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Living in a State of Gratitude

I remember my mother encouraging me as a child to be grateful and finish what was on my plate because poor people around the world were starving. What an awful image it planted in my little mind. At the dinner table, my dad would lead the Catholic blessing when our family of 10 gathered to eat: “Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive…” By the time I started my own family, our mealtime gratitude prayers had evolved with our understanding of the truly powerful effect that speaking from a grateful heart had on our lives and conversations. Today, living in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in life has become my greatest teacher and most disciplined spiritual practice. Enlightened beings from across the ages have taught that being grateful for everything and having love in our heart for ourselves and others is the way out of pain and suffering. But this is no small feat! It requires faith, surrender, acceptance of what is, and saying “Yes” to life in each present moment. As you read through this month’s issue, you’ll find lots of great fodder for bringing more gratitude into your life. Foodie April Thompson brings joy to the season’s table with her take on “Zenful Eating: Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude.” Three of the nation’s top Zen chefs share their wisdom about being grateful, present and peaceful at mealtime—just in time for Thanksgiving (page 42)! Ronica O’Hara explores “Kids With Gratitude: Making Thankfulness Second Nature.” Her tips are based on emerging research that shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kick-start happiness and well-being—at any age (page 46). This month’s feature, “Chasing ZZZZZs: How to Put Insomnia to Rest,” examines the many contributors and adverse health effects of compromised sleep, along with natural pathways to a good night’s rest (page 36). One of the best sleep remedies I’ve found when I hit my pillow is to review my day and acknowledge everything that happened that I am grateful for. I usually fall asleep before I’m finished. As the holiday season rings in this month, I envision hands and hearts encircling the globe in deep love and gratitude for Mother Earth and the glue that holds us all together: love. It’s who we are. Here’s to our awakening! In deep gratitude,

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34 THE HAPPY THYROID Seven Ways to Keep It Humming

36 CHASING ZZZZZs How to Put Insomnia to Rest


Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude


46 KIDS WITH GRATITUDE Making Thankfulness Second Nature


Virtual Workouts Change the Game

52 ANTIQUES RISING Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture


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Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls at Lotus Blossom

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Creative Writing Workshop at Integrative Mindfulness


ynamic speaker, celebrated author, poet and yoga teacher Melissa Carroll, MFA, E-RYT-500, will present a Mindful Writing: Ignite Your Creative Spark workshop from 2 to 4 p.m., November 23, at Integrative Mindfulness, in Bonita Springs. The author of several books, including The Karma Machine, which received the Melissa Carroll, Peter Meinke Award, will provide Editor Going OM Yoga information and expert advice for entrepreneurs, yoga teachers, bloggers, aspiring authors, content creators and those that wish to engage their community with a fresh infusion of creativity and imagination. Carroll, known as “the yoga writer”, will provide tips and practices for attendees to engage their audience through creative writing that expresses their uniqueness and authenticity. She also teaches creative writing at the Ringling College of Art + Design, in Sarasota, and leads yoga trainings, retreats and online workshops that combine mindfulness, creativity and the power of narrative. Cost: $25. Location: 3372 Woods Edge Cir., Ste. 102. For more information or to preregister, call 239-590-9485, email or visit See ad, page 18.


ne-hour Crystal and Tibetan Singing Bowls Meditation sessions are now being led by Sound and Energy Healing practitioner Jenny Hong Jenny Hong starting at 6:45 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers. Participants will experience the healing power of sound vibration with quartz crystal and Tibetan singing bowls. “With the rapid increase in technology and social media, many of us can get overstimulated and out of tune with our natural frequency,” says Hong. “Humans are like instruments, and if not tuned properly or consciously, either through a technique such as sound healing or another form of meditation, we fall out of attunement and must be brought back into balance. When sound is offered at a specific Hertz frequency, especially if it is directed in a conscious or channeled way, it can have a direct affect on any discordant pattern within the body, bringing it back into its original harmonic state, its divine-like self.” Cost: $15 per session. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2. For more information or to register, call 239-785-7650, email or visit or See ad, page 56.

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ACT Launches Fundraising Program


buse Counseling & Treatment (ACT) has launched a special Spreading Our Wings campaign toward funding the recent purchase of the Second ACT Thrift Store, in Fort Myers, building upon existing outreach services and extending training programs at this location to prevent and minimize the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault. Proceeds from sales at the store and donations also help fund three shelters that helped 690 victims of domestic violence and their children in 2018, plus provide other resources. Last year, ACT answered more than 15,000 calls via a 24-hour hotline and helped 7,000-plus community members with confidential services, including emergency shelter, counseling, economic development, job skills training, children’s services, legal advocacy and other free programs. The store also serves as a job training ground for clients and is ACT’s primary storage space for household items. Store location: 12519 S. Cleveland Ave. For more information including sponsorship options and to donate to the campaign, visit spreading-our-wings.

Revival Yoga Fitness Studio Opens Second Location


he Revival Yoga Fitness Studio recently opened their second location at 4270 Tamiami Trail East, Suite 16, in Naples. Led by founder and owner Kerri Lampos, E-RYT-200 and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, they offer classes and workshops in a wide variety of yoga styles, including vinyasa, nidra, yin, yinyasa, restorative and Pilates Reformer, along with group meditation and fitness classes. Original location: 760 N. Collier Blvd., Ste. 107, Marco Island. For more information, call 239-393-3400. To purchase class packages and memberships, visit See ad, page 26.

Sagewood Institute Offers Platelet-Rich Plasma


he Sagewood Institute of Naples provides injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a natural, noninvasive program that can treat such issues as hair loss, skin rejuvenation, tissue healing, joint regeneration, the improvement of sexual health for both men and women and more. Suitable for all ages, PRP increases the production of collagen and elastin, enhances skin firmness and smoothens fine lines and wrinkles when used for facial skin renewal. Some women compare it to a mini-facelift, as it can also help with scarring, acne and stretch marks. “In most cases, visible results can be seen in one or two treatments, and the overall effects can last for more than a year,” says Dr. Brian Smith, a practicing physician at the practice. PRP uses a vial of blood drawn from the patient, spun in a centrifuge at high speeds, using an advanced, cutting-edge technology such as Anthrax’s ACP system. PRP is also beneficial for women having dryness, pain during intercourse and in the early stages of urinary incontinence. Location: 801 Anchor Rode Dr., Ste. 304. For more information, a free consultation or appointments, call 239-434-9710, email or visit See ads, pages 27 and 49.

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Spirit Con Event at Unity of Naples


pirit Con, presented by the Spiritual Communities Network (SCN), will present several guest speakers and screen the film The Way, starring Martin Sheen, from 4 to 10 p.m. on November 11 at Unity of Naples. VIP attendees can meet with Gwen Peterson and Sandra McGill; hear their presentations What Does It Mean to be a Visionary? and Finding the Courage to be a Visionary, and enjoy complimentary refreshments from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The movie will be shown, a raffle conducted, Light the Way Center for Spiritual Studies founder Michelle Love’s presentation Are You a Visionary? and refreshments for purchase will follow for general admission attendees, as well. Spirit Con is hosted by SCN each year on 11-11 to celebrate its birthday and is one of their many community educational programs. VIP tickets are $25; free general admission. Location: 2000 Unity Way. For more information or to preregister (required), call Peterson at 239-595-1587, email or visit See ad, page 11.

Ada’s Market Offers Plant-Based Holiday Entrees

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ulfilling its objective as a preeminent consumers’ specialty diet grocery store, Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers, is offering several chef-prepared, plant-based holiday meals beginning this month. Shoppers can order a complete vegan holiday meal to just heat and eat like Ada’s Stuffed Roasted Butternut Squash, a whole butternut squash stuffed with flavorful wild rice, cranberries, walnuts and sage, with a side of their vegan mushroom stuffing

and topped with Ada’s Vegan Mushroom Gravy. Make the entire meal vegan with the addition of Ada’s Maple Roasted Beets and Carrots, and Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts. Although turkey is a long-held American tradition, an increase in the number of people going plant-based almost guarantees someone at a holiday event will be vegan, and the dishes go beyond sides and are beautiful centerpieces for any festive holiday table. Pick up Ada’s Holiday Guide for a full list of chefprepared holiday entrees and sides to please both plant-based friends as well as turkey lovers. Location: 7070 College Pkwy. For more information, call 239-9699600 or visit See ad, page 39.

VIP Discount at Inaugural Find Your Freedom Seminar


20 percent discount has been provided for those that register as VIPs from November 7 through 14 to attend the inaugural Find Your Freedom seminar from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 17, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Estero. Featuring many area expert speakers providing many ways to support the mind-body-spirit connection, all proceeds of a raffle and a portion of the event proceeds will go to the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

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Use code FYF2019 at to obtain discount. General admission: $85 includes seminar, lunch, gift bag and Tshirt for first 100 attendees. Location: 10450 Corkscrew Commons Dr. For more information including on group ticket pricing, call 239-878-3659, email or visit or follow on facebook. See ad, page 32.

Mystic Faire Returns to Naples


ore than 75 new and returning psychics, healers and other experts, along with new vendors, will offer their artistic wares and health services at the 16th annual Naples Mystic Faire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 30, at Etudes Dance Studio. Along with free lectures all day long, 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. Many of the exhibitors are local; some will be from as far as Michigan. 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 given 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 57. November 2019


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verglades University (EU) is now enrolling for their new program, the bachelor of science degree with a major in marine resources management. This aligns with EU’s other green and sustainable programs, including bachelor of science degrees with majors in alternative and renewable energy management, environmental policy and management, and land and energy management. The BS in marine resources management provides the opportunity for students that wish to apply specific knowledge of marine, coastal and wetlands areas to the business of managing the natural resources found in these ecologies. Sensitive to the growing need for both public and private entities to be environmentally responsible, EU seeks to prepare its graduates with the knowledge and skills to successfully negotiate business, science and policy concerns, and position them to drive ethical and sustainable decision-making. The growing need for trained professionals in these fields is rising at a faster than average rate. The National Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates that employment opportunities for environmental scientists and specialists will grow 8 percent in the next 10 years as a result of heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment. For more information and to enroll, call 855-723-9087 or visit See ad, page 7.

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Free Cannabis-Related Educational Events


aura and Tom Cavanagh, coowners of Prime My Body, will present a series of free events that include Q&A sessions on the use, health benefits and more regarding CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (cannabigerol) at Apothicare 360 for medical professionals only, at 6631 Orion Drive, Suite 112, in Fort Myers, at 7 p.m. with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. on Tom and Laura Cavanagh November 12; Radiance Holistic Wellness at 4636 Southeast Ninth Place in Cape Coral, at 7 p.m. with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. on November 13; at Cutiecles within My Salon Suites, at 1755 Boy Scout Drive, Suite 207, in Fort Myers, at 7 p.m., November 14; and again at Apothicare 360 for the public at 11 a.m., November 16. “People are confused about CBD and now, CBG. We offer an education that shares everything someone needs to know to choose a clean and also important effective oil,” says Cavanaugh. “The hemp environment is exploding, and because it still isn’t regulated, it’s very important to understand what someone may ingest. The issue is everyone can grow hemp, and if the hemp isn’t extracted properly, people will ingest what the hemp plant absorbs. The point is a reputable company that has the proper extraction equipment is 100 percent necessary to avoid toxins such as mercury and pesticides.” Prime My Body also recently introduced a new oil CALM for sleeping and relaxation, a broad-spectrum oil with CBD and CBG and no THC; and a CBD skin care product, NOX, a mixture of nitric oxide, a hemp-infused skin rejuvenation serum system and CBD that has 14 patents. For more information or to register for any of the events (required), call Cavanagh at 847-452-8357, email See ad, page 31.

LifeWave X39 Patches at Trim and Tone Med Spa


rim and Tone Med Spa, in Naples, now provides the LifeWave X39 skin patches, an organic, safe and inexpensive way to enhance, energize and reactivate stem cells that can increase youthfulness and energy levels, and reduce aches and pains. The patented technology activates stem cells that support the natural wound healing process and immune function, elevate antioxidants, manage inflammation, stimulate the production of collagen and provide other benefits. Location: 13020 Livingston Rd., Ste. 16. For more information, call 239-596-5522 or visit See ad, page 19.


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Kundalini Yoga Classes at Happehatchee Center


loria Reilly, a KRI-certified 220hour kundalini yoga teacher, is leading classes in the style from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. Regarded by many as the yoga of awareness, this practice benefits mind, body and spirit, uplifting every facet of being. Taught inside the tranquil Peace Pavilion, participants will be able to recharge their vitality regardless of experience level. Kundalini yoga is an inward practice, so flexibility is less important than an open mind and heart to unlock our inner potential. Each class incorporates movement, breathing, deep relaxation, and meditation. Participants often share that they feel energized, yet deeply calm after class. Cost: $10 per class. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information, call 239- 992-5455, email GianKirinYoga@ or visit See ad, page 69.

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Quiet your mind.

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Radical Forgiveness Wine Tasting in Naples


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armen Trujillo Prestopino, PT, CLT, and a certified Radical Forgiveness coach at My Healing Choice, LLC, and Johanna Zuloaga, a sommelier with Sentido Divino, will conduct a tasting of four organic European wines to bring about the experience of radical forgiveness from 6:30 to 9 p.m., November 8, at The Current nondenominational church, in Naples. The event will demonstrate with day-to-day experiences and a simple technique that forgiveness from the simplest to the most complex situations is about living in the present. “Radical tasting is a conscious and dynamic way of sampling wine, elevating each one of your senses more than sipping a type or year of a wine,” says Prestopino. “It will be a dance between your senses, memories, perceptions and interpretations. We know that the analogy between wine and forgiveness seems crazy, to say the least, but at the end, we are sure you will enjoy the experience and understand forgiveness in a whole different way.” Cost: $65. Location: 13510 Tamiami Tr. N. To register (required), call 239-298-4904, email or visit Also visit



he Rescue Runway event for the public on October 28 at Seed & Bean Market, as reported in last month’s News Briefs, will instead be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., November 9, at Bell Tower Shops.


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kudos Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN, an Advanced Certified Rolfer, movement practitioner and Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, of Rolfed in Paradise, with locations in Naples and Fort Myers, recently became certified in Muscle Activation Technique by completing a nine-month course. Rolfing has been linked to providing relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions and other pain plus improving posture and sports performances.

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For more information, including locations and appointments, call 239-777-4070 or email See ad, page 68. Multi-certified hair stylist Era Ademaj has joined the staff of H&M Salon, in Naples. With particular expertise in working with organic colors and a philosophy of letting “curls be curls,” she is an Ouidad Salon-certified curly hair specialist and Vidal Sassoontrained and certified in New York City. “Your hair is a big deal by getting the right color and cut will make you feel young and beautiful,” says Ademaj, daughter of owner Mida Ademaj. “I share my knowledge gained from experience and educating myself.” Location: 5020 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 102. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-302-0376 or email Ademaj06@ See ad, page 6.

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Naples Players Celebrate Namaste Day


elebrate Namaste Day! with The Naples Players (TNP) at Sugden Plaza and on the Baker Stage from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., November 17. The wellness day for children, teens and adults includes yoga on the plaza from 9 to 10 a.m.; a 10 a.m. Blue Zones ribboncutting ceremony for TNP; a Laughter for Wellness class from 10 a.m. to noon; and complimentary Wellness Tea Tasting and Wellness Recipes with The Spice & Tea Exchange of Naples from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Mind Spa, in Naples, is also participating, along with some of Naples’ top restaurants that will feature wellness cuisine on their menus. Admission is free. Location: 701 5th Ave., S., Naples. For more information, call Craig Price, director of community engagement and wellness, at 239-434-7340, ext. 103, or visit See ad, page 47.

New Revival Yoga Fitness Studio Opening in Naples


othing succeeds like success. After enjoying three years of consistent growth and a loyal following, the success of Revival Yoga Fitness Studio, in the Esplanade Shoppes at Marco Island, nudged owner Kerri Lampos in the direction of expanding into a second location. “I looked for an underserved area and found it in the Sugden Park Plaza, in east Kerri Lampos Naples,” says Lampos. “While living on Marco Island, I decided to open the studio there to provide a beautiful space with top instructors so that students could enjoy their practice to the fullest. My sister Megan and I both own Revival studios. While her studio is in the Chicago area and we are miles apart, we both share a passion for self-care and encouraging people to feel more confident and empowered through yoga, wellness and philosophy. The environment we create helps people to be their best selves. “Megan created the name for the studio. It completely encompasses what we are all about, allowing you to revive what you already have within you,” says Lampos, who has been practicing yoga on and off for 20 years. “Before opening the Marco Island studio, I was an educator for many years. I always enjoyed the classroom connection and watching the light of curiosity and enthusiasm in my students’ eyes. It’s what I really enjoy about teaching yoga.” The new Naples studio has two rooms, which allows Lampos to offer Pilates Reformer classes, fitness and yoga classes, and some heated classes with temperatures in the upper 80s or 90s. “We’re looking forward to hosting master yogi Ravi Singh, an internationally celebrated New York/Los Angeles yoga teacher, whose innovative, new fresh methods and approaches offer depth and insight. He is the co-author of 25 best-selling yoga DVDs and a new book, Kundalini Yoga: LIfe in the Vast Lane,” advises Lampos. Locations: 760 N. Collier Blvd., Ste 107, on Marco Island; and 4270 Tamiami Tr. E., Ste. 16, in Naples. For more information, call 239393-3400 or visit See ad, page 26.


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Clean Water Now Premiering We the People 2.0 Raising Awareness about the Rights of Nature


by Linda Sechrist

n November 11, Clean Water Now, Inc. is hosting a public viewing of the film We The People 2.0 at the Broadway Palm Theatre, in Fort Myers. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the film shown from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Elected officials, water advocacy groups, community leaders, educators and businesses from across the state and nation will gather to promote awareness of the Global Rights of Nature Movement. Educating the public is essential for exercising community rights that will create laws bestowing inalienable rights upon Florida’s eco-communities. Giving nature rights elevates the law to the highest level of protection that can be afforded to any entity under Western law.

The Lee County Initiative— The Caloosahatchee River Bill of Rights #CALBOR

Now with seven county rights of nature initiatives in motion, Florida has become part of a nationwide movement. With the guidance of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Florida will recapture the constitutional right of “We, the people,” to self-governance and the right to create laws that are best for the lives of Floridians and ecosystems. Under the initiative, the Caloosahatchee River possesses rights including, but not limited to, the right to naturally exist, flourish, regenerate and evolve; and the right to restoration, recovery and preservation. Clean Water Now, Inc., educates Lee County and Floridians regarding the benefits, complexities and challenges of The Rights of Nature and the Caloosahatchee Bill of Rights that can be adapted for each locale and ecosystem of concern.

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The event’s film and guest panel will provide an overview of the movement in the U.S. and abroad, which is intended to recognize legally enforceable rights for ecosystems. The

focus will be on four main areas: the failure of conventional environmental regulatory law to protect the natural environment; the growth and exercise of community rights in the U.S. to amend local laws in more than 300 communities to recognize rights to sustainability; the theoretical and legal basis for the recognition of legally enforceable rights of ecosystems where those laws have been adopted and how they are being enforced; and the application of the rights of nature now in seven Florida counties and municipalities, including an exploration of next steps in Lee County. Daily assaults on our ecosystems are public health and economic disasters in the making. Continued decline of our Florida water quality will result in the loss of billions of dollars in economic activity.

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Eat Organic to Shed Insecticides Switching to organics has quick payoffs, reducing agrochemicals in the body by 94 percent within a month, Japanese researchers report. They tested the urine of study participants looking for six neonicotinoid insecticides and another substance generated as a result of their decomposition in the human body. “I think the research results are almost without precedent and are highly valuable in that they present actual measurement values showing that you can dramatically reduce the content levels of agrochemicals in your body simply by changing the way you select vegetable products,” commented Nobuhiko Hoshi, a professor of animal molecular morphology with the Kobe University. Another study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley studied 16 children and showed that one week after switching to an organic diet, malathion pesticide urine levels were reduced by 95 percent; clothianidin pesticide levels by 83 percent; and chlorpyrifos pesticide levels by 60 percent.


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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is much more than a brilliant scarlet tropical flower: New laboratory research from Canada’s University of Windsor found that a hibiscus flower extract selectively kills off triple-negative breast cancer cells. This is one of the most difficult to treat types that affects 15 to 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Hibiscus is particularly effective when combined with chemotherapy, researchers say, and works as well with very low doses of the chemicals as with higher doses. The flower’s low toxicity and precise targeting of cancer cells also offers hope for long-term treatment. Previous studies have shown hibiscus to be effective on prostate cancer, leukemia, gastric cancer and human squamous cell carcinoma.

Caffeine has been the subject of controversy among the one in six adults worldwide that suffer from periodic migraines: Some say it triggers symptoms, while others report it wards them off. A new study from Harvard and two other teaching hospitals of 98 migraine sufferers used six weeks of daily journals to investigate the link and found that drinking up to two servings of caffeinated beverages a day had little effect, but three or more raised the odds of a headache that day or the next. Among people that rarely drank such beverages, even one or two servings increased the odds of having a headache that day. A serving was defined as eight ounces or one cup of caffeinated coffee, six ounces of tea, a 12-ounce can of soda or a twoounce can of an energy drink.


Take Hibiscus to Fight Breast Cancer

Say No to the Third Cup of Joe to Avoid Migraines

Dance to Improve Quality of Life With Dementia Older people with dementia, often viewed as being passive and immobile, responded to simple dance movement lessons with visible humor and imagination and reported a higher quality of life after six sessions, say researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. The 22 participants between the ages of early 60s and mid-90s had dementia ranging from mild to advanced. They took 10 weekly classes in which the music was “reminiscent” and the movement routines were intuitively easy. “Positive responses such as memory recalling, spontaneous dancing and joking with each other were observed in every session,” reports lead author Ting Choo.


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Try Acupuncture for Pain-Free Sleep Chronic pain, affecting 10 to 25 percent of adults, disturbs sleep for two-thirds of them, increasing the risk of depression and aggravating pain symptoms. Chinese researchers analyzed nine studies of 944 chronic-pain patients and found that acupuncture treatments were significantly better than drugs at helping patients sleep. It also improved their quality of sleep as self-measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and lowered their scores of perceived pain.

Help Avoid Skin Cancer With Vitamin A Using the three-decade longitudinal health records of about 123,000 men and women from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, researchers from Brown University found that people with diets rich in vitamin A had a significantly reduced risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) skin cancer, which occurs in 7 to 11 percent of the population. “We found that higher intake of total vitamin A, retinol and several individual carotenoids, including beta cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin, was associated with lower risk of SCC,” wrote the authors.

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The nonprofit (MAA) has launched its Moms Across America Gold Standard, a multi-tiered verification program for food, beverages and supplements that creates a simple, trustworthy resource for consumers while encouraging best practices by suppliers. It will be awarded to those brands that have achieved superior levels of organic practices and eco-friendly procedures, and is intended to make it simple for people to choose the healthiest products and use their wallets to take a stand against unhealthy alternatives and unethical business practices. The standard also provides a path for companies that know better and do better to prosper by shifting the buying power of millions of dedicated mothers behind their products.

Jaws of Life

California Bans Fur Trapping

California has enacted a ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 prohibits commercial and recreational trapping on both public and private lands. Legislators are considering proposals to ban the sale of all fur products, including fur coats, and to outlaw the use of animals in any circus in the state, with the exception of domesticated horses, dogs and cats. 24

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Methane Matters

Fracking Linked to Global Warming

As methane concentrations increase in the atmosphere, evidence points to shale oil and gas as the probable source, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to stop regulating it. New Cornell University research published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, suggests that the methane released by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has different characteristics than the methane from conventional natural gas and other fossil fuels such as coal. About two-thirds of all new gas production over the last decade has been shale gas produced in the U.S. and Canada, says the paper’s author, Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology: “If we can stop pouring methane into the atmosphere, it will dissipate. It goes away pretty quickly compared to carbon dioxide. It’s the low-hanging fruit to slow global warming.”

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In a northern India district, regulators require that applicants for gun licenses, in addition to normal background checks, must plant 10 trees and submit selfies as photographic evidence of having done so. To mark World Environment Day in June, Chander Gaind, the deputy commissioner of the district of Ferozepur in Punjab State, had an idea. “I thought about how much Punjabi people love guns,” he says. “We receive hundreds of applications for gun licenses from this district every year. Maybe I could get them to love caring for the environment, too.” India has more than 3.3 million active gun licenses. Tajinder Singh, 47, a farmer in the district, says he wants to protect himself from wild animals and bands of armed robbers.


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Abandoned Crops

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Phoenix, which had 128 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit last year, is one of the hottest and fastestwarming cities in the U.S., and most American cities are expected to drastically heat up in the next decades with heat waves and triple-digit days. In the Valley of the Sun, work and play are shifting into the cooler hours. Neighborhoods are active at dawn and dusk when residents hike, jog and paddleboard. Last year, heat caused or contributed to the deaths of 182 people in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Ariane Middel, a professor of urban climate at Arizona State University, says, “We are almost a living laboratory. We can test strategies and see different ways to keep adapting and mitigating. By the time it gets hot in other places, they can take what we have learned here.”


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Phoenix Shifts to a Cooler Night Mode

Farmer Cannon Michael left more than 100 acres of ripe cantaloupes unharvested last year because he couldn’t sell them for enough to cover the cost of labor, packing and shipping. According to a new study from Santa Clara University, in California, about one-third of edible produce remains unharvested in the fields, where it rots and gets plowed under. Most research on food loss and food waste has focused on post-harvest, retail and consumer levels. The new study offers a far more accurate look at on-farm food loss by relying on in-field measurements. ReFED, a coalition of nonprofits, businesses and government agencies that fight food loss and food waste, estimates that 21 percent of water, 18 percent of cropland and 19 percent of fertilizer in the U.S. are dedicated to food that is never eaten.

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Hot Habits

Candy Wrappers Reimagined as Origami

Myriad companies are pledging to make their products and packaging more sustainable, including the multinational food and drink giant Nestlé, which announced in January that it is committed to using 100 percent recyclable packaging for its candy by 2025. Miniature KitKat chocolate bars from its Japan confectionery branch will be wrapped in paper instead of plastic, with instructions for how to fashion it, post-snack, into the iconic origami crane, a traditional Japanese messenger of thoughts and wishes. Nestlé hopes that this will guarantee the paper remains in use longer rather than be disposed of immediately.

Healing Hazard

Health Care Sector Impacts Climate

A new study by the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), in collaboration with Arup, a British multinational professional services firm, claims that if the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. It provides, for the first time, an estimate of health care’s global climate footprint. Josh Karliner, HCWH international director of program and strategy and report co-author, says, “The health sector needs to transition to clean, renewable energy and deploy other primary prevention strategies to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

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Polar Alert

Alaskan Sea Ice Melting Faster

Sea ice along northern Alaska disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents that rely on wildlife and fish. The ice melted as a result of exceptionally warm water temperatures extending far out into the ocean. The last five years have produced the warmest seasurface temperatures on record in the region, contributing to record low sea ice levels.

November 2019


community spotlight

Dr. Eduardo Maristany

An Unending Enthusiasm for Medicine


by Linda Sechrist

bserving what intive medicine and specializes terests and excites in advanced personalized children the most genomic interpretation, during their early years can inflammatory diseases and sometimes make it easy other areas. He is a member to predict their answer to of the American College of the question, “What do Physicians and American you want to be when you Medical Association. grow up?” For a young Before moving to boy whose eyes lit up any Naples and joining NCFM, time he went with his dad Maristany was a resident of to visit a friend, a resiFlorida’s Space Coast and Dr. Eduardo Maristany dent emergency medicine an internal medicine hospiphysician, the prediction talist, academic hospitalist would have been a no-brainer. “Around the and clinical assistant professor at Memoage of 9, after I’d been very sick with strep rial Health University Medical Center in throat, I became mesmerized with anySavannah, Georgia. “It was an incredible thing medical. I loved looking through experience treating patients, includthe medical books and playing with ing astronauts and scientists from the stethoscopes, especially the basic surgispace program. It was an exciting time cal suture teaching tools that were in the in my career, meeting internationally office of my dad’s friend. On one occarecognized individuals which I had only sion, I played for an hour with his suture previously admired from a distance,’” needle and nylon thread. Looking back says Maristany. now, I think to myself, ‘What 9-year old While practicing in Savannah, the boy plays with a needle and thread for an traditionally trained Maristany became hour?’” quips Dr. Eduardo Maristany, a friends with a fellow physician, Dr. Mary board-certified internal medicine physiKay Ross, then an attending ER physician. cian practicing at the Naples Center for Ross, who later founded the Institute for Functional Medicine (NCFM). Personalized Medicine, a patient-centered A love of knowledge and learning, style that addresses the whole person as well as an insatiable interest in physiand not merely a set of isolated sympology and the miraculous ways that the toms, introduced Maristany to functional body works also fueled Maristany’s natural medicine, which focuses on understandinclination for medicine. “Any time I had ing the interaction between the genetic, a medical issue, I immediately wanted to environmental and lifestyle factors that can dive in, do research and find the cause. I’ve influence overall health, as well as correctnever lost that propensity,” says the native ing the underlying dysfunction of the body Floridian, who was born in Tallahassee, to achieve true healing. raised in the Boca Raton area, earned his She also introduced him to the gebachelor’s degree at the University of Minetic testing tool, IntellxxDNA, in which ami and his medical degree from Ross Uni- he now specializes. “IntellxxDNA, the versity School of Medicine. Also trained by most sophisticated of genomic reports, the Institute of Functional Medicine and examines the complex interplay between licensed to practice in Florida and Georgia, DNA variants and how they can affect the Maristany practices functional and integra- individual’s quality of life. Reports include 28

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A love of knowledge and learning, as well as an insatiable interest in physiology and the miraculous ways that the body works also fueled Maristany’s natural inclination for medicine. evidence-based, well-researched potential intervention strategies—encompassing environment, lifestyle, nutrition, supplements and medications—that can serve as the basis of discussion between an individual and their children,” advises Maristany. While shadowing Ross and learning about functional medicine, Maristany began to realize that this was his future. “I had to simply wait until the right opportunity for practicing it full-time presented itself. As a result of that shift in thinking, I’ve been to every functional medicine conference for the last eight years,” advises Maristany, who notes that it was often his patients who helped to convince him of the potentiality of functional medicine. Maristany offers an example of a patient that made him a big believer in functional medicine. “I was assigned a patient with severe Bell’s Palsy on the right side. She’d been on steroids and had been told by her doctor that the condition was permanent. I was fresh from my second functional medicine conference and suggested practically every supplement that I had learned about there. Two weeks later she reported that she could move her mouth, two weeks after that she had movement in her eye and six weeks later the paralysis was gone. The lingering numbness in her tongue eventually went away and her ability to taste returned. I’ve seen many other patients with remarkable results since then, and although I do use medical protocols when it’s necessary, I still prefer to recommend supplements,” he says. The Naples Center for Functional Medicine is located at 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270 in Naples. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-649-7400 or visit See ad, page 71.

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Why Organic Skincare is a Necessity and Not a Luxury by Lisa Marlene


aroline Thonon, the average woman owner of Beauputs 515 chemicals on tiful Health, her body every day LLC, in Naples, discovwithout knowing it. The European Union ered in a most chalhas banned more than lenging way why using 1,300 chemicals used only organic skincare in cosmetics. In this products was a necessity country, the U.S. Food rather than a luxury. A and Drug Administranasty bout with an unCaroline Thonon tion has banned eight relenting and mysterious and restricted three. skin rash, fatigue, nausea and headaches sent Thonon in search of the root cause. “In the U.S., no safety testing is “It was a long, in-depth search for required until there is a problem. It is causes such as allergens from gluten, unfortunate that some issues, such as what food, my dogs, toxins in my home and I dealt with, can take years until they are the cleaning products I used. With the visible or felt. Many beauty and skin care help of medical testing, I learned that my products contain ingredients that cause body’s immune system was overreacting hormone disruption, organ toxicity, and to a buildup of arsenic. This heavy metal, cancer,” advises Thonon. frequently found in household paints, some pesticides and water supplies, was Read Labels Being conscious of what we put on our in the skincare products that I had used body is as important as what we put in it. for a long time. It took many months of Reading labels is essential. For example, detoxing to eliminate the arsenic from my body,” says Thonon. when shopping for a new moisturizer, face Her wellness spa boutique carries an cream, lipstick, nail polish or eye makeup, extensive line of organic earth and ocean look at the list of ingredients and consider inspired plant-based beauty products as if they are edible or pronounceable. well as naturally derived skincare and “Naturally sourced products made professional spa products. Skincare confrom flower and plant extracts are desultations and spa treatments as well as signed to nourish the body, whereas subhealth classes and workshops facilitated stances such as artificial colorants, dyes by trained and certified health coaches and synthetic chemicals are not. They can and beauty experts are greatly increase the risk also offered. of sensitivity and irritation,” says the former spa Safety Testing owner, who has 18 years of Chemicals experience in the spa and in Cosmetics beauty industry. Skin, which is highly absorbent, is the body’s largest Beautiful Health, LLC, is organ. It takes only 26 seclocated at 4947 Tamiami Tr. onds for toxins in hair, body, N., Naples. For more inforskin, and nail care products mation, call 239-241-5111 to be absorbed. Accordor visit ing to the Huffington Post, See ad, page 51.


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ENOUGH FOR ALL In Pursuit of Grateful Living


by Brother David Steindl-Rast

rateful living is the awareness that we stand on holy ground— always—in touch with mystery. Jewish sages interpret the words of Genesis 3:5 in a way that is of great relevance to grateful living. “Take off your shoes; the ground on which you stand is holy ground.” The soles of your shoes are leather—dead animal skin. Take off the deadness of being-used-to-it and your live souls will feel that you are standing on holy ground, wherever you are. It is pretty evident that greed, oppression and violence have led us to a point of self-destruction. Our survival depends on a radical change; if the gratitude movement grows strong and deep enough, it may bring about this necessary change. Grateful living brings in place of greed, sharing; in place of oppression, respect; and in place of violence, peace. Who does not long for a world of sharing, mutual respect and peace? Exploitation springs from greed and a sense of scarcity. Grateful living makes us aware that there is enough for all. Thus, it leads to a sense of sufficiency and a joyful willingness to share with others. Oppression is necessary if we want to exploit others. The more power you have, the more efficiently you can exploit those


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below you and protect yourself against those above you. But grateful people live with a sense of sufficiency—they need not exploit others—thus, oppression is replaced by mutual support and by equal respect for all. Violence springs from the root of fear—fear that there may not be enough for all, fear of others as potential competitors, fear of foreigners and strangers. But the grateful person is fearless. Thereby, she cuts off the very root of violence. Out of a sense-of-enough, she is willing to share, and thereby tends to eliminate the unjust distribution of wealth that creates the climate for violence. Fearlessly, she welcomes the new and strange, is enriched by differences and celebrates variety. Grateful eyes look at whatever is as if they had never seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again. This is a most realistic attitude, for every moment is indeed unique. Adapted from an interview, with Brother David Steindl-Rast that originally appeared in Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center. For more information, visit ABetterWorldThroughGratitude.

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~Stacy Thewis

The Happy Thyroid Seven Ways to Keep It Humming


by Ronica O’Hara

uch of our day-to-day wellbeing—how energetic we feel, how clear our thinking is and how our body processes food—is governed by the activity of the butterflyshaped, thumb-sized thyroid gland at the base of the throat. When it’s working as it should, life is good. However, about one in eight Americans suffers from a malfunctioning thyroid, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to face the consequences. It’s a delicate balancing act. A thyroid that produces too few hormones makes us feel sluggish and constipated. We gain weight easily, have muscle cramps and experience heavy periods. Hypothyroidism, as it’s called, is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility and autism in newborns. A 2013 study published in Annals of Neurology found that pregnant women deficient in thyroid hormone are four times more likely than healthy women to produce a child with autism. If the thyroid produces too many hormones, we suffer from hyperthyroidism with a racing heart, irritability, light periods, unexplained weight loss and insomnia; it can lead to hardening of the 34

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arteries and heart failure later in life, according to a study in Circulation Research. The good news is that there are simple and effective strategies that can optimize thyroid function and avoid these potential health setbacks, say experts. Their recommendations:


Keep up mineral levels. The

thyroid needs iodine to churn out hormones, and usually iodized salt or sea salt with natural iodine can supply most of our daily needs of 150 micrograms. Sardines, shrimp, seaweed, yogurt, eggs and capers are also rich in iodine. However, too much of a good thing can tip the balance in the other direction, so practice moderation with super-charged iodine foods like cranberries: A fourounce serving contains twice the daily requirement. In addition, our thyroids need selenium (one or two Brazil nuts a day will do it) and zinc (nuts, legumes and chocolate) to function optimally.


Eat fermented foods. About 20

percent of the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into active hormone (T3) takes place in our gut,

which makes “good” bacteria critically important. Andrea Beaman, a New York City health coach and author of Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, recommends probiotics like cultured vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut and sourdough bread, as well as prebiotics like root vegetables, plantain, burdock and dandelion root.


Filter drinking water. “Fluo-

ride and chlorine are elements that can block the absorption of iodine into the thyroid,” says Elizabeth Boham, M.D., a functional medicine doctor at the UltraWellness Center, in Lenox, Massachusetts. A reverse-osmosis fi lter or a high-end pitcher fi lter will remove chlorine, as well as fluoride, which British researchers have linked to a 30 percent higher rate of hypothyroidism.


Detox cosmetics. Phthalates are

endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in cosmetics, nail polish and shampoos; they are also in plastic toys, and 3-year-old girls exposed to phthalates have shown depressed thyroid function, Columbia University scientists report. Research cosmetics and find toxin-free alternatives at the Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. (


Wake up easy. About 85 per-

cent of thyroid diseases involve an underactive thyroid, says Beaman, adding that it is often the body’s pushback against frenzied, stressful lifestyles: “The thyroid is literally slowing down—our body is saying, ‘Slow, slow, go slow.’” For a low-key start to the day, she suggests not using an alarm clock if possible, and then doing some long, slow stretching and

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Poses such as plow pose, fish pose, boat pose and cobra can improve blood circulation to the thyroid gland, which is imperative for its health.

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deep breathing. “It takes just five minutes, and you’re starting the day not in fight-or-flight mode, but in a fully relaxed and fully oxygenated body.”


Talk it out. In Eastern philosophy, the thyroid in the

throat is located at the fi ft h chakra, the energy center of expression and communication, Beaman says. If we fi nd ourselves either regularly shouting or choking back our words, “it helps, if you want to support your thyroid on a deep emotional level, to express yourself somehow, some way, to someone somewhere,” such as to a therapist, family member or good friend.


Do yoga asanas. “Poses such as plow pose, fish pose,

boat pose and cobra can improve blood circulation to the thyroid gland, which is imperative for its health,” says Stacy Thewis, a registered nurse, certified wellness coach and gut-brain expert in Mellen, Wisconsin. In a study in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 22 women with hypothyroidism that practiced yoga for six months needed significantly less thyroid medication. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at


Help for a Troubled Thyroid

o verify a possible thyroid condition, consult a doctor, endocrinologist, functional medicine doctor or naturopathic doctor. Ask for a range of tests, not only the standard thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test, but also free T4, free T3, thyroid antibodies for autoimmune reactions, and thyroidreleasing hormone (TRH) tests for a full picture. The standard pharmaceutical approach for hypothyroidism, the most common condition, is the synthetic hormone levothyroxine (Levoxyl, Synthroid, Unithroid) that boosts T4 production; but it can cause depression and weight gain, researchers at Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center report in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Ask also about Armour Thyroid, derived from animal thyroids, that contains both T3 and T4, and is often preferred by functional medicine doctors. Other testing can uncover a reaction to gluten, which is often linked to thyroid dysfunction. “For many with thyroid issues, gluten can provoke an autoimmune response via celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and health coach Amanda Wikan, of Petaluma, California. If a celiac test is negative, she suggests trying a six-week, gluten-free diet and watching afterward for any signs of non-celiac sensitivity such as headaches, bloating, gas or brain fog.

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In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.

CHASING ZZZZZs How to Put Insomnia to Rest by Marlaina Donato


ossing and turning most of the night while obsessing about the need for sleep is a torture we all go through every now and then, but for the 40 percent of Americans dealing with current or chronic insomnia, it can be a regular nightmare. In fact, 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. The causes are multi-faceted: stress, pharmaceutical side effects, hormonal imbalances, chronic pain, anxiety and too much caffeine all fuel the insomnia loop. Add to that the overstimulation from 24/7 technology, social pressures and unresolved emotional pain, and it’s easy to see why long, hard, sleepless nights have become a worldwide epidemic. The effects are profound. Compromised sleep not only leads to decreased quality of life, malnourished relationships, a heightened risk of accidents and inferior job performance, but also lowered immunity and chronic inflammation, raising the odds of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with depression also experience sleep deprivation, and many antidepressant medications can disrupt the ability to fall asleep and dream. However, a number of natural and holistic approaches can provide lasting


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results without undesirable side effects. Along with tried-and-true methods like acupuncture, therapeutic massage and changes in diet and exercise, the National Sleep Foundation recommends mindful breathing and meditation. New options are emerging to help foster quality sleep, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), non-psychoactive CBD oil and lifestyle changes supporting a healthy circadian rhythm.

Body and Mind, a Tangled Web

Psychological, emotional and physical health all play a role in our ability—or inability—to get a good night’s rest. “Not sleeping well is a sign of a deeper imbalance that needs to be addressed. So, if we’re masking the problem with medication, the underlying cause remains unaddressed,” says Elina Winnel, a sleep coach who works online with clients at “Insomnia is a complex issue that has psychological components, but is also affected by deeper mechanisms, including an imbalance between the two main branches of the autonomic nervous system.” The intricate connection between emotion and sleep-robbing stress hormones explains why insomniacs are often caught in an undertow of racing thoughts and preoc-

cupations. Says Winnel, “Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring.” Stress also depletes vitamin B and magnesium levels necessary for quality sleep, she adds. Cindy Davies, owner of the Holistic Sleep Center, in Ferndale, Michigan, has similar views on the role emotion plays in troubled sleep patterns. “We’re chronically suppressing our feelings throughout the day. Our inability to address these emotions culminates in a night spent in bed awake with fears and worries,” she says. “Pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion can help defend ourselves against dealing with feelings or memories, but impairs our ability to sleep restfully or restoratively.”

Resetting Inherent Rhythms

Circadian rhythm, our biological clock, is a cellular marvel that is affected by light and internal changes in temperature. Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, explains that it’s helpful to have a circadian rhythm aligned with societal norms so that we’re sleepy at bedtime and active during daylight hours. “When a person’s circadian rhythm is delayed, they will have trouble falling

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asleep at a regular bedtime, and when it’s advanced, experience sleepiness too early in the evening and then [have] early morning awakenings.” Circadian rhythm regulates digestion, cellular repair, hormones and many other functions. It also slows down the metabolism during night hours, helping us to stay asleep. “The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by many factors, including traveling to a different time zone, shift work and exposure to blue light late at night while binge-watching your favorite series,” says Winnel. Our natural hormonal rhythms are wired to release melatonin at certain

times, allowing us to rest frequently during the day. Davies explains that an adult’s body is designed for periods of rest every 90 minutes. “Most people don’t have the opportunity to rest every 90 minutes, but if we were able to, we’d be going to bed in a state of rest, instead of exhaustion,” she says. Our bodies start producing melatonin around 9 p.m., when we should already be winding down, but too often we push ourselves to stay up to watch TV or have “me-time”, says Davies. “In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.” Herbalist and licensed psychotherapist Jenn J. Allen, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania,

Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring. ~Elina Winnel

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 Shutting off all screen devices, including the TV, two hours before going to bed  Going to bed when you get that 9 p.m. slump and just taping a favorite show  Walking barefoot and feeling the earth  Spending quality time outside in sunlight, preferably in a natural setting  Taking nourishing baths with natural soaps, lavender essential oil or herbs  Designating certain time slots to not answer the phone or answer emails  Exercising regularly and not within three hours of bedtime  Taking a break from work every 90 minutes for two minutes of slow, deep breathing  Breaking the caffeine habit by replacing coffee and tea with healthier alternatives

For emotional components of insomnia, try:

 Going on a “worry fast” for five or 10 minutes, and then practice doing it for an hour or a full day  Reserving time with loved ones for in-person conversations and get-togethers  Checking in with yourself and acknowledging all emotions and fears without judgment  Setting aside ambitions for a day to recharge  Sleeping in without guilt—shopping and running errands can wait  Choosing not to compare your life with others

adds, “People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain.”

Two Sides of Every Brain

Smartphones and social media have piled even more on our plate, even if we enjoy them. “We’re expected to be constantly ‘on’ and reachable 24/7,” observes Winnel. “This leads to an excessive reliance on our sympathetic nervous system and difficulty switching brainwave states from beta—associated with alertness—to theta and delta, which we experience during sleep. Through practice and specific exercises, it can become easier for us to reach the state of mind needed to nod off.” To support healthier sleep patterns, Winnel emphasizes the importance of using both hemispheres of the brain while awake. “Particularly in our professional lives, logical and rational processes are rewarded, while creativity is seen as optional. This can cause a chronic imbalance in the way we use the two hemispheres of our brain. Optimal sleep requires equalized functioning in the neurological structures that are unique to each hemisphere.” Mindful breathing and alternate-nostril yogic breathwork can also bring harmony to both hemispheres of the brain and promote deep relaxation.

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Chronic pain can also prevent sound sleep. Allen stresses, “It’s important to understand what is actually causing pain and what type of pain it is. Some chronic pain comes from postural issues or injuries, so massage, chiropractic or gentle movement like yoga can help to drastically reduce the intensity of pain.” Identifying nutritional deficiencies and supporting the nervous system is also key. “Plants work both physiologically and energetically. Gentle nervine herbs like oats or chamomile can help to soothe the nervous system, and are effective for children and teens. Adaptogenic plants are known historically for helping the body to resist physical, chemical or biological stresses. Tulsi and ashwagandha, when taken consistently, can be useful in helping November 2019


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People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain. ~Jenn J. Allen for insomnia (CBT-I). The American College of Physicians recommends it as the first-line therapy for insomnia ahead of medication, citing that it improves sleep and daytime functioning in 70 to 80 percent of treated persons, often without

supplemental medication. A meta-analysis published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015 shows that CBT-I can resolve insomnia for 35 percent of people with sleeplessness linked to existing medical and psychiatric conditions such as fibromyalgia or PTSD. CBT-I helps to change long-held patterns. “CBT includes keeping sleep logs, improving sleep hygiene, learning ways to decrease anxiety and how to associate the bed as a place where we sleep well, instead of the maladaptive thinking that it’s a place to toss and turn,” says Silberman. CBT can also be helpful for chronic pain and other physical problems when underlying issues are treated in conjunction. A good night’s rest is indeed possible. Davies says, “In order to really change our ability to sleep, we need a complete cultural mindset shift that prioritizes sleep and our need to rest.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

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n Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects of Buddhism, said this is “because the position requires wholehearted practice.” In the 13th-century volume Instructions for the Zen Cook, Dogen wrote, “In preparing food, it is essential to be sincere and to respect each ingredient, regardless of how coarse or fine.” Rituals around food are an important element of Buddhism, as with many spiritual traditions. But we don’t have to be a Buddhist or a practiced meditator to learn how to cook more mindfully, enjoy meals more fully and eat in better balance. “Cooking can be a meditation. We cook with all our senses: We taste, touch and listen to determine if the pan is hot enough. You just have to be mindful,” says Jean-Philippe Cyr, author of The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes. “Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, paying

attention while you chop. These things are the foundation of a great meal,” says Gesshin Claire Greenwood, an ordained Zen priest in San Francisco. Greenwood trained in Buddhist monasteries in Japan for more than five years, experiences she draws from in her recent memoir and cookbook Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples. While vegetarianism is encouraged in all schools of Buddhism and most monasteries abstain from meat, it is not a strict requirement. Cyr, a vegan and practicing Buddhist of 20 years, takes seriously the concept of ahimsa, or “do no harm”, as a chef. “Veganism and Buddhism share the common value of compassion—compassion towards animals, as well as the Earth. Climate change caused by meat consumption causes a lot of harm, too,” says Cyr, of rural Quebec, Canada. The “middle way” is an important Buddhist principle in the kitchen—striking the balance between indulgence and deprivation—the “just enough” in Greenwood’s cookbook title. “It’s important to use enough salt so that the food tastes good, but not so much that it’s overpower-

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ing. When we shop for food or eat a meal, we can also pay attention to when we’ve had enough,” she says.

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Mindful eating can open up a beautiful new relationship to food, says Jan Chozen Bays, a Zen Buddhist priest and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, in Clatskanie, Oregon. “This country is in an epidemic of out-of-balance eating. People are stressed out and fearful about eating, but cooking and eating should be inherently pleasurable human activities,” says Bays, the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. “In Zen practice, mindful rituals help us learn to be present and peaceful during meals.” Mindful eating is not about restrictions, but rather about curiosity and investigation—an adventure for the senses, says Bays. “Research shows that diets don’t work, as they rely on external sources rather than helping you to go inward and tap into the innate wisdom of your body.”

Tuning In at Mealtime

Rushing through meals mindlessly, we’ve become deaf to our body’s own signals of satiety, says Bays. “Go to the supermarket when you’re hungry, and head to the perimeter where the real food is and stop and ask your body, ‘Would you like oranges? Would broccoli be good for us?’ Tune into your cellular hunger,” she says. At the Great Vow Zen Monastery, the first morning meal is conducted in silence, along “with a prayer to bring gratitude for the food and to all living beings whose life flows to us in our food,”

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ere are a few simple tips from Buddhist priests and cooks on making mealtime more mindful. Have a mid-meal gut check, suggests Jan Chozen Bays. “When your stomach feels three-quarters full, have a conversation with a friend or have something to drink before continuing to eat. Often you will find after 20 minutes you are actually full,” says the author and priest. Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center, suggests setting a phone timer in the kitchen to mark it as a practice time to tune into the senses. “Try to slow down and notice what’s happening as you cook. Try to stay with the sensory experience and not judge everything, like whether the carrot is cut right. It can be a very relaxing and peaceful way to work in the kitchen.” Make the first few sips or bites of a meal mindful, spending the first few moments in silence if possible, says Bays. “Working quietly with that pile of carrots or onions, you have space to focus on just one task,” adds Merk. Incorporating all of the five tastes of Buddhism—salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savory)—is another way to bring meals in balance, according to author and priest Gesshin Claire Greenwood. “Having all of these flavors represented makes a meal feel balanced and satisfying.”

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the sweet potato and figs in a baking dish.

Buddha Bowl Cookbook author Jean-Phillippe Cyr says, “I love bowl recipes: they’re generous and colorful, and they let us get creative. Layer grains or cereals, vegetables, legumes and dressing, and voilà! That’s all there is to it.” Pumpkin seeds are an incredible source of protein, and tahini contains more protein than milk. Healthy cooks will be sure to keep this tahini dressing recipe close, because they can use it in everything.

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Biofeedback, a mind– body technique in which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the purpose of improving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, is possible due to the efforts of scientists such as Nikola Tesla, Albert Einstein and many others. “We know that the universe is 98 percent energy and everything found within it has its own dynamic energy. Our entire body continually vibrates at a subtle level, moving energy and information through the connective tissues that encase us,” says Doyle-Mitchell. She is licensed, insured and trained on the L.I.F.E. System, a non-invasive biofeedback device that scans nearly 7,000 energy patterns. By identifying which energy vibrations are out of sync, the system can put them back into harmonic balance, allowing the body to return to a state of rest and healing. “Biofeedback was one of the key parts of my personal recovery. It brought a voice to my subconscious relative to the underlying cause and led me to a breakthrough. Even now, I continue to use biofeedback to maintain my well-being,” says Doyle-Mitchell. To make an appointment for a free 30-minute consultation, call Doyle-Mitchell at 239-851-4729. For more information, visit See ad, page 46.

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his Thanksgiving, there’s something to be especially thankful for—gratitude itself. Emerging research shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kickstart happiness and well-being. “The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never too late,” says Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., an assistant professor at California State University, in Dominguez Hills, and co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character. It’s also never too early to “plant” it: Even toddlers love to parrot, “Thank you.” Research by Bono and others shows kids that are grateful are happier, more engaged and studious, and less envious, depressed, materialistic and prone to violence. It can be taught: After one week of daily 30-minute lessons on gratitude, 8- to 11-year-olds wrote thank-you notes for a PTA presentation that were 80 percent longer than notes by kids that didn’t have the lessons. To instill gratefulness in a child:


Be grateful and show it.

“Kids are more likely to do something if they see adults around them doing

it,” says Bono. “Being specific with your words helps, too, because it shows what behavior mattered to you and why.” Adds psychologist Mary Jo Podgurski, founder and president of the Academy for Adolescent Health, in Washington, Pennsylvania: “If we express our gratitude by making eye contact, with sincerity and by providing an example of how much we are appreciative, the words are empowered. Telling the grocery clerk, ‘I really like the way you packed my berries on top. Thanks for taking the time to be careful with my purchases,’ will light up the clerk’s face.” That can translate into a child not simply saying, “Thank you” to a grandparent for birthday money, but also explaining how excited they are about the game they plan to buy with it.


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“It’s also good for families to come up with gratitude rituals,” says Bono. “Everyday conversations about the good things and people we have or encounter in life, and being specific with words, helps young children understand the connection between kindness and feeling grateful better.” For writer Judy Gruen’s family in Los Angeles, this means a morning prayer:

“When we wake up in the morning, the first words we say are those of gratitude that we have awakened and have the opportunity for a new day.” At dinner time, some families play “a rose, a thorn, a bud”— with each person saying what happened that day that they’re grateful for, what problems came up and what they’re looking forward to. As a bedtime ritual, Heidi McBain, a counselor and author in Flower Mound, Texas, follows a routine with her two children that includes “reading, checking in about their day—the good/bad/ugly—and at least one thing they are grateful for from their day. And I often share mine, as well!”


Make gratitude fun.

By getting creative, we can make kids’ expressions of gratitude even more enjoyable. Business coach Kristi Andrus, in Denver, says that her family toasts a lot at mealtime, raising their glasses and clinking them. “Our toasts are simple, ‘Today I’m grateful, thankful, or happy to share ________.’ [fi ll in the blank]. The kids love it and the parents always smile at what the kids bring up.” Charlene Hess, in Eagle Mountain, Utah, a blogger and homeschooling mom to seven kids, has set up a gratitude door with a sticky note added each day from each child. “This really helps the kids become more aware of all the good things in their lives, particularly as time goes on and they have to get more creative with their responses.” “A rampage of appreciation” is what Jeannette Paxia, a motivational speaker and children’s book author in Modesto, California, does with her five children: “We spend 10 minutes walking around and appreciating all we see. My children love it!” In the home of northern New Jersey therapist Shuli Sandler, when one family member shows gratitude to another, a coin is put in a jar. “When it is full, the whole family can go out and do something together, like grab ice cream or something fun—remembering of course to say thank you,” she says. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at

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elcome to the digital age, where budding gym rats, former couch potatoes and schedule-challenged fitness freaks are finding new ways to get in shape. These days, virtually anyone with a smartphone or Wi-Fi connection can connect with a yoga video, a spin class or any number of personal exercise experiences. Some folks are wearing devices that calculate distance and monitor bodily functions—then post it all to social media. Private trainers are offering online workout routines with motivational emails and text messages, while some gyms include online training as an add-on to membership or leverage technology to provide classes to consumers globally. Virtual fitness is growing in leaps and bounds. The use of health and fitness apps has more than tripled since 2014, and three-quarters of active users open their apps at least twice a week, according to Flurry Analytics. Yet, it’s not for everyone. Erin Nitschke, Ed.D., of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the director of educational partnerships and programs at the National

Federation of Professional Trainers, is monitoring the upsurge in virtual fitness and believes it will take time to perfect the options. “While virtual training may be a best practice for a certain population of users, it may be a barrier to others,” she says.

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The convenience and affordability of virtual training has some clients thriving on their ability to marry technological tools to fitness goals. They can log in anytime, anywhere, even while travelling; take a variety of classes from famous trainers for a fraction of the cost of in-person sessions and receive emails or texts that provide encouragement to reach the next level. For those new to exercising, virtual training eases self-consciousness. It’s an opportunity to learn the basics and begin the process of toning up at home before venturing into an unfamiliar environment where everyone seems to know what they’re doing. In this respect, virtual training can serve as a gateway to establishing a fitness routine that eventually leads to the local gym.

“One of the most frequent reasons She carefully monitors her clients for One of the most frequent people cite for not maintaining a regular form and doesn’t plan to offer virtual trainreasons people cite for exercise habit is lack of time,” says Ameriing because it’s impossible to give clients not maintaining a regular can Council on Exercise President and bodily adjustments. “It leaves trainees at exercise habit is lack of time. Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., risk of not getting full benefit or getting of Redmond, Washington. He points out hurt,” Hetzel says. “An effective workout is ~Cedric Bryant that virtual tools and devices may help about the quality of the movements.” eliminate some of those time barriers, allowing people to get Bryant says that instructor interaction is a plus; however, quality workouts. the best virtual workouts give detailed instruction and regression or progression of all moves, allowing participants to choose an appropriate intensity level. The Real Deal But some people go to the gym or attend fitness classes because they enjoy the social connection more than the sweat. Nitschke Making a Virtual Connection says that social support can be a predictor of success, so it’s posLogging in with a high-speed internet connection, gathering sible that virtual training can have a negative impact. Bryant required equipment in advance and possessing self-motivation agrees. “There are different fitness personality types, and some might prevent getting discouraged. However, overconfidence can need the live and in-person experience.” lead to injury, so being fully aware of limitations is essential before Bryant points out that gyms and trainers often request health taking a dive off the recliner directly into a series of lunges. For information and fitness goals beforehand to provide clients a more social butterflies, a real-live friend to login with may be necessary customized program. In-person instruction also has the benefit of to make virtual training fun. immediate feedback to ensure safe, effective and proper technique. Fitness training may be forever changed by technology, but Erika Hetzel, a Pilates instructor and personal trainer in Nitschke says it remains to be seen if fitness professionals can Dane County, Wisconsin, believes that virtual workouts are fine respond to individual learning styles to foster success and elevate for people that have attended classes enough to know the exerthe fitness client’s virtual experience. cises and have good body awareness. “For beginners, hands-on cues and modifications are important, especially if there are any Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at contraindications for exercise.”

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Oral Health as an Act of Self Care

by Dr. Yolanda Cintron


all is the beginning of the harvest season. We have learned that illness can be prevented or eradicated if we remove the root cause(s) of the problem or we don’t even allow it to form. Sometimes, the patients that come to us do not share the diagnosis that they have been told, but by looking at their skin, mouth, X-rays and the CT scan, we already know in which organs and systems these people have illness or malfunction. I know that when I see a mouth full of dark fillings, heavy metals and aluminum that this person may not be connecting their depression, anxiety, inability to sustain good relationships and neurological problems to what they have in their mouth. An epidemic of forgetfulness, dementia and Alzheimer’s is plaguing our nation. The combination of heavy metals in the mouth and the consequent electromagnetic impact is frying the brains of these people that have the metals in their mouth. We have experienced the same results as seen in the documentary Root Cause: “Root canals are dead teeth inside your jaw bone.” The DNA biopsy results we receive show massive infection of bacteria and viruses, even parasites, rotting these dead teeth 100 percent of the time. In our modern society and our practice, we have the tools to eradicate the unnecessary evils that come from carrying these toxicities in your head. So, the symptoms you may be feeling are not all in your head, but the toxicities are. Take action and remove them. You are important. Many of our patients are very busy, caring, successful people who have not taken the time to make themselves number one: YOU. This month, we saw so many patients with high blood pressure and heart disease about to have a heart attack—totally unnecessary with

the technology at hand, including lasers, sedation options, natural supplementation and oils. When was the last time you had a deep cleaning? Eighty percent of those over 35-years-old have some form of periodontal disease, the silent killer that will affect your heart—a vital organ—for love, too. Take action; live with passion; your faith will determine the miracles that you see. Today, we want to honor one of our patient’s experience having a few extractions. We do surgery on a daily basis and sometimes we take for granted what we do—but we are ALWAYS so grateful for our patients. “After speaking to all my friends and family, I realized no one had a good experience with their dental work. I was afraid I would have the same negative experience but was determined to find someone who would make me feel comfortable and have a good outcome. “I have had a cleaning and four decayed and infected teeth extracted by Dr. Cintron. During my initial consultation and cleaning, I felt very cared about and listened to which is why I ultimately decided to get my teeth extracted with them as well, something that I had been putting off for years. “Both Dr. Cintron and her wonderful assistants are a wealth of knowledge and really understand oral health, especially as it relates to overall health, as well as the concerns and fears that come with having dental procedures done. When I left after my first consultation, I felt so educated about my teeth, how to care for them, and about the relationship between oral health and the overall health of the body. “I decided to only have mild sedation so I was awake during the procedure but felt very relaxed, and they all talked me through everything and I had no pain!

Dr. Cintron used a laser to extract my teeth and filled the hole with my own platelet-rich plasma to speed healing, which they spun in-house from my blood. I also got intravenous vitamin C after my surgery which also aids in healing. The equipment and knowledge that Dr. Cintron has are top-notch, and she takes many steps to ensure that the procedure is the least stressful that it can be and that everything heals quickly. “I had spoken with many dentists and oral surgeons about my teeth prior to meeting Dr. Cintron and none of them were going to do the procedure in such a mindful and holistic way that I felt comfortable with. I think Dr. Cintron and her staff really pride themselves in really caring about the work that they do and in really caring about patients. I am so grateful to have found Dr. Cintron and her wonderful staff and I will continue to be a patient with them for my oral care needs. “If you are wondering whether or not you should make an appointment, you definitely should!” For more detailed info, visit To set an appointment to discuss your potential needs, call 954938-4599 or email

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ANTIQUES RISING Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture


by Yvette C. Hammett

ast food and fast fashion are common in this amped-up world. There’s also fast furniture—the kind that often comes in a box, assembly required. It’s made of particle board held together by toxic chemicals; it is often flimsy and it’s consuming forests at an alarming rate. But millennials love it. That’s why they’re sometimes called the IKEA generation. “Your grandmother’s big sideboard and armoire are hard to sell,” says Todd Merrill, owner of the Todd Merrill Studio, a furniture and design gallery in New York City. “We have changed the way we live. Our houses are laid out differently— no more formal dining rooms. I think people are less inventive about how to repurpose, reuse and restore.” Grandma’s treasures, once passed down for generations, are largely passé. The new word for antiques is “brown furniture”; prices have plummeted 60 to 80 percent in two decades, say industry experts. The youngsters want no part of them, even though they are hand crafted out of solid wood extracted from old-growth forests that took centuries to mature. Large retail chains cater to strong consumer demand for disposable furniture, and it is driving a great deal of deforesta-


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tion, according to the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT). IKEA’s own figures show that it uses 1 percent of the world’s commercial wood supply a year to manufacture these throwaway pieces. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 9,690 tons of furniture—both fast and slow—ended up in the nation’s landfills in 2015, the latest year for which statistics have been published. The trend is at odds with millennials’ notable environmental sensibilities—and they do put a premium on authentic, handmade items and companies with social impact—so experts say the tide may be turning. Like the growing Slow Food movement, “slow” furniture enjoys a sense of character and provenance that doesn’t come in a box. When Merrill opened his furniture studio in 2000, it consisted of half pristine antiques and half mid-century modern furniture. He quickly saw a trend of people snapping up the mid-century and leaving the handcrafted antiques behind. “I pulled things out of trash heaps in the Upper East Side. People came in and started snatching up all the vintage modern.” Merrill’s vintage offerings now focus on mid-century modern and

upcycled, repurposed furnishings, something the millennials have taken to. The kids will continue to come around, he says. “If you go around Brooklyn, people are reusing and recycling antique furniture. With the antique market hitting bottom, it is hard to ignore it. As it bottoms out, kids are going to come back to these things.” There can be a cool factor in reusing something that is old, unique and odd, he added. “Oddity and ugliness is kind of in fashion right now.” Alex Geriner, of Doorman Designs, in New Orleans, began upcycling out of necessity. He had little money to furnish his 19th-century apartment. His need quickly became a business when the furnishings he created out of old wood pieces began flying out the door. “I think for millennials—I am a millennial—they want something with a story tied to it, some sort of bigger meaning. My generation is all about experiences. If they can say, ‘I found this in a dumpster’ or ‘in a roadside flea market,’ any story is an investment for millennials.” Terry Gorsuch, whose side business in Dolores, Colorado, Rustique ReInvintage, involves salvaging old theater chairs, church pews and other novel items, upcycling them and selling them for a tidy profit, says, “There is nothing special about a coffee table from IKEA. All our pieces have a story. They’re from a 1936 theater or an 1895 Grange Hall where farmers and ranchers met.” Gorsuch says he already has some “hipster” millennials buying items like old lockers or other odd pieces that they mix and match. “When you take something and put it back to use, you get a feeling of satisfaction,” he says. “The informality of today allows for the mix-and-match thing,” Merrill says. “Take an old door and repurpose it … Put it up in your house or upcycle it into a table. “What we are missing in our homes is character,” he says. “Repurposing is a very good thing to do.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. Connect at

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URBAN CHICKENS Coming Home to Roost by Julie Peterson


ocavores with a hankering for fresh, organic eggs produced close to home have sparked a resurgence in backyard chicken keeping; even people that don’t like omelets are getting in on the trend. It turns out that the little descendants of dinosaurs make fascinating, low-maintenance pets. “You can’t watch a chicken running across the yard and not have your mood lifted,” says Shana Cobin, who has owned chickens for four years. A veterinary staff member, she takes in rescues on her small farm in Foster, Rhode Island. Her current flock of eight chickens has room to forage with a turkey, some goats and sheep. At night, her birds sleep in a predator-proof chicken coop. As a vegan, Cobin gifts the eggs to others. “It’s gratifying to give eggs to friends and family who might otherwise buy eggs from factory farms,” says Cobin. “It’s as if I’m helping those hens, too.” Those country chickens could be city chickens—if the municipality allows. An increasing number do, with a few rules. Roosters aren’t usually allowed (think crowing at 4 a.m.); the number of hens is limited; and they can’t roam the neighborhood. Local ordinances vary widely and

change frequently, so be sure to get the facts for each area.

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Chickens are relatively simple and inexpensive to maintain. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, are easy to bond with and their entertainment value can’t be underrated. “You will enjoy watching them for hours,” says Andy G. Schneider, of Georgia, the national spokesperson for the Avian Health Program run by the Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture who has authored three books on chickens. He says that keeping chickens is also a good way for children to learn responsibility and where their food comes from. He says, “They are living animals that depend on their owners and can live for 10 years or longer.” Backyard flocks readily compost food waste and hunt insects to eat. Their nitrogen-rich droppings and old bedding from the coop can fertilize gardens, or the chickens can be let loose in garden areas to fertilize and weed at the same time. However, they will eat desirable plants,

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so consider fencing off a fallow section of garden where they can prepare the ground for the next crop. Composting, fertilizing, weeding and pest control are benefits that even matronly hens that have slowed egg production still provide. The miracle of producing an egg is a journey of its own. Rarely does a child— or grownup—squeal with as much glee as when the pet hen lays her first egg. Add the excitement of double-yolkers and tiny, yolkless “fairy eggs”, and collecting the hens’ bounty is a daily adventure.


Like all pets, chickens need regular maintenance. They can get parasites such as mites or worms, or become sick. But the hardest thing about maintaining chickens is keeping them safe, according to Lisa Steele, a rural Maine farmer and author of 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks From Fresh Eggs Daily: Tips, Tricks, and Ideas for You and Your Hens. “No matter where you live, there is something that wants to kill or eat your chickens. A secure coop and run or pen are important,” Steele says. The family dog, fox, coyotes, raccoons, owls and hawks are just some of the many potential predators.

If a rooster is in the flock, he instinctively protects hens from perceived danger—great for predators, but not necessarily a desirable pet. They crow louder, earlier and more often than most would expect. Unless eggs to hatch are wanted, no rooster is needed.

Starting a Flock

After selecting breeds, a new flock can be started with adult hens or chicks from a hatchery or breeder. Steele points out that it’s important to get chicks from a reputable breeder and start them off with good-quality feed, room to exercise, fresh air and clean water. Coops can be built from plans or purchased. There is a trendy industry for palatial coops replete with window boxes, but the necessities include enough space for each chicken, roosting bars to sleep on, nesting boxes to lay eggs, good ventilation and predator-proofing. “The curtains, wallpaper and twinkle lights are fun, but not necessary,” says Steele. Julie Peterson lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, dogs and chickens. Contact her at

Chicken Facts n Newly hatched chickens are “chicks”. The young males are cockerels, the young

females are pullets. After one year, they are roosters and hens.

n Chickens see in color and can see UV rays, according to They have one eye sighted in for distance and one for close-up vision so that they can look for seeds and bugs on the ground while simultaneously searching the sky for aerial predators. n The life expectancy of a hen varies from three to 12 years, depending on size, breed

and safety from predators.

n Roosters instinctively protect hens from predators or any perceived danger (includ-

ing people) by sounding an alarm, and then facing the danger as hens run and hide. n Roosters have been known to ward off predators or die trying. n A rooster is not needed for hens to lay eggs.

n Hens begin laying eggs as early as 16 to 20 weeks and have variable production, de-

pending on breed and amount of daylight. Egg production can continue through life, but slows after about 3 years old (

n Egg shell color can be white, pink, blue, green, brown or speckled, but it’s determined

by genetics and will remain basically the same throughout a hen’s life ( EggShellColorDetermination).

n Fresh eggs have a coating that prevents bacteria from entering the pores of the shell.

If eggs are washed, they must be refrigerated (

November 2019


calendar of events FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Basic DNA Weekend Class – Nov 1-3. 9am-5pm. With Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg, licensed trainers. $444 includes Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing book and practitioner’s manual. First class in the ThetaHealing series. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work immediately. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: 692-9120 or Info: Deep Conditioning Treatment – 10am-5pm. Plus blow dry and style: $20 special ($60-$70 value). Receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. Free styling lessons available. 931 Creech Rd, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Art Walk – 6-10pm. 14 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. 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. Jessica Trippler Artist Display – 7-10pm. Jessica Trippler is an amazing local artist that creates her work by using reclaimed wood as a canvas. Her unique talent will be displayed at Seed & Bean Market during the November downtown Art Walk.1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Fourth Annual Taste of Freedom Gala – To support the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Raffle, live auction, speakers. Fort Myers Event Center, 1900 Park Meadows Dr. 878-3659. Tickets: Weekend of Yoga and Ecstatic Dance – Nov 2-3. 9am-5pm, Sat; 6-8pm, Sun. The Firefly Within Foundation will present a weekend event of yoga workshops and ecstatic dance by Gaia TV’s Ashleigh Sergeant and world-renowned yoga DJ Drez. Workshops will focus on the lower body and the upper body on Saturday with the next day’s dancing and sacred movement session preceded by an opening circle and warm-up movement. Weekend pass: $135/early bird or $155/door (day passes available). Shiva Yoga Shala, 1901 Brantley Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. Info/register: 274-6683 or or Public Meeting on Vaccine Bill Concerns – 10amnoon. A presentation from Health Freedom Florida and the National Vaccine Information Center to


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discuss Bill SB 64 introduced into the Florida legislature which would strip religious exemptions for vaccinations and affect the doctor-patient relationship in obtaining medical exemptions. Attendees can learn about the situation from two grassroots organizations dedicated to protecting personal health sovereignty and preventing forced government mandates, as well as how to take action. Donations. Bonita Wellness and Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Ste 11. Info: Brenda Van Skeet Clark: 223-9096 or cangel32000@; Teri Caspersen: 250-3526 or; or Spiritual Festival – 10am-4pm. Hosted by Goddess I AM and Unity Church of Naples, this event will feature a curated gathering of the area’s best speakers, psychics, healers and teachers. Participants can join a healing circle on the grounds, and then choose to engage a reader or a healer. Meditations, lectures and workshops will be scheduled in the sanctuary and the classrooms on various spiritual topics. Local vendors will display their unique creations throughout the day and on the entirety of the campus, and food will be available. $5/door. 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Usui Holy Fire Reiki I & II Workshop – Nov 2-3. 10am-5pm. Reiki is a Japanese healing technique. It promotes relaxation and stress reduction. When we quiet our body, mind and spirit, our inner wisdom allows for healing from the inside out. A must for your spiritual toolbox! $190. Register: 277-1399. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Building Your Spiritual Muscle – 12:45-1:45pm. Also Nov 9, 16 & 23. Join Donna every Saturday in

November for an hour of play and power. The class incorporates movement and meditation and a hefty dose of pure positive energy. $10 donation. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Parkway, Cape Coral. 297-0129. and Recovering Human Workshop: A Return to the True Nature of Self – 1-5pm. Join Molly Franken in this personal workshop that integrates discussion, writing exploration, meditation, intuitive movement and group sharing as a way to rediscover and connect to our true human nature and each other. $125. Joyful Yoga 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs. 947-9845. Kids Yoga – 1:15-2:15pm. A fun afternoon with songs, games, breathing, yoga poses and relaxation for ages 5-10. $10 youth drop in rate. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid to enhance and bring in what you choose. Use crystal grids for protection, prosperity, healing, stress relief and connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on the flower of life also known as sacred geometry. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Fifth Annual Florida Diabetes and Wellness Conference – 10am-5pm. A full-day conference for the general public and medical professional. Speakers and workshops, vendors, research and technology, CME credits provided by Lee Health. $20/early bird registration, kids 17 and under/free. Includes custom notepad, pen and sports bag, complimentary refreshments; lunch available. Florida Southwestern State College Collier campus, 7505 Grand Lely Dr, Naples. Register/schedule: Intro to Wicca – 2pm. New series begins. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Spiritual Living Study Group – 6-7:15pm. Every Sunday night in November, join Rev. Denise and others to explore spiritual laws and principles and how to apply them for practical and powerful results. Our spiritual study and practice should be practical! $15 donation. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Pkwy. 297-0129.


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Book Giveaway – 9:30am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 936-5442.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Cervical Spine Instability Webinar – 2-4pm. Ross Hauser, MD, will host a Facebook live webinar covering both basic and in-depth information about cervical spine instability from his upcoming book Joint Instability: The Missing Diagnosis. Free. Facebook: Caring Medical Rehabilitation Services. 708-462-6377. See ad, page 53.

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Meditating with Mallika – 5:30-6:15pm. Join Mallika Davi every Tuesday night for a 45-minute meditation. Love offering. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Parkway, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Info@ Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. Bringing together reiki practitioners and the public for an evening of healing. Facilitator will lead the group through a Holy Fire Reiki experience, followed by hands-on reiki by volunteer reiki practitioners. Love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: 273-3402. Living Our Best Life: A Support Group for Change – 6:30-8:30pm. With Patti Wilson, MA, M.Ed. Feeling stuck? Want to change your bad habits? Learn to easily shift into new thought and behavior patterns that promote health and wellbeing. $30. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies, and crystal works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Functional Medicine 101 – 6pm. With Carol Roberts, MD, ABIHM. Explore the foundations of functional medicine and learn tips and practices to apply to your daily life. Free. Naples Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. See ad, page 71.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Southwest Florida Pachamama Alliance Game Changers – 1st Thur. Features Janet Weisberg, PhD, presenting on the Natural Systems Thinking Process, a learning tool to help remap an individual’s way of thinking so that they may understand their connectedness to nature and experience its healing powers. The process allows individuals to reawaken their 54 senses and tune into nature’s powerful regenerative systems. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Ln. BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. Every Thursday. BioMat treatments infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. EFT, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth,


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cash prizes. Age-friendly. Downtown Ft Myers.

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: 11/14 at 7pm. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

Forgiveness With a Radical Tasting – 6:30-9pm. Sample four organic European wines while guided through the steps of Radical Forgiveness. Experience a demonstration with day-to-day experiences and a simple technique that forgiveness from the simplest to the most complex situations, is about living in the present. $65. The Current Nondenominational Church, 13510 N Tamiami Tr, Naples. RSVP required: See news brief, page 18.

Find Your Freedom Online Interview Series – 3:30pm. Facebook Live with EsZti to learn how to cultivate your freedom through the mind-body-spirit connection featuring a new guest each week. Follow the “Find Your Freedom” Seminar on FB to receive a notification. Info: 878-3659.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Deep Conditioning Treatment – 10am-5pm. Plus blow dry and style: $20 special ($60-$70 value). Receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. Free styling lessons available. 931 Creech Rd, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies, and crystal works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. 4:20 Happy Happy Hour – 4:20-6:20pm.Why limit happy to just one hour? Seed & Bean Market’s daily Happy Hour offers specialty hemp beers and wine for $4.20. 1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers. Friday Night Intuitive Arts Fair – 5-8pm. Bring your friends and start Friday night with an intuitive reading. Mini-services include tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cordcutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. Psychic Fair – 5-8pm. Mini-readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Mystery Walk – 6-8pm. Join the mystery every second Friday of the month in the River District. Registration begins at First and Hendry streets, in front of Iberia Bank. Free to play; leisurely stroll through the core downtown area finding the mystery locations; finish by 8pm to enter for

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Healing Touch Level II – Nov 9-10. Deeper study of aura and charkas: intake interview, back techniques, one-hour healing sequence. Experiential learning: developing healing sequences for specific client needs. 16 CE nursing/massage. Hope Hospice Cape Coral, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy. Info: Mary Pat FitzGibbons: 740-607-4038 ThetaHealing Body-Mind Clinic – 9:30-11am. With Patti Wilson, MA, M.Ed. Learn to understand your body-mind connection and clear the emotional issues that fuel your health problems. Talk and demo: $20 followed by private sessions; $30/30 minutes (one per person). Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. Introduction to the Enneagram Workshop – 10am-12:30pm. Facilitated by Rev. Denise. You will discover the language of the enneagram and insight into your enneagram identity – the enneagram is a fun and powerful way of understanding the human personality and the pathway to spiritual maturity. $25 donation. Chill of Cape Coral, 2307 Bolado Pkwy. 297-0129. 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, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 301-0655. Rescue Runway – 11am-2pm. Join Seed & Bean Market at the Bell Tower Shops for Rescue Runway presented by the SWFL Children’s Advocacy Center. This fundraiser will have dog pageants, auctions, raffles, food, and more! Visit the Facebook event for more details: Rescue Runway. 13499 S Cleveland Ave, Ft Myers. Letting Go: The Divine Process – 11:30am, 1pm, or 2:30pm. Melissa Davidson will lead three one-hour classes to benefit body, mind, and spirit.


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Learn to let go of what is not positively serving your journey, and unconditional forgiveness. $45. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, 228-6949. Healthy Back and Joints Workshop – 1-3pm. With Becky Titmus. Experience how gentle movement can address issues with spines and joints that arise from injury, overuse and age. The majority of work is done lying down. Students do not need yoga experience, and will receive hands-on assistance from the instructor. $25. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Om@ Badasses, Alchemists and Mystics Workshop – 1-5pm. A four-hour journey of self-discovery, empowerment, transformation and healing led by licensed professional healers and intuitive guides, Joanna Salerno and Trisha Schmalhofer. Meditation, Akashic Record gallery readings, reiki and sound healing. $50/person. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. Info/RSVP: Joanna: 850-3217. Recovering Human Workshop: A Return to the True Nature of Self – 1-5pm. Join Molly Franken in this personal workshop that integrates discussion, writing exploration, meditation, intuitive movement and group sharing as a way to rediscover and connect to our true human nature and each other. $125. Yoga House, 6200 Trail Blvd Naples. 598-1938. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Are Dreams a Doorway to Heaven? ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Somatic Meditation – 6pm. Recorded dharma talk by spiritual teacher Reggie Ray, of the Tibetan Buddhist lineage Dharma Ocean, followed by guided meditation practice and discussion. By donation. Integrative Mindfulness, located in The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circle, #102 Bonita. 239-5909485.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 3-6pm. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night; the perfect place to see the sunset and moonrise. Includes equipment and a certified Florida master naturalist guide. $50/person. Ft Myers. RSVP: GAEA Guides: 694-5513. Spirit Con – 4-10pm. Spiritual Communities Network will present several guest speakers and screen the film The Way, starring Martin Sheen. VIP attendees can meet with Gwen Peterson and Sandra McGill; hear their presentations What Does It Mean to be a Visionary? and Finding the Courage to be a Visionary, and enjoy complimentary refreshments from 4-6:30pm. $25/VIP tickets; free general admission. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Info/ register: 595-1587, SpiritualCommunitiesNetwork. or SpiritualCommunitiesNetwork. com. See news brief, page 12.

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Crystal Bowl Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Ride the waves of color, light and sound freeing yourself from past limitations. Prepare your body to hold more of the rarified light currently uplifting humanity. Heal the past to become a visionary of world peace and harmony. Let the singing bowls move you into your heart space and radiate your inner peace. $25/door. Bring pillow and blanket for comfort. Soulshine Yoga Marco Island, 20 Marco Lake Dr, Unit 11. 248-9624 or 398-3953.

Intro to Aromatherapy – 7pm. Learn the many uses of Mother Nature’s bounty for healing, raising your vibration, and bringing peace and calm back into your life. You will be able to create your own personal aroma blend in this workshop, included in the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S. Cleveland Ave, 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Protecting Your Retirement – Present and Future – 11am-12:30pm. Does your current plan adapt as needs change in the future? Changes in global economic, business and political conditions and seriously affect your finances. Join for a complimentary lunch discussion to learn how to protect your retirement. Free. Shula’s Restaurant, Naples Hilton Hotel, 5111 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: CBD/CBG Education Week – 6:30pm (refreshments); 7pm (presentation). With Laura and Tom Cavanagh, owners of Prime My Body. For medical professionals only and includes Q&A sessions on the use, health benefits and more regarding CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (Cannabigerol). Apothicare 360, 6631 Orion Dr, Ste 112, Ft Myers. RSVP: 847-452-8357 or See ad on page 31 and news brief on page 16. Taurus Full Moon – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving harmonics of the crystal singing bowls as they shed light upon the current cosmic waves of transformation.  Release the old ways of being to hold more light. Make necessary adjustments required to move you forward. Join in the power of the group to receive clarity and your piece of the divine plan. Bring beach chair or towel. $25


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cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170 or 398-3953.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 5:45pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. The Collier County Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this program. 482-4034. CBD/CBG Education Week – 6pm (refreshments), 6:30pm (presentation). With Laura and Tom Cavanagh, owners of Prime My Body. Includes Q&A sessions on the use, health benefits and more regarding CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (Cannabigerol). Free. Holistic Radiance Wellness, 4636 SE 9th Place, Cape Coral. Must RSVP: HolisticRadiancedDaySpa@ 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 the chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255. RSVP: 3010655.

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: 11/20 at 7pm. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Find Your Freedom Online Interview Series – 3:30pm. Facebook Live with EsZti to learn how to cultivate your freedom through the mind-body-spirit connection featuring a new guest each week. Follow the “Find Your Freedom” Seminar on FB to receive a notification. Info: 878-3659. Crystal Bowls Meditation – 6:45-8pm. With Jenny Hong. $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. RSVP required: text/call: 7857650 or Info: CBD/CBG Education Week –7pm. With Laura and Tom Cavanagh, owners of Prime My Body. Includes Q&A sessions on the use, health benefits and more regarding CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (Cannabigerol). Free. Cutiecles – My Salon Suites, 1755 Boyscout Dr, Ste 207, Ft Myers. RSVP by text: Rothy: 781-248-2062.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Advanced Healing Technique Class – Nov 15-17. With licensed instructors Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work immediately on friends, family and professionally. Prerequisite: ThetaHealing Basic DNA.  $444 includes Vianna Stibal’s Advanced ThetaHealing book and practitioner’s manual. Private home in Naples. Preregistration required: 692-9120 or kSmith727@ Info:  Deep Conditioning Treatment – 10am-5pm. Plus blow dry and style: $20 special ($60-$70 value). Receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. Free styling lessons available. 931 Creech Rd, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. 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. Deep Imagery Healing Workshop – 6:30-8pm. Activate your inner healing potential and amplify your life force with deep imagery. During a relaxing meditation, interact with inner images or guides, usually animals, which spontaneously appear when invited from your chakras or energy centers. Learn from them what needs to happen for your energies to grow, be balanced and healthy. Transform anxiety, stress and dis-ease into self-confidence, inner peace and optimal health. $15. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. Info/ register: Phee: 978-729-3500. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within – 7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Morgan Marie Live – 8-11pm. Local trio Morgan Marie will perform live at Seed & Bean Market during the downtown Fort Myers Music Walk. Enjoy their daily 4:20 Happy Happy Hour before the amazing performance of this one-of-a-kind indie rock/funk band. 1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Crystals 101: Crystals for Healing – 9-11am. Join Jamie for a discussion on which crystal can best support you during the holiday season. Class comes with a private shopping excursion and a 20% discount on in-class purchases. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. First Aide/Stop the Bleed – 10am. Class on first aide and how to stop the bleed, Unity of Fort, Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Karen Reed: 839-3573.

Communi-Tea Bible Herstory – 10am-noon. Bible her story is a satirical twist on Bible history told from the point-of-view of a diverse group of women in the Bible. They will tell their personal stories from Eve through the Witch of Endor, very entertaining and enlightening. $10. Unity of Fort Myers, Friendship Hall, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. Art-In-The-Glades Fair – 10am-1pm. Local painters, photographers and crafters will offer their creations for sale. Local authors will be signing and selling their books. Free admission. Everglades City. 695-295. Energy-Boost, Self-Care Specialist Program with Muscle Tuners International – Nov 16-17. 10am4pm. This online and two-day in-person seminar is a business-in-the-box training experience. More than 20 energy boost techniques from the online program will be reviewed and the 52 Muscle Motion Dance will be practiced. Discover and clear limiting beliefs. Practice teaching/building an Energy Boost class. Four-week virtual zoom class is available following the weekend for more support. $999 intro offer. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. Register: or Lainie Sevante Wulkan: 785-0809. CBD/CBG Education Week – 10:30am. With Laura and Tom Cavanagh, owners of Prime My Body. Includes Q&A sessions on the use, health benefits and more regarding CBD (cannabidiol) and CBG (Cannabigerol). Apothicare 360, 6631 Orion Dr, Ste 112, Ft Myers. RSVP: 847-452-8357 or See ad on page 31 and news brief on page 16. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Mini readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Daniel Nahmod Concert – 1-3pm. With more than 110,000 CD’s sold and performances for over a million people, Daniel is one of the most beloved spiritual independent singer-songwriters today. Join for a concert in the sanctuary, followed by lunch in the Friendship Hall. $20/advance $25/door. Tickets available on Eventbrite or at the office. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Deb Howard: 2781511. Kids Yoga – 1:15-2:15pm. A fun afternoon with songs, games, breathing, yoga poses and relaxation for ages 5-10. $10 youth drop in rate. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with 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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Namaste Day – 9-10am. Sugden Plaza and on the Baker Stage with Yoga on the Plaza from Blue Zones TNP ribbon-cutting ceremony; 10am-noon: Laughter for Wellness class; 10am-2pm; Complimentary Wellness Tea Tasting and wellness recipes with The Spice & Tea Exchange of Naples; 10am2pm: wellness for children, teens and adults with

The Mind Spa, along with Naples’ top restaurant vendors featuring all their wellness cuisine. Free. Location: 701 5th Ave S., Naples. For more information, call Craig Price, director of community engagement and wellness, at 239-434-7340, ext. 103, or visit See ad, page 47. Inaugural Find Your Freedom Seminar – 10am8pm. A multi-platform speaker event to support your mind-body-spirit connection. Lunch and giveaways, plus raffle to benefit the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Tickets: fyfseminar.eventbrite. com 11/7-11/14 use code FYF2019 to reserve VIP spot 20% off. Embassy Suites by Hilton, Estero. Info: 878-3659, or See ad on page 31 and news brief on page 13. Game Day – 11:30am. The public is welcome to come together to play old and new board games in friendship hall. Light lunch is available with donation. Bring friends. $5/person.Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Deb Howard: 278-1511. Health Benefits of CBC Oil – 11:30-1pm. Presentation by Dr. Stan, pharmacist. Free. Chapel Building, Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Karen Reed: 839-3573.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Cultivating a Regional Food System – 8:30amnoon. Join to learn more about the history of Southwest Florida agriculture, our current food system, food insecurity in Lee and Collier counties, the current actions of the Florida State Food Policy Council, and best practices in food policy across the nation. Artichoke and Company, 11920 Saradrienne Ln, Bonita Springs. RSVP by 11/11: Mantra Music Monday – 6- 7:15pm. Attendees will be guided through a gentle yoga flow by Megan Healey with soothing live mantra music played in the background by Kim Nguyen. All levels. $10 special rate. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Om@LoveYogaCenter. com.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Intro to Aromatherapy – 2pm. Learn the many uses of Mother Nature’s bounty for healing, raising your vibration, and bringing peace and calm back into your life. You will be able to create your own personal aroma blend in this workshop, which is included in the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S. Cleveland Ave, 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 HealthRHYTHMS Group Empowerment Drumming for Health and Wellness – 6-7pm. 3rd Wed. With trained HealthRhythms facilitator Ken Straub, board-certified music therapist. Benefits include: stress reduction, relaxation, interpersonal support and bonding, strengthened immune system, spiritual connection, exercise and fun. Instruments included /no experience necessary. $15/session. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 973-5681470. Healing Night Sound Bath – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Step into the healing chamber of the Himalayan pink salt while the sacred singing bowls lift you into the quantum field of healing. Ride the waves of healing sound frequencies in the loving arms of

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the womb of the divine mother. Balance, restore and rejuvenate your body and mind becoming the vibrant light you came here to be. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 Food Drive – 7am-7:30pm. Join Seed & Bean Market in collaboration with the SWFL Community Cooperative for their first-ever food drive! Enjoy 10% off limited-time pumpkin spice CBD latte when you drop off your donation. 1520 Broadway, Ste 107, Ft Myers. 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. Find Your Freedom Online Interview Series – 3:30pm. Facebook Live with EsZti to learn how to cultivate your freedom through the mind-body-spirit connection featuring a new guest each week. Follow the “Find Your Freedom” Seminar on FB to receive a notification. Info: 878-3659.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Deep Conditioning Treatment – 10am-5pm. Plus blow dry and style: $20 special ($60-$70 value). Receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. Free styling lessons available. 931 Creech Rd, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Introductory Trager Mentastics Class – 1011:30am. Learn to move with ease, joy and playfulness throughout your day. Free. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: Marva Sletten, LMT: 910-7577. Intuitive Arts Fair – 10am-5pm. Mini-readings with gifted readers and healers include tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cordcutting and DNA activation. $25/20 min. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs, RSVP: Blessing a Candle for Beginners – 2pm. Learn which candles to use for whatever purpose you intend. Learn how to inscribe, anoint and infuse your own candle in this workshop. All materials are included. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Mindful Writing: Ignite Your Creative Spark – 2pm. With author and yoga teacher Melissa Carroll, MFA, ERYT “The Yoga Writer”. Through mindfulness meditation, creative writing exercises, and gentle movements tap into your authentic voice to express yourself. No writing or yoga experience necessary! $25. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Circ, Bonita. 590-9485. Preregistration required by 11/16: See news brief, page 10. Community Education Panel – 2-4pm. Topic: Optimizing Your Energy Enhancing your Thyroid


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& Adrenal Function. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. SWFL Community Drum Circle – 6:30-9pm. Meets once a month (check Facebook for updates). Drummers of all nations and spectators are welcome to attend for community drumming, dancing, hula-hooping and self-expression. Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Ave S, Naples. Facebook group: SWFL Community Drum Circle.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. Food as Medicine Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of foods to Reverse Diseases & Create Radiant Health. Enjoy samples from Conquering Any Disease Food-Healing System. $30. RSVP required: 277-1399. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Somatic Meditation – 6pm. Recorded dharma talk by spiritual teacher Reggie Ray of the Tibetan Buddhist lineage Dharma Ocean, followed by guided meditation practice and discussion. Donation. Integrative Mindfulness, The Fountains Professional Park, 3372 Woods Edge Circ, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. DharmaOceanSWFL.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Women’s Goddess Circle – 6pm. Sacred women’s gathering to support, listen, love, laugh and heal with each other. We may dance, cry, howl, drum, meditate and more. Bring something small and healthy to share. $20 love offering. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Healers Exchange Night – 4th Tues. 6-8pm. A night for body workers, energy workers, and healers of any kind to come together to give and receive small sessions with other practitioners. $10 donation. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399. Sagittarius New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. The new moon allows us to begin to envision a new way of being that is in alignment with our soul’s light and our divine purpose. Prepare for 2020 and the building of the new foundations. The clarity received during the full moon created a laser beam to focus upon the new we envision for humanity. With intention and sound we may shatter the past limitations, setting us free to build the new. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 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 chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-3339.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Join for monthly reduced special on readings and services. Choose from an assortment of well established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart pro-

gression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment, and BioMat Treatment including EFT or chakra clearing and cleansing. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Mystic Faire – 10am-6pm. Many psychics and healers to choose from; lots of new vendors and a great food court; door prizes all day with raffle proceeds going to local charities. Bring canned goods for local food back. $5/admission. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 9493387. See ad on page 37 and news brief on page 13.

plan ahead TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 The Vagus Nerve Webinar – 2-4pm. Ross Hauser, MD, will host a Facebook live webinar, covering both basic and in-depth information about the vagus nerve from his upcoming book Joint Instability: The Missing Diagnosis. Free. Facebook: Caring Medical Rehabilitation Services. 708-462-6377. DrHauser@

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Hormones: Fatigue or Fiesta? – 6pm. Are your hormones prompting you to feel tired one minute and invigorated the next? A hormone imbalance may be to blame. Learn about common hormonal fluctuations and what you can do to remedy them. Naples Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. 649-7400. See ad, page 71.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing Manifesting and Abundance Technique – Dec 7-8. With licensed instructors Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. Prerequisite: ThetaHealing Basic DNA, Advanced ThetaHealing and Dig Deeper classes. $444 includes registration and Vianna Stibal’s Manifesting and Abundance practitioner’s manual and CD. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work immediately on friends, family and professionally. Private home in Naples.  Preregistration required: Karen CoratelliSmith: 692-9120 or Info:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Erin Abu Concert – 6:30-8pm. Join for a concert with saxophone recording artist Erin Abu. Unity of Fort Myers Sanctuary, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. Charlie Galvin: 247-9178.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Vianna Stibal’s ThetaHealing: You and The Creator Class – Feb 8-9. Two-day weekend class with licensed instructor, Pam Lord, hosted by Karen Coratelli-Smith and David C. Karg. Prerequisite: ThetaHealing Basic DNA, Advanced ThetaHealing and Dig Deeper classes. Class offers practitioner’s authority to practice the work immediately. $444 includes registration and practitioner’s manual. Private home in Naples.  Preregistration required: Karen Coratelli-Smith: 692-9120 or kSmith727@  Info:

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Year-Round Guided Kayak Tours – Paddle through beautiful mangrove tunnels, teeming mudflats and intricate oyster reefs while searching for amazing wildlife. Register: Happe in Nature – 10am. Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun. $10. Gentle natural detoxifying yoga and sound healing meditation with Tara, Kathryn and Edric. $10. Mats, straps, blocks, bolsters, water available. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Very Happy Hour – 4:20-6:20pm. Sun-Sat. Relax at Seed & Bean Market and enjoy CBD-infused coffees, sodas, hemp and cannabis beers, baked goods, sparkling water, hemp protein shakes. 1520 Broadway, Downtown Ft Myers. 243-8137.

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311. Native Plant Sale – 8am-1pm. Learn about and purchase native plants from the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Expert volunteers on hand will answer questions and explain the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 273-8945. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual, prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. 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.

Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. 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. Barbara S: 410-0081.

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 Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Groups – Days/ times/locations vary. Monthly meetings for those caring for loved ones in various stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related memory impairments. Bonita Springs/Cape Coral/Ft Myers. Schedule at

Stretch and Strength Class – 6pm. Stretch your way to wellness and build strength using body weight resistance. First class is free; $6 thereafter. Outdoor venue: RYAN Hope House, 1320 Macombo Rd, Ft Myers. 734-629-3551.

Unity of Ft Myers Sunday service/youth and family ministry – 10am. Join at 9:30am for The Gathering, a 20-minute meditation. Enjoy reiki sessions before and after service. Monthly lessons include how to use the 12 powers in our lives today. 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in an open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Royal Palm Park River and Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Join for a kayak tour on the Caloosahatchee River and local creeks to gain valuable insight into this fascinating area. $50 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Amma SW FL Satsang – 4-6pm. 2nd Sun. In devotion to Amma, there will be videos, teachings, meditation and songs. Veggie potluck afterward. Free. Cape Coral/Bonita. Info: 480-290-0231 or Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples.

Healing Artisan Jewelry Sage & Incense Aura Photos Crystals Readings/Healing Inspirational Gifts (239) 228-6949 600 Goodlette Road N. Naples FL 34102

Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday 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. Stretch and Strength Class – 6pm. Stretch your way to wellness and build strength using body weight resistance. First class is free; $6 thereafter. Outdoor venue: RYAN Hope House, 1320 Macombo Rd, Ft Myers. 734-629-3551. Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. Donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation, followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery.

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Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@ 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. Rockin’ Your Qi Movement Medicine – 6:307:30pm. Join Dr. David and feel your energy, body, brain and endorphins flowing with this fun music and movement class. No partner or experience needed. $10 love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2-3, Ft Myers. Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun, Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. 13510 N Tamiami Tr, Ste 6, Naples. Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Guided meditation and practical advice. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga and Meditation – 7am. With Edric. Start your day off right with yoga in nature. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

Meditation – Noon. With Ellen Barron. A half-hour meditation. The general public is invited. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Deb Howard: 278-1511. Spiritual Study Group – 1-2:30pm. Readings from This Thing Called Life, by Ernest Holmes, and discussion. Begins with a prayer and meditation followed by reading. A nondenominational New Thought group led by Rev Joyce Heist. All welcome. Fusion Yoga & Wellness, 10021 Estero Town Commons Pl, Ste 102-B, Estero. Meals of Hope: Mobile Food Pantry – 3-5pm. Weekly food assistance offered by mobile food pantry outreach (3rd Tues with partner agency Harry Chapin Food Bank). East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr, Naples. To donate food, sponsor a meal-packing event or volunteer: 537-7775 or 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. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meetings (Ft Myers) – 6-7:30pm. 2nd Tue. Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions. The Living Vine Organic Café, 1400 Colonial Blvd. 310-490-6862. Belly Dance Classes – 6:15-7:15pm (beginners); 7:30-8:30pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $65/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 7685575. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Ft Myers. Andy: 850-4467. 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. Beginners Mindfulness Yoga – 7pm. Unwind, restoring your mind, body and soul. Focus awareness on the present moment calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. $10 love donation. LightWork Wellness Center, 1400 Colonial Blvd, Ste 258, Ft Myers.

wednesday 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. Mary: 216870-0653. Basic Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. With Cindy Bender. Learn the basic of yoga. The emphasis of this class will be on the practice of posture with focus on alignment, using props, Sanskrit names, breathing and meditation. Appropriate for beginner or any level student. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Urantia Book Study Group – 10-12:30pm. Part IV: Life and Teachings of Jesus (10-11:30am); Part I & II: Central & Superuniverses and Local Universe (11:30am-12:30pm). Both groups meet in Chapel. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Ellen Barron: 278-1511. Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. From New Pass with GAEA Guides. A fascinating area of the aquatic preserve with lots of winding passageways, rookeries and grass flats where manatees feed. A great deal of birds are in this area, along with dolphins and the manatees. $50/ person. 694-5513 or Meals of Hope: Mobile Food Pantry – 3-5pm. Weekly food assistance offered by mobile food pantry outreach. Max A Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Blvd W, Naples. To donate food, sponsor a meal-packing event or volunteer: 537-7775 or Kundalini Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Gloria Reilly. Movement, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation. $10/class. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. A Search for God Edgar Cayce Study Group – 6-8pm. New members welcome. Unity Church of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Info: 850-556-7604. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Teenagers are invited to enjoy activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food. To assure plenty of refreshments and supplies, notify in advance how many teens are coming to connect with established friends and make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – 6:308:30pm. With Jenny Li Ciccone. “Tap” into your body for reconnection, to balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 851-5415. Caloosahatchee Rising Tide Sangha – 6:30-8pm. With Anne Louise Kracmer. Mindfulness meditation practice and teachings with the intention of bringing mindfulness, stability, and harmony into


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everyday living. The evening includes sitting and walking meditation and the discussion of significant Buddhist teachings. Love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 3, Ft Myers. Anne. 4T Prosperity Program – Thru Dec 4 & 5. 7pm, Wed (12-weeks) or 10:30am, Thur (12-weeks). Learn how to change your thinking and feeling from lack and limitation to prosperity and abundance through this dynamic spiritual program, offered in a nurturing environment. Love offering. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Ft Myers. Deb Howard: 278-1511. 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. Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound Bath – 7-8:15pm. With Lizz Cohoon. $20/drop-in or $80/6-class pass. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 720-2739772. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Unity Church, East Classroom, 2000 Unity Way, 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 Sunrise Yoga and Meditation – 7am. With Edric. Start your day off right with yoga in nature. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Alano Club, 20 Marco Lake Dr, Marco Island. Jerry: 989-295-7911. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 1-4pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit:

Stretch and Strength Class – 6pm. Stretch your way to wellness and build strength using body weight resistance. First class is free; $6 thereafter. Outdoor venue: RYAN Hope House, 1320 Macombo Rd, Ft Myers. 734-629-3551. 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. Gentle Candlelight Yoga and Meditation – 6:307:30pm. With Madeline Ebelini, MA, RYT. $20/ drop-in or $180/10-class pass. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. 590-9485. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:308pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution toward carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers, 13411 Shire Ln. Info: or Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Modular B, Ft Myers. Andy: 850-4467. Families Anonymous (FA) Group – 7-8pm. A 12Step fellowship for families and friends dealing with the destructive behavior of someone near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol or related behavioral problems. Riverside Church, 8660 Daniels Pkwy, Ft Myers. Refuge Recovery Group – 7-8pm. A Buddhistinspired path to recovery from all addictions. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Chapel (1st bldg on left), Ft Myers Info: 910-7410 or Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers.

friday La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. Hatha Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. $10. The Yoga House, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 269-8846. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm (dependant on sunset time). On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.

saturday Beer Tasting – 9am-1pm. 2nd Sat. Free tasting during the Green Market courtesy of Coastal Dayz Brewery. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Green Market – 9am-1pm. Locally grown, caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids, gardening classes and live cooking by local chefs. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Science Saturdays – 9am-1pm. Different coastal theme each Saturday. Year-round program. Enjoy eco-crafts, a presentation, a featured film and their Lessons in Laboratories program from 11-11:45am. $5/adults, kids 12 and under/free. Rookery Bay’s Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Yoga Session – 9:30-10:30am. Free yoga sessions beneath the shade trees during the Green Market with Anna Withrow. Bring mat, sunscreen and water. Supervised children welcome. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Ft Myers Community of Christ, 368 Herron Rd, N Ft Myers. Cheryl: 603-702-1898. Pet Loss Support Group – 4pm. 3rd Thur. With Tricia Black, LCSW, ACHP-SW. An opportunity to discuss feelings about our beloved animal friends and learn from the experiences of others displaying understanding that pets are an important part of our families and the loss of a cherished pet can be devastating. Free. 2430 Diplomat Pkwy E, Cape Coral. RSVP: 985-2485 (walk-ins are welcome). Info: 482-4673 or Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together.

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Seven years without a cold?

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classifieds Fee for classifieds is a minimum charge of $25 for up to the first 20 words and $1 for each additional word. To place an ad, email NAClassifieds@ FOR RENT OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT – Beautiful professional massage therapy office for massage or other professional services. Located on Anchor Rode Dr, in Naples. 239-293-0960. 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. Sandy: 301-9387503. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. 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. Wellness Festival – 11am-3pm. Last Sat. Meet and speak with local holistic nutritionists, yogis, naturopathic physicians, massage therapists and other expert service and treatment providers. Sample products and enter sweepstakes to win a gift basket. Ada’s Natural Market, US 41 & College Pkwy, Ft Myers. Energy Medicine Yoga – 11:30am-12:30pm. With Susan Falkenstein. The practice includes asana poses, breath-work, meditation and energy medicine techniques such as acupressure holds, Neurolymphatic reflex self-massage and energy channel clearings. $20. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter. com. Happe Gardeners for Kids – 12:30-2pm. 4th Fri. This hands-on gardening group has an array of educational and interesting projects planned for the fall. Join Happe Families on Friday’s for garden fun at Happehatchee. $10 donation to the park. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Holistic Chamber Community Educational Panel – 2-4pm. 4th Sat. Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions. $5. Unity of Fort Myers Friendship Hall. Community Drum Circle – 4-6pm. 1st Sat. Bring drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Some drums are provided; families welcome. $10/donation. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.

TWO THERAPY ROOMS FOR RENT – In North Naples holistic healing center. Excellent opportunity for an independent contractor with their own clientele. Full-time, part-time or commission possibilities. Acupuncturist, massage, hypnotherapy or similar. Also hiring a colon hydrotherapist. Info: Jennifer (MA 9779, MM 26339): 239-438-2611.

OPPORTUNITIES ADVERTISE HERE – Are you hiring, renting property/office space, selling products, offering services or in need of volunteers? Advertise your personal/business needs in Natural Awakenings classified ad section. To place an ad, email SEEKING LMT TO JOIN STAFF AND BECOME A CERTIFIED LEB PRACTITIONER – Must be friendly, focused on providing healing therapy based on traditional Chinese healing arts and willing to learn the amazing new therapy of Life Energy Balance (LEB). Must have updated license, insurance and references. Info: hhc.2019. SEEKING PERSONAL BUSINESS ASSISTANT – Acting/improv experience useful, not required. My work includes recognizing and energizing potential business projects while confronting boredom and distractions. The opportunity will include creating goals, marketing, managing timelines and supporting focus and personal motivation to empower a senior citizen to continue to produce value to humanity. The initial agreement will include a five-to-10-hour/week work commitment that will be renegotiated as the work relationship develops. Bill: 597-7372. START A CAREER YOU CAN BE PASSIONATE ABOUT – Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home-based business, complete

with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 530-1377 or visit

SERVICES ATTENTION HOME-SCHOOLERS – Piano lessons for new students and parents at a discount! Take three private in-studio lessons and get the fourth free. Two convenient locations. Call Ms. Carol at 239-494-1006 for details. MEET YOUR NATURAL MATCH – Natural Awakenings Singles is the largest online conscious dating network. Join and experience a truly conscious, loving, dating environment with amazing members. Try for free and manifest an extraordinary, enlightened relationship. GIVE LOVE! THE HEALING VIOLIN – Bring love, comfort, joy, and nurturing/soothing presence for the elderly and those affected by physical, emotional or mental disability/disease. A 30-minute visit is offered in Collier ($40) and Lee counties ($50) by James Steven Farnsworth, violinist and vibrational/musical therapist with 25 years expertise in serving the elder community with healing violin music. He is also available for weddings, special events and the unique gift of the Fiddle Gram. Many excellent recommendations. For more information or to reserve a presentation, call 510-292-7786, email or visit SOLAR POWER FOR YOUR HOME AND BUSINESS – Save your wealth and benefit the Earth! The very best choice in the USA: Core Energy Solar with undisputed best quality, value and financing in Florida! Free solar feasibility consultation and comprehensive system quote. Zero down installation. Zero-down loan with lowest fixed rate and the most comprehensive all-inclusive long-term warranty available in America. 30% federal tax credit. Excellent sales opportunities offering the best training, sales support, products, service, installation, financing, warranty in the USA. James Steven Farnsworth: 510-292-7786 or

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

SWFL Community Drum Circle – 6:30-9pm. Nov 23 & Dec 28. Meets once a month (check Facebook for updates). Drummers of all nations and spectators are welcome to attend for community drumming, dancing, hula-hooping and self-expression. Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Ave S, Naples. Facebook group: SWFL Community Drum Circle.

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community resource guide


Connecting you to the leaders in natural health care and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email to request our media kit.



Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531 • New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 29 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert FDA-approved low light laser therapy for pain. See ad, page 35.

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.


Acupuncture – Oriental Medicine David Martin, AP, DOM Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Estero, Bonita 239-277-1399 • Offering acupuncture treatment to U.S. Veterans at no out-ofpocket cost. Requires referral thru a V.A. doctor. Dr. David Martin, AP, treats pain, other chronic conditions and PTSD using acupuncture, e-stim, cold laser, acupressure and Chinese medical massage. See ad, page 56.


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

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

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


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 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.


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Carmen Trujillo, MSPT , CLT, Radical Forgiveness Practitioner 239-298-4904 Healing begins with a choice. Physical therapy, certified lymphedema therapist, lymphatic drainage massage, bandages, oncology rehab, Radical Forgiveness Practitioner individual coaching, transformation workshops. Home visits, English or Spanish.

ORGANIC SKINCARE & BODYWORX Deanna O’Rourke 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 207, Naples 239-514-4494

Licensed Massage Therapist #MA89920 (NY Education), Certified Manual Cupping Therapy and Reiki Master Teacher. Massages are tailored to your specific needs. Providing long-lasting relief of chronic muscle dis-ease in the body with mind body connection, Lymphatic Drainage, Manual Cupping, energy & reiki healing. See ad, page 3.


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Practitioner Muscle Activation Technique Practitioner Offices in Naples and Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).


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


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

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

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

COLON THERAPY CLEANSING SPRINGS INC. Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-571-9816 • MA27876

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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 17.


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 17.


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 14.


A park in the heart of the village, with Yoga in Nature several days a week, drumming and healing circles. Happehatchee events calendar link and class descriptions:

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


Health Touch Certified, Nurse Coach Board-Certified 2502 2nd St, #103, Ft Myers • 740-607-4038 Stuck? Lost? In pain? Move forward when you change your energy and your thoughts. Blend coaching and Healing Touch for powerful change and new direction!


Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers, 33967 • 239-689-3649 Full line of single and blended essential oil products as dōTERRA Wellness Advocates. Check website to RSVP for classes and special events.



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 57.


Plant-Based Health Cafe 285 9th St S, Naples 239-919-8732 Plant-based, whole foods, grab-and-go, dining, catering, meal plans, local organic ingredients, desserts, the best-tasting smoothies and food you've ever had.


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 59.

Carol L. Roberts, MD 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • Carol L. Roberts, M.D. has practiced functional/integrative/holistic medicine for 25 years. She provides patients with testing to uncover causes of chronic illness, guidance in resolving health issues and education to assist the patient in her own healing. She is Medical Director at the Naples Center for Functional Medicine, formerly the Hughes Center. See ad, page 71.

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AHA! A HOLISTIC APPROACH CENTER 15971 McGregor, Ft Myers • 239-433-5995

Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical psychotherapy (RRT, hypnotherapy, couples therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, Transformational Breath®, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshops, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 55.


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. 1000s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 39.




239-948-9444 • Regain Body Wisdom! Innov-ative, 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.


447 Broadway, Ste 204 New York City, NY 10013 347-762-1268 • Anatta is a global online marketplace for natural, organic and raw products from farmers worldwide. The newly-formed company’s products include a variety of essential oils and waters, and its unique business model eliminates overhead costs by connecting customers directly with farmers.


A Gift and Book Store for Conscious Lifestyles 15248 S Tamiami Trl, #300, Ft Myers 239-437-5141 •


We offer classes and meditation that will help you find peace. Join us and share your journey of selfdiscovery.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 27.



501 Goodlette Rd N, Ste C208, Naples 239-231-6028 Looking and feeling strong and healthy is the first reason for working with a nutrition coach. Let me help you get back on track for life without dieting! See ad, page 56.

PSYCHIC LIFE COACH COSMIC MOTHER DIANE DALPE, BA, MPA, LRM Phone Card Reading & Coaching 239-919-3724 •

Co-creator Tell A Fortune App in APP Store and Tellafortune Card Reading Kit. Intuitive psychic reader with 33 years experience. Receive positive advice and answers to gain insight into making wise decisions regarding life's many issues. Let me help you live drama-free!

PSYCHOTHERAPY CAROL ROLDAN, MA, CMFT, CHT, IMHC 4933 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 200, Naples 239-330-5397 •

Effective counseling, for life changing results. Receive holistic psychotherapy treatments, on-site or online. Individuals, couples, family. CBT, hypnosis. EFT, mindfulness, bio-energy therapies, dance-therapy, yoga.


Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 •

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 57.

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

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Howard and Lainie Wulkan Pine Island in Bokeelia, FL 239-785-0809 Full-service conscious and energized recording studio: music, meditations, affirmations, channeling, audio books, commercials, podcasts. Global marketing.

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CARING MEDICAL REGENERATIVE MEDICINE CLINICS Ross Hauser, MD Katherine Worsnick, MPAS, PA-C 9738 Commerce Center Ct, Ft Myers 239-308-4747 •

Specialists in stem cell therapy, PRP and H3 Prolotherapy: the most scientifically curative regenerative injection method for chronic pain, sports injuries and arthritis. Since 1993, we’ve helped patients who have plateaued with other pain “management” treatments to permanently resolve their pain, nerve entrapments and disabling symptoms without surgery or medication. See ad, page 53.

SKIN CARE ORGANIC SKINCARE & BODYWORX Connie Didier, CIDESCO Diplomat, Licensed Master Esthetician 13240 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 207, Naples 239-514-4494

A lifetime in wellness and beauty therapy, Connie’s functional holistic skincare combines holistic therapies with Organic Skincare Formulations achieving resultsoriented, 90-minute facials that really make a difference to total well-being. See ad, page 3.

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

Master Yoga Teacher and massage therapist with 27 years experience, serving Naples since 1999. Sun-damaged skin repair clinician, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, sports and neuromuscular therapy, cranio facial and TMJ relief, heal injuries.Improve posture: alignmentbased yoga and posture classes.

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Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers November 2019  

Insomnia, Zenful Eating, Gratitude, Thyroid Health, Community Events and more!

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers November 2019  

Insomnia, Zenful Eating, Gratitude, Thyroid Health, Community Events and more!