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As we begin our summer this month, while fathers are remembered and kids are afoot, we bring more focus on health and fitness for him, as well as the whole family. Growing up in a small town in Michigan in the ’50s and ’60s, my dad’s hot dogs and hamburgers were plentiful on the summer grill and we certainly weren’t discussing whether our food was hormone-free, GMO or organically grown. Sharing food and company seemed simpler then. Eating started to become more complicated after high school when I read some books and decided to switch to a natural food diet. Not only was it a big change for me, but for my family too; we weren’t sharing the same food anymore. I remember how much my dad would make fun of the new things on my plate while he continued to eat his meat and potatoes. While I got healthier, his standard American diet (SAD) and lifestyle caught up with him and he left us way too early. I felt robbed of his golden years not only for me, but for my kids, who were just getting old enough to enjoy a relationship with their grandfather. After reading Chris Bruno’s personal essay on page 31, “Fatherhood’s Pain and Glory: We Must Face Our Own Story First,” I was reminded that any untransformed pain from our fathers will be transmitted to our children. I thought about my relationship to my dad. How was he fathered, and how was that transferred to me and my siblings? From what I’d learned about my grandfather, who passed even earlier, Grandpa Roy didn’t express deeper feelings and issues with his children, which explains why my dad likely felt ill-equipped to share these with his eight children. Mine was a great dad in the most important ways. As adults, we realized that we might not have deep, heart-to-heart conversations, but we could get more comfortable saying, “I love you.” I remember how uncomfortable at first it made him (and me) to say it, and how the poignant pauses that followed felt, until I finally heard what I knew to be true: He loved me! Eventually this new expression spread its way through our entire family; even our nieces and nephews add, “I love you” whenever saying their farewells. Dr. Sanjay Gupta confirms the importance of this sense of belonging in “Chasing Life” on page 54. CNN’s chief medical correspondent shares his eye-opening experience following an immersive tour of some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth. The resulting docuseries by the same name explores, among other things, how ancient traditions may play a role in 21st-century health care. Yet one of his most surprising discoveries was how profoundly social isolation and loneliness can impact health, while having a strong social fabric and cohesiveness protects it. Our other health habits are important, but we need strong social connections to thrive! The longer, slower days of summer are a great time to expand on your social connections, and this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings has plenty of ideas about how to do just that. Dare to say, “I love you,” to others more often, and especially to all the males in your life this month that have added to your love tank. Spread the love, it’s healthy… and feels good!

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36 BRAIN-SAVERS Smart Strategies for Preventing Dementia



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46 NATURE’S TOOLBOX The Key to Prostate Health



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Naples Center for Functional Medicine Welcomes Dr. Maristany


he Naples Center for Functional Medicine has changed its name from the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine after the sale of the practice to the HealthLynked Corp. Dr. Eduardo Maristany, a boardcertified internal medicine physician trained by the Institute of Functional Medicine, was most recently employed by the Holmes Regional Medical Center, in Melbourne. Dr. Carol L. Roberts is now medical director, reDr. Eduardo Maristany placing founder Dr. Pamela Hughes. Maristany completed his internal medicine residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center, in Savannah, Georgia, after earning degrees with Ross University School of Medicine and the University of Miami. He incorporates genomic informatiom into clinical decision-making through cutting-edge IntellxxDNA testing. “Dr. Maristany is an accomplished functional medicine physician who is extremely knowledgeable in advanced personalized genomic interpretation, brain health and chronic inflammatory diseases,” says Hughes. “Over the past few years, we’ve been able to help over 1,000 individuals improve or overcome their health ailments and challenges through natural, evidence-based solutions. It’s gratifying to partner with patients on their journey toward a healthier future.” Location: 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270. For appointments and more information, call 239-649-7400 or visit See ad, page 71.


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oncept 10 10, a novel way of exercising to realize maximum health benefits, is now available at 4947 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 202, in Naples. Twenty-minute weekly sessions for all ages with personal instructors encompass total body strength training. The technique takes each muscle that’s worked to a state of complete fatigue in just a few, slow repetitions, activating metabolic changes that grow the muscles, strengthen the bones, signal the body to burn more fat and increase the muscle’s ability to draw oxygen from the blood, thus also providing optimal cardiopulmonary fitness. Jorgen Albrechtsen, president and CEO, says, “If you love the sport you play, your added strength and stamina from doing Concept 10 10 is sure to improve your performance. It’s a form of exercise that has been shown to provide all the benefits you seek from an exercise program in 20 minutes a week, with negligible risk of injury. It’s a revolutionary form of exercise that far exceeds the benefits of almost any other kind of exercise and will change the way you think about exercise forever.” For more information including a free orientation and training session, call 239-431-1792, email or visit See ad, page 5.

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Webinar Series on Our Gut-Brain Axis


effrey E. Berger, a wellness partner with Amare Global, a holistic mental wellness company focused on the gutbrain axis of the microbiome, is offering Project B3, an eightJeffrey E. Berger week holistic program featuring product supplementations; advice on exercise, nutrition and stress management; and ongoing and final evaluations. The webinar series, which starts when one enrolls and is being offered individually or in groups, helps participants reverse Type 2 diabetes, eliminate pharmaceuticals and live a more holistic lifestyle. “Begin your journey to a healthier gut and healthier mind,” invites Berger, a vice president of the Cape Coral Holistic Chamber of Commerce. “Emerging science has shown that it’s not all about what’s happening in our primary brain. Our gut is a very important component of the multidirectional communication network. In fact, our gut produces more neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin, than our brain. These so-called ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters regulate our mood and affect our overall mental wellness impacting Type 2 diabetes.” For more information including costs or to register (required by end of Jun. and to receive free coaching sessions valued at $350), call 716-570-2150 or email See ad, page 30.

Firefly Within Offers Hydrate 2 Oneness Water Bottles


n keeping with Earth-conscious products and sustainability, the Firefly Within Foundation has created eco-friendly, custom-designed, stainless steel Hydrate 2 Oneness water bottles that utilize healthy frequency images to create unique healing vessels for water. Proceeds from sales of the containers—featuring healing images paired with positive affirmations created in their own design studio from the sound


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frequencies that tune into the body—will help facilitate Firefly free events, crystal bowl healing concerts and educational presentations. According the Masaru Emoto, the author of The Hidden Messages in Water, images and words have a profound effect on the quality and healing properties of water. The product, currently available online in several styles, helps reduce the use of plastics that damage the environment and keeps users well hydrated, especially this summer. Karin Wolfe, president of the foundation, hopes to have the bottles on the shelves of local health-conscious stores soon and also expand the line. Each bottle costs $44.99. To order bottles, visit FireflyWithin. org. For more information, call 239-980-3257 or email See ad, page 67.

Your CBD Store Naples Opens Third Location


our CBD Store Naples opened its third location in our area last month at 4910 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 206, in Naples. It opened its first store in Naples in January and on Marco Island two months later. The latest location will provide residents of North Collier County and further north greater convenience in obtaining their CBD products. Lora Bull and Karen Harris

Other locations: 1246 Airport Rd. and 317 N. Collier Blvd. For more information, call 239-331-8073 or email See ad, page 29.

Ada’s Natural Market Launches Wellness Festivals


eet and speak with local holistic nutritionists, yogis, naturopathic physicians, physiologists, massage therapists and other expert service and treatment providers at Wellness Festivals being held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month at Ada’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers. 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 has been providing fresh and natural food and other products for more than 30 years. Location: U.S. 41 at College Pkwy. For more information, visit See ad, page 29. June 2019


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ing Yoga in Nature with gentle, family and intermediate yoga classes from Tuesdays through Sundays in the outdoor Peace Pavilion of the Happehatchee Center, in Estero. The park is open during classes and on Fridays, so visitors can also simply sit on a bench in the butterfly garden, walk the labyrinth, watch birds, meditate by the Estero River or experience forest bathing. It’s well known that increased warmth can aid in burning calories, increase flexibility and increase heart rate and metabolism. Exercising outdoors can help detoxify the system and requires us to drink more fluids. When we drink plenty of water, our bodies naturally detoxify tissues/cells and clear the waste more readily from the body. This helps our gastrointestinal, urinary and cardiovascular systems work more efficiently. Yoga is known to have an array of health benefits, including stress relief and increased happiness. Location: 8971 Corkscrew Rd. For more information including on yoga class costs and times, visit or Facebook. See ad, page 68.

House of Gaia Girls’ Leadership Camps


ulu Carter and Danica Roy will lead two highly creative and unique Girls’ Leadership week-long camp programs this month for ages 5 through 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from June 10 to 14 and June 24 to 28 at the House of Gaia, in Naples. The transformative power of girls will be celebrated through mindfulness, communications skills, self-esteem, positive emotions, art, dance, singing, cooking, community projects and more. “We can empower and inspire each other,” says Carter, who holds a master’s degree in education, a postgraduate degree in positive psychology and other certifications. Cost: $175 all going toward ongoing art programs at House of Gaia. Some scholarships offered. For more information or to register, call 239-272-6152 or visit

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Acupuncture Care of Naples Provides Low-Level Light Therapy


r. Charles Caccamesi, of Acupuncture Care of Naples, is now combining traditional acupuncture and trigger point with high-tech, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved, low-level light therapy (LLLT). Also known as photobiomodulation, the safe, non-invasive, pain-controlling therapy uses Class III B lasers to reduce pain, especially from artificial joints, via deep tisCharles sue penetration where electro-acupuncture Caccamesi is not appropriate. “Having been used in Europe and Asia for 35 years and now in North America, there’s no question as to its effectiveness, but the key is how to properly apply and understand it,” says Caccamesi, a veteran of a half-century in martial arts and tai chi who has been practicing for three decades in using acupuncture, herbs and tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage) and also worked extensively with soft lasers in the high-tech electronics industry. Location: 501 Goodlette Rd. N. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-877-2531 or visit AcupuncureCareNaples. com. See ad, page 43.

Mindfulness & Meditation Course at Lotus Blossom Clinic


nne Louise Kracmer, LCSW, will lead a four-week Mindfulness & Meditation course from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting on June 5 at the Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers. Designed to help support the practice of mindfulness in developing the skills and attention to be fully present and touch each moment deeply, the course is intended for those new to mindfulness and meditation, Anne Louise Kracmer as well as those that wish to review the basics and establish a more consistent daily mindfulness and meditation practice. The course includes basic instruction, along with an exploration of practical ways to bring mindfulness into daily activities. A practitioner of mindfulness meditation since 2005, Kracmer is a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, having completed the requirements for this designation through the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. Fee for all four sessions: $75. Location: 6710 Winkler Rd. For more information or to register (required), call 239-277-1399 or visit See ad, page 43.

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Farmadelica Sound Offers Media Production Services


armadelica Sound, in Bokeelia, on Pine Island, provides highquality, ultra-professional recording and media production services especially geared for those seeking to communicate their consciouscreating messages. Their mystical studio, built into an old vegetable cooler at the Green Planet Farm & Gardens, has been the creative home to many of our community’s music recordings, sacred meditations, mantras, video productions, theme songs and commercials. “If you’ve been wanting to bring your message out to the world via a professional recording of affirmations, meditations, audio books or enlightened music, we can help you navigate the media highway and determine the best way to bring your vision to life and get noticed,” says Lainie Wulkan, who co-owns the business with her husband Howard. They have several decades of combined media production experience between them in New York City, Los Angeles and Albuquerque. “With the wealth of local healers and practitioners and listeners seeking something more to heal themselves and the planet, we offer state-of-the-art recordings, along with customized, strategic, post-production marketing plans to achieve greater visibility and sales.” Location: 14900 Stringfellow Rd. For more information, including a free initial consultation, or to arrange for a meeting, call 239-7850809, email or visit them on Facebook. Production discounts are available for Natural Awakenings readers. See ad, page 71.

Post to Speak About Medical Cannabis


eborah Post, ARNP, will present Medical Cannabis: Is it a Gateway Drug of the Potential Answer to Disease, Demystifying an Unusual Plant, from 5:45 to 8 p.m., June 12, at Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs. Attendees will learn how this plant will possibly be at the forefront of medicine in the future and how working with the concerns of the past will help dictate how we’ll be able Deb Post to integrate the latest information from research going on worldwide. She attests that as the current opioid crisis is claiming one American life every 15 minutes and affecting rises in chronic depression, anxiety, autoimmune diseases and cancer, the world is going back into the past to reclaim an herb that has been used since prehistoric times. Cost: $15. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or to preregister (required), call 239-231-8354, email or visit See ad, page 58.

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s God in That Bottle Cap? A Search for Truth, by John D. Sambalino, is the true story of a personal quest for spiritual enlightenment and the many benefits of meditation. The new book, published by Vanishing Circle Press, is based on the author’s 44 years of daily meditation, yoga, tai chi and qigong. “We live in very stressful times,” says the South New Jersey author. “While this book can help learn how to release stress naturally through meditation, it’s not a how-to book and does not teach meditation. [It addresses] how meditation can relieve stress and help to make a happier, healthier, more productive person.” Vijayendra Pratap, Ph.D., president of the Yoga Research Society, says, “I would love to see this book in the hands of practitioners of all paths for self-realization.” Kirkus Reviews calls the book a “lively and intensely readable story of one man’s use of a variety of spiritual practices to reveal the nature of reality.”


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Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure Even moderate alcohol consumption—seven to 13 drinks a week—increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a new analysis of the health records of 17,000 U.S. adults. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers found that the average blood pressure among nondrinkers was about 109/67, among moderate drinkers 128/79 and among heavy drinkers 153/82, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the years 1988 to 1994. The higher readings could be the result of alcohol’s affect on the brain and liver, or because it raises caloric intake, partly by increasing appetite, say the researchers. 18

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Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance What we consume can boost our body even in the short term, a new study from St. Louis University shows. After eating the Mediterranean diet for just four days, athletes ran faster than after eating a Western diet. In the study, published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, seven women and four men ate one of two diets for four days: the Mediterranean, with its emphasis on whole fruits and vegetables, nuts, olive oil and whole grains, or the Western, high in trans and saturated fats, dairy, refined sugars, refined and highly processed vegetable oils, sodium and processed foods. After a nine-to-16-day break, they followed the other diet. The athletes exercised on a treadmill for five kilometers after each diet and were found to have run 6 percent faster after following the Mediterranean diet, despite similar heart rates and perceived levels of exertion.

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Regardless of the type of protein consumed, lowcarb diets significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib), according to a study presented at the latest annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. Analyzing the records of almost 14,000 people over a 20-year period, researchers found that diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetables and grains, boosted the risk of AFib by 18 percent compared to diets with moderate carb intake. Researchers theorize that consuming less produce and fewer grains may aggravate inflammation, while eating high amounts of protein and fat may increase oxidative stress. Both conditions are linked to AFib, in which the heart beats irregularly, potentially causing palpitations, dizziness and fatigue. It’s also linked to a five-fold increase in strokes.


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For those that don’t move vigorously throughout the day—whether stuck behind a desk or lying on a couch in front of a screen— there’s good news in a recent American Cancer Society study: Replacing just 30 minutes a day of stationary time with such moderate physical activities as brisk walking and dancing reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by a whopping 45 percent. Even light activities such as walking slowly, playing pool and doing housework like vacuuming for half an hour reduce mortality risk by 15 percent.

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Take Magnesium to Optimize Vitamin D Magnesium seems to optimize vitamin D, increasing the vitamin’s utilization for those with insufficient levels and decreasing it in those with excessive amounts. In a randomized trial of 250 people between ages 50 and 85 that were considered at risk for colorectal cancer, researchers at the VanderbiltIngram Cancer Center found that changes in blood levels of vitamin D were significantly affected by the intake of magnesium—a mineral in which 80 percent of Americans are deficient. In addition to supplements, magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, nuts, avocados and fatty fish such as salmon.

Find a Green Space and Make a Friend Integrating green spaces among living areas increases trust among strangers, according to a study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Participants in walking tours of a Vancouver neighborhood were asked to complete a smartphone questionnaire at six stops, including at a rainbowpainted crosswalk and both wild and manicured community gardens. Researchers found that colorful design elements and green spaces were linked to higher levels of happiness, plus greater trust of strangers and environmental stewardship. “The urban design interventions we studied are relatively simple and low cost, but show great potential to improve individuals’ emotional and social lives,” says Hanna Negami, lead author.

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Internet users can help fight global deforestation even while surfing. German online search engine Ecosia, now used in 183 countries, diverts its advertising revenue from click-throughs to planting trees worldwide to the tune of more than 52 million since 2009. With each search, the company says, it removes around two-anda-half pounds of carbon dioxide from the air. Christian Kroll, Ecosia’s founder, wrote, “Climate change is a very real threat, and if we’re to stop the world heating above the 1.5 degrees warned about in the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, we need to plant trees at scale.” Kroll suggests that if Ecosia were to get as big as Google, they could absorb 15 percent of all global carbon dioxide emissions. Users can find it at

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Climate Change Discourages Childbearing

USA Today has reported that concerns about climate change are giving women pause about bearing children. The U.S. birthrate has been falling for years, and in 2017, it was 60.3 births per 1,000 women, the lowest fertility rate since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began keeping such records in 1909. Related causes such as women marrying later, worries about the economy and the difficulty of finding affordable child care have all been suggested. But prospective parents are also thinking about the increased frequency and intensity of storms and other natural disasters such as drought and wildfires. Further, geopolitical unrest and scarcity of water and other resources are convincing some to at least postpone their decision to increase the population. 20

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Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Past Moon

The scientific boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, 62 miles high. But a team of astronomers have published evidence in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics that the geocorona, a tenuous cloud of neutral hydrogen in the outermost region of the Earth’s atmosphere that glows in far-ultraviolet light, extends much farther than the moon. The discovery means that telescopes positioned in the geocorona will need to have some of their settings adjusted for deep-space observations.

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Printer Produces Plant-Based Substitute

Researcher Giuseppe Scionti, owner of Nova Meat, in Barcelona, Spain, has developed a synthetic meat substitute using vegetable proteins that imitate protein complexes found in real meat. Produced using a 3-D printer, it can mimic the texture of beef or chicken. The specialist in biomedicine and tissue engineering has been working for 10 years on bioprinting different synthetic tissues such as artificial corneas, skin and ears.

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With the world facing a future of climate change and water scarcity, finding an environmental way to cleanse drinking water is paramount. Researchers in China contend they are working on a method to remove bacteria from water that’s both highly efficient and environmentally sound. By shining ultraviolet light onto a two-dimensional sheet of graphitic carbon nitride, the team’s prototype can purify two-and-a-half gallons of water in one hour, killing virtually all the harmful bacteria present. This technique of photocatalytic disinfection is an alternative to current eco-unfriendly water filtration systems such as chlorination or ozone disinfection.

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Heavy rains, leaky pipes and floods can lead to mold growth, which can create poor and even toxic indoor air quality. Irritating the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of both moldsensitive and non-allergic people, mold can also cause immediate or delayed respiratory symptoms; some can be extremely severe in individuals prone to asthma. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that people with a weakened immune system are at higher risk of health effects from mold, which can also instigate a chronic cough. Toxic reactions can include pulmonary hemorrhaging in infants and memory loss in young children. A roof leak, burst pipe or malfunctioning water heater can all set the stage for mold to take root, sometimes hidden behind walls and cabinetry. Even in homes that haven’t been damaged by excessive water, mold can be found wherever humidity levels are high, including basements, garages and showers. Proper ventilation and repair of leaky fixtures can help keep mold growth at bay. According to the CDC, mold growth can be removed from hard surfaces with soap and water. Natural antimicrobials such as plain white vinegar and baking soda are also

powerful cleansers; tea tree oil is a natural, antibacterial and antiseptic fungicide that can kill black mold on impermeable surfaces. Remediation of extensive mold growth on drywall and other permeable building materials is best left to professionals to arrest its spread and prevent toxic spores from becoming airborne. There are many companies that use eco-friendly “green” methods and materials. If choosing to go the DIY route, sequester the area to be worked on and use specialized HEPA filters and a respirator to avoid inhaling spores. Use protective goggles and gloves throughout the entire process. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests that surface sampling may be useful to determine if an area has been adequately cleaned or remediated. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals that have specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods and interpreting results.

Norwegian Nudge Countries Learn from Recycling Strategy

In Norway, up to 97 percent of the country’s plastic bottles are recycled, and other countries are taking note. The government’s environmental taxes reward companies that are eco-friendly. If a company recycles more than 95 percent of its plastic, then its tax is dropped. Customers pay a deposit on each bottled product they buy. To get back their money, they must return their used bottles to one of the 3,700 machines found in the country’s supermarkets and convenience stores. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that if current global trends continue, plastic trash in the ocean will outweigh fish by 2050. June 2019


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Flying safety is more than making it to our destination; it’s about the air we have to breathe while in the skies. Toxic fume events can occur when air, contaminated by engine exhaust, fuel fumes, de-icing fluids and/or ozone, enters the aircraft cabin through the jet engine intake. Exposure to even low levels of these contaminants can incapacitate passengers and crew, and long-term exposure could lead to debilitating health issues. In April, U.S. Representative John Garamendi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act (H.R. 2208) to protect commercial airline passengers and crew from toxic cabin air. Follow its progress at GovTrack.US. The bill would require training on toxic fumes for all pilots, crew members and flight attendants; make sure the Federal Aviation Administration maintains a record of all reports of and conducts investigations into all toxic fume occurrences; and direct the airline industry to install detectors in the air supply system of planes to locate sources of contamination.

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Looking for broad representation by more than just mayors and congressional members, the coalition wants to empower the entire community and its leaders to initiate change, beginning with learning how individuals, communities and businesses can strengthen their resilience.

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Growing Climate Solutions Create Path to Positive Southwest Florida by Linda Sechrist


hen local organizations, businesses, community foundations, faith communities and communities of health professionals and environmental educators, as well as citizens join together in partnership to build a grassroots coalition movement for creating positive change, they are demonstrating elements of the new worldview that author Charles Eisenstein wrote about in his latest book, Climate: A New Story. Such broad-based partnerships demonstrate not only the reality of Aristotle’s words, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” but also the foundation of systems thinking and evidence of an emerging new worldview that is showing up in Growing Climate Solutions—Path to Positive Southwest Florida. This three-year partnership to align community resources in an effort to address issues related to our region’s changing climate was recently formalized by the Community Foundation of Collier County, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Florida Gulf Coast University and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “The founding group, Growing Climate Solutions – Path to Positive Southwest Florida, will work to build a coalition of residents across key community sectors with the goal of engaging stakeholders through educational and awareness-building efforts and in providing research and information that leads to local climate solutions that sustain our communities,” advises Rob Moher, 26

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president and CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. “It’s exciting that everyone is prepared to drop everything to help and engage with the process to make things happen. This level of action infuses the project with a greater sense of urgency,” says Moher. Partnering with ecoAmerica, a rapidly growing network of more than 200 mainstream institutions and leaders from outside the traditional environmental movement, is essential. The national group, which will serve in an advisory role and help the coalition build education and outreach programs, builds institutional leadership, public support and political will for climate solutions in the U.S. Path to Positive Southwest Florida plans to learn from their critically sophisticated research around communication, climate and diverse sectors. “Growing Climate Solutions will be a bottom-up and topdown effort engaging communities in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties in finding commonsense, sciencebased solutions to address the emerging issues related to our changing climate with its more intense hurricanes, flooding and worsening water quality problems,” notes Moher. Looking for broad representation by more than just mayors and congressional members, the coalition wants to empower the entire community and its leaders to initiate change, beginning with learning how individuals, communities and businesses can strengthen their resilience. “We have to remain positive in the face of urgency. We can’t be about the sky is falling, because panic is a wrong response that won’t help us to protect, restore and maintain the competitive advantage of our area’s unique characteristics, such as the conservation areas and mangrove forest that are our greatest defense. The 10,000 Islands took the brunt of Irma,” explains Moher. The coalition is also looking to decrease the region’s footprint of greenhouse gases. “We’re casting a big net and urging everyone to be part of conversation. Anticipating a lot of community engagement in this major initiative, the Conservancy is hiring a fulltime senior regional coordinator, thanks to philanthropic support. We’re looking for someone with great communication skills who can lead and collaborate; a bridge builder who is open-minded and capable of talking across sectors to handle our Blue Zones for climate change,” advises Moher. There will be no superheroes in red capes flying to save the day. The partnership of teams working in collaboration, connectedness and unity to refocus away from impending catastrophe and doom is a powerful concept capable of cultivating meaningful connections and real, actionable steps to care for our natural world in Southwest Florida.

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More Career Choices at Florida Academy by Lee Walker


nyone contemplating a career change may be wise to consider one that is in high demand by employers suffering a serious shortage of candidates to fill open positions. “As a result of massage therapy becoming even more mainstream, we receive calls and visits nearly every day from new and already operating spas in Collier and Lee counties, as well as throughout Florida. They call and ask us to send them our graduates. The demand is way up, but student count is way down. We don’t have enough people to fill their job openings. Some of the growth is due to the increasing number of spa franchises opening up across the U.S.,” says LJ Zielke, owner of the Florida Academy, in Fort Myers. According to an American Massage Therapy Association consumer survey, interest in massage therapy as a career peaked nationally in 2009, while the number of franchise and independent spa locations continue to increase. “On the flip side, the students that now enroll here are very passionate about learning about massage and are excited to get a selection of employers to work with,” advises Zielke.

New Classes in Medical Assisting and Barbering

The Florida Academy has been approved by its accreditor to offer courses in medical assisting. “This certification will expand the career of a massage therapist who has been in the field a while. She or he will be able to work in a medical setting without taxing their body as much as they do with massage,” explains Zielke. Cosmetology students that usually do not enter the academy immediately after graduating from high school focus on how to cut and style hair, as well as how to mix and use color.

Another addition to the academy curriculum is barbering, which includes cutting and styling elements, along with how to remove facial hair and trim hairlines, beards and mustaches using a straight-edge razor. Because cosmetologists in Florida cannot legally work with a straight-edge razor, barbering is a good complement for hair stylists that want to expand their services or anyone inspired to open their own barbershop, which according to Forbes, is a growing trend in the U.S. and around the world. While there was a decrease in barbershops from 1992 to 2012 and an uptick in 2013, there is now a boom. The National Association of Barber Boards of America estimates growth at roughly 10 percent and advises that brick-andmortar shops are king, accounting for 81 percent of men’s grooming product sales. In addition to nationally accredited programs for barbering, massage and cosmetology, nail technology and skincare, Florida Academy also offers a nationally accredited heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technician program. This program is built around expert instructors, leading-edge equipment and trusted brand names in HVAC. The affordable program is designed for hands-on learners that want to get into the job market quickly, and graduates benefit from the academy’s lifetime job placement assistance. Florida Academy also offers continuing education classes. Florida Academy is located at 4387 Colonial Blvd. (Colonial Center), in Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-489-2282 or visit See ad, page 51.

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Pre-Wired for the Future Transportation Drives Urban Planning by Jim Motavalli

he Congress for the New Urbanism, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy nonprofit, has some decisive views about what makes a walkable community: “complete streets” that are designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit. What it doesn’t have is cars—at least not those with tailpipes. City planners are increasingly designing green buildings without parking, and mandating—where it exists—that wiring for zero-emission electric vehicles (EV) is part of the plan. Oslo, Norway, for instance, has become known as the electric car capital of the world, yet it has also replaced considerable on-street parking with bike lanes and sidewalks. Its city center went mostly car-free this year, and according to Fast Company magazine, it’s a huge success: “Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people.” Until recently, a new apartment building without parking was unthinkable, but architects are now contemplating—and building—just such new construction. A 13,000-square-foot,

mixed-use development in Boston is being built with 16 rental units—and no onsite parking. Boston is a transitfriendly city and the complex is just a quarter mile from a Red Line subway stop. The city is a hub for what the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Institute, a project of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association, calls “the creation of compact, walkable, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use communities centered around high-quality train systems.” Also proposed in the city is a fivestory, 56-unit apartment building that features a gym, media room, a rack for several dozen bicycles—but no parking. The structure is adjacent to the Red Line, and the plan aligns with efforts by the Boston Planning and Development Agency to reduce—to zero in some cases—the ratio of units to parking spaces. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has expressed concern that the residents of buildings without parking will simply add to congestion on neighborhood streets, but a report by Atlantic Cities (now called CityLab) found that 45 percent of residents in


It’s super-important to prewire for EVs. New buildings will last for 50 to 100 years, and in that time, EVs will become a much bigger slice of our transportation future than they are now.


~Tom Saxton, Plug In America five census tracts around one proposed car-free Boston building didn’t even own cars, so a possible “no cars” covenant could be part of a lease. According to the Smart Growth America report Empty Spaces, most TOD developments build reduced parking lots, yet even those turned out to be too big; on average, its study of five such developments shows they were 58 to 84 percent occupied.

Wiring for EVs: It’s the Law

It can be expensive to retrofit buildings with wiring for electric cars, because “trenching” under existing pavement is usually required. A California Air Resources Board report in 2015 put these costs per building at between $3,750 and $6,975, and that’s just for the wiring. Costs are reduced 64 to 75 percent if the buildings are wired when they’re built, according to an Energy Solutions/Pacific Gas and Electric report. California has become the leader in requiring EV prewiring in new construction of multifamily dwellings and nonresidential developments. The state began requiring wiring for Level 2 (240volt) EV charging in 2015. Chelsea Sexton, a Los Angeles-based electric car advocate and advisor, backs the state law, with caveats. “Where there is parking included,” she says, “most buildings and public lots should be pre-wired for EV charging—while it is the most cost effective to do so and preserves the most flexibility for that property going forward.” It’s not just California. Atlanta passed a city ordinance in 2017 that will require all new residential homes and public parking areas to accommodate EVs. Some 20 percent of the spaces have to be ready to be connected. In Washington state, 5 percent of parking spaces in new construction have to be wired for EVs. In Colorado, which has the goal of nearly a million EVs on state roads by 2030, the cities of Denver, Fort Collins, Boulder and Aspen all require new one- and two-family residential construction to be EV-ready. There are also EV-friendly laws in New York City, Hawaii, Oregon and Montgomery County, Maryland. Tom Saxton, the chief science officer of the Plug In America advocacy group, based in Los Angeles, says, “It’s super-important to prewire for EVs. New buildings will last for 50 to 100 years, and in that time, EVs will become a much bigger slice of our transportation future than they are now.” Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author and freelance journalist. Connect at


We Must Face Our Own Story First


by Chris Bruno

have worked in the corporate world, served as a missionary in the Middle East during 9/11 and the Iraq War, been assaulted with a knife, launched a small business and a nonprofit and suffered deep loss at the early deaths of dear friends, but nothing has terrified or paralyzed me more than fathering my own son. It has demanded me to first face my own father-story with an intensity and intentionality I would rather flee than engage. My parents more than adequately provided for my physical needs. I had friends, lived in the suburbs and even had a horse. From the outside looking in, I had nothing to complain about. Any time the haunting ache of father-hunger emerged from my soul, I quickly squelched it, telling myself to simply move on. It is the story of most men in my generation. I continued to live as if all was well until I married and had a son of my own. I was now a father, and the weight of this title sent my soul into a tailspin. What is father? Who am I as father? What does it mean to father? And finally, with the force of a left upper jab to the jaw: How was I fathered? I realized that to father him, I, myself, still needed to be fathered. In my conversations with men about their father-stories, the most frequent sentence I hear is, “My dad did okay. He did the best he could.” But no child wants an “okay” dad. Every child longs for a dad to know, see, pursue, hope, envision, create and bless. Franciscan friar and author Richard Rohr states, “If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it in some form.” Untransformed pain from our father, whether from his absence, vacancy or violence, will inevitably be transmitted to our children. I can only take my son as far as I myself have gone. Our sons were born into an already existing story—our story—and for them to know who they are, we need to know who we are, in all of our glory and pain. From this place of freedom, we can usher our sons into a manhood we can come to know together.

Reprinted with permission from Chris Bruno, the director of the Restoration Counseling Center of Northern Colorado and the president of the Restoration Project. He is the author of Man Maker Project: Boys are Born, Men are Made. June 2019


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Marsha Armstrong’s Path to Surrender by Lisa Marlene


t the age of 10, Marsha Armstrong, owner of Guided by Divine Grace, in Naples, knew ‘beyond a doubt’ that she wanted to be a medical doctor. Born and raised in Missouri, her childhood’s heartfelt knowing became a reality. During all the years of intense work and personal sacrifice that it took for her fulfill her soul’s first directive, Armstrong never wavered in her commitment. After graduating from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, in Detroit, and completing her residency in Michigan, she, her now ex-husband and two children moved to Fort Benning, Georgia, to pay back the army for her medical scholarship by serving four years of active duty. She remained in the Peach State for 10 years, during which time she completed a radiology fellowship in mammography and interventional mammography. She spent the last 18 years of her career interpreting breast images and performing breast biopsies. The early years of mixing medical school, residency, marriage and motherhood were emotionally, physically and mentally taxing for Armstrong. “ I went through periods of stress in a lifestyle packed full of the rigors of studying, being a wife, maintaining a home and having children during my residency years when I and my ex-husband had days of being on call every fourth night for 36 hours straight with little or no sleep. It was the kind of craziness where the outer world clamored chaotically for my attention morning, noon and night; so much so that it was easy to lose the connection to my inner life and my soul,” says Armstrong. After living through the darkest moments of her life and the dissolution of her marriage, in 1999, Armstrong moved to Tennessee to start a new life. “During this time, my spiritual growth intensified under the mentoring and coaching from Panache Desai. Just as I knew that I was going to be a physician, I knew it was time to leave Tennessee and move to Naples, a place that I had never been to and had no family or friends living there,” advises Armstrong. Armstrong’s awakening and reconnection to her inner world was a long journey that still continues. Reflecting upon the years that were a whirlwind of marriage and work, Armstrong recalls that she wasn’t even on her own list of priorities. “Buried under the weight of an outer life where I lost my voice, my soul began nudging me to wake up about 10 years into my 18-year marriage. Although reconnecting and learning to listen to the subtle whisperings of the soul’s directives has been a very


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slow process, I feel blessed and thankful for everything that has happened in my life, with no exceptions,” says Armstrong, who shares highlights of the process. “It took everything from acknowledging all that I had suppressed during my childhood, searching bookstore shelves for help with spiritual guidance and personal growth, forgiveness, as well as clearing and releasing the density of negative energy in my energy field to get to the point where I could clearly see the roles that I and all the people in my life played in helping me to learn my life’s lessons and realize that it was all for my good. I will be forever grateful to those who have and will assist me in future lessons,” states Armstrong It also took a meltdown and questioning God about why she, a good person who cared so deeply and looked after the welfare and health of others, was having a hard time struggling with life’s difficulties. “In a flash, not only did God reveal my whole life to me in sequential order and how everything had happened for the purpose of helping me to develop and grow, but also that it had not just been my will and sheer determination that got me through life. I saw how a greater force of divine grace had been at work directing my life. “This is the same energetic spiritual force of love that directed me to give up my work as a medical doctor after 33 years and use my hands as healing instruments. Today, this loving energy is what works through me in my energy healing practice to remove old emotions, unhealthy energies and blockages that allow an individual to return to balance. I am a vessel for this divine grace. I know that everything is being divinely handled and directed, so now I just simply say, ‘Okay god, what have you got for me today?’” says Armstrong. Guided by Divine Grace is located at 4851 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 200. For more information, call 941-500-9022. To make a 30-minute appointment, visit See ad, page 19.

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hen Denaye Barahona, of New York City, became a parent, she felt compelled to buy everything for her son. “We are inundated as a culture with so many products for our kids that it’s hard to differentiate what we need; it really wears us down,” she says. While working on her Ph.D. in child development, Barahona discovered—both in research and personal experience—that kids actually thrive with less stuff. And so she began her journey toward minimalism by purging toys and clothes, eventually founding Cary Fortin and Kyle Quilici, of San Francisco, believe time is better spent experiencing life with people than managing, organizing, cleaning and buying things. Their book New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living is a call to adopt a more mindful life. Fortin says, “You decide first what you value, how you want to spend your days, how you want to feel, and then reflect these values in your physical space.” “Minimalism is not about living in a tiny home and never owning more than

100 things; it’s about figuring out what brings value and purpose to your life and letting go of the rest,” says Atlanta’s Zoë Kim, author of Minimalism for Families: Practical Minimalist Living Strategies to Simplify Your Home and Life.

The Benefits

Time is precious, especially for parents. More free time is gained when a toy collection is significantly reduced, but other benefits result, as well. A 2018 University of Toledo study published in Infant Behavior and Development suggests toddlers engage in more focused and creative play when faced with fewer choices. “Kids who previously tore through bins or who didn’t care about their belongings immediately begin engaging with toys more appropriately and for longer periods of time,” says Barahona, the author of Simple Happy Parenting: The Secret of Less for Calmer Parents and Happier Kids. Research also indicates that our limited stores of willpower are depleted more quickly when we are flooded with decisions. “When you have less stuff in a

room and less choices to running late and then sudBecause kids are make, your mental state so much more easily denly we’re yelling at our actually improves—you kids. Simplifying so we can stimulated, they have more clarity and can prevent these scenarios feel the impact of a positively impacts our focus better,” she says. “Because kids are so much chaotic room even mood and our ability to be more easily stimulated, present with our kids.” more than adults. they feel the impact of a Although the declut~Denaye Barahona chaotic room even more tering process starts with than adults.” the parents, children should Minimalism also arms children with be involved as much as possible, and in a self-reflection tools and introduces them positive light. “Kids don’t like cleaning up, to the process of letting go and donating. but with ongoing conversations and small “They learn to ask ‘Am I enjoying this? consistent shifts, children see how less stuff Could I repurpose it?’ while understanding can lead to more time for enjoyable activithat some things we can mend and enjoy ties,” says Kim. for long periods of time, and other things Minimalist strategies can be applied we outgrow—which we can then give away,” across many realms of life, such as scalsays Fortin. ing back the family calendar and hovering less as a parent. “Family life always seems to speed up, but we can break the cycle Where to Start Experts agree that in family households, the of busy by scheduling blank time. Being intentional with time goes hand-in-hand shift toward minimalism should begin with with minimalism,” says Quilici. the adults. “It gives them time to underTo stay inspired, find social media stand how the process feels and models the pages and websites to follow for ideas. behavior for their children,” says Fortin. “You’re going to hit roadblocks, so it’s imBarahona streamlines her home by portant to surround yourself with inspirafocusing on active spaces. “Active items tion,” Kim says. “Now that I’ve let go of the are the things you use regularly, such as lifestyle I thought I needed, it’s nice to have your two favorite pairs of jeans—not the less, but it’s even better to want less.” 13 pairs you rarely wear.” When active and storage items accumulate in the same Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural space, the need to sort through extra Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Missis“stuff ” wastes time and energy, she says. sippi ( “We’ve all lost our keys when we’re already

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How to Keep the Clutter Out Set Physical Boundaries

Establish rules for what can be stored, where and how much. Childhood keepsakes, artwork, craft supplies and school papers can accumulate quickly. Limit how much can be kept by designating a box for toys or a wall to display art. Digital photos allow the memories to be kept without taking up physical space.

Create a ‘Why’ Statement

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by Melinda Hemmelgarn

ith 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, there’s no shortage of advice on how to enhance, preserve and restore brain function. Judging from the assortment of brain training games and apps to the multitude of books promising ways to avoid or even reverse dementia, a growing number of aging Americans want to know the best strategies for preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss.

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Alzheimer’s Association, the illness is considered a slowly progressive brain disease that begins well before symptoms emerge. Despite predictions that the number of afflicted Americans will reach nearly 14 million by 2050, there are no drug cures. David Perlmutter, M.D., a board-certified neurologist based in Naples, Florida, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, summarizes a recent study evaluating the effectiveness of currently available Alzheimer’s medications. “Not only were Alzheimer’s patients who were taking these drugs not gaining any benefit, but their rate of cognitive decline was worsened when they were on the Alzheimer’s medications,” thus making lifestyle risk reduction even more critical.

Food as Medicine

Martha Clare Morris, Sc.D., a nutritional epidemiologist at the Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago, and author of Diet for the MIND: The Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline, says, “Given that Alzheimer’s disease is known as an oxidative-inflammatory disease, there has to be a dietary influence.”

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Dale Bredesen, M.D., a professor in the UCLA Department of Neurology and author of The End of Alzheimer’s: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline, has studied the disease’s neurobiology for decades. He believes drug therapies have failed because scientists neglected to focus on why individuals develop the disease in the first place. He emphasizes, “Alzheimer’s is not a single disease,” even if the symptoms appear to be the same. Bredesen says it’s the result of the brain trying to protect itself from multiple metabolic and toxic threats. Bredesen developed the ReCODE (reversal of cognitive decline) protocol, an ambitious, comprehensive and personalized therapeutic program that includes genetic, cognitive and blood testing, plus supplements and lifestyle improvements, including stress reduction, improved sleep, diet and exercise. With the goal of identifying and treating the individual’s pathway to disease, ReCODE addresses fixing five key areas he believes form the underlying origins and progression of Alzheimer’s disease: insulin resistance; inflammation/infections; hormone, nutrient and nerve growth factors; toxins; and dysfunctional nerve synapses. The Lancet International Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care also advocates multiple points of action. By addressing nine “potentially modifiable risk factors” throughout the lifespan, the commission says, “More than one-third of global dementia cases may be preventable.” These factors include maximizing education in early life; controlling hypertension, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life; and in later life, managing depression and diabetes, increasing physical activity and social contact, and not smoking.


From two decades of research involving more than 10,000 people, Morris developed the MIND diet, which stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay”. It’s a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets, modified to include specific components from each that offer the most protection against dementia. Morris identifies 10 brain-healthy dietary components: leafy greens, vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, seafood, poultry, beans and legumes, olive oil, and one glass of wine per day; plus five unhealthy components to limit: sweets and pastries, red meats, fried and fast foods, whole-fat cheese and butter or margarine containing trans fat. Morris found those individuals that most closely followed the dietary recommendations lowered their risk for Alzheimer’s disease by as much as 53 percent, while those following the diet moderately well showed a reduction of about 35 percent. Morris acknowledges a number of common aging-related, yet treatable, conditions that can cause “dementialike symptoms,” including low thyroid hormones and vitamin B12 deficiency. She also identifies specific brain-protective compounds including vitamins E, B12,

folate and niacin, plus lutein, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and flavonoids found in colorful fruits and vegetables, tea and nuts. She is currently testing the MIND diet, plus a mild calorie restriction on 600 individuals 65 to 84 years old living in Boston and Chicago; results are expected in 2021. The Alzheimer’s Association is also recruiting individuals for a new lifestyle intervention study. Aarti Batavia, a registered dietitian based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a certified practitioner of functional medicine trained in the ReCODE protocol, says, “Diets that are good for the heart are good for the brain.” But she also warns that many common medications such as statins, antihistamines, some antidepressants and proton pump inhibitors (that reduce stomach acid, which is required for absorbing vitamin B12) can increase the risk for dementia.

Smart Steps

As we continue to discover how genetics, environment and lifestyle factors intersect, take the following smart steps to promote longevity and vibrant brain health:


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n The Alzheimer’s Association diet study: n Beyond Pesticides: n Blue Zones: n Brain Health Education and Research Institute: n assesses effectiveness and safety of supplements conducive to brain health. n Glycemic index and load: n Integrative Environmental Medicine, edited by Aly Cohen, M.D., and Frederick vom Saal, Ph.D. n Food Sleuth Radio interviews: Aarti Batavia: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Brenda Davis:, Brenda Davy: Teresa Martin:, Martha Clare Morris: David Perlmutter: to be posted on Food Sleuth site this month Dorothy Sears:

About Wheat and Other Grains When considering whether to restrict or include grain in one’s diet, consider the following: n Individuals with celiac or non-celiac gluten sensitivity should avoid wheat and other gluten-containing grains such as barley and rye. n According to nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, diets rich in high-fiber whole grains, including wheat, decrease inflammation and oxidative stress, and improve cognition. She says, “Diets higher in fiber are linked to lower rates of diabetes and heart disease,” both of which increase risk of dementia. n Author Brenda Davis’ “grain hierarchy” promotes whole, intact grains as key in controlling blood sugar. n Whole grains are high in vitamins E and B, which protect against cognitive decline. n Dr. David Perlmutter, who supports high-fiber diets, but advocates avoiding gluten, warns against shopping in the gluten-free aisle. Foods there might not have gluten, he says, but they’re going to “powerfully raise your blood sugar.” n Choose organic grains to avoid exposure to pesticide residues. June 2019


the risk for dementia. Brenda Davis, a registered dietitian in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, advises reducing the glycemic load of the diet by limiting refined carbohydrates and sugars, and eating a high-fiber, plant-based diet. Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a member of the executive committee of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, says it’s not just what we eat that matters, but when. She discovered multiple metabolic benefits, including reduced blood sugar, with prolonged nightly fasting—13 hours between the last meal at night and the first meal in the morning. Brenda Davy, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and researcher at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, says hydration can influence blood sugar, weight and cognition, especially among middle-aged and older populations. She recommends drinking two cups of water prior to meals to moderate food intake.


Focus on ‘good’ fats: Olive oil,

nuts, avocados, and omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty, cold-water fish protect both the heart and brain. Michael Lewis, M.D., based in Potomac, Maryland, recommends an “omega-3 protocol” to help his patients recover from traumatic brain injury, which can increase risk for dementia.


Spice up your diet: Batavia recom-

mends cooking with brain-protecting herbs and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, thyme and rosemary, which can help reduce inflammation and risk for dementia.

a hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which is responsible for stimulating neuron growth and protecting against cognitive decline.





Mind your gut: Western medicine has historically separated the brain from the rest of the body. But research on the “gut-brain axis” shows there’s communication between our gut microbes and brain, plus direct links to neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia. “What goes on in the gut influences every manner of activity within the brain: the health of the brain, the functionality of the brain, the brain’s resistance to disease process and even mood,” says Perlmutter. Both Perlmutter and Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian in Bend, Oregon, emphasize the importance of high-fiber plant foods that gut microbes need to produce beneficial, short-chain fatty acids to protect against inflammation, insulin resistance and “leaky gut”. Prioritize sleep: All brain (and gut) experts recommend adequate sleep— seven to eight hours each night—to restore body and mind.


Exercise: Both Morris and Perlmutter recommend aerobic activities in particular, like walking, swimming and cycling, to improve blood circulation to the brain and increase the production of

Avoid environmental toxins:

Exposure to pesticides, pollutants and heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic can increase the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Choosing organic food both reduces exposure to toxins and protects water quality and farmworker health. Virginia Rauh, Ph.D., deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, spoke at the National Pesticide Forum in Manhattan in April. She explains that of the 5,000 new chemicals introduced each year, “at least 25 percent are neurotoxic,” and even very low-level exposure can harm children’s neurodevelopment.

Socialize: In studies of “Blue Zone”

populations that enjoy longevity with low rates of dementia, social engagement appears to be the secret sauce for quality of life. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

Dietitian Teresa Martin suggests:

n Strive to eat a wide variety of plant species and at least 30 grams of fiber every day (some cooked and some raw). n Limit “microbial assassins”, including refined carbohydrates and added sugar (no more than 25 grams or six teaspoons of added sugar per day); sugar substitutes; food additives such as polysorbate-80 and carboxymethylcellulose; smoking and vaping; chronic stress; antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers; antibiotics; proton pump inhibitors; high-fat diets; and processed meats. n Move every day for at least 30 minutes; don’t sit for more than 30 minutes and get outside. n Relax with yoga, meditation or mindfulness. n Sleep seven to eight hours each night. 38

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Local Practitioners Offer No-Brainer Ideas for Preventing Dementia by Linda Sechrist


n ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, particularly regarding brain health. Before any symptoms of memory decline and other brain functions become evident, it’s comforting to know that there are practitioners in Southwest Florida that can help individuals slow down or even reverse cognitive decline.

Naples Center for Functional Medicine

“The brain is a hormone-dependent organ, responding to hormones by stimulating DNA to produce proteins that keep it sharp and functional, as in youth. Natural bioidentical hormones do not have unforeseen side effects or increased cancer risks, unless an individual has special risk factors. While this means that hormone replacement can be part of a brain support program for life, Dr. Carol Roberts it’s important to work with a physician that is experienced in natural hormone therapy,” advises Dr. Carol Roberts, medical director for Naples Functional Medicine Center, formerly the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, in Naples. “Love is an essential nutrient for keeping brains functional, happy and healthy. From babies to the elderly, anyone will suffer from lack of community Dr. Eduardo acceptance, physical contact, heartfelt conMaristany nections and love.” “Possible contributors to cognitive decline are the toxins related to mold exposure,” advises Dr. Eduardo Maristany, who recently joined the Naples Center for Functional Medicine A board-certified internal medicine physician trained in functional medicine, he is knowledgeable about advanced personalized genomic interpretation, brain health and chronic inflammatory diseases.

Mold and fungi thrive on drywall, wood and other soft materials, as well as in dark and moist environments. A leaky toilet, shower or sink, as well as any small roof leak, are common causes of mold lurking behind walls, in air ducts, crawl spaces and attics. Stachybotrys, the toxin-producing black mold, definitely has a dramatic effect on the brain and behavior. The main symptoms of mold exposure include allergies, runny nose, cough, congestion and sinusitis, in addition to frequent colds and upper respiratory infections. Symptoms of mold exposure related to the central nervous system can include brain fog, inability to concentrate, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, irritability, headache and confusion. “A good air purifier can often make a big difference but ultimately the source has to be treated and a home testing service can come to check through the walls, air vents and air conditioning system,” advises Maristany. Naples Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd., Naples. 239-649-7400. See ad, page 71.

Wellbridges, Bonita Springs

“Alzheimer’s is a disease of toxic overload from dirty air, cleaning products, plastics, beauty products, cookware, flame retardants and pesticides used in growing food and factory farming. The problems begin at birth. The Environmental Working Group notes that the blood in baby’s cord can reveal that a newborn child has as many Deb Post as 200-plus chemicals before birth, setting them up for a host of health problems such as asthma, childhood cancer, and brain damage later in life,” says Deb Post, ARNP and board certified in environmental medicine. “These toxins can be removed with proper treatment and patient education that alerts the individual about where they are being exposed, what toxins are prevalent in their body and how to reduce the body’s response to the toxic overload.” Post also advises that a Cleveland Heart Labs cognitive profile, covered by a Medicare supplemental plan, shows her the present level of cognitive decline. “I work with patients using Dr. Dale Bredesen’s ReCODE protocols and focusing on the gut-brain axis to prevent or reduce risk factors, as do the majority of other functional medicine practitioners in this area,” advises Post. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213, Bonita Springs, 239-231-8354. See ad, page 58.

D-Signed Nutrition, Bonita Springs

Dee Harris, owner of D-Signed Nutrition, tests for microtoxins with Great Plains Labs. “We test different bacterial loads such as Candida toxins that cause inflammation. If you have Candida and don’t eliminate mold exposure, you’ll never get rid of Candida,” she advises. Harris, who worked with Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain, continues to educate herself on the brain, dementia and Alzheimer’s by attending conferences, such as the most recent led by Dr. Datis Kharrazian, a clinical research scientist, academic June 2019


professor and functional medicine health care provider. “I now use a brain questionnaire to help pinpoint the exact part of brain that is sluggish, and then I provide nutritional support and recommended exercises that correlate to that section,” she explains. Harris also zeroes in on genetic factors affecting brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), an important protein in the brain Dee Harris that, in humans, is encoded by the BDNF gene. BDNF drives brain growth, thoughts and memory retention and helps the brain develop new connections, as well as protect and repair failing brain cells. “Although people with a variant in these genes have a higher risk, it is important to remember that lifestyle, no matter what your genetic makeup, can affect memory and brain health. Lower levels of BDNF can result in cognitive decline, depression, neurological disorders, impaired motor skills, impaired learning and becoming socially withdrawn,” explains Harris. The most important factor in increasing BDNF is exercise, especially high intensity or interval aerobic exercise. Calorie restriction, fasting one or two times per week for 18 hours overnight, meditation, deep belly breathing, stress reduction, a low-sugar diet, healthy sleep and nurturing relationships are other factors. “What you can’t do—things like puzzles, games, learning a new language and mind/body exercises such as dancing, should become your regular homework. Take a class that challenges your mind, because it stimulates the connectivity of your brain by generating the need for new neural pathways. Difficult and even frustrating classes are better for you, as they will create a greater need for new neural pathways,” advises Harris, a licensed dietician-nutritionist who is also a certified functional medicine practitioner through the Institute of Functional Medicine. D-Signed Nutrition, LLC, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239-676-5249. See ad, page 17.

All Star Dance Studio, Naples

According to The Alzheimer’s Project, a 21-year study monitoring rates of dementia and Alzheimer’s as well as measuring mental acuity in aging senior citizens sought to determine if any physical or cognitive recreational activities influenced mental acuity. The study results published in the New Roman Gomez England Journal of Medicine noted the effect of cognitive activities such as reading books, writing for pleasure, doing crossword puzzles, playing cards and musical instruments. It also noted effects of physical activities such as playing tennis or golf, swimming, bicycling, dancing, walking for exercise and doing housework. The only physical activity to offer protection against dementia was frequent dancing. “Dancing may be better, because it involves making decisions and integrates several brain functions at once and simultaneously involves kinesthetic, rational, musical and emotional processes, as 40

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well as lots of social interaction and fun. If you can’t take dance classes or go out dancing four times a week, dance at home as frequently you can and enjoy all the great health benefits. More is better,” says Roman Gomez, studio co-owner and dance instructor. All Star Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 118 (Outback Plaza), Naples. 239-3049013. See ad, page 34.


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A study published in Molecular Pharmaceutics conducted by a team of University of Connecticut researchers, suggests that cannabis “could be considerably better at suppressing the Laura Cavanagh abnormal clumping of malformed proteins that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease than any currently approved prescription.” Other studies, such as that conducted in 2017 by Kim DeWeese researchers at California’s Salk Institute, also found evidence that cannabinoids such as CBD could help remove dementia from brain cells. “Reducing inflammation and oxygen buildup, as well as working as a brain stimulant and neuroprotectant, is how CBD can work to improve health outcomes for individuals with dementia,” says Laura Cavanagh, CBD educator and distributor of Recept, a broad-spectrum hemp extract. Additionally, Kim DeWeese, a representative for LivLabs for Life, which distributes broad spectrum CBD products, notes, “CBD may reduce stress and anxiety which cause inflammation, as well as reduce the decline of memory and other brain functions.” Laura Cavanagh, 847-452-8357. See ad, page 43. Kim DeWeese,, 239-572-1825. See ad, page 14.


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Massage Green Spa Naples Combines Massage and Sauna


by Lillie Viola

he new Massage Green Spa Naples lives up to its environmentally friendly name. “What differentiates us from other spas is not only our commitment to good environmental practices, but also our six full-spectrum saunas suitable for an individual or a couple. We recommend to our clients that they have a 30-minute sauna experience before a Stretchology session or a massage. The heat of the sauna helps to warm and soften the muscle tissues, allowing for a deeper massage with less pain to tense areas. Individuals who choose to use the sauna after a massage or Stretchology session get the added benefit of detoxifying, as sweat and circulation remove accumulated toxins and waste from the body,” advise co-owners BryAnn and DJ Collquitt. Stretchology combines the breathing from yoga and stretching from the world of athletics to give an experience that incorporates the benefits of a full body massage and yoga class, and tension reduction of stretching. “Because a Stretchology session, which is done while


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the individual reclines on an infrared heating mat and is fully attired in some type of athletic clothing, is relatively new and unfamiliar to the majority of our clients, we offer the first session free,” says DJ, a licensed massage therapist and esthetician who is also a certified Stretchologist. Massage therapy sessions vary from one to two hours. Each session includes a five-minute consultation with a licensed massage therapist and five minutes to redress at the conclusion of the appointment. Facials and full-spectrum infrared sauna sessions are also offered. The spa is membership-based, but it is not necessary to be a member to receive treatments. Special packages include the platinum series of eight, 40-minute sauna sessions, or the gold package of four sauna sessions, along with specials that vary from month to month. Massage Green Spa is located at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Ste. 190, in Naples. For more information, call 239-920-2355 or visit See ad, page 23.

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MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS Beyond Buttons and Portabellas


by April Thompson

handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease. “Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system and together, support just about every system in the human body,” says Stepfanie Romine, an Asheville, North Carolina, health coach and author of Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health. When Robert Beelman started doing nutritional research on mushrooms 20 years ago, they were touted for what they didn’t have: fat, calories, sugar, gluten and cholesterol. “Today, we can talk about all the good things they contain: fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other important micronutrients,” says the director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Beelman’s research has focused on several micronutrients that are bountiful in mushrooms, including the amino acid ergothioneine, an antioxidant not found in significant amounts in any other plant-based food source. Ergothioneine levels decrease with age, and larger drops are associated with cognitive impairment, he says. Several large epidemiological studies in Japan and Singapore have significantly correlated higher mushroom consumption with decreased rates of dementia. Countries where residents eat larger amounts of mushrooms also enjoy a higher average life expectancy, even after controlling for other variables, says Beelman. Lion’s mane is one variety known to protect cognitive health; it stimulates nerve growth factor, a protein that promotes healthy brain 44

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Cordyceps and reishi mushrooms are also adaptogens—botanicals used for centuries in Asian medicine to help the body adapt to stresses, regulate bodily functions and support the immune and adrenal systems, according to Romine. Turkey tail is one such medicinal mushroom, a longtime treatment for cancer and other diseases in Asia. The tree-based fungus contains polysaccharide-K (PSK), that is believed to inhibit cancer cell growth and repair immune cell damage after chemotherapy. “Medicinal mushrooms have been approved adjuncts to standard cancer treatments in Japan and China for more than 30 years and have an extensive clinical history of safe use”, either alone or combined with radiation or chemotherapy, according to a literature review published by the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. Oyster mushrooms, another fungal superstar, contain cholesterol-lowering lovastatin, plentiful B vitamins and up to 30 percent protein, according to Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mushroom authorities. Oysters are also the most easily digestible mushroom, according to mycologist and herbalist Christopher Hobbs, author of Medicinal Mushrooms: An Exploration of Tradition, Healing & Culture. Hobbs’ 2017 article in HerbalGram, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Botanical Council, cites 122 different studies supporting the safety and efficacy of medicinal mushrooms such as oysters.

More Than a Pizza Topping

There are myriad creative ways to incorporate mushrooms into a diet, says Romine, who recommends aiming for a half-cup daily cooked serving. “Mushrooms are nature’s sponges, and will take on the flavor of any sauce, so start simply and add sauces sparingly.” She suggests sautéing mushrooms with a neutral oil, then adding wine or sherry and finishing with fresh herbs. Cooking with wine can help unlock the beneficial compounds the fungi contain, says Romine. Fresh or dried culinary mushrooms like oysters, shiitakes or maitakes can also be great additions to morning meals like savory oatmeal or tofu scrambles. Powdered mushroom extracts, available online or in health stores, are an easy way to infuse meals with fungi’s beneficial properties. They mix well into everything from raw desserts and baked goods to teas and smoothies. Whole mushrooms that are tough, like reishi and chaga, can be boiled to extract the healthful elements and consumed as a tea or used for soup broth. Romine says raw mushrooms are

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not as flavorful, digestible or nutritional as cooked. While a mushroom-rich diet can help protect and promote health, Romine cautions that they are not a cure-all or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. To address specific health concerns, she recommends working with a dietician or clinical herbalist to develop appropriate and effective ways to incorporate mushrooms into a health regimen. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact her at


Creamy Old Bay King Oyster ‘Scallops’

hen marinated in classic Old Bay Seasoning and sliced into hearty rounds, king oyster mushrooms are a pretty convincing stand-in for scallops—especially once they’ve been seared and braised. Corn furnishes a bit more heft, while artichokes lend their lightness and detoxifying properties.

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Yields: 4 servings

For the marinade

1 tsp kelp seasoning blend 2 tsp Old Bay Seasoning 2 Tbsp safflower oil or melted butter 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar ⅛ tsp pepper

Know Your Fungi Many beneficial mushrooms are available in the wild, and some exclusively so. Foraging for them can be rewarding, but proceed with caution; some edible mushrooms may have deadly lookalikes, so only forage with the help of a trained expert. Health food stores and online vendors are good sources of mushroom powders or extracts, which have a long shelf life. Look for a manufacturer of 100 percent organic mushroom extracts and supplements. Many farmers’ markets also carry specialty mushrooms like king oysters, lion’s mane or others not easily found in grocery stores. Not all mushrooms are created equal. Button mushrooms and others in the Agaricus family are lowest in micronutrients like ergothioneine, with porcinis in the Boletus family yielding the highest, according to Robert Beelman, director of the Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health at Penn State University. Don’t expect magic from mushrooms, cautions author Stepfanie Romine; like most lifestyle changes or holistic treatments, it can take some months to yield results.

For the “scallops”

2 (6-oz) packages king oyster mushrooms, sliced into ¾-inch rounds 1 Tbsp safflower oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup artichoke hearts 1 cup corn kernels (optional) ½ cup dry white wine 1 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp heavy or cashew cream 1 Tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish or prepared mashed potatoes or grits for serving Mix all marinade ingredients together in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Add the mushrooms, toss to combine and marinate for at least two hours. Remove the mushrooms and reserve the remaining marinade. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then sear the mushrooms on both sides, about two minutes per side, then add the remaining marinade, garlic, artichoke hearts and corn (if using it). Deglaze the pan with the wine, scraping the bottom to loosen any brown bits.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the artichokes and corn are heated throughout. Editor’s note: To make an organic substitute for Old Bay Seasoning: 1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp ground bay leaves ½ Tbsp sea salt 1 tsp black pepper ½ tsp red pepper flakes ½ tsp white pepper ½ tsp allspice Recipe used with permission from Cooking With Healing Mushrooms: 150 Delicious Adaptogen-Rich Recipes that Boost Immunity, Reduce Inflammation and Promote Whole Body Health, by Stepfanie Romine.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible. June 2019



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Nature’s Toolbox The Key to Prostate Health


by Melanie Laporte

he prostate is about the size of a walnut, yet this tiny gland can be the source of major problems for many men. Most potential health risks are preventable and treatable with proper diet, lifestyle changes—and a new array of natural approaches. Holistic and integrative practitioners are looking beyond traditional supplements like saw palmetto, lycopene, pygeum and green tea extract to treat common conditions such as enlargement of the prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which can develop as men grow older. Rob Raponi, a naturopathic doctor in Vaughan, Ontario, sees men struggling with nocturia, an effect of BPH that wakes them during the night with the urge to urinate. “It interrupts your sleep, which accumulates and starts to interrupt your day,” says Raponi, who uses zinc-rich ground flax and pumpkin seeds to ease BPH urinary symptoms and inflammation. He’s also achieving positive results by utilizing combinations of rye grass pollen extract. He says, “It seems to work wonders.”

Confronting Cancer

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with prostate cancer, the second-leading cause of male deaths in U.S. However, it’s also one of the most preventable cancers. “The key is to make our body inhospitable to mutating cells which could form cancer that ultimately threatens your life,” says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston. Part of the answer may lie in the human gut, which makes diet central to addressing prostate issues. According to a recent review of research published in Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, the microbiome—a community of microbes that supports digestion and the immune system—may influence prostate inflammation and the development of prostate cancer. “The microbiome’s ability to affect systemic hormone levels may also be important, particularly in a disease such as prostate cancer that is dually affected by estrogen and androgen levels,” it concludes.

The Nutritional Factor

“A plant-centered diet with low-glycemicload foods feeds your microbiome, which is at its healthiest and will thrive when it’s fed healthy soluble fibers provided exclu-

sively from the plant world,” says Cohen, the author of Anticancer Living: Transform Your Life and Health with the Mix of Six. Antioxidants and plant nutrients counterbalance oxidative stress and damage, adds Cohen. “Cruciferous and bracken vegetables—raw kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, dark leafy greens and soy—invigorate the prostate. Also, a couple of Brazil nuts per day give a healthy dose of selenium to decrease risk factors.” Jim Occhiogrosso, a Fort Myers, Florida-based natural health practitioner and author of Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life, notes that most incidences of prostate cancer are slow growing and not aggressive. “One of my first clients was in his early 80s, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and treated it with only herbs. Fifteen years later, in his mid-90s, he still has prostate cancer. He’s still doing fine and getting around, albeit slowly.” Occhiogrosso says he uses herbal mixtures of saw palmetto, “which is a good supplement for beefing up the immune system—also solar berry, mushroom extracts, vitamin C and full-fraction vitamin E.” Mark Stengler, a naturopathic doctor and co-author of Outside The Box Cancer Therapies: Alternative Therapies That Treat and Prevent Cancer, recommends a blend of five grams of modified citrus pectin, 200 milligrams of reishi mushroom and 1,000 milligrams of green tea extract taken two to three times per day, plus vitamin D. The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate cancer is about 98 percent, and it’s been rising for the last few years. Early diagnosis is critical, says Raponi. “If you stop prostate cancer when it’s still in stage one or early on, the five-year survival rate is 100 percent, but if it’s later on, it starts to drop into the 70s.” The same measures employed to prevent prostate issues—whole foods, natural herbs and regular exercise—should still be pursued, but more aggressively if cancer should develop. “The intensity becomes more salient after diagnosis,” says Cohen, “but we don’t need a diagnosis to up our game with healthy living.” Melanie Laporte is a licensed massage therapist and health writer based in Austin, Texas. June 2019


and relax hardened connective tissue beneath the skin, increasing elasticity and helping reduce the dimpled appearance of cellulite.

Sculpting The Body

Cryoskin spa technology, administered by Shelle Misiorowski, a trained Cryoskin technician and owner of Trim & Tone Med Spa, in Naples, offers immediate visible results in cellulite reduction, slimming and toning. The treatment begins with heat, followed by a decrease in temperature to minus-eight degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of the session. “The best results appear from 15 days to three weeks following the first session, and extend for several months afterwards,” says Misiorowski. “At Assuage Luxury Spas, in Naples and Fort Myers, we sculpt the body with SculpSure, a non-invasive body contouring treatment utilized to permanently reduce stubborn, unwanted fat cells on the tummy, love handles, and thighs,” says Andrea Martin, spa owner and manager.

Shedding Weight

How to Get a Beach-Ready Body

Local Tips, Products & Treatments Abound by Linda Sechrist


cientists have named the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water has on our brain “blue space”. The relaxed feeling that we get at the beach —reduced stress, a boost in creativity, an uplifted mood and even a new perspective on life—is the brain’s reaction to its environment. Whether we swim in the water, dip our toes in it or sit by it under an umbrella, we’re in for a treat that’s worth all the preparation, starting with a beach towel. A visit to Thoughtful Threads, in Naples, to pick out a brightly colored beach towel and colorful cover-up made of sustainably sourced fabrics, including organic cotton, eucalyptus, bamboo or hemp, gives any beach-goer what it takes to mark their little piece of paradise in the sand.

Getting A Head Start

Summer rays aren’t necessary to jumpstart a golden glow with an organic spray tan using no chemicals at Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, in Naples. “It will help you look your best in any bathing suit. We also have mineral makeup that is sunscreen for the face. Applied as a powder that sits on the skin’s surface, it contains zinc and titanium for all-day sun protection. It stays on in the water as long as you don’t wipe your face,” says shop owner Jayne Koedding. The day spa’s massage therapist offers a manual cupping treatment for reducing the appearance of cellulite. Cupping helps stretch 48

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If weight loss is a goal for fitting into a new swimsuit, CiroThin, a doctor-supervised weight-loss program offered by Dr. Debra Hopp, in Cape Coral, as well as the hCG diet supervised by Dr. Christine Hoch, in Fort Myers, can provide the solution. Both include dietary and behavioral modification guidance, as well as a strategy for maintaining long-term weight loss. “ChiroThin is a natural dietary supplement containing nutritional ingredients aiding fatty acid transportation, fatty acid metabolism, blood sugar stabilization and increasing metabolism and detoxification. “The supplement allows the body to more efficiently metabolize fat and use it as energy when consuming healthy and specific amounts of anti-inflammatory foods with a low glycemic index and fewer calories,” clarifies Hopp, who used the program to lose weight quickly and maintain the loss. “My body established a higher metabolic rate.” Central body fat around internal organs puts undue pressure on the heart, acts as storage for hormones and toxins, which influence glandular and hormone function, and can have a negative influence on insulin and metabolism. “This is the fat that the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) diet is superior in targeting. With my metabolic weight loss program, patients typically lose one-half to one pound per day, so they stay motivated to stick to their healthy eating plan. Caloric intake can be reduced comfortably without hunger because the body is supported by the hCG hormone which assists the body in using the stored body fat for fuel, naturally suppressing the appetite. I support my patients nutritionally, which helps improve digestion and hormone balance. This program has been a great tool in assisting patients with autoimmune disorders, diabetes, digestive disorders and other conditions, to alter their diets in a healthy way that impacts their health in a positive way,” explains Hoch.

Dance Away Pounds

“One evening of salsa, jive and swing dancing won’t immediately help anyone to shed weight, yet all the dance steps quickly accumulate to reach the 10,000 steps we need to be healthy. What

makes a larger impact on reaching a weight loss goal is becoming a regular in our private or group dance classes, combined with open dance nights and dance parties, where students increase stamina, improve circulation, have fun and lose weight,” says Roman Gomez, owner of AllStar Dance Studio, in Naples.

Help For Bloating Bodies

David Martin, acupuncture physician and owner of Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers, suggests avoiding sugar, dairy, wheat, corn and corn products as well as any GMO foods. “These create bloating and inflammation. Our patients are surprised by weight dropping off when they stop eating these,” says Martin, who also recommends supporting the body and its trillions of organisms with the rich source of probiotics in raw fermented foods and medicinal fermented drinks such as kombucha, a digestive aid. “These help regulate metabolism and feed the microbiome. Don’t purchase ‘pasteurized’ or ‘heated’ fermented foods, as the probiotics are likely dead,” advises the licensed acupuncturist.

Pain-Free Beach Walking

If walking on uneven surfaces such as sand is challenging, prolotherapy can provide relief from knee instability that causes knee pain. When ligaments are strong and tight, they are able to support the forces on the knee from the uneven terrain. “A painful knee often swells in an effort to stabilize the joint. Prolotherapy targets the supportive structures of the joint, strengthening them the way a screwdriver tightens the loosened screw in a wobbly hinge,” says Dr. Ross Hauser, owner of Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics, in Fort Myers.

Summer Cuts And Hair Care

Naples hairstylists agree that hair requires special care and protection during summer beach time. Mida, owner of H&M Salon and Edmond, who sees clients at Salon Zenergy, in Naples, offer suggestions. Unlike straight hair, scalp oils can’t travel down the shaft of curly hair, leaving curls prone to dryness and craving nourishing, hydrating products. Different types of curls need different types of care to look their best. “While cut is key, the products used are essential to keeping hair moist, but not frizzy. I use an oil to deter frizz, scrunch it with a wet towel and leave it to dry naturally,” says Mida. The most common mistake is not protecting hair before going to the beach or pool. Sun, chlorine, sand and humidity suck moisture from the hair, leaving it dry, brittle and vulnerable to breakage. “I recommend wetting the hair before applying a UV protectant, followed by a deep conditioning hair mask. Adding to the mask organic coconut oil that contains vitamin E, lauric acid and capric acid promotes protein regrowth in the hair, making it stronger and smoother. Putting hair in a loose braid afterwards and taking it out when you are ready to go to the beach, cerates loose and natural beach waves,” remarks Edmond.

Pack A Hydrating And Nourishing Drink

Kellie, at For Goodness Sake, in Bonita Springs, suggests taking along a thirst-quenching, refreshing iced moringa tea. “Every day,

we make a big pitcher of fresh brewed iced moringa tea with fresh ginger, lemons and a touch of Sunny Grove CBD-infused local honey. It’s tasty and packed with amazing health benefits. We also have fresh, organic juices, smoothies and sandwiches, along with perfect to-go fare for beach days.” The store also carries Solar Recover’s Save Your Skin, an allnatural, spray-on moisturizer and Solar Recover’s Save Your Hair, the ultimate recovery spray for sun-damaged hair, in addition to White Pelican Natural Organic Sunscreen.

A Summer Read for a Beach Tote

While lazing under a beach umbrella, relish a good summer read such as Cate Montana’s new provocative and powerful metaphysical novel Apollo and Me. Other good reads recommended by Goddess I Am, in Naples, The Path of Being, in Fort Myers and Mystical Moon, in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, include Rise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within, by Rebecca Campbell, Remembering Our Spiritual Journey: The 12 Keys for Awakening the Memory of Who You Are and Why You are Here, by Karen Korp, the ever-popular Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz, and The Empath’s Survival Guide, by Judith Orloff, M.D., as well as many others found on the shelves of these local merchants.

Before, During And After Beach Time Self-Care

Naples Ayurvedic practitioner Christina Karlin proposes including a bottle of coconut oil in a beach tote. “Apply the oil liberally all over the body and lay down for 20 minutes to let it penetrate. It keeps you cool,” advises Karlin, who also recommends rubbing the combination of a paste made with finely ground chickpea powder and coconut oil on the feet to treat them to foot peel after the beach. The paste can also be used as a full body scrub, followed by an application of either sesame or coconut oil.

Eliminate Skin Havoc

Moisturize with a water-based, rather than oil-based moisturizer after every shower to lock in water molecules. Wear hats and sunglasses for extra protection. Go light on makeup to avoid clogging the pores and carry a spray mist to use throughout the day to keep skin moist.

Technologies For Radiant Skin At All Times

In Naples, Purely You Spa’s new advanced anti-aging skin resurfacing facial experience with Dermal Infusion exfoliates, extracts and infuses a potent, botanically based serum into the skin. This non-invasive treatment requires no downtime and is the only exfoliation-to-serum technology with optimal depth delivery and long-lasting, significant and immediate results. “Rosacea, fine lines, wrinkles, acne, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, as well as dry, rough and sensitive skin or melasma skin tone benefit from this treatment that also includes a facial lymph drainage, in addition to lip and eye exfoliation, extraction and hydration,” says spa owner Jennifer Alvarez Linguidi. The latest technologies to combat sun damage and signs of aging on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands at Assuage Luxury June 2019


Spas is Lutronic Genius, an intelligent, radio-frequency microneedling device approved for all skin tones. “The Genius offers precise radio frequency delivered through gold-plated needles directly into the dermis to jumpstart the production of collagen, which significantly improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, scars and skin texture,” advises Martin. Sunshine might be the best medicine for body, mind and soul, but too much of a good thing burns the skin, increasing the risk of skin cancer. Therapy-grade essential oils provide a natural remedy for sunburn. “A homemade spray made with peppermint, lavender, aloe vera juice and coconut oil is a to-the-rescue remedy,” say Susie and Peter Bagwell, owners of I Love Oils, in Fort Myers.

Local Resources

All Star Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr. N, Ste. 118, Naples, 239-304-9013. See ad, page 34. Assuage Luxury Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers; 1201 Piper Blvd, Ste. 1, Naples. 239- 333-1450. AssuageCenters. com. See ad, page 47. Caring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics, 9738 Commerce Center Ct., Fort Myers. 239-308-4747. See ad, page 41.


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Christina Carlin, 501 Goodlette Rd., Ste. A107, Naples. 239-450-6903. See ad, page 6. Dr. Debra Hopp, 3321 Del Prado Blvd., Ste. 10, Cape Coral. 239-540-1300. See ad, page 22. Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, 12655 New Brittany Blvd., Ste. 13W, Fort Myers. 239243-8735. See ad, page 19. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs. 239-992-5838. See ad, page 33. Goddess I Am, 600 Goodlette Rd., Naples. 239-228-6949. See ad, page 58. H&M Hair Salon, Heritage Court Plaza, 5020 Tamiami Tr. N. Ste. 102, Naples. 239298-2569. See ad, page 6. I Love Oils, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct., Ste. 303, Fort Myers. 239-689-3649. See ad, page 68. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd., Ste. 2, Fort Myers. 239-277-1399. See ad, page 40. Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste. 107,

Fort Myers, 239-939-3339; 8951 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 255, Bonita Springs, 239301-0655. See ad, page 56. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 207, Naples. 239-5144494. See ad, page 3. The Path of Being, 15248 S. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 300 Fort Myers, 239-437-5141. See ad, page 70. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 302, Naples. 239-331-8266. PurelyYouSpa. com. See ad, page 15. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 4, Naples. 773.882.7799. See ad, page 23. Simply Divine Skin and Wellness, 1044 Costello Dr., Ste. 102, Naples. 239-989-5995. Thoughtful Threads, 2144 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-213-2222. FoodandThought. com. See ad, page 10. Trim & Tone Med Spa, Marquesa Plaza, 13020 Livingston Rd., Ste. 16, Naples. 239596-5522. See ad, page 55.


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NONTOXIC LAWN CARE Protecting Pets and the Planet by Marlaina Donato


armer weather Anything that goes on the toxic chemicals at an has arrived, your lawn goes into alarming rate. and so begins your pet’s body. many homeowners’ annual Pets at Risk quest for a well-nourished, ~Michele Yasson, DVM Chemicals routinely used weed-free lawn. However, in lawn care are especially the grass isn’t always greener—or healthier— problematic for the family dog or cat. “Aniusing conventional approaches. mals are close to the ground, and their feet Turf grass covers up to 50 million touch the ground, so every substance you acres of American land, and according to choose to allow in your home and yard will the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, affect them,” says Ashley Geoghegan, DVM, about 60 million pounds of synthetic of VetNaturally, in Mandeville, Louisiana. pesticides are used each year in yards and A study conducted by the Departgardens, in addition to tens of millions ment of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at more pounds applied in parks, schoolyards Purdue University concludes that comand other public spaces. mon lawn chemicals like glyphosate, 2, Americans spend billions of dollars 4-D and permethrin are linked to canine growing and maintaining manicured bladder cancer. A six-year study by the lawns resulting in a high price for pets, Foster Hospital for Small Animals at the people and wildlife. Nitrogen from Tufts University Cummings School of fertilizers seeps into surface water and Veterinary Medicine reveals that exposure groundwater, contaminating wells and to professionally applied lawn pesticides spawning harmful algae blooms; pestiand herbicides increased the risk for canine cides kill off more than 70 million birds malignant lymphoma by 70 percent. each year in the U.S. alone; and bees and In pets, chronic or sub-chronic expoother pollinators are also succumbing to sure to conventional lawncare chemicals


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manifests as eye damage and thyroid, urinary and reproductive conditions. Feline gastrointestinal distress is also a consequence, and even indoor cats are at risk from contaminants brought into the home. “Anything that goes on your lawn goes into your pet’s body. Pets walk through it, roll in it and then groom themselves,” says Michele Yasson, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Services, in St. Augustine, Florida. “Max, one of my canine patients, developed acute, life-threatening pancreatitis just hours after his yard had been treated by a commercial lawncare service.”

Go Natural for Lush Lawns

Opting for a toxin-free lawn helps grass roots to anchor deeply into the earth, making them less likely to fall victim to weeds, disease and drought. An organic lawn has beneficial microbes; helpful insects like ladybugs and lacewings thrive, while pesty insects decline.

Instead of chemical fertilizers and “natural” alternatives like borax, vinegar, garlic, essential oils and cocoa mulch, which can also be toxic to pets, try using grass clippings, seaweed, corn gluten meal, single-ingredient bone meal, diatomaceous earth or Bacillus thuringiensis (BT); all are better options. Redefining beauty and working with nature can also have a positive impact. “Set a goal to gradually reduce the area of your yard devoted to grass, and begin to establish plants like butterfly bush or bee balm that support pollinators such as bees,” recommends Sandy Long, of Greeley, Pennsylvania, a knowledgeable pet parent and executive director of the nonprofit environmental education organization SEEDS (Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support).

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‘CHASING LIFE’ by Jan Hollingsworth


uring nearly two decades with CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has covered wars, natural disasters and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way, the Westerntrained, practicing neurosurgeon has explored myriad health topics, including the science of alternative medicine and the benefits of medical cannabis, the subject of his CNN docuseries, Weed. He’s written three books: Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today, Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds and a novel-turned-TV series, Monday Mornings. CNN’s chief medical correspondent recently found himself in Japan, soaking in a scalding bath—a form of stress relief practiced there—along with owl cafés and forest bathing. The visit was part of a sixcountry, immersive journey in some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth— including India, Bolivia, Norway, Italy and Turkey—to explore ancient traditions and modern practices that lead to a healthy and meaningful life. The result: Chasing Life, a new docuseries that aired in April and May, is now available on demand via cable/satellite systems, the CNNgo streaming platform and CNN mobile apps. 54

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What inspired your interest in exploring holistic and alternative healing?

On a very basic level, a lot of people are surprised to hear that U.S. life expectancy has dropped three years in a row and the cost of health care is more than $3.5 trillion a year. Yet there are places around the world where people are living happier, healthier lives for a lot less, and longer. They must be doing something that’s beneficial, and we wanted to find out what that might be: What do places around the world have to teach us?

To what do you attribute the reemergence of traditional Indian healing practices?

Ayurvedic medicine is widely practiced in India among the healthiest people in that part of the world. It’s stood the test of time, so it’s worth exploring. In the U.S., we have an amazing medical system for people who are sick, but they aren’t doing as well as expected [which is why] there’s an open-mindedness that’s happening about one of the oldest medical traditions.

What role might ancient traditions play in reshaping 21st-century health care?

If you look at chronic disease in the U.S.,

one could make the argument that 70 to 80 percent of it is entirely preventable—most of it related to our food. When you look at the Ayurvedic diet, how does a culture come up with a way of eating going back thousands of years? In the U.S., most of our diet is based on palate. With Ayurveda, it is more about the function of food: Every morsel must have some function. The type of food, the timing and the temperature at which it is cooked is also important. If we really are a little more thoughtful about how we view the calories we’re consuming, it can make a big difference in our health. When we say food is our medicine, what does that really mean? In India, they’re showing us what it means. It’s not that taste is sacrificed; it’s just that Ayurveda was driven by function and palate came after.

What was the most surprising discovery you made on this journey?

There were a lot of surprises along the way. If you look at the U.S. and life expectancy, there are a lot of countries that are pretty similar in terms of economics, labor force and other things. But what is happening in the U.S. is pretty unique in a lot of ways. In the U.S., this notion of rugged individualism is a marker for success. We’ve seen high rates of social isolation and loneliness—and the toxicity of that. Italy is one of the healthiest places in the world, and a lot of that has to do with social fabric. That this social cohesion could be so protective, even without paying attention to things like diet and exercise—I think the power of that surprised me.

What is an important takeaway for you from this experience? There is a long-held belief that wealth will buy health. In Bolivia, there is an indigenous tribe that has virtually no evidence of heart disease and they don’t even have a healthcare system. We shouldn’t automatically equate health to wealth. There are a lot of things we can do in our lives that can help—right now. Jan Hollingsworth is the national editor for Natural Awakenings.

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ing the dances of Tahiti; refreshments will be served. Rhythm in Motion, 912 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral. RSVP:

calendar of events SATURDAY, JUNE 1


Continuing Education Credits for Massage Therapist – With Kiara Poloney, LMT, RN, BSN, Spa to You. Hosted by Peter and Susie Bagwell. $250. I Love Oils, Inc. 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. Apple Bross: 689-3649. Apple@ RSVP: Healing Touch Level I – Jun 1-2. 8am-6:30pm. With Mary Pat FitzGibbons. Basic energy system/ aura/chakras, how they affect health, assessment, principles/practice, techniques, self-healing, personal development, legal/professional issues. CEs. Hospice House Cape Coral, 2430 Diplomat Parkway. Info: Maria Benninghoven: 898-4876 or 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.  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. Mindful Retreat –10am-3pm. Relax and renew in a spacious nature preserve. Includes silent sitting, walking meditation, gentle stretching, and personal time to reflect on the preciousness of life. $20 donation. Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, 7751 Penzance Crossing, Ft Myers. Register: 941-888-0116. mindful-retreat-day.

Ayurveda Pitta Season Summer Workshop – 11:30am-1pm. $20. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. Argentine Tango Milonga – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013.

MONDAY, JUNE 3 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. Community Drum Circle – 4-6pm. 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. Red Tent Goddess Circle – 6pm. Sacred women’s gathering to support, listen, love, laugh and heal with each other. Dance, cry, howl, drum, meditate and more. Bring something small and healthy to share. $10 love offering. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Tahitian Dance Performance – 7:30pm. Enjoy a free informal cultural dance presentation highlight-

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. Gemini New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. The sun and moon are in Gemini highlighting communication while Jupiter bathes us with the wisdom gained during the Buddhic full moon. The sound frequencies of the singing bowls will open the wisdom packets received, illuminating the path ahead and the steps to follow. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4 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

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get paired with someone else who’s attending. $10 donation. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. RSVP: 273-3402. 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.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Practical Spirituality Discussion Group – Noon1:30pm. Join Rev Denise Schubert and a group of 10-to-15 wonderful people for an opportunity to recharge your week with positivity, a boost of spiritual centering and the possibility of making new like-minded friends. Free. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation – 6:30-8pm. Four-week course also Jun 12, 19 & 26. Develop skills and attention for being fully present to life and touching each moment deeply. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ft Myers. $75/course. RSVP required: 941-888-0116.

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 BioMat Treatments – 11am-5pm. BioMat treatments infused with tourmaline, jade and amethyst to help raise vibrations, open the third eye and realize your potential. Also helps with dreams and peaceful sleep. EFT, chakra clearing and cleansing offered with Joan. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. 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

FRIDAY, JUNE 7 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.  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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 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.

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Love For Self and Others. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

MONDAY, JUNE 10 Girls’ Leadership Camps – Jun 10-14 & Jun 24-28. 9:30am-2:30pm. Lulu Carter and Danica Roy will lead two highly creative and unique Girls’ Leadership weeklong camp programs for ages 5-15. The transformative power of girls will be celebrated through mindfulness, communications skills, selfesteem, positive emotions, art, dance, singing, cooking, community projects and more. $175/per camp. House of Gaia, Naples. Info/register: 272-6152 or See news brief, page 14.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 Practical Spirituality Discussion Group – Noon1:30pm. Join Rev Denise Schubert and a group of 10-to-15 people for an opportunity to recharge your week with positivity, a boost of spiritual centering and the possibility of making new like-minded friends. Free. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Info@

Reiki Level I – 2pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 5:45pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. Medical Cannabis Lecture – 5:45-8pm. Deborah Post, ARNP, presents Medical Cannabis: Is it a Gateway Drug or the Potential Answer to Disease, Demystifying an Unusual Plant. Attendees will learn how this plant will possibly be at the forefront of medicine in the future and how working with the concerns of the past will help dictate how we’ll be able to integrate the latest information from research going on worldwide. $15. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. Preregister: 231-8354 or See news brief, page 16. 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. Crystal Bowl Sound Immersion – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Ride the waves of color, light and sound freeing yourself from past limitations. Prepare your body to hold more light for downloads during the summer solstice. Become a visionary of world peace and harmony. Let the loving harmonics of the master alchemy singing bowls gift you clarity of purpose. $20 prepay with Soulshine Yoga Marco Island or $25/door. Bring pillow and blanket for comfort.  20 Marco Lake Dr, Ste 11. 248-9624. Summer Splash Open Social Dancing – 7-9pm. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 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.  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;


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finish by 8pm to enter for cash prizes. Age-friendly. Downtown Ft Myers. 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, JUNE 15 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. Food as Medicine – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of foods to reverse diseases and create radiant health. Enjoy samples from Conquering Any Disease Food-Healing System. $30. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. 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, JUNE 16 Medicine Drumming – 2-3pm. Celebrate Father’s Day in sacred ceremony, with energy healing and drumming together with Wayne, Doug and Delores. $25. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. RSVP 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. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends for healing personal and planetary merging into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234.

MONDAY, JUNE 17 Good Will of Humanity Full Moon – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Align to the solar fire streaming forth from our sun signaling to humanity the power of right human relations. Join in the power of group to receive your piece of the divine plan. Bring beach chair or towel. Love offering goes to wildlife rescue. Miramar Public Beach on Gulf Shore Blvd N (south side) off Harbour Dr, Naples (rain site: Salt Cave on US 41). 398-3953.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19 Practical Spirituality Discussion Group – Noon1:30pm. Join Rev Denise Schubert and a group of 10-to-15 wonderful people for an opportunity to recharge your week with positivity, a boost of spiritual centering and the possibility of making new like-minded friends. Free. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 297-0129.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 20 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. 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: 6/27. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21 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. 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: 6/28. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. 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. Summer Solstice Sound Immersion – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. Meld into the frequencies of rarified light emanating from this multidimensional portal of light.  Recalibrate the heart-mind connection to radiate the wisdom of right relations in all activities for the greater good of all. Let the singing bowls release any limitation that interferes with the fulfillment of the divine plan. Bring beach chair and blanket. $30 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: 403-9170 or 398-3953.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Qi Revolution Annual National Gathering – Jun 22-24. Led by qigong practitioner Jeff Primack, attendees will experience the authentic healing and

stress-dissolving practices of qigong in a strong group energy field with sound, light and qi graphics all used to enhance the benefits that include improved circulation and endocrine imbalances. $199 for all three days. Free for U.S. veterans. 24 CEs for LMTs. Kissimmee Heritage Park Center. Register: 800-298-8970 or

The Jesus Codes Workshop – 10am-5pm. With Sandra McGill. This new quantum energy healing program can help enhance your ability to focus and hold certain frequencies to be used for healing. Activation of your Jesus hands and a past life meditation. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. Info/register:

Astrology 101 – 9am-noon. With Jamie Shane. We will put together the basic map of signs, planets and houses to create a simple understanding of who are the players, where they live and what it all means. $40. 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.

Thai Foot Massage – Jun 22-24. 9am-6pm. In this course, learn 60-minute classic Thai foot massage routine that will bring your clients back again and again. Attendees will give and receive foot massage treatments all three days and receive a customized routine for their practice. $349 (includes a Thai foot massage stick). 24 CEs for LMTs. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. Register: 273-3402 or 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:

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 Meditation and Celebration Service – 10am & 10:30am. The Center for Spiritual Living Cape Coral offers practical, spiritual tools for anyone seeking a deeper connection with God, spirit, a higher power, or universal truths. Deepen your connection with spirit, enhance your mystical journey and recalibrate your life. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25 Educational Event: CBD and CBG – 6pm. Struggling with health problems and looking for an alternative to pharmaceuticals? Come learn about CBD and CBG remedies. Free. Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. Info/RSVP by 6/24: Laura: 847-452-8357.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26 Practical Spirituality Discussion Group – Noon1:30pm. Join Rev Denise Schubert and a group of 10-to-15 wonderful people for an opportunity to recharge your week with positivity, a boost of spiritual centering and the possibility of making new like-minded friends. Free. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Community Healing Session – 6:15pm (arrive); 6:30-8:40pm (session). National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH) – The Healing Trust nondenominational session with healing members and tutors Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. No walk-ins. $20 cash or check. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall, 2000 Unity Way. Karen: 692-9120 or Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. Healing Night Sound Bath – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Step into the healing chamber of the Himalayan pink salt while the sacred singing bowls lift you into the quantum field of healing. Physical or emotional release the suffering making way for a vibrant new way of being.  Balance and restore body, mind and spirit into the next expansion of light. Bring beach chair and blanket.  $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.


SATURDAY, JUNE 29 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.  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. Wellness Festival – 11am-3pm. Meet and speak with local holistic nutritionists, yogis, naturopathic physicians, physiologists, massage therapists and other expert service and treatment providers.

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Introduction to Thai Massage – 9am-6pm. In this course, learn a 30-to-45 minute traditional Thai massage routine that you can practice right away; an ideal course for students to explore the Thai healing arts. No prior massage training required. $129. 8 CEs for LMTs. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. Register: 273-3402 or

plan ahead TUESDAY, JULY 2 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.

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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.

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


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Miracles Among Us – 1-3pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support for and education about the effects brain injuries have on people’s lives (the person with the brain injury and their caretakers). North Collier Fire Station 45, 1885 Veterans Park Dr, Naples. Stretch and Strength Class – 6pm. Stretch your way to wellness and build strength using body weight resistance. First class is free; $6 thereafter. Outdoor venue: RYAN Hope House, 1320 Macombo Rd, Ft Myers. 734-629-3551. Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. Donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation, followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. 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 Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@ Rockin’ Your Qi – 6:30pm. 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.


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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. 254-9300. 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 – 10am1pm. 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. 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. 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.

Gurdjieff/The Fourth Way Discussion Group – 7-8pm. An exploration of the teachings of G I Gurdjieff, with readings and discussion. Introductory sessions meet in Bonita Springs. Info: 565-1410. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun, Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Ft Myers. Andy: 850-4467.

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.

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Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Guided meditation and practical advice. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Naples.

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 Women’s Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Tue. With Kathleen D’Orsi. This circle offers an opportunity to be heard, to unburden your fears and to be with other strong woman on their journey. $10 love offering. Naples. 732-672-5069.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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:

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.

Making Friends with Money – 6-8pm. The Study and Practice of Prosperity Principles. $15. Open Path, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ste 614, Ft Myers. 2970129.

Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

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 Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. UniTeens Night – 6-8:30pm. Teenagers are invited to enjoy activities, discussions, meditations, crafts, fun and food. To assure plenty of refreshments and supplies, notify in advance how many teens are coming to connect with established friends and make new ones. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. RSVP: 278-1511. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. 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). 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 2771399. 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/

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. Stretch and Strength Class – 6pm. Stretch your way to wellness and build strength using body

Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Qigong Practice – 10-11am. With JaySun. Learn and practice the ancient art of qigong (sheng zheu form), a spiritual form of the practice. Experience and expand your own healing energy. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. 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

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weight resistance. First class is free; $6 thereafter. Outdoor venue: RYAN Hope House, 1320 Macombo Rd, Ft Myers. 734-629-3551.

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.

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.

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.

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. STRENGTH Class – 6-7pm. Full-body conditioning class. $20/single.  Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Schedule: Yoga Class – 6-7:30pm. June 6 & 20. With Kandy Love. This class integrates postures and breathing to reestablish quietness and stillness as a choice in our daily lives. All levels welcome. Bring your own yoga props; some props are available. $18. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. 273-3402. 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. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a

part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. Info: or 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. Women’s Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. 3rd Thur. With Kathleen D’Orsi. This circle offers an opportunity to be heard, to unburden your fears and to be with other strong woman on their journey. $10 love offering. Naples. 732-672-5069. 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: 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.

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 Yoga Practice – 9-10:30am. Share a safe, quiet space to practice yoga together with hands-on educational assistance. $15 love offering. 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. 254-9300. Schedule: La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-to-

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mother 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 equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513.

saturday 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. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Sandy: 301-9387503. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Wellness Festival – 11am-3pm. Last Sat. Meet and speak with local holistic nutritionists, yogis, naturopathic physicians, massage therapists and other expert service and treatment providers. Sample products and enter sweepstakes to win a gift basket. Ada’s Natural Market, US 41 & College Pkwy, Ft Myers.

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A Search for God Edgar Cayce Study Group – 3-5pm. New members welcome. Unity Church of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. Info: 850-556-7604. 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 43.

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

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

BEE LAN LIM, ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs • 239-390-0065

Board-certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbology since 1997. Treat acute and chronic conditions of pain, respiratory, digestive, emotional, gynecological, neurological, etc. Cupping, guasha, dietary consult. "Be gentle with oneself and others."


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. See ad, page 17.

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.

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.

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

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

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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.

CUPPING Mary Radewahn 4156 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-571-2903 • Cupping helps reduce inflammation by improving circulation to the area that hurts. As the blood flows in, new vessels are created to bring healing oxygen and nutrients to wound. Cupping speeds healing. See ad, page 43. 239-692-9120 • Certified instructor & practitioner, NFSH-The Healing Trust & ThetaHealing. Past Life Regression Counselor, Shaman Mesa Carrier, CranioSacral therapy, Esoteric Healing, Seraphim Blueprint, spiritual counselor.


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





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 47.


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 22.


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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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 50.


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 24.

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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 52.


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Cooking Classes • Farmers’ Markets Eco-Friendly Farm Equipment Organic Food Stores • Garden Supplies Herbalists ... and this is just a partial list!

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.


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9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • VIBRANT AT ANY AGE ISSUE


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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 47.


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 29.


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 17.


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 60.

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.

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One of the primary reasons why the human brain has evolved to look so far into the future is so that we can take actions in the present that will bring us to a better future rather than a worse one. ~Daniel Goldstein


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 41.

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/Fort Myers June 2019  

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

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers June 2019  

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