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Welcome to our annual Women’s Health edition— but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty here for men, too! With spring in the air and the opportunity this Mother’s Day to honor the women in our life who nurture and support us, I especially enjoyed Marlaina Donato’s blissful feature “Her Soul in Bloom: SelfCare for All Stages of Life,” on page 36. Reading it was a great reminder of how important me-time and self-nurturing has been along my journey. Looking back through the stages of my adult life as a mother, daughter to aging parents and eventually publisher at the helm of the mothership supporting our family of 70 Natural Awakenings publications, I learned that to be sustainable I have to put myself on the priority list, too. Being women we’re gifted with an innate ability to multi-task and even pride ourselves on how good we are at doing it all; however, research confirms that it can come at a steep price. Many women, and particularly mothers, struggle with giving themselves permission for self-care. Mother’s Day is only one day out of the year, so we have to fill our own cups to actually have more to give others. Giving to ourselves doesn’t need to require elaborate effort or cost much money. It may simply be telling loved ones that you’re going to take a few minutes of meditation, or go for a walk in nature, or get a massage. Only you know what will fulfill your needs. I’ve found it usually takes a healthy dose of self-love to stake out this time. Our women’s health issue also spotlights a timely and critical development in “Toxic Legacy: Breast Implant Warriors Unite,” on page 46. Editor Linda Sechrist demonstrates the power of many voices when they speak as one to demand answers and federal action. With record numbers of women and teenagers—400,000 each year— undergoing implant surgery, the health risks are becoming too well documented to ignore. You’ll want to pass this along to friends and family. Running saved my sanity when my kids were young, so I really enjoyed Randy Kambic’s interview with “Peter Sagal on Running Toward Mindfulness, ” on page 34. The popular National Public Radio host talks about healing a wounded psyche by unplugging and embracing the natural world—and you don’t have to run a marathon to do it. Mother Earth is a great healer. I’ve been hugging trees and talking to plants for as long as I can remember, but I wasn’t always tuned into what they might be saying to each other. April Thompson’s “Plants Talk: Discover Their Secret Language,” on page 34 is a fascinating look at how they communicate to defend themselves and assist their neighbors in the most extraordinary ways. Whether you are male or female, witness the sweet blossoms of life everywhere. Love is in the air, stop and breathe in its fragrance—often! Motherly Hugs,
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Contents 28 GIVE MOM A SPIRITUAL LIFT FOR MOTHERâ€™S DAY
30 PLANTS TALK
Discover Their Secret Language
34 PETER SAGAL ON Running Toward Mindfulness
36 HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life
38 WHEN EMOTIONS
Bodywork for Trauma and Grief
40 HEALTHY HAIR FROM THE INSIDE OUT 44 VISION QUEST Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes
46 TOXIC LEGACY
Breast Implant Warriors Unite
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he largest Qigong event in the U.S. will take place from June 22 to 24 at Kissimmee Heritage Park Center, in Kissimmee, Florida. Creating sacred space for 1,000 attendees, Jeff Primack, Qigong practitioner and founder of Supreme Science Qigong Center, is the producer of this renowned Qi Revolution. This once-a-year, three-day event is designed to help unlock innate healing power to create your best life. Using the most Jeff Primack effective breathing techniques, qigong will activate the body’s strength. In addition to this profound energy, food-healing secrets will be revealed. Cost: $199/all three days. U.S. veterans attend free. Massage therapists earn 24 CE hours. For more information and tickets, call 800-298-8970 and/or visit QiRevolution.com. See ad, page 27.
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Corrections The email addresses of Laura Cavanagh, of Prime My Body, and Massage Green Spa were misspelled in last month’s News Briefs. The correct addresses are LauraCavanagh@comcast.net and MassageGreenSWFL@ gmail.com.
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runchy Cleaning by Cindy is offering $50 worth of organic and ecofriendly cleaning products for the first mother that engages her services on an ongoing biweekly basis. The size of the qualifying residence needs to be at least 1,400 square feet. Owner Cindy Bisanti Cindy Bisanti adopts a safe cleaning system that was developed in Norway that uses enzyme-based cleaning products to safely and effectively break down many types of dirt and bacteria plus disinfects with just warm water. She has also begun to offer educational sessions on safe cleaning methods. “More than 200 chemicals are found in the cord blood of newborns. This is just from what has transferred from the mother at birth,” she says. “For women, especially moms, it’s time to make your home a safe haven and protect yourselves and your families from such harmful chemicals. Studies even show that women that work out of the home are 54 percent more prone to cancer now than those that work in an office, simply because they are surrounded by cleaning products at home. It’s time to put an end to this.” For more information including the special offer, call 239-2023151, email CrunchyCindy@gmail.com or visit CindyBisanti. Norwex.biz or CrunchyCleaning.com. See ad, page 68.
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Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.
hypertension from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA. swfl.NaturalAwakeningsMag.com
Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.
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U.S. Heart Disease on the Rise Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with diagnosed
Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.
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Selenium and CoQ10 Provide Lasting Benefits
Walking, cycling, climbing stairs and other aerobic activities may improve brain function not only in older people, but also in younger folk, according to a Columbia University study published in Neurology. The study recruited 132 people between 20 and 67 years old that didn’t exercise and had below-average fitness levels. Half stretched and toned four times a week for six months and half exercised aerobically on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine. When they were evaluated for their executive function thinking skills—regulating behavior, paying attention and achieving goals—the aerobics group improved twice as much as the stretching group. “The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,” says study author Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.
Swedish seniors that took coenzyme Q10 and selenium during a fouryear study were still benefiting 12 years later with a reduced cardiovascular mortality risk of more than 40 percent. In the original study, Linköping University researchers gave 443 independently living seniors over 70 years old either a placebo or 200 milligrams of CoQ10 and 200 milligrams of selenium per day. Those on the supplements showed a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, improved heart function, less hospitalization, more vitality and a better quality of life. Twelve years later, the researchers examined autopsies and death certificates, and found the supplement-takers had a lower risk of death compared to the placebo group, even if they had diabetes, high blood pressure or ischemic heart disease.
Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain
First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer low-weight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.
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Digital Receipts Gain Momentum
Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product returns, but the vast majority serve no future purpose; thereâ€™s also a better and safer option than paper. Treehugger.com reports the annual waste from receipts in the U.S. totals 686 million pounds, and that skipping receipts would save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 1 million cars on the road. The problem is getting worse as many retail outlets include special offers and other promotional information on receipts, making them longer and the corresponding amount of paper used greater. The Ecology Center, an educational nonprofit located in San Juan Capistrano, California, estimates that 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), endocrine disrupters that are used as color developers to help make the receipts more legible. However, the presence of either makes them ineligible for recycling. 18
According to Green America (GreenAmerica.org), BPA that can be “absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds,” can impact fetal development and “is linked to reproductive impairment, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions and other health concerns.” Employees that regularly handle receipts have 30 percent more BPA or BPS in their bodies. In January, California Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation (AB 161) nicknamed “skip the slip”, which would require retailers to offer digital receipts to customers. If it passes, it will be the first such law in the country.
On the Brink
Monarchs Need Species Protections
Being listed as part of the Endangered Species Act would protect monarch butterflies. In the 1980s, about 4.5 million butterflies spent winters along the California coast. This season’s stay is shaping up to consist of only about 30,000. Fully 99 percent of the species listed under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 are still with us today. To urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give monarch butterflies the proven protection of the Endangered Species Act in June, sign the petition at Tinyurl.com/ProtectTheMonarchs.
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Hatching a Record
Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again
Being at least 68 years old didnâ€™t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The worldâ€™s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her matefor-life Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now theyâ€™ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials. 20
As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.
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Higher federal standards for energy-efficient light bulbs established two years ago are in the process of being rolled back by the U.S. Department of Energy, part of a move toward widespread deregulation by the current administration. Consumers stand to lose about $100 per household per year in electric bill savings if the higher standards are not implemented, say critics. The wasted energy could result in more power plant pollution, which harms the environment and contributes to health problems like asthma. The plan would also stifle innovation, eliminating a powerful regulatory incentive for manufacturers and retailers to invest in high-quality, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk
The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with county-by-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.
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About 50 polar bears that usually hunt seals from ice floes have found new cuisine in the garbage dumps in the remote Russian island military town of Belushya Gubam, about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow. Its 2,000 residents, long accustomed to the occasional bear strolling through, now call it a “mass invasion” as the curious bears peer into windows, stare down barking dogs and dig through trash. Russia’s environmental response agency has sent in a crisis team that is studying how to remove the bears without killing them. The Barents Sea that the bears inhabit is undergoing what a recent study called a “rapid climate shift” from Arctic Ocean temperatures to warmer Atlantic Ocean-like temperatures; the entire western side of the island is now ice-free year round.
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What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up, and remake the world for the better. ~David Bornstein, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Idea
An Entrepreneur Optimizing Mental Health
by Lisa Marlene
ow to become a humanitarian entrepreneur, where to find an organization to align with that fit into the category or whether he possessed the temperament for this kind of work were questions that weighed on the mind of Jeffrey E. Berger until he discovered Amare Global. It was the mental wellness company’s mission to create a holistic mental wellness platform that connects a purpose-driven community of passionate people that attracted Berger. After several successful careers that included network marketing, Berger was especially intrigued by Amare Global’s innovative, science-backed and clinically tested natural products that could meet the needs of individuals suffering with mental health issues as much as he was eager to be part of an organization that was a leader in the global mental wellness revolution.
“Everything about Amare Global aligned with my purpose to help people and my talent for social network marketing. Previously, I had been involved in three other network marketing companies and received extensive training on how to brand myself and be a knowledgeable advocate for natural and holistic modalities such as homeopathy,” advises Berger. Berger’s first foray into multilevel marketing was with a global company that sold health, beauty and home care products. “The aspects that most appealed to me were being part of a community, serving others, becoming self-sustaining and being in business for myself, but not by myself. All my years in corporate America as a software engineer, I had worked hard for someone else. Being self-employed and creating a community of like-minded and passionate entrepreneurs made much more sense to me,” says the Cape Coral resident. While Berger’s family lineage includes a plethora of conventional medical professionals, he is quick to admit that he grew weary of the toll that believing only in the advice of doctors took on family members. “My dad, who was diabetic and had heart disease, had a leg amputated and was on many different medications before he died. I’m diabetic, and I have other family members who suffer with anxiety, depression, heart disease and addiction. I decided that I don’t want to be a part of that lineage, so I’ve chosen to focus on prevention and wellness rather than sickness and disease. My family’s history and issues with mental health, as well as my desire to reverse diabetes naturally with lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise and supplementation, are what inspired me to become an Amare Global wellness partner and use their products that focus on the gut/brain connection and reset the microbiome to aid in mental wellness. “Mental health and mental illness are increasingly considered to be the same thing, but they are not. Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has physical health. I want to help people optimize their mental health and live a life full of mental wellness,” enthuses Berger, who is grateful that he found his niche in social entrepreneurism. “I dream to leave a legacy of change in the world of natural health and mental wellness by helping people to start treating their body like the temple it is.” For more information, call 716-570-2150 or email Jeffrey@NuLife.biz. See ad, page 30.
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Give Mom a Spiritual Lift for Mother’s Day
by Yvette Lynn
f Mom has recently uttered phrases such as, “The world is going mad,” or, “Things are moving too fast and I just can’t keep up,” consider giving her a spiritual lift this Mothers Day, along with that beautiful bouquet of flowers. Give her a gift certificate from any one of the local retailers that offer metaphysical gifts and let her not only pick out what inspires her most, but also to soak up the special ambiance of each location.
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Silver Eagle Gallery has, along with an impressive collection and exceptional inventory of handcrafted sterling silver jewelry from Native American artists, a gallery of rare minerals, rocks, healing crystals and chakra stones. Sage, natural incense, Himalayan salt lamps, knives, metaphysical books and other items are also available.
Goddess I Am Healing & Art Center focuses on conscious living and healing; it is filled with artwork, books, incense, crystals and natural body products, as well as jewelry, tarot cards and oracle cards. The center holds a monthly psychic fair, as well as classes and workshops that include everything from jewelry making to journaling, coloring mandalas and psychic development. 600 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples, 239-228-6949. GoddessIAM.com. See ad, page 58.
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hile flowers are We underestimate by increasing defensive known to lean what plants can chemistry—things that make a plant distasteful or toward light, a do because their toxic to predators,” he says. growing body of research communication is Researchers noticed that is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and control plants also seemed invisible to us. scents—and then herald to respond to their neigh~Heidi Appel the news to their neighbors. bors being attacked. Far from being passive life Since then, Schultz, forms, members of the plant kingdom are Karban and other investigators have discovered that plants emit complex profiles adept at interacting with their environof odors in the form of volatile compounds ments and with each other. “Plants don’t have specialized sense that can be picked up by other plants, as organs, but like animals, plants are very well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the capable of sensing their environment. They Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found perceive cues, weigh different alternatives that plants under duress emit chemical and allocate resources in very sophisticated cues that trigger nearby plants to increase ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of their defenses. entomology at the University of California These odors vary with the type of at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing threat and time, working to attract poland Communication. linators during the day and fending off enemies at night, Schultz says. A plant being eaten by an insect may release a chemical Better Living Through that attracts predatory insects looking for Chemistry herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive Early evidence of plant communication was advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your discovered by accident, according to Jack enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the Schultz, senior executive director of research plant being attacked.” development at the University of Toledo, Smells are just part of a plant’s multiin Ohio. “In the 1970s, researchers began sensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor to notice plants under attack respond
in the Department of Environmental Scinatural balance sheet. Simard discovered these Plants have no special ences at the University of Toledo and one of networks had hubs—typically older “mother sense organs, so their Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with trees”—that can connect to hundreds of sophisticated sense of saplings and send them excess carbon that can collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of hearing is very surprising. quadruple their survival rates. Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Simard also found that trees engage in ~Heidi Appel Her lab exposed plants from the mustard “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasfamily to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, ing their natural defenses in response to with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the damage inflicted on their neighbors, but only if the mycorrhizal wind or other insects, and found that those vibrations didn’t networks of fungi that aid in sending such messages are intact. effect the same defensive-priming response as that of the plantSimard’s research seeks to understand how environmental threats munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs, so like climate change and logging may further disrupt these comtheir sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel. munication networks. Recognizing all of the communication that exists between plants, we might wonder if human words of encouragement can Nature’s Networks help them grow. Perhaps, but not for the reasons one might hope, Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical says Appel. “Whenever we feel a sense of connection to another signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. life form, we are more likely to take better care of it,” says the Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the researcher. “We underestimate what plants can do because their University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the communication is invisible to us. Yet we also have to be careful underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with about overestimating their abilities. We need an understanding to one another below the ground in complex ways. be driven by science, and not wishful thinking.” Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This unApril Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Contact derground network links root systems of trees together, enabling her at AprilWrites.com. them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of
Transcendental Meditation A Commitment with Benefits by Linda Sechrist
ranscendental Meditation (TM), brought to the West in 1959 by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, is an ancient technique that is simple, easy to learn and enjoyable to practice. Not a religion, philosophy or lifestyle, more than six million people of all ages, cultures and religions throughout the world have learned how to practice TM twice a day. Taught one-onone by certified TM teachers, individuals learn to dive deeply below the surface of the active, agitated, thinking mind to gain access to a field of calm that lies within each of us. Today’s epidemic of stress, which impacts memory, the ability to sleep, blood pressure and other body functions, makes learning a meditative technique that has been subject to 40 years of scientific studies more important than ever. Naples resident and retired nephrologist Dr. Syed Asad views TM from the perspective of health. “TM significantly improves the body’s ability to deal with stress and fatigue. If Dr. Syed Asad I had known about it while I was practicing medicine, I could have benefited from TM tremendously,” says Asad, who has been practicing TM for nearly four years.
He states, “The first year or so of retirement was exciting. I was traveling and reading good books, doing things that I never had time for before. After a while, I began feeling a void, a lack of contentment, and wondered, ‘Is this all there is after retirement?’ I was intrigued, and acted on a suggestion to meditate that came from something that Dr. Deepak Chopra wrote. As a result of the discipline of sitting to meditate 20 minutes in the morning and evening, I’ve felt rested, calm, less agitated and stressed, plus it has impacted me in ways I hadn’t anticipated. TM allows for insights to figure things out for myself without any outside help, to prioritize choices and put them in the right order, improved creativity, and in the later stages of my practice, to understand myself better and be more conscious of people and circumstances around me, rather than by acting from preconceived ideas about them.” Rhonda Laurence began a TM practice in 2011 because of the many synchronicities that kept popping up. The same thing was happening with a dear friend in Miami. “We agreed to check out a TM center in both areas and compare notes. I’m grateful that TM has helped me to accept whatever it is that comes into my life, as well as to stay in the present moment and cope with changes and very stressful situations such as the recent death of my mom and selling her house,” explains Laurence,
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who notes that in contrast to her 25 years of practicing mindfulness, TM is easy, effortless and less time-consuming. “I loved mindfulness, the traditions of Buddhism, practicing with my sangha and dharma. While all those aspects took a lot of time, TM takes far less.” “Practicing TM enhances my life,” says Margaret Grant, a Naples resident who has been meditating for 37 years. For the past 35 years, she has been practicing the TM Margaret Grant Sidhi program, an advanced TM technique that speeds up the integration and development of full brain potential. “It creates more coherent brain functioning and better health. The inner and outer fruits it bears are noticeable. For example, life is increasingly effortless and I accomplish more while doing less. Even mundane, routine tasks are joyful. It’s like getting the green lights in life. I also notice more resilience when encountering complex situations with a lot of moving parts, like my relocation from New York to Naples,” says Grant. Michael Warner, director of the Naples/Fort Myers TM Center, learned to meditate in 1971. “Since then, more than 400 scientific studies have been published on the Michael Warner benefits of TM, which has been taught to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, victims of domestic violence and thousands of innercity school kids suffering from trauma. Meditators think of TM as a 20-minute dose of self-care, twice a day,” he advises. Considering the stress and hectic pace of modern life, it’s likely that many individuals could certainly use two doses per day. The Naples/Ft. Myers TM Center is located at 4947 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 205, in Naples. For more information, call 239-227-2926 or visit TM.org/Naples. See ad, page 51.
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he 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s award-winning weekly broadcast Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as a mode of survival—and hope, persistence, practice and love as vehicles of redemption. Sagal’s collection of deeply personal lessons encompasses the emotional spectrum of running, body image and the special bonding between fellow runners. His exhilarating guide to life suggests we keep moving forward in all ways. He also reflects upon the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he finished moments before two bombs exploded, and explores how running helped him cope with a devastating divorce, depression and more. Sagal is also a playwright, screenwriter and the host of PBS’ Constitution USA with Peter Sagal when he’s not writing about the recreation he took up in mid-life where he found himself “lost, in a dark place” after a personal crisis. He lives near Chicago with his wife, Mara.
After becoming a serious runner at nearly 40, when did you realize running had evolved
into something more than a simple mission to get healthy?
I was concerned about my weight, but mainly I was also concerned about getting older. I ran my first marathon in 2005 as an emotional reaction to growing older, and that’s when it all began to change for me. It struck me in a deep way as something I wanted to do better. I’ve rarely experienced the classic “runner’s high”—that endorphin-caused euphoria—although I do believe it exists. Rather, what’s more common is the sense that everything—body, mind—is working in concert, without discomfort, with strength, with ease. To paraphrase a line from Kurt Vonnegut, it’s when “everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts.”
As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging?
I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world and not with a screen in front of us. The reason we are up on two legs is so that we can look around and think. We’re supposed to ruminate.
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ur sport seems mindless only to people who never run long enough for any thought to form other than, ‘When can I stop running?’ But the only way to succeed as a long-distance runner is to do it mindfully, to be aware of the body and the world it is moving through. I think about my motion and my breathing, my muscles and their state of agitation or stress or relaxation. I note my surroundings—the downward slope I would never notice driving this street, the hawk’s nest I would never see for lack of looking up, the figure in a window caught in a solitary moment of their own. I think about the true meaning of distance—about the learning that comes from running a mile in your own shoes. From The Incomplete Book of Running, by Peter Sagal.
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I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running. We didn’t evolve these extraordinary brains and self-consciousness so we could outsource our thinking. Anybody who has done creative work knows what’s needed to do that is uninterrupted thought.
Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying?
What can non-runners take away from your book?
Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me.
Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.
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The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness.
Self-Care As Bedrock
HER SOUL IN BLOOM Self-Care for All Stages of Life by Marlaina Donato
o be female is to be Self-care does life coach and author of blessed with an innate not necessarily Expectation Hangover: Overgift for multitasking, coming Disappointment in have to involve Work, Love, and Life. but in our fast-paced, jamtime; it’s a way packed world, daily life for The San Diego-based most women is a juggling act motivational speaker views of being. that can come with a steep self-care to be as vital as edu~Christine Hassler price tag if self-care isn’t on cation. “Women are not taught the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and in high school and college how to take care feeling overwhelmed are all too common. of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so According to the National Alliance on important. I see so many young women Mental Illness, one in eight women experiwith adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating ence depression during their lifetime— disorders. All of that comes down to stress, twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled Each decade poses unique challenges. For underbrush of daily logistics. There can women in their 20s and early 30s, combe a deep longing for identity well into the paring and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accommothers’ generation opened doors, but so pany women 60 and older. By passionately many 20- and 30-something women have and joyously taking care of body and spirit, interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything women of any generation can find renewal. and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler, 36
Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our selfesteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”
~Dr. Kelly Brogan
Benefits of Self-Nourishment
Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more metime, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop peoplepleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shapeshifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”
Our Emotions As Wellspring
For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s
Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. ~Teigan Draig rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.”
SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES Schedule me-time on the calendar. Unplug from gadgets. Spend lunch breaks in the park. Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. Wear your favorite jewelry. Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. Choose a healthy breakfast. Play, be silly and be a kid again. Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. Abandon perfectionism. Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.
Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know what we need and act on that.”
Thrive With Small Changes
Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com. May 2019
The Body’s Pain Language
WHEN EMOTIONS ARE PHYSICAL
Bodywork for Trauma and Grief
by Marlaina Donato
assage is often associated with spa-like pampering, yet it is also an effective therapy for reducing physical and emotional pain. Bodywork can lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones, which in turn helps to balance blood sugar and boost immunity. A surge of the feel-good neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine is also a natural perk of rubdowns.
On the emotional level, massage therapy can offer profound benefits for anyone experiencing acute grief or the effects of a traumatic past. A Swedish study published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that bereaved individuals that received 25-minute hand and/or foot massages once a week for eight weeks felt greater comfort and were more capable of coping with stress.
When the “fight-or-flight” stress response is activated in the presence of danger or emotional distress, the body has one objective: get us to safety. Yet, many times, the amygdala—the part of the brain that plays a key role in this process—becomes hyper alert and falsely perceives danger when there is none. Trauma becomes hardwired into the nervous system. Pain syndromes and tension are common symptoms. No matter what the pattern for handling trauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to repress emotions, and it will create tension in the form of “armoring” to defend against unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological experience. Body tension that results from unresolved trauma will not respond to only releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, practice focuses on releasing emotional patterns locked in tissue memory. “When the nervous system is frozen in a state of
Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.
threat long after the actual threat is gone, all of the body’s activities of healthy regulation are challenged. This affects not only skeletal muscles, but also smooth muscle such as what’s found in the gastrointestinal tract. Sleep problems and teeth grinding can also result.”
Cellular Memory and CranioSacral Therapy
Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattle-based CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”
uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy
thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. Marlaina Donato authored Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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Melanie Nickels, owner of Raw Hair Organic Salon, wholeheartedly agrees with Pitzono regarding providing hair with the proper amounts of protein and moisture by eating right and supplementing an organic diet with whole food supplements, vitamins and minerals. “Just as important is what we use on our hair when cleansing, styling, coloring or using any ‘chemical’ services which Melanie Nickels alter the natural state of hair,” advises Nickels. Speaking from more than 22 years’ experience as a working stylist, Nickels calls attention to other things that cause thinning or hair loss. Inner factors include the imbalance of hormones from thyroid issues, pregnancy, menopause, heart problems, and stress. Outer factors are chemicals in the water such as chlorine, ammonia and metals, as well as products with strong chemicals used to color, bleach, perm and relax hair. “Cheap-quality hair products can cause build-up and also lead to hair loss,” notes Nickels.
Hair Loss and Iodine Deficiency
n a glossary for writers, 400 words are noted for use by book authors seeking help in describing the hair of their characters. The plethora of terms used to describe everything from color and styles to cuts, movement and scent shouldn’t come as a total surprise, because hair reveals so much about an individual’s personality and lifestyle. Also considered a universal sign of youth and vitality, hair is a window into an individual’s health, because it grows from the inside out. Hair, like every other part of the body, requires more than topical enhancement, including the right vitamins and minerals to remain strong and healthy.
Toxic Beauty Products
Thyroid hormones help control the growth of hair follicles. When thyroid hormone levels are low, hair follicles may stop regenerating. Over time, this may result in hair loss. For this reason, people with an iodine deficiency may also suffer from hair loss “I test all my patients for iodine levels. Only one in 100 has adequate amounts. Indi- Dr. Carol Roberts viduals using pink Himalayan sea salt need to realize that because it is not iodized, they should supplement with elemental potassium iodide, or they can use kelp or edible forms of seaweed such nori or dulse, and eat shellfish if they are not allergic. Don’t buy salt that isn’t iodized and don’t be afraid to use it,” advises Carol Roberts, M.D., who practices at Naples Center for Functional Medicine, formerly the Perlmutter Health Center. Roberts sees many patients not getting enough protein, especially vegans that don’t consume foods like bone broth that contain collagen. She advises them that because hair is made from collagen, they need to get theirs from a plant-based collagen builder that includes a complete protein, such as hemp. Vegans also need to make sure they are getting enough vitamin C and biotin, a B vitamin crucial to hair and nails.
Maria Bella Pitzono, a Naples stylist specializing in organic hair treatments, is a 30-year veteran of the beauty industry. Pitzono’s awareness of what it takes to keep a client’s hair healthy is the result of serious health issues that nearly led her to leave her profession 15 years ago. “We didn’t know then about the toxic chemicals contained in the Maria Bella Pitzono products used by nail technicians and hair stylists, and I had my hands in them every day. The results were severe allergies and a fibroid tumor on my uterus, ” notes Pitzono. Suffer from thin, weak hair, chemical sensitivity, hair orVitamin and Mineral Deficiencies Stress and a poor diet can also render hair lackluster or cause Deb Post, ARNP, owner of Wellbridges, in eyebrow loss? early hair loss and thinning. “I see vegans with dull, lifeless and I use only the highest quality organic Bonita Springs, cautions that to lose more thin hair that won’t hold color. This tells products me that they aren’t eating for natural looking hair and brows. than the normal 100 hairs a day is a sign of enough protein. One client’s sleek hair became frizzy. She elimi• organic keratin bodily stress. “Doses of biotin that are too nated gluten, healed her leaky gut issue, and her hair returned to • Hair cuts and color • eyebrow Microblading high can elevate levels of thyroid hormones its original state,” remarks Pitzono. and thyroid antibodies, stimulating the Pitzono counsels clients about why defiMaria cienciesBella are visible in Pitonzo Insidewhat Genesisingredients Non-GMO Vitamins thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid their hair, why eating organic is important and 877 91st Ave N Ste 4 | 315-569-6245hormone. This results in hyperthyroidism. they need to look for before buying any beauty products for hair, Anyone taking biotin should stop at least two skin and nails. “I share the knowledge I gained from research and days prior to taking a thyroid test,” she says. educating myself,” she says.
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In many cases, Dee Harris, owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs, finds that individuals are disappointed to see that biotin doesn’t always work with hair loss because the root cause hasn’t been addressed. There are other nutrients involved, including vitamins A, C, D and E. Iron and zinc deficiencies can also reflect in unhealthy hair or hair loss. Rather than having patients self-diagnose Dee Harris and over replete with mega doses of supplements, we encourage them to test, and not guess. Routine blood work gives us an indication of some deficiencies, while labs such as SpectraCell test for absorbed micronutrients. Hormonal testing for thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones guides us in the area of what to address to rebalance and improve health, which ultimately results in a healthy head of hair and improved overall vitality,” notes Harris.
Thin Hair Solutions
While a healthy head of curly hair might bounce, coil, twist and spiral, thin, curly hair acts differently. According to Mida, owner of H&M Hair Salon, in Naples, moderate layering and a little texturizing encourages curly hair to have more volume and make fine hair look thicker and fuller. “Using Ouidad organic color Mida with no ammonia prevents dry and brittle hair, as well as avoiding hairspray with alcohol,” says Mida, a certified curly hair specialist who is Vidal Sassoon-trained and organic color certified. Her salon is Quidad-certified. Edmond, another certified curly hair specialist at Salon Zenergy, in Naples, advises clients with thin hair to stay away from long hairstyles that only make hair thinner. A chin-length bob is better for a round face, and a long bob for a woman with a long neck and face. Minimum or moderate layering encourages the curl to have more volume. Another trick to add volume is fibrous Edmond hair powder made of keratin protein or natural hair fibers. “You can’t tell hair is thinning with this, because the moment it comes out of the container, it attaches to the hair and scalp. With a little waterproof hairspray, suddenly a woman looks like she has a ton of hair,” says Edmond.
PRP for Hair Rejuvenation
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for hair rejuvenation is similar to the popular PRP non-invasive facelift, which uses a vial of blood drawn from an individual. “It is spun in a centrifuge at intensely high speeds, causing the blood to separate into layers. Red blood cells, which comprise approximately 45 percent of blood, are forced to the bottom of the vial. White blood cells and platelets form a thin middle layer called a buffy coat, which comprises less than 1 percent of the centrifuged blood. After the centrifuge process is complete, the doctor or registered nurse removes the vial from the centrifuge and prepares the PRP solution for injection in
an area where there are hair follicles. This can be done for women and men; however it doesn’t work for total baldness. Three treatments are generally sufficient,” says Dr. Brian Smith, a practicing physician at Sagewood Institute, in Naples.
Coping Emotionally with Hair Loss
Hair loss has devastating psychological consequences for women because they equate hair with beauty. Carol Roldan, a licensed psychologist and owner of Revive Psychology, in Naples, has been specializing in helping women cope with life transitions for 10 years, not only as a therapist, but also as a yoga teacher. “When women are stressed by hair loss, I might recommend such things as Carol Roldan yoga, breathing exercises, the services of a reiki therapist, mindfulness and activities such as going to a support group, as well as setting realistic goals. If a woman is starting to lose hair because of a traumatic event, I recommend therapy,” advises Roldan. Self-acceptance is also very important, along with knowing and understanding our body. “Women and men should not depend on external values, but rather on internal values. Engaging in activities such as dancing, hobbies or contact with nature, or other things that bring pleasure and joy can help self-esteem issues that often accompany hair loss. Selfassurance affirmations such as, ‘I love and accept myself as I am,’ and, ‘Everything is the way it has to be in my life,’ are also helpful,” explains Roldan.
Maria Bella Pitzono, (inside Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins) 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. 315-569-6245. See ad, page 30. Naples Center for Functional Medicine, 800 Goodlette Rd. N., Naples. 239-649-7400 or HughesCenterNaples.com. See ad, page 71. Raw Hair Organics, 2940 Immokalee Rd., Ste. 4, Naples. 239-5970939. RawHairOrganics.com. See ad, page 55. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213, Bonita Springs. 239-231-8354. DebPost.com. See ad, page 58. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs. 239-676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 11. H&M Hair Salon, Heritage Court Plaza, 5020 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 102, Naples. 239-298-2569. MidaAdemaj64@yahoo.com. See ad, page 6. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 4, Naples. 773-882-7799. SalonZenergy.com. See ad, page 11. Sagewood Institute,801 Anchor Rode Dr., Ste. 304, Naples, 239-434971. SagewoodFL.com. See ad, page 55. Revive Psychology, Naples Professional Center, 4933 N. Tamiami Tr., Ste. 200; 12553 New Brittany Blvd., Ste. 32, Fort Myers. 239330-5397. ReviveOnline.org. May 2019
Supplements for Healthy Hair
eta Carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A. Food sources include sweet potatoes, carrots, dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, lettuce, chard and collards, butternut squash, cantaloupe, lettuce, red bell peppers, apricots, broccoli and podded peas. Biotin (B7) is a water-soluble B vitamin, which helps to convert food into fuel for body and helps metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It plays a role in gene regulation and cell signaling, which impact skin, hair and nails. Food sources are meats, cooked egg yolks, brewerâ€™s yeast and nutritional yeast, nuts and seeds, salmon, milk, cheese, yogurt, avocados, sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Silica helps balance calcium and magnesium, which affects hormones. A major component of collagen, it is vital for hair loss and shedding. Horsetail, which contains silica, is an excellent plant supplement. Food sources are apples, cherries, almonds, oranges, fish and seeds. Choline is a water-soluble B vitamin. It is an antioxidant
that helps with collagen and elastin production. It is also an antioxidant. Food sources include egg yolk, beef liver, grass fed raw dairy, cauliflower and broccoli. A go-to herb for hair is rosemary. Found in teas, shampoos, conditioners and capsules, it stimulates the follicles, increasing circulation and stimulating growth. Caution is necessary with rosemary because it blocks the production of testosterone. This herb is not suitable for lactating women.
Adaâ€™s Natural Market, 7070 College Pkwy., Fort Myers, 239-9399600. AdasMarket.com. See ad, page 43. Food & Thought, 2132 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples, 239-213-2222. FoodAndThought.com. See ad, page 10. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, 239-992-5838. ForGoodnessSakes.com. See ad, page 33. Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. GenesisNonGmo.com. See ad, page 52. Whole Foods, 9101 Strada Pl, Naples, 239-552-5100. 6891 Daniels Pkwy., Ste. 100, Fort Myers. WholeFoodsMarket.com. See ad, page 66.
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Personalized Chiropractic Treatments by Lillie Viola
he intention to become a physical therapist was what Debra M. Hopp, DC, had in mind until a friend introduced her to chiropractic therapy. “I fell in love with it immediately, and decided to change my career goal, largely because I realized that I with chiropractic, I could treat Dr. Debra Hopp pain and other health issues naturally without pharmaceuticals and all the rigmarole of conventional medicine. The one sure thing that I know is that people aren’t born medication-deficient,” says Hopp, who graduated in 1992 from Logan College of Chiropractic, in
Chesterfield, Missouri. She is also a certified acupuncturist. Wanting to be closer to family members, Hopp moved to Cape Coral and worked in the practice of another local chiropractor for one year before opening her own office, which has been a success. “I believe that one of the main reasons my practice has grown and why I have repeat, new and referral patients is because I spend quality, one-on-one time with each one. I practice from the perspective of getting to know my patients and personalizing their treatment, which can also include time spent designing a new lifestyle plan with better eating habits, exercises and stress management,” explains Hopp. Hopp’s tools of choice to help patients manage their pain are not only acupuncture and traditional chiropractic methods but also the Activator Technique. “It’s a handheld instrument that allows me to more gently perform a spinal adjustment. I am advanced rated activator certified,” advises Hopp, whose most recent addition to her toolbox is Chirothin, a weight-loss program that is all natural and helps to resets an individual’s metabolism. Dr. Debra Hopp is located at 4639 Del Prado Blvd., Ste. 10, in Cape Coral. To make an appointment, call 239-540-1300. For more information, visit DrHoppOnline.com. See ad, page 22.
Vision Quest Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes
by Melinda Hemmelgarn
ne of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common agerelated causes of vision loss. However, two specific nutrients— lutein and zeaxanthin—deserve special attention. These compounds uniquely concentrate in the macula, the centrally located part of the retina responsible for visual acuity, and are most vulnerable to oxidative damage from light exposure. Both are members of the carotenoid family, a large group of powerful antioxidant nutrients found mostly in fruits and vegetables, especially those with dark green, deep yellow, red and orange pigments. According to the National Eye Institute and the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin help absorb damaging ultraviolet light from the sun, as well as blue light from computer screens, digital devices and LEDs. “Think of lutein as a sort of sunblock,” says Elizabeth Johnson, research associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. Speaking at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last fall, Johnson described the yellow macular pigments— lutein and zeaxanthin—as “internal sunglasses” that protect the eyes’ photoreceptor cells. “Yellow pigment absorbs blue light,” 44
Johnson explains. The greater our macular pigment density, the more protection we have against light damage, and the better our visual function. As a bonus, macular pigment density also aligns with improved academic performance and cognitive function across our lifespan, reports Naiman Khan, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and director at the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Because lutein is actively transported into breast milk, Johnson suspects the compound is important to infant eye and brain health. Despite solid scientific evidence confirming the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin, there is no official recommended daily allowance. Johnson explains that Americans typically consume less than two milligrams per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams. Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and zeaxanthin are fat-soluble, lower amounts
found in avocadoes (0.4 milligrams in one medium fruit) are better absorbed. Further, simply adding an avocado or oil-based dressing to raw, dark leafy green salads will increase intestinal absorption. The same is true for egg yolks (0.2 milligrams per large egg). In a study of 33 older adults, published in The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that consumption of one egg a day for five weeks significantly increased blood levels of lutein and zeaxanthin without raising cholesterol levels. According to the National Eye Institute and their Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS), additional nutrients that benefit eye health include vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. When it comes to eating for eye health, here’s some more insightful advice:
Eat the “rainbow”. Choose a variety of colorful, organic fruits and vegetables daily; they are rich in eye-protecting carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin C. Whole grains, nuts and seeds provide vitamin E, and fatty, cold-water fish such as sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Vegan sources of omega-3s include walnuts, ground flax, hemp and chia seeds, or microalgae supplements.
Become familiar with the best food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin: lpi.OregonState.edu/mic/dietary-factors/ phytochemicals/carotenoids.
Obtain a physician’s approval before taking eye health supplements, and compare their effectiveness, safety and cost at ConsumerLab.com.
Stay informed: National Eye Institute, nei.nih.gov; AREDS studies: nei.nih. gov/areds2/patientfaq. 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.
Lentil Soup Provides Sound Nutritional Support for Women
Add lentils, spices, warm water and kombu if using. Cook at high heat until it starts to boil. Turn heat to medium/low, cover with a lid and cook for 30 to 45 minutes. After 20 minutes check to see if more water is needed and add it in small amounts, just to cover the lentils up to 1½ inches.
Soups are simple and nourishing comfort meals in a pot. For women seeking to balance hormones and maintain a healthy head of hair, this scrumptious soup made with lentils, a great source of protein and fiber, can help reduce estrogen levels. One of the most consumed legumes in the world, the lentil is known for its nutritional value. Seaweeds like kombu are a good source of iodine that aids the body in the production of thyroid hormones (in cases of hyperthyroidism, it is better to avoid iodine or consult a physician first). Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fat, antioxidants and healthy thyroid nutrients. Extra nutritious options to add include a handful of spinach or kale when the soup is warm and almost ready to be served.
Yields 2 to 3 servings. ½ tsp coconut oil ½ yellow onion, diced 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 carrot (medium size), diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1 tsp coconut aminos 1 cup green lentils 1 tsp each garlic powder and cumin 1 small piece of kombu (optional) 2 cups filtered water, better if warmed Black pepper and sea salt, as desired 1 avocado, diced Fresh parsley, chopped In a medium-size pot, warm coconut oil on medium heat. Add onion and garlic, mix and cook for 5 minutes (if it sticks add small amount of water). Add carrot, celery, coconut aminos and mix well.
Soup is ready when lentils are soft. Season with salt and black pepper. Note: If a garlicky flavor is desired, add one small, finely minced garlic clove at the end. When serving, top with avocado and parsley.
Detox Vegetable Soup
In a large pot, add onion and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes and fresh ginger. Stir and cook for 3 minutes, adding in ¼ cup water or broth as needed. Stir in turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper plus salt and pepper to taste. Add in water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add in kale, cabbage and lemon juice during the final 2 to 3 minutes of simmering. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Rosina Alessi is a certified integrative health coach and plant-based personal chef providing plant-based weekly meal preparations for individuals, couples and families, as well as for private events/parties. For more information, call 240-810-2670 or email Contact@HealthivismByRosina.com. See ad, page 38.
While cleansing and detoxing is good to do anytime, it is particularly important after the removal of breast implants. In this delicious soup with robust flavors, it’s impossible to notice the lack of oil, which should be avoided while cleansing and detoxing. ¼ cup water (or vegetable broth) ½ red onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 celery stalks, diced 3 medium carrots, diced 1 small head of broccoli, florets 1 cup chopped tomatoes 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 tsp turmeric (powdered) ¼ tsp cinnamon 1 /8 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste (optional) Fine-grain sea salt and black pepper, to taste 6 cups water (or 4 cups vegetable broth + 2 cups water) 2 cups kale, de-stemmed and torn in pieces 1 cup purple cabbage, chopped ½ small lemon juiced from (or a whole lemon, depending how much lemon flavor is preferred) May 2019
Breast Implant Warriors Unite by Linda Sechrist
he U.S. Surgeon General’s warning on cigarettes hasn’t prevented individuals from smoking, nor has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) list of risks and complications associated with breast implants kept women from undergoing voluntary breast augmentation. Since 1997, the number of saline- and siliconefilled breast implant surgeries has tripled. According to the National Center for Health Research (NCHR), more than 400,000 women and teenagers undergo breast implant surgeries every year, with 75 percent for augmentation of healthy breasts and 25 percent for reconstruction after mastectomies. The marked increase in surgeries implanting these Class III “high risk” medical devices includes many women that undergo procedures to replace old implants that have broken or caused other problems. An estimated 40,000 U.S. women a year have the surgery to remove the implants entirely. These “explants” stem from a variety of issues, from rupture or delayed wound healing to broken implants that have caused breast pain, capsule contracture, spontaneous deflation, breast lesion, infection, wrinkling/ scalloping and necrosis. Another reason for removal is the growing concern about the reported incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a treatable T-cell lymphoma, and breast 46
implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIAALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. Facebook.com/groups/ HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website, HealingBreastImplantIllness.com, where she told her personal BII story that began with
implant surgery in 2005. “I never anticipated an avalanche of women’s stories about the symptoms that I endured before having my explant surgery in 2015.” After hearing from other women, Daruda felt affirmed in her suspicions that implants had caused her fatigue, brain fog, memory loss, headaches, joint and muscle pain, hair loss, recurring infections, swollen lymph nodes, rashes, irritable bowel syndrome and problems with thyroid and adrenal glands. “I believe that various doctors pigeonholed my symptoms into the category of autoimmune disorders because few general practitioners are aware of BII.” Diana Hoppe, M.D., a board-certified OB/GYN in Encinitas, California, never heard of BII until earlier this year. “Doctors rely on published, evidence-based study results, and while there are none linking connective tissue disorders and breast implants, I suspect that the outcomes of studies conducted by breast implant manufacturers are equally as suspicious as the outcomes of studies done by the manufacturers of cigarettes.” One longtime BII combatant says, “My body mounted an all-out war, in the form of a foreign body immune response.” She learned about BII from Tinyurl.com/ BreastImplantIllness, but is unable to afford the explant surgery that would remove the apparently toxic invaders. NCHR reports that at the time of explant surgery, approximately three out of five women have had implants and their unhealthy symptoms for 10 years or more. After explant surgery, 89 percent of the women report improvement. However, explant surgery is just the first step. Daruda used chelation and the protocols of Gerson Therapy, a natural treatment that activates the body’s ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and supplements. “It took me four years to recuperate,” she says. “It didn’t take that long to know the lesson I wanted to share with other women: Self-love and self-worth are more important than society’s false concepts of beauty. The essence of who we are is not tied to any body part.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.
The Dark Side of Breast Implants by Linda Sechrist
reast implant illness (BII) isn’t easily categorized because symptoms can show up in nearly every system in the body and mimic other illnesses. Bodies react to implants in a variety of ways, and not all women with BII will have the same exact set of symptoms. These circumstances can lead doctors to make one wrong diagnosis after another, leaving women mired in years of discomfort, misery and confusion until the right answer results in the removal of implants. Locally, Maria Pitonzo, a hairstylist in Naples who specializes in organic hair treatments, and Kim Lemons, owner of Suncoast Thermal Imaging in Cape Coral, have several clients that have endured BII.
Toxins Accumulate In The Hair
“The hair never lies,” says Pitonzo, whose one client with unresolved health issues surrounding her BII was part of a gradual and frustrating process that eventually led to removal. “I had no problem lightening her hair over the years, until there was a buildup of toxins that leached into her body from the implants. After she had the 30-year-old implants removed and completed many heavy metal detoxes, there wasn’t a problem,” advises Pitonzo, whose studio is located inside Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, operated by her husband and daughter. Pitonzo recommended organic hair treatments and hair products, as well as vitamins and herbal supplements for Naples resident Lisa Lockemer, who had explant surgery for her saline implants when they were 10 years old. “It’s taken me two years and many, many detoxes to regain 85 percent of my health,” says Lockemer, whose symptoms began six years after implant surgery. “I was chronically tired, with brain fog, loss of memory, and I was falling asleep at work. I quit my job and spent most of my time in bed or on the couch. Doctors who diagnosed me with arthritis, Lupus, fibromyalgia and depression wanted to medicate me. One thought my symptoms were all in my head. Prior to implant surgery, I had been an energetic, active and outgoing social person. Now that I’m feeling so much better, I want to help other women who are made to believe that they are imagining their symptoms,” advises Lockemer.
Thermography Finds Clues
With the incidence of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) on the rise, women are educating themselves about the option of a thermogram in their annual checkup. The treatable T-cell lymphoma and BII are both found with silicone and saline implants. Thermography, an approved adjunct to mammography, is a tool for risk assessment that measures thermal emissions emanating from the body, a key indicator of health. Thermography uses an infrared camera to take images of the breasts without radiation, compression, pain or side effects. Medical doctors trained in thermology analyze the images and
report their findings. “The fact that there is no compression and no radiation of the breasts makes a thermogram particularly attractive to women with breast implants,” says Lemon, who notes that thermography is the only breast test that evaluates pathology physiologically. “This means that it measures the function of the breast and its blood vessels, as opposed to all other available tests which measure the anatomy, looking for tumors and cysts.” A thermogram has a 95 percent detection rate when used as part of a multi-modal approach using breast examination and anatomical testing. It detects physiologic changes in the breast tissue that are known to correlate with cancerous or precancerous states. It is widely acknowledged that cancers need nutrients to maintain or accelerate their growth, even in their earliest stages. In order to facilitate this process, blood vessels remain open while inactive blood vessels are activated and new ones are formed, a process known as angiogenesis. “We also look for ruptures. I found three ruptures in one implant when my client was experiencing joint issues and suspecting that they might be due to her implants. The next week, she had both removed. Even a slowly oozing rupture will show up on the thermogram image,” explains Lemons, who notes that low thyroid function, also associated with BII, show ups as shades of blue and dark green in the colorful thermogram image.
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“I am always concerned when a patient comes in with multiple health complaints and she tells me that she has breast implants. Not all people have a healthy detox system, so they may become ill with a variety of complaints. Another concern is the biofilm that surrounds the implant. These can also house bacterial infections, which increase the immune response and cause chronic inflammation, infection and illness,” says Dee Harris, owner of D-Signed Nutrition, in Bonita Springs Women that suspect health issues related to implants can find important information and a list of explant surgeons at HealingBreastImplantIllness.com. Additionally, Facebook.com/ groups/HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Maria Bella Pitonzo, inside Genesis Non-GMO Vitamins, 877 91st Ave. N., Ste. 4, Naples. By appointment only at 315-569-6245. See ad, page 30. Suncoast Thermal Imaging, 308 S.E. 43rd Ln., Cape Coral; 239-540-1002, Lemons2860@aol.com, MediTherm.com. See ad, page 48. D-Signed Nutrition, 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd., Ste. 300, Bonita Springs, 239-676-5249. D-SignedNutrition.com. See ad, page 11. Southwest Medical Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound, Sunshine Plaza & Professional Center, 9148 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 202, Bonita Springs. 239-949-2011. ThermalClinic.com. See ad, page 51. May 2019
The Mother Our Souls Need Connecting With the Energy That Made Us by Christiane Northrup
his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time—by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed. What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you
live on and love as, “Love dissolved in space.” You can feel this when you travel to parks and gardens, farms and yards that have been loved by those who live there. This mothering energy is available to each of us from the Earth and from Mother Nature—no matter what has happened with your biological mother. So here is my prescription for a glorious Mother’s Day. Call your mother—in spirit, if she is no longer in a body—or if speaking with her directly is too painful. Here’s a special prayer: “With my Spirit, I send Divine Love to my mother’s Spirit.” That’s it. Just say this prayer. With your whole heart. And let go of the outcome. Happy Mother’s Day. Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. The full text of this excerpt, reprinted with permission, appears at DrNorthrup.com. © Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved.
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n Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is important for qi, the bodyâ€™s energy, to flow continuously to prevent stress and disease. TCM practitioners use bodywork therapies such as acupuncture and acupressure, as well as massage, to prevent energy from stagnating. Traditional Chinese massage includes tui na and zhi ya, two styles of Chinese bodywork that have been refined over more than 4,000 years. Practiced today by massage therapists all over the world, traditional Chinese massage manipulates the meridian system of inner energy points and pathways to balance an individualâ€™s qi. Pathways with limited flow are opened and cleared using hand pressure to restore balance and energy circulation, as well as
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to encourage improved overall health. Zhi Ya involves techniques of acupressure to locate some points on the body. When pressed, these points can relieve muscle stress and strain and helping the nervous system to function better. Much like Western massage, tui na involves pushing, kneading and stretching muscles, as well as pinching and pressing techniques similar to acupressure, reflexology and qigong. Neapolitan Spa, located at 5600 Trail Blvd., Ste. 5, in Naples, specializes in traditional Chinese massage. For more information or to make an appointment, call 239-860-5603 or visit NeapolitanSpaNaples.com. See ad, page 61.
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CBD FOR PETS What We Need to Know by Kajsa Nickels
ith the explosion of cannabidiol (CBD) products on the human medical scene, many pet owners are looking into this hemp plant derivative as a natural means of medicating their fourlegged family members. A study conducted by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca, New York, found that CBD can be effective in treating some of the same ailments in pets as it does in humans. “I’ve used CBD on dogs and cats suffering from arthritis, anxiety and seizures,” says Angie Krause, DVM, a veterinarian with Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. “I’ve even used CBD to treat cats with chronic respiratory infections.” Unlike CBD from marijuana, which in most cases is a Schedule I narcotic that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers highly subject to abuse, CBD from industrial hemp contains less than 0.3 percent of the psychoactive component THC. It is legal under federal law and can be sold nationwide, subject to state regulations. However, choosing the right CBD product is complicated by the number of confusing options. “There are so many products on the shelves with different concentrations and formulations,” says Krause, who considers the extraction method used during production to be one of the most important factors. She favors CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction over solvent extraction methods: “CO2 leaves no residue behind that could harm the bodies of small animals such as dogs and cats.” 50
Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. ~Cindy Hesse Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital says
it’s always best to start with full- or broadspectrum products for the “entourage effect”, in which the cannabinoids work in concert. Isolates of additional cannabinoids can be added as needed, he says. When choosing a product to purchase for a pet, he recommends going with companies that are able to present the consumer with a certificate of analysis by a third party. “The certificate will show the complete profile of the CBD product, including cannabinoid, terpene, residual solvent, pesticide, bacteria, mycotoxin, fungicidal and elemental profiles,” he says. Cital notes that the elemental profile is especially important. “Hemp is very good at absorbing what is in its environment, including heavy metals such as lead.” Krause favors CBD products with minimal ingredients that “should be as simple as possible,” she says. “No xylitol, no artificial colors or sweeteners.” Cindy Hesse, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, also believes that CBD for pets should be as pure as possible. Her Cocker Spaniel, Reina, is both blind and deaf. Because of her handicaps, Reina experienced extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog—his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at fideleterna45@ gmail.com.
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
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.
Practical Spirituality Discussion Group – Noon1:30pm. Join Rev. Denise Schubert and a group of 10-to-15 wonderful people for an opportunity to recharge your week with positivity, a boost of spiritual centering and the possibility of making new like-minded friends. Free. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Info@OpenPath.live. 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: 5/8. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, MAY 2 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. Reiki Master Class – 7pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki levels one and two. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
SATURDAY, MAY 4 CBD and You – 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 Beach Rd SE. 992-5838.
FRIDAY, MAY 3 Hair Styling Lessons – 9am-5pm. Specifically for curly hair, plus a deep conditioning treatment. Receive a $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. Free. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Beginners Essential Oil Class – 6pm. With Peter and Susie Bagwell. Basic class will explain what essential oils are and how to use them. Better, natural solutions for cultivating a healthy life style. I Love Oils, Inc, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. Apple Bross: 689-3649. Apple@ILoveOils. com. RSVP: ILoveOils.com. See ad on page 29 and news brief on page 10. Art Walk – 6-10pm. 14 art galleries invite locals and visitors to a self-guided walking tour throughout downtown Fort Myers River District core and the Gardener’s Park area. Art enthusiasts can meet
Manual Lymphatic Drainage 101 – May 4-5. 9am3pm. With Elaine Oramas. $320. 12 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admisions@Florida-Academy. edu. See ad, page 53. The Interstitium and Myofascial Meridians – May 4-5. 9am-3pm. With Patricia Ortiz-Pliley. $190. 12 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admisions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 53. Student Volunteer Orientation – 10-11am. Rookery Bay Research Reserve is hosting a special volunteer orientation to encourage high school and college students to come out and learn about the reserve and the many ways they can volunteer to make a difference in their coastal environment. 300 Tower Rd, Naples. 530-5940. RookeryBay.org. 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.
niques 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.
Weekend Childbirth Education – May 4-5. 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. 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. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. LotusBlossomClinic.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. Tahitian Dance Workshop – 3-5:30pm. Explore the exciting dance of Tahiti, with fast hip movement and graceful hand motions. Bring water and a sarong to tie around your hips. Optional participation in the Flashmob Ori Tahiti. $35 cash. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. Facebook.com/HulaConnection. Taurus New Moon Celebration – 7pm. With Cathy Blair. Create a new intention through renewal and resurrection. New resources are available if you take a leap of faith. Let the loving harmonics of the singing bowls carry your vision of the future you wish to create into the heart of creation. Lay the foundation of your piece of the divine plan and watch it blossom. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170.
MONDAY, MAY 6 Bemer and its Beneﬁts – Come learn about the exciting health benefits of this amazing technology. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-5838. 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. Hurricane Preparedness with Essential Oils – Facebook Live at 2pm. With Peter Bagwell, doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Hurricanes are a real concern for those in SWFL and hurricane season is coming up. Be prepared for hurricane season or the next storm to go through SWFL. I Love Oils, Inc. 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. Apple Bross: 689-3649. Apple@ILoveOils.com. RSVP: ILoveOils.com. See ad on page 29, and news brief on page 10. Empowerment Workshop Series – Thru May 27. 7-8:30pm. With Richawn Cranor. Topic: Attracting Abundance and Positive Experiences. $60/session. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Discounts/scholarships: RichawnCranor.com.
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Centers For Spiritual Living Celebration Service – 10am (meditation); 10:30am (service). The Center for Spiritual Living Cape Coral offers practical, spiritual tools for anyone seeking a deeper connection with God, Spirit, a Higher Power, or Universal Truths. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 297-0129. cslCapeCoral.org.
Volunteer Orientation –10-11am. Learn about Rookery Bay Research Reserve and the many volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers play a vital role in the preservation, restoration and engagement at the reserve. 300 Tower Rd, Naples. 530-5940. RookeryBay.org.
Argentine Tango Milonga – 4-8pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
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 tech-
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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.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 Hair Styling Lessons – 9am-5pm. For curly hair, plus a deep conditioning treatment. Receive a $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. Free. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Practical Spirituality Discussion Group – Noon1:30pm. Join Rev. Denise Schubert and a group of 10-to-15 wonderful people for an opportunity to recharge your week with positivity, a boost of spiritual centering and the possibility of making new like-minded friends. Free. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave. 297-0129. Info@OpenPath.live. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 5:45pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034. The Collier County Public Library does not sponsor or endorse this program. 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.
THURSDAY, MAY 9 Reiki Master Class – 2pm. Learn advanced energy work, master symbols, chakra diagnosis and crystal grids to enhance the reiki experience. Certification and attunement available upon completion. Prerequisite: Usui Reiki levels one and two. $50.
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Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind Workshop – 7-8:30pm. With Jeffery E Berger, with Amare Global. Did you know you have a second brain? Learn how your gut plays a key role to your overall mental and physical wellness and stop running around in circles trying to figure out what’s going on. Teaching interested individuals how to treat their body like the temple it is. Cape Coral. Info/register: 716-570-2150 or Jeffrey@nulife.biz.
The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Alienated Grandparents Anonymous – 3-5:15pm. Support group for grandparents cut off from their grandchildren. Community Foundation of Collier County, 1110 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Naples. Info@aga-fl.org. aga-fl.org. Cannabis vs Opioids Talk – 6-7pm. This talk is focused on how cannabinoids from cannabis have been found successful in replacing some opioids and can even help with overcoming addictions. Replenish Herbal Wellness, 619 8th St S, Naples. RSVP: 919-3557.
FRIDAY, MAY 10 Candle Magick for Beginners – 2pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity, and more. Make your own personal candle, included in the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S. Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Friday Night Intuitive Arts Fair – 5-8pm. Bring your friends and start Friday night with an intuitive reading. Mini-services include tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cordcutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. 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. $30/20 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. Unity Concert – 7pm. Featuring Jodie DeSalvo and Glenn Basham. Come early and enjoy light food and drink at our Higher Grounds Cafe. $20 love offering. 2000 Unity Way, Naples. UnityNaples.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 11 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. 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. Mental Health Support Panel: Safe and Effective Holistic Options – 2-4pm. We’re bringing four of our esteemed HCC Member panelists together to share and support one of our major health crisis’ of our times. Connect with four different perspectives on how safe and effective options to support those who suffer mental illness and how wellness can come in many forms. $5.
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Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 785-0809. Storytelling in the Oral Tradition with Andy Offutt Irwin – 7-8:30pm. National Storytelling Talent comes to Florida for a night of captivating stories. Sponsored by the Florida Storytelling Association. $15. Office of Dr. Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. JoelYing.com/Andy.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: Know You Are Soul, a Spark of God. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034. Sacred Sound Ceremony – 6:30-8:30pm. With Dana House. Evoke divine will through the empowering gongs and unconditional love through the gentle bowls, 3-D mandalas and ancient aromatic blends for healing personal and planetary merging into blissful remembrances of unity with all creation. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. RSVP: 571-5234. QuantumHealing-SacredSound.com.
MONDAY, MAY 13 Empowerment Workshop Series – Thru May 27. 7-8:30pm. With Richawn Cranor. Topic: Reversing Shame Spirals. Gain valuable tools to recognize and halt self-negativity. $60/session. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Discounts/scholarships: RichawnCranor.com.
TUESDAY, MAY 14 Health and Wellness with Essential Oils – 7-8pm. Experience the power of essential oils and the impact they have on physical and emotional health. EO-infused refreshments; drawings for free oils and spa services. The Spa at the Shores, 13102 Palm Beach Blvd, Ft Myers. Register: Dena@ OilsForHealthyLiving.com. Info: Dena Holmes: 248-303-3611.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Practical Spirituality Discussion Group – Noon1:30pm. Join Rev. Denise Schubert and a group of 10-to-15 wonderful people for an opportunity to recharge your week with positivity, a boost of spiritual centering and the possibility of making new like-minded friends. Free. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave. 297-0129. Info@OpenPath.live. Spring Wading Trips – 2-4pm. Take a refreshing journey into the waters of the bay, wading into mudflats and sea grass beds at low tide to view the many plants and animals that call the estuary home, led by environmental specialists from the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. 700-1 Fisherman’s Wharf. 530-1001 or Info@rookerybay.org. The Gut, Your Master Battery – 5:45-8pm. How to Fix and Optimize Gut Issues Top to Bottom with Deborah J Post ARNP. Learn about the biology, function and problems our gut can have, and how our food choice either creates health or possible disease, and how best to support this amazing system in our body called “the gut! Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 231-8354 or Client@Wellbridges. com. Wellbridges.com. See news brief, page 14. 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: 5/22. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, MAY 16 Book Giveaway – 8am-5pm. Dr Mark Corke will distribute the book The Poison in Your Teeth, by Dr Tom McGuire. Watch the video Evidence of Harm, a new documentary about mercury fillings. Call the office for a tour or with questions on holistic care. Laser Dentistry, 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers. 9365442. FortMyersLaserDentist.com. Hair Styling Lessons – 9am-5pm. Specifically for curly hair, plus a deep conditioning treatment. Receive a $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. Free. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Local Vendor 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, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Bonita Springs. 992-5838. Intro to Aromatherapy – 2pm. Learn the many uses of Mother Nature’s bounty for healing, raising your vibration and bringing peace and calm back into your life. Create your own personal aroma blend in this workshop, included in the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – May 16-17. 6-9pm. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and some wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night; the perfect place to see the sunset and moonrise. Includes equipment and a certified Florida master naturalist guide. $50/day/ person. Ft Myers. RSVP: GAEA Guides: 694-5513.
FRIDAY, MAY 17 CBD the Inflammation Eraser – Come learn about how CBD can help with inflammation. For Goodness Sake, 9118 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs. 992-5838. Belly Dancing with Ansuya Rathor Workshop – May 17-19. 6-10pm, Fri; 11am-3pm, Sat; 7-10pm, Sun. $300/workshops and show. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. AllstarDanceStudio.com. 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.
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. Open Social Dancing – 7-9pm. $20. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
SATURDAY, MAY 18 Massage Cupping Basic – 9am-3pm. With Sue Varney. 6 CEUs. $180 plus $30 for body and face cups. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admissions@ Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 53. Hair Styling Lessons – 9am-5pm. Specifically for curly hair, plus a deep conditioning treatment. Receive a $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. Free. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Trl N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799. Mystically - Tea - Presence Vulnerability – 10amnoon. Monthly meeting: May Tea-Mystically-Tea with Francesca Simonalli, certified yoga instructor, healing facilitator and spiritual guide. Individual divine message will be available. $5. Unity of
Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. AngelaEsteves1953@gmail.com. Psychic Fair – 11am-4pm. Mini readings with some of Naples’ most experienced psychics and healers. Services include: mediumship, tarot, reiki, angel, past-life, chakra balancing, intuitive, body scanning, oracle and more. $30/20 minutes. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.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. 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. Full Moon Meditation Gathering – 7-8pm. Join for samples of CBD products, refreshments and good vibes all around! Hosted by Replenish Herbal Wellness at Cambier Park, Naples. Info: ReplenishNaples.com.
SUNDAY, MAY 19 Introduction to Thai Massage – 9am-6pm. In this course learn a 30-to-45-minute traditional Thai massage routine that you can practice right away. It is an ideal course for students to explore the Thai healing arts. No prior massage training required. 8 CEs for LMTs. $129. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710
Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. Register: 2733402. LotusBlossomClinic.com.
MONDAY, MAY 20 Empowerment Workshop Series – Thru May 27. 7-8:30pm. With Richawn Cranor. Topic: Letting Go: Recognizing and Releasing that which no longer serves you. $60/session. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Discounts/scholarships: RichawnCranor.com.
TUESDAY, MAY 21 Meditation with Kandy – 6:30-7:30pm. Want to start a meditation practice? Want to improve the quality of your meditations? This evening class will be experiential with awareness techniques and quiet time, as well as dialogue with question and answer time. Love offering. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3, Ft Myers. Register: 273-3402. LotusBlossomClinic.com. ThetaHealing Practitioner Practice Session – 6:30-8:30pm. For those who have taken ThetaHealing Practitioners classes, Basic DNA at a minimum are welcome to join Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg, ThetaHealing Instructors to help put your training into healing action. Experience various components of the work. Reservations are required. Bring your ThetaHealing books and practitioner’s manuals. Unity of Naples, 2000 Unity Way. 6929120 or kSmith727@comcast.net. Healthy Gut, Healthy Mind Workshop – 7-8:30pm. With Jeffery E Berger, with Amare Global. Did you know you have a second brain? Learn how your gut plays a key role to your over-
all mental and physical wellness and stop running around in circles trying to figure out what’s going on. Teaching interested individuals how to treat their body like the temple it is. Cape Coral. Info/register: 716-570-2150 or Jeffrey@nulife.biz.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Practical Spirituality Discussion Group – Noon1:30pm. Join Rev. Denise Schubert and a group of 10-to-15 wonderful people for an opportunity to recharge your week with positivity, a boost of spiritual centering and the possibility of making new like-minded friends. Free. Cape Coral Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 297-0129. Info@OpenPath.live.
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THURSDAY, MAY 23 Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:30pm. With Laurie Barraco. The crystal bowls are a form of sound vibrational healing and gently remove energetic blockages and instantly align your chakras. Bring a pillow and/or blanket. $10. The Mystical Moon, 8890 Salrose Ln, Ste 107, Ft Myers. RSVP: 9393339. TheMysticalMoon.com.
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Healthy Habits for Life Spring Tour – 7-9pm. doTERRA isn’t just about using essential oils, but about cultivating a healthy lifestyle with products that are pure, natural, and safe for the whole family. This can’t-miss event will answer your questions, offer inspiration, and empower you to use creative essential oil solutions with your family and friends. Free. Marriott Sanibel Harbour, 17260 Harbour Pointe Dr, Ft Myers. Apple Bross: 689-3649. Apple@ILoveOils.com. RSVP: ILoveOils.com. See ad on page 29 and news brief on page 10. 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. Free. Office of Dr. Joel Ying, 2335 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 206, Naples. JoelYing.com/nsg
FRIDAY, MAY 24 Hair Styling Lessons – 9am-5pm. Specifically for curly hair, plus a deep conditioning treatment. Receive a $20 gift card at the end of your appointment. Free. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799.
SATURDAY, MAY 25 Upper Cross Syndrome – 9am-3pm. With Tony Kicklighter. $125. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admisions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 53. Thai Herbal Medicine & Massage – May 2526. 9am-6pm. In this course explore the herbal medicine theory as practiced in Thailand, and the use of steamed herbal compresses in massage treatment. Leave with your own compresses and the knowledge needed to add them into your massage treatments. Prior massage training recommended. $329 (includes herbal supplies).16 CEs for LMTs. Lotus Blossom Clinic, 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2 & 3,
Ft Myers. Register: 273-3402. LotusBlossomClinic. com. Register: 273-3402.
Free. Salon Zenergy, 2950 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. RSVP: Edmond: 773-882-7799.
The Interstitium and Myofascial Meridians – May 25-26. 9am-3pm. With Patricia Ortiz-Pliley. $190. 12 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admisions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 53.
Community Healing Session – 6:15pm (arrive); 6:30-8:40pm (session). National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH) – The Healing Trust nondenominational session with healing members and tutors Karen Coratelli-Smith and David Karg. No walk-ins. $20 cash or check. Unity of Naples, Fellowship Hall. Karen: 692-9120 or kSmith727@ comcast.net.
Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Reduced-price readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Intuitive Arts Fair – 10am-5pm. Mini-readings with gifted readers and healers include tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cord-cutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. 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. Aromatouch Technique Training – 1-7pm. With Susie Bagwell, doTERRA Wellness Advocate. Certification class for massage therapists, The AromaTouch Technique incorporates simple hand techniques with the power of essential oils to create a powerful whole body wellness experience. Whether you are young or old, male or female – anyone can learn the technique and put it to use in the lives of those they care for. I Love Oils, Inc, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. Apple Bross: 6893649. Apple@ILoveOils.com. RSVP: ILoveOils. com. See ad on page 29 and news brief on page 10.
SUNDAY, MAY 26 Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – 9am-3pm. With Tony Kicklighter. $125. 6 CEUs. Florida Academy, Colonial Center, 4387 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers. 489-2282. Admisions@Florida-Academy.edu. See ad, page 53. Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 11am. ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.
MONDAY, MAY 27 Empowerment Workshop Series – Thru May 27.
7-8:30pm. With Richawn Cranor. Topic: Increasing Your Gratitude and Self-Love. The relationships with ourselves is the most important. Gratitude for life goes hand-in-hand with loving ourselves. 60/ session. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd, Naples. Discounts/scholarships: RichawnCranor.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 Healing Night Sound Immersion – 7pm with Cathy Blair. Let the loving frequencies of the singing bowls lift you into a place of peace while the pink Himalayan salt restores body, mind and spirit. Relax and allow the combined energies to work in and through you as you reclaim your health and live the vibrant life you are meant to live. Bring beach chair and blanket. $25 cash. The Salt Cave, 4962 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 403-9170. Intro to Aromatherapy – 2pm. Learn the many uses of Mother Nature’s bounty for healing, raising your vibration and bringing peace and calm back into your life. Create your own personal aroma blend in this workshop, included in the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
THURSDAY, MAY 30 Tarot 101 – 5:30-8pm. With Jamie Shane. Learn the basics of the Major Arcana cards one through 10. Discuss how these cards make up the elevated spiritual experience. Discover how to read/integrate the cards’ purpose into your life. $40. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. GoddessIAM.com.
FRIDAY, MAY 31 Hair Styling Lessons – 9am-5pm. Specifically for curly hair, plus a deep conditioning treatment. Receive a $20 gift card at the end of your appointment.
Candle Magick for Beginners – 7pm. Learn how to anoint and infuse candles with energy for healing, blessings, prosperity and more. Make your own personal, included in the class fee. $30. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.
plan ahead SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Healing Touch Level I – Jun 1-2. 8am-6:30pm. With Mary Pat FitzGibbons. Basic energy system/aura/chakras, how they affect health, assessment, principles/practice, techniques, self-healing, personal development, legal/professional issues. CEs. Hospice House Cape Coral, 2430 Diplomat Parkway. Info: Maria Benninghoven: 898-4876 or MariaB622@mail.com. See news brief, page 13. Continuing Education Credits for Massage Therapist – With Kiara Poloney, LMT, RN, BSN, Spa to You. Hosted by Peter and Susie Bagwell. $250 or $200/ by 5/15. I Love Oils, Inc, 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, Ste 303, Ft Myers. Apple Bross: 689-3649. Apple@ILoveOils.com. RSVP: ILoveOils.com. See ad on page 29 and news brief on page 10.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 Qi Revolution’s Annual National Gathering – Jun 22-24. Led by national touring qigong practitioner Jeff Primack, attendees will experience the authentic healing and stress-dissolving practices of qigong in a strong group energy field – including simultaneously inhaling while holding the same healing prayer – with sound, light and qi graphics, all used to enhance the benefits that include improved circulation and endocrine imbalances. $199. Kissimmee Heritage Park Center, in Kissimmee, Florida. Info/ tickets: 800-298-8970 or QiRevolution.com. See news brief on page 10 and ad on page 27.
Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired by Dr. Yolanda Cintron
If you were given bad news about your body not functioning or a diagnosis you didn’t expect, it is a wake-up call to change. Take action—it is time to stop and review your habits, priorities, purpose, spirituality and thought life.
see hundreds of dental patients a year and it pains me to see them get desperate when they have to understand that their condition (cancer or neurological) didn’t happen overnight. It took years to get there. I have a friend who knew of my biological dental practice for many years but recently found out he had endocarditis. His cardiologist was afraid of doing alternative treatment and afraid of the patient doing dental treatment. For 25 years, he had been under this same doctor’s care but the root cause had never been addressed. Once all the infections in his mouth were removed, his heart began to heal, and in one month, it went from 25 percent functioning to 45 percent and continues to heal. We are happy to say that he is doing great today—a true miracle to his cardiologist but we knew all along the truth about the root cause. I am dealing with a critical
situation when doctors don’t educate patients about the connection between the mouth and our overall health. I encourage my patients to get educated and own their own destiny. Do not operate from fear. Do what you need to do to get healthy. Your mouth can be the source of your health or the reason for your illness if you neglect treatment. If you have termites in your house, it’s not time to decorate and paint, it’s time to get to work and clean it up from the inside. This month, we celebrate 21 years of our practice serving others and their dental health. Becoming knowledgeable about biological dentistry was not a popular path within mainstream dentistry. But the more I learned, the more I saw how biological dentistry was congruent with scientific data, chemistry, cellular molecular biology and toxicology and that is how Go Natural Dentistry started. I am partners with our patients in their quest to find optimal health through biological dentistry. I want to thank each and every person who, for any period of the last 21 years, walked with me, worked with me, prayed and believed God could heal. I want to thank the patients who entrusted us with their care and who know that we are only an instrument— and God is the miracle worker.
If you are in need of holistic dental care that is scientific and transformative, please contact us so we can help you get back to optimal health. Health starts in your mouth! To see the connection between teeth and bodily organs, check out GoNaturalDentistry.com/ tooth-chart. For an appointment, please contact the International Center for Dental Excellence, 2021 E Commercial Blvd., Suite 208, Fort Lauderdale 33308. Phone: 954-938-4599. Email: Info@DrCintron.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. Meditation – Mon-Fri. 10am-noon. Drop-in and breathe in the Zen Den. Free. Open Path, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ste 614, Ft Myers. 297-0129. OpenPath.live. 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. 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.
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. 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. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. FloridaMindfulness.org. Sons of Shiva Men’s Meditation – 5pm. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule: Happehatchee.org.
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. Royal Palm Park River and Creeks Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Join for a kayak tour on the Caloosahatchee River and local creeks to gain valuable insight into this fascinating area. $50 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes
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. $13 packages available. AHA!
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Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit: Rosen.Gallery.
Kundalini Yoga – 11am-noon. With Cindy Bender. This practice combines movement, breathing, meditation and deep relaxation. No yoga experience necessary. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995.
Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@ hotmail.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. 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.
Rockin’ Your Qi – 6:30pm. With Dr. David Martin. Get your energy, body and endorphins flowing with this fun music and movement class. No partners needed. first-timers free; $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. Open Ballroom Group Dance Class –7-7:45pm. $15. Nu Tango Practica: 8-9:30pm. 5/13 & 5/27. $10. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
STRENGTH Class – 6-7pm. Full-body conditioning class. $20/single. Beyond Motion, 11985 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. 254-9300. Schedule: Go2Beyondmotion.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.
Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting.
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Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. 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 meditation and practical advice. No experience necessary. $10. Open Mind Zen, 1250 Tamiami Tr N, Naples. MeditationInFortMyers.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.
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gle. 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. GAEAGuides.com. 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. Spiritual Study Group – 1-2:30pm. Readings from This Thing Called Life, by Ernest Holmes and discussion. Begins with a prayer and meditation followed by reading. A nondenominational New Thought Group led by Rev Joyce Heist. All welcome. Fusion Yoga & Wellness, 10021 Estero Town Commons Pl, Ste 102-B, Estero. sJoyceh@aol.com. 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.
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 ThetaHealing 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. 8am1pm. Currie’s award-winning BBQ, French food, Cuban sandwiches, crepes, cookies, roasted corn, gourmet coffee, cheeses, dips, local seafood, farmfresh produce, local arts and crafts, handmade jewelry, beach clothing, gifts and souvenirs. Free parking. 130 Connecticut St, Ft Myers Beach. Info: 41Markets.com. 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. 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. Qigong Practice – 10-11am. With JaySun. Learn and practice the ancient art of qigong (sheng zheu
form), a spiritual form of the practice. Experience and expand your own healing energy. $15. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. LotusBlossomClinic.com. Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. From New Pass with GAEA Guides. A fascinating area of the Aquatic Preserve with lots of winding passageways, rookeries, and grass flats where manatees feed. A great deal of birds are in this area along with dolphin and the manatees. $50/ person. 694-5513 or GAEAGuides.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. $13 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. Kundalini Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Gloria Reilly. Movement, breathing techniques, deep relaxation and meditation. $10/class. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. 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. Making Friends with Money – 6-8pm. The Study and Practice of Prosperity Principles. $15. Open Path, 8359 Beacon Blvd, Ste 614, Ft Myers. 2970129. OpenPath.live. The Holistic Chamber of Commerce Education Panels – 6-8pm (2nd Wed). Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions. The Center for Spiritual Living, 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 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. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children
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. Beginners Mindfulness Yoga – 7pm. Unwind, restoring your mind, body and soul. Focus awareness on the present moment calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. $10 love donation. LightWork Wellness Center, 1400 Colonial Blvd, Ste 258, Ft Myers. LightworkWellnessCenter.com. West Coast Swing Group Class –7-7:45pm. $15. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304-9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
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.
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.
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.
Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. With Jenny Li Ciconne. Tap into your body for reconnection, to balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30 (get 25% off). 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 2771399. LotusBlossomClinic.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. 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. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. FamiliesAnonymous.org. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.
thursday 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 –
Reiki Healing Sessions – Hands of Touch – 6:30pm. Crystal bowls sound healing and archangels healing powers bringing healing to the body, mind, soul and spirit. $10 love donation. LightWork Wellness Center, 1400 Colonial Blvd, Ste 258, Ft Myers. LightworkWellnessCenter.com. 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. email@example.com. Visit: Rosen.gallery.
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.
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.
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.
Midday Meditations – 3pm. With Tara. 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 – 5:156:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Ashtanga Primary Series – 6-7 pm (short form). Complete vinyasa yoga with standing and seated poses, inversions, backbends, binds and twists to develop strength and stamina; building courage and confidence. $20/drop-in or class package. Love Yoga Center, 4949 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 204, Naples. 692-9747. 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 –
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 Group – 7-8pm. A Buddhistinspired path to recovery from all addictions. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd, Chapel (1st bldg on left), Ft Myers Info: 910-7410 or RefugeRecovery.org. Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice with Buddhist nun, Kelsang Namdrol. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers. MeditationInFortMyers.org.
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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. La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-to-
mother 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. Midday Meditations – 11am. With Mary. Take a break in nature and recharge your spirit through guided meditation and sacred sound healing. $10. Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Happehatchee.org. Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Reiki Healing for Healers – 10am-4pm. 2nd Fri. Happehatchee, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. LenkaSpiska@gmail.com. Happehatchee.org. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5:30-8:30pm. On the Caloosahatchee River. See thousands of birds coming in to roost for the night. $50. Includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Ft Myers. 694-5513. GaeaGuides.com. Belly Dancing – 7-8pm & 8:15-9:15pm. Group classes with Ansuya Rather. Group class specials. Allstar Dance Studio, 4910 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 118, Naples. 304- 9013. AllstarDanceStudio.com.
saturday The Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meetings, Naples – 9:30-11am. 3rd Sat. Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions. Paradise Wellness & Event Center, 28410 Bonita Crossings Blvd, Bonita Springs. 310-490-6862. HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 10am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Dr, Naples. Sandy: 301-9387503. FoodAddicts.org. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.
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Peter and Susie Bagwell 17030 Alico Commerce Ct, #303, Ft Myers, 33967 • 239-689-3649 ILoveOils.com Full line of single and blended essential oil products as dōTERRA Wellness Advocates. Check website to RSVP for classes and special events. See ad, page 29.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE NAPLES CENTER FOR FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE
Carol L. Roberts, MD 800 Goodlette Rd, Ste 270, Naples 34102 239-649-7400 • HughesCenterNaples.com Carol L. Roberts, M.D. has practiced functional/integrative/holistic medicine for 25 years. She provides patients with testing to uncover causes of chronic illness, guidance in resolving health issues and education to assist the patient in her own healing. She is Medical Director at the Naples Center for Functional Medicine, formerly the Hughes Center. See ad, page 71.
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.
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HEALTHY DINING CAFE NUTRIENTS
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EYES WIDE OPEN
239-948-9444 • SilviaCasabianca.com 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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NATURAL & ORGANIC MARKET ADA’S NATURAL MARKET
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PSYCHOTHERAPY ROBERT M. CICIONE, LCSW, ANXIETY & STRESS RELIEF SPECIALIST
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
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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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CAROL ROLDAN, MA, CMFT, CHT, IMHC 4933 Tamiami Tr N, Ste 200, Naples 239-330-5397 RevivePsychology@gmail.com ReviveOnline.org
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REALTOR KAREN L. BEATTY, ABR, GRI
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RECORDING STUDIO FARMADELICA SOUND
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Natural Awakenings Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier/Lee Counties Natural Health, Sustainable Living Magazine - Special Women's Wellness Issu...
Published on Apr 26, 2019
Natural Awakenings Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier/Lee Counties Natural Health, Sustainable Living Magazine - Special Women's Wellness Issu...