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Standing Strong

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I’m excited today because a truck just came to scoop up the oak tree fished out of my pool last month and the pile of other plant debris carried to the curb since Hurricane Irma struck home. It’s been heart-wrenching to see so many lives tattered with the uprooting of our beautiful paradise. Christy, a dear friend and neighbor two streets over, will be displaced for months. Memorable pieces of her life and household await pickup as she wanders her gutted house seeking to discern the “gifts” of such tragedy. Throughout our network of 80+ Natural Awakenings publishers, many have been affected by recent heightened weather events, including: Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and several in Gulf Coast states. I just received the adjacent email and realized one of our publishers has so eloquently expressed my sentiments that I decided to share them with you all. I trust and pray that you feel blessed today.

As I worked on this month’s issue, I listened to an interview with singer/songwriter Tom Petty in which he recalled the time an arsonist set his home on fire while he was in it. The only material possessions remaining after the fire were the clothes on his back, yet the horrific experience had a positive influence on his life. “I’m sure it had a great effect on the music I did, because I came back with this very positive, happy kind of music; I didn’t want to go into any dark corner or anything like that,” he said. “I was just so glad to be alive and to have escaped something like that.” I still had the late singer’s optimism on my mind when I was alerted a day later that the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island, Kelly Martinsen, woke up in the middle of the night to an electrical fire burning her house to the ground. She posted on Facebook, “We had a fire and I know that there is word out there that we ‘lost everything’. I want to assure everyone that this is not the case. While our house may be totaled, ‘everything’ I need was found the morning after the fire as I held my kids—all three of them—and my husband in my driveway… for now we have no needs.” She went on to thank Waleska Sallaberry, who was staying with her and woke Kelly in time to get everyone to safety. Waleska publishes Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico and relocated to New York with her children after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, so she could enroll them in school. Her husband, Luis Mendez, is still in Puerto Rico and together they are doing everything they can to help rebuild their beautiful seaside village (see news brief on page 11 to support their efforts). After having her life turned upside down and then witnessing fire demolish Kelly’s home, Waleska posted a picture of the cover of her new 2018 planner, which reads “Best year ever.” As headlines are flooded with reports of hurricanes, fires, shootings and the untimely passing of familiar faces, positive stories shine a bright light on the power of perspective. Imagine how freeing it would be if we all lived with nonattachment to material things, and maintained a peaceful sense of trust in what lies ahead. Thanksgiving arrives this month as a reminder to feel gratitude for all that we have—especially what can’t be bought or burned down. Whether it’s a radiant sunset, a stranger’s compliment or the embrace of a loved one, such things can make us feel truly rich.

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newsbriefs AHA! Offers Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing Services


HA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers, is now offering eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Licensed Mental Health Counselor Kim St. Clair has relocated to our area from Ohio, where she has been practicing the method since 2008. EMDR is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, adaptive information processing model that changes the way memories are stored, Kim St. Clair and allows the brain to release false beliefs tied to past events. Originally created to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, EMDR has expanded to be an effective generalized treatment with quick and lasting results. Other conditions it can treat include anxiety, fears, depression, panic attacks, grief, dissociative disorders, disturbing memories, phobias, pain disorders, performance anxiety, stress, addictions, sexual and physical abuse, and both body dysmorphic and personality disorders. Cost: $100 for an hour or $150 for 90 minutes. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or appointments, call 239-433-5995, email aha@AHolistic or visit See ad, page 20.

Intro Offer at Allstar Dance Studio


llstar Dance Studio, in Naples, is offering a discounted rate of $25 for one private lesson, group class and social party through the end of the year. Clients can experience exercise, cultural expression, social nature and the joy of dancing. The studio conducts classes in rumba, foxtrot, waltz, tango, salsa, cha-cha, swing, hustle, samba, bolero, QuickStep, mambo and other styles. The facility also serves as a venue for weddings, anniversaries, company parties and other social occasions. Location: 4910 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 118. For more information, call 239-304-9013, email or visit See ad, page 60.


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Walsh Starts Two New Therapy Groups in Bonita


eg Walsh, a certified nurse specialist and a board-certified member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists, is launching two 90-minute Peg Walsh weekly therapy groups at the Brooks Executive Center, in Bonita Springs. One will provide support for depression on Mondays at 11 a.m. A second group assists caregivers of family members that have dementia or other chronic illnesses, and will meet at the same time on Thursdays. Both programs offer participants intensive self-care methods to work through issues and develop compassionate bonds with others that are undergoing similar challenges and struggles. Some insurance companies cover such out-of-network group therapy activities. Cost: $40 group meeting, $120 initial one-hour and evaluation consultation with Walsh. Location: 9990 Coconut Rd. For more information or to register, call 718-208-6986 or visit See ad, page 19.

The Bowl Opens New Location in Naples


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Beyond Maria: Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico


uis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallaberry are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members, and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast. Natural Awakenings publishers have created a GoFundMe account to support their efforts to rebuild PR’s holistic health and wellness community at a time when healing services are desperately needed. Mendez and Sallaberry will be trustees of this fund and will disseminate the proceeds to the people and organizations in PR at their discretion. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman says, “Through this campaign, we are offering a way to directly affect the natural health community in Puerto Rico, allowing for continued sustenance in the months to come.”

he Bowl is opening its second location this month at 1200 Central Avenue, on the corner of Central and Goodlette, in downtown Naples. This store will feature the same delicious offerings as the Pine Ridge location, along with a few new additions, including Nitro Matcha on tap. The café serves organic and non-dairy acai and pitaya bowls, smoothies, cold-brewed coffee and kombucha on tap. It offers products made by many local companies, including Lee Queen Bee raw honey, organic kombucha, Betsy’s Best organic nut butter and Black Tulip organic coffee. Owner and Florida Gulf Coast University business graduate Kylee Brinkman started The Bowl by serving at local farmers’ markets two years ago. The café is a 100 percent women-owned business. First location: 1427 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-209-6847 or visit See ad, page 25.

King Gives Weight-Loss Seminar

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r. Linell King, international speaker, author and wellness expert, will present Stress, Hormones and Health: the True Cause of Belly Fat, a seminar and dinner at 6 p.m., November 16, at Agave Restaurant, in Naples. Attendees will learn how hormone imbalances can affect sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings and fat burning, the most common exercise mistakes that prevent losing weight, what works for permanent loss of belly fat and bulges, and more.

Admission is free. Location: 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. To register (required), call 239-465-0098. For more information, call Agave at 239-598-3473 or visit See ad, page 41.

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newsbriefs Natural Health Lectures at Ada’s Market


ames Occhiogrosso, local author, natural health practitioner and herbalist, will conduct a series of natural health lectures covering the causes and prevention of osteoporosis James Occhiogrosso and cancer at 6:30 p.m., November 16 and December 14, respectively, at Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers. Each lecture consists of a 45-minute talk, followed by an open Q&A forum. Attendees can also shop Ada’s wide variety of natural foods, supplements and other healthy products. Occhiogrosso is the author of the book Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, among others. Admission is free. Location: 7070 College Pkwy., just east of U.S. 41. For more information, call 239-652-0421, email DrJim@HealthNaturallyToday. com or visit or

Climate Change Conversation in Naples


he SWFL Justice4All Coalition will devote its seventh Moral Monday Meetup meeting for the public to a Climate Change Conversation, beginning at 6:30 p.m., November 6, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples. Key panelists will include Pam Gharabally, of Preserve Our Paradise, on anti-fracking efforts; Amy Clifton, of the Citizens Climate Lobby, on carbon pricing; Clifford Mitchem, of CREW, on the need for solar energy; Sally Woliver on the rising sea levels and the recent NOAA grant; and John Capece, chairman of the SWFL chapter of the Democratic Environment Caucus and president of the Campus Climate Corps.


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In addition to presentations, there will be Q&A and group breakout sessions with the experts and audience members. Admission is free. Location: 6340 Napa Wood Way. For more information, call 917-553-3776, email or visit

Barre Fusion Offers Six-Month Pilates Intro Package


arre Fusion, in Naples, is offering new customers a discount on Pilates packages. From November through May 2018, clients receive $50 off their first package purchase. A non-impact, stretching form of exercise, Pilates can improve balance, flexibility, coordination, energy, endurance, posture, confidence and overall body functions. Other benefits include increased strength and muscle tone, stress reduction, acceleration of rehabilitating from surgery or injury and weight loss. Location: 13040 Livingston Rd., Ste. 2. For more information, call 239-231-4178 or visit See ad, page 19.

Inspirational Healing Classes in Bonita Springs


ee Harris, of D-Signed Nutrition, has aligned with the co-authors of Ask and You Shall Receive, Carisa Jones and Sylvia Lehmann, to offer Sylvia Lehmann (left) a class, Inspirational Healing, from and Carisa Jones 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays from November 8 through December 13, at Love For Humanity, in Bonita Springs. The sessions, based on the principles of the book and representing a joint effort between D-Signed Nutrition and Receive Joy, will offer a calming environment with instructions on how to re-center and find peace while dealing with stress and illness, along with providing practical steps to promote healing changes in life. Organizers claim that the medical community looks for remedies, but people are seeking healing. Whether our needs are physical, emotional or spiritual, we must promote the healing environment. Admission is free; love donations are accepted. Location: 2785 S. Tamiami Tr. For more information or to register, call 239-676-5249 or email See ad, page 35. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Mystic Faire Returns to Naples


ore than 60 new and returning psychics, healers and other experts, along with new vendors, will offer their artistic wares and health services at the 14th annual Naples Mystic Faire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 25, at Etudes Dance Studio. The event will feature massage, reiki, animal communications, tarot, mediums, angel portraits, feng shui, crystals, candles, incense, spiritual art, books, jewelry, Native American art and drums, angel art, mandalas and refreshments in a large food court. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for door prizes will be donated to area charitable organizations. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods that will be donated to local food banks.

Cost: $5 or free for children 12 and under. Location: 3285 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-949-3387 or visit See ad, page 63.

Circle Conversation on Effect of Irma


Community CafÊ Coalition Conversation for people of all ages about the changing environment of Southwest Florida after Hurricane Irma will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., November 7, at the Christus Victor Lutheran Church, in North Naples. Using a simple process that helps to shift from small talk to meaningful results, the Circle Conversation allows everyone’s voice to be heard, information shared, solutions explored and commonalities celebrated. Location: 15600 Tamiami Tr. To register, email or For more information, visit groups/1871966173063426.


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Seamans Opens Office at Wellbridges Health Center


icensed Aesthetician Tatyana Seamans is opening an office at the Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs. She specializes in non-aggressive, skinrejuvenating technol- Tatyana Seamans ogy, including micro-needling, microdermabrasion and chemical exfoliation. Seamans started practicing aesthetics in 1989 in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. She emigrated to America in 1997 and graduated from the Milwaukee Skin Institute, in Wisconsin, in 1998. She believes that lifestyle and diet are directly related to the health of the skin. 



Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or appointments, call 239-777-6817. The Wellbridges office phone number is 239231-8354 or visit See ad, page 35.

In Memory of Linda Lislane Bruce

inda Lislane A. Bruce passed away peacefully October 4 at Avow Hospice, surrounded by family and loving friends. Born in Brazil on September 25, 1942, she came with her husband Roberto to Naples in 2004 and joined her daughter, Maria Luisa (Lulu) Carter, to form the House of Gaia nonprofit, community-inclusive learning center. The mother/daughter team worked together as a labor of love to develop and nurture the center.   Lislane worked for more than nine years at Gaia. She was also a family psychologist for 30 years, serving the Latino community in our Linda Lislane A. Bruce area, and a folk artist representing her heritage though her work with dolls. Her collection of 300-plus Brazilian Carnivale dolls was part of an event that launched the Naples Botanical Garden’s Brazilian Garden in 2009. Through her and Carter’s efforts, the center has grown to offer a wide variety of events, classes and workshops based on a curriculum of art and well-being that teach communication skills, peace, the value of service and the importance of kindness in everyday living. Location: 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1. To make a love donation to the center, call 239-272-6152 or visit

Hurricane Maria Support Group Meetings in Naples


he first of a series of special support group meetings for residents of Puerto Rico and their relatives in our area with loved ones and others that were affected by HurIvette Gomez ricane Maria will be led by Ivette Gomez, a licensed mental health counselor, at 4 p.m., November 4, at a private residence in Naples. Attendees of the events, which will also be offered on subsequent Saturdays, will receive help with processing feelings and emotions in a beautiful, natural setting. Attendees will enjoy dialogue, conversation, support and organization of help. Participants are asked to bring their own chair. For more information including event location and to register, call 239-272-2096. natural awakenings

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TEETOTALERS ENJOY LESS HEART DISEASE In a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that former and occasional drinkers have a 45 percent increased risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. This discovery contradicts the widely held belief that occasional alcohol consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

Overtime Hours Linked to Tooth Decay

esearchers from the Tokyo Dental College, in Japan, have discovered a link between excessive overtime work and oral health by comparing overtime hours worked per month with the rate of untreated tooth decay. Of 951 financial workers studied, 13 percent of the men with no overtime hours reported tooth decay, while 19 percent of those working up to 45 hours of overtime per month did. This increased to 27 percent for those working 45 to 80 extra hours per month and exceeded 31 percent for those logging more than 80. Workers with the most overtime hours were more likely to list “too busy with work” as their reason for leaving decayed teeth untreated. The results came after adjusting for differences in age, education, smoking, snacking, dental visits and oral hygiene.

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cientists from the Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, examined the impact of a combination of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine on the rate of delirium in cardiovascular patients admitted into an intensive care unit. Of the 59 patients studied, 29 were treated with conventional care and 30 were given the same care, plus herbal medicine three times a day and acupuncture once a day. In the treatment group, incidental rates of delirium were 6.6 percent, significantly lower than the 37.9 percent rate found in the control group. This group also required fewer sedative drugs traditionally used to combat aggressive behavior in delirious patients.



Black Cumin Oil Helps Control Asthma

igella sativa oil (NSO), commonly called black cumin, is used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. Researchers from University College London, in the UK, and King Abdulaziz University, in Saudi Arabia, studied the impact of this oil on patients with asthma. Scientists divided 80 asthmatics into two groups of 40. One group was treated with 500 milligrams of NSO twice a day for four weeks. The other was given a placebo. The researchers used an asthma control score to measure improvement, along with pulmonary function testing and the level of blood eosinophils, disease-fighting white blood cells that indicate inflammation and allergic reaction. The researchers found normal eosinophil levels and significant improvement in the average asthma control test score for those in the NSO group, plus improved pulmonary function, compared to the placebo group.

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esearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the beneficial, naturally occurring bifidobacteria, enhancing the body’s microbiome. “A lot of plant cell walls are indigestible, just like we can’t digest the special sugars found in xyloglucans,” explains nutritional microbiologist and researcher David Sela, Ph.D. “But when we eat cranberries, the xyloglucans enter our intestines, where beneficial bacteria can break them down into useful molecules and compounds.” Sela emphasizes the importance of prebiotics. “With probiotics, we are taking extra doses of beneficial bacteria that may or may not help our gut health,” he says. “But with prebiotics, we already know that we have the beneficial guys in our guts, so let’s feed them with more nutrients and things that they like.”

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Aerobics Improve Brain Function


esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and gray matter, and helps improve brain function. Thirty-five adults with mild cognitive impairment were split into an aerobic group and a stretching group. The aerobic group participated in moderate-to-vigorous exercise four times per week for six months, while the others did stretching exercises at the same rate. The researchers used magnetic resolution imaging with each participant at the beginning of the study and after six months to determine potential changes in the brain. They found that both groups showed volume increases in gray matter regions linked to short-term memory, but the aerobic group displayed a larger preservation of overall brain volume. They also had greater improvements in cognitive function.


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Trigger Point Therapy Brings Long-Term Pain Relief


trigger point in the body is a tender spot or muscle knot that can affect any muscle group. When stimulated, the trigger point site generally causes shooting pain in another area beyond the isolated area in which it is located. A common ailment, trigger points are painful and can cause tingling, numbness and other discomforts. In comparison to other types of massage therapy used to manage and treat pain, Trigger Point Therapy identifies and works very specific points of the body where pain occurs. This approach, while temporarily uncomfortable, offers long-term relief from pain and future problems. Hydration is particularly important after the trigger point has been effectively treated because the breaking down of a trigger point releases toxins that have built up in the area. With proper hydration, toxins are flushed from the site and removed via the bloodstream, liver, the lymph system, digestive tract and kidneys. An Epsom salt bath might be recommended by the therapist to assist with removing toxins and muscle soreness.

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ecotip How to Properly Discard Cooking Oil Holiday meal traditions that kick off with a Thanksgiving turkey and continue through festive meals for New Year’s can produce lots of cooking oil and grease waste. Following proper disposal procedures protects both the environment and home plumbing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that vegetable oils and animal fats share common physical properties and create similar environmental effects as petroleum spills, including coating and suffocating animals and plants; polluting food supplies and habitats; fouling shorelines; and clogging water treatment plants. Cooking oil and kitchen grease is the number one cause of stopped-up sewer pipes, according to Earth 911. Grease sticks to the lining of plumbing pipes in small particles, which catch onto each other and accumulate until

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the growing mass can block and backup sewage lines, leading to a nasty mess and sometimes costly repairs. This potential problem can be avoided simply and easily. n For small amounts of kitchen grease such as lard, shortening or tallow that inevitably go down the drain, flush with cold water so that it solidifies, making it less likely to stick to pipes. n Freeze small amounts of used cooking fats, oils and grease in a container like a used coffee can with a tight-sealing lid, then place it in the trash. n Larger and unfrozen quantities of used cooking oil may be taken to an area recycling center for proper disposal year-round. No special container is required and the liquid is emptied from the consumer’s container onsite. Don’t combine the contents with anything else, so it can be repurposed by vendors that collect it from the centers.

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Glyphosate Toxin Turns Up in Wines

Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. For glyphosate-related consumer information, search Actions at

Pedestrian Power

Smart Street Lights Powered by Footsteps Conventional street lights collectively emit more than 100 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. The city of Las Vegas, a leader in municipal sustainability, has contracted with EnGoPlanet, a New York City clean tech startup, to install the world’s first Smart Street Lights powered by pedestrians’ footsteps via kinetic energy pads and solar energy. When someone steps on a kinetic tile, energy is created and goes directly to a battery. Petar Mirovic, CEO of EnGoPlanet, says, “Clean and free energy is all around us. Urban cities have to build the smart infrastructures of tomorrow that will be able to harvest all of that energy. This project is a small but important step in that direction.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman says, “Through our LEED-certified buildings, solar projects, water reclamation, alternativefueled vehicles and sustainable streetlights, Las Vegas continues to lead the way.” The company also cites Smart Street Light projects in Chicago, Detroit, Auburn Hills (Michigan), Asbury Park (New Jersey) and at stadiums such as the MercedesBenz Superdome, in New Orleans. View an illustrative video at


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In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7. When nuclear sources are added, the number increased to 72.1 percent. Records for wind power are also being set across Northern Europe.

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Black Friday Alternative This year, all REI outdoor outfitter stores will close on Black Friday and join hundreds of national and local organizations and like-minded brands to ask, “Will You Go Out with Us?” For the third year, the REI #OptOutside initiative will mobilize Americans to firmly establish a new tradition of choosing trails over sales on Black Friday, including camping under the stars instead of camping out at malls. For helpful ideas, visit



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Artificial Intelligence Helps Locate People and Wildlife Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters. natural awakenings

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Lee Health – Leading a Paradigm Shift by Linda Sechrist


t’s time to design an aerial banner that celebrates a special occasion in Lee County. The cause for celebration—a medical institution that is embracing a focus on prevention and wellness, as well as integrative medicine and patient and community outreach education. Formerly known as Lee Memorial Health System, Lee Health is not only the largest healthcare system in Southwest Florida but also the leader of a national movement that involves several aspects.

Wellness Centers and Integrative Medicine Practice Lee Health Wellness Centers in Cape Coral and Fort Myers are medically based fitness facilities designed to meet the needs of the entire community. Regardless of current health status or age, these centers can help individuals achieve new levels of well-being under the guidance of degreed and certified fitness professionals and wellness staff members that supervise fitness and wellness services at all times. Activities and programs offered at the wellness centers include mind and body, a healthy life series, hypnotherapy, walking club, lending library and onsite nutrition counseling. The Lee Health Integrative Medicine Practice in Bonita Springs is a partner with the Healthy Life Center and Wellness Center in providing wellness care to improve vitality and quality of life. Through programming at both locations, Dr. Heather Auld and Teresa Spano, naturopathic consultant, provide education on treatment options such as nutritional counseling and the measurement of micronutrients to bio-identical hormone therapy, acupuncture, and herbal medicine as well as others.

Healthy Life Center The Healthy Life Center, the first of its kind, is a health 24

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information and education destination offering a variety of services and education to support healthy lifestyles, early detection of disease and chronic disease management. Events and offerings include preventive screenings, classes, workshops and seminars on various aspects of healthy lifestyles. Cooking demonstrations and children’s programs are a regular occurrence. The center also has a wellness library.

Whole Food, Plant-Based Living Group Monthly Meet-Up For individuals interested in living a whole food, plant-based lifestyle, the Healthy Life Center has a monthly Meet-up group that share recipes and provides support at the Healthy Life Center—Coconut Point, and the Wellness Center—Cape Coral. “We created this group because we know that changing eating habits and staying on track with them isn’t easy,” says Molly Grubbs, director of the Healthy Life Center. “The group, which is led by lifestyle coach and certified nutrition and wellness expert Lora Ulrich, provides an opportunity to share stories, tips and recipes, and ask and get answers to questions about a whole food, plant-based lifestyle.” The Whole Food Plant-Based Living Group is free to join. It meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Healthy Life Center—Coconut Point and at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Wellness Center—Cape Coral.

Memory Café Lee Health teamed with the Alzheimer’s Association, Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, the Florida Gulf Coast University and Keiser University to create and host the Memory Café, a monthly gathering for individuals living with mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease or other de-

mentias. Care partners are also invited to participate. “The gatherings provide a social outlet and opportunities to meet people, learn something new and participate in activities such as dancing, journaling, or arts and crafts,” explains Grubbs. “Living with, as well as caring for someone with cognitive impairments and/or dementia can be challenging. Through Memory Café, Lee Health wants to create a way to support the patient and the caregiver in a fun, relaxed and friendly way.” Lee Health provides the space for the gatherings while the Alzheimer’s Association and Alzheimer’s Resource Center provide resources and support. Florida Gulf Coast University students will participate as a course-based, service-learning activity, which will enhance their understanding of older adults and those living with dementias. Keiser will track and measure outcomes regarding whether participants feel more socially engaged with others and if the gatherings make attendees feel less socially isolated from others. The Memory Café meets at Cape Coral Hospital in Classroom A on the second Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. The Memory Café at the Healthy Life Center—Coconut Point meets on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.

Lee Health – Coconut Point When completed in 2018, Lee Health—Coconut Point campus will offer a broad array of medical services combined with a healing environment. The approximately $140 million project will be located on a 31-acre site south of the Coconut Point Mall.

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Try Some Stretches Four Ways to Flex Our Muscles by Marlaina Donato


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Four Categories, Many Variations “Different types of stretches access different muscles and different types of flexibility, but together, can benefit everyone,” says Wegman. There are many ways to stretch, but knowing what to do and when to do it can be key to optimum results and injury prevention. Warming up to different types of stretches can be a little daunting, but the basic four (sometimes combined in terminology) are passive, static, active and dynamic. In the past, ballistic stretching was common and included potentially harmful bouncing techniques, but today dynamic stretching has become a favorite among trainers, consisting of specific, controlled movements that prepare the body for the demands of both engaging in sports and an average workout. “Stretches can be confusing, so as a rule of thumb, I suggest dynamic stretching for any workout that involves movement and passive stretching for cooling down after a workout to release the muscles,” says Chabut. Stretching also plays an important role in yoga, which generally complements different stretches by adding a mind-body connection. “Breath is the key difference between yoga and regular stretching,” notes Chabut.



hether working out at the gym or taking to the trails, stretching is sometimes an overlooked asset to any exercise regimen. Eliminating stretches or not doing them properly increases the risk of injury and deprives muscles of what they need for optimum performance. “Just because you are in shape doesn’t always mean you have good flexibility,” notes LaReine Chabut, a Los Angeles fitness expert and author of Stretching for Dummies. “If you do plenty of strength training and cardio, but you don’t do any stretching, you’re creating an imbalance in your body. Flexibility plays a big part in overall fitness.” Loosening up correctly not only fosters flexibility, but also improves muscle endurance and coordination. “Everyone should be stretching, especially as you age, to maintain range of motion and balance,” advises fitness trainer Ben Wegman, of The Fhitting Room, in New York City. “A personal workout regime can be enhanced with stretching, which also increases mobility, improves posture and performance, and reduces stress levels.”

“The use of breath allows you to get deeper into the muscle. Yoga also places particular emphasis on core muscles: the abdominals, lower back and spinal muscles. Through focus and deep breathing, yoga allows you to move beyond stretching into a deeper physical experience that both strengthens and focuses your body.”

Injury Prevention and Recovery

Nancy Whelan, a physical therapist and owner of The Physical Therapy Center, in West Palm Beach, Florida, emphasizes the importance of proper technique for clients to avoid further injury, especially individuals that had a torn Achilles tendon. “Stretching is important when doing any exercise, and especially important following surgery or injury, because the body’s reaction to either one is to contract, which can cause secondary problems,” explains Whelan. “I think the body has an intelligence we must listen to. We must acknowledge our limitations and the signals our body sends us to let us know that something is harmful or painful,” she notes. “When you take responsibility to take care of your body, it will take care of you.” For injury prevention, dynamic stretching offers many benefits. “It’s the best because it ensures that all major joints have full range of motion and suf-

ficient muscle length,” says Wegman. She advises never to stretch an injured muscle or stretch too forcefully. “Introduce low-intensity stretching back into a regime only under a doctor’s supervision,” she cautions.

Daily Moderation

For Chabut, moderation is everything. “Gently warm up the body before moving into deeper stretches. Build heat in the muscles slowly to avoid potential injury,” she advises. Proper stretching is beneficial, but not doing so can foster bad habits and cause muscle or tendon tears. “Stretching cold muscles or using improper techniques such as bouncing when holding a stretch position are common mistakes,” observes Whelan. Stretching doesn’t have to be reserved for workouts, and with a little discipline, its benefits can easily be attained at home or the office. “Take 10 minutes during your favorite TV program and perform a couple of stretches,” suggests Wegman. “Make it a point to get up every half-hour and stretch for five minutes before resuming work. If you aren’t being pushed or pushing yourself, you won’t see results or make improvements. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

Stretching Guide at a Glance

Benefit: Increases flexibility in the muscles being stretched and increases strength in the opposing muscles.

STATIC What it is: Hold a stretch in a challenging, but not painful position, for 10 to 30 seconds until feeling discomfort; once this is felt, the muscle then releases and relaxes.

PASSIVE What it is: Employ an outside force such as a stretching device, strap or another’s body weight such as a trainer, physical therapist or massage therapist, which assists the stretch while the individual remains passive. The targeted muscles are not actively engaged. Examples include postworkout stretches applying pressure with a body part, towel or other prop or piece of equipment.

Benefit: Improves flexibility. ACTIVE (aka Static Active) What it is: Engage and contract the muscle group opposite the one being stretched to initiate the stretch; repeat. Many yoga poses are examples of active stretching.

Benefit: Increases range of motion, decreases muscle tension (spasm)

Helpful Resources BOOKS Dynamic Stretching: The Revolutionary New Warm-Up Method to Improve Power, Performance and Range of Motion, by Mark Kovacs Dynamic Stretching vs. Static Stretching and Their Benefits, by Jack Cascio Exercise Balls for Dummies (including safe stretches for pregnant woman) and Stretching for Dummies, both by LeReine Chabut Stretching: 20 Simple Stretching Techniques to Relieve Pain and Increase Flexibility, by Neb Notliar ONLINE VIDEOS (range of stretches specific to martial arts styles and body parts) (free yoga videos for all levels) (highly detailed instruction tailored to seniors) (videos from the PBS series Classical Stretch) (instruction specific to sports and muscle groups) feature/good-for-beginners (select stretching videos) and reduces post-workout soreness and fatigue. DYNAMIC What it is: Use controlled, gradual movements and stretches that involve repeated range of motion moves, especially in relation to a specific activity or sport that will follow the warm-up. Benefit: Prepares the body for activity and warms the muscles; especially advantageous after static stretches. Builds strength. Primary sources: Fitness Science; Scott White, a power trainer in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Salima Silverman

Barbara King

Meredith Musick

Kiersten Mooney

Fresh Twists on Waking Up by Linda Sechrist


lthough stretching does play a significant role in yoga postures, it’s not necessary to be a yogi or yogini in order to benefit from the flexibility, range of motion and sense of balance that stretching poses offer. An energizing morning practice of several stretching poses can provide sufficient natural stimulation to set the tone for a day of fluid movements from one chore or task to another. Natural Awakenings queried experienced local yoga teachers regarding their favorite stretching poses they use to wake up the body and help it to move confidently through the day.

Susan Carter, We Choose Yoga, Fort Myers A certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and yoga therapist, Carter also teaches at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. She particularly likes the reclining hand-to-big-toe pose, which can also be performed in bed. “By looping a yoga strap or long scarf around the arch of the foot, the pose stretches hips, thighs, hamstrings, groins, and calves. It also strengthens the knees and can relieve backache and sciatica. We spend so much of our day with our legs bent. This pose extends the legs, which can help with back and hip problems,” advises Carter.

erwise known as the hip bone,” advises Colucci, who also offers private yoga therapy and different types of massage.

Barbara King, BKS Yoga, Naples King likes the cobra pose, which strengthens the spine and opens the chest, lungs, shoulders and abdomen. It also firms the buttocks and soothes sciatica problems. “To find the height at which you can work comfortably and avoid straining your back, take your hands off the floor for a moment so that the height you find comfortable will be through extension, rather than pushing against the floor,” notes King.

Meredith Musick, Yoga and Massage Therapy, Naples Musick favors the bent knee stretch, which offers benefits that include lengthening the entire front abdominal region, including the iliospsoas. To achieve maximum result, the straight leg needs to be actively stretching through the heel. “Twists are also beneficial for the spine and nervous system, as well as optimizing the lung and rib cage space for the diaphragm and respiratory system. Since the pose is done lying down on the floor, it is perfect for early in the morning after a full body stretch or two,” says Musick.

Jennifer Colucci, Awakening Through Synergy, Naples

Kiersten Mooney, Green Monkey Yoga, Naples

Colucci, a licensed massage therapist and yoga teacher, makes yoga’s banana pose part of her daily morning routine before leaving bed. “This is my go-to first thing in the morning pose. It stretches stomach muscles (oblique) and side muscles (intercostals) in-between ribs. It is also is a key pose for stretching the psoas muscle which originates in the lower back and attaches to the anterior superior iliac spine, oth-

Mooney chose a toe pose, a very effective stretch for the feet. She prescribes this pose in her yoga class for professional athletes, as well as in her Parkinson’s research class to help participants prevent falls. “Our feet are critical for balance, agility, proper gait and support of overall functional living and health. If the pose is too intense for your feet, ankles or knees, modify it by sitting on a blanket or bolster,” says Mooney.


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Jennifer Colucci

Salima Silverman, Monarch Wellness, Naples Silverman’s favorite stretching pose is named after the king of the birds, the eagle. As with all standing balancing poses, a wall can be used to brace and support the back torso while learning to balance. “The most noticeable benefits of this pose when properly and consistently done include stronger arms, legs, knees and ankles, as well as creating space between the shoulder blades,” advises Silverman, who also offers private yoga classes for adults and special needs classes for children.

Local Resources AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers. 239-433-5995. See ad, page 20. Awakening Through Synergy, 1084 Business Ln., Naples. 239-529-7582. BKS Yoga, 2900 Tamiami Tr. N. 239-213-9276. GreenMonkey Yoga, Naples, 6200 Trail Blvd., 239-5981938; Naples, 1800 Tamiami Tr. E., 239-598-1938; Coral Gables, 1430 S. Dixie Hwy., Ste. 116, 786-953-7709; Miami Beach, 800 Bay Rd., 305-397-8566. See ad, page 70. Monarch Wellness, 843 Myrtle Terr. 239-325-9210. See ad, page 33. Meredith Musick Yoga and Massage Therapy, Naples. 239269-8846. See ad, page 70.

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SACRED SILENCE Discover the Benefits of Quiet at a Silent Retreat


by April Thompson


ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

Scientific Support

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia. Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, 30

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according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of retreat participants before and one week after an Ignatian-based retreat, finding significant changes in their serotonin and dopamine systems. “Whether through prayers, walks or meditations, the single-minded ritualistic aspect of retreats seems to predispose the brain for peak spiritual experience,” he observes.

What to Expect

Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai,

California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loudest, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Choosing a Retreat

Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and approach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruc-

The deliberate, conscientious practices of my first silent retreat made me appreciate each moment: the gifts, blessings, music, stretching, meditation, prayers and practice of stillness. ~Unity retreat feedback tion without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your

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circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.

Retreat Back to Everyday Life Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home as at the retreat. Attending daylong maintenance retreats on Saturdays or Sundays can also help sustain individual practice. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


( offers silent retreats combining yoga and meditation. Leaders Patricia Sunyata Brown and Surya-Chandra Das take an eclectic approach incorporating multiple traditions to stimulate selfinquiry and compassion.

Insight Meditation Society:


etreat centers vary from nondenominational to those aligned with a faith, but even within a tradition, styles of meditation vary. The following opportunities highlight some of the more prevalent offerings. RetreatFinder. com and can be helpful tools.

Omega Institute: One of the larg-

est centers on the East Coast, the Omega Institute (, in Rhinebeck, New York, offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats led by notable and varied spiritual teachers.

Unity: The Unity church, a Christian faith honoring all paths to God, offers an annual silent retreat facilitated by

Rev. Paulette Pipe (TouchingTheStillness. org). Held at Unity Center, in Kansas City, Missouri, the experience incorporates soulful music, labyrinth walks and meditation practice.

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center: A working monastery for more than

50 years, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Hot Springs (, in the Ventana Mountains of northern California, offers lay meditation practitioners a sense of monastic life each summer. Retreats are mainly taught in the Zen Buddhist tradition, focused on observing the breath and mind.

Rolling Meadows: Located in

rural Brooks, Maine, Rolling Meadows

Founded by Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in the 1970s, the Insight Meditation Society ( focuses on the Buddhist practices of metta (spreading lovingkindness) and vipassana (insight) meditation. Silent retreats at its historic center in Barre, Massachusetts, range from two days to three months.

Jesuits: A Roman Catholic order cofounded by St. Ignatius, the Jesuit tradition incorporates prayer, meditation, self-awareness and other contemplative practices. retreat-centers lists Jesuit retreat centers across the U.S. where seekers can deepen their relationship with God through silence.

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Sangha at Open Mind Zen Center, in Naples

Some Paths are Best Traveled in Silence by Lisa Marlene


o slow down a mind that chatters incessantly, spewing out criticisms, comparisons, anticipations, expectations and interpretations that interfere with what is, Southwest Floridians are using silent retreats that may include periods of sitting meditation and/or prayer, perhaps accompanied by walking meditation or other mindful movements. Cutting away the fat from the bones that the mind relishes chewing on requires a consistent practice, patience and compassion. Natural Awakenings turned to local meditation centers and residents that attend silent retreats to determine how the practice of silence can impact life.

Open Mind Zen Center

Spending extended periods of time immersed in silent practice is an instrumental part of meditation practice at the Open Mind Zen Center. “Entering silence consciously is very different than accidental encounters. We understand that by choosing silence, any noise we encounter is our own, and can be skillfully worked with. In Zen, we call this ‘noble silence’. We decide to remove ourselves from external noise, turn inward and meet our own minds and hearts. What we find may be a profound stillness; a gateway to an inner quiet that we’ve been craving our 32

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whole lives,” explains Laurie Lyons, founder of the center, who notes that while a silent practice can be a difficult thing to do on our own, Zen practitioners take refuge in sangha, a community of practitioners. “What we also may find is a mind that’s quite full and doesn’t want to be still or quiet, but since we’ve chosen to meet this mind, we work with it. We return to the breath, the experience of this body in the moment. We do this again and again.” The sangha intentionally enters noble silence together. “Even though we aren’t speaking, making eye contact or physical contact, we are holding each other in a very intimate way. We are all in this together, which makes it possible. At Open Mind Zen, we offer monthly zazenkai, which means come together for meditation, as a wonderful opportunity to engage in deep practice for a whole day with the support of experienced teachers and a like-minded community,” advises Lyons. “With this support and with practice, deep inner quiet is available to anyone who is intent on looking for it. It’s in our nature, which means that in reality, it’s never more than a breath away. We only have to realize what’s always been.” In a zazenkai full-day silent retreat

from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the center, the sangha sits for 30 minutes to notice and let go of thoughts, images and external distractions. The group rises for a fiveminute walking meditation and then returns to 30 minutes of sitting. There is a break for a short yoga or relaxation session, as well as for lunch. The afternoon is a repeat of the morning, and the day ends with a dharma talk on the teachings of the Buddha. Jean McCullough, a Naples resident and full-time housekeeper for an elderly widowed gentleman, has been meditating in monthly sangha zazenkai at Open Mind Zen for nearly a year. She also participates with another sangha study group at the Shambhala Meditation Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Describing the commonalities of the two centers, McCullough notes that the nuts and bolts of the day of silence are similar, with silent sitting broken by periods of walking meditation, one teaching a day and a group discussion on a particular topic, such as unconditional compassion.

The Mind as Ally

A six-week course in the teachings of 19th-century Tibetan teacher Jamgön Kongtrül, offered by the Shambala Gampo Abbey, in Nova Scotia, Canada, taught McCullough to use her challenges and difficulties to awaken genuine, earnest compassion. “The teachings, combined with the practice of silence, have helped me. I get less entangled in my old triggers, see people more realistically and recognize that mind can serve the heart as an ally, rather than as a foe,” she says.

Dominick Tascher

Dominick Tascher, a Naples resident and Realtor for MVP Realty, has been meditating for 8 years. In 2009, he became part of the Open Mind Zen Center sangha. “I developed an interest in Zen Buddhism when I began reading books written by the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. The koan used in Zen has always intrigued me. These paradoxical anecdotes or riddles demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and provoke enlightenment,” says Tascher.

Sangha in St. Augustine that Linda Mundt attended

Less Reacting

“I’ve come to love silence. My career requires a lot interaction with many people. In my personal life, I enjoy time with friends and like to balance it with solitude. The more I practice silence and solitude, the more like it. After a threeday solitary retreat in June, re-entry required a couple of days of adjustment,” notes Tascher, who also participates in Fred Eppsteiner’s Florida Community of Mindfulness sangha and silent retreats in Tampa. Eppsteiner is the principal teacher, in the tradition of Hanh. “Meditation changed my life personally and professionally. I react less and feel less anxious and frustrated, because I have no attachments to outcomes. I’m much more relaxed with what is, and I’m a better listener, as I’m no longer thinking about what my response will be to someone’s comments,” says Tascher.

Describing the personal impact of practicing silence alone and in a large group, Mundt says, “I don’t feel remotely like the same person I was 10 years ago. I didn’t stop being that person. I simply added skills to my repertoire and changed my perspective on many things. It’s like learning advanced algebra. You don’t lose the basic principles, you accumulate more knowledge and understanding,” explains Mundt, who is also a member of the Open Mind Zen Center sangha. Kelsang Chopag, resident teacher of the Samudrabadra Kadampa Center in Fort Myers, advises, “Meditation is more powerful with a sangha, as you are literally supported by the practice and the energy of others. Buddha said that if you are trying to sweep a room and have only one bristle, it takes a long time. When you put a number of bristles together, you can sweep the room quickly.” Chopag notes that classes are offered at the Fort Myers center and silent retreats at the Kadampa Meditation Center in Sarasota, a world peace center for meditation and modern Buddhism.

Local Resources

Open Mind Zen Center, 250 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 205, Naples. For more information, call 239-961-2491 or visit Florida Community of Mindfulness, GreenMonkey Yoga, 6200 Trail Blvd., Naples. For more information, visit See ad, page 59.

A Multiplied Effect

Linda Mundt, a Bonita Springs resident and feng shui practitioner, has been participating in silent retreats for four decades. Since 2010, the weeklong silent retreats she has attended at different locations have been sponsored by the Tergar Meditation Community under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master. “Originally, my interest in silent retreats was a matter of curiosity. Today, I love them, and since 2010 have been appreciating the multiplied effect of hundreds of people meditating together. I appreciate the camaraderie and support I sense with people intentionally focused on learning together and meditating in silence,” advises Mundt.

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Books that Kids Will Love Advice for Parents from Award-Winners by Randy Kambic


hile kids may list movies, kids 8 and up about math, science and video games, music downengineering—cultivates positive role loads and other media featur- models via inspirational personal stoing their favorite athlete, actor or music ries. She points out that most of those star as priority holiday gifts, books will depicted were not that well known, and expand their thoughts, curiosity and therefore can be emulated and more dreams by exposing them to a different readily related to. set of role models and aspirations. One of these is Katherine Coleman Reading takes kids away from tech Johnson, a black National Aeronauscreens and expands horizons in ways tics and Space Administration research that can improve their mathematician and physischool grades, maturity cist, portrayed in the recent Holiday gift and overall inquisitivefilm Hidden Figures. Mabooks can inspire rine scientist Eugenie Clark, ness. Many wise-hearted parents are recognizing lifetime readers. known as the “shark lady” the benefits, as children’s for her daring underwater book sales were up 5 percent in the research, and major pioneers in cartog12-month period ending in mid-Octoraphy, archaeology and other fields also ber 2016, according to the American stir inquiring minds. Booksellers Association. Humor, fantasy “I wanted to provide a variety and magic, classics, nonfiction, time of fields, backgrounds and ethnicitravel and participatory activities rank ties,” remarks Lawlor. “They were all among the most popular topics. determined, very smart and persistent, and made strides in opening Award-Winners’ Advice doors for women.” Lawlor’s 2012 “Children can’t be what they can’t see,” children’s book Rachel Carson and says author Laurie Lawlor, of Evanston, Her Book That Changed The World Illinois. Her 2017 book Super Women: describes how Carson’s seminal 1962 Six Scientists that Changed the World— book Silent Spring helped spawn the a nonfiction account designed to excite conservation and pro-environment 34

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movement by chronicling the dangers of pollution. Children’s fascination with nature and wildlife can also be met through the Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, out of Long Island, New York, and Vermonter Jim Arnosky’s scientifically sound wildlife chronicles ( Kelly Barnhill, of Minneapolis, whose latest work is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, characterizes children as quiet, yet highly active when reading. “They are encountering characters and then building, inserting themselves and more information into the stories, making it more relevant to them,” she says. The former middle school language arts teacher advocates parental reading aloud with children. “Make it a daily practice of turning to a separate book from what they may be reading on their own. You’re helping them develop cognitive structure by reinforcing and explaining. It’s a shared lens on life.”

Cultivate Reading 4 Know the child’s interests. “If they like horses or birds, you’re certain to find great related books,” advises Lawlor. 4 Lead by example. “Seeing you reading or gardening or making things invites them to learn more about what they like,” says Lawlor. 4 Be flexible and share. There’s no clear-cut time to transition from reading aloud to having a child do it on their own. Try taking turns reading a paragraph and then a page with them. “Women tend to read more than men, so get Dad involved, as well,” says Barnhill. 4 Access quantity. “Make many books available to kids,” advises Barnhill. “They’ll enjoy having a choice.” Thrift stores are stocked with heavily discounted used books. 4 Empower them. The interactive, hands-on format of Ellen Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’” Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community


Books Expand Kids’ Horizons

aunched in April, Reading Without Walls ( is a national initiative celebrating and encouraging reading, diversity and appreciation for those unlike ourselves. “We feel that this will change lives,” says Shaina Birkhead, strategic partnerships director with the Children’s Book Council, one of the program’s partner organizations. Under the program umbrella, libraries, bookshops, teachers, community youth groups and parents can host “challenge” events. An online guide includes tips on setting up displays and props; fun crafts and drawing activities; how to talk about reading; writing and design contests, word games and puzzles; and bookmark prizes. “Reading opens up minds and hearts to new people, places and things,” says Gene Luen Yang, a national ambassador of the program and author of the youthful tale American Born Chinese.

space for both confident and vulnerable youngsters, the American Library Association ( provides libraries with positive, unifying resources for children and families. They include a Storytime for Social Justice Kit; booklist for Hope and Inspiration storytime events; resource list on Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice for parents, caregivers and educators; and curated media list on immigration. The Barnes & Noble bookseller groups selected children’s books— including classics such as Dr. Seuss titles, poetry, nature, sports, history and science—in five age categories from newborn through teenage years. “It’s an amazing era for children’s books,” assesses Barnhill. “The success of the Harry Potter series reminded people that kids like real stories. There’s been a boom in creativity, vigor and technical skills in story construction.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

Two Perspectives


Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.


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Naturally Control Blood Sugar

Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy

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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing. ~Louise L. Hay Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and cholesterol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

Early Heads-Up

According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy

processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patientcentered practice follows a practical, four-month healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure, sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

Effective Diet Choices

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas

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and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode. Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

Helpful Weight Loss

No Quick Fix

In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the

Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods.

n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Say No to Sugary Drinks and Kid Menus by Zorayada “Jiji” Torres


lmost two-thirds of children in the United States consume at least one sugary beverage on any given day and roughly 30 percent consume two or more a day, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. In the opinion of Dr. Zorayada “Jiji” Torres, letting children drink sugared beverages normalizes sweet drinks as part of a regular diet. “Sugared beverages are a major problem in the development of obesity and diabetes in children,” says Torres, owner of Upstream MD, a functional medical practice located in Bonita Springs. Torres, a board certified internist, also recommends that parents avoid ordering for their children from kid restaurant menus. “These menus are not kid-friendly because they train your children not to eat healthy food. Children should learn from an early age to eat from an adult menu that offers vegetables and fruit,” cautions Torres, who also recommends that eating whole fruit is better than drinking only the juice. “Whole fruit has healthy fiber that contains beneficial com-


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pounds and antioxidants. Fiber is good for the digestive system and crucial for slowing the absorption of the fruit’s sugar. This keeps its glycemic index low,” explains Torres. A team of scientists from Britain, Singapore and the Harvard School of Public Health found that while eating fruit lowers the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, drinking fruit in the form of juice actually increases it. The study, which surveyed nearly 190,000 Britons over 24 years, found that blueberries were the best option, with three servings per week cutting the risk of diabetes by 26 percent. Grapes and apples also substantially lowered the risk of diabetes, while bananas, plums and peaches had a negligible effect. Three weekly servings of fruit juice, on the other hand, upped the risk by eight percent. Upstream MD is located at 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste. 255, in Bonita Springs. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-444-5636 or visit See ad, page 12.

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes from Birth by Pamela Hughes and Linda Sechrist

Vitamin D


ecoming a parent during an era of scientific research that has determined so much about how the choices that a mother makes can affect her unborn child has resulted in the overturning of some old beliefs. For instance, the womb, once considered a sterile place for baby to develop, is now known as the environment which sets the stage for a child’s long-term health. According to research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, a fetal diet, as well as the level of stress experienced by mothers during pregnancy, directly impacts the nutrition absorption by the fetus, as well as its microbiome, in addition to influencing the brain and later sugar cravings.

Toxins According to a National Institutes of Health report, numerous environmental contaminants can cross the placental barrier, causing baby to be born pre-polluted. In 2004, researchers examining the umbilical cord blood of 10 U.S. newborns found a total of 287 industrial chemicals—180 of which were carcinogens and 217 toxic to the brain. Many of these chemicals are endocrine disruptors that can set the body on a path for insulin resistance and diabetes. During our entire lifespan, the body is exposed to toxic chemicals. The level of toxic burden, quality of diet and exercise are all determinants for developing diabetes, thyroid dysfunction and obesity. Using organic soaps, shampoos and cleaning supplies at home can lessen the impact on the endocrine system and decrease susceptibility to disease.

Vaginal Flora and the Microbiome Vaginal flora ingested by baby while descending through the birth canal provides the gut with its first introduction to microbiome, so the one in three babies delivered via Caesarean section in the U.S. miss out on ingesting their mother’s microbe-laden fluid. Scientists have theorized that these children may be missing key bacteria known to play a large role in shaping the immune system from the moment of birth onward. To replace these microbes, particularly lactobacillus, essential for digesting human milk, some

cardiovascular disease, obesity and neurological disorders, and is a known treatment for ADD and ADHD. Supplementation is helpful to children that do not get enough in their diet. Probiotic and prebiotic foods and a good supplement of probiotics from birth forward can also help keep the microbiome balanced and prevent diabetes.

parents have turned to a procedure called vaginal microbial transfer.

Breastfeeding Including eight to 11 daily servings of organic vegetables in her diet, along with healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, coconut and olive oil, can help moms maximize the nutritional value of breast milk. Additionally, eliminating soda and processed foods and keeping non-fruit sugars to a minimum are key.

Infant Formulas Several ingredients in infant formulas, particularly high-fructose corn syrup, can set kids on a path of sugar cravings. Consider using formulas from companies such as Holle Organic Baby Formula and Baby’s Only, that offer only organic products with simple ingredients.

Solid Foods Vegetables come before fruits, meats and carbohydrates. Children should not dictate their own food intake. Rather, they should eat what parents eat. left to themselves, kids usually prefer chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese, as well as pizza. This nutritionally poor menu is a destructive path to a life of chronic illness. Eating low-mercury fish such as salmon and healthy oils provides lots of omega-3 to the diet. One component of omega-3 fats is docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which has been shown to provide lifelong protection against

Vitamin D deficiency, common in children, is a proven causation for Type I and Type 2 diabetes. It is also implicated in autoimmune disease and mood disturbances. Children need regular sunlight, but supplementation is recommended for a deficiency.

Exercise Children that get an hour outside five or six days per week for running and playing with friends or family not only get needed exercise, but also develop a sense of belonging and community.

Sleep It is helpful to check with the National Sleep Foundation ( for age-specific recommendations from birth through adolescence to make sure that children get adequate sleep consistently, because this improves daytime concentration and prevents obesity, diabetes and many other conditions.

Fun, Laughter and Love Stress, directly linked to obesity and multiple endocrine disorders, including diabetes, can be counterbalanced by plenty of fun, laughter and love, which are grounding components for the entire family. Making healthy choices for children from a young age goes a long way to prevent diabetes, as well as many other disabling conditions. Pamela Hughes, DO, is board certified in family medicine and the owner of Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, located at 800 Goodlette Rd., in Naples. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-649-7400 or visit See ad, inside back cover.

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Sharable Thanksgiving

Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato

Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life.

Share Good Food


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“I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

Share Life’s Happiness

Practice Kindness

Common interests lessen the chasm between our to-do lists and nurturing camaraderie. Anna Maria Caldara, of

Sharing our time or talent will be remembered long after the holiday feasting. Author Nicole J. Phillips, of Athens,


Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist (

Feed Your Soul n Revive a traditional weekly or monthly dinner with family or friends. n Whip up and enjoy a healthy dinner or dessert with someone not seen in a while. n Organize a healthy potluck using local ingredients and encourage invitees to bring someone that’s new to the group. n Choose a healthier version of a holiday favorite and print out the recipe for everyone at the event. n Fill a holiday basket with yummy and colorful edibles and drop it off at a local business or library to express appreciation. n Seek reconciliation by initiating a conversation with someone that may have been hurtful. n Explore to join or host a dinner to make new friends.

Offer Some Time n Offer to help clean up a friend’s yard or organize a closet or room in their house. n Host a children’s art party and donate their works to a local facility or shelter. n If in possession of a holistic, artful or practical skill, gift it. n Bring a pot of homemade soup to a friend or neighbor that’s under the weather. n Find ideas for random acts of kindness at

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Thanksgiving Takeout Blessings by Lee Walker


or movie buffs that enjoy holiday-themed movies, director Martin Brest’s Scent of a Woman (1992), starring Al Pacino and Chris O’Donnell, can provide an entertaining reason to stay awake after eating a particularly satiating Thanksgiving Day meal. Film aficionados that also savor playing the exhausting role of Thanksgiving host will be able to better resist the urge to fall asleep during the film if they’ve saved their energy and preordered a delicious Thanksgiving feast takeout, rather than getting up at dawn’s first light to dive into food preparation. Southwest Floridians can count among their blessings this Thanksgiving that Ada’s and Earth Origins Market, in Fort Myers, and Food & Thought, as well as Wynn’s Market, in Naples, are offering relief from Thanksgiving kitchen duty with tasty traditional foods and alternatives.

Earth Origins Market, Fort Myers Earth Origins Market is offering Mary’s Farm free-range, natural and organic turkeys, as well as grass-fed, all-natural beef strip roasts and Niman Ranch all-natural spiral bone-in hams. “Our deli will be preparing many side items such as vegan garlic and chive mashed potatoes, grandma’s homemade cranberry orange relish, cinnamon mashed sweet potatoes, stuffed acorn squash and a variety of delicious pies,” says Melissa Bystry, marketing specialist. Place orders at Earth Origins Market, 15121 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 104, Fort Myers, at 239-210-3256 or and arrange for a convenient pick-up time.

Ada’s, Fort Myers Thanksgiving offerings at Ada’s include fully prepared, ready-to-cook meals for the holiday season. Order organic and natural whole turkeys and turkey breasts fully seasoned and oven-ready. Each turkey comes in its own roasting bag within a recyclable roasting pan. Order side dishes including stuffing, turkey gravy, raw vegan cranberry orange relish, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed cauliflower and roasted root vegetables, as well as other selections. Several vegan and vegetarian options, including a full vegan holiday meal featuring a Gardien holiday roast and three sides, make it easy to entertain vegan friends and family. Party platters and bake-at-home brie round out holiday entertaining needs. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy., Ft. Myers. To order, call 239-939-9600 or visit See ad, page 19. 42

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Wynn’s Market catering department, headed up by Executive Chef Benjamin Shad, is offering a gluten-free, organic Thanksgiving with organic turkey breast or whole turkey dinners that include everything from natural broths to organic vegetables and delicious desserts. Extensive offerings include whole cooked turkeys, carved turkeys, cooked turkey breasts, carved turkey breasts, holiday ham and many different side dishes. There is a full glutenfree appetizer soup, salad and side dish menu, seven gluten-free sides, one gluten-free desert, roast apple walnut crumble, gluten-free stuffing and gluten-free gravy. Wynn’s Market, 141 9th St. N., Naples, Orders are accepted no later than Nov. 13. To order, call catering coordinator, Kimberly, at 239-649-7272. See ad, page 35.

Food & Thought, Naples Food & Thought foodies might want to think about ordering and eating dessert first with their offerings of pies—pecan, cherry, sweet potato, apple and pumpkin. There are also lemon bars, black bean brownies and cookies—chocolate chip cookies, ginger and peanut butter chocolate chip. The cake selection includes strawberry love, orange creamsicle, pumpkin spice and and butter pecan. Raw vegan items comprise pumpkin pie, raw vegan stuffing, vegan green bean casserole, raw vegan mock turkey and mushroom gravy, and raw cranberry sauce. Mary’s, as well as Amish and Heritage turkeys can be ordered in addition to side dishes—mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans, stuffing, gluten-fee stuffing, extra gravy, tomato brown rice, lima beans, veggie sauté, greens and cranberry sauce. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. Orders must be taken by Melody or Josh a minimum of 24 hours in advance and picked up before 5 p.m., Nov. 23. To order, call 239-2132222 or visit See ad, page 10.

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Intriguing Options


Not Your Grandma’s Stuffing Healthy Twists on Old Favorites

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hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health

authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immuneboosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, of New York City, salutes his Italian heritage with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My GrainFree Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernelsize pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area, specializes in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or soft-cooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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Healthy Holiday Stuffing Recipes Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing

Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms.

Yields: 8 servings

Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible.

1 Tbsp grapeseed oil 1 /4 cup millet 1 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 4 chestnuts, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 11/2 Tbsp poultry seasoning 3 scoops Rocco’s Protein Powder Plus (check 2 egg whites 1¾ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper

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Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust. Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the result out onto a serving dish. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 425˚ F.

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh

Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to package instructions. When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

Yields: 8 servings Squash: 4 acorn squashes (11/2 lb each) 4 tsp olive oil 1 /2 tsp sea salt

Transfer mushrooms to the same mixing bowl as the millet.

Rice: 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 /4 cup finely diced onion 1 cup Chinese black rice (also called Forbidden Black Rice) 1 /2 tsp sea salt 1 /4 tsp ground cinnamon 1 /4 tsp ground coriander 2 cups water 4 oz tempeh, crumbled

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Roasted Pecans and Cranberries: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp minced ginger root 4 tsp olive oil 1 tsp ground coriander 1 /4 tsp ground nutmeg 1 /4 tsp sea salt 10 large sage leaves, chopped

Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut squashes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds. Brush the interior, plus the cut sides of the squashes with the 4 teaspoons oil, then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt. Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down. Roast for 40 to 50 minutes on the upper middle rack of the oven until tender when pierced with a fork.

Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes.

Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes.

1 cup dried cranberries 2 Tbsp maple syrup

While the squash is roasting, place a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for two to three minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Stir in the rice, salt, cinnamon and coriander. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, until rice is tender. Scatter crumbled tempeh over the cooked rice. Cover the pan, then take it off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes.

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Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and celery and cook until onions are translucent, about five minutes.

Pour this mixture into an eight-by-eightinch baking pan; roast at 375° F for 15 minutes on the bottom middle oven rack, stirring halfway through.

Add the pecans, cauliflower rice, sage, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for seven to 10 minutes, until the rice is tender. photo by Stephen Blancett

While the rice is cooking, combine pecans, ginger, four teaspoons olive oil, one teaspoon coriander, nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon salt.

Stir in the sage, dried cranberries and maple syrup. Roast for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

If made one day ahead, cover and reheat in a 350˚ F oven until heated through. Recipe courtesy of Laurie Gauguin,

Stuffed Apples with Fig and Hazelnuts Yields: 4 servings 2 oz dried figs, finely chopped 1 Tbsp roasted, shelled hazelnuts, chopped 1 tsp orange zest 1 /4 tsp allspice 4 Granny Smith apples, cored 1 /2 cup maple syrup 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine the chopped figs, hazelnuts, orange zest and allspice in a bowl. Place the apples in a baking dish and loosely press the fig mixture into the cavities of the apples.

Set cooked apples aside for 10 minutes to let the sauce thicken slightly, and then serve warm or at room temperature.

Toss with parsley and serve hot. Recipe courtesy of Sonnet Lauberth,

Adapted from a recipe in Family Circle Australia.

Grain-Free Sage and Pecan Stuffing 1 cup pecans 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 stalks celery, diced 4 cups raw cauliflower rice (prepackaged or via a grater or food processor shredding blade) 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped 1 /2 tsp kosher or sea salt 1 /4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 /4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley Preheat oven to 250˚ F. Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven until lightly toasted, about five minutes. Monitor to ensure the nuts don’t burn. Remove pecans from the oven and place in a food processor. Coarsely chop and set aside.

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Arrange squash halves, cut side up, on a serving platter. Combine rice with the pecan mixture and divide among the squash halves, pressing gently so the stuffing stays put.

Add additional salt and pepper if desired.

Bonus Recipe Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce Yields: 4 Servings /2 lb cranberries 2 Tbsp grated orange zest 1 /4 cup orange juice 8 packets Monk Fruit in the Raw sweetener Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1

In a small saucepot, combine the cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, monk fruit, salt and pepper.

Combine the maple syrup, coconut oil and orange juice and drizzle it over the apples.

Cook over medium heat until the cranberries burst and the mixture becomes thick and dry, about 40 minutes.

Bake the apples for 25 minutes or until tender.

Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.


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Moving from Fear to Freedom by April Thompson


issa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains doctors in mindbody-spirit medicine. She’s authored six books to date, including the bestseller Mind over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. She lives in California’s Marin County and blogs at

What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine. 48

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Whether triggered by something trivial or real, fear activates the “fight-or-flight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worst-case scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a

dream, ending an unhealthy relationship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

What are some effective ways to defang false fear? Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to life-saving diagnoses.

How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this life-changing practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at


The Salt Cave Updates Menu of Health and Beauty Services by Lily Viola


he current focus on health is distinctly different than it was in the not-so-distant past. Today, a large percentage of people are more interested in engaging in the latest trends in prevention, wellness and the reversal of age-related dysfunctions than they are in simply making an appointment for an annual checkup. A passion for staying ahead of trends in wellness and anti-aging led Andrea Geresdi to open the first Salt Cave in Naples in 2009. “I wanted to introduce Southwest Floridians to the health benefits of halotherapy, which exposes people to the healing properties of salt,” says Geresdi, who since opening, has stayed ahead of the curve, steadily adding a menu of anti-aging and preventive services to her offerings. The Salt Cave now provides personal health consultations for individuals interested in an individualized detox, as well as dietary and herbal protocols, a far-infrared sauna, polarized light therapy, ionic detox footbath, cupping therapy, a biofeedback system, John of God crystal bed therapy, biostimulation and compression therapy. “I simply paid attention to what my clients were searching for, which is why the Salt Cave has evolved into more of a one-stop anti-aging experience that relies on health and wellness protocols,” explains Geresdi, a naturopathic trained health practitioner. The far-infrared sauna heats the muscles and produces increased blood flow similar to that seen during exercise. Infrared heat assists in resolution of inflammatory conditions such as edema, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Polarized (VIP) light therapy acts to regenerate cellular activity that is effective in the treatment of general health disorders. It can relieve pain and accelerate wound healing, as well as aid in the repair of broken bones. As a revolutionary skin care device, it works to alleviate cellulite, wrinkles, acne and other conditions.

The ionic detox footbath sends a small current that travels in a circuit through the body and generates negatively charged ions in the water. Cupping therapy is an aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Through suction and negative pressure, massage cupping releases the rigidity of soft tissue; drains excess fluids and toxins; loosens adhesions and lifts connective tissue, bringing blood flow to skin and muscles. A biofeedback/QXCI machine is an aspect of the new field of energy medicine. Non-invasive, it addresses the electrical properties of the body through stress reactivity testing of the body’s entire bio-energetic field. John of God’s crystal bed has seven clear and highly polished Vogel-cut quartz crystals suspended approximately 12 inches above a massage table. Each crystal has been shaped to a specific frequency, and is aligned above one of the seven chakras. Colored lights, chosen to match the frequency of chakra colors, radiate light and energy through the crystals to each respective chakra, and shine on and off in rhythms that cleanse, balance and align energy. Biostimulation is a form of electrotherapy that utilizes microtechnology to electrically stimulate the muscles through the skin. The therapy can be applied for muscle toning, beauty treatments, passive exercise and as a form of physical therapy. Compression therapy is an alterative treatment for chronic swelling and vein problems. It also enhances the immune system, digestion, circulation, detoxification, wound care, weight loss and cellulite reduction. The Salt Cave is located at 4962 Tamiami Tr. N., in Naples. For more information call 239-403-9170 or visit See ad, page 4.

“I simply paid attention to what my clients were searching for, which is why the Salt Cave has evolved into more of a one-stop anti-aging experience that relies on health and wellness protocols,” explains Andrea Geresdi, a naturopathic trained health practitioner. natural awakenings

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Pumped Up About Geothermal Homeowners Like its Eco-Friendly Cost Savings by Jim Motavalli


t’s an uncertain time for home-based geothermal heating and cooling, which has been increasing for years. The good news is that the cost of the technology is down and its efficiency is up. Yet a helpful 30 percent federal income tax credit inaugurated in 2009 disappeared in 2017 and may not get renewed anytime soon, even though H.R. 1090, a bill aimed at restoring the credit, has had strong support in Congress, led by New York Republican Congressman Tom Reed. While ideal spots for tapping into Earth’s energy are where tectonic plates meet and move, such as along the U.S. West Coast and in Alaska, it’s a misperception that it’s only possible in corresponding states. Anyone in the U.S. can use a geothermal heat pump, which works by accessing the constant 50-degree temperature just below the Earth’s surface. Iceland is equipped to get 50 percent of its energy from geothermal. Other countries now accessing it for at least 15 percent of their energy include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Kenya and the Philippines.


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The systems work by moving water through plastic pipes sunk into the ground, and using a heat exchanger to warm or cool refrigerant that then circulates throughout the house. Operating like a conventional heat pump, it needs less than half as much energy—just one kilowatt-hour of electricity— to produce 12,000 BTU (British thermal units, a standard energy measure). Its efficiency is double that of the best air conditioner and 50 percent superior to the best natural gas furnace, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Planetfriendly geothermal energy emits no pollution and reduces the need for fossil fuels.

Geothermal Energy Association 202-454-5261, Geothermal Exchange Organization, 888-255-4436, Geothermal HVAC, by Jay Egg and Brian Clark Howard

Return on Investment While they can cost $20,000 to $25,000 for an average-sized home, the systems are long-lasting; most provide a 10-year or longer warranty, based on having few moving parts that may break. The above-ground compressor and pump have a 20-year life expectancy and the expensive underground piping system should last a lifetime, says Brian Clark Howard, a National Geographic editor and co-author of Geothermal HVAC [heating, ventilation and air conditioning]. “Once the wells are dug and the loops are in, you’ll probably never have to revisit them.” According to Ryan Dougherty, chief operating officer of the Geothermal Exchange Organization, which represents manufacturers and installers, a typical home system costs approximately $24,000 installed, including the ground heat exchanger and all necessary ductwork. Renewable energy often makes sense without subsidies. Dougherty still sees geothermal as a good deal for homeowners, with a payback period of seven to 10 years. Dale Binkley of Landenberg, Pennsylvania, installed his home’s geothermal heat pump in 2006, before the 30 percent federal tax credit took effect. His out-of-pocket cost was $23,522, with a small federal credit and modest rebate from the local utility.

Binkley is pleased. “The system is easy to maintain, cost efficient, and works well. It heats and cools better than I thought it would,” he says. Binkley saved $1,000 on his heating and cooling bill the first year, a savings he continues to enjoy every year.

Added Benefits “You’ll gain outstanding temperature and humidity control, plus a better running, more-efficient HVAC system,” Howard says. “Installing geothermal will also increase property values.” Institutional customers reap comparable benefits. As a tax-exempt entity, the Cozy Green Library, in Darien, Connecticut, uses geothermal heating and cooling, along with energy-efficient computers, LED light bulbs and storm water biofiltration, Carefully evaluating options allows homeowners and commercial landlords to make an informed decision about tapping into Earth’s free energy. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

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DIY FIRST-AID FOR DOGS Seven Natural Home Remedies by Karen Becker

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Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.


Itchy, Irritated Paws Solution: Footbaths. About 50 percent of a dog’s foot licking and chewing can be alleviated by simply rinsing off allergens and other irritants


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from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.


Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch.



any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.

During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.



Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.


Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup

of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.


Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage

swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes— movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Strolling Science Seminar – 9am. Making Wildlife Observations Count with Dr Win Everham. Scholarly walks for guests 18 years and older. $15/ CREW members, $25/nonmembers. Bird Rookery Swamp, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd W, Naples. Tickets:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement provided. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. With GAEA guides – guided kayak nature tours. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $40/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Feel Relaxed and Supported EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. Also Nov 8, 15 & 29. With Jenny Li Ciconne. An introduction to unlocking your personal journey to peace and joy, this series will focus on relationships and lights the way to bring the calm success we all seek. $30/class. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Principles for Compassionate Communication – 10:30am-noon. Six-week class (no class on Nov 23). Share in the discussion of Marshall Rosenberg’s book Non-Violent Communication. Through participation and viewing video lessons by the author, learn to communicate with greater empathy and clarity, resolve conflicts and develop more satisfying relationships. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation – 6-8pm. Also Nov 9, 16, & 30. A four-week course designed to introduce mindfulness meditation and to explore ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life. Ages 18 and up. $95 or $75/members. Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers. Register: mindfulness-meditation-ages-18/2017-11-02. Water Equals Life – 6-8pm. With Deborah J Post, ARNP, and chef Kristina San Filippo. Learn about water, its function in our bodies and the issues that face us in getting enough good water to sustain us and how to obtain it. A three-course dinner featuring sustainably raised, locally sourced ingredients served with wines or juice selections. $68/person. Purple Spoon, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Dr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 908-3842.

Reiki for Pets – 9-11am. Bring your dog, cat, small animal or bird and receive a five to15-minute reiki session for them. Whether ill or healthy, animals benefit from the healing energy of reiki. Pets must be leased or comfortably crated. Donations only, with all proceeds going to local charities. Kunjani Cafe, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. or Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement provided. Prerequisite: Reiki I and II. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Art Walk – Nov 3-4. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-4pm, Sat. Fourteen art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet the artists and enjoy the live art demonstrations. RedSnook Catch-and-Release Charity Tournament – Nov 3-5. Conservancy of Southwest Florida is raising awareness for clean waterways and water quality’s influence on the Southwest Florida ecosystem. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the fishing industry in Everglades City as it struggles to recover from hurricane damage. The Friday kick-off party will feature dinner, drinks, auction and prize drawing. Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Nov 3-5. With Karen and David. Includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book. First class in the series. Class offers practitioners authority to practice the work. Private home in Naples. $444. Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith, licensed ThetaHealing instructor: 692-9120 or KSmith727@ Info:  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.

Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Weekend Childbirth Education – Nov 4-5. 10am3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or Spirits Row Psychic Fair – 10am-5pm. The fair features oils, holistic and spiritual gifts, energy healing, soul painting, the John of God crystal light bed, crystal bowl healing, and nine psychic and spiritual counselors. Raffle every hour. Cook out for $5. $5/ door. Unity Church of Bonita Springs, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Info: 947-6394. Put your Dream to the Test – 1-4pm. With  Jeanne Comeau.  Most people fail to realize their potential because their dream remains hypothetical. Take your dream from ethereal to achievable; explore how to crystallize your vision and galvanize your commitment. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Labyrinths – 2pm. Learn the history, various kinds and uses for labyrinths. Also learn how to make your own labyrinth. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Brews for the Birds Fundraiser – 3-7pm. The event will feature unlimited craft beer tastings while supplies last, food trucks and folk and jazz music from Naples-based group The Woodwork, with Raymond Charles. All event proceeds from ticket sales and 10% of food truck sales will support the restoration and enhancement for the Wonder

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Gardens birds’ living environment. $25/general admission, $30/door (if still available), $15/nondrinker. 27180 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Tickets: Hurricane Maria Support Group – 4pm. With Ivette Gomez, LMHC. This support group is for Puerto Ricans and descendents in our area whose loved ones and others were affected by Hurricane Maria. Join for dialogue, conversation, support and organization of help. BYO chair. Private residence in Naples. RSVP: 272-2096. See news brief, page 15.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing, guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744. Argentine Milonga Dance – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. New series begins. In this weekly progressive class, learn what wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442. Climate Change Conversation – 6:30pm. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. Key panelists will include Pam Gharabally, of Preserve Our Paradise, on anti-fracking efforts; Amy Clifton, of the Citizens Climate Lobby, on carbon pricing; Clifford Mitchem, of CREW, on the need for solar energy; Sally Woliver on the rising sea levels and the recent NOAA grant; and John Capece, chairman of the SWFL chapter of the Democratic Environment Caucus and president of the Campus Climate Corps. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or swflJustice4All. org. See news brief, page 12.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie

Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed your newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples.  594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@ or 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 11/14. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Circle Conversation on Effect of Irma – 7-9pm. Join for a Community Café Coalition conversation for people of all ages on the changing environment of Southwest Florida after Irma. Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Tr, Naples. Info/RSVP: AnnLSmith714@gmail. com or See news brief, page 14.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Shorebird Lecture – 11am-1pm. Presentation with Adam Dicuovo, shorebird monitoring and stewardship program manager for Audubon Florida. He has worked on seabird and shorebird research projects from coast to coast for the past 17 years. Lovers Key State Park, Conference Rm, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers. Inspirational Healing – 5:30-6:30pm. Based on the book Ask and You Shall Receive, learn practical steps to promote healing changes in your life with authors Carisa Jones and Sylvia Lehmann. Free/love donation. Love for Humanity, 27835 S Tamiami Tr, Bonita Springs. RSVP: D-Signed Nutrition: 6765249. See news brief, page 13. Eckankar Community HU Chant – 6pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. Candle Magick –7pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle in this class, which is included with the fee. $30 The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 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 11/16. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Tea and Tales at Brambles English Tea Room – 6-8pm. Enjoy food, tea and seasonal storytelling performances with the Storytellers of the Round Table. Monthly events during season. $35/ person (includes tax, tip, gratuity). 304 Fifth Ave S, Ste 102, Naples. RSVP required: 262-7894.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun included after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Specialty Walk – Cypress Dome Trails, 3980 Corkscrew Rd, Immokalee. Registration required: Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: You Are a Spiritual Being Here and Now! ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Introduction to Food Healing – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of the phytochemicals in foods to reverse disease and support radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the food healing protocols. $25. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your pendulum. Pendulums can be used for divination, finding lost objects, detecting objects or minerals underground, to test energy fields and chakras and much more. Free charts available. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Movement and Breath for Labor –3-4:30pm. Join Cheryl Bernardi with LifeBehold to prepare


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your mind and body for labor and birth through movement and breathing exercises. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 248-7931. $25/ early bird, $30/door. Register:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. Experience vibrational awakening and profound cosmic connections. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends. Bring mat, pillow, blanket and musical expression. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Eye on Excellence – 6-9:30pm. Cocktail reception, sit down dinner, stories of Lighthouse of Collier’s progress and plans; music, music and more music and enjoy your friends, all sharing in the joys of impacting the lives of the visually impaired and blind in our community. $200/person. Vineyards Country Club, 400 Vineyards Blvd, Naples. Sponsonships/ tickets: 430-3934.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Candle Magick – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessing, prosperity and more. Attendees will make their own personal candle in this class, which is included with the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2, Naples. 5940400. Register:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. Stress, Hormones and Health Lecture/Dinner – 6pm. With Dr Linell King, MD. Learn how hormone imbalances can affect your sleep cycles, carbohydrate cravings and fat burning; why counting calories doesn’t work for belly fat, and more. Free admission/free meal. Agave Restaurant, 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples. RSVP: 465-0098. See news brief, page 11. Cupping and Auricular Therapy – 6-7pm. With Tasha Perez MS, LMT. The Olympics brought one of these ancient therapies to the forefront and people want to know more; learn how these therapies can

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how to choose, cleanse and work with your crystals and gemstones. Crystal grids will also be demonstrated using the flower of life pattern also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

enhance health and wellness. Free. Wellbridge Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP/info: 246-6622. Natural Health Lecture – 6:30pm. James Occhiogrosso will discuss causes and prevention of osteoporosis and cancer. 45-minute talk followed by Q&A forum. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. Info: 652-0421 or See news brief, page 12.

The Four Seals of the Dharma – 4pm. Join Dr Sandi Towers for a lecture and discussion on the four seals of the dharma. Learn what seems so important to you, may be just an illusion. Explore how to create a consciousness and a reality that is more peaceful and balanced. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Alchemical Healing – 7pm. Join Bart Smyth for an extremely potent transnational healing gathering in these ever-changing times. Smyth is an internationally renowned healer with 44 years in martial arts and 30 years in the healing arts. Bring beach chair and/or blanket. $25. The Original Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170 or 297-9948.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training– Nov 17-Mar 11. With yoga master Marchel Anders-Hoepgen and Yolanda Beckers. Learn a systematic approach to yoga and meditation. Increase your energy level, deepen your spiritual experience, uplift yourself and help others. $2,500; register by 11/9 for $300 discount. Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Naples, 4810 Hickory Wood Dr. 269-2221. See ad, page 21. Facial Rejuvenation Seminar – 11:30am. Light lunch and presentation followed by Q&A with Dr Prendiville. Learn the benefits of the Pre-lift and other aesthetic procedures. Hilton Garden Inn, 16410 Corporate Commerce Way, Ft Myers. RSVP: 201-4762. See ad, page 18. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/ The Healing Trust Community Healing Session – 6:30-8:40pm. Non-denominational session with healing members Rev Karen Coratelli-Smith and Rev David Karg. Arrive by 6:15pm. Reservations required. No walk-ins. $20 cash or check. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Info/ RSVP: 692-9120 or Connect to the Healer Within –7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation


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for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Women of UniTea – 10am-noon. Unity of Fort Myers’ first monthly women’s gathering of UniTEA is themed ConnectiviTEA, Giving Thanks for Friendship. Attendees will enjoy a skit with Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou being portrayed. Bring a dish to share and your own place setting. $5 love offering. 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. Art Alive – 11am-4pm. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consists of more than 36 professional artists, who will be showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map: 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. $25/25 minutes. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Theta Healing Talk and Demonstration – 1-3:30pm. Theta Healing Practitioner Patti Wilson takes you into the world of an energy healing technique which supports rapid personal growth by targeting stubborn negative core beliefs. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn

Yin Yoga Nidra Restore and Renew – 1:30-3pm. Join Registered Yoga Teacher Bob Newman for this 90-minute class featuring gentle yin yoga to warm up, followed by the soothing, guided relaxation of yoga nidra. No yoga experience necessary. $15. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Bonita. 404-9744.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Fermented Food Workshop – 6:15-8:15pm. Make and take home your own 90 billion probiotic pickles, cultured vegetables and more. Class size limited. Advance payment required. Held in a private home. $30. Info/register: 277-1399.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 301-0655.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Psychic Faire –10am-4pm. Reduced priced readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Fall Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. Largest psychic fair in SWFL featuring more than 60 psychics, healers and vendors. Door prizes all day with raffle proceeds

going to local charities. Bring canned food for local food banks. $5/entry fee, free/12 and under. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 9493387. See ad on page 63 and news brief on page 14.

Thought (Thoughtful Threads), 2132 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 649-7400. See ad on inside back cover.

Eckankar Community HU Chant – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339.



SEVA I: Acupressure for Anyone – 9am-noon. With Alvina Quatrano. Self-care pyramid meditation; awareness journal; history of acupressure; history of this particular protocol; how energy moves in the body; acupoint location and touch style; chakra tai chi; importance of self-care. $60. 3 CEUs MTs, nurses. Naples. 732-266-5276.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Jenny will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $10. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP:


SEVA II: Compassionate Service – 1-3 pm. With Alvina Quatrano. Pyramid meditation; awareness journal; vocabulary of touch; opening and closing a session; acupoints and how to access them; bodywork exchanges of SEVA Stress Release Formula. Prerequisite: SEVA I. $60. 3 CEUs MTs, nurses. Naples. 732-266-5276.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 2pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself as well as others. Attendees will receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Are Hormones for You? – 6pm. Come learn the risks and benefits with Dr Carol Roberts. Food &

Tea Leaf Reading – The Art of Tasseography – 7pm. Learn how to read the tea leaves for yourself as well as others. Attendees will receive a free tea leaf reading during this class. A tea party with extras. All materials included. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Community of storytellers and story-listeners. Bring a story, or just come to listen. Practice stories, get feedback, have fun! Free. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples.

plan ahead SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 Holiday Mix and Mingle – 9am-1pm. A multi-

vendor event featuring affordable unique products and gifts such as jewelry, clothing, books, items for the home, Young Living essential oils, Sweet Savvy minerals and more. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 671-3822.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8 National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy Training – Dec 8-10. 9am-5pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. This threeday class offers hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and to heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Preregister: 692-9120 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14 Natural Health Lecture – 6:30pm. James Occhiogrosso will discuss causes and prevention of osteoporosis and cancer. 45-minute talk followed by Q&A forum. Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers. Info: 652-0421 or See news brief, page 12.

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Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588.

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

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.

Yoga in Nature – Several days a week; see website for schedule. Multilevel yoga classes. $10/ drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

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.

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. The Gypsy Sea Witch – 8am-1pm. Vendor booth specializing in the highest-quality crystals, sage, incense, herbs and other spiritual tools. $1 envi-

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Beginners’ Orientation: An Introduction to Meditation Postures and Techniques – 9:15-10am. Last Sunday. Get to know our style of practice, our lineage, ways to practice Open Mind Zen. Cushions and chairs provided. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491.

Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation and reiki session before and after service. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. 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. Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its

Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. Fort Myers Quakers – 10:30am. Refresh yourself with silent worship. Iona House, Calusa Nature Center, 3450 Ortiz Ave, Ft Myers. 437-4615. or

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structures and gardens. Join our guided walking tours and learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/ adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Zen Meditation and Dharma Talk – 10-11:30am. With Andy Solis or Laurie Lyons. Includes silent seated and walking meditation. Concludes with open discussion. $10 suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. River and Creeks Manatee Kayak Tour – 10am2pm. Get up close and personal and learn about their history, habitat and habits. $55 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513.

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Spiritual Study Group – 10:30am. With Rev Joyce Heist. Study and discuss Science of Mind principles. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 4556553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Children’s Crystal Circle – 11am. With Nikki D. Children ages 5-17 will explore the world of crystals and meditation and touch, feel, experience and learn about the magic and history of crystals. Receive a crystal to take home. $10. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 754-444-9779. Southwest Florida Amma Satsang – 2-5pm. 2nd Sun. Share in Amma’s blessings; meditation, bhajans, videos of Amma and her teachings. Vegetarian potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral. Info: 671-6058 or Shamatha Meditation and Intro to Tibetan Buddhism Study Group – 4-6pm. Every other Sunday in Naples. Free. Info: Mary: 505-310-3811. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948. Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Info: Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

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jieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410.

Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs rather than a mat. Participants may sit by the chair for support to perform modified poses or simply standing next to it for support. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. 

Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:15pm. This informal class will explore the techniques of mindful meditation. Chairs and cushions provided. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491.

Depression Support Group – 11am. With Peg Walsh, MS. Offering participants intensive and selfcare ways to work through issues and develop bonds with others that are undergoing similar challenges and struggles. $40/group meeting after initial onehour $120 consultation. 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 718-208-6986. Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation will lead you into relaxation followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message to continue your journey. 100 percent of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani Craft Coffee and Gallery, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257 or Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. FloridaState. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm.

Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $195 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, Naples Art District, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples. RSVP: 821-1061. A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church Fireplace Room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@hotmail. com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Community Congregational Church, 15300 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. Candlelight Yoga Flow – 7-8pm. With Dina Radcliffe, RYT. $15/drop-in or $120/10 classes. Integrative Mindfulness studio, Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, Ste 102 Bonita. 280-9095. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurd-

Compassionate Friends: Collier County Group – 7:30pm. 2nd Mon. For bereaved parents. YMCA, 5450 YMCA Rd, Naples. 690-7801. Crystal Bowls Meditation – 7:30pm. With William Ward. Relax to the sounds of crystal and Tibetan bowls. $20. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615. Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

tuesday Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. CREW Marsh Trails, 4600 Corkscrew Rd (CR 850), Immokolee. Registration required: Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385.

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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. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Mid-Day Meditation – Noon-12:30pm. Enjoy your lunch time in mindful meditation overlooking the Peace Lake. Kathleen Kerswig, licensed Unity teacher, guides participants into silent self-reflection, allowing each person to connect with one’s own God-self. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Hawaiian Hula Classes – 6-6:45pm, Mommy and Me; 6:45-7:30pm, Adult Hula. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $50/month; family discounts. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Co-Ed Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA) – 6:30-7:30pm. Restarts Nov 28. A 12-step program for men and women whose common purpose is a desire for healthier relationships. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Cir, Ste 104, Estero. David: 470-0899. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C Pratt (6 Mile Cypress), Ft Myers. 338-5948. La Leche League – 7pm. 1st Tue. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. St Hilary’s Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Belly Dance Classes – 7:45-8:45pm. With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. Adults; beginners welcome. $50/month. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575.

wednesday Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon. Bird Rookery Swamp Trail, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd, Naples. Registration required: Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am2pm. Large selection of fresh produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, local arts and crafts. Beach Baptist Church, 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Beach. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301938-7503. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters.

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$45. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. Peer Support Group for the Blind and Visually Impaired – 12:30-2:30pm. Facilitated by Rick Hart. Learn to cope and feel less isolated while making connections with others. Lighthouse of Collier, 2685 Horseshoe Dr S, Ste 211, Naples. RSVP: 430-3934. Tai Chi Eight-Form – 2-3pm. With Sondra Dansby. Improve posture, balance, fall prevention, reduce blood pressure and restore emotional balance. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Do you judge yourself harshly? Learn to love yourself. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd, N Ft Myers. Jane: 728-7106. Art Alive – 5-8pm. 1st Wed. Naples Art District Studio and Gallery Tours consist of more than 36 professional artists showcasing their recent works of art and demonstrating their medium. Meet the artist, party and bring home unique treasures for your home. Look for the magenta and white art flags in the district. 596-5099. Directions/map:

Healing, Prayer and Meditation Service – 6pm. First Wed. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church, Sanctuary, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 775-3009. Vinyasa Yoga – 6-7pm. With Ellen Duff. Flow yoga is the smooth way that poses run together and become like a dance. The breath acts as an anchor to the movement as you flow from one pose to the next in time with an inhale or exhale. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Pet Loss and Grief Support Group – 6:30pm. 2nd Wed. Compassionate support: pet loss, medical crisis, chronic illness. Free. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ft Myers. 936-1732. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm. Group class. $5. 7-9pm. Dancing. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Evening Meditation – 6:45-7:15pm. Quiet yourself mid-week during this time of calming self-reflection, connecting with one’s own God-self. Love donation. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

Crystal Bowl Meditation and Spirit Messages – 7pm. With Nikki D. Recharge your energy, rebalance your chakras, and reconnect to your higher self as well as strengthen your connection with spirit. $15. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corckscrew Rd Estero. Preregister: 754-444-9779 or Nicole@ La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist monk Kelsang Chopag. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 205, Naples. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Deb Rolfe. The emphasis of this class will be on the practice of posture with focus on alignment, using props, Sanskrit names, breathing and meditation. All levels. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Dementia/Chronic Illness Support Group – 11am. With Peg Walsh, MS. Offering participants intensive and self-care ways to work through issues and develop bonds with others that are undergoing similar challenges and struggles. $40/group meeting after initial one-hour $120 consultation. 9990 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs. 718-208-6986. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Restorative Yoga – 6-7pm. Nourish, nurture and create balance in the body, mind and spirit. Connect to the body through sequencing that supports digestion. Breath awareness, visualization, and auditory guidance creates an imprint empowering the student. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009.


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Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. Belly Dancing Group Classes –7-7:45pm, 8-8:45pm or 9-9:45pm. Group class specials. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

saturday Compassionate Friends: Lee County Group – 9am. 4th Sat. For bereaved parents. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 690-7801.

Zumba – 6:30-7:30pm. An easy-to-follow, calorieburning, dance fitness party. No experience needed. All fitness levels welcome. $13/drop-in. Gateway Yoga, 11300 Lindbergh Blvd, Ste 111, Ft Myers. 464-4676. Salsa Night – 7-7:45pm. Group class. 8:30pm. Practica  $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Silent Meditation – 7-8:15pm. Seated and walking meditation in the Zen tradition. Discussion on presented topic. $10/suggested donation. Open Mind Zen Naples, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205. 961-2491. Messages and Meditation – 7:30pm. With Deborah Noonon. Open discussion. Guided meditation, followed by spirit messages. $20. Center of Eternal Light, 260 Professional Pl, N Ft Myers. 599-4700.

friday St John Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 625 111th St N, Naples Park. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. 404-4933. Adult Children of Alcoholic/Dysfunctional Families – 2:30-4pm. Do you judge yourself harshly? Learn to love yourself. Dry Palms Foundation, 1251 Lamar Rd. Jane: 728-7106. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 4-7pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $40. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food for teenagers to connect with established friends or make new ones.

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Rodes Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 9am-2pm. Produce, seafood, specialty foods, BBQ, arts and crafts. Supporting the Bonita Springs Lions Club. Rodes Fresh & Fancy Restaurant, 3756 Bonita Beach Rd SW, Bonita Springs.

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Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Dallas: 208-610-2096.

SHARE MASSAGE OFFICE – 11-by-18 treatment room available in quiet, scent-free setting. Newly renovated building in great location. $700/ month plus half utilities. Call Kim at 269-1110.

Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947.


Guided Historic Tours – 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: Ranger Station: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $40. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Drum Class/Circle – 3-4pm, class; 4-5:30, circle. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring your drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Learn new rhythms for the circle. $10/class; donation/circle. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Hurricane Maria Support Group – 4pm. With Ivette Gomez, LMHC. This support group is for Puerto Ricans and descendents in our area whose loved ones and others were affected by Hurricane Maria. Join for dialogue, conversation, support and organization of help. BYO chair. Private residence in Naples. RSVP: 272-2096. Club Dance – 5-6pm. 1st & 2nd Sat. Group class. $15/drop-in or $100/10 class card. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013. Dance Fusion – 7-8pm. 1st & 3rd Sat. Group class. $15/drop-in or $100/10 class card. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013.

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

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

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

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. See ad, page 43.

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

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

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

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


Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and k i n e s i o l o g y. A c u p u n c t u r e stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 61.

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

Eckankar, the path of spiritual freedom, offers a way to explore your unique relationship with the Divine through a personalized study program. Discover your true nature: Soul!


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


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


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

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

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

TERESA KENNEDY (MA71100) Therapy of the Gulf (MM21480) 824 Anchor Rode Dr, Naples 928-444-0606 • 239-262-8722

Licensed massage therapist with 14 years of experience. Myofacial orthopedic and sports massage therapist. Educated, trained and worked with patients, including individuals with cancer, in Connecticut. See ad, page 30.


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


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

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



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

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


Dr. Michele Pelletiere 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs • 239-949-1222

Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 •

N.S.A. Practitioner level III. “Healing waves” release tension throughout the body, increasing wellness and quality of life, promoting new strategies for a healthy spine and nervous system.


Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 25.



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

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 20.



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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, Reflex-ology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER & Ly m p h D r a i n a g e , Vi s c e r a l Manipulation, Raindrop, Ear Candling, Ozone/Oxygen Steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, Far-Infrared Sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 26.

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HAPPEHATCHEE ECO-SPIRITUAL CENTER 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928 239-992-5455 •

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


Licensed teacher and certified practitioner of ThetaHealing and Healing in America. Past Life Regression Counselor and Spiritual Counselor, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Seraphim Blueprint and Esoteric practitioner.


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


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


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


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


239-405-7330 • Creating space for a peaceful mind. More than 10 years creating homes, schools and businesses to enhance relationships, health, clear thinking and project start-up energy. Color and space design. Staging. Clutter clearing.





Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 •

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


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


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 35.


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


141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 35.

15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995

Come heal with us! We offer many natural healing options – acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RTR and couples therapy, massage, bodywork, Quantum Energetic, classes (yoga, tai chi, Stretch ‘n Strength), infrared sauna, reiki classes and much more! See ad, page 20.


239-948-9444 • Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, holistic support to reduce stress and anxiety, improve lifestyle, find life purpose or simply cultivate wellness for self, the community or the planet. Psychotherapy, couples counseling, parenting guidance. CEU classes for health professionals. Call for consultation or further information.


PrimeMyBody Independent Affiliate 203-536-1873 •

DEC Coming Next Month Uplifting Humanity Plus: Holidays December articles include: Uplifting Your Family New Year Inspirations Tips for a Peaceful and Happy Holiday and so much more!

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

Achieve permanent, positive life and habit changes through safe, rapid, effective relaxation techniques. Work with your subconscious mind through direct suggestion and regression to reach your fullest potential. Release the Past = Gain Freedom. PL, LBL, EFT, NLP. See ad, page 26.


Medium, Teacher, Lecturer, Counselor 716-595-3529 Dedicating his life to help others in their quest for answers in all areas of their life. Available for in-person or phone readings.

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630-210-8688, 312-502-1539 Specializing in intuitive counsel and psychic work including Akashic records, card readings, connection with loved ones, home and business readings/clearings, energy healing, personal mentoring and angel work with children. Working with individuals that have health concerns, mental stress and/or want to find clarity with their life situations.


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market-prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 19.



Sylvia Dreiser Farnsworth, Life-Transition Coach, Certified Facilitator for The Work of Byron Katie, Certified in Core-Process Psychotherapy, Author, Speaker • Do you experience stress, angst regarding financial security, fear around health or aging? I did, too. Today I use The Work of Byron Katie to find peace and clarity when stressful thoughts hit me. Let me help you to find back to your inner peace and joy!


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

Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Medical Nutrition Therapy and health coaching that personalizes your program to restore health and wellness. Improve digestion, elimination, brain health, immune support and hormonal balance. See ad, page 35.

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

Relationships are precious. Learn how to heal yours with research-based methods from the Gottman Institute. Reconnect sexually with your partner using sex therapy. Explore individually the issues that are troubling and holding you back. See ad, page 19.


AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 Dorothy Rodwell can help free you from anxiety, PTSD, grief and depression with Rapid Trauma Resolution (RTR), a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of Couples Therapy. See ad, page 20.


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 • Florida native, loving and selling Naples since 1977. Karen knows t h e m a r k e t , o ff e r s e x p e r t counseling with efficient reliability. She takes the stress out of buying or selling and gets the job done with a smile. Choose Karen for ease and joy in your real estate transaction!


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

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

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

Reading is to the

mind what exercise is to the body. ~Joseph Addison 70

Collier/Lee Counties

natural awakenings

November 2017


Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers November 2017  

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

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers November 2017  

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