INNERCONNECTIONS
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years of experience. Holistic practice focusing on personal empowerment and teamwork. Craniosacral therapy, fascial mobilization, lymphatic drainage. Energy balancing, structural manual therapies with customized exercise. See ad, page 6.
DENTISTRY LASER DENTISTRY
Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 22.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com 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 45.
ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 • Happehatchee.org
A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming lessons and healing circles. Peace Pavilion and Historic Happehatchee House are available to rent for ceremonies and events. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions: Happehatchee.org/ our-events/.
ENERGY HEALING REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH 239-692-9120 HealingInAmerica-Southeast.org HugsForHappiness.com KSmith727@comcast.net
Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.
CORE STAR – JIM CRABTREE CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
Graduate of Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Jim has conducted more than 9,000 healing sessions, using many techniques to help restructure the energy body and restore health.
239-910-6576 MariaHubbuch@aol.com HarmonizingAmbientEnergy.com Certified teacher and licensed practitioner offering classes and individual healing sessions inperson or distance: ThetaHealing®, Esoteric Healing ® , Seraphim Blueprint ® , Reiki, Axiatonal Alignments.
MAUREEN SANDERS, HOLISTIC ENERGETIC MEDICINE
Healing People & Animals since 2005 MaureenSanders.com • TheHorseShaman.com 239-253-9008 Opening the pathways to reveal the underlying causes that prevent humans and animals from truly healing. Difficult physical, emotional and behavioral issues are resolved to bring forth wellness, joy and spiritual growth.
ESSENTIAL OILS I LOVE OILS, INC.
Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Plants defend themselves from threats yet grow and thrive. Let them help you! Learn about essential oils and save money at our free classes.
FENG SHUI LINDA MUNDT DESIGN
239-405-7330 • LindaMundt.com Linda@LindaMundt.com Creating space for a peaceful mind. More than 10 years creating homes, schools and businesses to enhance relationships, health, clear thinking and project start-up energy. Color and space design. Staging. Clutter clearing.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com
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.
ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP
Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.
9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 47.
HEALTHY DINING FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ
2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.
141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 47.
HOLISTIC CENTER AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com
Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 20.
HYPNOTHERAPY CONCERNED HEALTH ALTERNATIVES Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
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 32.
INTUITIVE CONSULTATION HEATHER FAUN BASL
630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 GraceAngels.com Heather@GraceAngels.com Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.
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LIFE COACH VALORIE MORRIS
Licensed Louise Hay "You Can Heal Your Life" Coach, Workshop Leader, Teacher & Speaker • 239-404-2912 "You can't change what's going on around you until you change what is going on within you." Simple proven wisdom for complex lives. Individual private sessions and weekly group workshops. All sessions in a calm, patient, purposeful environment. Let's talk.
EYES WIDE OPEN CENTER
Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.
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 33.
239-948-9444 • SilviaCasabianca.com
9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com
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7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market- prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 29.
NUTRITION D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC
Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 56.
PSYCHOTHERAPY GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY AND SEX THERAPY Peg Walsh, MS, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs 34135 718-208-6986 • FtMyersTherapy.com
Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with research-based methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back.
DOROTHY RODWELL, LMFT & RTR THERAPIST
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AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 AHolisticApproachCenter.com Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 20.
REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!
YOGA AWAKENING THROUGH SYNERGY, LLC Jennifer Colucci 1084 Business Ln, Naples • 239- 529-7582 AwakeningThroughSynergy.com
Brand new healing art space offering therapeutic and Thai massage, yoga therapy and multistyle yoga classes and workshops including Therapeutics, Hatha, Yin/ Yoga Nidra, restorative, Vinyasa-Flow and crystal bowls. MA# 74913. MM# 35896.
BKS YOGA STUDIO
2900 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-9276 • BKSYogaStudio.com Variety of yoga classes daily, monthly workshops, child care and kids’ yoga. Massage, Thai yoga bodywork and private yoga sessions with master instructors. See ad, page 23.
(formerly Bala Vinyasa Yoga) GreenMonkey.com • 239-598-1938 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples 1800 Tamiami Tr E, Naples Two locations in Central and South Naples. Daily classes for all levels, monthly workshops and private sessions with exceptional teachers, plus awardwinning massage therapy and boutique. 200- and 300-hour Registered Yoga School. MM#19486.
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