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My love for natural foods and health food stores started back in Michigan during the 70s, when food co-ops were sometimes the only way to access some of my favorite ingredients. When I moved to Naples in the early 80s, I was happy to discover Martha’s Health Food store, the only one of its kind at the time. Shortly after my arrival, I noticed a “for lease” sign in Martha’s café area—and before I knew it, I was busy behind the counter serving up healthy salads, sandwiches and juices from our new Rainbow Café menu alongside my sister Kate and our friend Tim. Growing alfalfa sprouts for our Rainbow Café fare eventually led to a new venture, aptly named Rainbow Sproutery. Over the next seven years, I grew my business from one alfalfa sprout machine to a garage-full that produced hundreds of pounds of alfalfa sprouts weekly, which I distributed to local health food stores and produce companies. I called myself a New Age farmer and was amazed at how much I could produce in such a small space. That’s part of the reason it was so much fun to help nurture this month’s feature story, “Crops in the City: Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground.” Writer April Thompson profiles some of the noteworthy pioneers in urban farming—enterprising entrepreneurs that have found their niche on rooftops, in vertical tower gardens and abandoned warehouses in former food deserts, reconnecting urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. (See page 36) While at Martha’s Health Food store, I also learned more about the supplements and other health products that I loved sharing information about with store customers. Reading editor Linda Sechrist’s interviews this month on page 40 with several local health food store owners and staff about their journeys and what they love about educating and supporting others to live healthier lives reminded me why I was inspired to start this natural health magazine 25 years ago, now distributed at health food stores and 700 other locations throughout Lee and Collier counties. (See page 40) I feel lucky today that I have the convenience of living just five minutes from Food & Thought’s organic market; I’m almost a daily customer. Alfie Oakes continues to honor his father (and founder) Frank’s words boldly displayed in the store, “Militarily organic so you can shop in peace,” and much of the produce on the shelves is freshly picked from their own organic farm. It’s great to see that new health food stores are sprouting up in Collier and Lee counties—several in just the past year. They not only provide an important service to our community, they are a testament to its residents’ growing commitment to healthy living. As we enjoy Independence Day this 4th of July, let’s remember we are still fighting for our freedom in many ways—freedom to make our own decisions about our health choices, freedom to fight for what we believe in: high standards for organics, protection from special interests; and freedom to publish information about the threats to our health and our planet. Stay informed and stay active, as if our (your) rights depend on it! Ever vigilant,

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Five Practices to Create a More Abundant Life


Mother Nature’s Rx for Body and Mind


Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground




44 SUMMER EATING The Herbal Connection


Relief for Pain, Anxiety and Inflammation


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52 BEYOND ANTIBIOTICS Pets Can Heal With Natural Approaches

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Purely You Spa to Host Many Special Events


ertified Organic Purely You Spa, in Naples, will host several events, including a free Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Regulation (BEMER) Mat Circulation Therapy launch party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., July 8, to promote their newest treatment that can improve circulation, sleep, energy and overall well-being. There will be drawings for free, 25-minute Indian head massage treatments. They partner with the Blue Zones Project to host their second Beauty Brunch from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., July 13. to support charities and organizations that focus on women and children’s health and wellness. Skin treatment services will be raffled off with proceeds going to the Blue Zones Project. Attendees can also choose services at special reduced pricing such as facial, peel, LED light therapy massage, hand and foot scrub—reserve them by July 10. Small-group educational sessions on anti-aging, stress relief and positive living will be offered. Other upcoming Beauty Brunch events benefit PACE Center for Girls on August 7 and the Shelter for Abused Women and Children on September 11. Beauty Brunch tickets: $100 which includes brunch, a $25 gift certificate for spa services and swag bags. Location: 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302. For more information or to register for the two events (requested by Jul. 5 and 10, respectively), call 239-331-8266 or visit See ad, page 15.


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Lifeline Family Center to Begin Housing Project


n a special ceremony, the Lifeline Family Center will break ground at 10 a.m., July 18, at 907 Southeast Fifth Avenue, in Cape Coral, on a unique, affordable housing facility for single women with children graduating from their program. The new housing will provide four, two-bedroom apartments in initial, two-year agreements so participants can continue to grow in their career path and utilize the on-campus day care facility while they work, with rents being what it costs for insurance and to maintain the facility; about $500 a month, including water. “This is the next step in helping our moms and their children toward independence,” says Lifeline Family Center CEO Kathy Miller. “Accessible and affordable housing in a safe neighborhood is difficult to come by in Lee County. As a single parent raising young children, it is almost impossible. The availability for community housing programs is often years of waiting on a list.” Founded in 1996, the nonprofit Lifeline Family Center provides young women in crisis pregnancies a safe home in Cape Coral and a learning environment including education, job training, professional counseling, parenting classes and spiritual guidance. For more information, visit

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Lauchlan Joins Wellbridges in Bonita Beach


aren Lauchlan, a registered nurse, CranioSacral Therapist and licensed massage therapist, of Therapeutic Healing Solutions, is offering treatments and conKaren Lauchlan ducting special informational workshops at Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs. She recently graduated as a certified lymphedema therapist from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, in Sebastian, Florida. Along with providing follow-up lymphedema care, she is trained to also work with people following trauma and surgeries, and in providing general flushing of the lymphatic system to reduce swelling, increase circulation and enhance healing. Her treatments can also assist following lymphedema therapy in hospitals or clinics, following discharge, breast cancer, post-trauma and post-plastic surgery healing support, plus those dealing with sinus infections and migraines. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-963-5701, email or visit See ad, page 58.

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rea experts will share their knowledge on a crucial health and wellness topic in a Building a Stronger Gut, Live Longer and Well presentation hosted by the Fort Myers chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce from 2 to 4 p.m., July 27, at Unity of Fort Myers. Moderated by Deb Martin, co-owner of the Lotus Blossom Clinic, featured speakers include James Roark, owner of Living Vine Wellness;


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Marie Rubbinaccio, health and wellness coach; Jeffrey E. Berger, wellness partner Amare Global; and Sylvie Szabo, health coach and owner of the Living Vine Organic CafĂŠ. Special offers and prizes will be provided. Event sponsors include Natural Awakenings Collier and Lee edition, Muscle Tuners International, Zeta Global Conscious Radio, Lotus Blossom Clinic and Unity of Fort Myers. Admission is $5 at the door. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information, visit See ad, page 32.

Free Meetings with Therapists at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center


HA! A Holistic Approach Center for Health and Harmony, in Fort Myers, will host free, informative, meetand-greet meetings with their experienced, natural therapists throughout this month. Participants can engage in private, 15-minute sessions to learn about such treatments and services as acupuncture, Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy, Transformational Breath and more. These meetings are a risk-free way to get information about many natural approaches to health and wellness. Becuse insurance usually doesn’t cover the cost of non-allopathic treatment, AHA! is giving its customers a chance to personally discuss how a natural approach may be beneficial for their own health journey. Location: 15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-433-5995, email or visit See ad, page 48.

Spiritual Communities Network Classes Resume


he next Spiritual Communities Network classroom teleclass will take place beginning at 7 p.m., July 8. Available free either online through Zoom or smartphones, an updated version of the previous program was successfully launched last December with participants loving its format, teachers and content. Students have the opportunity to ask questions during these live, half-hour classes that are taught by experts in their respective fields. For more information or to register (required), call Gwendolyn Peterson at 239-595-1587, email SpritualCommunitiesNetwork. or visit See ad, page 34. July 2019


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n its 10th year of operation, Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging & Ultrasound, LLC, has relocated to two separate practices in Lee County. Clients can be treated every Tuesday and Wednesday at Wellbridges, Inc., at 9200 Bonita Beach Road, Suite 213, in Bonita Springs, and Thursdays at the office of Graydon Snow, DOM, AP, of Axis Natural Medicine, 7680 Cambridge Manor Place, Suite 100, in Fort Myers. Wellbridges is located within the Sunshine Plaza and Professional Center is only a few doors from the previous location. For more than six years, Southwest Medical has offered its services at Axis for one day every three months. The expansion of services to a weekly basis will mean no need to be on a waiting list for an appointment and will be closer and more convenient for clients north of Bonita Springs. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-949-2011, email Taryn@ or visit See ad, page 29.

Free Lecture on the Health Benefits of Genetic Testing


r. Eduardo Maristany will lead an IntellxxDNA Genetic Testing that Supports Your Health presentation at 6 p.m., July 30, at the Naples Center for Functional Medicine. He Dr. Eduardo will talk about how IntelMaristany lxxDNA can produce deep, evidence-based, science-focused genomic intelligence that leads to greater personalization of health care provided by the center. The event will show that our genes provide valuable information that help the center’s staff understand and recognize patients’ unique needs to improve wellness. Admission is free. Location: 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270. For more information or to RSVP, call 239-649-7400 or visit Naples See ad, page 71.


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Firefly Within Opens Home Office

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SanFu Moxibustion Program at Acupuncture Center of Naples


he Acupuncture Center of Naples, led by Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen, is offering a special series of SanFu moxibustion programs for increased preventive care and wellness for clients. The treatment, featuring a practitioner using a heated moxa stick a few inches above specific areas of a patient’s skin for a few minutes for its odor and heating properties, fostering many therapeutic effects that include removing bacteria and viruses, is being provided for colds from July 12 to 20; detoxing, July 22 through August 9; circulation, August 12 through 20; and immune system function, August 21 through 27. The practice says these treatments can also improve such conditions as chronic bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, low back pain, stomach aches, headaches, women’s irregular menstruation, cramps and infertility and more. Cen has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for more than 25 years. Location: 5683 Naples Blvd. For more information including treatment costs or to make an appointment, call 239-513-9232 or visit See ad, page 12.


irefly Within, LLC, owned by Karin Wolfe and featuring quantum biofeedback and reiki sessions, has opened a new home office at 3524 Sudbury Lane, in Bonita Springs. Clients will be treated to a private space by appointment only from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays to receive these healing modalities, providing greater flexibility in scheduling and length of time allowed for each client. Since it started in 2004, Firefly Within has served nearly 400 clients. In continuing to expand their services and products, they currently offer organic herbal teas, tinctures, flower essences, essential oils, and together with their nonprofit foundation, ecofriendly water bottles with healing images and affirmations. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-9803257, email or visit See ad, page 67.

Free Acupuncture for Veterans at Lotus Blossom Clinic


r. David Martin, the acupuncture physician at the Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers, recently became a fully approved provider within the U.S. Veterans Administration system. After free 30-minute consultations, he can now treat U.S. veterans at no cost to them, not even a co-pay, after they obtain a referral from an M.D. that’s affiliated with the administration. Acupuncture is highly effective for pain, PTSD and other chronic conditions, including sciatica, and has been proven to be much more effective and work faster than morphine. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Whole Veteran Act, designed to give veterans more control of their health care by letting them choose what treatments work best for them including more holistic treatments. The clinic offers a wide variety of classes and events each month, many taking place in their new Movement Medicine Room. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-277-1399, email Deb@LotusBlossomClinic. com or visit See ad, page 35.

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Radical Forgiveness and Other Services in Naples


armen Trujillo Prestopino, MSPT, CLT, and a certified Radical Forgiveness Therapy practitioner, offers a variety of services through her Naples-based My Carmen Trujillo Healing Choice, Prestopino LLC, practice. Clients can receive individual coaching, physical therapy, manual lymphatic drainage or complete decongestive therapy or participate in book study groups, introductory workshops to Radical Forgiveness, 10-week transformational workshops and Radical Forgiveness healing circle ceremonies that combine elements of the shamanic practices of indigenous cultures. Prestopino was trained in clinical psychology in Venezuela, holds a master’s degree in physical therapy and is certified as a lymphedema therapist. Since launching her career in 1990, her main focus has been in oncology, in which she integrates her psychology background and therapeutic skills to provide high-quality care to her clients in both English and Spanish and in individual or group settings. “I firmly believe that healing comes from within and empowerment is the key to health,” she says. “The choice of healing is in your hands, but you don’t have to do it alone.” For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-298-4904 or email See ad, page 67.


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In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freezedried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colonyforming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive


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abilities. The vascular changes were detected non-invasively, without the need for dyes or expensive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. The technology quantifies capillary changes in great detail and with unparalleled resolution, making the eye an ideal mirror for what is going on in the brain. Early detection of Alzheimer’s is critical because existing therapies are more effective if they are started before extensive brain damage and cognitive decline have occurred.


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Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity of a mutated enzyme linked to Parkinson’s. Inhibiting this enzyme appears to help stabilize dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine deficiencies manifest in the muscle rigidity and tremors that are hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another recent study from the University of California San Francisco that included nonhereditary Parkinson’s patients found that symptoms worsened more quickly in early-stage patients that had low B12 levels than in those with higher levels of the vitamin.

Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can breathe easier by taking the Chinese medicinal fungus Cordyceps sinensis, a new meta-analysis shows. Researchers at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine conducted a review of 15 high-quality studies that involved 1,238 COPD patients and found that cordyceps significantly improved lung function, exercise endurance and quality of life with no report of any serious adverse effects. Cordyceps, which is said to relax and open the airways, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an anti-asthmatic, expectorant and cough suppressant.

Snack on Walnuts to Slow Growth of Breast Tumors

The gene expression in the breast cancers of women that ate a handful of walnuts each day for about two weeks changed in a way that suppressed the growth of the tumors, according to a small clinical study from the Marshall University School of Medicine, in Huntington, West Virginia. Five women in the experimental group with biopsies that had revealed breast cancer tumors ate two ounces of walnuts a day until their surgery two to three weeks later. Using cells taken during surgery, researchers identified 456 genes in the walnut-eating group that had significantly changed their expression and slowed tumor growth.

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Too Blue

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Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.

Alarm Sounded

Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure.


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Dangerous Dozen Produce to Avoid

The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ( DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

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The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications predicts that more than 50 percent of the oceans’ collective 140 million square miles of surface area will likely be affected by 2100. Marine ecologist and leader of the study Stephanie Dutkiewicz says, “These microscopic organisms live in the water and are the base of the marine food chain. If there are less of them in it, the water will be slightly bluer.” Phytoplankton serves as a food source for small sea creatures that are eaten by fish, squid and shellfish. If phytoplankton populations dip too low, vital fisheries in certain areas could be decimated.


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Greenhouse Gases Hit Landmark

Certainty that we are facing a climate crisis today and not just in the future was reached in May through an alarming milestone in carbon dioxide levels. Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached 415 parts per million, the highest ever recorded. However, environmental organizations charge that ominous news like this is not being communicated to the public to the degree warranted. While the CBS, NBC and ABC nightly TV news reports combined devoted nearly 18 minutes of coverage to the birth of the royal baby between May 6 and 12, airtime regarding climate change and extinction during the same period only amounted to one minute and 21 seconds, and only on CBS. For more information and to get involved, including signing a petition to demand that the media cover the climate crisis and extinction more frequently and in greater depth, visit

Producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, but a research team at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, at Princeton University, used sunlight to pull hydrogen from industrial wastewater by using a specially designed chamber with a “Swiss cheese”-like black silicon interface. As reported in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the process is aided by bacteria that generate electrical current when consuming organic matter in the wastewater; the current, in turn, aids in the water splitting. It “allows us to treat wastewater and simultaneously generate fuels,” says Jing Gu, a co-researcher and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Diego State University. The scientists say the technology could appeal to refineries and chemical plants, which typically produce their own hydrogen from fossil fuels and face high costs for cleaning wastewater.

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Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Suffolk have found a diverse array of cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in UK river wildlife, as described in a study published in Environment International. The team collected samples of freshwater shrimp from five catchment areas and 15 different sites across the agricultural county of Suffolk. Cocaine was found in all samples tested, and other illicit drugs, pesticides and pharmaceuticals were also widely recorded in the survey. Dr. Leon Barron, from King’s College London, notes, “Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising. We might expect to see these in urban areas such as London, but not in smaller and more rural catchments. The presence of pesticides that have long been banned in the UK also poses a particular challenge, as the sources of these remain unclear.”

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Organic on the Rise

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any home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. A quick call to the local cooperative extension service can help sort out friend from foe— and that’s just the beginning of what this valuable, underutilized resource can offer. Each year, millions in federal taxpayer dollars help fund county agricul-


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tural extension programs administered through the 108 colleges and universities that comprise the nation’s land grant university system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which supplies the money, also helps fund science-based research meant to reach not only farmers, but home gardeners seeking advice on best practices. The USDA is trying to do a better job of raising public awareness of assistance that’s readily available, free of charge, especially now that it’s getting more funding.

“The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says. County extension agents are on the front lines of this effort, offering low- or no-cost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Master gardeners that volunteer their expertise are central to supporting extension outreach activities. “We would love more business from the public,” says Weston Miller, an associate professor with Oregon State University’s extension service. “The public service of the master gardener program is to answer questions,” including what and when to plant and how much irrigation is required. In Oregon, there are 3,500 master gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland alone. “We train master gardeners in how to use our resources and interpret the research to the public,” Miller says. “There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question,” Miller says. For example, a new organic gardener might not know the cor-

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rect soil amendments to use or how to start a composting pile to supplement the soil in an organic garden. There is also a nationwide network called Ask the Expert ( and questions will automatically go to an extension staff person or master gardener in the area where the inquiring gardener lives.

Reducing Confusion

Many of those getting into organic gardening might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic gardening is using a naturally formed material for fertilizer and pesticide, from plant, animal or mineral sources.” The biggest area of confusion is that many people think organic means pesticide-free. But that is not always true. There is organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms of gardening, there are certified organic products you can use and still be organic.” One thing to look for on a label is the seal of the Organic Materials Review Institute, which indicates the product is suitable for organic gardening. However, there aren’t many good options for weed management, he adds. “You have to do weeding by hand or use an herbicide that isn’t organic.” Another issue that extension programs can help with is making sure organic gardeners receive only scientifically researched information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban horticulture agent with the Hillsborough County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. “Gardening information is available on websites and on social media. Some information that pops up is not researchbased, or they are selling a product and are not unbiased,” Pinson says. “We generally stick to recommendations we have been able to vet through research. When we make a recommendation, we give folks all of the options of what they can do.” To find a nearby extension office, visit Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at July 2019


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I Love Oils

A Local Couple’s Passion for Essential Oils by Linda Sechrist


early 20 years ago, Susie and Peter Bagwell were captivated by therapeutic-grade essential oils. The fascination began when their youngest daughter, Jacqueline, was a baby suffering from an ear soreness that didn’t respond to medication. “A friend told us to try essential oils and I thought she was crazy for recommending snake oil to use on our precious child. Because we were desperate, we tried the oil and the condition improved permanently. That made us believers. Susie began researching and diving deeper into what essential oils could be used for, eventually converting our medicine cabinet into a place for more useful natural remedies,” says Peter Bagwell. Not long after embracing more natural healing methods, Susie Bagwell began teaching what she learned from personal use, research and from her experience training as a massage therapist. “I gained a good reputation in the area where we lived, north of Detroit. I took the next giant leap and opened a day spa. When I was invited to teach classes on alternative health modalities at a local hospital, I realized that I needed some credentials, which was why I enrolled in massage school. I never expected to fall in love with that, too. In the spa, we used therapeutic-grade essential oils in every treatment that we offered. While we initially signed on as distributors with a different essential oil company, when doTERRA came on the scene in 2008, we switched, largely because we saw better results. “After the first two years, our oil business was doing even better than our spa, even in a bad Detroit economy. We sold the spa when it became too challenging and stressful to juggle the oil business, spa and family life. In the same year, we moved to Fort Myers,” explains Susie Bagwell, who notes that prior to the move, she had been invited to teach aroma touch technique in New Orleans and to Fort Myers to teach massage therapists. “Since then, I’ve taught all over the U.S., as well as in the Caribbean islands,” she notes “I wasn’t as involved in our first adventure into our essential oil business as much as Susie. After our move to Florida in 2010, I continued working in my career field an engineer the first five years, but then had the opportunity to make a change, so Susie and I began working together to build our doTERRA business full-time,” advises Peter Bagwell. His CrossFit training was an exercise routine of choice, as well as a hobby. His involvement in I Love Oils presented an opportunity to coach others regarding the


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Susie and Peter Bagwell

Susie began researching and diving deeper into what essential oils could be used for, eventually converting our medicine cabinet into a place for more useful natural remedies,” says Peter Bagwell. training that combines a wide variety of functional movements. “I’ve taken my portion of I Love Oils in a fitness direction and taught individuals how to use the oils and supplements for more effective workout results, quicker recovery and staying healthier. “I’ve taken more of a wellness direction, to help individuals relax, reduce stress, and learn solutions to different health concerns. Peter and I continue to develop and enhance our areas of expertise in the business. Much of this is the result of our continued research as well as doTERRA’s launching of new products every year. It keeps us on our toes. It also keeps us learning and educating ourselves about different things such as doTERRA’s pet advisory board, which was the result of the many questions our health advocates got regarding how to use the oils with their pets,” advises Susie Bagwell. The Bagwells have been doTERRA health advocates for 10 years now, expanding their business to include a training center on Alico Road. “There is a lot of freedom in our network marketing business model, which affords the opportunity to volunteer for such things as hurricane relief work. In retrospect, we agree that it took a lot of work to get where we are. We’re grateful for every moment,” say Susie and Peter Bagwell. I Love Oils is located at 17030 Alico Commerce Ct., Ste. 303, in Fort Myers. For more information, call 586-604-3500, email or visit See ad, page 68.

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nostic, labs, radiology, n PubMed’s Pediatetc. Treatments include ric Integrative Mediacupuncture, diet, cine: Vision for the nutrition, homeopathy, Future abstract, eight supplementation, herbal participating researchtherapies and appropriate ers declared, “The field referrals out to chiroof pediatrics is at a practors, cardiologists, cross-roads. The health orthopedists, urgent care of our future—our and ER’s when needed. children—is at stake.” Robert Murdoch “Holistic pediatriThe researchers searchcians think in terms of what the child ing for a safer and more cost-effective needs regarding their environment— paradigm to optimize the health and chemically, physically, spiritually and sowell-being of children everywhere, cially—what they need in terms of their looked to multidisciplinary healthdiet and supplementation—what they care models that implement integraneed in terms thinking and speaking; tive and complementary therapies, their particular mindset, and their activimproved health outcomes, relaity, posture and rest,” explains Murdoch. tionship-centered care and parents Holistic primary care pediatrics is that were empowered to incorporate personalized and proactive, rather than wellness strategies such as nutrition, reactive. It is relationship-centered care physical activity and sleep hygiene into their children’s lifestyles. Parents that focuses on the health of the whole child—body, mind and spirit, which searching for the same things can depends on how suitable the environlook locally to Robert Murdoch, ment is for the child. who practices functional medicine, Prescribing lifestyle solutions to holistic pediatrics and acupuncture prevent disease is generally preferable to at Natural Family Physicians, in Fort costly and potentially risky treatments. Myers. Lifestyle prescriptions may include food, “Holistic pediatrics is a paradigm physical activity, time spent in nature, shift long overdue in medicine. To creativity, rest, mindfulness and connecthe hammer, everything is a nail. To a tion with others. practitioner only trained in acupuncture, every health challenge requires Robert Murdoch, a licensed acupuncture needling, and to a doctor trained to use pharmaceuticals, every health challenge physician who specializes in holistic pediatrics. An author and lecturer, he requires a drug. That’s not always a bad is available for consultations, physicals thing. Sometimes it’s wise, but having exams, and health courses at Natural drug therapy as a primary health care Family Physicians, located at 1222 SE method is absurd. We should have it 47th St., in Cape Coral and at AHA! A available as a specialty. My paradigm of Holistic Approach Center for Healthy holistic pediatrics uses a much broader and Harmony, 15971 McGregor Blvd., in diagnostic perspective that incorpoFort Myers. For more information, call rates functional medicine, traditional 239-433-5995. See ad, page 48. Oriental diagnostics, allopathic diag-

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he body’s lymphatic system rids the body of toxins, metabolic waste and excess water. Its network of vessels through which lymph fluid drains from the tissues into the blood is connected to hundreds of lymph nodes, where it is filtered. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are part of the lymphatic system. While the circulatory system relies on the heart to move the blood 24/7, the lymphatic system relies on body movement, especially walking. In addition to the removal of excess fluids from body tissues, the lymphatic system absorbs fatty acids and transports chyle, a milky fluid consisting of fat droplets and lymph, moving it into the circulatory system. It also produces infection-fighting immune cells and antibody producing cells.

Keeping Lymph Fluid Moving is Important

Until recently, deep breathing, muscular contractions during a good 20- to 30-minute aerobic walk and manual lymphatic drainage massage, a form of gentle massage that encourages the movement of lymph fluids around the body, were the only ways to reduce lymphedema, or fluid buildup in tissues, which results in swelling. Lymphedema is commonly caused by the removal of or damage to lymph nodes, as well as blockage that prevents lymph fluid from draining well. Fluid buildup leads to swelling. Today, we can use a state-of-the-art compression therapy system initially developed for individuals with lymphedema and lipedema, a chronic condition that manifests as a symmetrical buildup of painful fat and swelling in arms and legs. The Balancer Pro system, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-cleared device, enhances circulation and recovery via a compression garment comprised of an intricate chamber network, which works to bring relief and results with each inflation and deflation. It incorporates up to 24 individual, overlapping chambers that inflate in sequence to provide seamless, smooth compression strokes, stimulating the lymphatic system to drain toxins, metabolic waste and excess water from the body directly after treatment. This technology also reduces muscular and joint pain and can improve the appearance of cellulite. It is particularly beneficial for accelerating healing time pre- and post-surgery, as well as for athletes that need to get rid of lactic acid. It can accelerate weight management by accelerating the removal of waste products from fat. Tree of Light of Light Whole Body Rejuvenation Center, located at 806 Neapolitan Way, in Naples, schedules 40- to 60-minute sessions on the Balancer Pro by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 239-692-9367. See ad, page 2.

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Genomics is helping researchers discover why some people get sick from certain infections, environmental factors and behaviors, while others do not. For example, this science may hold the key to genetically understanding why individuals who exercise their whole lives, eat a healthy diet, have regular medical checkups die of a heart attack at age 40, while others smoke, never exercise, eat unhealthy foods and live to be 100.



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The most sophisticated of genomics reports, IntellxxDNA, provides unprecedented insight into an individual’s unique genetic make-up to assist a physician in developing true, personalized care. An individual’s DNA contains variants, or single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP), that may signal potential benefits and potential risks that lie within their DNA. IntellxxDNA reports examine the complex interplay between these variants and how they can affect the individual’s quality of life. Reports include evidencebased, 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. Our DNA is not our destiny. Understanding our genomic profile empowers us to make intelligent health and wellness choices now that may impact our future quality of life. IntellxxDNA reports focus on the health and wellness of the whole person, rather than on isolated disease states. Ordered and reviewed by a clinician, a genomic profile is one of several factors of consideration when making clinical decisions to help achieve optimal health goals.

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ince the human DNA script was deciphered by the Human Genome Project completed in 2003, the field of genomics has made great progress in finding variations in multiple genes that affect health and diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and osteoporosis, as well as drug response.

The Difference Between Genomics and Genetics

Genomics, a much newer field than genetics, has become possible only in the last few decades, due to technical advances in DNA sequencing and computational biology. This field of study, which focuses on the entirety of an organism’s genes, known as the genome, uses bioinformatics. These high-performance computing and math techniques allow genomics researchers to analyze enormous amounts of DNA-sequence data to find variations that affect health, disease or drug response. In humans, this means searching through about 3 billion units of DNA across 23,000 genes. Genetics is the study of heredity, or how the characteristics of living organisms are transmitted from one generation to the next via DNA, the substance that comprises our basic unit of heredity, genes. Companies providing direct-to-consumer DNA tests and health reports are more familiar to the general public than those that provide more medically comprehensive genomics reports. This is due to consumer interest in genealogy and ancestry, which is showcased in genealogy television shows such as PBS’s Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are?


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fter working with so many patients with joint replacements. patients that have artificial ATP is the major component projoint replacements Charles viding energy for cellular activity. Caccamesi, owner of Acupuncture LLLT, cleared by the U.S. Food Care of Naples, began wonderand Drug Administration (FDA), ing how he might produce better involves exposing tissues to red and results. “I wanted the effects to go near-infrared light. While lower in much deeper into the tissue. Some energy than lasers used in surgery, Charles patients with joint replacements LLLT exerts the same end effect on Caccamesi informed me that other acupuncATP production and healing. turists had used electroacupuncture, where “The laser light penetrates four to five a small electric current is passed between inches into the tissue, making it a replacement pairs of acupuncture needles. for acupuncture treatments. This is especially good for people who are sensitive to needles. “While this practice might augment the use of regular acupuncture, in my experience, Additionally, it causes the relaxation response,” says Cacamessi, who also uses LLLT on indiit is contraindicative for people with metal in viduals with neuropathy, arthritis and carpal their body, as the metal can disrupt the flow of current going from north to south through tunnel syndrome. “I’ve found that it can be used for anything that I would use acupuncacupuncture points in the meridians. With ture for, including sinus issues,” he advises. electroacupuncture, the correct flow of current gets re-routed, generating heat, which LLLT is FDA-approved to use for pain isn’t good for inflamed tissue,” explains the relief in patients suffering from chronic licensed acupuncture physician. and acute pain. It is safe for individuals Aware that low-light laser therapy with pacemakers. (LLLT) has nothing to do with heat, but rather only light that stimulates mitochonAcupuncture Care of Naples is located at drial cells to produce adenosine triphos501 Goodlette Rd. N., Ste. D100, in Naples. phate (ATP) energy, Caccamesi, who had For more information, call 239-877-2531 or used lasers in his previous high-tech career, visit See ad, sensed that it could prove very beneficial for page 29.

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negative state, practice gratitude even for as brief a period as 60 seconds. It will positively shift our emotion, thereby allowing us to be open to abundance.


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R = Receiving

To graciously receive can be as simple as accepting a compliment. Another way to receive is by requesting our heart’s desire. There is nothing wrong with wanting more. The truth is that we can have more—as much as we are willing to receive.

A = Alignment

The Grace of Abundance Five Practices to Create a More Abundant Life


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bundance means plenty—a flowing of love, vitality, wealth, joy, prosperity, success and more. GRACE is an acronym representing five practices that can magnify abundance in all areas of life, including finances.

G = Gratitude

There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands. Gratitude opens our heart to receive and give blessings. This puts us in a space to have more things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” If we find ourselves in a


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The key way to get into alignment for more abundance is to know our purpose, follow our passion and work on releasing internal fears and doubts. When we are in alignment, everything flows. There is ease and doors open for us. People, money and resources will show up on our path to help us achieve our goals. Therefore, we must always be awake to our goodness and take inspired actions to manifest our desires into reality.

C = Commitment

Commit to gifting ourselves with an abundant mindset because our mindset is critical to our success. One way to quickly shift our mindset to the positive is to concentrate on our desire and ask ourselves, “What do I have to believe for this to be true?” Our mind will creatively generate many possibilities that can get us excited, which then shifts how we think and feel to what is positive. As we do this, we will also create greater confidence in the knowledge that the universe is always working in our favor.

E = Expression

Express our passion by first doing what we love. Then find a way to use our passion, purpose and life to serve others.When we do this, our world, our financial abundance and our joy will expand exponentially. Meriflor Toneatto is the author of Money, Manifestation & Miracles: A Guide to Transforming Women’s Relationships with Money. Connect at

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by Marlaina Donato

n 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for improving immunity, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, managing chronic pain and promoting better sleep. The research supporting the physical and mental benefits of forest bathing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the National Institute of Public Health of Japan and prescribed to patients there. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in England, examined years of studies and found significant evidence that experiencing nature has a positive impact on health. Published in the journal Environmental Research in 2018, the metaanalysis involving 290 million participants from 20 countries concluded that spending time in green spaces lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. The study also noted a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and death from heart disease.

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Another recent review of studies, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs us into something we all seek—a source of peace and well-being. The thing that first hooked me into being a forest bathing guide was reading the robust body of research that proves the benefits of forest bathing,” says Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified forest therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even occasional nature immersion can have beneficial health effects that can last for days. Many doctors are now prescribing nature to patients. There’s an organization devoted to this called Park Rx America.” She recommends just 20 minutes during a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the ground beneath trees.

There are many theories of why spending time in the woods or any other natural place makes us feel good; for example, findings published in the journal Toxicological Research in 2017 attribute the immune-boosting, mood-lifting benefits of forest bathing to natural terpenes released into the air by trees, especially conifers. Terpenes contain anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s natural defenses.

Sensory Immersion, Not Exercise

Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do, like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet and author of Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 minutes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest bathing experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive effects on emotional health.” It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

A Simple Meditation Forest bathing guide Judy Beaudette suggests: Find something you can put your attention on that is natural— a plant, a stone, a bird’s song, a stream or a forest, the sky, even a tuft of grass or weeds growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. Practice noticing something small in nature, like an acorn, a leaf or a grain of sand. Put it in the palm of your hand and for five minutes, notice the details. Keep noticing. See what thoughts come to mind and keep returning your attention to this small thing. After the five minutes have elapsed, write down your observations. July 2019


~Wendy Coleman

Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray.

CROPS IN THE CITY Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground by April Thompson


he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are 36

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forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

A View From the Roofs

Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C.,

Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

Growing Up With Vertical Farming

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cities. “City planners and adults throughThere are so many need innovative soluways to contribute to urban out South Florida. tions like vertical farmThrough their entity ing to feed the growing farming, from aquaponics The Urban Beekeepto vermicomposting; it’s ers, the Coldwells offer population. We can grow at scale, with about finding your niche. beekeeping classes, minimum space and consult with local gov~Niraj Ray environmental impact,” ernments, sell equipsays Wendy Coleman, ment and rescue “feral who began her California-based business hives” to integrate into managed hives. LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s They’ve worked successfully with parks, team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, uniairports, golf clubs and country clubs to versities, greenhouses and corporate clients put honeybee habitats on site. like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic Urban beekeeping works in synergy tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. with city farms, as honeybees forage up to With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched five miles for food, and in so doing polwater is pumped through a garden tower linate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 to shower the roots of plants suspended in human food crops are pollinated by bees, air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water according to the Food and Agriculture than conventional growing, which is a Organization of the United Nations. “We huge benefit in a place like California, and often hear people say their garden is doing avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” better than it has in years, thanks to the says Coleman. In conjunction with urban apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. farming partners, the business churns out The challenges of growing at scale are 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic a recurrent theme among urban farmtechnology to grow for their diverse client ers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of base and working with chefs to plan seaAgriculture (USDA) outreach specialist sonal menus around their produce. for the greater New York City area, ran his Aeroponics and other innovaown urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 tive farm technologies are transforming years. However, Marvy says most farmers spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming growing in the city aren’t operating at a peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and profitable scale or producing enough for warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables everyone to eat local. in abundance, using 90 percent less land Even so, locally grown produce is by growing vertically, notes Coleman. a booming market in New York City. “With our gardens, diners can see their Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates food growing at their table; they get such a more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited personal connection with their food. It’s an to vendors that grow within a 200-mile interactive way for hotels and restaurants radius, some of whom take home five to demonstrate their commitment to local, figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest sustainable food,” she says. in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates Breaking into Hives: that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 City Beekeepers school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA “I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pol- has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed linators, so I got bees; but then I realized I more people. I’m really excited and comwas just a bad gardener,” quips master beemitted to that,” he says. keeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. While urban agriculture efforts are Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his sometimes criticized for catering to upper wife Teresa have been leading a movement income residents that can afford to pay top to repurpose public land for “microapiardollar for specialty items like microgreens, ies” and provide apiary education for youth many businesses and organizations are

Tips From the Pioneers


hose that have never nurtured more than a houseplant shouldn’t be intimidated, says Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms. “Growing food is easy and doesn’t require any special background,” says Coleman, who was green to growing when she started her business six years ago. When growing commercially, find a niche, says Niraj Ray, of Cultivate the City. The company grows plants of ethnic or cultural significance to appeal to Asian, African and Latino populations, from the nutrition-packed moringa to okra, a staple of both Indian and African cooking, given it is a growing market for immigrant populations not served by most traditional garden centers. Seek natural allies like sustainability-minded chefs to bolster an urban ag business. The farm-to-fork chef ’s movement has been a boon for beekeepers and farmers, with chefs acting as patrons of the farms, according to beekeeping expert Teresa Coldwell. Sette Bello Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, funds vertical gardens at a community garden where the Coldwells have hives so its chef can have pure organic food like squash blossoms pollinated by local bees. Urban farming has its pleasures and rewards, but can also bring hardships. Ray struggles with employee turnover when newbie farmers face the realities of working in the heat and rain, even from a sleek, trendy, rooftop garden. July 2019


working on multiple The USDA has a huge ing projects, senior comfronts, with lucrative opportunity here and munities and schools six days a week. specialty crops helping nationally to make cities Their latest project, to subsidize programs more sustainable and the Public Market, is a serving families lacking retail location on Wheelaccess to healthy affordfeed more people. ing’s Main Street that will able food. ~Ian Marvy serve as a year-round Grow Ohio Valley farmers’ market. The organization is also takes an integrated approach to food sovbuilding alliances between local farmers ereignty in Wheeling, West Virginia, and and healthcare providers through a project the Upper Ohio Valley. “This part of the called The Farmacy. A partnership with a Appalachian Rustbelt has lost much of its local free clinic, it targets people suffering population, jobs and economic base over from diabetes and other diseases linked to the last generation. We want to promote poor diets with a doctor’s prescription for health and wellness through fresh food, organic produce offered free through the while helping to transform the urban landscape from falling-down buildings and organization’s CSA. These urban agriculture pioneers are vacant lots into productive community ashelping to not only grow food, but comsets,” says founder Danny Swan. munity, and are nurturing renewed con The operation’s food hub aggrenections to the Earth. City growing has so gates produce from small local farmers, many benefits: decreasing packaging, costs providing a guaranteed market for their and food miles traveled, making it easier produce and the opportunity to reach a to eat organic seasonal food and a more larger market, usually only served by food diverse diet. “The connection people feel grown thousands of miles away. The prowhen they plant seed and get to harvest the duce is supplemented by four urban farm sites run by the organization, including an mature plant is transformative. Growing food is something we can all do to make a apple orchard on the site of a demolished difference, for our health and the environhousing project. ment,” says Coleman. Grow Ohio Valley also works to reach the “last-mile customers” that lack access Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance to high-quality affordable produce via a writer April Thompson at mobile farmers’ market that goes to hous-



or those interested in trying home growing or supporting metro area farmers, here are some resources for eating food grown in and around your zip code. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit walks prospective city farmers through all of the necessary steps to planning a successful urban agriculture operation, from soil testing to accessing financing. Tinyurl. com/UrbanAgriculturalToolkit. features a clickable map of community gardens in the U.S. and beyond where neighbors can connect and grow together. The FairShare CSA Coalition’s site ( offers an interactive Farm Search tool to find community supported agriculture (CSA) programs where city dwellers can subscribe to local farms and receive a share of the seasonal bounty. The American Community Garden Association ( provides resources for finding, starting and managing community gardens. Local Harvest ( has a searchable national directory of farmers’ markets, farms, CSAs and more. 38

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Navigating the Health Food Marketplace by Linda Sechrist


very industry, including the health food industry, has its own jargon. Unpronounceable words, abbreviations, acronyms and ingredients listed on labels in print too tiny to read have no handy, pocket-sized reference dictionary, making the plethora of dietary supplements, minerals, herbs, methodologies and technologies difficult to understand. This may be one of the reasons that individuals prefer to shop at health food stores, where the staff is more inclined to speak in layman’s language. Navigating the sea of healthy living data online and in related publications is overwhelming for anyone not deeply invested in the subject. In contrast, the staff at natural health food stores has a voracious appetite for it and is so enthusiastic that they do research in their spare time and freely share what they know with customers. This, along with high-quality products, an attractive and customer-centric atmosphere, as well as forming personal relationships with customers, creates the rewarding personalized shopping experience that individuals expect from local health food stores.

Examples Are Clearer

During childhood, Mariesa Smola, coowner of Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, in Naples, absorbed her dad Vincent Pitonzo’s passion for healthy living by osmosis. Although she wandered far from the modeled example during her adolescent years, after watching David Wolfe in the documentary Food Matters, Smola turned her unhealthy lifestyle around. Today, Smola and her dad operate a store, that sells strictly non-GMO everything in bulk herbs and supplements, as well as organic clothing. Her mother, Maria Bella Pitonzo, a hair stylist specializing in organic hair treatments, operates an organic salon inside the store. Combined, they have an impressive total of 50 years experience.

Mariesa Smola

Maria Bella Pitonzo

“Up until age 20, I didn’t eat healthy and was overweight,” notes Smola, who was determined to become as intelligent and passionate as Wolfe, who inspired her to drop poor eating habits and try a raw food diet. “I found the BodyMind Institute online and took classes, as well as other online courses on nutrition, herbalism, homeopathy and naturopathy. I get to use the knowledge gained from earning my eight certifications in holistic health and lifestyle coaching, raw food nutrition coaching, life coaching and spiritual counseling when I help customers confidently achieve their health goals.” Collier/Lee Counties

Discernment is a Necessity

“The market is oversaturated with a mix of hype, rhetoric and unreliable information. This is why we refer customers to our trusted Internet websites. Most give customers the opportunity to speak directly with a naturopathic doctor, licensed herbalist or homeopath on staff,” says Smola, who encourages customers to do research. One criterion for the brands Smola carries is smaller companies with more control of their products, noting, “We like to support suppliers that although they might make only one product, they use organic, non-GMO, glyphosate-free ingredients and have control over their suppliers and the production process, which means they are more in touch with where their ingredients come from.”

Self-Motivated Learning

Life Experience and Education


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Rebecca Salcido, who oversees the vitamin/health and beauty department at Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers, advises that supplement companies have regional and national educators to provide training on product development and up-to-date research at the store and at conventions, where professors, researchers and doctors lecture attendees. “We also use some of the same resources that other health food store associates learn from. For instance, many of us follow well-known doctors such as Mark Hyman, Josh Axe, Joseph Mercola, and Eric Berg. We also follow Terry Lemerond, president and founder of EuroPharma, who has 40 years experience in the health food industry as an owner of several health food stores and nutritional manufacturing companies. We watch their educational videos and use their website search tools. We also study abstracts on, a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. Some of us pursue additional studies related to natural health and nutrition. I’m majoring in holistic nutrition at the University of Natural Health,” says Salcido, who has been with Ada’s for three years. Rebecca Salcido

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No Advice No Recommendations

After being a stay-at-home mom for 11 years, Salcido returned to work. Her former experience in bodybuilding, background in the natural health industry and degrees in marketing made her good match for Ada’s. “I already knew that one of the rules for store associates has never changed—we can’t legally give advice or make recommendations regarding products and health issues,” states Salcido, who cites examples of ways store associates can legally speak to customers. “If you ask me if turmeric reduces inflammation, I can talk about what PubMed studies show or I can refer you to those studies. I can also tell you about how curcumin, a polyphenol in turmeric, has been studied by medical researchers and about results indicating that it aids in the management of oxidative and inflammatory conditions, metabolic syndrome, arthritis and anxiety.” Salcido can also tell customers how product ingredients work in the body or share with them what she personally uses a product for. “I’m a mother of six children, so if a woman asks me about a product for breast feeding, I could tell her about what I’ve taken to increase my breast milk. Our other store associates speak from personal experience about what they use, and we all share the anecdotal experience of our customers who give us feedback about the products they use. We teach customers how to do their own research, whose website has reliable information and whose doesn’t.”

Long-Term Customer Relationships

In addition to trusted websites and newsletters that associates in other stores follow, Mike Monteleone and Jill Acker, colleagues at Food & Thought, rely on and “It’s necessary to keep up with our industry because a significant number of repeat customers come in to ask us what we know regarding products and the latest research they read about in publications or on the internet. Supplement sales and education once were more confined to health food stores. Today’s online sales and stores such as Whole Foods, Lucky’s, WalMart, Sprouts and Costco, in addition to more stores selling the types, but not necessarily the brands that we carry, has made our industry more competitive. However, I sense that people prefer a personalized interaction, which is why we specialize in building long-term relationships

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and treating our customers as though they are extended family,” says Monteleone. Acker’s background as a high school biology teacher, experience in alternative healing methods she applied to personal health problems, teaching anatomy and physiology, pathology, first-aid and CPR for 10 years at Charter College of Health and Massage, and working at Trinity College of Natural Health provides a depth of understanding regarding overall health. “Michael and I take our jobs very seriously and work hard to be a positive resource for the community,” says Acker, who has been with Food & Thought for five years.

Concern Regarding Mergers and Future Standards

Acker and Monteleone are concerned about mergers and the future of quality and standards in the supplement/health food store industry. Monteleone cites examples. Proctor & Gamble bought New Chapter, a Jill Acker foundational brand in the herbal products business in 2012. Renew Life and Natural Vitality, which makes Calm, the popular powdered magnesium supplement, were absorbed along with Rainbow Light by Nutranext, LLC, owned by The Clorox Company. Garden of Life is now owned by Nestle. Honestea has become a wholly owned subsidiary of The Coca Cola ComMike Monteleone pany. The concern is the possibility of these corporations putting pressure on the government to water down standards. It’s happening with the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowing hydroponics in organic—a complete violation of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.” The latest controversy involves “organic” hydroponic blueberry operators in Florida and California spraying glyphosate on their land. After the land has been treated, the growers place a plastic tarp down on the ground and then set hydroponic containers on top of the tarp. Another issue is whether hydroponic operators have to undergo a threeyear transition period, a cornerstone of organic certification and something with which soil-based farmers must comply. Additionally, representatives from consumer groups are no July 2019


longer allowed on boards that determine organic standards. “This creates a disadvantage for small growers that grow in the true spirit of organic rules,” advises Monteleone, whose interest in natural health began while working to improve his health with the assistance of former part-time Naples resident and author Anthony William, who wrote Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. Completion of a Hippocrates Health Institute program, as well as numerous webinars, seminars and classes provide continuing education on an ever-changing industry.

Opportunities to Learn from Personal Health Issues

Bruce Ford, owner of For Goodness Sake, in Bonita Springs, turned to DNA testing to learn the source of health problems that included insomnia, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, irritable bowel, asthma, migraines, difficulty swallowing, clogged sinuses and problems with vision. “Symptoms appeared and disappeared. I was diagnosed with everything from chronic fatigue syndrome to lupus before DNA testing revealed a gene mutation that expressed as susceptibility to autoimmune disorders. My allergies and an antibiotic resistant staff infection stemmed from exposure to mold mycotoxins that had accumulated in my body, along with my body’s inability to detox them. Because I was unable to clear heavy metals, I did chelation. After living for nearly four years with so many health issues and researching solutions, I became interested in natural health, a ketogenic diet, CBD, and genetic testing, which in retrospect I should have

No Science for Curious Customers

Bruce Ford and Kellie Cerillo

started with, so that I knew my genetic predispositions. As Ford’s store manager, Kellie Cerillo uses her background and experience as a former brand ambassador and sales representative for well-known supplement companies. “Websites, newsletters and brand representatives satisfy the demand for staying on top of everything about this industry,” says Cerillo, who refrains from carrying brands bought out in mergers and prefers carrying whole food supplements and reliable but lesser-known brands with a familiar backstory. Commenting on the role that the deli plays in attracting customers, Cerillo says, “Individuals that come in to order a wrap, soup, salad or a smoothie often wander into store aisles and ask questions about supplements and popular CBD products. It’s slower during off-season, and although there is less traffic, new deli customers who aren’t necessarily into a healthy lifestyle follow their curiosity when they discover that Brue or I are available to talk,” say Cerillo.

Summer Slumps

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To counter the drop in summer sales, Ada’s offers lectures by local experts and Wellness Fairs on the last Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which began as a seminar series. Dreading the summer dip in attendees from 40- to 50 to eight or fewer, Salcido came up with a fresh concept that allows attendees to join an expert oneon-one at a private table and ask questions, alleviating any embarrassment of posing deeply personal health concerns during an open Q&A segment.

“I believe the off-season is challenging for all of us in this area. In January, when I advertised a CBD seminar during the day, 100 people called to sign up. Now we get two or three,” advises Ford. “Knowing the name of our repeat customers, creating relationships, having the deli, carrying quality brands and helping people to reach their health goals isn’t enough to change someone’s mind about the benefits of supplements and things like CBD, which don’t have medical science and studies behind them like drugs do. Even after hearing statics on the approximately 106,000 people that die annually from taking pharmaceutical drugs, the older generations still want scientific proof. I’m glad to see the tide is turning for younger customers who aren’t as interested in that. “I think it’s time to give up the fantasy of the magic bullet and accept responsibility for making lifestyle change and doing our own homework, logical solutions that have always been available to us. Thank goodness for functional medicine, which is pointing us in that direction now.”

Local Resources Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, 239-939-9600. See ad, page 39. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples, 239-213-2222. FoodAndThought. com. See ad, page 10. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd., Bonita Springs, 239-992-5838. See ad, page 27. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. GenesisNonGmo. com. See ad, page 35. Whole Foods, 9101 Strada Pl., Naples, 239-552-5100. See ad, page 51.


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The Herbal Connection


by Kajsa Nickels

ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits

“Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.” 44

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~Nathaniel Whitmore Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

photos by Stacey Cramp Used with permission from New World Library.

Fresh Is Best

While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

Herbal Chill-Outs Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

Dandelion and Violet Greens Pesto 1 bunch dandelion leaves 1-2 handfuls violet leaves 1-3 garlic cloves 1-3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 cup toasted, salted/tamari pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup olive oil Coarsely chop the herbs and the garlic. Combine with a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the liquids and blend to a puree. Serve with organic tortilla chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Will keep for a few days in a tightly sealed container or frozen. From the book Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves. Used with permission from Storey Publishing. July 2019


coach and gut health expert. “Studies show that the vagus nerve regulates inflammation throughout the body.”

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Toning the Vagus Nerve Relief for Pain, Anxiety and Inflammation


by Marlaina Donato

esearch is helpThe superpower of The vagus nerve ing doctors this double-branched stems from the brain connect the cranial nerve lies in to the abdomen like dots between seemingly transporting major a communication unrelated conditions like neurotransmitters irritable bowel syndrome, superhighway between along what is known rheumatoid arthritis, as the brain-gut axis. your gut and brain. post-traumatic stress “The vagus nerve stems ~Hannah Aylward disorder (PTSD), chronic from the brain to the fatigue syndrome and abdomen like a comfibromyalgia, revealing a common denomina- munication superhighway between your tor: the multitasking vagus nerve, the longest gut and brain,” says Hannah Aylward, an in the autonomic nervous system. Orlando-based certified holistic health

Vagus-Nourishing Diet Tips Advice from gut health expert Hannah Aylward: 4 Eat plenty of vegetables, high-quality proteins, fiber and healthy fats. 4 A diet low in sugar and processed carbohydrates supports healthy vagus nerve function by maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. 4 Practice intermittent fasting, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (not recommended for people suffering from adrenal fatigue or high stress). 4 Take probiotics. Lactobacillus has been shown to increase GABA via stimulation of the vagus nerve. Bifidobacterium longum has demonstrated it can normalize anxietylike behavior in mice by acting through the vagus nerve. 46

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Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of life for individuals suffering from numerous conditions. One type is a device that can be implanted by a neurosurgeon, which sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve in children that suffer from seizures and adults with depression as a supplemental treatment when surgery or medications are not possible or effective. There is also a handheld, non-invasive VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches. Its effectiveness for chronic pain management, as well as in cases of epilepsy and depression, was published in the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional pain. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.

Mental Health, Trauma and the Gut

When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin


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resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

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Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes hand-in-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic—with a focus on the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at


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ot so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare—with resulting drops in children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes imaginative make-believe, experimenting and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies showing that play builds skills critical for adult success such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity; decreases stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and 48

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Give them lots of free time away from devices. Yes, they

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Encourage fun, rather than competition. By age 6, 60 percent

of American boys and 47 percent of girls are participating on organized sport teams, but three out of four kids quit sports by age 13—one major reason being, “I was not having fun.” Play, on the other hand, is based on pure enjoyment and spontaneous collaboration among kids, minus overanxious adult “sidelining”. “When children play in their own ways, they generally play cooperatively. We adults impose competition, unfortunately. Yet even in our competitive society, the really successful and

happy people are the ones who are oriented toward cooperation,” says Peter Gray, Ph.D., a Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.

Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problem independently of adults.

from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public ~Peter Gray Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: Encourage them to take the “When they’re given the chance, even lead. Let kids decide whether they very young children show clear abilities want to play with friends, siblings or alone. to manage risks and figure out their They will happily make up their own own limits. The potential for learning games with lots of raw materials that are is enormous.” on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons, boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and Don’t worry. “The data show that hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play children are far more likely to get inis how children learn to create and govern jured in adult-directed sports, where they their own activities and solve their own are pushed to compete, than in free play,” problems independently of adults,” says says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuGray. “Stated differently, it is how chilries that occur in free play are relatively dren learn to become adults. This value easy to recover from.” As for the fear of is destroyed when adults take charge of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are children’s activities.” very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice Back off from hovering data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you supervision. It can rob them of a place on your kids to prevent that very, sense of ownership and accomplishment. very, very unlikely possibility versus the Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social fundamental importance for their own worker and registered play therapist in health and development of exploring Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as freedom,” advises Brussoni. she watched her 5-year-old son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based climbing. “He climbed so high that my freelance health writer. Connect at stomach flip-flopped to see him so far



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ike people, pets can develop allergies to medications that are overprescribed, including antibiotics, which also have a long list of side effects—many of which are long-term. There is also the escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to antibiotics when they eat food containing the meat of factory-farmed animals, which includes about 99 percent of pet foods on the market today. The exception is a very small number that contain free-range, organic ingredients.

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In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria. This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to 52

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withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and that’s the biggest concern. If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because the first one wasn’t fully administered and the infection wasn’t effectively cleared.

It’s important to reseed the pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system with friendly microorganisms—probiotics—during and after antibiotic therapy to reestablish a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This will also help keep a dog or cat’s digestive system working optimally and the immune system strong.

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Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. Functional medicine veterinarians, a group that is thankfully growing in number, realize this and are able to partner with pet parents to offer alternatives to antibiotics. A 2016 study showed cranberry extract to be as or more effective in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria

in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress. They concluded probiotic therapy was as effective as antibiotic therapy. In addition, dogs that were unresponsive to antibiotics appeared to benefit significantly from subsequent probiotic treatment. Oregano oil, propolis, olive leaf, essential oils, colloidal silver and Manuka honey help reduce bacterial skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a lifethreatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to treat these problems by starting with the least toxic options first. Karen Shaw Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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e know and your study that sleep of them? is good It was where it all got for mental and physistarted for me and cal health, but whether even though it was dreams can play a role eight years ago, I still is a fascinating topic. remember my first luWhen we journey cid dream as if it was into that state, science yesterday. If I hadn’t journalist Alice Robb had that experience feels we can reap even of doing the exercises more benefits and make to elicit lucid dreamour waking lives more ing, I don’t know if I productive, healthier would’ve written the and happier. book—although I’ve Her recent book always been fascinated Why We Dream: The Knowing you are by my regular dreams, Transformative Power lying in bed, but also which have been of Our Nightly Journey, feeling, physically, that vivid, and have often which blossomed from you are in another place, wondered what was a trip to Peru, posits a going on in my brain new way to look at our is very powerful. to produce them—esdreams including how pecially when I felt ~Alice Robb to recall and even influthey were affecting my ence them, and how doing so benefits us moods or my daily life. when awake. Rich with recent studies and evoking famous artists, thinkers and othHow is lucid dreaming different ers over centuries, she traces the intricate than normal dreaming? links between dreaming and creativity, and offers tips on how we can relish the intense In lucid dreams, you are aware that you adventure of lucid dreaming. are dreaming. A lot of people will be in Robb was a staff writer for The New a nightmare; it’s really scary, and you say Republic and has also written for New York to yourself, “This can’t be real, this must Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle, The Washbe a dream,” and then maybe you can get ington Post, the BBC and British Vogue. A yourself out of it. You can train yourself to graduate of Oxford with Bachelor of Arts prolong those lucid moments. Some people degrees in both Archaeology and Anthrodo it naturally while others can do different pology, she resides in Brooklyn, New York. meditation exercises to learn to gain awareness within their dreams. Before you start trying to have lucid How did your experience in dreams, it’s important to have very good

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recall of your regular dreams. We’re all dreaming every night, every time we have a REM cycle, about every 90 minutes that we are asleep, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s easier for most people to improve their dream recall. It’s as simple as saying to yourself before bed, “I want to remember my dreams tonight.” The more intention you have, the more you think about your dreams during the day, can be enough to trigger you to better remember your dreams. If you pay close attention to your environment, looking and examining it and asking yourself whether it’s real, you will then ask yourself the same question in a dream.

How do you feel lucid dreaming can improve our overall well-being?

You can practice a speech you are worried about. If you are an athlete, you can mentally prepare. It can help with your mental health. You can use lucid dreams to confront your demons; you can summon someone that you want to have a conversation with and practice talking with them. They are awe-inspiring. Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful.

What steps can we take to improve our ability to recall dreams?

Keep a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be pen and paper; you can speak your dreams into your phone in the morning or in the middle of the night if you wake up… whatever you can do to train yourself to hold onto them because if you don’t remember them when you wake up, then they will fade pretty quickly. As soon as I started keeping a dream journal, I was amazed at how many I was remembering. When getting started, make sure to write something every morning, even “I don’t remember anything.” The habits will become ingrained and you’ll start to remember dreams. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer.

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FRIDAY, JULY 5 “Morning After Mess” Beach Cleanup – 8-10am. Our beaches and parks will need a good cleanup to remove harmful and dangerous trash due to fireworks and other festivities. $6 toll when coming from off the island. Free volunteer event with three cleanup locations: Bunche Beach, 18201 John Morris Rd, Ft Myers; Sanibel Causeway Islands, Island B (meet at the tables near the restrooms and dumpster); Lynn Hall Memorial Park, 950 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch (just north of the pier). Register:

TUESDAY, JULY 2 Clean Beaches Week – 9am-4pm. Visitors to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center can celebrate Clean Beaches Week with buy one—get one free entrance. People are encouraged to go to the beach this week and make sure to “leave no trace” of their visit, and spend some time cleaning up or collecting trash others may have left behind. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. 530-5940. Awaken Your Magnificence: The Chakra Series – July 2-Aug 2. 10am. Discover how to awaken your chakras to create greater health, happiness, prosperity and personal empowerment. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Register: Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. HealthRhythms Group Empowerment Drumming for Health and Wellness – 6-7pm. Also July 9, 16, 23 & 30. With trained HealthRhythms facilitator Ken Straub, board-certified music therapist. Benefits include: stress reduction and relaxation, interpersonal support and bonding, strengthened immune system, spiritual connection, exercise and fun. All instruments included and no experience necessary. $15/session. Shangri La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 973-568-1470.

Reiki Share – 6:30-8pm. Bringing together reiki practitioners and the public for an evening of healing. Your 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. Cancer New Moon Solar Eclipse Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair.  Open and merge with the solar eclipse and its celestial blessings as the singing bowls bathe you in the nurturing waters of Cancer. Heal the past to move forward with your visions of peace on Earth. Let the harmonics lift your intentions into the creation vortex so they may become manifest. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

Deep Conditioning Treatment – 9am-5pm. Plus blow dry and style: $20 special ($60-$70 value). Receive a free $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. Free styling lessons available. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799.  Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, JULY 6 Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Crystal Grids – 2pm. Learn how to lay out stones on a crystal grid in your space 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.

tendees will enjoy light healthy snacks, antioxidant tea. Purely You Spa, Naples. RSVP by 7/5: 3318266. See news brief, page 10.

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.

Animal Behavior Change – 6-8pm. With Pattie Carney. Also July 16, 23, 30. Are you frustrated with the way your dog greets people or challenged bringing your animal family together? Is separation anxiety keeping you from getting out with friends? Change is possible! Includes a one-hour private session. $175. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: 277-1399.

SUNDAY, JULY 7 City of Light Meditation and Sound Immersion – 4pm. With Ariyana and Cathy Blair. A portal of light was opened in Sarasota in 2017 and further enhanced in 2019. We are being asked to continue to nourish and nurture City of Light through intention and sound codes to anchor the Golden Age in this quadrant. Love offering. Lumina Health Products, 2301 Porter Lake Dr, Sarasota. RSVP: Ariyanna: 941-321-9770.

MONDAY, JULY 8 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.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Usui Reiki Level II – 2pm. Learn long-distance healing methods using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255. RSVP: 3010655.

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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, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. 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: 7/18. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 SanFu Moxibustion Program – July 12-Aug 27. A special series of SanFu moxibustion programs for increased preventive care and wellness for clients led by Dr. Xiu Qiong Cen. Colds: July 12-20; detoxing: July 22-Aug 9; circulation: Aug 12-20; and immune system function: Aug 21-27. Acupuncture Center of Naples, 5683 Naples Blvd. Info including costs/appt: 513-9232 or See ad on page 12 and news brief on page 16. 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 your appointment. Free styling lessons available. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Protection for Home, Business and Personal Life – 2pm. Protection spells have been used as long as man has been on this planet. Why protection spells? Because sometimes we have to set up a protective barrier around these areas mentioned above to keep negativity out. This is also called preventative magick (to protect attack on all levels) $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. 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 cash prizes. Age-friendly. Downtown Ft Myers.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Beauty Brunch – Purely You Spa’s top skin treatment services will be raffled off and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Blue Zones Project. Small educational sessions discussing anti-aging, stress relief and positive living also featured. Tickets: $100 includes light brunch bites, a $25 spa gift certificate, swag bags, plus two (12-minute) mini spa services. RSVP by 7/10. 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. 331-8266. See news brief, page 10.

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Light Code Activations – 9-11am. Channeled energy, activations and messages with Beth BrownRinella. We are all encoded with crystalline structures that can be activated by spirit and you; receive a shortcut to ease and grace, healing, and prosperity. $22. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with 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, JULY 14 Fermented Food Make-n-Take Workshop – 2-5pm. Fermented food is gaining huge recognition as disease-reversing and radiant health-promoting foods and drinks. Gain knowledge about and make the foods and drinks to take home with you to ferment on your own counter. $45. Held in a private home. Prepayment required: 277-1399. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 6-9pm. 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/day/person. Ft Myers. RSVP: GAEA Guides: 694-5513.

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Full Moon 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. Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. With Kandy Love. Want to start a meditation practice or improve the quality of your meditations? This evening class will be experiential, offering awareness techniques and quiet time, dialogue and Q&A time. Love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. Register: 273-3402. Capricorn Full Moon Lunar Eclipse – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Retrograde Saturn and its conjunction with the south node and Pluto and the total eclipse will bring to light that which no longer serves you at a soul level. This challenging time will bring delays so patience will be required as you clear your karmic debt. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd, N off Harbour Dr, Naples. Rain location: Salt Cave. 398-3953.


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Skin Repair – 5:30-6:30pm. Join for a complimentary, all-natural, 30% glycolic peel ($125 value); repairing aging, blemished, red/rosacea and sun damaged skin. No fees. The Naples Yoga Cottage. RSVP required: 269-8846 or Visit and click “How It Works” to view complete 30% Peel Bio (no downtime).

Usui Reiki Level II –7pm. Learn long-distance healing methods using channeled universal life force energies. Symbols, visualizations, meditations and exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Thai Massage Training Level I – July 20-22 & 27-28. Five-day training to begin your journey to Thai massage and traditional medicine mastery to enhance your massage, yoga, or bodywork practice. Improve your life and the lives of those you touch. Exploring the traditional Thai medical system, culture, history and spiritual practices of Thailand will bring this practice alive for you. $795 ($249 deposit required). Ft Myers. Register: 273-3402.

THURSDAY, JULY 18 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. Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Kandy Love. This class integrates postures and breathing to reestablish quietness and stillness as a choice in our daily lives. All levels welcome. No yoga experience necessary. Bring your own yoga props if you have them (mat, blankets, blocks and belts). Some props are available. $18/class. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. Register: 2733402.

FRIDAY, JULY 19 Deep Conditioning Treatment – 9am-5pm. Plus blow dry and style: $20 special ($60-$70 value). Receive a free $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. Free styling lessons available. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, 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. 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.

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. 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, JULY 21 Healing Hip and Low Back Pain Workshop – 2-4pm. With Meredith Musick. The Naples Yoga Cottage. RSVP/register: 269-8846 or

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Art of Holistic Massage Foundation I – 9am-5pm.

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Energy body; reiki, chakras, meridians; and The Five Elements (Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM). Self-care chakra tai chi, meridian massage and makko ho stretches. Awareness journal, guest speakers. First of a five-part series for AOHMassage. Ideal for recent massage graduate or to deepen an existing practice. Naples. $100. 6 CEs. 732-2665276.

Wellness Festival – 11am-3pm. Meet and speak with local holistic nutritionists, yogis, naturopathic physicians, physiologists, massage therapists and other expert service and treatment providers. Customers can also sample products throughout the store and enter sweepstakes to win a gift basket of many organic and natural products. Ada’s Natural Market, US 41 & College Pkwy, Ft Myers. See ad, page 39.

Healers Exchange Night – 6-8pm. Exchange night is for bodyworkers, energy workers, and healers to come together to give and receive small sessions with other practitioners. Bring your own partner or get paired with someone else attending. $10 donation. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: 273-3402.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 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. Healing Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Let the spiraling sounds of the singing bowls open your cells to receive the healing properties of the mineral rich Himalayan salt. Relax and restore in the healing chamber calming the natural body rhythms leaving you rejuvenated and revitalized. Hold more light in this expanded state of awareness. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. 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: 7/31. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, JULY 26 ThetaHealing Basic DNA Certification Workshop – July 26-28. Reshaping your life and true empowerment! Release and replace old faulty beliefs and patterns, work with the source energy and guardian angels, heal and activate DNA and more. $444. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Deep Conditioning Treatment – 9am-5pm. Plus blow dry and style: $20 special ($60-$70 value). Receive a free $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. Free styling lessons available. Salon

Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Protection for Home, Business, and Personal Life – 2pm. Protection spells have been used as long as man has been on this planet. Why protection spells? Because sometimes we have to set up a protective barrier around these areas mentioned above to keep negativity out. This is also called preventative magick (to protect attack on all levels) $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Reduced-price readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Intuitive Arts Fair – 10am-5pm. Mini-readings with gifted readers and healers include tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cord-cutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes. 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:

Genetic Testing that Supports Your Health – 6pm. With Eduardo Maristany, MD. Your genes provide valuable data that can help determine your unique health care needs. Learn how IntellxxDNA can provide in-depth, evidence-based, sciencefocused genomic intelligence to further personalize your health care. Naples Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples. RSVP: See ad on page 71 and news brief on page 14.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 Leo New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. The dust settles after the eclipse season resets our compass in a new direction. The courage of Leo will assist in making changes necessary for the new to manifest. Let the new journey begin as you open your heart, spread your wings and lift upwards into the stars. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

plan ahead THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 Art of Holistic Massage Foundation II – 9am5pm. Touch; Meaningful Touch: Principles and Calibrations of Touch; Concept of Interface from Zero Balancing. Learn and practice leg pull, neck release, review Swedish techniques. Selfmassage, meditation. Prerequisite: AOHMassage Foundation Part I. $150. 7 CEs. 732-266-5276.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Beauty Brunch – Purely You Spa’s top skin treatment services will be raffled off and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to PACE Center For Girls. Small educational sessions discussing antiaging, stress relief and positive living also featured. Tickets: $100 includes light brunch bites, a $25 spa gift certificate and swag bags plus two (12-minute) mini spa services. RSVP by 8/7. 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. 331-8266. See news brief, page 10.


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Beauty Brunch – Purely You Spa’s top skin treatment services will be raffled off and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Small educational sessions discussing anti-aging, stress relief and positive living also featured. Tickets: $100 includes light brunch bites, a $25 spa gift certificate and swag bags plus two (12-minute) mini spa services. RSVP by 9/11. 3066 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 302, Naples. 331-8266. See news brief, page 10.

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Meditation – Mon-Fri. 10am-noon. Drop-in and breathe in the Zen Den. Free. Open Path, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ste 614, Ft Myers. 297-0129. Happe Hot Yoga in Nature – 10am. Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun. $10. Gentle natural detoxifying yoga and sound healing meditation with Tara & Edric. $10. Mats, straps, blocks, bolsters, water available. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

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.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. Happe Art – 2-4pm. 2nd & 4th Sun. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 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

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

childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553.

Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples.

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. 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. 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 Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and

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. Restorative Yoga – 6:15pm. Renew, relax and recharge body and mind with gentle and soothing yoga postures supported using props for longer holds to emphasize restoration and the breath. $20/drop-in or class package. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. 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. 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 Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs, rather than a mat. Use the chair for modified poses or simply stand

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next to it for support. $13 packages available. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068.

Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers.

Kundalini Yoga – 11am-noon. With Cindy Bender. This practice combines movement, breathing, meditation and deep relaxation. No yoga experience necessary. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

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.

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.

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.

Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@

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. STRENGTH Class – 6-7pm. Full-body conditioning class. $20/single.  Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Schedule: Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional

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 – 6:30-8pm. With Dr. David Martin. Get your energy, body and endorphins flowing with this fun music and movement class. No partners needed. first-timers free; $10/drop-in. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Open Ballroom Group Dance Class –7-7:45pm. $15. Nu Tango Practica: 8-9:30pm. 6/10 & 6/24. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. 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,

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 Barre Motion – 9:30-10:30am. Cardio barre with Pilates, yoga and weights. All levels. $20 single. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N Naples. 2549300. Schedule: 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. 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. HealthRhythms Group Empowerment Drumming for Health and Wellness – 6-7pm. With Ken Straub, board-certified music therapist. $15/session. Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. 973-568-1470. 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. $52/4-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 7685575.

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Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. 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. Refuge Recovery Women’s Group – 6:30-7:30pm. A Buddhist-inspired path to recovery from all addictions. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Chapel (1st bldg on left), Ft Myers Info: 910-7410 or Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No


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Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral.

Pilates Bootcamp – 9:30-10:30am. Pilates Mat combined with full-body strength training and yoga. All levels. $20/single. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Schedule:

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.

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

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. West Coast Swing Group Class –7-7:45pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

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

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 Tai Chi Eight-Form – 2-3pm. With Sondra Dansby. This hour-long class focuses on eight forms of tai chi. It helps to improve posture, balance, fall prevention, reduce blood pressure and restore emotional balance. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Kundalini Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Gloria Reilly. Movement, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation. $10/class. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Barre Motion – 6-7pm. Cardio Barre, with Pilates, yoga and weights. All levels. $20 single. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N Naples. 254-9300. Schedule: Making Friends with Money – 6-8pm. The Study and Practice of Prosperity Principles. $15. Open Path, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ste 614, Ft Myers. 2970129. 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. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Education Panels – 6-8pm (2nd Wed). Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions. The Center for Spiritual

La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Open Social Dancing – 6:30-7pm. Group Class. $5; Dancing: 7-9pm. $12. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. With Jenny Li Ciconne. Tap into your body for reconnection, to balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30 (get 25% off). Day class available. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 277-1399. Crystal Bowl Meditation and Spirit Messages – 7pm. With Nikki Marie. This class offers the perfect opportunity to recharge your energy, rebalance your chakras, reconnect to your higher self and strengthen your connection with spirit. $20 ($10/ session 2x/week). Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. RSVP for gate code: 754-444-9779. Bachata Dance Class – 7-8pm. Salsa Dance Class: 8-9pm. With Anthony Kumo. $20/class. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative

Gut health is the key to overall health. ~Kris Carr

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Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009.

or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Iyengar Yoga – 9-10:30am. With Susan Carter. This multilevel class and is taught by an experienced, certified Iyengar yoga teacher and certified IAYT yoga therapist. $20 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995 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. Family Yoga – 10am. With Tara. All ages and stages welcome. $10/family. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Info: TaraMindful108@ 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: 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. Ed: 208-4075. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:156:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together.

Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 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. Info: or 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.

Reiki Healing Sessions – Hands of Touch – 6:30pm. Crystal bowls sound healing and archangels healing powers bringing healing to the body, mind, soul and spirit. $10 love donation. LightWork Wellness Center, 1400 Colonial Blvd, Ste 258, Ft Myers.

Ashtanga Primary Series – 6-7 pm (short form). Complete vinyasa yoga with standing and seated poses, inversions, backbends, binds and twists to develop strength and stamina; building courage and confidence. $20/drop-in or class package. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747.

Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. 2nd & 4th Thur. With Jenny Hong. Experience the vibrational healing power of quartz crystal bowls as you lie or sit in comfort. Hong will also channel the healing energies of reiki. $15. RSVP:

Kundalini Yoga – 6-7pm. With Cindy Bender. Balance, strengthen and expand physical body systems and remove emotional blocks. $10. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511.

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.

STRENGTH Class – 6-7pm. Full-body conditioning class. $20/single.  Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Schedule:

Salsa Night Group Class – 7-7:45pm. Salsa Practice: 8-8:30pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

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saturday 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.

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 Summer of Science – Thru Aug 2. 9am-1pm. Environmental hands-on activities, labs, crafts and games. $5/adults, kids/free. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. 530-5940. Yoga Practice – 9-10:30am. Share a safe, quiet space to practice yoga together with hands-on educational assistance. $15 love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-8815 or Barre Motion – 9:30-10:30am. Cardio barre, with Pilates, yoga and weights. All levels. $20 single. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N Naples. 2549300. Schedule: 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. Midday Meditations – 11am. With Mary. Take a break in nature and recharge your spirit through guided meditation and sacred sound healing. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 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. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equip-

Summertime Science Saturday – Thru Aug. 9am4pm. Adults and kids alike can discover science with an educator, lab experiences and hands-on critter connections. $5/adults, kids/free. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Rd, Naples. 530-5940. 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) – 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. Beer Tasting – 2nd Sat. Free tasting during the Green Market courtesy of Coastal Dayz Brewery. Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 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. Holistic Chamber Community Educational Panel – 2-4pm. 3rd Sat. Topic: Moving Through Pain: Alternatives to Opioids. 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. Healing Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. With Ocianna. Bring drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Some drums are provided; families welcome. $10/ donation. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. SWFL Community Drum Circle – 7-9:30pm. Meets once a month (check Facebook). 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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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 29.

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 35.


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.

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

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


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.

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.


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 4851 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 200, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).


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


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

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

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

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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 61.


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 57.



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!

ESSENTIAL OILS 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.



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:

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Certified instructor & practitioner, NFSH-The Healing Trust & ThetaHealing. Past Life Regression Counselor, Shaman Mesa Carrier, CranioSacral therapy, Esoteric Healing, Seraphim Blueprint, spiritual counselor.

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.


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 58.


Rosina Alessi, Certif. Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef 240-810-2670 • Facilitating healthy eating in SWFL. Cooking services. Customized menus that emphasize in making plant-based food appealing and delicious. Weekly meal preparation, private events. Call to learn more. See ad, page 25.


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 17.

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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 48.


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.


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.


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.

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7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 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.


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 24.


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 55.

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.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul. ~Alfred Austin


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


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 47.

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

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

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Natural Awakenings Naples/Ft Myers July 2019  

Natural Awakenings Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier and Lee Counties Magazine - Natural Health, Green Living - Special Urban and Suburban Ag...

Natural Awakenings Naples/Ft Myers July 2019  

Natural Awakenings Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier and Lee Counties Magazine - Natural Health, Green Living - Special Urban and Suburban Ag...