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Loving Planet Earth Real change will only happen when we fall in love with our planet. Only love can show us how to live in harmony with nature and with each other and save us from the devastating effects of environmental destruction and climate change. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Green Community Sandra Glover Cover artist Sandra Glover’s artwork, Green Community, celebrates sustainable communities, this month’s theme. Her watercolor portrays a healthy, happy town where neighbors garden together, the wind powers homes and businesses and streets are bike-friendly. A self-taught painter, illustrator and sculptor, Glover lives in Malibu, California, yet the piece was inspired in part by the row houses of Baltimore, where she lived for 10 years. “Living there, I always dreamed of rooftop gardening,” says Glover. “I have always wanted to live in a friendly community like this, where people are out in the streets talking to each other.” Her love of nature and work as a naturalist and animal shelter volunteer informs and inspires her paintings, which are created at home at her outdoor “studio” or on location in the Santa Monica Mountains that surround her home. Glover has illustrated numerous books and publications and exhibited at several galleries in the Los Angeles area. Her work also includes natural history exhibits and murals on display in parks in Baltimore and Malibu. Glover is an active member of the Allied Artists of the Santa Monica Mountains and Seashore. View the artist’s portfolio at SandyGloverArt.com. 6
love artist Sandra Glover’s cover image, which she created especially for our Sustainable Communities issue. Beyond the joy of seeing people bicycling, cultivating community gardens and patronizing local businesses and residences powered by solar and wind energy, it conveys an overall feeling that people are safe, happy and connected with Mother Earth and one another. I often wonder what it’s going to take to reverse humanity’s history of unsustainable practices and turn around the many crises facing life on this planet. Thich Nhat Hanh’s quote points to the essential leading factor to any hope of real change. It’s a heart thing! I suspect a spiritual crisis has brought us to the current predicament. If we don’t know who we are and aren’t expressing our highest potential, then certainly less than the best will be reflected in our experience. I’m blessed to be writing this letter from the mystical town of Mount Shasta, California. I’m gathered here with loving friends from Naples (see photo), tuning into Mother Earth by hiking the trails around this legendary mountain. Oft described as the place where heaven meets Earth, it draws spiritual pilgrims from around the world. Our heart-centered group meditations in nature, led by Deborah Mills, have profoundly touched us. Full days spent listening to Mother Earth is effective medicine for connecting with higher dimensions and aligning with our host planet. Public Radio’s Steve Curwood reminds us on page 32 that, “There’s no food, economy, family or anything else good if we don’t have a habitable planet.” I wonder what might happen if all Earthlings regularly stopped what we are doing at the same moment to quietly connect within long enough to distinguish our busy-mind selves from our true selves, and tune into what kind of world we wish to create. To me, sustainable living means we are creating and living in a world where everyone is getting their basic needs met, feels safe and loved and honors Mother Earth and all living things. Gross National Happiness studies have found that living more sustainably creates more happiness in people’s lives (page 42). This month’s issue is full of inspirations and solutions to create the kind of world that all future generations can enjoy. Here’s to heart-centered living,
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newsbriefs Another Location for TAE Healthy Aging Center
AE Healthy Aging Center, directed by Terri Evans, will open a second location in Naples at 11983 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 100A, this month. In addition to expanded convenience and access, the center will offer Magnify Your Health coaching, workshops, seminars and other services. Terri Evans Providing professional grade, noncomedogenic (oil-free), high-potency skincare products, the TAE Healthy Aging Center distributes educational newsletters to facilitate a better understanding of skincare treatments. Evans is a doctor of oriental medicine, a Florida-licensed acupuncture physician and is certified in Chinese herbology, homeopathy, acupuncture facelift, Dr. Tan, Koryo Hand Acupuncture, bio-terrain sciences, acupuncture injection therapy, cold (low-level) laser, functional blood chemistry, functional endocrinology and Beyond Nutrition. She also developed and teaches Reflection-ology, an advanced skin analysis based upon internal imbalances (Natural Beauty from Within). Original location: 3811 Airport Rd. N. For more information, call 239-430-6800, email TAEHealthyAging@embarqmail. com, visit taehealthyaging.com or DrTerriEvans.com. See ad, page 24.
Joyful Yoga and Spa Adds Biofeedback
iofeedback featuring the LIFE System is available at Joyful Yoga and Spa, in Bonita Springs. The procedure, which can test nearly 7,000 energy patterns in a person’s body, mind and spirit and send balancing energy to the areas that are the most imbalanced, can be experienced between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays by appointment. Karin Wolfe, owner of Firefly Within Karin Wolfe and a certified biofeedback technician, says, “At any point in time, we are or can be thrown into a state of imbalance, allowing illness and disease to invade our systems. A balanced body is more capable of defending itself against everyday stress.“ By putting the body back into balance, an environment can be created for the body’s natural healing to occur. A balanced body, mind and spirit may reduce pain and stress for a more pleasurable, happier and healthier life. Cost: two-hour intake session $195, one-hour and halfhour follow-up sessions $95 and $55, respectively. Packages, child and pet rates are available. Location: Bernwood Place at Pelican Landing, 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy. For more information, call 239-980-3257 or email Wolfe at FireflyBiofeedback@gmail.com or call Joyful Yoga at 239-947-9845.
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Volunteers Needed at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
orkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is recruiting volunteers for key areas of the 13,000-acre wetland and forest. Positions include resource management specialists, general office/special event support and boardwalk naturalists, which serve as guides and interpreters on Corkscrewâ€™s 2.25-mile boardwalk through a 500-year-old ancient forest of giant bald cypress trees. Corkscrew provides basic training and ongoing learning opportunities for volunteers in all capacities that help with the sanctuaryâ€™s mission to preserve, restore, educate and research the natural environment. Location: 375 Sanctuary Rd. W. For more information, call Amy Kessler at 239-348-9151 ext. 111 or visit Corkscrew. Audubon.org and choose Learn & Explore.
Gentle Yoga for Severe Ailments at Integrative Mindfulness
onita Springs-based Integrative Mindfulness is offering specialized yoga for people with cancer and other chronic conditions. Mary Cline Golbitz, ERYT, LMT, is leading Especially Gentle Yoga from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursdays to help reduce stress and insomnia and elevate strength, flexibility, balance and mood in a group setting that also builds a sense of community Mary Cline Golbitz and togetherness. Beginners and students of all levels can practice in a chair, on a mat or both; postures and movements including asanas, breath work and mantras are tailored to address individual needs in a fun and inspiring atmosphere, with an emphasis on fostering health in body, mind and spirit. Each student will receive a free individual consultation to assess needs, if desired. Integrative Mindfulness also offers other specialized yoga classes for seniors, beginners and those with limited flexibility, including chair, mindful and restorative yoga. Cost: $15 per class or receive a discount with a 10-class package. Location: The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102. For more information or to register, call Golbitz at 207-479-4082, email MaryGCline@ gmail.com or visit IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See ad, page 12. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Reales to Lead Three Healthy Events in Naples
eonor Reales, a licensed master clinical hypnosis, natural health educator and a certified ayurveda lifestyle consultant, will lead three separate events in Naples to help attendees transcend challenging circumstances and express their full potential. How to Eat without Stress, a lecture to restore natural balance providing simple, easy-to-sustain tools during the upcoming holiday season, will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m., October 21. Reales will lead a shamanic yoga dance entitled Change the Perspective of Your Life from 7 to 9 p.m., November 7, and then serve tasty and healthy samples and discuss healthy eating tips at an Ayurveda Lunch from noon to 1 p.m., November 15. Cost for lunch: $15/person, other events are free. Location: 2335 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 206. For more information or to register for any event, call 239-692-6211, email Leonor.Reales@live.com or visit BlissReal.com. See ad, page 63.
Yard and Garden Show in Naples
he Collier County Extension Office of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will present the SWFL Yard and Garden Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 25 and 26, in Naples. Trish McCullough will speak on Bromeliad Care at 2 p.m., October 25, and Steve Armstrong will discuss Growing Bonsais at 1:30 p.m., October 26. Garden tours will be held at regular intervals. The event will feature a variety of plants for sale, children’s activities, educational programs and demonstrations. Cost is $3, under 13 free. Location: UF/IFAS Extension Office, 14700 Immokalee Rd. For more information, call 239-252-4800 or visit Collier.ifas.ufl.edu.
Local Film on Battling Eating Disorders in Production
embers of the community can support the completion of the featurelength documentary Me Against Me, a personal, motivational film about the importance of healthy eating currently in production in Southwest Florida. Taxdeductible contributions help defray production costs and earn access to daily blogs, behind-the-scenes videos and other benefits. The film takes an in-depth look at obesity, eating disorders and food addiction and the journey of the film’s producer, Jay Bee, to overcome these challenges. Comments from area diet, nutrition and fitness experts, behavior psychologist therapists and practitioners will also be featured. Regular production updates are posted on Facebook and Twitter. Bee hopes to launch his movie at film festivals next year to “draw local and national attention on how to motivate and help people facing these problems.” Bee claims that his weight has fluctuated by several hundred pounds during the last five years. For more information, to donate or volunteer, email Transformational.Films@ gmail.org.
Events for All Ages at Monarch Therapy
onarch Therapy, in Naples, will begin new Caterpillar Kids Club sessions this month from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays in Naples. By focusing on a different positive trait each month, beginning with courage, the class follows the same format of the successful Peaceful Mind series for adults and teens that began this summer, and continues from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. Children from 5 to 12 years old will build healthy coping skills using breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises while learning to improve focus, self-control, self-regulation, social skills, sleeping habits, mindfulness skills and self-confidence. The integrative health team will facilitate sessions on a rotating schedule, teaching a different positive trait each month. November and December will focus on gratitude and personal gifts, respectively. The Peaceful Mind series includes a Joyful Courageous Gratitude event from 7 to 9 p.m., October 30, featuring humor therapy, followed by the healing vibrations of sound therapy with crystal and Tibetan bowls, accompanied by Transformational Breath. Costs: Caterpillar Kids Club $20/class, $70/four classes or $10/current clients; Peaceful Mind $40 or $30 for current clients. Location: 4500 Executive Dr., Ste. 100. Register for Joyful Courageous Gratitude (only) at 239-325-9210. Visit MonarchTherapy.com. For more information, visit MonarchTherapy.com.
Free Classes and Rate Changes at Yoga University
oga University is offering free community yoga classes on the deck at Cypress Cove, in Golden Gate Estates, in Naples, at 9 a.m., October 26, November 2, 9 and 16. Taught by skilled local teachers in a beautiful outdoor setting, participants can enjoy tea in the adjacent orchid garden after each session. In addition, Yoga University has revised prices for its two separate 200-hour Yoga Allianceapproved teacher training programs, including a six-weekend edition starting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 18 to 19 and 25 to 26, and the first of two week-long programs from December 15 to 22. The cost for either program is $3,000 with a student rate of $2,000, plus the cost of lodging and meals, as needed. Location: 2481 Golden Gate Blvd. E. For more information, to reserve a spot for free yoga sessions or to register for either training program, call 239-777-0186 or 239-592-0898, email YogaUniversity108@gmail.com or visit YogaUniversity108.com. natural awakenings
newsbriefs Silver Wave Acupuncture Opens in Bonita
nnaliese Klein, AP, LM, diplomate of Oriental medicine, has opened Silver Wave Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine Annaliese Klein & Massage Therapy in the Bernwood Courtyard Professional Center at 24850 Burnt Pine Drive, Suite 2, in Bonita Springs. To showcase her services, she is offering $15 community-style acupuncture treatments for new patients from 4 to 8 p.m., October 9, November 6 and December 11 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 12, November 9, and December 14. Klein claims that hers is the first clinic in the area that integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine with classical Chinese medicine treatment. Classical Chinese medicine represents a movement to reintegrate the principles of treatment that were lost during modernization in the 20th century when practice was streamlined for the clinical setting. The classical style embraces the complex origins of illness and emphasizes individualized compassionate care. Klein notes that patients can receive treatment in a warm and relaxed setting with family or friends, saying, “For those that have benefited from acupuncture in the past, it’s a good opportunity to get more information and decide if it’s a good fit for serving current healthcare needs.” For more information, call 239-9496002, email SilverWaveAcupuncture @gmail.com or visit SilverWave Acupuncture.com. See ad, page 28.
Streets Alive! Returns to Downtown Fort Myers
owntown Fort Myers will be transformed into a fitness learning fair with the return of Streets Alive! From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 2. Attendees can experience and learn about walking, biking, skating, jogging, yoga, dancing, healthy eating and more. Following a peopleâ€™s parade to launch the event, approximately two miles of city streets will be closed to automobile traffic to promote health and wellness, permitting attendees to visit all of the fitness-related merchant and vendor booths and play areas on the public streets.
For more information, call 239-489-2616, email KGooderham@comcast.org or visit StreetsAliveLee.org. See ad, page 35.
One-Woman Show with Dr. Pamela Gerali
r. Pamela Gerali, a spiritual teacher, humorist and author of Confessions of a Passionate Seeker: Bridging the Gap from Ego to Essence, will present her inspiring and amusing one-woman show, Confessions of a Spiritually Promiscuous Woman, at 7 p.m., October 24, at Unity of Naples. Pamela Gerali Gerali shares her spiritual journey by enacting her evolution from a fearful, timid teen who survives the rigors of a fundamental religion into an empowered woman who embraces and expresses divine essence. Her path toward wholeness is filled with amusing experiences and amazing encounters that Gerali conveys with energy and creativity through the portrayal of six characters. Her book is based on a transforming 40-day journaling and meditation experience. By sharing this exercise in radical honesty, she hopes others will be inspired to join her for a deep soul cleanse.
Tickets: $15. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 239-775-3009 or visit NaplesUnity.org. Also visit PamelaGerali.com. natural awakenings
newsbriefs New Therapist and Workshop at Eyes Wide Open
he Eyes Wide Open Center, in Bonita Springs, has added massage therapist Ali Gardella to the staff. She will offer therapeutic massage and Reiki by appointment during office hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and other times via special arrangement, as well as teach private and group yoga sessions. A certified yoga instructor and Reiki master, Gardella recently began a medical qigong practitioner program. She has assisted with yoga teacher trainings locally and abroad and developed a successful chair yoga class for seniors. The Center will host Taking Charge of Your Life, a relationship workshop, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 11. Co-presented by Florida Adlerian Society (FAS) Executive Director Timothy Evans, Ph.D., and FAS President Geri Carter, the workshop will focus on making wise choices and changing attitudes and behaviors to improve relationships, while encouraging others to do their part. Using the idea that the life stories of individuals provides clues to relationship difficulties, Carter and Evans will help participants understand the many elements that can interfere with successful relationships; provide advice about how to prevent changes, stress and conflicts from becoming serious; and discuss how to create positive situations by taking personal responsibility without controlling or trying to change others. Workshop fee: $89 if registered before Oct. 2. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 204. For more information, to register for workshop or to make an appointment, call 239-948-9444 or visit EyesWideOpenC.com.
Betsy’s Best Butters to Debut in October
he Betsy’s Best new line of gourmet and natural nut and seed butters will launch this month online, in all Florida Whole Foods Market locations, at the Shoppes at Vanderbilt and Oakes Farms farmers’ market in Naples. The peanut butter, sunflower seed butter and almond butter offerings, which contain natural, glutenfree and non-GMO ingredients, will be sold in jars, plus smaller Itsy Bitsy Betsy’s packs for on-the-go nourishment, available both individually and in 10-packs. Betsy Opyt, a Naples-based dietitian and personal trainer, created the line after her young daughter refused to eat any variety of peanut butter. She spent a year trying different recipes in her Vitamix before developing the line. Retail prices for jars: $12.99/almond butter, $10.99/sunflower seed, $9.99/ peanut butter. For more information, visit BetsysBest.com.
Celebrate ‘Ding’ Darling Silver Anniversary
he J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on Sanibel Island, is celebrating its silver anniversary with the annual “Ding” Days eco-festival from October 19 to 25. What began in 1989 as a one-day event will feature a week’s worth of free and discounted activities punctuated by the popular Sunday Family Fun Day kickoff. The facility will provide 25 ways to experience the refuge’s natural wonders, including the debut of the Discover Ding GPS-based game app, the first of its kind in the refuge system, with an unveiling at 11 a.m., October 19; a week-long “Ding” Things Silver Scavenger Hunt; free Silver Anniversary reusable tote bags filled with books and other goodies, while supplies last, on Sunday Family Fun Day; plus free clinics, demonstrations, presentations, paddles, birding and tram tours, nature walks, biking and hiking access, as well as artist showings and meet-and-greet sessions. The nonprofit Ding Darling Wildlife Society works to support a mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research and public education through charitable donations and refuge nature shop proceeds. Location: 1 Wildlife Dr. For more information or to make a donation, call 239-472-1100, email DingDarlingSociety@ gmail.com or visit DingDarlingSociety.org or DingDarlingDays.com.
Special Vegan Meal at The Skinny Pantry
n celebration of World Vegetarian Awareness Month, The Skinny Pantry, in Fort Myers, has arranged for local Chef Julie Butcher, of The Vegan Knife, to prepare and serve a three-course, glutenfree, vegan meal from 6 to 7:30 p.m., October 23. Diners will discover how tasty eating healthy can be. The Skinny Pantry provides solutions toward optimal health, including a food intolerance specialist and testing, cooking classes and seminars, grab-and-go meals and a certified health and nutritional counselor. Cost: $12.99. Location:14261 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 17, The Park Shops at Andrea Lane. Preregistration required at 239-9355093. For more information, email Terry@TheSkinnyPantry.com or visit TheVeganKnife.com or TheSkinnyPantry.com. See ad page 20. natural awakenings
A New Direction for Neti Pots
sed for centuries in Asian cultures to support nasal health and eliminate toxins from the nasal mucosa, neti pots have recently become popular in the Western world and are recognized for their value in preventing and relieving sinus infections. Typically, a mild solution of unrefined sea salt and purified or distilled water is poured from one nostril through the other to flush out unwanted mucus, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Herbalist Steven Frank, of Nature’s Rite, points to a powerful new paradigm that helps neti pot users deal even more effectively with infection: a regimen of aqueous, colloidal silver and soothing herbal and plant extracts. Frank recommends using the neti pot with a colloidal silver wash that is retained in the nostrils for several minutes. “Bacteria and fungus stick rather well to the nasal mucosa and few are flushed out with simple saline flushes,” he explains. “Most of these nasty pathogens adhere to the mucosa with what is called a biofilm. Within this slime layer, they are well protected and thrive in the warm moist sinuses, so a small saline bath once a day doesn’t bother them much. However, colloidal silver disables certain enzymes needed by anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungus, resulting in their destruction. And, unlike antibiotics, silver does not allow resistant ‘super bugs’ to develop.” He also suggests soothing the sinuses with restorative herbal decoctions. Calendula, plantain and aloe contain vital nutrients that soothe and heal, while Echinacea root and grapefruit seed extract offer antimicrobial benefits. Frank emphasizes the importance of using a neti pot safely and responsibly and warns against table salt, which can irritate nasal membranes, and tap water, which may contain contaminants. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit MyNaturesRite.com. See ad, page 53.
Lower Breast Cancer Risk by Eating Colorful Veggies
esearch published in the British Journal of Nutrition discovered that the risk of breast cancer decreases with increased consumption of specific dietary carotenoids, the pigments in some vegetables and fruits. The research was based on five years of tracking 1,122 women in Guangdong, China; half of them had been diagnosed with breast cancer and the other half were healthy. Dietary intake information was collected through face-to-face interviews. The women that consumed more beta-carotene in their diet showed a 46 percent lower risk of breast cancer, while those that consumed more alphacarotene had a 39 percent reduced incidence. The individuals that consumed more foods containing beta-cryptoxanthin had a 62 percent reduced risk; those with diets higher in luteins and zeaxanthins had a 51 percent reduction in breast cancer risk. The scientists found the protective element of increased carotenoid consumption more evident among premenopausal women and those exposed to secondhand smoke. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and dandelion greens top the list of sources rich in luteins and zeaxanthins, which also includes watercress, basil, parsley, arugula and peas. The highest levels of beta-carotene are found in sweet potatoes, grape leaves, carrots, kale, spinach, collard and other leafy greens. Carrots, red peppers, pumpkin, winter squash, green beans and leafy greens contain alpha-carotene. Red peppers, butternut squash, pumpkin persimmons and tangerines are high in beta-cryptoxanthin.
healthbriefs Water Fluoridation Gets Another Thumbs-Down
n extensive review of research from the UK’s University of Kent has concluded that fluoridation of municipal water supplies may be more harmful than helpful, because the reduction in dental cavities from fluoride is due primarily from its topical application instead of ingestion. Published in the Scientific World Journal earlier this year, the review, which covered 92 studies and scientific papers, concludes that early research showing a reduction of children’s tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation may have been flawed and hadn’t adequately measured the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption. The researchers note that total fluoride intake from most municipalities can significantly exceed the daily recommended intake of four milligrams per day, and that overconsumption is associated with cognitive impairment, thyroid issues, higher fracture risk, dental fluorosis (mottling of enamel) and enzyme disruption. The researchers also found clear evidence for increased risk of uterine and bladder cancers in areas where municipal water was fluoridated.
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Acupuncture Lowers Meth Withdrawal Symptoms
esearch from China published earlier this year in the journal Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion suggests that electroacupuncture and auricular acupunctureâ€” also called ear acupunctureâ€”can alleviate symptoms of withdrawal from methamphetamine addiction. For four weeks, 90 patients attempting to withdraw from methamphetamine use received either electro-acupuncture, ear acupuncture or no treatment. Compared with the no-treatment group, those given electro-acupuncture and ear acupuncture treatments showed significant reductions in anxiety, depression and withdrawal symptoms. Between the two acupuncture treatments, the electroacupuncture group did better during withdrawals than the auricular group.
healthbriefs Yoga PRACTICE PUMPS Up Detoxifying Antioxidants
ndian researchers recruited 64 physically fit males from the Indian Air Force Academy for a three-month study of yogaâ€™s effect on detoxification. For three months, 34 of the volunteers practiced hatha yoga with pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. The other 30 volunteers underwent physical training exercises. At the end of the study, blood tests found significantly higher levels of antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin E, among subjects in the yoga group. These participants also showed lower levels of oxidized glutathione and increased levels of two important antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase and glutathione reductase, all indicating better detoxification. Meanwhile, the exercise-only group showed no changes in these parameters.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating October 6 to 12 as Naturopathic Medicine Week.
Energy Efficiency Improves Family Health
esearch from Columbia, Marylandâ€™s National Center for Healthy Housing suggests that adding insulation and more efficient heating systems can significantly increase the health of household residents. The researchers studied 248 households in New York City, Boston and Chicago that underwent energy conservation improvements by trained energy efficiency professionals, including installing insulation and heating equipment and improving ventilation. After the improvements, subjects reported reductions in sinusitis (5 percent), hypertension (14 percent) and obesity (11 percent).
Although a 20 percent reduction in asthma medication use was reported, two measures of asthma severity worsened; the scientists called for further study of the asthma-related outcomes. A similar study from New Zealandâ€™s University of Otago examined 409 households that installed energy-efficient heating systems. Children in these homes experienced fewer illnesses, better sleep, better allergy and wheezing symptoms and fewer overall sick days. In examining 1,350 older homes where insulation was installed, the research also found improvements in health among family residents.
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States Move Against Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products This year, at least 33 states are taking steps to address the untested and toxic chemicals in everyday products. Many toys, clothes, bedding items and baby shampoos contain chemicals toxic to the brain and body. The federal 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act has become outdated, allowing untested chemicals and known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, heavy metals and other toxins to be ingredients in commonly used products. Wise new policies would change labeling and disclosure rules for manufacturers so that concerned consumers know what chemicals products contain and/or completely phase out the use of chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) in infant formula cans, food packaging and receipt paper; formaldehyde in children’s personal care products; chlorinated tris (hydroxymethylaminomethane) in toxic flame retardants and other consumer products; phthalates, lead and/or cadmium in children’s products; and mercury. View the entire report at Tinyurl.com/State-By-State-Action-List.
Clever Collaborations Renewables Gain Ground Worldwide
Excess heat from London subway tunnels and an electric substation will soon be funneled into British homes, slashing energy costs and lowering pollution, according to the Islington Council. Germany’s renewable energy industry has broken a solar power record, prompting utility company RWE to close fossil fuel power plants that are no longer competitive. RWE says 3.1 gigawatts of generating capacity, or 6 percent of its total capacity, will be taken offline as it shuts down some of its gas- and coalfired power stations. In China, wind power is leaving nuclear behind. Electricity output from China’s wind farms exceeded that from its nuclear plants for the first time in 2012 and out-produced it again last year, generating 135 terawatt-hours (1 million megawatts)—nearly enough to power New York state. While it takes about six years to build a nuclear plant, a wind farm can be completed in a matter of months. China also employs a recyclingfor-payment program in Beijing subway stations that accept plastic bottles as payment. Passengers receive credit ranging from the equivalent of five to 15 cents per bottle, which is applied toward rechargeable subway cards. In the U.S., a newly installed working prototype of a pioneering Solar Road project has raised more than than double its $1 million crowd-funding goal to seed the manufacturing process (Indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways). Watch a video at Tinyurl.com/ NewSolarRoadways. Primary Source: Earth Policy Institute natural awakenings
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Engineers Detail a Clean Energy Future
Stanford University researchers, led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson, have developed detailed plans for each U.S. state to attain 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using currently available technology. The plan, presented at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Chicago, also forms the basis for the Solutions Project nonprofit. “The greatest barriers to a conversion are neither technical nor economic. They are social and political,” the AAAS paper concludes. The proposal is to eliminate dirty and inefficient fossil fuel combustion as an energy source. All vehicles would be powered by electric batteries or by hydrogen produced by electrolysis, rather than natural gas. High-temperature industrial processes would also use electricity or hydrogen combustion. Transmission lines carrying energy between states or countries will prove one of the greatest challenges. With natural energy sources, electricity needs to be more mobile, so that when there’s no sun or wind, a city or country can import the energy it needs. The biggest problem is which companies should pay to build and maintain the lines. Source: SingularityHub.com
Coastal Caretaking Zoning Tropical Waters Like Land Resources
In the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, 24 scientists from Canada, the U.S., the UK, China, Australia, New Caledonia, Sweden and Kenya affirm that one-fifth of humanity lives within 60 miles of a tropical coastline, primarily in developing countries. They warn that growing populations and the increasing impact of climate change ensure that pressures on these coastal waters will only grow. Most locations are lacking in holistic, regional management approaches to balance the growing demands from fisheries, aquaculture, shipping, oil, gas and mineral extraction, energy production, residential development, tourism and conservation. Lead author Peter Sale, of the United Nations University’s Canadian-based Institute for Water, Environment and Health, states, “We zone land for development, farms, parks, industry and other human needs. We need a comparable degree of care and planning for coastal ocean waters. We subject [the sea], particularly along tropical shores, to levels of human activity as intense as those on land. The result is widespread overfishing, pollution and habitat degradation.” According to the paper, solutions must address a larger geographic scale over a longer period of time; focus on multiple issues (conservation, fisheries enhancement and land-based pollution); and originate from a local jurisdiction to gain traction with each community. View the paper at Tinyurl.com/ OceanZoning.
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With only about one-sixth of their original coral cover remaining, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of two main grazers in the region, according to the latest report, Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 19702012. It’s published by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the United Nations Environment Programme. The report—involving 90 experts and an analysis of 35,000plus surveys at 90 locations since 1970—included studies of corals, seaweeds, grazing sea urchins and fish. Climate change has long been thought to be the main culprit by making oceans more acidic and causing coral bleaching. Now, the loss of parrotfish and sea urchins is seen as the main factor; their demise has broken the delicate balance of coral ecosystems, allowing the algae upon which they feed to smother the reefs. Restoring positive populations, plus protection from overfishing and excessive coastal pollution, could help the reefs recover and make them more resilient to future climate change impacts.
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Expiration Labels Lead People to Toss Good Food Several countries are asking the European Commission to exempt some products like long-life produce from the mandatory “best before” date labels because they lead to food waste. According to a discussion paper issued by the Netherlands and Sweden and backed by Austria, Denmark, Germany and Luxembourg, many food products are still edible after the labeled date, but consumers throw them away because of safety concerns. The European Union annually discards about 89 million metric tons of edible food. In the U.S., food waste comprises the greatest volume of discards going into landfills after paper, reports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2012, this country generated 36 million tons of food waste, but only 3 percent of this waste stream was diverted from landfills. A 2013 report co-authored by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic proposes that producers and retailers take other steps to prevent the discarding of good food. Source: EnvironmentalLeader.com.
A Greener Future for National Parks National parks have an undeniable environmental impact on the very lands they seek to preserve. Yellowstone’s managers have been working on ambitious management goals to elevate it to be a world leader in environmental stewardship and become one of the greenest parks in the world by 2016. The Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative goals (against a 2003 baseline) are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent (50 percent by 2025); reduce both electricity and water consumption by 15 percent; reduce fossil fuel consumption by 18 percent; and divert all municipal solid waste from landfills. Source: Environmental News Network
New EPA Rules Proposed for Climate Change The White House plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030. Each state will have its own goal within the overall national pollution reduction effort, an attempt to be politically and practically flexible in its implementation. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy explains, “Each state’s goal is tailored to its own circumstances, and states have the flexibility to reach the goal in whatever ways work best for them.” States can renovate existing coal-fired plants with newer, cleaner burning technology; switch coal plants to natural gas, which produces much less carbon; and work to persuade residents to be more efficient in their use of electricity. States can also band together in cap-and-trade networks for emission reductions, in which companies buy and sell permits allowing them to produce a certain amount of carbon emissions. Clean producers can be sellers, dirtier producers buyers. The program represents an absolute reduction in U.S. carbon emissions of nearly one-third, rather than a simple slowing in the growth rate of emissions. Contrary industry groups, many Republicans and some coal-state Democrats oppose the proposal due to its anticipated costs and increased regulations. Source: The Christian Science Monitor natural awakenings
Methane Dangers May Be Three Times the Estimate Results of a meta-analysis of 20 years worth of scientific studies published in Science magazine conclude that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has underestimated the natural gas industry’s climate impact by 25 to 75 percent by not including methane leakage from fracking, gas drilling operations and pipelines. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher Gabrielle Petron voices concern with the discrepancies because, “Emission estimates, or ‘inventories’, are the primary tool that policy makers and regulators use to evaluate air quality and climate impacts.” For a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, researchers flew aircraft over a heavily fracked region in northeastern Colorado and concluded that emissions from drilling operations were nearly three times higher than an hourly emission estimate published by the EPA.
To win without risk is to triumph without glory. ~Pierre Corneille
It’s All About the Water March
he Stone Crab Alliance, Clean Water Initiative, Love the Everglades movement and Food and Water Watch are organizing an It’s All About the Water march to Governor Rick Scott’s beachfront mansion starting at 4 p.m., October 18, beginning at the Naples Pier. The intent is to shut down new Everglades oil drilling and fracking and urge Scott to address climate change and promote the use of solar energy in the sunshine state. Along with banners, signs and flags, participants are invited to bring their own “troubled waters” samples in containers and mark them with location and date to vividly show the variety of water problems we face from drilling, fracking, the BP oil spill, Lake Okeechobee water releases
and other factors. In the governor’s beachfront backyard, an oil derrick will be set up and troubled waters delivered, with presentations by speakers, plus live music, a water blessing from the Miccosukee Otter Clan and a closing candlelight vigil with wish lanterns. Last year, the march was organized to oppose the expansion of new Everglades oil drilling only 1,000 feet from homes. This year’s march is focused on saving Florida’s waters and the Everglades from new drilling, fracking and other problems. Starting point: west end of 12 Ave. S. For more information, see Stone Crab Alliance on Facebook or email DwyerKa@gmail.com.
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Enrich Garden Soil Naturally Homeowners with gardens have many natural, organic and sustainable options for mulching, which enriches soils with nutrients, helps retain moisture and controls weeds. In most regions, many types of trees can provide ingredients. In northern areas, ridding the yard of fall leaves yields a natural mulch. Apply ground-up leaves, especially from mineral-rich oak and hickory trees, so they biodegrade by growing season. OrganicLandCare.net suggests choosing from double-ground and composted brush and yard trimmings; hemlock, pine, fir and Canadian cedar; and ground recycled wood. Using a lawnmower with a high blade height or switching to a serrated-edged mulching blade can chop leaves into tiny fragments caught in an attached bag. The National Turfgrass Federation notes, “A regular mower may not shred and recirculate leaves as well as a mulching blade.” Shredded leaves also can filter through grass and stifle springtime dandelions and crabgrass, according to Michigan State University research studies. John Sibley, former chapter president of the Florida Native Plant Society (fnps.org) and owner of All Native Garden Center, Nursery and Landscapes, in Fort Myers, Florida, says that mulching during the summer and fall is particularly beneficial in southern areas. “It’ll decompose more due to heavy rains and intense humidity and provide more composition to help acidic sandy or clay soils retain nutrients,” he advises. “Applying it in winter will retain more moisture, which is helpful during the dry season.” Sibley suggests avoiding cypress-based mulch. “It’s endangered, a critical component of U.S. native habitat and can act like a sponge, keeping moisture from plants.” He recommends eucalyptus mulch because the tree is more prevalent, and malaleuca, an invasive exotic that can kill termites and won’t float in heavy rains. Also consider pine straw, which is plentiful in the South. Ground-up parts of many other plants can also provide natural mulch in their native regions. AudubonMagazine.org cites cottonseed hulls and peanut shells in the Deep South, cranberry vines on Cape Cod and in Wisconsin bogs, Midwest corncobs, and pecan shells in South Carolina.
Public Radio’s Steve Curwood Empowers Listeners to Aid Planet Earth by Randy Kambic
s creator, executive producer and host of Living on Earth, the weekly environmental news program broadcast since 1990, first distributed by National Public Radio and more recently by Public Radio International, Steve Curwood keeps millions of people informed on leading environmental topics. Broadcast on more than 250 public radio stations nationwide, the program has garnered a host of accolades, including three from the Society of Environmental Journalists and two Radio and Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow awards. In-depth interviews and onsite tapings bring subjects to life for listeners. Movers and shakers, innovators and grassroots organizers explain complex issues in understandable terms. Updates of previously aired segments sometime point to what has changed since a piece first aired. Here, Curwood reflects on his own key learnings.
What do you believe is the most important environmental challenge we currently face? Hands down, global warming and the associated disruption of Earth’s operating systems is the biggest risk that we run right now. If we continue to get this wrong—and right now we’re not getting it right—it’s going to destroy the ability of our civilization to proceed as it has been. Everything else operates within the envelope of the 32
environment. There’s no food, economy, family or anything else good if we don’t have a habitable planet.
As Living on Earth approaches its silver anniversary, what stands out to you as having changed the most over the years? One thing that is new and important is an understanding of the power of coal to disrupt the climate. Massachusetts Institute of Technology research shows that using natural gas energy has about three-quarters of the impact of coal over its lifetime, and work at other universities and government agencies supports that finding. Another way to put this is that coal shoots at the environment with four bullets while natural gas does it with three. It also raises serious questions about whether we should be making massive infrastructure changes to use natural gas when we already have that infrastructure for coal, and why we shouldn’t instead be moving to clean and renewable energy sources that don’t destroy the climate system.
Can you cite the single highest-impact segment enabling NPR to tangibly help forward changes benefiting the environment? I believe that in 1992 we were the first national news organization to do environmental profiles of presidential
candidates, prompting follow-up by ABC News, The Wall Street Journal and others. That signaled the greatest impact—that other news organizations felt it was important. A number of media picked up on the idea and started doing those kinds of profiles... not always, not everywhere, but frequently. Presidential candidates can now expect to be asked questions about their positions on the environment.
How much does listener feedback and interaction influence your selection of topics? When we launched the program, surveys showed that only 14 percent of the public cared about the question of global warming, which means 86 percent didn’t care, but we thought the story was important and stuck with it. People do care about their health, so we pay a lot of attention to environmental health stories, particularly eco-systems that support healthy living, from clean water to the vital roles of forests to the toxic risks we run from certain manmade chemicals. That’s really important to people, and listeners are quite vocal on such subjects. There’s a phrase, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” If we just relied on listeners to tell us what we should tell them, we wouldn’t be educating them. On the other hand, it’s equally important to cover what listeners are curious about, because they can also educate us. It’s a two-way street. Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer, editor and contributor to Natural Awakenings.
readersnapshot Who’s a Natural Awakenings reader? Meet Renee Bledsoe
Life’s mission: I support the raising of consciousness through true community. My mission is to bring forth awareness, education and programs that support the mass spiritual emergence that is taking place. Work: Since 2008, I have been the lead minister and founder of the Church of Spiritual Light, an all-faith spiritual community in Fort Myers. As an intuitive soul coach and mystery teacher, I offer education and programs which support and advocate for integrative energy medicine and a more holistic approach to all levels of health and well-being. I help individuals discover and activate their personal power. Proudest achievements: My two children and my magnum opus, Addiction Alchemy. For 10 years, I have been offering this project based on Native American medicine wheel teachings. I am grateful and proud of the Church of Spiritual Light community that emerged from this work. Expectations for the future: The three books that I have written to promote healing, enlightenment and education are in production and will be released and distributed over the next two years. I am also helping to develop a monthly Mind-Body-Spirit Expo and creating synergistic communities to raise the bar on human potential and assist people in connecting to their inner calling. Local causes supported: Church of Spiritual Light’s People Shine Project (PSP). This southwest Florida community service program promotes and facilitates holistic recovery and leading-edge self-care practices through affordable classes, groups and workshops, as well as private consultations. We are proponents for integrative and complementary medicine and have formed a community alliance that allows us to offer more than 50 monthly classes at a cost of $5 to $10 each. Favorite thing about Natural Awakenings: The unceasing support and coverage of information and events has helped to keep the Southwest Florida holistic community alive and well. Most frequented healthy food restaurant: Ada’s Natural Market Green Leaf Café, in Fort Myers. Favorite quote: “We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”––T.S. Eliot What are you doing to be the change you want to see in the world? Using my gifts as a spiritual guide, mentor, teacher and compassionate healer to assist others throughout their spiritual and soul’s emergence. 34
communityspotlight Rejuvenate, Rebalance and Reverse Pain with ReHealth Massage by lee Walker
arkus Bischof, owner origin of it is in an entirely of ReHealth Masdifferent place due to muscle sage, in Naples, has a imbalance. Treating the origin unique hobby: balancing. After of the pain is what is most benonly a few minutes of watcheficial to the client,” explains ing a personal video posted Bischof, who also specializes in on his company website, it’s therapy for low back pain. impossible not to develop Bischof cites a story of how a fascination with Bischof’s his understanding of muscular poise and stability, as well imbalances helped a client: “A as an admiration for his core female client entered my masstrength, coordination, posture sage room, and I immediately and balance. “A regular pracobserved that her head was tice of balancing exercises is tilted forward, which exerts a especially good for improving great deal of pressure on the posture, as well as overcoming upper back and neck. I reany muscle imbalances caused marked, ‘You must have pain Markus Bischof with client by repetitive activities, such as in your upper back and neck running,” says Bischof. area.’ She was surprised by my comment, but confirmed Bischof’s healthy physique and choice of present career that this was the reason she made the appointment. After the as a massage therapist, certified flexibility coach and permassage, I showed her some exercises that would strengthen sonal trainer are ironically the result of a serious car accident the muscles that hold the shoulders back, lift the rib cage and he experienced in 1994 while living in Switzerland. Bischof chest, and in general improve her posture. When I told her was a Swiss marathon runner and triathlete until his life was that if she practiced the exercises regularly the pain would altered by severe whiplash. He recalls, “Twenty years ago, it likely be gone in several weeks, she laughed and said that was difficult to find help for relieving my pain, which is why this was difficult to believe. Yet, within weeks of practicing I had to do research and read books on anatomy, physiology, the exercises, the pain disappeared, and she had noticeably muscle pain, trigger points and neurology in order to develop better posture that even her friends commented on.” Bischof my own healing plan of action.” particularly enjoys this type of teamwork with his clients. Bischof, who was a mechanical engineer at the time, “We worked together for 10 sessions and achieved optimal discovered that he was well suited to learning about the success because she did the exercises between massage sesstructure and mechanics of the human body. Intrigued with sions,” he remarks. what he learned, he embarked on a new career in the health Bischof’s self-care also benefits his clients. “I take a field of massage therapy and became certified in three styles one-hour break between massages. While this time is for me of massage: sports/deep tissue, relaxation and myofascial to renew and refresh, it allows me to give the client a full, release. Bischof has also been certified in numerous other one-hour massage and five to 10 minutes to rest on the table types of bodywork therapies: trigger point, neuromuscular, after I leave the room. They don’t have to rush off the table neurosomatic, soft tissue remodeling, muscle imbalance and and dress quickly in order for me to prepare the room for the active isolated stretching. He specializes in posturology (the next client. It’s also something that allows me to differentiate correction of postural imbalance). myself and the services I offer,” he notes. “My studies and experience with the technical underReHealth Massage is located at 2500 Airport Rd. S., Ste. 315, standing regarding how the entire muscular system works in the Courtland Plaza Office Bldg. For more information, call comprise one of the most important aspects of massage and 239-595-9116 or visit ReHealthMassage.com. See ad, page 10. bodywork. Frequently, when there is pain in one area, the
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healthyrestaurant Healthy Options Abound at Ada’s Green Leaf Café by Yvette Lynn
The future will either be green or not at all. ~Bob Brown
s recently as 2010, local residents and visitors to Southwest Florida found that remaining true to special diets, whether vegan, vegetarian, raw or Paleo, could be a challenge when dining out. Today, area restaurants such as Ada’s Green Leaf Café, located inside of Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers, make enjoying a meal out much easier for those with specific dining needs and preferences. From grass-fed beef burgers with lactose-free, cheddar or Swiss cheese and wild-caught salmon with vegan remoulade, to fresh organic salads, sandwiches, veggie burgers and handmade pizzas, Ada’s Green Leaf Café offers dine-in and carry-out breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Local produce is used whenever possible, and some gluten-free items are offered. The organic juice bar prepares organic vegetable and fruit juices and
smoothies, and a selection of wines adds more beverage options. The family-run health food market also offers a salad and olive bar with a full array of vegetables, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and prepared dressings, as well as market-prepared meals, such as the popular breakfast Powerbowls, made with a mix of organic fruits, granola, honey and acai. These can be enjoyed in the café. “Our self-service café is integrated with our in-store deli. This means that everything we serve in the café is made in-house,” says Winfield Lentz, executive chef and deli manager, who notes that the café received a four-star rating from Florida Weekly. Ada’s Natural Market. 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-939-9600 or visit AdasMarket.com and Facebook.com/ AdasNaturalMarket. See ad, page 26.
businessspotlight David Essel Enterprises Inspires Self-Empowerment by Lisa Marlene
avid Essel, owner of David Essel Enterprises, Inc., is a master life and relationship coach, an author and the host of David Essel Alive!, a weekly syndicated radio show heard on iHeart radio. For more than 30 years, Essel, who began his career in the health and fitness industry, has been helping individuals envision a better future and succeed in their personal lives, love and relationships, and David Essel spiritual pursuits. “I’ve helped thousands of people from around the world achieve their greatest goals in every area of life, from increasing their income to freeing themselves from addictions; from preparing for deep love to getting the body they’ve always wanted,” asserts Essel. “I’ve guided people through releasing long-held negative attitudes and aided them in overcoming deep depression and anxiety, and even emotional and sexual abuse. I’ve helped couples to recover from affairs and individuals to create a deep personal connection with God. “I teach individuals how to help people step into their own power and realize their greatest potential for success,” says Essel. “I want to change my life now” are seven words that always make him smile, especially when they are sincerely spoken by the individuals he coaches through one-onone consultations or that are inspired during any of his three monthly workshops—Love and Relationships, Change Your Life Now, and Financial Freedom Now—one-day intensives conducted at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa, in Estero. He also leads life coach training and certification workshops as part of Life Coach Universe, which he established in 1990. In the past, Essel has been a popular keynote speaker and master of ceremonies at numerous conferences, seminars and fundraising events hosted by others. In 2014, began conducting his own personal growth and motivational events as part of an expanded vision for the future of Life Coach Universe. Essel is the author of eight books, including Rock Star, Finding God’s Purpose for Your Life, and Slow Down: The Fastest Way to Get Everything You Want. He recently released his third personal growth novel, Angel on a Surfboard: Lessons About True Love From a Divine Messenger. Location: 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Ste. 234, Fort Myers. For more information, call 941-266-7676, email David@DavidEssel.com or visit DavidEssel.com. See ads, pages 25 and 47. natural awakenings
CITYSCAPES Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way by Christine MacDonald
oday, buzzwords like “sustainability” and “green building” dominate discussions on how to overcome the unhealthful effects of climate change, extreme local weather events and pervasive pollution. Now, a growing body of research indicates an unexpected upside of living greener; it not only makes us healthier, but happier, too. It’s all helping to spread the “green neighborhood” idea across the U.S., from pioneering metropolises like New York, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, to urban centers like Cincinnati, Detroit and Oakland, California.
A sustainable, or “eco”-city, generally runs on clean and renewable energy, reducing pollution and other ecological footprints, rather than on fossil fuels. Along with building entire eco40
cities, developers also are striving to replace hard-luck industrial pasts and turn problems such as depopulated urban cores into opportunities for fresh approaches. “We are having a major rethink about urban development,” says Rob Bennett, founding CEO of EcoDistricts (EcoDistricts.org), a Portland-based nonprofit skilled in developing protocols for establishing modern and sustainable city neighborhoods. The group has recently extended help to seven other cities, including Boston, Denver and Los Angeles, applying innovations to everything from streetscapes to stormwater infrastructure. “The failures of the old, decaying urban and suburban models are evident,” says Bennett. “We’re now learning how to do it well and create environmentally sustainable, peoplecentered districts.”
The concept of home is undergoing a radical makeover. From villages of “smallest houses” (usually no bigger than 350 square feet), to low-income urban housing complexes, people interested in smaller, more self-sufficient homes represent a fast-growing, increasingly influential segment of today’s housing market, according to experts such as Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House. Google reports that Internet searches for information on “tiny houses” has spiked recently. Economic freedom is one factor motivating many to radically downsize, according to Bloomberg News (Tinyurl. com/TinyHouseDemand). Cities nationwide have overhauled their building codes. Cincinnati, for example, has moved to the forefront of the eco-redevelopment trend with its emphasis on revamping instead of demolishing existing buildings. Private sector leaders are on board as well; a transition to buildings as sustainable ecosystems keeps gaining ground through certification programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the “living building” movement begun by Seattle’s Cascadia Green Building Council has gone international.
Walkability is “in” these days, along with bike paths, locavore shopping and dining and expansion of public destinations, all of which draw residents out to meet their neighbors. This “new urbanism” is evident in places like Albuquerque’s emerging Mesa del Sol community and Florida’s proposed Babcock Ranch solar-powered city. While public and private sectors are involved, residents are the catalysts for much of the current metamorphoses. Whether it’s a guerrilla gardener movement—volunteers turning vacant lots and other eyesores into flowering oases—creative bartering services or nanny shares, people-helping-people approaches are gaining momentum. The Public School, an adult education exchange that began in Los Angeles in 2007 and has since spread to a dozen cities worldwide, the Seattle Free School, the Free University of New
York City, and Washington, D.C.’s Knowledge Commons all have taken the do-it-yourself movement into the realm of adult education. The latter offers more than 180 courses a year, most as free classes offered by and for local residents encompassing all neighborhoods, with topics ranging from urban foraging and vegan cooking to the workings of the criminal justice system.
New York City residents taking an urban walking tour rated the experience better and more exciting when it included an urban garden.
Designing for better public health is a central tenet of sustainability, as well. Active Design Guidelines for promoting physical activity, which first gained traction in New York City before becoming a national trend, intend to get us moving. Banishing the core bank of elevators from central loca~ Charles Montgomery, tions, architects substiHappy City tute invitingly light and airy stairwells. Evolving cityscapes make it easier for commuters Upgraded Transportation to walk and bike. Tyson’s Corner, outside of WashWith America’s roads increasingly ington, D.C., has made sidewalk clogged with pollution-spewing veconstruction integral to the overhaul of hicles, urban planners in most larger its automobile-centric downtown area. U.S. cities are overseeing the expanMemphis recently added two lanes for sion of subway and light rail systems, bikes and pedestrians along Riverside revamped street car systems and even Drive overlooking the Mississippi River, ferry and water taxi services in some while Detroit’s HealthPark initiative has places. Meanwhile, electric vehicles many of the city’s public parks serving (EV) got a boost from four New England as sites for farm stands, mobile health states, plus Maryland, New York, Texas clinics and free exercise classes. and Oregon, which have joined California in building networks of EV charging Clean Energy stations, funding fleets of no- or lowemission government cars and making The ways we make and use energy are green options clearer for consumers. If currently being re-envisioned on both all goes as planned, the nine states eslarge and small scales. Solar cooperatimate that 3.3 million plug-in automotives have neighbors banding together biles could hit the streets by 2025. to purchase solar panels at wholesale Mass transit, biking and walking prices. Startup companies using comare often quicker and cheaper ways to puter algorithms map the solar producget around in densely populated urban tion potential of virtually every rooftop centers. Car sharing, bike taxis and onin the country. However, while solar line app-centric taxi services are popular panels and wind turbines are rapidly with increasingly car-free urban youth. becoming part of the new normal, they Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing program are only part of the energy revolution addresses affordability with a $5 annual just getting started. membership for low-income residents. In the past several years, microgrids One common denominator of the have proliferated at hospitals, military new urbanism is an amplification of bases and universities from Fort Bragg, what’s considered to be in the public in North Carolina, to the University of welfare. Through partnerships among California at San Diego. These electripublic and private sectors and comcal systems can operate in tandem with munity groups, organizations like utility companies or as self-sufficient EcoDistricts are developing ways to help electrical islands that protect against communities in the aftermath of natural power outages and increase energy effidisasters like hurricanes and tornadoes, ciency, sometimes even generating revseasonal flooding and water shortages. enue by selling unused electricity to the Coastal cities, for example, are grappling grid. While still costly and complicated with ways to safeguard public transit and to install, “Those barriers are likely to other vulnerable infrastructure. fall as more companies, communities natural awakenings
The benefits of urban agriculture are not limited to the provision of food, with many advocates citing community empowerment, environmental justice, public health, and education and training as primary goals. ~ Columbia University and institutions adopt microgrids,” says Ryan Franks, technical program manager with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
What started with a few farmers’ markets feeding urban foodies has given way to a growing local food movement that’s beginning to also reach into lowincome neighborhoods through mobile markets, a kind of farmers’ market on wheels, and an explosion of urban gardens and city farms. Ohio City Farm (OhioCity.org) grows food for in-need residents on six acres overlooking the Cleveland skyline. In Greenville, South Carolina, the Judson Community Garden is one of more than 100 gardens in the downtown area, notes Andrew Ratchford, who helped establish it in a neighborhood four miles from the nearest supermarket. Giving residents an alternative to unhealthy convenience store fare is just one of the garden’s benefits, Ratchford says. “We’re seeing neighbors reestablish that relationship just by gardening together.”
While cities nationwide have long been working to augment their recycling and find more markets for residents’ castoffs, many are becoming more sophisticated in repurposing what was formerly considered trash. Reclaimed wood flooring in new homes and urban compost-sharing services are just two examples characterizing the evolution in how we dispose of and even think about waste. We may still be far from a world in which waste equals food, as described by environmental innovators William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their groundbreaking book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Nevertheless, 42
projects certified as cradle-to-cradle are cutting manufacturing costs and reducing pollution. For example, carpet maker Shaw Industries Group, in Dalton, Georgia, reports savings of $2.5 million in water and energy costs since 2012, when it improved energy efficiency and began using more renewable material in its carpet tiles. Shaw is spending $17 million this year to expand its recycling program. Stormwater runoff is a pervasive issue facing older cities. Many are now taking a green approach to supplementing—if not totally supplanting —oldfashioned underground sewage systems. Along with creating new parks and public spaces, current public spaces are often reconfigured and required to do more. Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Portland, among others, are instituting carefully planned and built green spaces to soak up rainwater and cut down on runoff into sewer drains—taking motor oil and other pollutants with it. Using revamped sidewalk, parking lot and roof designs, plus rain gardens designed to filter rainwater back into the ground, municipalities are even successfully reducing the need for costly underground sewer system overhauls. The proliferation of rooftop gardens in places including Chicago, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C., and new green roof incentives in many cities nationwide further exemplify how what’s considered livable space is expanding. Altogether, eco-cities’ new green infrastructure is saving cities billions of dollars and improving the quality of life for residents by adding and enhancing public parklands and open spaces, a happy benefit for everyone. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit ChristineMacDonald.info.
HAPPINESS GOES VIRAL by Christine MacDonald Since the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan first came up with the idea of ditching standard measures of prosperity for a more inclusive Gross National Happiness (GNH) about a decade ago (GrossNationalHappiness.com), it has spread around the world. After gaining a U.S. foothold in Seattle, dozens of American cities and institutions have adopted the central tenets—the idea that the time has come to rethink our concept of well-being. Today, the nonprofit Happiness Alliance (HappyCounts.org) supports grassroots activists that are challenging the idea that economic activity always leads to happiness and is pioneering new ways to think about and measure life satisfaction, resilience and sustainability. GNH proponents from around the country came together in Vermont last May for their fifth North American conference. Alliance Executive Director Laura Musikanski says that more than 50,000 people and 100 municipalities, college campuses and businesses have been using the GNH Index, developed to more accurately gauge a community’s happiness, and the group expects to see even more growth as its expanding website tools allow more people to connect online. “Economic success in terms of money only correlates with happiness up to a certain point,” she remarks. “After you meet your basic needs, the biggest things determining your happiness are community and feeling that you can trust the people around you and the democratic process.” While faith may be in short supply when it comes to community and politics today, Musikanski thinks there’s cause for optimism, because happiness is a core value in this country. “We believe in the Declaration of Independence and ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ These are truly American values.”
The Sun’s Electrifying Future Solar Power is a Worldwide Eco-Goldmine by linda Sechrist
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” ~ Thomas Alva Edison in 1931
Humankind has sought for centuries to harness the sun because the cumulative energy of 15 minutes of its rays shining on Earth could power the world for a year. Following the invention of the solar collector in 1767, a slow, yet steady evolution of other breakthroughs in the quest have included the photo-
voltaic (PV) effect, observed in 1839, invention of the first solar cell in 1954 and a solar-powered communications satellite in 1958. Solar summits in 1973 and 1977 led to the inception of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act signed
by then-President Jimmy Carter. Making the most of the “alchemy of sunlight” that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin writes about in The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, has required a global village of inventors, visionaries, scientists and engineers. Pioneering companies have produced technological advancements and reduced manufacturing costs that expand the sun’s services to the world. Today, thanks to solar power, many of the remotest villages in developing countries have electricity. “Without solar photovoltaics on satellites and those powering the uplink transmitters, downlink receivers and associated equipment on the ground, the isolated residents of developing Neville Williams countries can’t join the modern world,” explains Naples resident Neville Williams, author of the recently released book, Sun Power: How the Energy from the Sun is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet. As founder of the guerilla nonprofit Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF.org), Williams led the charge for electrifying households in 12 developing countries for 17 years, beginning in 1990, using
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The U.S. currently has an operating capacity of 13,000-plus megawatts of cumulative solar electricity—enough to power more than 2.2 million average American homes. As the industry grows, so does its impact. The Solar Foundation’s Solar Job Census 2013
reported nearly 143,000 solar workers in the U.S.—a 20 percent increase over 2012—at 6,100 businesses in 7,800 locations encompassing every state. According to Yergin and Williams, the increasing value of nationwide solar installations has “electrified” the U.S. economy. In 2013, domestic solar electric installations were valued at $13.7 billion, compared to $11.5 billion in 2012 and $8.6 billion in 2011. The top 10 states for annual additions of photovoltaic capacity in residential and commercial applications are California, Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado, New York and New Mexico. Currently, there are more than 550 major solar projects underway nationally. Under the Obama administration, 16 of these have been permitted on federal lands and will provide 6,058 megawatts of generating capacity. The two experts expect solar energy to be a major catalyst of global political and economic change. Williams contends that now is the time to fully access
this cheapest form of unlimited energy. “If millions of poor families in developing countries can get their electricity from the sun, why can’t Americans do the same?” he queries. In a 2002 National Public Radio Planet Money podcast, Yergin, president of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, in Massachusetts, addressed the concerns of everyone that sees the common sense of relying on solar energy. “Technology will be central to solutions for our energy challenges,” he says. “What needs to be done is very, very large, as are the risks and challenges. What we have going for us is the greatest resource of all—human creativity—and for the first time in history, we are going to see it employed on a global scale.” To learn more, visit SunPowerBook. com and DanielYergin.com. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for Neville Williams’ recorded interview.
Solar Blocks by Neville Williams
conomics, rather than technological concerns, are now driving the adoption of clean, safe, solar electricity to preserve the environment. During this transition to a new energy paradigm, we can choose to embrace the solar imperative now, rather than later, and prepare for a post-carbon lifestyle without sacrificing our present quality of life. Many hurdles have been overcome in the shift away from fossil fuels during the past two decades. Challenges still exist, but the hope is that we are on our way toward a brighter future with solar electricity made universally available. n The cost of solar photovoltaics has dropped 75 percent in the past four years, thanks to China. n Solar electricity is now the least expensive energy source in many markets,
overcoming for the first time the economic argument that it’s too expensive. n Innovative partnerships like that formed by green energy provider Viridian with large, full-service solar provider SolarCity lease solar panels to homeowners and businesses that significantly reduce upfront costs. Installation costs, which once averaged more than $20,000, can now amount to just hundreds of dollars.
storage, which allows the use of sun power at night, well-financed new “smart grid” technologies are rapidly emerging.
n Solar is disrupting the century-old central power generation model, and the challenge is to get the utility industry to change and adopt distributed solar. Utility companies that previously ignored solar energy now fear it might threaten their bottom line if they don’t get with the program.
n The impending showdown will be between corporate power and people power, comprised of homeowners and businesses producing their own electricity. The politics of energy is central to our national future. The question is, Can we change?
n While the next big obstacle is energy
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Live Your True Self
Four Tools Guide Us on Our Life Journey by linda Sechrist
nowing yourdigm’s new reality. self not just as “Thousands of individa mind and a uals who are helping body, but as an eternal to usher in this new vibration of the higher energetic worldview self, is the emphasis of relate to their mind as a new cultural model only one dimension described by Fort of who they are, not Myers resident Indira all of who they are,” Dyal-Dominguez in says the resident of YOU: A Spiritual BeSouthwest Florida. ing on a Spiritual Journey: A New Paradigm What makes this a for Living Life. new way of thinking? Indira Dyal-Dominguez Although worldIn our current paraview shifts typically digm, the limited and occur without a user manual, this paralimiting human mind as the dominant digm of “spiritual beings on a spiritual driver shapes our lives, drives our acjourney” does come with a clear expla- tions and prohibits us from activating nation of the methods and four tools— our true energetic essence as the self. Connect, Listen, Trust and Act—DyalAs a spiritual being on spiritual journey, Dominguez has used to communicate you open up to a new dimension that is at will with the higher self. These have not limited to your physical form. been developed over 15 years of living from the spirit within while developing How do we use your four tools? and sharing programs that guide others Connect. The initiating step of seeing our to connect with the true self. real self as an eternal energetic force of Natural Awakenings spoke with higher consciousness activates our alignDyal-Dominguez, who describes one of ment with the universal vibrational force the most significant aspects of this para- of all creation. This energy frequency
...when one piece of our life changes or moves forward, it shifts the entire energy and relationship with everything else, allowing for a new relationship and a new result. becomes real and available to us. Listen. By learning to distinguish between the mind’s busyness and intuited messages of our true self, we come to more consistently align our actions with our highest being. As a result, we naturally walk a path of honoring both our highest self and others. Trust. The inner guidance we discern often defies logic, but we begin to trust that it knows best. The beauty is that because everything is in relationship with everything else, when one piece of our life changes or moves forward, it shifts the entire energy and relationship with everything else, allowing for a new relationship and a new result. Such trust goes deep, activating our inner knowing of who we are; not from the basis of a thought or concept, but as our new reality. We are listening to and heeding our most authentic self. Act. Be aware that when we honor our higher self, transcending the human mind’s control, the ego will fight for its survival. It may argue for doing something else or not doing it fully or create circumstances that make it tough to act from an authentic place. Now, we can release such mind suggestions and choose what supports our true journey. A regular practice with these tools helps you develop the ability to distinguish the mind as a useful tool, rather than the director of your life. The reward for connecting to self for answers that are unique to the unfolding of your soul’s journey is a satisfying and fulfilling purpose-driven life that you are here to fulfill.
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TRICK & TREAT Host a Halloween that’s Natural, Healthy and Cost-Conscious by Avery Mack
Slipping masks, sagging costumes and sugar hits can all contribute to cranky kids at Halloween. Healthier, greener and safer options will up the ongoing fun factor.
Hooray! Princesses and superheroes are more popular than witches and devils these days. With encouragement from parents, kids can enjoy a greener Halloween with tiaras, wands and capes made from recycled cardboard and hobby shop items. Thrift stores offer up hats and jewelry for added bling. The Internet overflows with inspiration. Also, many public libraries host costume swaps this month; find other swap locations at Tinyurl.com/CostumeSwaps.
Consider inexpensive temporary hair coloring instead of wigs. Mix three packets of sugar-free drink mix or one box of sugar-free gelatin dessert mix (because sugar makes hair sticky), a few drops of both water and a conditioner into a paste. Apply cocoa butter at the hairline to prevent color from running down the face. Use a paintbrush to apply it to the hair, topped 48
by a shower cap for a steeping period of as long as youthful patience allows before shampooing. Homemade face paint is a fun and healthy alternative to sweaty masks. (Commercial face paint can contain lead and other undesirables.) A moisturizer with sunscreen, unscented lotion or cocoa butter acts as the base. “UVA/ UVB rays are present year-round,” says Dermatologist Michael Taylor, in Portland, Maine. “Use zinc- or titaniumbased products, free from fragrance, para-aminobenzoic acid, parabens, bisphenol A, phthalates and other harmful ingredients.” Natural food coloring, spices or other pantry items provide colorants. Turmeric makes a bright yellow; raspberry, blackberry or beet juice yields pink or red; mashed avocado and spirulina show up green; blueberry juice is naturally purple; and cocoa powder makes a great brown, according to Greenne.com.
For the youngest treaters, hold an afternoon party with games and an outdoor wildlife/leaf hunt. “Plan a scavenger hunt or arrange stuffed toys to be knocked over with balls,” suggests Pamela Layton McMurtry, author of A Harvest and Halloween Handbook, and mother of seven in Kaysville, Utah. “Older kids will love a block party. Solar twinkle lights can mark the perimeters. Plan for a potluck and emphasize healthy choices. Games with prizes like wooden toys, juices, raisins or glutenfree crispy rice cakes take the focus off of candy. Tweens like progressive parties: appetizers at one house, dessert at another and music or scary movies at a third.” “Disguise healthy snacks as scary, gross foods,” suggests Rosie Pope, a parenting style leader and former reality TV personality in Ridgewood, New Jersey. “Homemade grape or orange juice popsicles with a small gummy worm inside are popular.” Pope likes to decorate cucumber and apple slices with raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries and pretzels adhered with organic peanut butter to mimic crawly creatures. Black spaghetti colored with squid ink can simulate boiled witch’s hair. Spinach linguini masquerades as swamp grass. Look for gluten-free varieties. Prepare peeled grapes for green eyeballs. “Cover party tables with a patchwork of fabric remnants,” advises McMurtry. She also suggests a DIY taco area or cat-and-scarecrow-shaped pizzas. Use sliced olive or cherry tomato eyes, shredded cheese hair and a red pepper smile. Prepare a cheesy fondue with whole-grain bread. Individually wrapped popcorn balls studded with bits of fruit can be great take-home desserts for guests.
Harvest Décor In addition to the usual farmers’ market gourds, Indian corn and pumpkins, “Oranges, tangerines and apples covered with cloth and tied with orange or black yarn or ribbon hung as miniature ghosts in the kitchen and doorways add a spooky touch,” adds Pope. “After the holiday, the fruit returns to the table as a snack.” Pope’s children also like to
Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@ mindspring.com.
More EcoTreat Tips 4 Keep kids’ hair dry after applying temporary coloring to keep ingredients from running. 4 Mix cornstarch and beet juice to make “blood”. 4 Post a door notice that this family is giving out healthy snacks. Search out organic, fair trade, GMO-, gluten-, nut- and sugar-free treats in recyclable packaging (or no packaging at all). Avoid artificial preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. 4 After gutting the pumpkin, roast the seeds for a snack and purée the pumpkin to add fiber and flavor to recipes. 4 Post-Halloween, compost the jack-o’-lanterns and gourds and add any corn stalks to foliage recycling. Find more tips at Tinyurl.com/ Eco-Halloween. Contributing sources: Green Halloween.org, SafeCosmetics.org
A Terrifyingly Healthy Halloween!
ids can make individual pizzas starting with pre-baked crusts, bagels or English muffins. Choose whole wheat or gluten-free as desired. Smaller sizes allow for portion control. Add toppings and cheeses, regular or vegan, pop in the oven and serve. Want fun shapes like a Halloween cat or scarecrow? Make an organic crust with a recipe from RealFood GirlUnmodified.com/fail-proof-organicpizza-dough, or try a whole-wheat version like one found at EatingWell. com/recipes/whole_wheat_pizza_ dough.html (using whole wheat and organic, unbleached all-purpose flour and a natural granulated sugar).
Kid-Friendly Pizzas Yields 8 servings 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided 8 bagels evenly split, English muffins or prepared pizza rounds 1 garlic clove, peeled and split lengthwise 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated 1 cup organic pizza or marinara sauce One protein, such as lean ground beef or soy crumbles (browned and drained); sliced vegetarian pepperoni; turkey or vegetarian bacon (fried, drained and broken into pieces); or peeled and deveined shrimp, cut into bite-sized pieces Red, yellow or green bell peppers, onions, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, sliced or diced black or green olives, drained pineapple bits, garlic cloves, drained and roasted 1 to 11/2 cups shredded mozzarella or vegan mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly oil two cookie sheets and set aside. Open and arrange bagels or muffins on the sheets. If using prepared pizza rounds, place on sheets whole. Rub each piece of bread lightly with cut garlic. Brush each round with olive oil. Bake for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove to stove top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to oven for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove, spread with sauce. Raise the oven heat to 375° F. Begin with the proteins, then layer the
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draw Halloween murals on windows using water-based markers. Traditional tricks and treats are easily improved upon with mindful shopping and imagination. The calorie counts are lower, environmental impacts are lighter and the feel-good fun factor soars.
vegetables and special ingredients and top with a layer of cheese. Return the rounds to the hot oven and bake until the cheese melts. Cool slightly and serve.
French Bread Pizza Dough 2 Tbsp active dry yeast 2 cups very warm water 2 Tbsp natural granulated sugar 3 cups organic unbleached all-purpose or bread flour, divided 2-to-1 2 tsp salt 2 Tbsp olive oil 3 cups whole wheat flour, divided 2-to-1 Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly grease baking pans. Dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Stir gently, let yeast rise until frothy foam covers surface. Mix dough by hand with a dough hook or using an electric mixer. Add 2 cups all-purpose flour, salt and olive oil and mix well. Add 2 cups whole wheat flour (grind just before using for maximum nutrition). Gradually add the additional flour until a smooth dough forms. Depending on altitude and humidity, more or less may be needed. Mix until dough is smooth. Remove to flour-dusted bread board. Shape and roll out to about ½-inch thick, top with marinara sauce, cheese and desired toppings. Bake at 400° F for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden around the edges. Source: Recipes courtesy of Pamela Layton McMurtry
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APPLES It’s a Top-Ranked Superstar Fruit by Tania melkonian
utrient density—an acknowledged characteristic of apples— is considered the most significant qualification for a superfood. “It’s one of the healthiest foods,” advises Case Adams, from Morro Bay, California, a naturopathic doctor with a Ph.D. in natural health sciences. Apples’ antioxidant power alone could elevate it to status as a superior superfood. Eating apples could help ward off America’s most pressing yet preventable, chronic illnesses, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cites as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Morwenna Given, a medical herbalist and Canadian member of the American Herbalists Guild, from Toronto, explains why and shares an analogy, “The normal metabolic processes of oxidation produce reactive oxygen species (free radicals) with unpaired electrons that hunt and steal partner electrons from the body’s cells. Imagine an electrical
plug wherein the grounding wire has been eliminated or compromised. There is nothing to prevent a surge or fire.” This is comparable to what happens to a body impacted by a poor diet, lack of exercise, stress and illness; its healthy grounding is compromised. When the overall damage to cell structure overwhelms the body’s innate antioxidation defenses, conditions are ripe for disease and accelerated aging. Foods high in antioxidants, like the apple, help to neutralize the damage and heal bodily tissues. Flavonoids—like the quercetin just beneath the peel—are another of the apple’s powerful nutrient partners, notes Adams in his book, The Ancestors Diet. So, even when making
applesauce, including the peel is vital. With the exception of vitamin C, all other nutrient compounds remain intact when the fruit is cooked. Subtle differences in polyphenol levels exist among apple varieties, according to Linus Pauling Institute testing. Polyphenol compounds ultimately activate the fruit’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Northern spy, Fuji and especially red delicious varieties are the richest in antioxidants; empire and golden delicious harbor relatively low levels. “Some older varieties that had lost popularity with large-scale commercial farmers are now being grafted again, thanks to a return to organic practices,” remarks Meredith Hayes, schools and student nutrition senior manager at FoodShare, a leading North American food security organization. Note that conventionally grown apples top the Environmental Working Group’s list of 48 fruits and vegetables tested for pesticide residue (ewg.org/ foodnews/list.php). That’s yet another sound reason, along with better taste and nutrition, to go organic.
“The purpose of any seed is to replicate the species,” explains Given. “The pulp around the seed protects and feeds the seed until it’s burrowed into the soil and germinates. Older species evolved to be protective of their seeds to survive against pests and other insults. Commercially grown produce, however, has generally bred out the secondary metabolites that house so many of a plant’s nutrients.” It helps to know that imperfectlooking food has potentially synthesized more sugars and nutrients in response to stress in order to survive, making blem-
ishes or irregular shapes more appealing as consumers discover the core value of non-homogenized fruit. In 2012, Hayes worked with Tom O’Neill, general manager of Canada’s Norfolk Fruit Growers Association, to repackage smaller “unacceptable” apples into an ideal bag weight and size for a second-grader to carry and share in school meal and snack programs. Previously, these “too-small” apples were being tilled back into soil or sold in Europe because there was no market for them here,” says Hayes. “So, we looked for ways to honor imperfect fruit.” Other beneficial movements against food waste that are also making produce more affordable include France’s Intermarché supermarket’s popular inglorious fruits and vegetables campaign, with the tagline, “As good, but 30 percent cheaper,” and Portugal’s ugly fruit program. Such initiatives are raising happy awareness of so-called imperfect, and often organically grown, food. By recognizing and appreciating the apple during this season’s harvest, we honor its versatility, affordability, broad availability and culinary flexibility. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator in Southwest Florida. Connect at EATomology.com.
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Similarly, a chiropractic adjustment removes obstructions and opens acupuncture meridians to facilitate quick healing, “sometimes even immediately,” says Campbell. “Instead of having the needles in for 20 to 30 minutes, I can actually use a microcurrent device to access the meridians in the ears or on the hands and get the same results in five to 10 seconds.” He notes that relief can be both fast and permanent because the healing energy currents are able to circulate freely throughout the body.
Combining Chiropractic and Acupuncture Energizes Health by Kathleen Barnes
hiropractic manipulation of the spine has long been a remedy for structural malfunctions such as aching backs and recurring headaches. Today, chiropractors are also treating neck pain from stress, plus tight shoulders and numb fingers from long hours of computer use. An increasing number of them are now incorporating acupuncture into their arsenal against disorders once treated by chiropractic alone, with great success. “What if you had a nail in your
foot? You can do anything to try to heal it, but until you pull the nail out of your foot, you’ll still have a recurring problem,” explains Dr. James Campbell, owner of Campbell Chiropractic Center, in East Brunswick, New Jersey, a certified diplomate and incoming president of the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture (ABCA). “Like removing the nail, chiropractic removes the mechanical problem and opens the way for acupuncture to stimulate healing,”
Combining the two modalities has been practiced for more than 40 years, although awareness of the enhanced effectiveness of doing so has been primarily realized in the eastern half of the U.S. The dual therapy is the brainchild of the late Dr. Richard Yennie, who initially became a Kansas City chiropractor after acupuncture healed a back injury shortly after World War II. An acupuncturist smuggled prohibited needles into Yennie’s Japanese hospital room in the sleeve of his kimono for treatments that ended with Yennie’s hospital discharge marked, “GOK,” meaning in the doctor’s opinion, “God only knows” how the intense back pain was healed. While Yennie went on to teach judo and establish five judo-karate schools, his greatest achievement was bringing the two sciences together in the U.S. He founded both the Acupuncture Society of America and the ABCA, affiliated with the American Chiropractic Association. Certification as a diplomate requires 2,300 hours of training in the combined modalities.
October is National Chiropractic Health Month Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is October 24
Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Kleker, of Aspen Wellness Center, in Fort Collins, Colorado, is also a state-licensed acupuncturist. “I can tailor treatments to whatever the individual needs,” he says. For patients experiencing pain after spinal fusion surgery, with no possibility of any movement in their spine, Kleker finds that acupuncture helps manage the pain. “We can commonly get the person out of the chronic pain loop,” he says. He also finds the combination helpful in treating chronic migraines, tennis elbow and other chronic pain conditions. “When I started my practice in 1981, few chiropractors knew anything about acupuncture, let alone used it. Now there are more and more of us,” observes Kleker. Both Kleker and Campbell are seeing increasing numbers of patients with problems related to high use of technology, facilitating greater challenges for chiropractors and new ways that adding acupuncture can be valuable. Notebook computers and iPads
have both upsides and downsides, Campbell remarks. Users can find relief from repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome by utilizing portable devices. However, he is treating more patients for vertigo due to looking down at screens or neck pain from lying in bed looking up while using the devices. “Blackberry thumb”, which refers to pain caused by texting, responds especially well to a combination of chiropractic manipulation of the thumb to free up the joint and microcurrent or acupuncture needles to enhance energy flow in the area,” advises Campbell. Prevention is the best cure for these problems, says Kleker. He routinely informs patients about proper ergonomic positions for using traditional computers and mobile devices. He also suggests exercises to minimize or eliminate the structural challenges that accompany actively leveraging today’s technological world. In addition to chiropractors that are increasingly adding acupuncture
to their own credentials, an increasing number of chiropractors have added acupuncturists to their practices. Therapy combining chiropractic and acupuncture has yet to be widely researched, but one study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2012 reports the results of two acupuncture treatments followed by three chiropractic/acupuncture treatments for a women suffering from long-term migraine headaches. The migraines disappeared and had not returned a year later. Other studies show the combination therapy offers significant improvements in neck pain and tennis elbow. Campbell relates a story of the power of chiropractic combined with acupuncture, when his young son that was able to walk only with great difficulty received a two-minute treatment from Yennie. Afterward, “My son got up and ran down the hall,” he recalls. Locate a certified practitioner at AmericanBoardOfChiropracticAcupuncture. org/about-us/find-a-diplomate. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
The New Face of Chiropractic Medicine by linda Sechrist
ccording to Dr. Mark Hyman, a nationally recognized functional medicine physician and New York Times bestselling author, it was noted in the World Economic Forum 2015 global economic update that the single biggest threat to worldwide economic development is chronic disease. “Lessons [allopathic] doctors learn in medical school training have very little to do with how to prevent and treat chronic illness. We are in crisis point for the first time in medicine and are recognizing that the old paradigm doesn’t work anymore,” remarks Hyman. Fortunately, chiropractic medicine has evolved outside the conventional medicine model. In 1896, when Daniel David Palmer founded the Palmer School of Chiropractic, prevention, wellness and a profound respect for the human body’s ability to heal itself without the use of surgery or medication became the foundation of study for chiropractic physicians. These pioneers in the field of non-invasive care promote science-based approaches to a variety of ailments following a philosophy of natural and conservative methods of treatment that include spinal manipulation, herbal and vitamin supplements, proper nutrition and exercise. Chiropractors devote careful attention to the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine and how that affects the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. They believe that when these systems are functioning optimally, health is restored and preserved. In a survey regarding the quality of nutritional counseling among chiropractors practicing in the state of New York, published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine in 2007, 80 percent of the responding chiropractors reported using some form of nutritional counseling and dietary changes proven to reduce inflammation with patients
suffering from inflammatory conditions and autoimmune disorders. Chiropractic physician Gary Gendron, owner of Nutrition Specialists of Florida, in Bonita Springs, chose the chiropractic profession because of its Gary Gendron approach to treating the root cause of health challenges by eliminating interference in the nervous system. “A spinal adjustment relieves the pressure on the nerve, allowing the impulses to travel through without impingement. Think of a vertebra pinching a nerve as you would a light controlled by a dimmer switch turned to low. To get more light, adjust the switch so that the bulb receives more electricity,” explains Gendron, who is also a certified clinical nutritionist and diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. Chiropractors now mirror a national trend toward returning to the classroom for diplomate certification and master’s degrees, according to Robert E. Dubro, DC, president of the American Board of Chiropractic Specialties and past president of the Occupational Health Council. “After graduating from chiropractic college, you have the basic skill set to treat patients presenting with average, everyday complaints and injuries,” he explains. “In general, you do not yet have the expertise to treat highly chronic illnesses and injuries or specific, complex occupational, sports or traumatic injuries. Specialty training is an important path to that kind of expertise.” The path to postdoctoral chiropractic specialization as a diplomate requires
some 300 to 400 hours of advanced study in a specific concentration, concluding with rigorous written, oral or practical board examinations. Diplomate training is usually offered through chiropractic colleges or associations. Between all of the nine councils of the American Chiropractic Association, 10 different diplomate specializations are offered: pediatrics, physiological therapeutics and rehabilitation, acupuncture, diagnosis and internal disorders, diagnostic imaging (radiology), neurology, nutrition, occupational health, sports physician and orthopedics. Dr. Robert Gilliland’s quest for postgraduate specialty training led him to enroll in classes and workshops in nutrition, neurology Robert Gilliland and functional endocrinology offered through the Carrick Institute for graduate studies. The owner of Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, in Bonita Springs, chose this latest evolution in integrative medicine to help improve his patients’ health. “Functional medicine requires consideration of the human body as a finely orchestrated network of interconnected systems, rather than viewing it as autonomous individual systems,” says Gilliland, who is board certified in integrative medicine with a focus on thyroid management. “Traditional spinal manipulation is no longer ‘the’ answer,” Gilliland says of why chiropractors are enrolling in advanced studies. “Factors such as the overload of toxins in food and drinking water and those that contribute to poor indoor and outdoor air quality, along with the poor standard American diet,
significantly interfere with the ability of our cells to accept nutrition and produce energy,” he explains. “The whole point of chiropractic is to enable the brain to communicate with the cells, which in the case of many patients, can’t be optimized because the toxic environment inside the body has to be dealt with first.” Chiropractors are more likely to suggest integrating into their treatment plans other natural therapies such as acupuncture; massage therapy or bodywork; energy work; Network Spinal Analysis, an approach developed by Dr. Donald Epstein; and pulsed electromagnetic therapy (PEMF), a technique in which pulsed magnetic fields are directed through injured tissue in order to stimulate cellular repair, especially in bones. “A library of several articles archived in Pubmed.com note that PEMF has helped with fibromyalgia, postoperative pain and edema, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, bulging discs and wound healing,” notes Gilliland, who has recently incorporated the therapy into his services. “PEMF gives the cells the energy they need to work properly,” he advises. Network Spinal Analysis, practiced by Michele Pelletiere, DC, owner of Pelletier Family Chiropractic, in Bonita Springs, uses gentle and preMichelle Pelletiere cise touches to the spine to cue the brain to connect with the body’s natural rhythms and create new strategies for adapting to stress, dissipating tension from the spine and nerves. “This treatment frequently changes the way a patient responds to their pain,” comments Pelletiere. Today’s chiropractor chooses to help patients restore health and achieve optimal wellness, rather than focusing solely on disease or pain management. Patient care protocols may include evaluation of their health problems in light of their lifestyle choices and interactions with their environment, as well as any genetic predisposition. Another
common practice among chiropractors is referring patients out to a medical doctor, physical therapist, acupuncturist, massage therapist or nutritionist when necessary. Vivian Ebert, DC, owner of LivingWell Chiropractic, in Bonita Springs, focuses on structural protocols that relieve pain. Vivian Ebert “Every patient is different. Some garden, while others run or bicycle, play tennis, golf, practice yoga, or work in front of a computer eight hours a day.” says Ebert. “Repetitive movements and the patient’s lifestyle greatly influence the treatment protocol. This is just one reason that I need to spend time with them to understand the root cause of their pain, how to treat them and to whom to refer them if they need additional treatment.” Promoted by public demand, there is a wellness and prevention wave building in U.S. health care. Chiropractic treatment, which is not dependent on expensive technology or pharmaceutical drugs, is part of this movement toward integrative and lifestyle medicine.
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the body like a bell, with the flared bottom expanding completely around the waistline. Pause momentarily and exhale through the nose or mouth for three seconds, gently contracting the abdomen to help expel the air. Practice this whenever needed to ease stress or for five minutes daily to establish a slower, deeper breathing pattern.
Breath-Taking Wisdom Six Ways to Inhale Energy and Exhale Stress by Lane Vail
e draw an astounding 22,000 breaths daily, but because breathing is involuntary, we often take it for granted. Transforming breathing into a conscious activity can provide amazing energy, awareness and control, and dramatically improve our mental, physical and creative performances, according to Al Lee, co-author of Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time. That’s 22,000 opportunities to choose health and wisdom every single day.
Lee paints a picture of perfect breathing: “Watch a baby breathe; it looks like there’s a balloon in the stomach that inflates and falls back down. This is belly breathing—pleasant, enjoyable and natural.” During inhalation, the diaphragm pulls down under the lungs, allowing them to expand with air and displace space in the abdomen. However, “Breathing can fall victim to the same movement dysfunction as any other skill, like running or walking,” says Nick Winkelman, director of movement and education at EXOS, an elite athletic training facility in Phoenix, 56
Arizona. He points to “shoulder breathing”, characterized by a lifting of the shoulders with each shallow sip of air, as a common dysfunction perpetuated by too much sitting. “Hunching over the laptop or sitting in the car binds up the abdominal region and reduces the possibility of expansion there, so the breath moves higher into the chest cavity,” Lee explains. Replacing shoulder breathing with belly breathing “creates a cascade of positive effects,” says Lee, including lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system. Deep breathing also clarifies the mind and is used in nearly every spiritual tradition to achieve deeper states of prayer, meditation and contemplation, he notes. Try these six healing techniques.
Lee’s six-second breath is a simple prescription for stress that can be used anytime, anywhere. Relax the abdominal muscles and inhale for three seconds, breathing through the nose to “disinfect, filter, condition and moisturize the air before it reaches the lungs,” says Lee. Visualize the breath filling
The yoga breath ujjayi, or oceansounding breath, is achieved by slightly constricting the throat muscles and gently lifting the glottis, so that a soothing hiss is produced when the breath is drawn in through the nose. Dr. Richard Brown, an integrative psychiatrist, associate professor at New York’s Columbia University and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath, explains the benefits. “Ujjayi creates resistance to air flow, triggering receptors deep within the lungs’ alveoli, which allows more oxygen to be delivered to the cells. It also stimulates the vagus nerve input to the brain, which promotes calmness and clear thinking.”
A recent study from the journal Pain Medicine found that deep, slow breathing, combined with relaxation, effectively diminishes pain. “The nervous system represents a physical or emotional trauma in an unregulated pattern of signals,” says Brown. “But the mind and breath can wash away and rewire that pattern.” Practice target breathing, a technique derived from qigong, by inhaling deeply into the belly and visualizing the breath as a ball of energy which upon exhaling can flow to the place in the body needing healing, advises Lee.
Brown has co-authored a review in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine describing the neurophysiological basis and clinical benefits of yogic breathing on depression and post-traumatic stress. Bhastrika, or bellows breath, is a mood-lifting technique wherein one inhales vigorously through the nose while raising the arms above the head, fingers extended, and then forcibly exhales through the nose while
pulling the elbows down alongside the ribs with fingers closing gently. Avoid overdoing it, instructs Brown; three rounds of 15 to 20 breaths are sufficient for healthy individuals.
Anxiety attacks often generate feelings of breathlessness, and fixating on each inadequate inhalation reinforces panic. Winkelman recommends 4-2-10 breathing, a technique that emphasizes elongating exhalations. Inhale through the nose for four seconds, hold for two, and then slowly release the breath for up to 10 seconds. Lee explains that after several breaths, the brain will start to shift from reactive emotional thinking to rational problem solving. “Concentrating on the breath makes it hard to think about the future or rummage around in the past,” says Lee. “It keeps you in the moment, intimately in touch with the mind, body and emotions.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at WriterLane.com.
An Athlete’s Advantage by Lane Vail “Many disciplines, from Eastern arts to performing arts and athletics, rely on breathing as the foundation for eliciting the most from the mind and body,” says fitness writer Al Lee. Effective breathing optimizes the delivery of air into the lungs and extraction of oxygen into the bloodstream, both critical for improving athletic efforts. Deep breathing also enhances and balances the autonomic nervous system, inducing a “relaxed state of readiness,” adds Arizona fitness consultant Al Winkelman. When an athlete breathes into the belly, the shoulders remain relaxed, the spine neutral and the ribs positioned over the hips. “This is a great biomechanical position to move and take an impact,” says Winkelman, adding that a shallow breather, with lifted shoulders and arched back, not only
recovers oxygenation slower, but also increases vulnerability to injury. For rhythmic sports like running, cycling and swimming, Winkelman recommends relaxing into the synchronization of breath and movement. “Tension restricts muscles’ ability to shorten or lengthen, but relaxation allows them to naturally release stored energy. Correct breathing is one of the most important mechanisms by which athletes can unlock tension and relax.” For sports that require striking a ball or exerting a kick or punch, like tennis, soccer, martial arts and golf, the athlete inhales during the wind-up and momentarily holds the breath as the wind-up peaks. “The exhalation happens during the transition and upon impact, the breath is held again, muscles are tensed up and force is delivered,” says Winkelman. “Breathe in, hold, release, hold.”
Dr. Andrew Weil
on Americaâ€™s Evolution into Integrative Medicine by Andrea Schensky Williams
ever stop dreaming of moonbeams and fairy dust, shiny stars and the wonder of the heavens, a happier life
atural Awakenings had the opportunity to pose progressive healthcare-related questions to Dr. Andrew Weil, world-renowned author, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and clinical professor of internal medicine at the University of Arizona, on the eve of the sixth biennial Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals, to be held October 13 to 15 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He will be the keynote speaker.
and a better world. ~James Gormley
You frequently speak to the topic of integrative health and happiness. How does your book, Spontaneous Happiness, reflect that? For a long time, Iâ€™ve wanted to see an integrative movement start in psychology and psychiatry. Itâ€™s another field that has become dependent on drugs and is not functioning all that well to help people. There are so many more things that people need to know about maintaining emotional wellness, I think the wisdom of taking an integrative approach here is obvious.
Your presentation will take place soon after the recent passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams, which may bring about a more informed awareness of mental health. Why do you think there is such an increase in the incidence of depression?
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There are many reasons for it, including changes in diet and a breakdown in communities that has greatly increased social isolation and disconnection from nature. Another factor is the rise in information technology, all the new media. Plus, pharmaceutical companies have been highly successful in convincing people that ordinary states of sadness are matters of unbalanced brain chemistry that need to be treated with medication.
With diet being such a major component in affecting our emotional state of mind, what role does an anti-inflammatory diet play? There is a new body of research linking inflammation with depression that I find fascinating. The fact that the mainstream diet promotes inflammation is why I believe there may be a dietary correlation with the rise of depression in our population.
If someone suffers from depression, would you say the steps recommended in Spontaneous Happiness are a proactive approach or an addition to management through medication? I share information about how to wean off of medication. I’d say the book is primary; for people with mild-to-moderate depression, I would follow the information there first. For people with severe depression, it may be necessary to give antidepressant drugs, but I think that they should be used for a limited period, a maximum of one year. You should then be working to find other ways to manage the depression. There is specific information about what to do if you are on medication and how to wean off of it carefully and start these other methods.
Do you feel that the increase in diabetes in the U.S., particularly its onset in early childhood, is another major problem? Yes, it’s a big concern. I think this is mostly due to the way we’ve changed the food we eat; diet is a hugely influencing factor, especially the greatly increased consumption of sugar, sweetened beverages and products made with flour and refined carbohydrates.
How can integrative medicine lower Americans’ healthcare costs? Integrative medicine can help reduce costs in two ways. First, by shifting the focus of health care onto health promotion and prevention, rather than disease management. Most of the diseases we
are trying to manage today are lifestyle related. This is where integrative medicine shines. Second, by bringing into the mainstream treatments that are not dependent on expensive technology, and I include pharmaceutical drugs in this category. I think we’re going to be forced to change our dysfunctional approach by economic necessity, because the current healthcare system is not sustainable. Integrative medicine is in a perfect position to do that because of its emphasis on lifestyle medicine. Integrative medicine is also teaching healthcare practitioners to use inexpensive, lowtech methods of managing common diseases. Both economic drivers will help reshape mainstream medicine.
What influence can the public have in supporting such a shift? Our dysfunctional healthcare system is generating rivers of money flowing into very few pockets. Those are the pockets of big pharmaceutical companies, medical devices manufacturers and big insurers; interests that control legislators. So, I don’t think any real change is going to come from the government. The only real change will come from a grassroots movement to change the politics of all of this. Demand that insurers cover the treatments you want. Seek out integrative practitioners. Tell health practitioners you work with that integrative education is available and urge them to get up to speed in those areas. Raise your own awareness of the extent that the powerful lobbies now influence the system and why we need to see a sweeping political change.
You offer several programs through the University of Arizona such as a four-year degree, a two-year fellowship for medical doctors and programs for nurse practitioners and physician assistants. What are the benefits of adding integrative medicine to one’s practice? I think it’s what patients want and it makes the practice of medicine much
more enjoyable. Many practitioners realize that they don’t have the knowledge their patients want; for instance, informed counsel about diet or uses of alternative medicine. This is a way they can gain knowledge they didn’t get in their conventional medical training. We’ve graduated more than 1,000 physicians over 10 years, supporting a robust and growing community of likeminded practitioners that stay in touch and support each other. We’re eventually hoping that we can get integrative training into all residencies. Whether you go to a dermatologist, pediatrician, gastroenterologist or psychiatrist, that doctor will have had basic training in nutrition, mind/body interactions, herbal medicine and all the rest that is now left out. We’ve also begun a program in lifestyle medicine that’s open to all kinds of practitioners, from registered dietitians to psychologists.
What reforms would you like to see in the current U.S. healthcare system? We need to change priorities for reimbursement that favor integrative medicine. At the moment, we happily pay for drugs and tests. We don’t pay for a doctor to sit with and counsel a person about diet or teach them breathing exercises. I would like to see a new kind of institution come into being that I call a healing center, where people could go for lifestyle education and management of common illnesses— somewhere between a spa and a clinic. Stays in these would be reimbursed by insurance, similar to how it’s done in Europe. Beyond that, I think it’s unconscionable that the richest nation on Earth can’t provide basic coverage to all of its citizens. Dr. Andrew Weil will be spearheading the 12th annual Nutrition & Health Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 4 through 6, 2015. Learn more about integrative medicine at IntegrativeMedicine.Arizona.edu and DrWeil.com. Andrea Schensky Williams is the publisher of Natural Awakenings of Northern New Mexico.
New Cancer Test for Dogs Detects Illness in Time for Effective Treatment by Shawn Messonnier
et owners often ask if there’s an accurate, inexpensive way to test dogs for cancer before they develop clinical signs of it. A diagnosis early in the course of the disease is crucial for beginning effective treatment and better outcomes. Until recently, the answer to their question was no. As a result, most owners have remained unaware of the problem until the cancer was well advanced and had spread throughout the pet’s body. While chemotherapy can help some pets, the treatment is unable to heal most of them due to the advanced stage of most diagnosed cancers, which typically already have been active for six to 12 months or longer. Early diagnosis would allow both traditional and natural therapies to be more effective. In some cases, chemotherapy might not even be needed, because natural medicines such as astragalus, essential fatty acids, mushroom extracts, ginseng and green tea may be able to reverse the cancer at its earliest stages. Fortunately, dog owners can now secure an accurate early diagnosis using a new blood panel costing less than $200, including lab processing, that enables veterinarians to detect cancer and other inflammatory diseases before a pet becomes ill. The tests provide valuable information about the dog’s health before overt signs of disease are observed, damage occurs and treatment options become more limited
and expensive. Early detection tests for cancer in cats will be available soon. The tests measure several aspects of cell irregularity, including abnormal cell division and systemic inflammatory activity, by detecting any increased levels of thymidine kinase and C-reactive protein in the pet’s body. A study by California’s Veterinary Diagnostics Institute’s VDI Laboratory applying the new blood panel tests to 360 dogs followed their incidences of cancer and other serious diseases for up to a year. The researchers found that nearly all of the cancers that occurred were detected four to six months prior to the pet showing outward signs. Because the cancers were detected early and treated before the pet became overtly ill, costs to the pet owner were greatly reduced and the effectiveness of cancer treatment improved. The new cancer screening tests, which are designed to be part of a routine wellness plan, constitute the most comprehensive single blood diagnosis available in monitoring overall canine health. It’s just as important to check the vitamin D status of canine patients. Low levels contribute to increased incidence of cancer and infectious diseases, according to a study published in the journal Veterinary and Comparative Oncology. Supplementing vitamin D levels is easy and inexpensive and may help reduce the incidence of serious disease later in life. While the new blood panel tests have been shown to be highly accurate in early cancer detection, any test can miss it if the number of cancer cells is too small. Therefore, pets with negative test results should be retested every six months, while positive results prompt further diagnostic tests and initial treatment. Pets with cancer also benefit from these tests because they allow the vet to fine-tune a treatment plan and determine when a cancer may be coming out of remission. The screening is recommended for all dogs 5 years of age and older. Only a small amount of blood is needed and results are available within a few weeks. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit PetCareNaturally.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3 Mini Readings – 9am-1pm. With Kim Brown. $15/15 minutes. Register for a free tarot reading. Awaken to the Tarot at Lakes Park Farmers’ Market, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 910-0883.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 Preschool Program – 10-11:30am. Topic: Nature Senses. Includes a story, a fun lesson, hike, game and craft. Ages 3-6. $5 per preschooler. Parking fee required. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, main entrance, 18500 North River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 9:30am-Noon. Fridays through Nov 21. Eight-week course in meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Weekly classes, day retreat, audio recordings. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 201, Bonita. Preregister: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindulness.net.
Tarot Part I – 7pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 10/8. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 Mindful Yoga – 9am. With Mary Cline Golbitz, ERYT, LMT. Thursdays. Gentle yoga to start the day with breath work and crystal bowl meditation. Pose modifications and props provided. All levels. $15. Drops-ins welcome. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 207-479-4082. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Yoga for Chronic Illness – 1pm. With Mary Cline Golbitz, ERYT, LMT. Gentle yoga offers many benefits for chronic health conditions; reduced stress and insomnia, improved strength, flexibility, balance and mood. $15. Drop-ins welcome. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 207-479-4082. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. See news brief, page ##. Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing,
prosperity and more. A personal candle will be made. $30 includes supplies. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Green Scene Event: In the (Blue) Zone – 6-8pm. Savor superb cuisine and learn about Naples’ innovative new health initiative, the Blue Zone Initiative Project, from Dr Allen Weiss, CEO of NCH. Fourcourse menu/$45 plus gratuity. Kensington Golf & Country Club, 2700 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. RSVP: Linda@GreenSceneDiet.com. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction – 6-8:30pm. Thursdays through Nov 20. Eight-week course in meditation, gentle yoga and scientific research pioneered by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn at U Mass Medical Center. Weekly classes, day retreat, audio recordings. $530. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 201, Bonita. Preregister: 590-9485. IntegrativeMindulness.net.
Bird Beaches and Mangrove Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. A protected wild area of shallow waters, lots of birds and a variety of creatures, including dolphins and manatees. $50 per person, includes all equipment and a FL master naturalist guide. At Bunche Beach and San Carlos Bay with GAEA guides. RSVP required: 694-5513. Birth Story Party – 3pm. Join postpartum moms in the retelling of their birth stories. This storytelling forum is open to any mom that wishes to share her birth story with other moms. A great way to meet new friends. Free. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. RSVP: FBCNaples@gmail.com. Understanding the Moods of the Mind – 7:30-9pm. With Shubharji. The Yoga Of Gunas; Based on the Bhagavad Gita. All material nature is made up of three energies that influence our minds. To understand them is to have the tools to change our present outlook on life. This talk helps us deal effectively with external and subjective challenges and will focus on how to respond to them with a renewed vision. $40. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 34.
a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 Nature Walk with Bird Patrol – 8am. See birds in native vegetation with experienced bird patrol guides pointing out the species, hot spots and crucial nesting area for many birds. Arrive a few minutes after 8am for intro and to sign waiver. Free with paid parking. $1/hour or $5/all day. Lakes Regional Park, shelter A7 (near train station), 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 533-7580. BirdPatrol.org.
Mini Readings – 5:30-8:30pm. With Candyce Strafford. $20/10 minutes. Daniela’s Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: 514-4414. Candle Lite Yoga Flow – 7pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Mondays. All levels. Find clarity and ease, gain strength and stability, release tension and stress through yoga, breath work and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 201, Bonita. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindulness.net.
Reflexology Class – 9am-3pm with lunch break. With Alvina Quatrano. Topic: Release Stress from the Whole Body through the Hands and Feet. $100. Six CEUs. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. RSVP: 732-266-5276. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Every 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. NaplesReallyReallyFree.WikiSpaces.com. Muscle Activation Techniques – 12-1pm. Learn about muscle activation techniques and how to increase the body’s force tolerance to decrease pain. Whole Foods Market, Naples. 941-2020. Jay@NoFadsAllFitness.com. Mini Readings – 1-9pm. With Candyce Strafford. Petunias of Naples, 825 5th Ave S, Naples. 403-3550. Crystal and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Natural Healing with Essential Oils – 2pm. With Maria Appel. Learn about a variety of oils and how they relate to well-being. Donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Goddess Energy Paintings – 2-4pm. With Tamar. Explore your inner goddess and paint your own energy or another’s using chakra colors, ascension colors, metallic and other mediums. You don’t need to know how to paint, open to your inner child. $30. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Wine & Stein – 3:30pm. Paint your choice of wine glass or beer stein. $30 includes all supplies. Vino’s Picasso Naples, 2367 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Ste 805, Naples. 431-8750. RSVP: VinosPicasso.com. Essence of the Upanishads – 4-5:30. With Shubharji. This talk delves into the subjective, inner, contemplative teachings of Upanishadis self-knowledge
that frees us from the shackles of misperceived limitation and leads us to bliss, even as we live our everyday life. $40. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. See ad, page 34. Budokon & Beyond Workshop – 4:30-6pm. If you want to move functionally and purposefully in a centered way from the core of your being and want to explore your evolutionary potential, join us. For teachers, students and beginners. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 Manifest Miracles – 1-4pm. With Kerissa Kuis. Learn the four levels of manifestation, principles from A Course in Miracles and an introduction to Kuis’s 10 Steps to Manifesting Miracles. $45. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Gayatri Mantra Workshop – 3-6pm. This powerful mantra helps us cultivate a keen intellect, purify our heart, remove negativity and accelerate spiritual growth. Shubhraji will give us a clear understanding of the Gayatri Mantra’s meaning, benefits and authentic use. We will also learn other gayatris (mantras) for other deities. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 34.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6 The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will give out the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like
Introduction to Buddhist Meditation – 7-8pm. With JoAnn Lawrence. Four-week series. 10/13, Life as a Spiritual Journey: The Six Perfections. 10/20, The Perfection of Giving. 10/27, The Perfection of Joy. $10 each class. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. For specials, see ad, page 23. Feeding the Wolf Within: Authentic Power Workshop Series – 7-9:15pm. With Jill Wheeler. Based on the native Cherokee parable of two wolves that reside within us, we can choose love over fear and light over darkness. This workshop explores the traditional wisdom and how it can be used to access authentic power with courage and consciousness. $45/session or $120/series. Also meets 10/27 & 11/17. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Mindful Yoga – 9am. With Susan Lovett, ERYT, LMT. Tuesdays. Gentle yoga to start the day with breath work and crystal bowl meditation. Pose modifications and props provided. All levels. $15. Drops-ins welcome. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 617-921-1037. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Immune Lymph Booster Acupressure Protocol – 9am-5pm with lunch break. With Alvina Quatrano. Acupressure protocol that addresses the flu and chronic fatigue. Anyone can learn. $100. Seven CEUs. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 33. Fall Detox Workshop – 12-2pm. With Linda Celauro. Enjoy a free three-course lunch as part of your subscription to an 11-day guided detox program that focuses on a clean eating plan based on whole foods. Workshop will introduce you to the program and what to expect as well as answer any questions. $89 per person. The Cider Press Café, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples. RSVP: 631-2500. CiderPressCafe.com. Chair Yoga – 1pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. Tuesdays. All levels. A heart-centered practice to calm the spirit and restore the body. Balancing strategies, strengthening poses, breathing techniques and mindful meditation. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 280-9095. IntegrativeMindfulness.net. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour on the Caloosahatchee – 5:45-8:45pm. See thousands of birds, sunset and moonrise. Lots of nesting birds flying in to roost for the night. $40 includes all
equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.
sounds of the empowering gongs and bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakenings and immersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $15. Anahata, 5th Ave N, Naples. RSVP: 262-0811. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
Success & Miracles: How to Get Everything You Desire in Life – 6-7:15pm. Are you tired of trying to create huge success in life on your own? Join David Essel’s high-energy, dynamic 10-week course. $597. Ft Myers or teleconference from anywhere in the world. Register: 266-7676 or TalkDavid@aol.com. See ad with coupon, page 25.
Hormone Replacement Q&A – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. This is an open session to ask questions about what interests you and about hormone replacement. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com.
Full Moon Crystal Bowl Concert – 7pm. With Robert Austin. With more than 50 crystal and Tibetan bowls, Austin opens the door to healing for all levels of consciousness. Let the sound integrate into your body. Bring a pillow and blanket. $20. Enlight Center, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita. RSVP required: 676-5009. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. This class is currently full. New class starting Tuesday nights in November. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. With Jennifer Stevens. Whether you have never meditated or have years of experience, this class will provide you the opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen your practice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8 Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Celebration – 6pm. With Cathy Blair. Honor the moon, Mother Earth and the divine creator. Heal the waters of the planet. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering going to wildlife
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
rescue. Horizon Way Public Beach on Gulfshore Blvd N off Parkshore Dr, Naples. 398-3953. Low Carb Cooking Class – 6-7:30pm. Learn how to low-carb your lifestyle with carb-cutting recipe re-dos, tips and inspiration. From low-carb shopping and advice on meal planning for special occasions, low-carb isn’t just a diet, it’s a lifestyle. $10 includes dinner, but not beverage. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trail, Ste 17, Ft Myers. 935-5093. RED Art Opening and Community Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Featuring the fine art works of Lia Galletti. Interactive painting by Danielle Branchaud. Street Painting by Jane Portaluppi. Free to public. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Full Moon Sacred Sounds: Honoring the Temple – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. Sacred
Cypress Creek Kayak Tour – 9-11am. A slowpaced paddle for all experience levels. BYO water, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. $25 per person. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org. Tarot Part I – 2pm. Learn the meanings of the cards and how to utilize this wonderful tool. A Rider Waite deck is required. $30. Part II on 10/16. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Community Style Acupuncture – 4-8pm. $15. Silver Wave Acupuncture, 24850 Burnt Pine Dr, Ste 2, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-6002. SilverWaveAcupuncture.com. See news brief, page 12. Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Bring your own drum to have an uplifting experience filled with tribal sounds and Caribbean beats. A limited number of drums are available for use or purchase one in our store. $10 love donation. Enlight Center, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita. RSVP required: 676-5009.
Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-8:30pm. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $22. Danielas Restaurant, 13500 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 6, Naples. 949-3387.
and meridian energy of each of the five seasons. Yin yoga, mindful movement, meditation, sound, breath work, acupressure, aromatherapy and crystals support each seasonal element and associated meridian pair. $65. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Happehatchee.org.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 Bala Vinyasa 200-Hour Teacher Training – Oct 10-12, Nov 14-16, Dec 12-14, Jan 9-11, Jan/Feb 30-1. With Kiersten Mooney and Debi Grilo. Five weekend intensives. Whether you’re looking to explore your life and practice or evolve into a yoga instructor, this program will empower you on and off your mat. $3795. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd N, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Diabetes Seminar – 10:30am. If you or a loved one is suffering from numbness, tingling or sharp nerve pain in the feet, legs or hands, learn about a non-invasive, drug-free and FDA-approved therapy. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Ctr, Blvd, Bonita Springs. Seating limited; RSVP: 444-3106. See ad on back cover. Bio Coffee Tasting – 1-5pm. Bio Coffee; 100 percent organic, alkaline and awesome-tasting. Its secret ingredient is wheatgrass. Vegetables in general can effectively neutralize acids in the body because they are rich in bicarbonates and other alkaline minerals like calcium, magnesium, manganese and iron. Wheatgrass is hailed as the “king of alkaline foods.” The Skinny Pantry, 14261 Tamiami Trail, Ste 17, Ft Myers. Terry Foster: 935-5093. TheSkinnyPantry.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of Reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11 Weekend Childbirth Education – Oct 11-12. 10am-3pm, Sat and 12-4pm, Sun. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. For fee or to register click on classes at NaplesBirthCenter.com.
Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space to enhance and bring in what you choose. Crystal grids are used for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on using the flower of life, or sacred geometry. Free. The Labryinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Beautiful Birds of Bunchee Beach – 8am. With a Bird Patrol guide. Bring binoculars, sun protection, shoes that can get wet, water, your curiosity and love of nature. Free with parking fee of $2 per hour. Meet on the beach. 18201 John Morris Rd, Ft Myers Beach. 707-3015. BirdPatrol.org. Taking Charge of Your Life Workshop – 10am4pm. With Timothy Evans, PhD, LMFT and Geri Carter, MA, MHC. Improve quality of life and happiness through use of relationship psychology. The choices we make determine quality of relationships. Open to counselors and general public. $89 before 10/2 or $95 thereafter. Six FL CEUs. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204, Bonita Springs. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Organic Fertilization, Weed and Pest Control Workshop – 10:30am. Presented by local organic farmers and master gardeners. Rain or shine. Donation accepted. Alliance Green Market, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 939-2787 ext 128. ArtInLee.org. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 11:30am-4pm. A fascinating journey through one drop of blood. Check the condition of your red and white blood cells, the activity of your white blood cells, results of toxicity, the presence of fungus and many other findings. $45. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trl, Ste 17, Ft Myers. RSVP: Terry Foster: 935-5093. TheSkinnyPantry.com. Yin Seasonal Half-Day Retreat – 1-4pm. Fall: Metal Element Retreat with Sue Lovett, ERYT. Based on the Five Element Theory of Chinese medicine, discover self-care practices to balance the element
Allergies and Phobias Lecture – 10:30am. Learn how to overcome allergies and phobias. Food & Thought, Naples. 676-5009. Details: EnlightCenter.com.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 10am, 1pm and 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher levels of awareness as you begin to experience your multidimensionality. Let the loving harmonics expand your soul into the new light codes. Bring pillow, mat and blanket. $10. Winterview Ct, 2960 Immokalee Rd, Ste 3, Naples. 398-3953. ECK Worship Service – 11am. Topic: What is Life Teaching Me Now? SW Florida Eckankar Center, 16387 S Tamiami Tr, Ste H, 2nd floor, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Community Style Acupuncture – 11am-3pm. $15. Silver Wave Acupuncture, 24850 Burnt Pine Dr, Ste 2, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 949-6002. SilverWave Acupuncture.com. See news brief, page 12. Psychic Development – 1-4pm. Ongoing class to explore your gifts and learn how to master them. Learn about pendulums, oracle cards, meditation, tuning in, discernment, reading energy and more. $45. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Yin Thai Workshop – 3:30-5:30pm. With Cesar Rios and Jacqueline Glasgow. During this stretchy workshop enjoy the benefits of both yin yoga and Thai massage. By deepening into sustained yin poses, release connective tissue while allowing the emotional and energetic bodies to open up and release through Thai yoga massage. Bring a mat, towel, water and journal. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Cooking Workshop for Families – 4-6pm. Learn new flavors, new ideas and a new way of eating healthy. Eat the dish you prepare for dinner. Surprise menu. Vegan and gluten-free. $35 per family. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 Are Your Vitamins Working? Seminar – 6:30pm. With Dr Gary Gendron of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Find out if you really need to take vitamins. Free. Whole Foods Market, 9191 Strada Place, Naples. 947-1177. DoctorGendron.com. See ad, page 2. Health Talk and Dinner – 6:30-8pm. With Dr Shane Walker, DC. He will give a brief presentation on the importance of diet and exercise and its role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, followed by a three-course dinner. Free with reservation. The Cider Press Café, 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste 26, Naples. Dr Walker: 597-6099 to RSVP. CiderPressCafe.com.
Mini Readings – 10am-3pm. With Candyce Strafford. $25/15 minutes. Summer Day Market and Café, Towne Center, Marco Island. 394-8361. See ad, page 70.
Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Learn the benefits, techniques for positioning and latching on, timing and frequency of feeds. Also learn about challenges and solutions and resources available. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 594-0400. Fee info/register: NaplesBirthCenter.com or FBCNaples@gmail.com.
Restorative Yoga and Crystal Singing Bowls – 6pm. With Susan Lovett, ERYT, LMT. 3rd Friday. Gentle poses, supported by bolsters and blankets (provided). Enjoy healing vibrations of crystal bowl sound therapy. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102, Bonita. 617-921-1037. IntegrativeMindfulness.net.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 Energetic Armor – 12-4pm. Six class series. First class is important, because it lays the groundwork for the rest. Learn techniques and tools such as the crystalline pyramid, golden heart charka, violet fire and breaking vows, cords and ties and more. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. Nutrition Class – 7pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. Free. The Family Birth Center, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. Preregister: FBCNaples@gmail.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16 Homeschool Program – 2-4pm. Activity: Archery. Age requirements and price varies from $5-$10 for each homeschool program. Parking fee required. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Registration required: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org. Usui Reiki Level II – 4:30pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760. Tini’s Tips & Tricks – 5:30-7:30pm. Join for a girl’s night out with complimentary martinis and tips and tricks to defy aging. Learn how to care for your skin and the top 10 secret myths to skin care, presented by a master esthetician. LeMasque Facial Bar, Gateway Plaza, 2126 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. RSVP: 234-6473. The Unresolved Thyroid Seminar – 6pm. With Dr Robert Gilliland, DC, DM(P). Learn about a drugfree alternative. Free. Southwest Florida Natural Health Center, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste 255, Bonita. Seating limited; reserve: 444-3106. See ad on back cover. How to Advocate for Health Freedom Forum – 6:30pm. Lead by JoAnn Vaccarino. Health insurance
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 mandate: promotes or inhibits health freedom? Do we have more power as voters or consumers? Can citizens lobby as effectively as industries? FDA: advisory or mandatory? Free. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202, Bonita. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Reiki Circle – 7-8:30pm. With Pam Bzoch. Focus on crown chakra connecting to the light. $20. Limit 15 people. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Certification – Oct 17-19. With Jill Wheeler and Yali Zawady. This course will prepare you to lead safe, all-level yoga classes in the most inspiring location: nature. $650 includes board rental, 25-hour class. Prerequisites include 200-hour RYT and CPR. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Yoga Teacher Training – Oct 17-19, Nov 7-9, Dec 5-7, Jan 9-11 and Feb 20-22. With Brahmadev Marcel Anders-Hoepgen, an internationally renowned yoga master, speaker, author and musician. 200-hour yoga certification and a meditation instructor certification upon completion. Learn easy, efficient exercises to strengthen and harmonize the body, enhance the flow of energy and gain control over your mind. $1,500. InnerLight Center, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr, Naples. 240-442-2251. YogaExcellation.com. The Poison in Your Teeth Book Giveaway – 8am5pm. Dr Mark Corke will give out the book The Poison in Your Teeth by Dr Tom McGuire. Let the office know if you would like a tour or have questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com.
Drum It! Dream It! Live It! – Oct 18-19. 10am6pm, Sat and 10am-4pm, Sun. With Cheri Shanti. In this playshop, learn how to use the power of rhythm. Join author and percussionist Shanti in an adventure that brings fun, playfulness, creativity and life design strategy into one life changing experience. $149. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Preregister: Happehatchee.org. Yoga Teacher Training Program – Oct 18-19. 9am-5pm. A six-weekend program. Features transformational yoga practice of kirtan, satsangs, vinyasa flow, flying yoga, pranayama and Thai massage, plus yoga films and books to read for heartopening experience of a lifetime. Cypress Cove, 2481 Golden Gate Blvd E, Naples. Info/register: 777-0186. YogaUniversity108.com. Reiki Clinic – 9am-12pm. Unique opportunity to receive a private 45-minute Reiki session by a volunteer practitioner at an affordable rate ($75 value). Reduce stress, boost stamina, and recover peace and balance. $11 fee offsets center’s costs. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202, Bonita. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Mind, Body, Spirit Wellness – 11am-Noon. Join subconscious mind specialist Marc Wagner for a discussion on mind, body, spirit wellness. Free. Enlight Center, Sunshine Ace Plaza, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita. 676-5009. EnlightCenter.com. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Get a spiritual tune-up with gifted readers and healers. Psychic readings, mediums, healers, tarot readings, jewelry, books, candles, sage, crystals, incense, angels. 25 min/$25. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com. ABCs of Yoga: In Introduction to Yoga – 1-2:30pm. With Amy Voelkl. ABCs of Yoga (all beginners class) is a comfortable, safe and stress-free way to take the mystery out of yoga for first-time students of all fitness levels. Non-heated class. Bring water and wear comfortable clothes to move in.
Towels and mats available to rent. $10. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
physical, mental and emotional benefits of weaving together three wellness traditions designed to help balance and release. $20. Pelican Marsh Community Center, Naples. RSVP required: 431-5333.
Growing Up Healthy with Essential Oils – 2pm. With Maria Appel. Learn about a variety of oils and how they relate to your well-being. Donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available with this free workshop. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. March on Governor’s Home to Save the Water and Everglades – 4pm. Join Stone Crab Alliance, Clean Water Initiative, Love the Everglades Movement, Food and Water Watch and concerned citizens. Bring your troubled water labeled with date and location it was collected. March on the beach to Governor Rick Scott’s beachfront home on the Gulf of Mexico. Come by land and by sea. Meet at the Naples Pier at 12th Ave S, Naples. Info on Facebook at Stone Crab Alliance or email@example.com. See article, page 29.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19 “Ding” Days Eco Festival – Oct 19-25. Celebrate “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Silver Anniversary with a week’s worth of free and discounted activities with the popular Sunday Family Fun Day kickoff. The facility will provide 25 special ways to experience its various natural wonders. 1 Wildlife Dr, Sanibel Island. 472-1100. DingDarlingDays. com. See news brief, page 15.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 Chelation Therapy Lecture – 12pm. Learn how heavy toxic metals bind to your tissues and an accumulation of toxic metals may contribute to many unhealthy conditions. Free. Chelation Center of Naples, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP: 594-9355. See ad, page 33. How to Eat Without Stress – 6-8pm. With Leonor Reales, CHt, natural health educator and certified ayurveda lifestyle consultant. Learn to restore your healthy natural balance with easy-to-sustain tools during the upcoming holidays. Free. Contributions welcomed. 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. RSVP: 692-6211 or Leonor. Reales@live.com. See news brief, page 10. Crystal Bowl Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Move into higher states of joy and peace through the loving harmonics of the singing bowls. Open
Drum Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Bring your own drum to have an uplifting experience filled with tribal sounds and Caribbean beats. A limited number of drums are available for use or purchase one in our store. $10 love donation. Enlight Center, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita. RSVP required: 676-5009.
your heart to receive more love. Bring mat, pillow and blanket. $10. Peaceful Escapes, 601 E Elkcam Circle, Marco. 398-3953.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22 Mindful Eating Webinar – 6-7pm. Diets, restriction and self-criticism are ineffective and unhealthy. Learn through this live webinar about Mindful Eating with Heart, an eight-week training program in mindfulness, self-compassion and integrative health coaching, to change automatic behaviors and discover your healthy mind and body. Free. Online. 561-320-0037. MindfulEatingWithHeart.com. New Moon Sacred Sound Intention Evocation – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Align with the still, small voice within that opens through the portal of the sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and blissful bowls. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. Suggested $15 love offering. Light the Way Spiritual Center, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com. Sprouting Our Food – 6:30pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP. Sprouting is often just thought of for serious foodies, but it’s an amazing addition to all diets and the cheapest option around. Food & Thought Café, Naples. 481-5600. DebPost.com. Guided Meditation – 7pm. Let the stress of the season melt away with a guided meditation. The group will decide which ones to use. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Vibrational Angel Healing and Messages – 7-9pm. Healing and messages from the emissaries of light and Archangel Michael. Trance channeling with Candyce Strafford. $22. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ft Myers. 939-3339.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 Gluten-Free, Vegan, Three-Course Dinner – 6pm. In celebration and recognition of World Vegetarian Awareness Month, The Skinny Pantry will host an amazing meal created by The Vegan Knife’s Julie Butcher. Prepare to be wowed by Butcher’s culinary skill. $12 per person. Beverage not included. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trail, Ste 17, Ft Myers. Preregister and prepay: 935-5093. TheSkinnyPantry.com. See news brief, page 15. Painting, Wine and Crepes – 6pm. Join Vino’s Picasso Ft Myers at the Butterfly Estates in ZCrepes Café for a fabulous paint session. $35 includes supplies. 1815 Fowler St, Ft Myers. RSVP: 288-6953 or VinosPicasso.com. Yoga/Meditation/Essential Oils – 6:30-8pm. With Laura Jenks-Daly, BSN, MPA, RYT and Ellen Riordan, PhD, RYT. Deepen your yoga practice with essential oils and guided meditation. Explore the
New Moon Solar Eclipse Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Set an intention for the new you, envision for you, Mother Earth and all of humanity. Let the singing bowls carry your request up into the universe. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. 403-9170. Usui Reiki Level II – 4:30pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite level one. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2760.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 Movement and Breath for Labor – 6-7:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi at Life Behold to prepare your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing activities. $25. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Preregister: LifeBehold.com. Confessions of a Spiritually Promiscuous Woman – 7pm. Laugh, cry and dance with Dr Pamela Gerali, spiritual teacher, humorist, intuitive healer and author, as she shares her transforming journey of self-discovery in this amusing and inspiring one-woman show. $15. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Tickets: 775-3009 or NaplesUnity.org. PamelaGerali.com. See news brief, page 13. Expressive Dance Jam – 7-9pm. Yoga, stretch and warm up to lounge tunes that morph into personal movement exploration with added teacher prompts. Dance to up-tempo, world beat and remixed versions of favorite tunes. Naples Arthur Murray Dance Center, 3333 Tamiami Trail, Naples. Kaata Mrachek: 963-6429. Astronomy for Amateurs – 7:30pm. Learn how easy it is to find stars, constellations and planets. Bring binoculars, water, bug spray, a flashlight and a lawn chair or something to sit on. Meet in the parking lot. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Kelly: 8225212. Register: LeeParks.org.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 Yard and Garden Show – Oct 25-26. 10am-3pm. The Collier County Extension Office of the university of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences will offer a variety of plants for sale, children activities, educational programs and demonstrations. Garden tours will be held at regular intervals. $3, under 13 free. UF/IFAS Extension Office, 14700 Immokalee Rd, Naples. 252-4800. Collier.ifas.ufl. edu. See news brief, page 10. Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, astrology, oracle card reader, energy matrix healer, rune caster, medium, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. 25 min for $25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769.
Are Your Vitamins Working? Seminar – 1pm. With Dr Gary Gendron, of Nutrition Specialists of Florida. Find out if you really need to take vitamins. Free. Food & Thought, Naples. 947-1177. DoctorGendron.com. See ad, page 2.
dition and/or experienced for a five-mile roundtrip paddle on the Great Calusa Blueway. BYO drink, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars and clothing/shoes that can get wet. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. $40/pp, kayaking equipment included. Campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd, Alva. Register: 533-7440. LeeParks.org.
Author Book Signing and Talk – 2-5pm. Author Indira Dyal-Dominguez will present the book YOU: A Spiritual Being on a Spiritual Journey: A New Paradigm for Living Life at 2-3pm. Book signing, 3-5pm. Pine Ridge Estates, 671 Myrtle Rd, Naples. Info: 269-3808. See article, page 46.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 Community Yoga Class – 9am. Led by local yoga teachers. Come for a free community yoga class with tea in the orchid garden afterwards. Cypress Cove in Golden Gate Estates on Golden Gate Blvd. RSVP/directions: 777-0186. See news brief, page 11. Fort Myers Drum Circle Birthday Bash – 6-9pm. Come help us celebrate the beginning of our fifth year. BYO drum, percussion, chair and an upbeat spirit. Under the pavilion, by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27 From Worrier to Warrior – 7-9:15pm. With Jill Wheeler. Let go of worry and get a head start to the new year. Discussion and meditation techniques for stress reduction, energy restoration and presence during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Body-centered meditation, yoga and discussion. $45/session or $120/series. Also meets 10/6 and 11/17. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 Painting & Pints – 6:30pm. Enjoy a guided paint session at the Dublin Ale House Pub. Full bar and food available. $35 includes all art supplies. 1708 Cape Coral Pkwy W, Cape Coral. RSVP: 288-6953 or VinosPicasso.com. Comfort Foods Made Gluten-Free Cooking Class – 6:30-8pm. With Kelly Greenfield, gluten-free advocate, educator and extraordinary cook. Learn how to make favorite comfort foods gluten-free. $10 includes dinner. Beverage not included. The Skinny Pantry, 14261 S Tamiami Trail, Ste 17, Ft Myers. Terry Foster: 935-5093.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 Be Well Thermal Imaging Walk-In Wednesday – 10am-6pm. Walk in for free consultation or $25 off breast or pain evaluation imaging. Non-invasive test of physiology. No Contact. No radiation. Self-
Herb Magick – 2pm. Learn the uses and correspondences of herbs for healing and magick and how to apply them. Work with three different herbs and prepare a personal blend. $30 includes all materials. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. referrals okay. 5051 Castello Dr, Ste 250, Naples. 250-9312. bwditi.com. Community HU Sing – 3-3:30pm. Join in singing this love song to God. The Grind Coffee House, 16250 Summerlin Rd, Ste 101, Ft Myers. Info: 482-4034. Mindful Eating Webinar – 6-7pm. Diets, restriction and self-criticism are ineffective and unhealthy. Learn through this live webinar on Mindful Eating with Heart, an eight-week training program in mindfulness, self-compassion and integrative health coaching to change automatic behaviors and discover your healthy mind and body. Free. Online. 561-320-0037. MindfulEatingWithHeart.com. Weight Loss Now & Forever Seminar – 6-8pm. With David Essel. Why do 60-70 percent of Americans struggle with weight? Create the body you’ve always wanted. Stillwater Spa, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs or teleconference from anywhere in the US. TalkDavid. com. See ad with coupon, page 47.
Regain Body Wisdom Series (2/4): Energetic Anatomy – 6:30-8:30pm. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca, LMHC. Understand the intelligence of the body; how organs communicate. Learn to listen to the body and recognize symptoms as symbols. $15. 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 204. Preregister: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenCenter.com. Joyful Courageous Gratitude – 7-9pm. Tune into gratitude with humor therapy, followed by the healing vibrations of joint sound therapy (crystal and Tibetan bowls) and Transformational Breath. $40 or $30 current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. Register: 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31 Mini Readings – 9am-1pm. With Kim Brown. $15/15 minutes. Register for a free tarot reading. Awaken to the Tarot at Lakes Park Farmers’ Market, 7330 Gladiolus Dr, Ft Myers. 910-0883.
Belly Dancing Basics – 6:30-8:30pm. Shimmy at the Springs with Kara Scofield. $40 includes coin hip scarf and refreshments. Limit 15 people. ShangriLa Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com.
Handling Stress Through Improv Comedy – 5:30-7pm. With Margot Escott, LCSW. Improv games help decrease anxiety, low self-confidence and increase well-being. Embracing the “Yes and” philosophy of improv creates a safe and fun-filled environment. $20. Unity of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Info: 434-6558.
Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Combine the healing therapies of the Himalayan salt and the alchemical singing bowls. Restore your spirit and rejuvenate your body in the loving frequencies of light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. 403-9170.
Séance – 8pm. Séance on the night when the veil is the thinnest between the living and those that are no longer in body. This serious séance will be calling in positive loved ones that have crossed over. Limited seating. No admittance after 8:05pm. $40. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
Tea Leaf Reading: The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. A tea party with extras. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself and others. Also receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
plan ahead SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30 Caloosahatchee to Hickey’s Creek Kayak Trip – 9am-3pm. Paddlers should be in good physical con-
Reflexology Class – 9am-3pm with lunch break. With Alvina Quatrano. Topic: Release Stress from the Whole
Body through the Hands and Feet. $100. Six CEUs. Holistic Healing Arts, Naples. RSVP: 732-266-5276.
Golden Gate Estates on Golden Gate Blvd. RSVP/ directions: 777-0186. See news brief, page 11.
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Community Yoga Class – 9am. Led by local yoga teachers. Come for a free community yoga class with tea in the orchid garden afterwards. Cypress Cove in Golden Gate Estates on Golden Gate Blvd. RSVP/directions: 777-0186. See news brief, page 11.
The Next Chapter: Authentic Power Workshop Series – 7-9:15pm. With Jill Wheeler. Going through a transition? Create more freedom, joy and success in your life. Change habits and thoughts that keep you rereading the same chapter and start a new one. $45/session or $120/series. Also meets 10/6 and 10/27. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
Streets Alive – 11am-4pm. Kicks off with a People’s Parade at 11am. A day to come play downtown, try activities and eat healthy fare offered by local merchants and vendors. Join other local residents in an afternoon of fun in the streets by walking, jogging, biking, skating, dancing and more. Downtown Ft Myers. 489-2616. StreetsAliveLee.org. See ad on page 35 and news brief on page 13.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Complimentary Meditation – 7-8pm. With Jennifer Stevens. Whether you have never meditated or have years of experience, this class will provide you the opportunity to explore new ways to begin or deepen your practice in a supportive and relaxed environment. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries – Nov 6-9. Lori Chinitz comes to Naples to teach this four-day workshop on listening to your body wisdom, deepening presence and intuition, using movement and meditation to keep centered. Hosted by Dr Joel Ying. $695. Register early for discount. CEU credit available. Naples. 200-6796. HealingFromTheCore.com.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Shamanic Yoga Dance – 7-9pm. With Leonor Reales. Change the perspective of your life. Free. 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. RSVP: 692-6211 or Leonor.Reales@live.com. See news brief, page 10.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Walk for Life and Diaper Derby – 8am-12pm. Celebrate the lives of women and their babies in the community and walk to support the Pregnancy Resource Center. The Diaper Derby is about babies helping babies. Children 36 months and younger will
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 crawl, waddle, walk or run their way to the finish line with their parents cheering them on to raise funds for the babies’ mothers. Golden Gate Community Park, 3300 Santa Barbara Blvd. FundEasy. com/m/1990809/.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Community Yoga Class – 9am. Led by local yoga teachers. Come for a free community yoga class with tea in the orchid garden afterwards. Cypress Cove in Golden Gate Estates on Golden Gate Blvd. RSVP/directions: 777-0186. See news brief, page 11.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Wine and Wellness Day – 8-4pm. Register online for classes and events throughout the day. Register to win a 60-minute massage and private personal training session. Complimentary Healthy Happy Hour 5:30-7:30pm. Core360 Wellness, 7700 Trail Blvd, Ste 107, Naples. RSVP before 11/5: 325-9082. Core360Wellness.com. See ad, page 31.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Ayurveda Lunch – 12-1pm. With Leonor Reales. Learn about the benefits of this traditional lifestyle and delight your palate with various samples. $15. 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. RSVP: 692-6211 or Leonor.Reales@live.com. See news brief, page 10.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Community Yoga Class – 9am. Led by local yoga teachers. Come for a free community yoga class with tea in the orchid garden afterwards. Cypress Cove in
Bryan Kest Master Class – 12-3pm. Bryan Kest is an internationally recognized American yoga teacher known as the creator of Power Yoga and the founder of Santa Monica Power Yoga, in Santa Monica, California. He has led yoga classes, retreats and workshops worldwide. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Gobble Gobble Four-Miler – 6am, race day registration/packet pick up. 7:25am, one mile fun walk/ run. 7:30am, competitive chip timed. 7:35am, fun run/walk four-miler. 8:50am, lil’ gobbler’s dash. Costume contest, free pumpkin pie and other familyoriented activities. Proceeds benefit St Matthews House and 95210. Venetian Village, Naples. Register: GobbleGobbleFourMiler.com. See ad, page 43.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. Many psychics and healers to choose from. Lots of new vendors and a great food court. Door prizes all day long, with raffle proceeds going to local charities. Bring canned goods for local food banks. $5 cover at the door. 12 and under free. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 949-3387. OneWorldOneLight.org. See ad, page 68.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 Community Garage Sale – 9am-1pm. Donate, buy, sell or trade. Vendors will offer food, crafts and more. Inquire about volunteering and participating. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. 272-6152. Lulu@HouseOfGaia.com. Foam Rolling for Anyone with a Human Body – 1-3:30pm. With Dr Danny Porcelli and Hanna Riley. In this workshop, you will be richly educated in a technique called Self-Myofacial Release. Working with a foam roller, learn the basics of this enhancing self-care modality whether you’re an athlete, yogi, or think your body has become shaped like your office chair. BYO foam roller. $55. $5 off if preregistered/ prepaid by 12/5. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Register: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15 Yoga Teacher Training Program – Dec 15-22. 9am-5pm. The first part of two, week-long editions. Features transformational yoga practice of kirtan, satsangs, vinyasa flow, flying yoga, pranayama and Thai massage, plus yoga films and books to read for heartopening experience of a lifetime. Cypress Cove, 2481 Golden Gate Blvd E, Naples. Info/register: 777-0186. YogaUniversity108.com. See news brief, page 11.
munity and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com.
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Gentle Vinyasa Flow – 9-10am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846. YogaLoftNaples.com. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Unity of Bonita Springs Sunday Service – 10am. With Rev Phil Schlaefer, music by Jerry Stawski. Inspiring lesson, music and meditation. 28285 Imperial Pkwy. 947-3100.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. Yoga Lab – 10:30am-12pm. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 2698846. YogaLoftNaples.com.
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.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. firstname.lastname@example.org. uunaples.org.
Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Unity of Ft Myers – 10am. With Rev Jim Rosemergy, minister. Susie Hulcher, music. Children’s ministry. Open to all. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 2781511. 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. Rivers and Creek Tour from Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve – 10am-2pm. Mangrove forest and nesting birds. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, com-
Mindfulness Meditation Classes – 5:30-7:30pm. Crystal-clear mindfulness meditation instruction and Buddhist philosophy. UUCFM, 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 910-6598. Info@MeditationFtMyers.com. Drum Circle – 6-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle. 935-5551. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.
participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398.
La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Summit Church, 19601 Ben Hill Griffin Pkwy, Ft Myers. 489-3095. lllflorida.com.
Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
Women’s Overeaters Anonymous – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Carol: 676-7793.
Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Laura Coccomo-Hajjar. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 3:30-5pm. If you had to protect your siblings growing up, try ACA. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. AdultChildren.org. Caterpillar Kids Club – 4-5pm. Ages 5-12 build positive coping skills, improve focus, self control, self-regulation. With rotating teachers. $20. $70/4 sessions, or $10 for current clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. Emotions Anonymous (EA) – 5:30-6:30pm. A 12-step program. Recovery work from emotional difficulties. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Ron: 450-1662. Prenatal Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Yoga and movement exercises for pregnancy. Breathing techniques, relaxation, pain management. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931. LifeBehold.com. Slow Flow Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. With Nicole Hills. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Five-week class with Richard W Rosen. $195 plus materials ($20). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. email@example.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30pm. 12step meeting. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Ft Myers. Rob: 948-9162. A Course in Miracles – 7pm. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Reiki Healing – 7pm. 1st and 3rd Mon. Love offer-
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.
ing. Unity of Naples Church, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Gurdjieff Fourth Way Study Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of GI Gurdjieff with readings and discussions. Introductory sessions meet at Unity Church of Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Basic Hatha Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. With Cheryl Bernardi. Emphasis on structural alignment. Postures and traditional breath-enhancing techniques. Guided meditation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way. 248-7931. LifeBehold.com. Glow with the Flow – 7:30-8:30pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
tuesday Yoga – 8:30am. With Julie Christenbury. Beginners to intermediate. All ages. Strengthen/lengthen your muscles, while calming, soothing your mind. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. RSVP: 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Beach Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Caryn Gallagher. All levels. Bring a large beach towel. Ideal shade area behind highrise at Sea Gate/North Gulf Shore Public Beach, Naples. CC Yoga: 312-505-9642. YogaNaplesFl.com.
NIA – 10:30-11:30am. With Valerie Hill. Limit 15 people. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Tai Chi – 11am-Noon. Dr Joel Ying guides Chenstyle exercise and moving meditation. Beginners welcome. Love Yoga Center, 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. LoveYogaCenter.com. Hatha Yoga – 5:30pm and 6:30pm. With Chris Neal. Beginners to advanced. Quiet your mind, improve balance, range of motion, performance. $15. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Bch Rd, Ste 204, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Family Drumming Event – 6pm. 1st Tue. With Cheryl Lynn Patton. You do not need a drum to join our magical event. We have many drums from Africa, Cuba, Brazil, etc. For parents and children of all age. $10 per family. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 272-6152. HouseOfGaia.org. Rotating Meditation/Classes – 6:30-8pm. Enlight Center, Sunshine Ace Plaza, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 676-5009. For schedule visit EnlightCenter.com. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 6:30-8pm. If you had to protect your siblings growing up, try ACA. YANA Foundation Building, 1185 Lake McGregor Dr, Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. AdultChildren.org.
Guided Walk – 9-11am. 1st Tue. Through May. Explore natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, Alva. Info: 822-5212.
Men’s Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-8pm. A 12-step program. Common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899.
Guided Walk – 9-11am. 3rd Tue. Through May. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. Spano’s Meditation – 7pm. 2nd and 4th Tues. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org. Hot Vinyasa Flow – 7:15-8:15pm. With Jennifer Winter. A challenging, yet accessible heated flow class. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com. Ecstatic Kirtan – 7:15-8:45pm. Last Tue of the month. 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. Metaphysical Energy Class – 7:30pm. With medium Jay Higgins. This interactive class works with
Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. 1st Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. NaplesUnity.org.
energies and how to connect with them. $15. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. CenterOfEternalLight.com.
Conversations with Ken – 6:30pm. Discussion on Creating a fruitful life. Free. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Deb: 228-4858.
Budokon Inspired Flow – 7-8am. Led by Gary Granza, this Budokon-inspired yoga practice is fun, dynamic and powerful, with emphasis on core strength. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trl, N Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
Medical Qigong – 6:30pm. With Silvia Casabianca. Meditation and exercises. Holistic system that supports health and healing. Free for Eyes Wide Open students/clients. Eyes Wide Open Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 202, Bonita. 948-9444.
Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Trail N, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527. Power Yoga Basics – 9-10am. With Lizz Cohoon. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 5981938. BVYoga.com. Yamuna Body Rolling Class – 9-10am. $18. Selfmassage techniques to create space back into the body and tone muscles. Call to reserve balls. Arthur Murray Dance Center, Naples. Patti: 649-0814. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 676-7793. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters.
$45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Art & Nature Day – 10am-4pm. Tour the historic property and buildings. Gift shop open. Intuitive Readings by Katie Sinex. $10/adults, kids free. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Urantia Book Study Group – 11:45am-1:15pm. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. 989-4052. UrantiaBook.me. Power Yoga Basics – 5:30-6:45pm. With Nico Sanchez. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. Coral Vet Clinic 9540 Cypress Lake Dr, Ft Myers. 481-4746. Psychic Development – 6:30-8pm. With Donna Payne. Learn techniques that can be used everyday to solve problems, psychically shield yourself, contact your guides and boost your listening and psychic reading skills. $20. Enlight Center, 9122 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita. 676-5009. ARTS Anonymous – 6:30-8pm. Only requirement is a desire to develop creative potential. Crossroads Community Church, 1055 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. Dennis: 608-345-2726. ArtsAnonymous.org. A Course in Miracles – 7-8pm. 2nd and 4th Wed. We read from the text and give our interpretation. Everyone is welcome. Love offering. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita. 272-5456. Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 1st and 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 7:30pm. 3rd Wed. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 1360 Royal Palm Sq Blvd, Ft Myers. Anne Arbelaez: 287-5968. Glow with the Flow – 7:30-8:30pm. With Ewa McLane. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com.
thursday Oxbow Kayak Clinic – 9-11am. 1st Thurs. Through May. Learn the basic techniques of paddling and tour the Caloosahatchee River with a guided informational tour. All ages and abilities. $25. Caloosahatchee Regional Park, campground entrance, 19130 N River Rd. Registration required: 533-7440 or LeeParks.org. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 9:30am. Free. Lamb of God Church, 19691 Cypress View Dr, Estero. Helen: 992-4864. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Church of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Melissa Saitta. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. New Hope Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) – 5:30-6:45pm. New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd, Room 106, Ft Myers. 931-9009.
Reiki Circle – 6:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. With Reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Open to all. Meditation, brief treatment. Contribute healthy snack. Love offering. Eyes Wide Open Center, Bonita. 948-9444. EyesWideOpenC.com. Ecstatic Dance – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Thur. With Andrea Bowes. Move to a playlist that will rise and fall like a wave. Wear comfortable and moveable clothing. Bring water. $15. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1 & 3, Naples. RSVP: 2726152. HouseOfGaia.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5001 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 454-1350. Peaceful Mind – 7-8:30pm. Relax, release and reset. Unwind and energize through use of breath, sound, humor and relaxation exercises. With rotating teachers. $20, $70/four weeks or $10 for clients. Monarch Therapy, Naples. 325-9210. MonarchTherapy.com. Transformational Breath – 7-8:30pm. 2nd and 4th Thurs. With Carrie Sopko. Limit 12 people. $15. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old US 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 949-0749. ShangriLaSprings. com. Spiritual Connection, Guided Meditation and Messages – 7-9pm. With Candyce Strafford, psychic/medium. Connect to higher consciousness, be more intuitive and feel better. Love offering. Naples. 949-3387. Canbria@aol.com. Hot Vinyasa Flow – 7:15-8:15pm. With Jennifer Winter. A challenging, yet accessible heated flow class. Naples Yoga Center, 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples. 592-4809. NaplesYogaCenter.com.
friday Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. LaurieLLL@aol.com. Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Meredith Musick. Yoga Loft, Naples Strada at Mercato. Naples. 269-8846. YogaLoftNaples.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Liz Ross. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Co-Dependents Anonymous – 12pm. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Sally: 948-9162. Toddler and Me – 3:30-4:15pm. With Lizz Cohoon. Ages 1-4. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Info: 598-1938 or BVYoga.com. Yoga for Sobriety – 5:15-6:30pm. With BVY teachers. Free. Bala Vinyasa Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. More info: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds
coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.
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Healing Circles – 6:30-9pm. Reiki healing circle, 1st Fri. Sacred sound healing circle, 2nd Fri, women’s sacred circle, 3rd Fri. sacred drum circle, 4th Fri. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 922-5455. Happehatchee.org.
FOR RENT OFFICE SPACE – Room for rent in chiropractic office in downtown Naples. Possible use as a therapy
room for massage or other modality. $700 month.
Epiphany Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Bakery – 8am-1pm. Enjoy samples of all products. Indoor farmers’ market at The Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW Corner of Vanderbilt Beach and Airport Rd. 3984428. EpiphanyGlutenFree.com.
Indoor Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. The Shoppes at Vanderbilt, NW corner of Airport and Vanderbilt Beach Rd, N Naples. 273-2350.
mentary Florida licensed practitioner. $600 per
Heated Power Vinyasa Yoga – 8:45-9:45am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Guided Walk – 9-11am. 1st Sat. Walk through natural plant communities. Limit 25 participants. Free with paid parking. Caloosahatachee Regional Park, Alva. Info: 694-0398.
OFFICE SPACE – Space for rent in alternative medicine clinic in Naples. Looking for complemonth with annual lease. Healing Arts Center, ask for Rose: 262-6828. ROOM FOR RENT – Space for rent on Anchor Rode Dr, in Naples. Call Christina: 293-0960. TREATMENT ROOM FOR RENT – Located within organic salon near Pine Ridge Rd. Perfect
Green Market – 9am-1pm. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. 939-2787. ArtInLee.org.
for massage, facials, acupuncture or similar services.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Nancy: 352-0527.
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La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Sat. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Lee County Public Library, Lehigh Acres. 823-8219.
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Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita. Carol 676-7793.
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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. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. NaplesReallyReallyFree.WikiSpaces.com. Gentle Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. With Candice Oligney. Bala Vinyasa Yoga at The Club at Naples Bay Resort, 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Naples. Register: 598-1938. BVYoga.com. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Every 3rd Sat. Offering some of Naples most experienced readers/ healers. Call to make appointments. Walk-ins welcome. Goddess I AM Healing, Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. RSVP: 228-6949. GoddessIAm.com. David Essel Alive – 6-9pm EST. Get inspired. Join the national radio show with guests like Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer. Tune in at DavidEssel.com.
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aCUPUNCTURe/PSYChOTheRaPY John E. Patton, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Licensed Mental Health Counselor 971 Michigan Ave, Naples 34103 239-262-6828
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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 24 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 30.
aCUPUNCTURe CeNTeR OF NaPleS Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, AP , M.D. (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 23.
Graydon Snow, AP, DOM Board Certified Acupuncture Physician Keri Garcia, LMT – Massage 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100; Ft Myers: 239-288-0900 All Natural Primary Care. Providing acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage therapy, biopuncture and B12 injections to treat pain, stress, insomnia, fibromyalgia, asthma and more. Come in for a free consultation to learn how we can help you feel well again. AP2378, MM29338.
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PhYllIS C. WeBeR, aP Oriental Medicine 239-841-6611, Naples 239-936-4199, Ft Myers
Specializing in treatment of allergies, hormonal imbalances, auto-immune problems and pain using acupuncture, herbs, NAET, Biomagnetic Pairs Therapy. AP771. See ad, page 16.
aSTROlOGY BOB mUllIGaN
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aYURVeda ChRISTINa CaRlIN, aYURVedIC PRaCTITIONeR
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alTeRNaTIVe medICINe dR JOel YING, md
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ry to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. ~Maya Angelou
hOlISTIC healING aRTS Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 TheArtOfHolisticMassage.com
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George Beahan Certified Advanced Rolfer Egoscue Postural Alignment Specialist Board Certified Structural Integrator Advanced Myoskeletal Therapist 239-919-4413 • RolfingNaples.com Advanced Rolfing techniques & Egoscue structural exercises used to provide lasting relief from chronic pain & sports injuries. Improves alignment athletic performance,balances golf swing. MA50132.
PaUla TeRRY, lmT
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ChIROPRaCTOR NeTWORK ChIROPRaCTOR
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CRYSTalS & maRBle INFINITe STONeS, llC
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deNTISTRY laSeR deNTISTRY
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ROGeR J. PINT, mPh, dmd
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eCO SPIRITUal-CeNTeR haPPehaTChee CeNTeR
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eNeRGY healING ReV. SUSaN aRCY, SPIRITUal eNeRGY PRaCTITIONeR
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CORe STaR – JIm CRaBTRee CoreStarEnergyHealing.com 239-597-7372
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maUReeN SaNdeRS, The hORSe ShamaN
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FOOd & ThOUGhT ORGaNIC FaRm maRKeT & CaFÉ
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KITCheN41 healThY FOOd
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INTUITIVe ReadINGS aWaKeN TO The TaROT WITh KIm 1342 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Ft Myers Riverby1@embarqmail.com 239-910-0883 by appointment only
A Tarot reading is a gift to the soul. It provides positive information to encourage you towards spiritual growth and peace. $70/hour; $40/30 minutes.
aNNe daNCU INTUITIVe, medIUm
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medICal SPa aSSUaGe SPa
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INTeGRaTIVe healING CeNTeR Monarch Therapy 4500 Executive Dr, Ste 100, Naples 239-325-9210 • MonarchTherapy.com
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hYPNOTheRaPY CONCeRNed healTh alTeRNaTIVeS Lynn D. Thomas, RN, CHt, Director Certified Medical Clinical Hypnotherapist & Energy Practitioner 239-494-1363 • HypnosisBasics.com
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meTaPhYSICal CeNTeR alTeRed elemeNTS
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NaTURal & ORGaNIC maRKeT ada’S NaTURal maRKeT
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NaTURal healTh edUCaTOR leONOR RealeS, ChT, aaPNa memBeR
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NUTRITION NaTURal healTh JameS OCChIOGROSSO, mh
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NUTRITION SPeCIalISTS OF FlORIda 28315 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 101 Bonita Springs 34134 239-947-1177 • DoctorGendron.com
State Board Certified Expert and Specialist in Nutrition. We use an individual, customized and systemic approach. Consult, exam and reassessment for optimum results. See ad, page 2.
eRIC eCCleS, hOlISTIC FITNeSS TRaINeR/COaCh
Naples • Bonita Springs • Estero • Ft Myers 239-398-9123
Offering a unique holistic approach to personal training, helping to improve all aspects of one’s life. Includes: cardio fitness, strength training, yoga, nutrition counseling, life and meditation coaching. Also specializing in sports specific and mental skills training.
Frederick B. Stahlman, BS, PT, CST-D InnerConnectionsPT.com Naples: 239-398-3154
Upledger Institute instructor. 30 years 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 4.
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