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The Discipline to Live Your Dreams

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statement To empower individuals to live a healthier lifestyle on a healthier planet. To educate communities on the latest in natural health and sustainability. To connect readers with local wellness resources and events, inspiring them to lead more balanced lives.

As I was flipping through the proof pages of this month’s edition, I was overcome with a huge wave of gratitude and awe of all the players and pieces that contributed to bringing you our March issue. I took some time to look at and appreciate each advertisement and piece of information on every page and felt the energy, passion and commitment of those that offered their unique talents and gifts to contribute to someone else’s life. By the time I was finished, my heart was wide open and I was feeling the love! Many of the smiling faces on these pages have helped me along the way on my journey these past 25 years, and I’ve shared in their stories. It’s always been so inspiring to hear about how they found their calling and discovered why they are so passionate about their special contributions to the world. I found my way to successful business strategist and entrepreneur May McCarthy’s work this past year when challenged with some business decisions of my own. Her book, The Path to Wealth, offers a seven-step system to create a life that we love. (See tips on page 57.) Along the way I’ve encountered similar programs that share a common thread: discipline, which often involves writing in my morning journal. Interestingly, the results always seem to be tied to my level of dedication in adhering to the recommended practices. This past month, I started the well-known Julia Cameron 12-week course, The Artist’s Way, with Patrick Ziegler at Unity of Naples. The major cornerstone of the course, designed to unleash a fuller expression of one's creative self, is writing three pages every morning before doing anything else. Now midway through the course, I can report that I’m beginning to notice some new stirrings and openings. When it gets down to it, discipline is key to having and maintaining the things we want the most in our lives. It takes discipline to show up on my yoga mat when I’d rather be doing something else. Eating foods that I know best contribute to my health and well-being often requires planning ahead and the discipline to pass over more convenient choices. The discipline of bringing awareness to my thoughts, words and actions have life-changing benefits. We often might think, “That didn’t work for me,” when actually we didn’t hang in long enough to firmly plant the new discipline in our lives to see real results. I invite you to take the opportunity this month to get in touch with what you really want to create in your life, and whether you are willing to practice the discipline needed to make it happen. As always, Natural Awakenings offers plenty of guideposts and support to help steer you on the path to a more authentic, conscious expression of who you are. Many Blessings,

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34 LEARN TO LIVE LIGHTER An Interview with Loretta LaRoche

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38 DELICIOUS DISCARDS Making Meals From Mainly Scraps

40 NUTRITION UPGRADES Five Strategies for Better Health

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Tree of Light Center Opens in Naples

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he Tree of Light Whole Body Rejuvenation Center opened in January at 806 Neapolitan Way, in Naples. Tree of Light uses two ARRC LED ATP chambers and three medical-grade infrared saunas for healing and keeping clients’ bodies healthy. The cost of an ARRC chamber session is $75, or 10 for $600. Sauna sessions are $40, or 10 for $300. New clients receive 30 percent off either package. Low-level light therapy (LLLT), also known as photo biomodulation (PBM), reduces inflammation and mitochondrial dysfunction—two of the most prevalent causes of disease in nearly all of the body’s tissue and organs, promoting cellular restoration. Researchers show that PBM can also increase both the size and density of and improve function of energy-producing mitochondria. It also creates nitric oxide—known as the “miracle molecule”, along with detoxifying cells of waste and free radicals. Benefits can include natural healing without prescription drugs or surgery. For more information or to make an appointment, email Dona@ TreeOfLightCenter.com or visit TreeOfLightCenter.com. See ad, page 19.

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New Spiritual Director Leads Lectures at Open Path Retreat Center

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ev. Denise Schubert is the new spiritual director of the Fort Myers-based Open Path Retreat Center. Schubert, a New Thought Minister, studied under Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith and graduated in 2003 from the Holmes Institute. She will lead many Sunday Night Alive lectures, including Possibility in Not Real At Its Origin Rev. Denise Schubert on March 3; Only Butterflies Can Explain on March 10; Acorn to An Oak Tree on March 17; You Are Not a Noun on March 24; and For Something Against Anything on March 31. Other upcoming events include a Conscious Living Circle, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 4; Studying Master Teachers – Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 5; An Evening of Value – Immerse Yourself in Your SELF, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., March 6; Spiritual Practices, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., March 7; and Intro to Ayurveda with Jamie Verley, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., March 16. Costs: members, $10 or $15; non-members, $15 or $20. Location: Beacon Executive Suites, Community Room, 8359 Beacon Blvd. For more information or to register, email info@ OpenPath.Live or visit OpenPath.Live. See ad, page 65.


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Free Workshop on Gut-Brain Axis in Cape Coral

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effrey E. Berger, chief executive officer and founder of NuLife Healing For You, will present a Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind workshop from 7 to 9 p.m., March 19, at Jeffrey E. Berger the Center for Spiritual Living, in Cape Coral. Attendees will learn about the gut-brain axis (GBX) connection, that the gastrointestinal tract is sensitive to emotion and how tension, depression, anger, fatigue, confusion and more can trigger symptoms in the gut. He will outline a holistic approach to improve mental wellness by taking control of the GBX by connecting the gut and brain to enhance communication via ingredients that have been shown to improve mood and reduce tension in human clinical trials and support the growth and vitality of a variety of beneficial gut bacteria; and improve physical energy, mental acuity and emotional well-being. “Our gut produces more neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin than our brain,” says Berger. “These so-called ‘feelgood’ neurotransmitters regulate our mood and affect our overall mental wellness.” Admission is free. Location: 406 SE 24th Ave. For more information, call 716-5702150, email Jeffrey@NuLife.biz or visit amareglobal.com/22663. See ad, page 32.

Hammer to Speak at Orchid Alliance Show and Sale

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oger Hammer, a professional naturalist and former manager of the Castellow Hammock Nature Center for the Miami-Dade County Parks Department for 33 years, will be the special guest speaker at the 2019 Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance Show and Sale at 11 a.m., March

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9, at North Collier Regional Park, in Naples. Many orchids will be showcased and American Orchid Society judging will be held throughout the event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 8; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 9; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 10. Hammer will focus on the many native and naturalized orchids that live between the Panhandle and the Florida Keys. He has received awards from the Florida Native Plant Society, TropiRoger Hammer cal Audubon Society and the North American Butterfly Association; an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Florida International University and has authored Everglades Wildflowers, Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies in Tropical Florida, Exploring Everglades National Park, Central Florida Wildflowers and Complete Guide to Florida Wildflowers. Admission is $7 ($6 with ad). Location: 15000 Livingston Rd. For more information, call 239-269-6389, email Info@GulfCoast OrchidAlliance.com or visit GulfCoastOrchidAlliance.com. See ad, page 11.

Brain Fair at Collier South Regional Library

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iracles Among Us, Inc., will present its fifth annual Brain Fair to increase awareness of brain injuries, including preventive measures and coping with such injuries, from 1 to 5 p.m., March 23, at Collier County South Regional Library, in Naples. The free family educational fair will feature presentations by medical professionals such as Dr. Carol Roberts, of the Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, local agencies, informational vendors, a puppet show and the Naples Pilot Club providing free fitted bicycle helmets, as well as two bikes given away from Bikes for Tykes. March is Brain Injury Awareness month. In Collier and Lee counties, there are more than 13,000 people with traumatic brain injury (TBI), many more have acquired brain injury (ABI). Often, in emergency room events, persons with multiple, life-threatening injuries are not properly diagnosed with a brain injury. The nonprofit Miracles Among Us provides a monthly peer support group for survivors, family and caregivers, and participates in community events. Location: 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy. For more information, call 239-529-5284 or visit MiraclesAmongUs.org.

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ers Transcendental Meditation (TM) Center teaching team in Naples. He recently moved to Marco Island after retiring from his family physician practice in New Jersey, during which he often recommended TM to his patients. “Teaching TM has been the fulfillment of my more than 40 years of health care,” says DiChiara, who along with other staff, is available to give free introductory talks to area organizations and groups. TM is an effortless technique for recharging mind and body, creating a brighter, more positive state of mind. Many published research studies, including more than 400 peer-reviewed studies, have found that TM is highly effective for stress and anxiety, brain function and cardiovascular health. TM practice involves no concentration, control of the mind, contemplation nor monitoring of thoughts or breathing. Location: 4947 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 205, in Liberty Plaza. For more information or to make an appointment, all 239-227-2926, email Naples@TM.org or visit TM.org/Naples. See ad, page 67.

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Mystic Faire Celebrates 15 Years

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ore than 60 psychics, healers and vendors will offer their artistic wares and health services at the 15th biannual Naples Mystic Faire from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 16, at Etudes Dance Studio. The return of the largest psychic fair in our area will feature massage, reiki, animal communication, tarot, mediums, angel portraits, feng shui, crystals, candles, incense, spiritual art, books, jewelry, Native American art and drums, angel art, mandalas and refreshments in a large food court. Special gifts will be awarded to the first 50 attendees. Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for door prizes will be donated to the New Vision Learning Center, and attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for the St. Matthews House food bank. Cost: $5, free for 13 and under. Location: 3285 Pine Ridge Rd. For more information, call 239-949-3387, email Canbria@aol.com or visit OneWorldOneLight.org or NewVisionLearning.net. See ad, page 62.

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Sagewood Institute Introduces New Services

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agewood Institute, in Naples, founded by Dr. Joaquin Hernandez, is adding vitamin injections and intravenous (IV) nutrient therapy to its menu of services. “While I and my expert team of physicians, practitioners and medical aestheticians specializing in anti-aging and self-care know that nutrition is the key to life, we recognize that individuals don’t always consume the best diet. Using injections, as well as IV therapy to administer vitamins, minerals and nutrients directly into the bloodstream helps to support the body during times of stress and exhaustion, as well as acute or chronic illness,” says Hernandez. Injections and IV drips can boost the immune system, energize the body, protect cells from disease, brighten skin, fight stress, improve mood, memory and focus, replenish electrolytes and rehydrate, detoxify, increase stamina and quick muscle recovery, help regulate digestion and the nervous system, prevent osteoporosis, reduce the risk of coronary disease, boost weight loss and burn fat. Location: 801 Anchor Rode Dr., Ste. 304, Naples. For more information call 239-4349710 or visit SagewoodFL.com. See ad, page 42.

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ttendees will learn about the latest cutting-edge developments in many health and beauty treatments, services and products at the Naples Health and Beauty Expo, from noon to 4 p.m., March 24, at the Hilton Naples. Expo participants that register are eligible for door prizes from exhibitors to be given away throughout the event. Among many expert guest speakers and demonstrations, some of the exhibitors include DNA Wellness and Longevity Institute; Trim & Tone Med Spa and TrouvaiIle Med Spa; Naples Vision of Beauty, Luxe Lift Med Spa; and VEDA endocannabinoid nutrition. Fee: $10 if preregistered; $15 at the door. Location: 5111 Tamiami Tr. N. For more information, including exhibitor info, call Susan Ashton at 239-821-5119, email SusanAshton594@gmail.com or visit NaplesHealthAndBeautyExpo.com. See ad, page 45.

Classes Available in Fort Myers for Massage Therapists

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he Florida Academy, in Fort Myers, is providing continuing education classes for massage therapists to maintain their licensure by the state. Practitioners must renew their licenses in odd-numbered years by taking 24 hours of courses that must be completed by August 31. Florida Academy has been providing continuing education classes since 1990, and offers many nationally approved course offerings. Continuing education helps massage therapists remain current on best practices, ethics and the latest trends. Location: 4387 Colonial Blvd., Ste. 100. For more information, call 239-489-2282, email LJ@Florida-Academy.edu or visit Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 25.

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New Shantell’s Cleaning Service Uses Eco-Friendly Methods

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hantell Fonock has launched Shantell’s Cleaning Service, which uses no harsh chemicals such as chlorine bleach in providing safe cleaning of both homes and commercial spaces in Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Fort Myers, Estero and Bonita Springs for both people and the environment. Needs and opportunities for her use of environmentally friendly cleaning products include moving in and out by tenants, whether they are weekly, biweekly or monthly, and before and after events. Shantell Fonock They provides free estimates and can work closely with property managers. “With several years of experience, we will clean your home or office like it is our own,” says Fonock. “It is our goal to keep you, your family and the environment as safe and happy as possible; that is why we use eco-friendly cleaners.”

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Naples Lawn Care Provider Offers Free Organic Mulch

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anuel Valdez, owner and operator of MPV Organic Lawn Care, in Naples, now provides free organic mulch. He offers organic solutions for planting, caring and maintaining gardens for homes and businesses throughout our area.

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Eyebrow Microblading Savings at Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins

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aria Bella Pitonzo, who provides organic keratin hair treatments at Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, in Naples, is providing a special discount on eyebrow microblading. A treatment and a followup visit is being offered for $625 for the next three months, a savings of $100. With approximately 30 years in the beauty industry, the native of upstate New York has focused on organic hair for the last 15 years and eyebrow mircoblading that can foster a more Maria Bella Pitonzo natural look since 2017. She attests that the hair treatment is particularly suitable for those that have thin, weak hair or that has been damaged from or has sensitivities to chemicals, and those that suffer from hair or eyebrow loss. Pitonzo, who keeps up with the latest techniques, says she uses only the highest salon-quality hair products and colors, including the safest hair color available from the UK. Location: 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4. For more information or to make an appointment, call 315-569-6245. See ad, page 32.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~Mahatma Gandhi March 2019

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Regular Meditation and Art Sessions at Happehatchee

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he Happehatchee Center, in Estero, is expanding its ongoing programming in both spiritual and artistic ways. Midday meditation classes will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 3 p.m. Thursdays, and en plein air painting and drawing will Tara Mina be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Meditation can enhance self-awareness, reduce anxiety and stress, lengthen attention span and generate kindness and understanding of ourselves and others. Experiencing a relaxing moment in nature creates a connection with the Earth’s energy, called grounding or earthing, that frees electrons which help neutralize free radicals to reduce inflammation and likelihood of disease, along with reducing pain, improving sleep, increasing energy and more. Under old oak trees and tall bamboo plants nestled along the Estero River, professional instruction is offered for drawing or painting the sacred landscape of Happehatchee and general nature drawing. Fees: $10 for either event. Location: 8791 Corkscrew Rd. For more information including other classes and events, visit Happehatchee. org. See ad, page 76.

Girish and Harrington Perform at Love Yoga Center

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elebrated yogis and musicians Girish and Lee Harrington will bring the ancient art of mantra singing to the Love Yoga Center, in Naples, this month. Live Music Yoga with Girish will be held at 7 p.m., March 5, and then Live Music with Harrington Girish at 9:30 a.m., March 22, and Kirtan with Harrington at 7:30 that evening. Kirtan and chanting mantra is a unique uplifting spiritual healing experience that unites community while individually imparting a deeper understanding of our true nature. Girish is the Lee Harrington author of The Yoga of Mindful Singing for Health, Happiness, Peace and Prosperity and an internationally touring world music artist and teacher. Harrington, a vocalist, sound healer, yogi, author and teacher, has appeared at festivals, institutes and monasteries worldwide.She recorded a popular debut album, Beyond the Beyond: A Mantra Music Experience. Cost: $30 in advance/$35 day of, Live Music Yoga with Lee is regular class cost plus a donation for the music, Kirtan with Lee is $25 in advance/$30 day of. Location: 4949 Tamiami Tr. N., Unit 204. For more information or to register, call 239-692-9747, email LoveYogaCenter@gmail.com or visit LoveYogaCenter.com. See ad, page 33.

Group Weeknight Classes at Allstar Dance Studio

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eeknight group dance classes for social dancers and those that would like to learn how to dance are being offered at the Allstar Dance Studio, in Naples. The sessions take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, while students get in motion at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Dance instructor Jesse Gomez, originally from Minnesota, specializing in American Rhythm and American Smooth, has been teaching dance in Naples for four years. He points out that learning how to dance with others improves skills; adds a new fun hobby; increases self-confidence, health and fitness; reduces stress; makes new friends; and creates more fun and enjoyment at parties. Cost: $15 per class or $75 for a month of unlimited group classes. Location: 4910 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 118. For more information or to register, call 239-304-9013, email JesseAllStarOnline@gmail.com or visit AllStarDanceStudio.com. See ad, page 57.

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est, held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 16, promises to bring the community together for a day of fun and wellness. The event at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, on Marco Island, includes classes and demonstrations throughout the day. Attendees will learn to move mindfully with tai chi and belly dance, as well as appreciate a crystal bowl meditation or try various styles of yoga—from vinyasa’s dynamic process of linking movement and breath to kundalini, the yoga of awareness, as well as chair yoga and gentle yin yoga. Everyone can participate in classes and enjoy vendors displaying and selling a variety of specialty merchandise.

General admission is free to browse vendor booths. Available in advance online or the day of the event, all-day passes are $50 and one-class passes are $20. Kids pricing (12 and under) is available the day of the event ($20 all day and $10 one class). Location: 1101 N. Collier Blvd. For pricing and schedule information visit Tinyurl.com/RevivalYogaStudioMarco. See ad, page 34.

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he Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) of SWFL is holding their inaugural Health & Wellness Faire from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 6, at the Crowne Plaza Bell Tower. The Faire includes multiple panel discussions, member-based exhibitions, demonstrations, yoga and qigong classes, as well as Muscle Tuners and other movement classes. The event also showcases specialists, practitioners, holistic products and services from members representing the Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral Holistic Chamber chapters. The five expert Power Panels, moderated by Lainie Sevante’ Wulkan, president of HCC SWFL, and Deb Martin, HCC Fort Myers vice president and co-owner of Lotus Blossom Clinic, in Fort Myers, will address different perspectives on Aging Vibrantly, Food as Medicine, Natural Health & Beauty, Mindful Meditation & Spirituality, in addition to Safe & Effective Weight Loss Solutions. The faire, presented by Natural Awakenings magazine, Zeta Global Radio and Muscle Tuners International, Inc., is sponsored by Lotus Blossom Clinic and Amare Global, which are excited about giving Southwest Floridians an opportunity to expand their knowledge and consider new options for health care, as well as spiritual and natural specialties. The exhibitor showcase, panel discussions, demonstrations and movement classes on the patio are included in the $5 price of admission. Location: 13051 Bell Tower Dr., Fort Myers. Tickets can be purchased in advance at HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com/FortMyers. For more information, call Lainie Sevante’ Wulkan at 239-785-0809 or email FortMyers@HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com. See ad, page 23.


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nity of Naples is hosting multiple award-winning actor Ed Asner in his one-man comedy stage play, A Man and His Prostate, at 7 p.m., March 15 and 16. Asner will also participate in a live audience interactive talk-back at 2 p.m., March 16, at The Naples Players Blackburn Hall. In this comical and poignant show created and written by award-winner Ed Weinberger, who wrote for Bob Hope, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, Taxi, and other comedy shows, is based on Weinberg’s true-life experience while on vacation in Italy, where he was rushed to a hospital for prostate cancer surgery. According to Weinberger, Asner was born to play this role of an old codger who, preparing for surgery, won’t take any of life’s injustices sitting down. Asner is best known for his acclaimed role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Tickets are $50 general admission and $150 for VIP (reserved seating and a meet-n-greet after the show). Unity of Naples is located at 2000 Unity Way. Tickets are also available online at UnityNaples. org/project/edasner or by calling 239-7753009. See ad, page 31. Tickets for the interactive talk-back are $20. The Naples Players are located at 701 Fifth Avenue South, in Naples. Call the box office at 239-263-7990 or visit NaplesPlayers.org for this follow-up event. Proceeds benefit Naples Players. March 2019

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health briefs

Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 24

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A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.

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Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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global briefs

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Earth’s Extremities on the Edge The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to rising sea levels.

A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”

Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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Poles Apart

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Planet Earth Has a Flag

A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 26

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Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.

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community spotlight

New Possibilities at Open Path Retreat Center by Linda Sechrist

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she chose to grow with, began with her initial erendipity, synchronicity, insights and an training with Dr. Michael Beckwith, founder of awakening to being without doing were all the Agape International Spiritual Center. She the breadcrumbs that Rev. Denise Schubert took her master’s in consciousness studies and needed to follow the path out of retirement ministerial license to serve the Bodhi Spiritual in North Carolina and back into ministry in Center, in Chicago, and on to the Triangle Center Southwest Florida. After being in retirement for Spiritual Living, in Raleigh, North Carolina. since 2015 and spending three wonderful years “Over a period of six years, the Raleigh exploring the continent of Africa with her community swelled from 20 to 150 people. We camera, Schubert felt ready to transition back grew into not only a vibrant spiritual commuinto her work of spiritual community developnity that cared for and about each other but also ment. “I felt that particular sacred assignment into a socially conscious and responsible comwas complete, and knew that to move forward, I Rev. Denise Schubert munity,” advises Schubert. needed to find something useful and fun to do. “In 2015, I spent two weeks in Africa, where The question was where to do it,” says Schubert, I discovered stillness in my being; something that I’d never known who recently accepted the reins of leadership at the Open Path before. On my return to Raleigh, I found myself not wanting Center, in Fort Myers. “The morning after I had updated my to ‘do’, to just ‘be’. I took a three-month sabbatical that summer. resume, I opened up my computer to check my emails and found Returning to Botswana and Zimbabwe, I captured stunning one from Rev. Emile Grauveau, a good friend and fellow graduphotos of wildlife in the African bush. Many were sold and some ate of the University of Transformation and Spiritual Leadership won awards. If I’d been two decades younger, I would have likely at the Agape International Spiritual Center, recently relocated to stayed,” recalls Schubert. Beverly Hills, California. Emile and I studied at Agape, and he is In Africa, Schubert discovered something mystical about the the retired spiritual leader of the Center for Spiritual Living Cape simple act of seeing, of quietly observing without inner commenCoral,” advises Schubert. tary and judgment. “When you observe nature being nature, the Grauveau, now living in Sarasota and serving as president of the Open Path Retreat Center board of directors, emailed Schubert situation is void of expectations and judgments. A lion expects nothing from me and I nothing from it. It is a space of pure being. to tell her of the center’s need for a director and to inquire if she Africa was life-changing for me in that regard!” exclaims Schubert. was interested in taking the position. “I thought about it for four Intent on carrying out her personal mission and purpose to seconds, and answered with what I call a full-bodied, ‘Yes.’ I knew inspire, educate and empower people to live life with authenticity the opportunity to create a spiritually connected community outand joy, and to recognize their spiritual magnificence, Schubert side of ‘church model’ was a perfect fit for me. I put my house up for sale the next day and received a generous offer within 12 hours. says, “I’m a purveyor of possibilities. With the help of the commuNineteen days later, I was unpacked and living in Fort Myers ready nity, we will create an environment within which we can wake up to new possibilities, ideas and new ways of being. When Margaret to begin again. This flow has continued since I’ve been out meetMead said to never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and ing people, which is why I’m feeling so connected to the existing committed people could change the world, she was right. We can.” spiritual community. I feel affirmed for what I intuitively felt when I accepted—the Open Path timing is right for Retreat Center is significant potenlocated at Beacon tial growth and Executive Suites, consciousness de8359 Beacon velopment here,” Blvd., Ste. 614, in notes Schubert. Fort Myers. For Schubert’s information call path of ministry, 239-297-0129 or spiritual leadervisit OpenPath. ship and helplive. See ad, ing to grow the page 65. communities 28

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Philippe Cousteau on the

POWER OF WONDER AND LEGACY by Randy Kambic

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hilippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-yearold grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now in his fifth season of hosting the Emmy-nominated series Xploration Awesome Planet, which airs on a number of outlets, Cousteau and his wife, Ashlan, also co-host the popular Travel Channel series Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a waterborne odyssey that explores pirate legends, shipwrecks and the lore of lost treasures. His previous work has examined the fragile future of sharks, tigers, rhinos and other species nearing collapse, and their critical places in the natural order. Like his grandfather and

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father before him—Philippe Sr. died in a plane crash six months before his son was born—Cousteau has embraced the mission of inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet, launching EarthEcho International in 2005 and authoring several children’s books.

How did your grandfather inspire you?

He was a captain in the French Navy during World War II when he and an engineer invented scuba diving. It revolutionized humanity in many ways because until then, we were limited in our ability to explore the ocean. He then went on to help create underwater cameras and lights and the means to do storytelling about this wonderful world that he was exploring. It was the first time for millions of people around the world to get a glimpse of what lived in the ocean. Ted Turner called him the “father of the environmental


movement” because over time, his stories led him to a deeper understanding of the changes that were happening in the oceans and inspired him to embark on a journey not just of exploration, but of conservation. Growing up with that legacy, I was very much inspired by his work. My father was also a big part of the early Cousteau Society, and was a major driver in the early days of the conservation ethic.

How did covering the 2010 BP oil disaster for news organizations and being among the first to dive into the historic spill shape your world view?

It was a transformative experience for me, and for the country. It was a much-needed reminder of the consequences of our addiction to oil. Seeing the spill firsthand was a horrific experience. While I was already engaged and committed to conservation, it really helped [me] to double down on the urgency that I feel on these issues, because I saw not only what it did to the environment, but what it did to the communities that rely on the environment—the fishermen, the tourism operators, other people. They were all shattered and devastated by that spill. It was a powerful reminder that when we talk about conservation, we are really talking about building a world where humans can thrive as much as nature.

What are your goals in reaching out to the next generation?

A focus on environmental education is something we’ve always been doing. EarthEcho International has become one of the leading environmental education groups in the U.S. My grandfather always recognized that young people are key to building society’s ethos of environmental sustainability. We have to start with young people to grow constituencies of the older people to understand and be able to connect the dots and to care about it. Xploration Awesome Planet is targeted to the teen and tween audience, and we also have a lot of adults that watch it. It’s a great example of a program that’s all about inspiring people to not just be a passive observer of the world around them, but to be an active participant, to get engaged.

How can parents build upon the foundational message of environmental responsibility that your work instills in kids?

They can treat their kids like the hearts and minds of these issues and recognize that they are more than vessels to be filled with information. We try to encourage them to be treated like they are agents of change, that they are creative, and give them the latitude, trust and empowerment to come up with their own ideas, to look at the world, be informed and inspired, so they can say, “Oh wow. This is an issue I really care about, and I am going to do something about it.” Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor. March 2019

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lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis—yet— but serious problems loom on the horizon in places like Southern California and the desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experience severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by

2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

Finding a Solution

“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21stcentury crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply: 4 Eat less meat. The water required to

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Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace. ~Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to NationalGeographic.com. One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons. 4 Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. 4 Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing.

version), turn off the water while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. 4 Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator (WaterCalculator.org) reports, “Water is used in great quantities during fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint.

4 Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer.

4 Reduce lawn watering to a one-hour soaking once a week, rather than daily. Water in the morning—before 10 a.m.— when it’s cooler, so grass roots can absorb moisture before it evaporates. If watering must be done in the evening, try between 4 and 6 p.m., which gives the grass blades time to dry before nightfall.

4 Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10 gallons compared to the 10-minute

Jim Motavalli is the author of eight books, and contributes to The New York Times and Barron’s.

Hard Facts About H20

What It Takes to Make Our Stuff An eye-popping amount of water is needed to grow or manufacture what we eat, buy and use on a daily basis. Although it’s impossible to reduce our water use to zero, it’s helpful to know how much water is required, so that we’re less inclined to overbuy or waste. 1 cup of coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 gal. 1 hamburger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 gal. 1 gallon of milk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 879 gal. 1 pound of wheat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 gal. 1 pound of soybeans . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 gal. 1 orange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 gal. 1 pound of chocolate. . . . . . . . . . 3,170 gal. 20 pounds of dog food . . . . . . . . 4,000 gal. 1 pair of cotton jeans. . . . . . . . . . 2,108 gal. 1 smartphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,190 gal. 1 car tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518 gal.

1 avocado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 gal. 1 pound of chicken meat. . . . . . . . 468 gal. 1 pound of barley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 gal. 1 pound of rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450 gal. 1 pound of almonds. . . . . . . . . . 1,900 gal. 1 egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 gal. 1 slice of bread. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 gal. 1 pair of leather shoes. . . . . . . . . 3,626 gal. 1 cotton T-shirt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 659 gal. 1 car. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,737 to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,926 gal.

Sources: Friends of the Earth, NationalGeographic.com, WaterFootprint.org

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Learn to Live Lighter

An Interview with Loretta LaRoche by Linda Sechrist

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utting a humorous spin on the fifth annual SpelLife Women’s Wellness Summit, in Naples is keynote speaker Loretta LaRoche. The author of Life is Short, Wear Your Party Pants is an internationally recognized stress-management consultant with seven one-woman PBS specials under her funny bone. Summit co-founders Jill Rapps, vice president and certified financial advisor for Ciccarelli Advisory Services, Inc., and her sister Gaynell Anderson, a doctor of physical therapy, agree that LaRoche is the best choice for a headliner. “Loretta is perfect for this year’s summit theme of Living Lighter. For 30 years, she has been using her wit and advocating for alleviating stress through humor, fun, optimism and resiliency,” says Rapps. LaRoche’s vision for the majority of her career has been to get people to lighten up. She says. “We don’t have to take everything so seriously and be so busy. We have become human doings. We tell everybody we meet how busy we are. We say, ‘I am so busy I don’t know what to do.’ The person we’re talking to answers, ‘You think you’re busy; wait till you hear what I’m doing.’ Today, busyness—using all of our gadgets, answering all our text messages and emails, making sure we don’t have a minute to take a breath— is how we elevate our self-esteem. We need fun and enjoyment,

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the elixir of life. We shouldn’t be waiting to have fun.” When asked if she ever loses her sense of humor, LaRoche offers a personal anecdote. “I’ve had four implants; two knees, a shoulder and a hip. My doctor was in awe. As I was being wheeled into the operating room [OR] I was making him laugh. He came to my bedside later and told Loretta LaRoche me that he’d never had anyone on their way to the OR that made him laugh. For some people, humor is a defense mechanism. For me, it’s a go-to coping mechanism.” Although she’s funny and makes audiences laugh, LaRoche considers herself an educator. “I take the stage to get people in the audience to have an ‘Aha!’ moment; to look at themselves with a slightly absurdist viewpoint. The majority of people today need a new perspective and to understand that they’re here to pay attention to things that matter and to find meaning and purpose; not to get twisted in a knot because someone left a towel on the bed,” she quips. SpelLife Women’s Wellness Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Apr. 13, at the NCH Telford Center, located at 350 7th Ave., in Naples. General admission is $65; VIP $100 includes a private luncheon from 12:30 to 2 p.m. For more information and tickets, visit AEuphoricLivingFoundation.org.


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Roundup and Gut Health

Healing From Genetically Altered Foods Another Reason to Go Organic by Marlaina Donato

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As I dug deeper, I put health have ignited conwenty-five years ago, the first the pieces together of troversy among sciengenetically modi- the relationship between tists, consumers and even fied (GM) crop came to governments. GMOs, gut health and market in the form of a Much of the research subsequent diseases. has been conducted in tomato engineered for a longer shelf life. Today, ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, other countries—more as much as 80 percent of author and executive director than 60 have banned food in the U.S. contains GMOs—and most of GMO Science GMOs (as they are best studies have focused on known) and most of the world’s genetically the health effects of the glyphosate used engineered crops are treated with glyphosate on these crops, which the World Health herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s Roundup. Organization in 2015 declared a probable Unlike hybrids produced by convenhuman carcinogen. “Glyphosate adversely tional breeding, GMOs are created in a affects the mitochondria, neurotranslaboratory, often incorporating DNA from mitter production and hormones,” says other species, such as bacteria and viruses. Smith, whose recent documentary, Secret Researching the potential health effects Ingredients, presents stories of people that “must be our number one priority, because overcame chronic illnesses by eliminating GMO technology is replacing nature,” says GMOs from their diets. Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Smith recently conducted a survey Institute for Responsible Technology, in published in the International Journal of Fairfield, Iowa. “The altered genomes are Human Nutrition and Functional Medipassed on to future generations.” cine in which 3,256 respondents reported Although U.S. regulators generally improvement in a number of health regard these foods to be safe, the ubiquity problems after they switched to largely of GMOs in the food chain and a lack of non-GMO and organic diets. “Many of the research on their long-term effect on human conditions that improved in the survey 36

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“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvardeducated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

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Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help

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participants are similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

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reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality, health and wellness and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

Healing Strategies Go-to Tips n Eat organic when possible, especially oats, wheat and other grains, soy, corn, beans and lentils. n Look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on labels.

Advice From the Experts Dr. Akil Palanisamy:

Dr. Michelle Perro (for children): n Eat as much organic foods as possible and eliminate processed foods from a child’s diet.

n Sweat in a sauna or steam room 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to stimulate toxin release (infrared saunas are a good alternative for those that can’t tolerate the heat of traditional saunas).

n Don’t drink tap water; use a quality water filter.

n Take 15-minute home baths with onequarter-cup of bentonite clay.

n Seek a foundation of nutritional medicine and individualized treatment strategies employing nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathy and manipulative medicine.

n Drink lots of purified filtered water every day. n Strive to have a daily bowel movement. n Add fiber to diet such as psyllium husk or fruit pectin.

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n Eat a variety of detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables, ground flaxseeds, parsley, beet greens (the leafy tops of beetroot), cilantro and chia seeds.

n Strive to eliminate pesticides in the child’s environment, including at schools, playdates and homes of relatives.

n Consider an elimination diet, beginning with dairy and gluten.

Helpful Resources

n 2018 Journal of the American Medical Association study: Tinyurl.com/OrganicFoodAndCancer n What’s Making our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It, by Dr. Michelle Perro and University of California San Francisco medical anthropologist Vincanne Adams; ChelseaGreen.com/product/whatsmaking-our-children-sick March 2019

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Delicious Discards

Making Meals From Mainly Scraps by April Thompson

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ood scraps are no It’s fun to challenge ing the plant, the fish, the longer relegated to animal and its life,” says yourself to create just making soup, something delicious out the co-author of Scraps, stock and sauces that hide Wilt & Weeds: Turning of something no one Wasted Food into Plenty. their true nature. Creative would think edible. chefs are reawakening to Tama Matsuoka the possibilities of skins, Wong, forager and co~Lindsay-Jean Hard cores, rinds and other author of Scraps, Wilt parts we’ve needlessly & Weeds, points to the been throwing away, with startling results. cultural relativism of cooking, noting that “Cooking with scraps is good for the our ancestors or other cultures may think planet and good for the pocketbook. Forty that modern Americans are throwing away percent of food produced goes uneaten, the best parts of our food. “Some of the unnecessarily filling the landfill with best flavor and nutrients can be found in hundreds of billions of dollars of food,” says vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get Lindsay-Jean Hard, a chef in Ann Arbor, discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Michigan, and the author of Cooking With Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and CookScraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and ing with Scraps are intended as reference Stems into Delicious Meals. guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, Yet the real driving force behind rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed Hard’s unusual, scrap-based recipes is the with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests joy of creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to trying to work with the ingredients at hand, challenge yourself to create something deliusing substitutions as needed, instead of cious out of something no one would think buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. edible,” says Hard. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living mindset about our food and a new mindfulin New York City, seeks nature in food by ness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matcooking and serving it on the plate. “In suoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of something away or composting, pause and change. Using all the parts is a way of respect- think, what might I do with this?” she says. 38

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Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old bread being an easy one to start with. “Stale bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with the non-fleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more—and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites.com.

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Spiralize the cauliflower cores into a spaghetti shape using the thicker noodle blade of a spiralizer. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter to coat the pan. Add the pepper bits and cracked pepper and sauté for two minutes, until the pepper is toasted and aromatic. Mix in the crème fraiche and broth and cook, stirring for about five minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened. Add the cauliflower “spaghetti”, stirring occasionally until just cooked, about two minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and immediately add the Parmesan and Romano. Toss until the cauliflower is coated and not clumping. Serve right away, adding more pepper, salt and cheese to taste. Excerpted from the book Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food Into Plenty by Mads Refslund and Tama Matsuoka Wong. March 2019

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Five Strategies for Better Health by Melinda Hemmelgarn

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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger, 40

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trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says Californiabased registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them

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n Learn how to cook and garden. The best

dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for

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with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


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its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as antiinflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. n Eat to protect our planet. According to the

American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products

Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut. ~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at Meals4Planet.org. n Support gut health. Around 400

B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa

Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, highfiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.

Eat-Right Resources Dorothy Sears: beta.prx.org/stories/225407 Food Sleuth Radio interviews: exchange.prx.org/series/32432-food-sleuth-radio “The Great Nutrient Collapse:” Tinyurl.com/GreatNutrientCollapse The Kick Diabetes Cookbook: An Action Plan and Recipes for Defeating Diabetes, by Brenda Davis. BrendaDavisRD.com Mediterranean diet pyramid: Tinyurl.com/OldWaysMediterraneanDiet The Obesogen Effect: Why We Eat Less and Exercise More but Still Struggle to Lose Weight, by Bruce Blumberg Tanmeet Sethi: beta.prx.org/stories/243771 Whole Grain Hierarchy: Youtube.com/watch?v=nkFJZUIUeEA Why Diets Make Us Fat: The Unintended Consequences of Our Obsession with Weight Loss, by Sandra Aamodt March 2019

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the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ gmail.com. Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and KOPN.org.

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Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends wholefood, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation.


Quick Tips for Enjoying Good Food, Fast

1. Cook once, eat twice (or more). Smart, busy cooks use this wise, old home economics strategy. A big pot of soup, stew or chili makes many servings of easy-to-heat leftovers. Store extra servings in glass, never plastic, for quick, heat-and-serve meals. Add a side salad and fruit for dessert for a nourishing, fulfilling meal.

5. Experiment with helpful cookbooks. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Ex-

press provides 404 seasonal dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.

2. Master the omelet. Eggs, preferably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa.

ingredient labels to remove the big offenders: refined flours, sugar and substitutes, artificial colors and additives that harm gut microbes, including polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose.

3. Use an electric pressure cooker. Say goodbye to sodium-laden,

8. Stock up with grab-and-go snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut but-

BPA-lined cans of beans. With today’s safe and easy electric pressure cookers, a pot of un-soaked dry beans can be ready in less than an hour. Use cooked beans in a variety of quick, delicious dishes, including hummus, burritos, soups, chili and veggie burgers. For tips on vegetarian cooking and stress-free pressure cooking, visit TheVeggieQueen.com.

4. Make friends with farmers.

Find local farmers’ markets for the most flavorful, fresh, seasonal produce. For those not sure what to do with kohlrabi or a strange-looking squash, farmers and fellow shoppers will gladly provide ideas. It’s like going to a community party with fellow foodies—much more fun than a trip to the grocery store.

6. Invest in a microplane grater or handheld rasp. Add a punch

of flavor and pizzazz with this versatile kitchen tool. Use it to add freshly grated garlic, ginger and turmeric; plus lemon, lime and orange zest.

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make cozy companions during prolonged nighttime fasting. Staying well hydrated is key to mental performance and weight control, too. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so drink water or tea first, then reassess appetite.

10. Put fun and pleasure back into eating. Host a potluck with

friends to share cooking and clean up, or have a picnic with kids of all ages. Put flowers or a candle on the table and play soothing music—it all enhances digestion and encourages mindful eating. Bon appétit!

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local recipe Brussels Sprouts and Coconut Curry Soup As winter fades away and the vernal equinox provides an opportunity to celebrate the arrival of spring, commemorate the change of seasons with a super simple, nutritious and delicious soup.

2 Tbsp raw organic coconut oil 6-8 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 1 lg yellow onion, chopped 3 cans organic classic coconut milk 1 Tbsp grated or juiced turmeric root Whole juiced lemon and grated rind (approx. 1 Tbsp) 1.5 lbs Brussels sprouts – cut off stems and quarter 1.5 lbs assorted fresh mushrooms (shiitake, shimeiji, abalone and field mushrooms) or 1 bag Woodstock Farms frozen mushroom blend 2 bags of fingerling tricolor potatoes, cut into slices 1 Tbsp ground sage 2 Tbsp Indian curry 1 Tbsp ground coriander 1 Tbsp ground cardamom 2 Tbsp sea salt 1 Tbsp ground black pepper Filtered water for adding to stock More ground spices to taste, if needed. Pour coconut oil into pot. SauteĚ onions, Brussels sprouts, garlic and mushrooms. When semi-cooked, add coconut milk, juiced lemon, turmeric and filtered water. Fill until pot is full to about 2 inches from the top. Add potato slices and spices. Cook thoroughly. Garnish with parsley or fresh chopped herbs such as sage. If using an Instapot (crockpot), cook on soup option and leave the top off until near the end of the cooking cycle. In a pot on the stovetop, cook at medium to low heat and let simmer until veggies and potatoes are thoroughly cooked. Lisa Ji is the deli chef at For Goodness Sake, located in the Sunshine Plaza at 9118 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, in Bonita Springs. For more information, call 239-992-5838 or visit ForGoodnessSakes.com. See ad, page 35.

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CBD 101 A Beginner’s Guide by Linda Sechrist

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n the world of marketing, whenever a product acquires status among Hollywood celebrities, fierce competition results in marketing hype, and it’s only a matter of time until the market suffers from saturation, challenging consumers to do personal research and sharpen their discrimination. This scenario may be in the not-too-distant future for CBD as celebrities are going crazy over the beauty benefits of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is now blended into many personal care and skincare products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not review CBD products before they are placed on shelves, definitely putting the onus on consumers to do research on sourcing, extraction methods and lab testing before making purchases. Navigating through the maelstrom of CBD industry lingo used to describe products sold online, though multi-level marketing and in retail outlets can be a challenge. From capsules, tinctures and extracts to topical creams and crystalline powder, Natural Awakenings conducted extensive research and interviews to compile an easy-to-understand CBD 101 guide to help readers navigate labels and product information that includes terms such as isolate, full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, terpenes, cold-pressed extraction processing and ISO certifications.

DEFINING CBD

CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of many active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40 percent of the plant’s natural extract. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana, CBD does not induce psychoactive effects in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Instead, it provides potent anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties.

Distinction Between Marijuana-Derived CBD and Hemp-Derived CBD

Marijuana (Cannabis indica) is harvested for its buds, containing the psychoactive properties of THC. The stalks and seeds of harvested hemp (Cannabis sativa) do not contain enough THC to produce a psychoactive state. For cannabis to be considered hemp, it must have no more than 0.3 percent THC. Unlike 46

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medical marijuana, CBD hemp oil products can be purchased without a prescription.

THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF CBD

Two of the most common types of CBD on the market today are CBD isolate and full-spectrum CBD.

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is a crystalline powder that contains 99.9 percent pure CBD. During the CBD isolate extraction process, everything in the plant matter is removed, including any traces of THC, terpenes, waxes, oils, chlorophyll and more. What remains is pure CBD. Nothing else. A two-step extraction process is used to produce CBD isolate. Following the extraction process, concentrated CBD still contains all plant components. To produce the ultra-pure form of isolated CBD, a purification process that includes the filtration of all remaining plant material follows the extraction process. The extracted oil goes through a “winterization process” that further removes any waxes or other plant materials still present after filtration. CBD isolate, which can be ingested orally, mixed into food or drinks, smoked or vaporized, is perfect for military service members, police officers, emergency first responders and those that can’t risk failing a drug test.

Terpenes

The terpenes in Cannabis sativa are aromatic oils that give varieties of distinctive flavors such as mint, pine, berry and citrus. More than 100 different terpenes have been identified, and each plays a key role in differentiating the effects of different cannabis strains. Interacting synergistically with other components in the plant, some terpenes promote relaxation and stress relief, while others promote focus and acuity.

Full-Spectrum CBD

Full-spectrum CBD contains everything in the hemp plant—terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids and fatty acids. Each component has its own therapeutic value. All components work in concert with the CBD to create what is called the ”entourage effect”.

Broad-Spectrum CBD

Broad-spectrum CBD is full-spectrum CBD without any THC. It offers all the entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD is a good choice for individuals that can’t have any traces of THC is their system for legal purposes or for reasons such as passing a drug test.

Water-Soluble CBD

This cutting-edge method of advanced delivery involves transforming CBD oil into a water-soluble CBD nanoemulsion, a fine scattering of extremely tiny droplets into another liquid in which it is normally not soluble. Making CBD oil into a nanoemulsion effectively renders the CBD oil water-soluble, meaning it can be mixed with any beverage. Because the particles are so small, even though someone is ingesting the CBD orally, the particles do not


need to be broken down by the stomach, and they enter almost immediately into the bloodstream. This increases the bioavailability to nearly 100 percent and gives nearly instant results. Oils can take 15 to 30 minutes to show results, while watersoluble CBD can produce results in two to four minutes.

ISO CERTIFICATION

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental, international organization that develops standards to ensure the quality, safety and efficiency of products, services and systems. Annual third-party ISO certification ensures consistency. Each certification has separate standards and criteria, and is classified numerically.

USES OF CBD OIL

Results of the most comprehensive study on CBD usage, which surveyed 2,400 individuals on their usage, knowledge, perceptions and misconceptions of CBD, determined that 70 percent of consumers use CBD for anxiety. Overall, the study found that consumers of CBD are very satisfied with its effectiveness for treating a variety of medical conditions, including insomnia, depression, anxiety and joint pain.

DOSAGE

Before taking CBD, it may be wise to consult a knowledgeable health practitioner to ensure the best outcome. Everyone is different, and there are myriad considerations such as diet, weight, metabolism, genetics, environment and most important, product consistency. Read and follow the dosing instructions. A good rule of thumb is to begin taking a small amount of CBD, gradually increasing the dosage until expected results are achieved. Recording daily experiences in a notebook helps to accurately narrow in on what works and feels best. While suggested dosages vary, some health professionals suggest increasing the amount taken every three to four weeks by 25 milligrams (mg) until symptom relief is attained. Decrease by 25 mg if symptoms worsen. Using the eyedropper, place the drops under the tongue and hold in place for

a minimum of 60 seconds, which allows for absorption via blood vessels under the tongue. After 60 seconds, swallow the CBD oil, tincture or isolate.

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Where is the hemp grown? This is important and should be indicated on the label. If not, check the product website. Look for hemp grown organically and pesticide-free on a farm in the U.S. that is certified by the state departments of agriculture or grown in Europe. While laws now allow American companies to certify their hemp organic, some CBD oil companies still source from Europe. What is in the product? CBD oil companies should perform regular lab tests to ensure that their CBD contains everything it should and nothing it shouldn’t. How is it made? CBD oil is not all extracted in the same way. Multiple processes use either butane or propane. Butane is not allowed for use in the extraction of medical cannabis in California, although it is allowed for recreational manufacturing. Choose CBD extraction that uses an organic, pharmaceutical-grade ethanol, considered the safest method of extraction for human use, or the method that extracts using carbon dioxide. This more refined, expensive process ensures the CBD holds its purity. When the FDA conducted laboratory tests in 2015 and 2016 to determine the percentage of CBD in certain products marketed and sold as containing CBD, several brands tested contained no CBD oil. The best way to ensure the purchase of clean CBD products is to buy from a CBDeducated retailer that carries products from reputable companies that use third-party testing and offer a certificate of analysis and a lab report, which shows that the oil does contain the amount of CBD the company claims it does, and that it is devoid of pesticides, herbicides and solvents.

Local Resources

Ada’s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers. 239-939-9600. AdasMarket. com. See ad, page 61. Assuage Luxury Spa, 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, in Fort Myers, and 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, in Naples. 239- 333-1450. AssuageCenters.com. See ad, page 21.

Fort Myers Chiropractic Studio, 12655 New Brittany Blvd., Ste. 13W, Fort Myers, 239243-8735. FortMyersChiroStudio.com. See ad, page 44. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave., Ste, 4, Naples, 239-596-9017, GenesisNonGMO.com. See ad, page 31. Hughes Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd., Ste. 270, Naples 239-6497400. HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 79. Liv Labs, 239-572-1825. KDeweese.LivLabsNow.com. See ad, page 14. Purely You Spa, 3066 Tamiami Trail N., Ste 302, Naples. 239-331-8266. PurelyYouSpa.com. See ad, page 15. Root Causes, 12734 Kenwood Lane, Ste. 84, Ft. Myers. 239-425-2900. RtCausesMd.com. See ad, page 17. Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-403-9170. SaltCaveNaples.com. TAE Healthy Aging, 11983 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 100A, Naples. 239-430-6800. TAEHealthyAging.com. See ad, page 57. UpstreamMD, 27499 Riverview Center Blvd, Ste. 255, Bonita Springs, 239-4445636, UpstreamMD.com. See ad, page 12. Sunshine Discount Vitamins, 2608 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples. 239-436-6659. VitaminDiscounts.com. See ad, page 56. Sunshine Global Health, 800-334-1236, SunshineGlobalHealth.com. See ad, page 29. Wellbridges, Inc., 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213, Bonita Springs. 239-481-5600. DebPost.com. See ad, page 55. Your CBD Store, 1246 Airport Rd. N., Naples. 239-331-8073. NaplesFL.CBDrx4u. com. See ad, page 2. March 2019

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juana. Medical marijuana or Naples residents dispensaries require Karen and John customers to have a Harris, reaching medical marijuana card a decision to open Your and a prescription. Your CBD Store Naples in the CBD Store Naples does River Reach Plaza was the not require this, because direct result of stories their there isn’t any phytocandaughter told them about nabinoid tetrahydrocanthe positive feedback her nabinol (THC) in their customers reported from products. “It’s all the taking the cannabidiol medical benefits without (CBD) products that she the high,” says John. sold in her Your CBD Lora Bull (left) and Karen Harris Store Waupaca, in Wisconsin. The relief that Karen and John each Water Soluble experienced after using it gave them even SunMed Water Soluble Full Spectrum CBD more confidence in their decision. Hemp Oil is designed to be highly bioavail “John took the non-intoxicating CBD able for maximum absorption and more for his back pain, and I took it for insompermeability when applied to the skin. This nia,” says Karen, who notes that the next versatile CBD water-soluble is a simple to biggest influence in the decision-making use, fast-acting liquid that comes in differprocess was really the gratitude, success and ent strengths for both oral consumption and topical application. relief that her brother-in-law experienced when he used it. “My sister, Lora Bull, who Edibles is part owner of our store, gave it to her husband, Bob, who had broken his back. Edibles made in the U.S. are a colorful and Because of his heart issues, he couldn’t take tasty way to consume CBD. Each piece pain medication, so I started him out on of fruit-flavored adult gummy candy is CBD topical pain cream and our waterinfused with CBD. based soluble CBD. We were elated when Lora told us that not only did Bob get relief; Skin Care SunFlora CBD-infused Collagen Cream, he is virtually a different man, because he with its anti-inflammatory properties, has doesn’t have to deal with chronic pain. Lora been shown to soothe the skin and stimuand Bob were as convinced as John and I late the production of collagen. were, so they decided to join us in opening Your CBD store Naples.” Vape products, tinctures and pet The SunMed CBD products sold at products are also available. All products are Your CBD Store Naples are formulated using third-party tested and lab reports can be other cannabinoids and terpenes (naturally downloaded from the website. QR codes occurring oils in the hemp plant), which (machine-readable barcodes) are found create unique synergies that increase efficacy, on each label for scanning so that customtarget specific ailments and increase the ers can check to see exactly what is in the binding of CBD to the endocannabinoid sys- product they are purchasing. tem’s receptors in the body. This system has been recently recognized as an important Your CBD Store Naples is located at 1246 modulatory system in the function of brain, Airport Rd. N., in Naples. For more inforendocrine, and immune tissues. mation call 239-331-8073 or visit CBDrx4U. CBD is not the same as medical maricom. See ad, page 2.

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Exercising regularly rope, treadmill routines, easonal allergies plague more than 26 creates a cumulative tennis and team sports million Americans, effect in the body, helps like volleyball or basketaccording to the Asthma ball seems to offer antispeed up metabolism allergy benefits. Vitamin and Allergy Foundation and improves immunity, C can also help. Researchof America, with numbers on the rise in recent ers from the Faculty of so you could find years. This is due in part Sports Science at Chuleven less allergies to a dramatic increase in alongkorn University, in occurring over time. Bangkok, Thailand, found the amount of airborne ~Stephanie Mansour, pollen, a possible byprodthat 70 percent of particiuct of climate change. pants that took a vitamin fitness expert Environmental and lifestyle C supplement and ran for stress, inadequate nutrition and weakened half an hour experienced decreased nasal immune systems are also factors, leaving congestion and sneezing. many feeling too miserable to engage in “Exercising regularly creates a cuphysical activities. mulative effect in the body, helps speed up Yet, research shows that exercise can metabolism and improves immunity, so you help ease allergy symptoms and lessen could find even less allergies occurring over severity. A survey of 2,000 allergy suffertime,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert ers sponsored by the UK National Pollen and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. and Aerobiology Research Unit showed “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose those that exercised the most had the and headaches during certain times of the mildest symptoms. year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and More Exercise, balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of OtolarLess Discomfort Boosting heart rate through aerobic acyngic Allergy recommends gentler forms tivities such as running, walking, jumping of exercise, and cautions against vigorous

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workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training—especially when congestion is a factor.

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Try Some Yoga Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system— rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.

Warm-Up No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

Create a Healthy Space Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living

Helpful Links For a simple workout plan and an anti-inflammatory food guide to help combat allergies, join Stephanie Mansour’s free 21-Day Challenge (StepItUpChallenge.com).

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or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmberMusic.com.

Helpful Workout Tips Before and After:

n Use a nasal saline spray beforehand. n Change clothes and shower after outdoor exercise; wash workout clothing exposed to pollens.

Consider Wearing:

n Wraparound sunglasses to avoid allergens getting into eyes n A breathable mask to filter allergens during outdoor activity

Avoid Exercising:

n In the morning when pollen and mold counts are highest n When it’s warm, dry or windy outside n On busy roads where exhaust fumes can irritate bronchial and nasal passages n When tired, sick or under significant stress; all three states prompt the immune system to react more severely to allergens

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re you not feeling as healthy as you want, and you and/or your physicians cannot connect the dots of how to get you there? I urge you to watch a groundbreaking documentary on Netflix titled, Root Cause. Reputable and successful doctors speak out about root canals and shed light to the world about “root causes” of diseases. I personally know Dr. Thomas Levy who made this documentary encompassing 30 years and including many reputable, nationally renowned physicians. It’s no coincidence that in over 95 percent of the patients cited, the root cause of their maladies was connected to their mouth. If you have an illness and have ever had an infection in your mouth, in your gums, tooth decay, heavy metals and/or root canals, you need a dental revision to evaluate and reassess what things need to be done for you. Any illness is going to be multifaceted, with the components being physical, emotional and spiritual. Physically, your body can only take so much abuse and pollution. If you have heavy metals and toxicity in your mouth (which is close to your brain), then your immune system is going to be preoccupied with addressing this attack and it weakens. Once you remove the things that are triggering this, your immune system and your biofilm will be restored and perform as designed, helping your body defend itself. The first thing to do is restore your mouth. Second is your gut flora and good bacteria. This will take time, especially if you have been exposed

to chemicals and bacteria for many years. Be patient during the process of restoring and rebuilding to health. As a biological dentist for 21 years, I personally have witnessed that the root cause of a lot of ailments we see on a daily basis is related to oral health. A 35-year-old female patient came in with a chief complaint and a long medical history. She previously had a root canal on the front tooth and ever since had a horrendous staph infection, severe endometriosis, sinus and irritable bowel syndrome. The root canal tooth looked fine on the X-ray and the radiograph looked normal, however, after removing the tooth we found it was severely infected according to the biopsy report. Additionally, she had an abscess in the tooth that went into her sinus. She was able to take a copy of the DNA biopsy report to her doctors; meanwhile, we cleansed the area with ozone and other modalities to kill the bacteria. According to the meridian chart that connects the teeth to the organs, the patient’s front tooth was connected to the sinus and she had been suffering with sinus infection for 10 years. The same tooth is also connected to the urinary tract and ovaries and she had issues

with these very s a m e or g a n s for a decade, as well. Although it was a slow recover y, the patient is now able to think clearer with her symptoms and infections gone. She was able to celebrate with her family, have a normal meal and begin living a healthy life. Unfortunately, we aren’t taught about this “connection” in dental school yet; doctors must study on their own about medical practices that have been known in other parts of the world for thousands of years. This knowledge of meridians is coming to America with resistance but science shows it is true. Our practice is all scientific-based with laboratory testing and microbiology. The more we share this new/ancient technology, the healthier our patients are becoming. God made the body to heal itself, so we must remove the things that are opposing this before it’s too late. Thanks to documentaries like Root Cause, the knowledge is reaching the masses. If you have a root canal or other toxicity in your mouth, we are here to help. Call 954-938-4599 to book an appointment or visit GoNaturalDentistry.com.

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as well as yoga and t the top of Pilates. Rick has always any indusspecialized in speed try pyramid and strength training. of success there are He worked with intergenerally only a few nationally recognized professionals that earn orthopedic surgeons at nationwide recognithe Steadman Hawkins tion for their expertise. Clinic as the strength In the fitness industry, Amy Lademann and client and conditioning conSouthwest Florida sultant, eventually becoming the primary boasts two noteworthy leaders, Amy and performance coach for baseball player Rick Lademann, founders of Beyond Motion, located in Naples. Frontrunners in the Larry Walker, the only Colorado Rockies player to ever win the National League Most areas of Pilates, strength and conditionValuable Player award. Throughout Rick’s caing training, as well as personal training, reer, he has been a strength and conditioning the Lademann’s expertise earned them coach for USA Figure Skating and Weighta book contract for Pilates & Conditionlifting, the Chicago Bulls, Air force Academy ing for Athletes: An Integrated Approach Football and the University of California to Performance and Recovery in late 2016. Berkley. Today, the Lademanns work with “Human Kinetics, the premier publisher athletes throughout Florida as well as those of the fitness industry’s educational books that travel to Beyond Motion for their offand materials, had already done their season training,” Amy advises. homework and interviewed several other For more than 20 years Rick and Amy experts before calling to ask me and Rick studied how the body works. “Most of the if we were interested in authoring a book Human Kinetics books that we own were based on our philosophies of combining required reading for continuing education Pilates and conditioning using our multicourses,” explains Amy, noting that the trail dimensional approach,” says Amy. which led the publishing house to their The Lademanns have been involved Naples doorstep was the result of articles in the fitness industry for more than 30 published in the Chicago Sun Times and years. “While my career began in aerobics, elsewhere about their training of athletes. I went on to complete instructor training For hopeful authors that have never in dance fitness programs such as the Nia worked with a publisher, Amy offers inTechnique, Bellatone, Barre and Zumba,

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sight. “It was a 30-month ping-pongprocess; writing, re-writing and testing workout programs, all the while keeping in mind that the book would be read by people who may have never worked with us. Next came photo shoots and more re-writes. We’re not sure how we managed to fit this into operating a Pilates teacher-training program, conducting speed camps for athletes and students, working with clients and collaborating daily with our staff of 10 fitness professionals,” quips Amy. Sharing their knowledge and helping people live their best life via a book was a challenge. The Lademann’s are elated that Pilates & Conditioning for Athletes: An Integrated Approach to Performance and Recovery is now available for purchase. Each chapter stands alone and details our integrative methodologies. Readers can use recommended tools, exercises and workouts at home, on the road or in the Naples facility. Beyond Motion is located at 11985 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. A, in Naples. For more information, call 239-254-9300 or visit Go2BeyondMotion.com. See ad, page 60.

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requiring refrigeration. Lemon extract and coconut oil are key ingredients in their all-purpose spray, dishwashing solution and fabric refresher. Microscopic dust mites live in upholstery, carpets and mattresses. They are the cleanup crew for the millions of dead skin cells humans shed daily. “If a child is allergic to dust mites, get rid of the carpet. Hang blinds on the windows. Vacuum heat vents,” Solomon says. “Use allergen-free pillows, no down or feathers, and a mattress cover. Wash it and bedding once a week. Reduce the number of toys and stuffed animals in use, wash [them] frequently and store others. Go unscented.” Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, reviews mattresses for adults and babies at Sustainable Slumber.com/reviews. “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gas from the mattress and disrupt sleep, but also trigger allergy symptoms, asthma and hives,” she says. “An organic mattress is a better choice.” Natural fabrics are the best option for bed linens. Kathryn Kellogg, author of the Going Zero Waste blog in Vallejo, California, lists 17 sustainable and eco-friendly bedding brands. For her own use, she chose organic cotton sheets from a family-owned business


(Tinyurl.com/EcoFriendlyBeddingBrands). Pajamas are also important. Look for comfy organic fibers that wick moisture, are hypoallergenic and fire-resistant. Merino wool’s millions of tiny air pockets create a micro-climate to keep sleeping kids toasty in cold weather and cool in summer heat. Pallet furniture is trendy, but keep in mind that chemical residue or insecticides may remain in the porous wood, as well as E. coli or listeria from food transports. A safety checklist can be found at Tinyurl. com/PalletSafety. Often overlooked, indoor mold can live year-round in damp places like bathrooms. A DecoLife bath mat made of natural diatomaceous earth and resilient plant-fiber is antibacterial, non-slip and contains no colorants. It dries within three minutes to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Instead of dropping wet towels and washcloths into the hamper, hang them to dry and launder weekly. Lemon juice keeps faucets sparkly clean and fresh-smelling. Vinegar cleans glass shower doors. Ditch the old shower curtain; most are made with PVC and release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain. Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stone-like, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Tinyurl.com/TheDailyShepTips. Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@mindspring.com. March 2019

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n exotic escape, as well as a feast for the senses, Assuage Luxury Spa, with locations in Fort Myers and Naples, specializes in care for the body and nurturing for the soul. “The latest addition to our spa services menu is the CBD Cannabis Massage, which promises relief from muscles soreness, chronic pain, tension and stress,” says owner Tehjan Prendiville. “This expectation is easily met as cannabidiol (CBD) lowers heart rate and blood pressure, resulting in deep rest and relaxation.” Also effective in treating headaches, anxiety and arthritis, all Mary’s Nutraceuticals CBD oil products used in the whole body massage are extracted from flowers of organic, Colorado-grown hemp plants. The non-greasy, transdermal Elite Compound and the Muscle Freeze applied to particularly tender muscles and joints are used in combination. Assuage Luxury Spa is located 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, in Fort Myers, and 1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 1, in Naples. For appointments, call 239-333-1450. For more information, visit AssuageCenters.com. See ad, page 21.

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low, Oak, or Orange Woods. Learn the history of the wand, what it is used for and how to cleanse and empower it. All materials included; bring your own embellishments such as crystals, gems etc. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, MARCH 1 Salon Discount Day – 9am-3pm. Deep conditioning treatment, plus blow-dry and style $15 ($60-$70 value). Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. 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. FortMyersArtWalk.com. Reiki Healing Circle – 7pm. Let the power of reiki help promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Reiki Level I Certificate – 9am-3pm. With Maryann Chirichella. $150. 6CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admissions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 16. Usui/Holy Fire Reiki I and II Workshop – Mar 2-3. 9am-5pm. Receive attunements for Reiki I and II; learn hand positions to send reiki to yourself and others; and to send distance reiki. There will be time to practice all techniques in class. Bring a lunch. Info: Pattie: 774-209-9393 or Pattie@pCarney. net. Register: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

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Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Weekend Childbirth Education – Mar 2-3. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com. Reiki Class Level I – 10am-4pm. Happehatchee, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. Register: Lenka.org. Astrology and You Workshop: A Personal Journey – 1-2:30pm. In the first class, discover how temperament and modalities most clearly express how you respond to stimuli and react under tension. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Unit 300, Ft Myers. RSVP: 437-5141. Wand Construction – 2pm. Make your own wand using local materials available. Choose from Wil-

Yoga Fest Naples – 10:30am-4pm. Hosted by Health and Wellness Sanctuary of Southwest Florida, featuring unlimited participation in yoga classes of many styles by area teachers for all skill levels, guided meditations, healing modalities, wellness and healthy food vendors and live music. Yoga and fun games offered for kids. Tickets: $22/Eventbrite. com, $30/door; $5/w/o yoga. North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd. Info: 269-2221. Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back – 1-3:30pm. $40. Revival Yoga Fitness Studio, 760 N Collier Blvd, Ste 107, Marco Island. 393-3400. RevivalYoga StudioMarco.com. Intro to Wicca – 2pm. 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. Argentine Tango Milonga – 3-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. Sunday Night Alive: Possibility Is Not Real At Its Origin – 4:30-5:30pm. Join Rev Denise Schubert for this weekly lecture series designed to explore spiritual laws and principles in a practical and pragmatic way so that we are empowered to live more authentically and powerfully in the world.

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An Evening of Value – Immerse yourself in your SELF – 6:30-7:30pm. Join to embrace, embody and express the qualities of community. Mar 6: Unity; Mar 13: Oneness; Mar 20: Inclusivity; Mar 27: Community. Includes meditation, contemplation, music, journaling and dialog. $15/members, $20/ nonmembers (register online, pay at the door). Beacon Executive Suites, Community Rm, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info@OpenPath.live. OpenPath.live.

$15/members, $20/nonmembers (register online, pay at the door). Beacon Executive Suites, Community Rm, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info@ OpenPath.live or OpenPath.live. See ad on page 65 and news brief on page 10.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Live Blood Cell Analysis – With Brandi Stewart. Call the store to sign up; this event sells out quickly. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 992-5838. Alzheimer’s Symposium – 8am-12:15pm. National experts will share information about mind and brain maintenance, healthy aging and memory care. Presented by Florida Gulf Coast University and the Alvin A Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center. Family caregivers, health care professionals and others interested in the care of memory-impaired persons welcome. $50 CEUs. FGCU Cohen Center Ballroom, Estero. Register by 2/22: 437-3007. Info@AlzheimersSWFL.org. 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. Conscious Living Circle – 11:30am-12:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm. A weekly opportunity led by a skilled facilitator to interact in a group setting exploring how we might address real life circumstances from a spiritual perspective and live our daily lives with increased power, poise and confidence. $10/members, $15/nonmembers (register online, pay at the door). Beacon Executive Suites, Community Rm, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info@OpenPath.live. OpenPath.live.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Restorative Yoga – 6pm. Alexis Moss will lead a gentle, restorative class using sound bowls, guided meditation and relaxing postures. Open to all levels. Includes hot tea and snack after class. $15. Café Nutrients, 285 9th St S, Naples. 919-8732. Studying the Master Teachers – 6:30-7:30pm. Join every Tuesday in March to study Dr Michael Beckwith, the founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center and author of many books, including Spiritual Liberation. $10/ members, $15/nonmembers (register online, pay at the door). Beacon Executive Suites, Community

Rm, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info@OpenPath. live. OpenPath.live. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: FBCNaples@gmail.com or NaplesBirthCenter.com. Restorative Yoga and Live Music with Girish – 7pm. Yoga with Miriam while listening to Girish perform Kirtan and mantra singing. $30/advance, $35/door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. 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: 3/12. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Salon Discount Day – 10am-3pm. Deep conditioning treatment, plus blow-dry and style $15 ($60-$70 value). Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Live Blood Cell Analysis – 10am-6pm. Sells out quickly; call store for an appointment. FGS Naples, Marquesa Plaza, 13040 Livingston Rd, Ste 19, Naples. RSVP: 353-7778. Intro to Transcendental Meditation (TM) – 2pm. Learn about the benefits and principles of TM, how it can be so effortless and how it compares to other meditation practices. TM Center, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. RSVP: 227-2926 or Naples@tm.org.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 7 National Federation of Spiritual Healers – Mar 7-9. The Healing Trust Energy Healing Therapy and Healer Development Training with Karen CoratelliSmith and David Karg. Learn the energy healing technique of Harry Edwards, the world-famous UK spiritual healer. Offers hands-on experience and tools to self-heal and heal others; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. $425 plus $35/membership fee. Naples. Preregister/prepay: 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast.net nfsh-TheHealingTrustTrainingusa.org. CBD and Inflammation – Stop by their CBD Bar and learn about the amazing benefits of taking CBD. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive a free sample. For Goodness Sake Bonita Springs, 9118 Bonita Bch Rd. 992-5838. Salon Discount Day – 9am-3pm. Deep conditioning treatment, plus blow-dry and style $15 ($60-$70 value). Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. 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. Spiritual Practices – 12:15-1pm or 6:30-7:15pm. A weekly opportunity to participate in a variety of spiritual practices: meditation, contemplation, jour-

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Pisces New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. The Sun and Moon are in Pisces, signaling a time of inner reflection and your connection to source, returning home. Let the expanding harmonics of the singing bowls lift you back into the stars reunite with the universe and all its forms. Be the light you are. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.

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naling, chanting, conscious breath, yoga; all support our spiritual growth by allowing us to deepen our connection to the stillness and sacred nature within. $15/members, $20/nonmembers (register online, pay at the door). Beacon Executive Suites, Community Rm, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info@ OpenPath.live. OpenPath.live. 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. Songwriters at Sunset Beach BBQ and Concert – 4:30pm. A BBQ will take place prior to the concert. All proceeds will benefit the future visitor center. Concert in the gazebo – will seat 80 people. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. FriendsOfLoverKey.org. Usui/Holy Fire III ART & Master Workshop – 6-9pm, Thur; 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun (3/9 & 3/10). Receive attunements for ART and master levels. Learn advanced reiki techniques. As a master, learn how to prepare to teach reiki workshops. $245. Bring a lunch. Info: Pattie: 774-209-9393 or Pattie@pCarney.net. Register: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Orchid Alliance Show and Sale – Mar 8-10. 10am-5pm, Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat; 10am-3pm, Sun. Roger Hammer, a professional naturalist and former manager of the Castellow Hammock Nature Center

for the Miami-Dade County Parks Department for 33 years, will be the special guest speaker at 11am, Mar 9. Many orchids will be showcased and American Orchid Society judging will be held throughout the event. $7/admission ($6 with ad). North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Rd, Naples. 2696389. GulfCoastOrchidAlliance.com. See ad on page 11 and news brief on page 12. 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. ThePathOfBeing.com. 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 for 20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com. Mystery Walk – 6-8pm. Join the mystery every second Friday of the month in the River District. Registration begins at First and Hendry streets, in front of Iberia Bank. Free to play; leisurely stroll through the core downtown area finding the mystery locations; finish by 8pm to enter for cash prizes. Age-friendly. Downtown Ft Myers. RiverDistrictEvents.com. Comfort Care Massage with Heart – Mar 8-10. 6-9pm, Fri; 9am-6pm. With Delores Gozzi. $375 plus $20 supplies. 20 CEU: State; 20.5 CEU: National. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admissions@

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SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Reiki Level II – Mar 9-10. 8:30am-6pm. With reiki master Silvia Casabianca. Review hands protocol. Learn three symbols to access higher sources of energy, clear blockages across time. Build strong affirmations. Distance healing. $275 before March 1st. $310 thereafter. 18 FL CEUs, LMTs, nurses, therapists. N Naples. Info/location: 948-9444. Preregister: EyesWideOpenC.com. March in the Park – 9am-3pm. 11th annual Plant and Garden Art Sale, major fundraiser of the Garden Club of Cape Coral. Vendors, speakers, master gardeners, kid’s booth, prizes. Free admission. Jaycee Park, 4125 SE 20th Place, Cape Coral. GardenClubOfCapeCoral.com. Thai on the Table – 9am-3pm. With Susan Farhat. $229. 12 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admissions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 16. All Day Retreat – 9am-4pm. With Dr Laura Baltodano, DVM. City of Palms Chiropractic, 11621 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 80, Ft Myers. 509-339-3129. DrLaura@TheWellnessDoctor.com. Mediumship Class – Mar 9-10. 10am-5pm. With Jay Higgins. Steps to protect, connect, and understand energies. Help connect with your guides. Steps to connect to spirit and identify their personalities. Spirit communication covered. $100/advance, $125/ door. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com.

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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. TheMysticalMoon.com. Pendulum Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and program your pendulum. Also learn how to use your pendulum for divination, to find lost objects, to dowse and to test energy fields and chakras. Free charts available. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Crystal Bowl Sound Immersion – 10am & noon. With Cathy Blair. Bathe in the loving harmonics of the singing bowls clearing the past while focusing on what you choose to create. Let the sounds carry your visions of community and unity up into the arms of Creation. Relax and become the sound and the light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The

Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: HU – The Most Beautiful Prayer. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Forgive to Live – 12:30-3:30pm. With Rev Mark Anthony Lord. Learn what forgiveness is and what it isn’t; how it really works; your part in the forgiveness equation (which is so much easier than you think). Receive powerful, easy-to-do forgiveness practices that will begin working for you immediately. $30 includes lunch. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. UnityNaples.org/project/forgive-to-live. Sunday Night Alive – Only Butterflies Can Explain – 4:30-5:30pm. Join Rev Denise Schubert for this weekly lecture series designed to explore spiritual laws and principles in a practical and pragmatic way so that we are empowered to live more authentically and powerfully in the world. $15/members, $20/nonmembers (register online, pay at the door). Beacon Executive Suites, Com-

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munity Rm, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info@ OpenPath.live. OpenPath.live. See ad on page 65 and news brief on page 10. Sacred Sounds Gong Bath with Bowls – 6:30pm. 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. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.

MONDAY, MARCH 11 CBD and Seniors – Stop by our CBD Bar and learn about the amazing benefits of taking CBD. Mention you saw this in Natural Awakenings and receive a free sample. For Goodness Sake Bonita Springs, 9118 Bonita Bch Rd. 992-5838. Nu Tango Practica – 8-9:30pm. Also 3/25. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Prosperity Now – 11am or 6:30pm. Thru Apr 16. With Rev Mark Anthony Lord. Book: The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity by Edwene Gaines. You are formed and fashioned to have unlimited spiritual and material abundance. Learn and practice the principles of true prosperity. $40 plus commitment to tithe. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. UnityNaples.org/project/prosperity-now. Reclaiming Florida’s Future for All – Mar 12-13. 6:30-8pm, Tue (training); 10am-4pm, Wed (advocacy day). Join to learn about the issues and how to effectively communicate with legislators on Tuesday. Rally and attend legislative meetings on Wednesday. Issues: transition to renewable energy; water quality and quantity; growth management; resiliency; reduce single-use plastic; and climate justice. Tallahassee. Register: RethinkEnergyFlorida.org.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Salon Discount Day – 9am-3pm. Deep conditioning treatment, plus blow-dry and style $15 ($60-$70 value). Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Art and Nature Community Night – 6-9pm. 2nd Wed. Organic food, wine, and beer for purchase, poetry, drum circle, featured local artists and musicians, yoga and more. Shangri-La Springs Resort, 27740 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. ShangriLaSprings.com. 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. TheMysticalMoon.com. 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 spring equinox. Become a visionary of world peace and harmony. Let the loving harmonics of the master alchemy singing bowls gift you clarity of purpose. $20/online or $25/door. Bring pillow and blanket for


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THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Intro to Transcendental Meditation (TM) – 11am. Learn about the benefits and principles of TM, how it can be so effortless and how it compares to other meditation practices. TM Center, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. RSVP: 227-2926 or Naples@tm.org. Shop Local Day – 11am-2pm. Local Florida vendors, artists and musicians will be in store offering samples and educating customers about all that Florida has to offer. For Goodness Sake Bonita Springs, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd SE. 992-5838. Special Makeover Event – 2-7pm. Free makeovers by appointment with makeup artists Shanna Bynes of Jane Iredale and rep for La Bella Donna, mini-facials, including a cleanse and moisturizer, food and wine, along with prize drawings and discounts. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr, N, Ste 207. Info/register: 514-4494 or OrganicSkincareAndBodyworx.com. Intro to CBD with Rooted Apothecary – 6pm. Ryan from Rooted Apothecary will go over the basics of CBD oil, what it does for the mind and body, how to use it, and a run through of the products offered by Rooted Apothecary. $20. Café Nutrients, 285 9th St S, Naples. 919-8732. Reiki Level I – 7pm. Learn hands-on healing method of universal life force energies. Information will be given on the chakras, auras, connecting to energies and crystal works. Attunement and certification available upon completion. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 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. RiverDistrictEvents.com. A Man and His Prostate with Ed Asner – Mar 1516. 7pm. Unity of Naples presents seven-time Emmy award-winning television icon, Ed Asner starring in his new comedy stage play, A Man and His Prostate, raising awareness to men’s health in a comical and poignant show. Also see Mar 16 listing. $50/GA or $150/VIP. 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Tickets: 7753009 or UnityNaples.org. See spotlight, page 21. 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. FireflyWithin.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Marco Yoga Fest – 8am-4pm. Third annual event hosted by Revival Yoga Fitness Studio. $20/session

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or $50/all-day access. St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1101 N Collier Blvd. Info: RevivalYogaStudioMarco.com or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. See ad on page 34 and spotlight on page 20. Foam Rolling Techniques – 9am-3pm. With Katie Jones. $149. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admisions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 16. An Introduction to Ayurveda – 10am-12:30pm. Join Jamie Verley for this inspirational, educational and empowering special event. Learn the basic principles of Ayurveda and how to apply them to your daily routine, diet, lifestyle and more. $15/ members, $20/nonmembers (register online, pay at the door). Beacon Executive Suites, Community Rm, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info@OpenPath. live. OpenPath.live. See ad on page 65 and news brief on page 10. Mystic Faire Celebrates 15 Years – 10am-6pm. More than 60 psychics, healers and vendors will offer their artistic wares and health services: massage, reiki, animal communication, tarot, mediums, angel portraits, feng shui, crystals, candles, incense, spiritual art, books, jewelry, Native American art and drums, angel art, mandalas and refreshments in a large food court. $5, 13 and under/free. Etudes Dance Studio, 3285 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples. 949-3387. OneWorldOneLight.org or NewVisionLearning.net. See ad on page 62 and news brief on page 14. 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 for 20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 2286949. GoddessIAM.com. Food as Medicine Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of foods to reverse diseases and create radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the Conquering Any Disease Food-Healing System. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. 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.

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MONDAY, MARCH 18 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night; the perfect place to see the sunset and moonrise. Includes equipment and a Certified Florida Master Naturalist guide. $50/person. Ft Myers. RSVP: GAEA Guides: 694-5513.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Smudging and House Cleansings – 2pm. Learn how to smudge your space to remove negativity. Also, learn how to do a deep house cleanse, not only to clear, but also for protection. Many items can be used and a heavy-duty recipe and materials will be given out to do so. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind Workshop – 7-9pm. With Jeffrey E Berger. The gut-brain-axis (GBX) connection is no joke. Begin your journey to a healthier gut and healthier mind with a holistic approach to improve your mental wellness. Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th St Ave, Cape Coral. 716-570-2150. Jeffrey@nulife.biz. See ad on page 32 and news brief on page 12.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 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: 3/27. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Trim and Tone Med Spa Open House – 4-7pm. RSVP to enter to win a free Cryoskin service treatment. 13020 Livingston Rd, Unit 16, Naples. See ad, page 39. Full Moon 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. GoddessIAM.com. Sacred Sounds Full Moon Equinox Gong Bath/ Bowls – 6:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke and expand the current zodiacal expression and its qualities. Experience the energy of vibrational awakening, cosmic connection. 3-D mandalas, aromatic blends, sacred sounds of the empowering gongs and ethereal bowls accelerate energetic healing, spiritual awakening and emersion into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $20. Altered Elements, 5630 Yahl St, Ste 1, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealingSacredSound.com. Intro to Transcendental Meditation (TM) – 7pm. Learn about the benefits and principles of TM, how it can be so effortless and how it compares to other meditation practices. TM Center, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. RSVP: 227-2926 or Naples@tm.org. Spring Equinox and Full Moon Sound Immersion – 7:30pm. With Cathy Blair. A 33-crystal bowl attunement honoring your journey of the 2019 zodiac; a time of renewal and resurrection. Receive frequencies of inspiration, wisdom and peace and seed the planet. Commit to your mission and its piece of the plan while receiving downloads of cosmic light. Bring beach chair and blanket. $30 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. Space is limited. RSVP: 403-9170.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 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. FortMyersLaserDentist.com.

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Sacred Sounds Gong/Bowl Ceremony Equinox/ Full Moon – 6:30pm. Join Dana House in connecting to the divine spark within through the energies of grace-filled gongs and blissful-bowls using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance our powers of creative expression. Come prepared to leave all your limitations behind and begin fully living the divine spirit that you truly are. $20. Paradise Wellness and Event Ctr, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Ste 11, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 239-571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 CBD and You – Stop by our CBD Bar and learn about the amazing benefits of taking CBD. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive a free sample. For Goodness Sake Bonita Springs, 9118 Bonita Springs. 992-5838. Second International Conference Grandparent Alienation – 8:30-4:30pm. Resources for grandparents cut off from their grandchildren. Guest speakers and Q&A. Knowledge is power. $25 includes breakfast and buffet lunch. Day 2: 10am-2pm (different location) Naples Daily News Bldg, Community Rm, 1100 Immokalee Rd. Info@aga-fl.org. aga-fl.org. Salon Discount Day – 9am-2pm. Deep conditioning treatment, plus blow-dry and style $15 ($60-$70 value). Also receive a free $20 gift card at the end of appointment. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799.

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Live Music Yoga with Lee Harrington – 9:30am. Lahoma will guide attendees through a gentle basic yoga class while listening to Lee live. $10/drop-in plus cash donation for music. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com. See news brief, page 18. Sacred Sound Gong Bath/Bowls – 6:30pm. Join Dana and other cosmic counterparts. Connect to your initiating spark that shines through the holistic resonance of the invocative gongs and the grace filled bowl using 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends to enhance our powers of creative intension. Bring pillow, blanket and mat. $20. Soul Shine Spiritual Center, 20 Marco Lake Dr, Ste 11, Marco Island. RSVP: 571-5234. Quantum Healing-SacredSounds.com. Kirtan with Lee Harrington – 7:30pm. Lee and her band will lead call and response chanting to uplift, purify and open your heart. $25/advance, $30/door. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. LoveYogaCenter.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Big 3 Mandatory’s – 9am-3pm. With Tony Kicklighter. $90. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admisions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 16. Manual Lymphatic Drainage 101 – Mar 23-24. 9am-3pm. $320. 12 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admisions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 16. 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. ThePathOfBeing.com. 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: 3010655. TheMysticalMoon.com. Brain Fair – 1-5pm. A free family educational fair to increase awareness of brain injury, learn prevention; and services available. Presentations by medical professionals, local agencies and informational venders are the highlight. Collier County South

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Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Pkwy, Naples. MiraclesAmongUs.org. See news brief, page 13. 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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Naples Health and Beauty Expo – Noon-4pm. Discover all the latest trends for looking and feeling your best all in one place. Demos and guest speakers. Vendor booths still available. Tickets: $10/ online or $15/door. Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 821-5119. See news brief on page 16 and ad on page 45. Intro to Transcendental Meditation (TM) – 2pm. Learn about the benefits and principles of TM, how it can be so effortless and how it compares to other meditation practices. TM Center, 4947 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 205, Naples. RSVP: 227-2926 or Naples@ tm.org. Fermented Food Make-n-Take Workshop – 2-5pm. This food class is gaining huge recognition as disease-reversing and radiant-healthpromoting food and drink. Gain knowledge about and make the foods and drinks to take home with you to ferment on your own counter. Held in a private home. $45. RSVP required: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Sunday Night Alive – You Are NOT a Noun – 4:30-5:30pm. Join Rev. Denise to explore spiritual laws and principles in a practical and pragmatic way

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Smudging and House Cleansings – 7pm. Learn how to smudge your space to remove negativity. Also, learn how to do a deep house cleanse, not only to clear but also for protection. Many items can be used and a heavy-duty recipe and materials will be given out to do so. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. SLAM Storytelling at FGCU – 7-9pm. Storytelling performances by students, faculty, and the local community. Contest consists of 5-7 minute stories on the theme of School. Bower Arts Complex/Wasmer Art Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University. Free. Directions and details: JoelYing.com/fgcu.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Intensive – Mar 27-31. 9:30am-3:30pm. With Paulette Grotrian. Learn new tools for living with greater ease, joy, resilience and balance. Up to 24 CEs. Some scholarships available. $500. Integrative Mindfulness, 3372 Woods Edge Cir, Ste 102, Bonita Springs. Register: 734-276-7707. See ad, page 49. Healing Night Sound Bath – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Step into the healing chamber of the Himalayan pink salt while 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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Trager for Daily Life – 6:30-8pm. With Trager practitioner Silvia Casabianca. Do less to move freely. You can re-educate muscles and brain to become pain-free and overcome restriction. Experiential class. No prerequisites. Bring mat. Suggested donation: $15. Be Well Clinic, Naples. 948-9444. Preregister: BeWellNaples.com. Naples Storytelling Guild – 7-9pm. Experience the power of storytelling to connect, inspire and


captivate. Join the storytelling circle. Come to listen or share a story. Office of Dr Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. JoelYing.com/nsg.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Community Healing Session – 6:15pm (arrive); 6:308:40pm (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. Karen: 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast.net.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Auriculotherapy Basic for Massage Therapists – 9am-3pm. $180 plus $30 supplies (ear stimulation kit/pads/chart). 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admissions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad on page 25 and news brief on page 16. 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. Crystal Bowl Restorative – 1-3pm. $40/advance, $35/after 3/23. Revival Yoga Fitness Studio, 760 N Collier Blvd, Ste 107, Marco Island. 393-3400. RevivalYogaStudioMarco.com.

Eckankar Spiritual Skill Shop – 2:30-4pm. Topic: ECK Wisdom on Solving Problems. Learn a spiritual exercise (HU) to awaken awareness to higher states of consciousness. Bonita Springs Public Library, 26876 Pine Ave. 482-4034.

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Healing Neck and Shoulder Pain Workshop – 2-4:30pm. With Meredith Musick. $45/by 3/30 or $50/day of. The Yoga House Naples, 6200 Trail Blvd. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Sunday Night Alive – For Something, Against Nothing – 4:30-5:30pm. Join Rev Denise Schubert for this weekly lecture series designed to explore spiritual laws and principles in a practical and pragmatic way so that we are empowered to live more authentically and powerfully in the world. $15/members, $20/ nonmembers (register online, pay at the door). Beacon Executive Suites, Community Rm, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ft Myers. Info@OpenPath.live. OpenPath.live. See ad on page 65 and news brief on page 10.

plan ahead MONDAY, APRIL 1 Alternative Medicine Courses – Classes begin. Bachelor’s degree alternative medicine courses includ: Introduction to Homeopathy, Principals

of Acupuncture, Stress Reduction and Relaxation, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Detoxification and Healing and more. Everglades University: 855-723-9087. EvergladesUniversity.edu. See ad, page 7. Special Makeover Event – 2-7pm. Free makeovers by appointment with makeup artists Shanna Bynes, of Jane Iredale and rep of La Bella Donna, mini-facials, including a cleanse and moisturizer, food and wine, along with prize drawings and discounts. Organic Skincare & Bodyworx, 13240 Tamiami Tr, N, Ste 207. Info/register: 514-4494 or OrganicSkincareAndBodyworx.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 First Annual Health and Wellness Faire – 10am5pm. Multiple panel discussions, member-based exhibitors, demos, yoga and fitness classes and more. Panel topics include food and mindfulness. Hosted by The Holistic Chamber of Commerce of SWFL. $5 donation. Crowne Plaza Bell Tower, 13051 Bell Tower Dr, Ft Myers. HolisticChamberOfCommerce. com/capecoral. See ad, page 23. Spiritual Festival – 10am-6pm. Co-hosted by Goddess I AM and Unity Church of Naples, this event will feature a curated gathering of the area’s best speakers, psychics, healers and yoga teachers. Yoga classes, healing circle, readers and healers; meditations and lectures featuring Rev Mark Anthony Lord and Panache Desai; music, local vendors and food trucks will be available. 2000 Unity Way, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com.

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daily Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at SouthFloridaAl-Anon.org. 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 AlzheimersSWFL.org. Group Dance Classes – Mon-Thur. 7pm, Mon, Tue & Thur; 6:30pm, Wed. Group dance classes for social dancers and those who would like to learn how to dance. Open to the public. $15/class or $75/ month. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio. com. Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center – Thru Apr. 9am-4pm, Mon-Sat. Enjoy the visitor center, marine life touch tanks, art gallery, gift shop and nature trails with viewing platform. Themed naturalist programs offered daily on topics such as manatees, sharks, sea turtles, marine life and more. 300 Tower Rd, Naples. Register: RookeryBay.org/ calendar. Yoga in Nature – Edric, Tara, Mary and Erika offer a variety of yoga classes, including sunrise, evening and weekend classes; family and kids yoga, kundalini, peaceful yoga, restorative, slow flow and intermediate yoga. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.

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. FNPSCoccoloba.org.

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Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. 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. ChurchOfSpiritualLight.org. Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463. CSLCapeCoral.com. 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. UnityOfFortMyers.org. 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. NaplesUnity.org. Spiritualist Service – 10-11:30am. With Michelle Love. This traditional service includes spiritual healing, inspirational message and evidential greetings from Spirit. Check website for visiting mediums. Donation. Light The Way, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. LightTheWayNaples.com. Royal Palm Park River and Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-2pm. 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.

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Office@uunaples.org. uunaples.org. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700. uucfm.org. HAPPE Art En Plein Air – 2-4pm. Guests will draw or paint the sacred landscape of Happehatchee. Explore the landscape of old, undeveloped Florida,

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under the canopy of very old oak trees and bamboo nestled along the Estero River. Instruction offered. $10/drop-in. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.

meditation and deep relaxation. No yoga experience necessary. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

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 Kessel.Joyce@gmail.com.

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. MiraclesAmongUs.org.

Gaia Coffeehouse Sundays – 4-7pm. 3rd Sun. Listen to local singer/songwriters share their original songs and the stories that inspired them. Relax, sip coffee or tea and have a light snack BYO wine/beer. Donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. HouseOfGaia.org. Live Local Music Concert – 4-7pm. 4th Sun. Donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. HouseOfGaia.org. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. 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. LoveYogaCenter.com. Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. Barbara S: 410-0081. FoodAddicts.org. Drum and Dance Circle – 6:30-9pm. Drummers, dancers, jugglers, everyone welcome. BYO chair and instrument or come just to enjoy. Under the pavilion by the water in Centennial Park, Ft Myers. Facebook page: Fort Myers Drum Circle.

monday Qigong Class – 9-10am. Qigong involves performing gentle movements that are correlated with the inhalation and exhalation of the breath. $7/class. East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr, Naples. 601-2966. WhiteDoveQigong.com. Chair Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Chair yoga is gentle, utilizing either one or two chairs, rather than a mat. Use the chair for modified poses or simply stand next to it for support. $10 packages available. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Yoga on the Gazebo – Thru May. 9:30-10:30am. With Sandy McShanefor. Bring yoga mat, water and any props needed. A portion of proceeds donated to FOLKS. $10/class, plus park entry fee. Lovers Key State Park, 8700 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Bch. 463-4588. Beaches Alive – 10am. Thru Apr. Two-hour beach walk guided by a naturalist. Sponsored by Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. Barefoot Beach Preserve, Bonita Springs. Kundalini Yoga – 11am-noon. With Cindy Bender. This practice combines movement, breathing,

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Drum Circle Social Inclusion – 6-6:30pm. Donation. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. HouseOfGaia.org. 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. FireflyWithin.org. STRENGTH Class – 6-7pm. Full-body conditioning class. $20/single.  Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Schedule: Go2Beyondmotion.com. 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. rictra@earthlink.net. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@ hotmail.com. Rockin’ Your Qi – 6:30pm. With Dr. David Martin. Join Dr David Martin and get your energy, body and endorphins flowing with this fun music and movement class. No partners needed. first- timers free; $15/drop-in or $50/package of 5. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. LotusBlossomClinic.com. 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. NaplesUnity.org. Group Class –7-7:45pm. $15. Nu Tango Practica: 8-9:30pm. 3/11 & 3/25. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 3049013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. 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. TheGurdjieffSocietyOfFlorida.org. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun Kelsang Sangzin. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. MeditationInFortMyers.org. 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. FoodAddicts.org. Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. MeditationInFortMyers.org.

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tuesday Santini Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Big Papa’s BBQ, as featured on the Food Network, local seafood, fresh produce, OJ and local honey, cookies, kettle corn, French bakery, Greek food, guacamole, arts, crafts, local photography, jewelry and more. Free parking. 7205 Estero Blvd, S Ft Myers Bch. Info: 41Markets.com. CREW Marsh Trails Guided Walks – Thru Mar. 9am-noon (except Christmas and New Year’s Day). Select dates: 4600 Corkscrew Rd (CR850), Immokalee; Bird Rookery Swamp Trail, 1295 Shady Hollow Blvd, Naples. Schedule/register: CrewTrust.org. 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: Go2BeyondMotion.com. Women’s Overeaters Anonymous Step Writing Meeting – 10am. Free. 9470 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Ste 104, Estero. Sandy: 973-809-5338 or Helen: 247-0385. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Midday Meditations – 11am. Take a break in nature and recharge your spirit through guided meditation and sacred sound healing. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. Meditation and Discussion – Noon-1:30pm. Following a half-hour meditation, stay and participate in an interactive discussion based on Rev Clive deLaporte’s previous Sunday’s topic. The public is invited to experience either event or both. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Belly Dance Classes – 6:15-7:15pm (beginners); 7:30-8:30pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $65/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 7685575. BellyDanceSWFL.com. 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. The 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. HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com. 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 RefugeRecovery.org. 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. 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. FoodAddicts.org. 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. lllFlorida.com. West Coast Swing Group Class –7-7:45pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com. Spiritual Development Group – Thru May. 7-8:30pm. 1st Tue. Join with other like-minded people who value learning and developing spiritually. The circle is led by Patti Wilson, a spiritual coach and Theta Healing practitioner. Topic: Chakras. $20. Register/info: 599-4224. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. SpiritualCoach@hotmail.com.

wednesday Beach Baptist Farmers’ Market – Thru May. 8am-1pm. Currie’s award-winning BBQ, French food, Cuban sandwiches, crepes, cookies, roasted corn, gourmet coffee, cheeses, dips, local seafood, farm-fresh produce, local arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, beach clothing, gifts and souvenirs. Free parking. 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Beach. Info: 41Markets.com.

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: Go2Beyondmotion.com. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Exploring Coastal Habitats – 10am. Through Apr. Guided walk to the estuary and along a sandy trail to the beach. Sponsored by Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. Free. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. Qigong Class – 10-11am. With Jason Wechs. 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. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $55. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. The Naples Doll Club – Thru Apr. 11:30am. 1st & 3rd Wed. Meetings and workshops are open to all who love and enjoy the beauty of dolls, from vintage to contemporary. Mayflower Congregational Church, 2900 County Barn Rd. Info: 440-572-1223 or Razzdazz28@aol.com. Tai Chi Eight-Form – 2-3pm. With Sondra Dansby. This hour-long class focuses on eight forms of tai chi. It helps to improve posture, balance, fall prevention, reduce blood pressure and restore emotional balance. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.

Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com. 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. UnityOfFortMyers.org. Art and Nature Community Night – 6-9pm. 2nd Wed. Organic food, wine, and beer for purchase, poetry, drum circle, featured local artists and musicians, yoga and more. Shangri-La Springs Resort, 27740 Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. ShangriLaSprings.com. 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. lllflorida.com. 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. AllstarDanceStudio.com. 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. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.com.

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: Go2BeyondMotion.com.

Crystal Bowl Meditation and Spirit Messages – 7pm. With Nikki Marie. This class offers the perfect opportunity to recharge your energy, rebalance your chakras, reconnect to your higher self and strengthen your connection with spirit. $20 ($10/ session 2x/week). Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. RSVP for gate code: 754-444-9779. TheGypsySeaWitch.com.

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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. HouseOfGaia.org.

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. FoodAddicts.org. Qigong Class – 9-10am. Qigong involves performing gentle movements that are correlated with inhalation and exhalation of the breath. $7/class. East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Dr, Naples. 601-2966. WhiteDoveQigong.com. 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. 

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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. FamiliesAnonymous.org.

learns and takes the necessary steps to develop spiritual awareness. Exploring natural abilities for: spiritual healing, prophecy, spirit communication/ mediumship. $20. Light The Way, 5600 Trail Blvd, Ste 15, Naples. LightTheWayNaples.com.

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. 6913653.

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.

thursday Santini Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 8am-1pm. Big Papa’s BBQ, as featured on the Food Network, local seafood, fresh produce, OJ and local honey, cookies, kettle corn, French bakery, Greek food, guacamole, arts, crafts, local photography, jewelry and more. Free parking. 7205 Estero Blvd, S Ft Myers Bch. Info: 41Markets.com. 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. AHolisticApproachCenter.com. 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. FoodAddicts.org. 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. rictra@earthlink.net. Visit: Rosen.gallery. 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. FoodAddicts.org. Midday Meditations – 3pm. Take a break in nature and recharge your spirit through guided meditation and sacred sound healing. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Ashtanga Primary Series – 6-7pm (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. LoveYogaCenter.com. 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. UnityOfFortMyers.org. STRENGTH Class – 6-7pm. Full-body conditioning class. $20/single.  Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Schedule: Go2Beyondmotion.com. 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. Calming Meditative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 3rd Thur. With Kandy Love. This class integrates postures and breathing to reestablish quietness and stillness as a choice in daily life. All levels. No yoga experience necessary. Bring your own yoga props. Some props are available. $18/class, $30/2 classes. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. LotusBlossomClinic.com. 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: HolleyRauen@gmail.com or Drawdown.org. Spiritual Development Circle – 6:30-8pm. Michelle Love utilizes proven methods. The group

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. $10. RSVP: JennyLotusBlossom@gmail.com. LotusBlossomClinic.com. 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. FoodAddicts.org. 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. AllstarDanceStudio.com. 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. FtMyersfa@gmail.com. Refuge Recovery Women’s Group – 7-8pm. 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 RefugeRecovery.org. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. MeditationInFortMyers.org.

friday Yoga Practice – 9-10:30am. Share a safe, quiet space to practice yoga together. Bring yoga props and join for an informal session with Kandy or Jenna Love doing their mat practice; follow along or do your own thing. They will provide hands-on educational assistance, as needed. $10-$15 love offering. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-8815 or YoginiKandy62@gmail.com. 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: Go2BeyondMotion.com. Beachcombing and Shelling Talk – 10am. Thru Apr. A one-hour talk by a naturalist. Sponsored by Friends of Barefoot Beach Preserve. Free. Barefoot Beach, Bonita Springs. FriendsOfBarefootBeach.org. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples. lllSunshineState.org/naples. Hatha Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. With Meredith Musick. All levels. $10. The Yoga House, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 269-8846. MeredithMusick.com. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon.

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

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

BEE LAN LIM, ACUPUNCTURE PHYSICIAN 3411 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 302, Bonita Springs • 239-390-0065 BonitaHarmonyHealth@gmail.com

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."

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

An acupuncture physician since 1986, Dr. Murdoch has devoted his life to helping people recover from mild and severe injury and illness. Also utilizing functional medicine, he has worked in hospitals and has treated patients of all ages and states of health. In addition to television and radio appearances, Dr. Murdoch has authored three books and has been published in the British Medical Journal, Red Flags, and Acupuncture Today. See ad, page 55.

PHYLLIS C. WEBER, AP

Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 GulfCoastAcupuncture.com 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 11.

FIREFLY WITHIN, LLC

Karin S Wolfe, CBS Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • FireflyWithin.com Info@FireflyWithin.com 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

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!

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DR JOEL YING, MD

2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • JoelYing.com Support body, mind, and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate board-certified internal medicine, natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. As a physician-educatorstoryteller, he can help you change the story of your life. Join a course or storytelling event, or schedule an office visit.

AYURVEDA CHRISTINA CARLIN, AYURVEDIC PRACTITIONER

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.

Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276 AOHMassage.com

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.

ROLFED IN PARADISE, INC.

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 RolfedInParadise@gmail.com • 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).

PAULA TERRY, LMT

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.

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STUART WRIGHT, ND

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 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.

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 21.

THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE

All phases of dentistry for optimum health, holistic, bio-compatible dentistry: sedation dentistry, removing of toxic metals, replacing them with bio-compatible materials, laser dentistry for painless surgeries and extractions, Zirconia/ceramic implants, natural bone augmentation/ Plasma Rich Growth Factor, oral DNA testing and add gums to receding gums. See ad, page 52.

DENTISTRY

Rosalind (Roz) Fusco LMT, CT 239-571-9816 • MA27876 CleansingSprings.com

LASER DENTISTRY

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.

RB INSTITUTE, INC.

C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • RobynBerry.com 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 66.

CUPPING

Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • FortMyersLaserDentist.com 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 27.

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

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: Happehatchee.org/our-events.

ENERGY HEALING

POWER OF TOUCH

Mary Radewahn 4156 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-571-2903 • PowerOfTouchNaples.com 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 18.

Collier/Lee Counties

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 BonitaDentalStudio.com

Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 E Commercial Blvd., Ste 208 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 • GoNaturalDentistry.com

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REV. KAREN CORATELLI-SMITH

nfsh-TheHealingTrustTrainingusa.org HugsForHappiness.com 239-692-9120 • KSmith727@comcast.net Certified instructor & practitioner, NFSH-The Healing Trust & ThetaHealing. Past Life Regression Counselor, Shaman Mesa Carrier, CranioSacral therapy, Esoteric Healing, Seraphim Blueprint, spiritual counselor.

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ENERGY MEDICINE MARY PAT FITZGIBBONS, RN, HTCPI 740-607-4038 HealthworksHealing@gmail.com

Learn Healing Touch, through an accredited program offered locally and help others feel better. Experience a Healing Touch session for yourself to have less pain, stress and anxiety. I will come to you. Call for information.

ESSENTIAL OILS I LOVE OILS, INC.

Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers 33967 • 239-362-0385 • 586-604-3500 ILoveOils.com Southwest Florida's primary resource for essential oils, educational classes, kits, diffusers and more. Check our website to RSVP for classes and special events.

FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE HUGHES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE Pamela Hughes, D.O. 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com

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

ZORAYDA “JIJI” TORRES, MD, ABIHM, IFMCP

Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • UpstreamMD.com 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.

WELLBRIDGES, INC

9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax DebPost.com 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 55.


GREEN CLEANING

HEALTHY COOKING SERVICE

CRUNCHY CLEANING BY CINDY

Cindy Bisanti 239-202-3151 • CrunchyCleaning.com Natural Products: CindyBisanti.norwex.biz Non-toxic, non-chemical, eco-friendly housecleaning. Homemade products, Norwex cloths and essential oils will make your home sanitized and safe for family and pets. Order natural products at: CindyBisanti.norwex.biz.

HEALTHIVISM BY ROSINA, LLC

Rosina Alessi, Certif. Health Coach, Plant-Based Chef 240-810-2670 • HealthivismByRosina.com Contact@HealthivismByRosina.com 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 20.

SHANTELL’S CLEANING SERVICE

239-699-0174 Facebook.com/ShantellsCleaningService Your professional, stress-free and environmentally-friendly residential cleaning option. With years of experience, we’ll clean your home like it is our own. Free estimates.

HEALTHY DINING CAFE NUTRIENTS

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.

Good nutrition and regular exercise definitely help you cope with life’s dramas. ~Terri Irwin

FOOD & THOUGHT ORGANIC FARM MARKET & CAFÉ

2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • FoodAndThought.com 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.

WYNN’S MARKET

141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 • WynnsOnline.com 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 37.

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

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

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EYES WIDE OPEN

239-948-9444 • SilviaCasabianca.com

APRIL

Sustainable Living plus: Creative Arts Therapy Our Readers are Seeking:

Green Home & Building Renewable Energy Resources Expressive Arts Therapy Healing Sound & Music

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.

THE PATH OF BEING

A Gift and Book Store for Conscious Lifestyles 15248 S Tamiami Trl, #300, Ft Myers 239-437-5141 • ThePathOfBeing.com We offer classes and meditation that will help you find peace. Join us and share your journey of selfdiscovery.

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Mental & Emotional Well-Being plus: Healthy Vision WOMEN’S HEALTH ISSUE

HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH EMPOWER U HEALTH COACHING BY AMANDA

Our Readers are Seeking:

Amanda Laukaitis Certified Holistic Health Coach 978-257-3238 • EmpowerUHealthCoaching.com

Energy Healing Life Coaches Spiritual Practices Relationship Counseling Natural Eye Care

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Brain Health

plus: Green Building Trends Our Readers are Seeking:

Counseling/Therapy • Functional Medicine CBD • Neurologists • Eco-Furnishings

Amanda holds a certificate in PlantBased Nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She helps busy women who want to transform their bodies using a plantbased diet easily transition with personalized coaching programs.

MEDICAL SPA ASSUAGE SPA

9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • AssuageCenters.com

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Collier/Lee Counties

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 21.

NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET

7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 AdasMarket.com Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market-prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 61.

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NUTRITION JENNIFER BARRELL, MS, CNS, LDN

D-Signed Nutrition 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com Family medical nutrition therapy providing individualized programs for every life stage to restore health and wellness. Detox, GI issues, weight management, food sensitivities and allergies. See ad, page 11.

D-SIGNED NUTRITION, LLC

Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • D-SignedNutrition.com 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 11.

PSYCHOTHERAPY ROBERT M. CICIONE, LCSW, ANXIETY & STRESS RELIEF SPECIALIST Sunshine Professional Center 9200A Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Spgs 34135 401-441-7028

Reclaim your health and happiness. Breakthrough stress and anxiety method (T.R.U.) comes to Florida—powerful, effective, scientifically proven, brief, safe, lasting, adults, adolescents, children. Call today for an evaluation.

KATHLEEN D’ORSI, LCSW 239-513-0255 • 732-672-5069 KathleenDorsi.com KDorsi@comcast.net

Lets talk! Together we can reduce anxiety with energy healing and psychotherapy. Restore balance in your body and remove the effects of trauma. Set your intention and give me call for information and to schedule a consultation. See ad, page 43.

DOROTHY RODWELL, LMFT & RTR THERAPIST

AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • AHolisticApproachCenter.com Specializing in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), Dorothy can help free you from trauma (sexual, PTSD, illness), anxiety, depression, grief and more. RRT is a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of couples therapy. See ad, page 55.


REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI

Downing-Frye Realty, Inc Naples • 239-269-7788 Klbeatty48@aol.com • KarenBeatty.com 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!

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

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.

TELEMEDICINE DR. GERKEN’S HEALTH SPA

Eric Gerken, DC 239-415-1122 • DrGerkensHealthSpa.com Curious about bio-identical hormones? Nutritional status? We have convenient home-testing kits online. Institute of Functional Medicine (ifm.org) trained. Call Laurie.

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

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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