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Florida Gulf Coast University Hosts Paul Hawken



Options Grow for Plant-Based Eating




Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet


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36 HEALING OUR KIDS Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions


Integrative Approaches Enhance Healing


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BEssentially Green Offers Corporate Wellness Program


iane Leddy, owner of BEssentially Green, will begin offering the Health, Education, Leveraging Program (HELP), a wellness initiative, to employees at corporate office settings in Lee and Collier counties this month. It focuses on improving diets and eating habits. Although the program is primarily virtual, local offices will have in-person content, discussion and cooking demonstrations available. Individuals will learn how to make this transition through guidance and support on how to shop, cook and eat healthy, as well as being made aware of the importance that movement and exercise play on the health and maintenance of the body. “Research has shown that employees that have changed the way they eat to a more healthy diet feel better physically and mentally, which in turn increases productivity in the workplace, as well as their happiness levels in general,” says Leddy. “Health and wellness programs decrease sick time and time off, while naturally increasing productivity and general happiness levels in the workplace.” Costs vary. Discounts available for prepayment. For more information, call 941-356-3688, email or visit See ad, page 11.


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Learn and Taste the Healing Powers of Food


dvanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Deborah Post and “the medicinal gourmet” Shelly Stauber, a Whole Foods Market personal chef, will present Savoring the Healing Powers of Food! from 6 to 7:30 p.m., October 30, at Wellbridges Health Center, in Bonita Springs. The event will include a unique Breakfast for Dinner, highlighting locally sourced and totally organic ingreDeb Post dients. Attendees will learn simple ways to make deliciously nutritious breakfast and snack options that foster a new level of healing. “When recently have you paused and asked yourself how you feel after eating a particular food?” asks Stauber. “Do you recall the answer? How do we revolutionize our relationship with food? Often, breakfast and snacks that are healthy are a source of Shelly Sauber difficulty when changing your diet to eliminate possible reactions to food and enhance energy. A great place to start your journey is to make different foods your friend.” Cost: $20, includes the vegetarian, dairy- and gluten-free selections. Location: 9200 Bonita Beach Rd., Ste. 213. For more information or reservations, call 239-249-4805, email Shelly@ or visit Also visit See ad, page 50.


s part of his Florida debut, Joey Raines, founder of Masters & Raines Transformational Health and Wellness, will conduct his free signature presentation, Joey Raines Towards Instantaneous Healing, from 6 to 7 p.m., October 16, at AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, in Fort Myers. He professes love, joy and clinical expertise to be the motivation for his success as a modern-day healer. Participants will learn about the power of their emotions, how they may be an incredible asset or a huge liability, gain clarity on the value of wellness and the true cost of diminished health relating to their families, friends, work, happiness and overall quality of life. With more than 25 years of experience, Raines offers advanced holistic healing techniques to accommodate those seeking to overcome the physical and emotional demands of today’s complex society without the use of drugs such as addictive painkillers. Location:15971 McGregor Blvd. For more information, call 239-433-5995, email or visit See ad, page 43.

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Woodhouse Day Spa Benefit for The Sunshine Kids


he sixth annual Girls Night Out Open House in support of the Naples branch of The Sunshine Kids will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., October 25, at the Woodhouse Day Spa, in Naples. Guests will enjoy mini-spa services including chair massage, hand and arm treatments in the nail room, skin care demonstrations and more. Complimentary wine, cheese and hors d’oeuvres will be provided, as well as a raffle for spa services and discounts on retail and spa bookings. All money raised will go to the organization, which provides positive programs, activities and emotional support free of charge for young cancer patients. Cost: $20 donation to The Sunshine Kids. Location: Naples Plaza, across from Coastland Center Mall, 2059 9th St. N. For more information or to RSVP (required), call 239-403-7727. For information on Sunshine Kids, call 239-919-8867 or visit See ad, page 17.

Pain Resolution, Not Just Management


aring Medical Regenerative Medicine Clinics has been a leading regenerative medicine clinic since 1993, with locations in Fort Ross Hauser, M.D. (right), Myers and in and Katherine Worsnick, physician’s assistant Oak Park, Illinois. Specializing in comprehensive injection techniques, the clinic offers H3 Prolotherapy, stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma and nerve release injection therapy. Patients from around the world travel to Caring Medical to obtain curative treatments in order to avoid surgery and restore joint integrity and help them reach their functional goals,


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get off pain medication and resume an active lifestyle. The providers at Caring Medical, Ross Hauser, M.D., and Katherine Worsnick, physician’s assistant, work with patients that want pain resolution, not just pain management. They treat nearly every type of chronic joint and spine pain condition, including osteoarthritis, sports injuries, nerve entrapment, hypermobility syndrome and many others. Caring Medical also serves patients suffering from neck conditions such as whiplash, post-concussion trauma and migraines, utilizing unique diagnostic and treatment methods such as Digital Motion X-ray and Caring Cervical Realignment Therapy. Local location: 9738 Commerce Center Ct., Fort Myers. For appointments and more information, call 239-308-4747 or visit See ad in Community Resource Guide.

Sunday Family Fun Day Celebrates Refuge


unday Family Fun Day will culminate the weekendlong “Ding” Darling Days at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, on Sanibel Island, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 14. Activities will include a flag-raising ceremony by local Boy Scouts; a birthday cake celebrating the 142nd birthday of Jay Darling; gift giveaways to the first 250 kids in the Refuge Visitor & Education Center; U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service emergency response vehicles; animal yoga, environmental puppet shows, face painting and arts and crafts in the indoor Kidz Kool Zone; a scavenger hunt; wildlife presentations by the clinic for the rehabilitation of wildlife; free narrated tram tours of Wildlife Drive, archery skills clinics for those 10 and older; access to the butterfly house; hot dogs and live music by the Americana Community Music Association. Continuous free shuttle service will run from the refuge’s tram parking lot on Sanibel-Captiva Road. “We estimate the value of this free event to be up to $75 for a family of four,” says “Ding” Days committee chair Ranger Toni Westland. “But the value of family- and nature-bonding? You can’t put a price tag on that.” Location: 1 Wildlife Dr. For more information, call 239-472-1100 or visit

Ada’s Offers Curbside Pick-Up


da’s Natural Market, in Fort Myers, has begun providing curbside pick-up for orders that can be arranged by visiting Location: U.S. 41 & College Pkwy. For more information, call 239-939-9600. See ad, page 28. October 2018


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Spirit Con Event on Pine Island


piritual Communities Network will present Spirit Con, featuring 11, halfhour presentations on holistic health care by such experts as Theresa Ayers, owner of The Path of Being, in south Fort Myers; Sandra McGill, giving an Angels for Peace presentation; Michelle Love, owner of the Light the Way Center for Spiritual Studies, in Naples; and Lainie Sevante Wulkan, area chapter president of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 11, at Green Planet Farm & Gardens, on Pine Island. Attendees will be able to shift their energy for inner peace and learn about solutions for pain and illness, delving deeper into topics via Q&A speaker panels. Food, services and products will also be available for purchase. Along with the talks, the “Olde Florida” retreat-like event location is a peaceful environment for participants to visit the market area and find treasures to take home, have a reading and nourish themselves with healthy delicious food and drinks. “Meet the practitioners in Southwest Florida that dedicate their lives to transforming others lives,” says event organizer Gwen Peterson.

Admission is free. Location: 14900 Stringfellow Rd., Bokeelia. For more information, call 239-595-1587, email or visit See ad, page 11.

Couples Massage and Meaningful Touch Classes in Naples


icensed Massage Therapist and veteran teacher Alvina Quatrano will lead a Couples Massage class from 5 to 8 p.m., November 2, and a Meaningful Touch class at the same time on January 2, 2019. The Couples Class includes a Meaningful Touch review, a massage routine and practice with oils, setting the Alvina Quatrano stage for massage with partners and to have it reciprocated with the assistance of Quatrano, who will perform the massage with participants and provide a manual, anecdotal examples and personalized practice that can be continued at home. Meaningful Touch is based on work by Dr. Frederick Fritz Smith, who founded The Zero Balancing Health Association, and his concept of “interface”, which is a respectful and boundary-aware type of touch that is also taught in Art of Holistic Massage and Soul Lightening International Acupressure classes. Types and the criteria for touch are discovered and an understanding of the body’s energy system of chakras and meridians is also presented. Quatrano says that learning Meaningful Touch is the first step to applying skills of massage, assisting yoga classes, nursing, doctoring (palpating), friending, parenting and coupling.   Massage professionals may receive CE credits. For more information including location or to register, call 732-266-5276 or visit See listing, page 59. 14

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Nahmod Concert at Unity of Fort Myers


aniel Nahmod will perform his unique, poetic and evocative message of peace, love and compassion that crosses all nations, cultures and faiths in a concert beginning at 7 p.m., October 6, at Unity of Fort Myers. He has supported many causes Daniel Nahmod with his music, including youth rallies, 9/11 services, Habitat for Humanity, Operation USA, Achievable and the Anti-Defamation League, as well as appearing on many television shows, festivals worldwide and for governors, mayors and congressional representatives. In addition, the church is calling for artists to reserve space to showcase their art at its Power of Imagination Art & Craft Fest on January 26, 2019. The church conducts Sunday services at 10 a.m.

Concert cost: $25. Location: 11120 Ranchette Rd. For more information or tickets for concert or showcasing at craft fest, call 239-278-1511, email or visit Also visit See ad, page 51.

Discount Offer for Cannabis Massages


ssuage Spa Luxury, with locations in Naples and Fort Myers, is offering an affordable way to experience the many health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) massage. Cannabis-derived CBD is widely promoted as an effective supplement with anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to help battle cancer, multiple sclerosis, anxiety and other diseases and ailments. It also reduces inflammation and pain, along with promoting bone growth and heart health. Natural Awakenings readers receive 15 percent off of the regular price this month. Locations: 9407 Cypress Lake Dr., Ste. C, Fort Myers; 1201 Piper Blvd., Unit 1, Naples. For more information or an appointment, call 239-201-4762 or visit See ad, page 37.

Psychic Fair to Assist Children at Unity of Bonita


Spirits Row Psychic Fair to benefit the Children’s Outreach program will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., November 3, at the Unity Church of Bonita, in Bonita Springs. Food will be served and raffle tickets will be available to help raise funds. Featuring psychic and spiritual counselors, massage, energy, crystal and Tibetan bowl healing, oils, holistic and spiritual gifts, the event will foster and encourage spiritual healing for children. Cost: $5. Location: 28285 Imperial Pkwy. For more information, call 239-825-6682, email or visit See ad, page 29.

kudos Karin Wolfe, biofeedback specialist and owner of Firefly Within, in Bonita Springs, successfully completed another level of learning by obtaining her Bachelor of HolisKarin Wolfe tic Health Science degree from the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine, in Honolulu, Hawaii, in August. She’ll be able to serve her clients better with a fuller range of knowledge on topics as homeopathy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, health psychology, quantum biology, anatomy and more. “As more and more people turn to a holistic approach to healing, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest information and technology available to give the client the best service possible,” says Wolfe. “New information is constantly being brought forward and must be shared with the public so people can make informed decisions about their health and well-being.” Location: 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy. For more information, call 239-980-3257, email or visit See ad, page 59. SalusCare, Inc., in Fort Myers, a nonprofit mental health and substance abuse service provider for Lee County, has earned a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). It’s the longest accreditation that CARF sanctions, and will apply through June 2021. CARF reports, “SalusCare has committed itself to being the forerunner of behavioral healthcare services in the community it serves.” “I am so very proud of SalusCare, the leadership team and all employees who provide these crucial behavioral healthcare services to our community,” says SalusCare Board Chairman Marshall T. Bower. Location: 3763 Evans Ave. For more information, call 239-275-3222 or visit

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Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, have found that receiving music therapy can significantly lessen a patient’s need for opioids and other painkillers after invasive surgery. The researchers tested 161 patients; 49 in the music group and 112 in a control group. After their surgery, both groups were offered painkillers intravenously at doses requested by the patient. Of those engaged in music therapy, 86 percent avoided the painkillers, compared to only 26 percent of the control group.

Knitting Releases the Blues Knitting can alleviate the blues, slow the onset of dementia and distract from chronic pain, according to a survey published in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Eighty-one percent of respondents described feeling happier after a session of needlework. In another study, researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital found that the act of knitting lowers heart rates by an average of 11 beats per minute, eliciting a state of relaxation similar to that of yoga. A Mayo Clinic study found that crafts like knitting and crocheting also reduce the chance of developing mild cognitive impairment by 28 percent. In a University of British Columbia study, 74 percent of 38 women with the eating disorder anorexia reported that it lessened the intensity of their fears and thoughts and cleared their minds of eating disorder preoccupations. In a survey of 1,000 members of the British group Knit for Peace, one in five respondents reported that knitting reduced their arthritic pain.


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Turtle Turnaround Hatchlings Return to Mumbai Beach After 20 Years

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At Versova Beach, in the Indian coastal city of Mumbai, local volunteers have stepped up to finally clean up a shore covered in ankledeep trash and waste. The United Nations described the transformation as the world’s largest beach cleanup project ever, and the work has been rewarded with serious environmental progress. For the first time in 20 years, Olive Ridley sea turtles have hatched at Versova. The turtle is currently classified as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of environmental pollution. They’re the smallest and most common sea turtle, but all species are threatened by human encroachment and pollution. Lawyer and conservationist Afroz Shah says, “I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean.” Local ecologists say it’s possible the Olive Ridley turtles have been nesting on the beach without anyone noticing, but capturing this momentous occasion is a huge boon to the volunteers, which have encountered some resistance via harassment and bureaucracy.

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By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to hit 10 billion, and food production will need to increase by 70 percent. Traditional farming won’t be able to keep up. Lisa Dyson, who holds three degrees in physics, including a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Boston, knows the reason: ubiquitous carbon dioxide. This byproduct of burning fossil fuels is a known culprit in the pace of climate change. Dyson is revolutionizing the way protein is made. Several years ago, she and colleague John Reed came across NASA reports from the 1960s and ’70s that discussed using microbes to recycle carbon dioxide aboard spacecraft. “We were fascinated by their research. We wondered if we could develop a similar technology that would enable us to recycle carbon dioxide into valuable products here on Earth,” Dyson says. Their startup, Kiverdi, uses microbes to transform carbon into bio-based products in special bio-reactors similar to the giant urns used to brew beer. This year, they’re commercializing a new process to transform CO2 into protein powder. The end product, Planet+Protein, is packed with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 20

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Ivory Outlawed

UK Banning Both Legal and Illegal Trade

The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is in the process of implementing a neartotal ivory ban. It can’t happen soon enough because elephant populations continue to dramatically decline. As recognized by the parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species last September, “Countries with domestic ivory markets that contribute to elephant poaching or the illegal ivory trade should take all necessary legislative, regulatory and enforcement measures to close such markets as a matter of urgency.” Any legal ivory market leads to a parallel illegal market because ivory from recently killed elephants can be made to look like old ivory, which is legal in many countries, through processes like chipping, staining and cracking. The UK has long played a role in the international ivory trade. During the colonial era, more than a million elephants were killed to feed British demand for everything from ivory ornaments and piano keys to billiard balls and cutlery. Much of that material remains in the UK today, fueling the market. Trade data indicates that the UK is still the world’s largest exporter of legal ivory, most of which goes to Asian destinations like China and Hong Kong.


Serious concerns have surfaced about food transparency, and people are asking questions. Documentaries like Rotten urge consumers to think twice about the origins and ingredients of their food, but answers are not always readily available. In addition to environmental concerns like long-distance transportation, people are worried about food recalls and safety. FoodLogiQ’s software solution creates “farm to fork traceability”, welcoming companies across the industry to participate, with approximately 7,000 having registered so far in some 100 countries—including Whole Foods, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Carl’s Jr., Subway, Buffalo Wild Wings and the Panda Restaurant Group. Information provides useful details such as where the food was harvested, whether pesticides were used, where the food traveled and how it was processed. FoodLogiQ Chief Marketing Officer Katy Jones suggests this is an important moment of change in the food industry, saying, “Food companies are embracing global standards to increase efficiencies and build a foundation for traceability and supply chain visibility.”

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ll of Florida was once underwater. The majority of the Sunshine State eventually became swampland as the water drained away. As a result, when a newbie gardener digs a hole in their yard and turns over their first shovel of sand, it’s likely that they’ll be reminded of the beach. What this really means to a novice gardener is that because Florida’s soil composition is sorely deficient in nearly everything it takes to grow more than weeds, soil improvement is essential. According to University of Florida’s Gardening Solutions, our state’s gray, fine soil is called myakka, a Native American word meaning “big waters”. Only found in Florida, our official state soil covers more than 1.5 million acres. Improving this fine “sugar sand” can be accomplished using Florida-friendly organic matter. This results in more nutrition for plants, shrubs and turf grass, which means there is less need for applying insecticides. A free and easily accessible version of organic matter is found throughout Southwest Florida. By collecting dead palm fronds and purchasing a set of hand pruners, we can cut them up into fine pieces and make our own homemade mulch. Every palm tree sheds its fronds as it grows and the majority of homeowners put them out as yard waste to be gathered by Waste Management. For more information about MPV Organic Lawn Care, located at 5416 Carlton St., in Naples, call 239-234-9299. Visit See ad, page 50.

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House Cleaning as an Act of Prevention and Wellness


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cloth” worth its weight in silver. leaning house is a “The feeling of exhaustion task that not everyand flu-like symptoms at the one wants to tackle. end of every work day went However, a conversation away and the cyst began to with Cindy Bisanti, owner of shrink. It’s practically gone Crunchy Cleaning by Cindy, now, so I know I did the might lead us to wonder exright thing for me and my actly what we might be misscustomers,” says Bisanti, who ing out on. To the woman that gets plenty of feedback from has been cleaning house her Cindy Bisanti clients. “When I’m leavwhole life, it may seem ing their home, clients all impossible that there is say the same thing, ‘My anything special about it home smells so fresh,’” until Bisanti’s description notes Bisanti, whose of making a home healthy business has evolved for its owners elevates over the years. cleaning to an act of pre “I’m now helping to organize homes of vention and wellness. people that I clean for. The shift came about The health benefits of cleaning with naturally as a result of sometimes having to non-toxic cleaning supplies are a subject move things around in order to do a deep that Bisanti talks about from experience. cleaning. It was the positive feedback and “I had been cleaning for many years using increase in my sense of satisfaction and fulthe typical commercial cleaning products. fillment that led me to let a potential client Gradually, I increasingly felt at the end know that I can help them with organizing of my work day as though I’d been hit by their home. I so appreciate when a client a truck. I thought maybe I was getting says that her life feels more in balance when too old for the business until informaher house is clean and in order, or when tion started coming out about toxins in someone tells me that she feels less overcommercial cleaning products. I began whelmed and more likely to invite friends searching Google, where I learned that over more often,” advises Bisanti. most commercial products have endocrine “I care about the people I work with. disruptors. Many of the toxins in them are On my first visit, I do a meet-and-greet. We banned in Europe, but still used in U.S. walk through the home and talk so that we product formulas. I had developed a fairly feel a sense of connection. That’s important large breast cyst, which the doctor said was to me, because I consider that my clients benign,” she explains. are my friends. One of the reasons I so en Bisanti started putting the puzzle joy cleaning is that it’s something I start and pieces together. When her homeopathic finish. I immediately can admire the fruits doctor asked about the brand of deodorant of my labors and have a great deal of satshe used, Bisanti was aghast when the docisfaction knowing that my work has made tor responded that it was one of the most someone’s life better. Their compliments are toxic brands on the market. Bisanti imicing on my cake,” enthuses Bisanti. mediately changed deodorant, purchased an essential oil body cleanse and switched For more information, call 239-202-3152 or to natural cleaning products that include visit See ad, page 62. what Bisanti refers to as a “magic cleaning

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The Rise of Blue Zones in America Places that Encourage Healthy Living by Avery Mack


an Buettner’s book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest launched a movement a decade ago. Sequels include The Blue Zones of Happiness, The Blue Zones Solution and Thrive. Many communities have embraced the principles of this “make healthy living easier” paradigm, resulting in the improved well-being of residents. “Add more years to your life and more life to your years,” says Nick Buettner, vice president at Blue Zones LLC, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the founder’s brother who spoke with us. “The people around you, the places where you work, live and play, and the social norms in your community have an impact on your health.” The original U.S. pilot project in 2009, in Albert Lea, Minnesota, is a prime example. Instead of widening a main thoroughfare and raising the speed limit, the city widened the sidewalk and created a path around nearby Fountain Lake, offering safe exercise for bikers, joggers and walkers. The Hy-Vee grocery increased its health market section from two to seven aisles, leading to a 130 percent rise in related sales, and added a Blue Zones checkout lane for healthy grab-and-go options. City workplaces now offer quiet rooms and fruit instead of candy; one business converted a garage to a pickleball court.

The five original Blue Zones are Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; Okinawa, Japan; and Sardinia, Italy.

Blue Zone Basics Move Naturally – Even at work, get up and move at least once every 20 minutes. Reduce Stress – Take a nap, nature walk

or meditate.

Act Intentionally – “People that feel

they have a reason to get out of bed in the morning tend to live seven years longer than those who just go through the motions,” says Buettner. A strong sense of purpose defines quality of life.

Eat Healthy – Enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. One cup of beans a day adds three to four years in life expectancy. Plant a garden to grow fresher, pesticidefree food. Eat meat an average of five times a month and in small-portioned stir-fry, soups and pasta. Consume fewer calories. Drink wine in moderation. Check out Maintain Relationships – “If you have fewer than three friends, it’s the equivalent of smoking for 20 years,” Buettner maintains.

“Growing old in place and staying at home instead of a retirement or nursing home is easier to accomplish when you have a social network.” Meet regularly with friends.

Have Faith – A faith-based life taps into a larger resource far greater than oneself and enhances a sense of purpose, social network and calm content.

Prioritize Family – Amid the busyness of life, make the most enjoyable family time and nurturing activities each day’s first choice. “Over the last four years in Florida, our sponsor, NCH Healthcare System, has helped to build well-being infrastructure and sustainability for approximately 400,000 people; that swells to nearly 1.2 million during high season from January to April,” says Deb Logan, executive director of Blue Zones Project-SWFL (Southwest Florida). “We have 33 Blue Zone-approved restaurants that collectively make an additional 176 plant-based menu items available locally; the first half of this year, they sold 130,000 Blue Zones-inspired dishes.” The healthful community philosophy was vital in Hawaii, when the Kīlauea Volcano spewed lava, sulfur dioxide and acid rain. First-responders staffed checkpoint stations around the clock to protect the public from dangerous areas, exposing themselves to combined sun and volcanic heat. The Hawaiian Blue Zone team delivered smoothies, beverages and paletas—healthy popsicles made with real fruit—to help workers stay cooler. They also delivered them to volunteers and public service groups, including Hope Services Hawaii, which built tiny houses for families displaced by volcanic activity. “We don’t come into an area and say, ‘This is what you must do.’ We say, ‘This is what you can do.’ The readiness must come from the city level, businesses, schools and nonprofits,” Buettner says. “The right leadership must be committed and prepared to follow through on multiple years of initiatives.” He remarks, “In the end, my hope for the future lies in the fact that communities care about their health. Blue Zones isn’t about the quantity of years, but the quality of life, and often that adds years, too.” Connect with the freelance writer via October 2018


Blue ZoneCertified Cities


ertified communities have achieved their predetermined goals (outlined in project blueprints) as attested to via a combination of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index and community-reported metrics.

California—Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach Iowa—Algona, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Fairfield, Harlan, Iowa City, Marion, Mason City, Muscatine, Oskaloosa, Sioux City, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Waterloo, Woodbine Minnesota—Albert Lea Cities and other areas transforming to Blue Zone status

Hawaii—East/North/West Hawaii, Kapolei/Ewa, Koolaupoko, Manoa/ Makiki/McCully/Moiliili, Wahiawa, Wailuku/Kahului (aka Central Maui) Oklahoma—Pottawatomie County Oregon—The Dalles, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Umpqua

Southwest Florida—Ave Maria,

Bonita Springs, Estero, Golden Gate, Immokalee, Naples/East Naples

Texas—Fort Worth Wisconsin—Beaver Dam, Horicon,

Juneau, Mayville


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Sara Deets riding an elephant in Zimbabwe at age 96

Accolades for the

Blue Zones Naples Project


by Linda Sechrist

Homeowners Association and several ince NCH Healthcare launched Blue Zones workshop volunteers, includthe Blue Zones Project in 2014, ing Lisa Guenloh, Andrea Posner and it has enjoyed continued success. Deborah Woller. “Individuals and organizations are now reaching out to us. We no longer have to knock on doors in Naples, Marco Island, City of Naples Immokalee, Bonita “From a community Springs and Estero perspective, as well to promote our as our organization community-wide that consists of 460 well-being initiaindividuals, we’ve tive that helps had a positive experimake the healthier ence,” says Bill Moss, choices the easiest Naples city manager. choices,” says Deb “We went through an Logan, executive extensive process dedirector of the signed to enhance a Southwest Florida healthy and producBlue Zones Project. tive workplace. The The eightresults of that effort year project has include allowing us received accolades to stabilize health from many of insurance rates for its participants, the last five years, such as The city a healthy financial of Naples, Lely Healthy vending machine at Naples City Hall benefit to taxpayers

who indirectly pay for our insurance. We also now look at our city from a more holistic perspective, which includes considering how the built environment, sidewalks, street landscaping, parks and bike paths can be used to enhance blue zone concepts and allow residents and visitors to move easily, live without unnecessary stress and interact with others. We also have healthier snacks in our vending machines and encourage businesses and grocery stores within our city limits to help build awareness by having displays of healthy foods that are part of Blue Zones. Wynn’s Market has one.”

Lisa Gruenloh

Gruenloh, a Blue Zones purpose workshop facilitator and director of development at the Naples Community Hospital (NCH) Center for Philanthropy, loves helping people find their purpose and live a more fulfilling, meaningful life. “We’ve reached thousands of people in Southwest Florida. From young people wanting to establish a meaningful career to midcareer professionals needing a sense of rejuvenation in work and life and retired individuals going through change or disappointment and seeking new ways of living with purpose, I hear a lot of stories about the exciting and often courageous changes in their life after the workshop,” says Gruenloh.

Andrea Posner

Posner is a member of the VeronaWalk Homeowners Association (HOA), which comprises 1,920 homes. As a Blue Zones volunteer, Posner has served in numerous roles, beginning with the retail food committee dedicated to educating restaurants and grocery stores on the benefits of add-

Blue Zones display at Wynn's Market, Naples

ing Blue Zones plant-based options, as well as promoting Blue Zones-approved certification. “When a former VeronaWalk Homeowners Association board member read about another community receiving Blue Zones recognition, he said, ‘If they can, we can.’ Since I was already involved, I offered my help. The next thing I knew, I was congratulated, named as chairperson and put in charge of forming a committee. We needed 480 signatures from HOA families who would agree to take the Blue Zones personal pledge. We got 600,” Posner recalls. “We also started three Blue Zones Moais, a concept from Okinawa, Japan, which roughly means meeting for a common purpose. Our potluck moai meets for 10 weeks to learn how to cook plant-based meals. We also have a restaurant and walking moai. I’ve been part of a walking moai for two years and I appreciate the friendships and social networks I’ve formed,” notes Posner.

events and acting as a purpose workshop co-facilitator. “I am passionate about educating people on different choices and the importance of having a sense of purpose. As a result of volunteering I’ve seen that with a strong purpose in life, anyone’s ‘shoulda, coulda, woulda’ dreams can still come true. Women I’ve met, who ranged in ages from 100 to 103, told me stories about riding elephants in Zimbabwe at age 96, walking the great wall of China at 94 and penning poems for a children’s book at age 90,” says Woller. Logan recommends that individuals interested in learning more about Blue Zones register for Blue Zones Ambassador training, which explains all the ways to get involved in the project and reach out to worksites, schools, restaurants, grocery stores and faith-based organizations, as well as other types of businesses in Naples and other nearby communities. For more information, call 239-624-2312 or visit

Deborah Woller

Woller, whose lifestyle reflects Blue Zones goals, has also been involved in multiple Blue Zone roles. She began with assisting businesses such as NCH and Arthrex with collecting pledges at local farmers’ markets and special company

Sara Deets (left) and Deb Woller at Sara’s 100th birthday October 2018


“We can see it as something happening to us and think of ourselves as victims, or we can see it as something happening for us; an invitation to build, innovate and effect change—a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion and genius,” advises Hawken.

Real Solutions For Climate Change Florida Gulf Coast University Hosts Paul Hawken


by Linda Sechrist

or Paul Hawken, author and leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of more than 200 research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is the reversal of global warming. The editor of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, Hawken will speak at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) on October 22 to inspire interest in the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist to achieve drawdown, the point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. The FGCU Department of Integrated Studies, the Center for Environmental & Sustainability Education and the Department of Marine and Ecological Science are hosting the event, along with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and the Pachamama Alliance of Southwest Florida. While many individuals are caught up in mainstream media’s “catastrophsizing of the future” with gloom and doom “game over” stories that sensationalize hurricanes, typhoons, flooding, sea level rise, drought, and fires that are all connected to the 408 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Hawken goes about the business of offsetting that message with encouraging stories about solutions. His “game on” presentations are sprinkled with how Drawdown’s climate and financial models, which are ranked by their results in the sequestering of carbon, net cost and net savings through the year 2050, are being used now. “For every 80 articles written about the interruption of the Earth’s climate, 78 are about game over and what’s wrong, which 26

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creates fear and produces passivity and numbness, turning people off. We can’t solve a problem by describing it in detail over and over. The public needs to hear, watch and read stories about individuals, groups, churches, impact investors, communities, corporations, schools, towns, cities and universities that are doing the things that are making a difference,” says Hawken, an eloquent voice who speaks for the Earth’s climate, as well as humanity. Hawken’s mastery of the subject and eloquence have the power to stir compassion, deepen understanding and make it clear that global warming is an atmospheric transformation that can inspire us to change and reimagine everything we make and do. “We can see it as something happening to us and think of ourselves as victims, or we can see it as something happening for us; an invitation to build, innovate and effect change—a pathway that awakens creativity, compassion and genius,” advises Hawken. For proof that the solutions in Drawdown are engaging people all over the world to do extraordinary things to reverse global warming, we only need to look to the number of the book’s translations in 15 months. “It’s now in 11 languages. The most recent translations are Korean and Dutch, with Japanese soon to follow. I believe this is due to humanity’s deep hunger for knowing about and understanding of doable solutions that they can participate in. This is not what is being shown in the media,” notes Hawken. Perhaps comparable to an organically grown, in-depth climate solution encyclopedia, intended to be edited by volunteers throughout the world, The Drawdown website (Drawdown. org) is expanding. Modeled after nature, which is self-organizing and based on whole systems, it will allow for continued research, additional vetted solutions and welcome contributions such as YouTube videos, documentaries and reading lists. “There will be different ways that individuals can promote and support actions that engender solutions. Drawdown doesn’t belong to any one person. It’s a ‘we’ project,” advises Hawken, who is working on Drawdown 2.0, planned for release by Earth Day 2020.

For information on Paul Hawken’s Drawdown: Real Solutions for Climate Change presentation on Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in The Cohen Center Ballroom on the FGCU campus, email or

Teachers at the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Vocational College, in San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala

Drawdown Solutions in Collier and Lee County by Linda Sechrist


has powerful positive n Collier and Lee Top 10 impacts on the health, counties, local organizations such as Drawdown Solutions welfare and life expectancy of women and the Guatemalan Rural their children. It also Adult and Children’s Refrigerant management can affect greenhouse Education (GRACE) Wind turbines gas emissions. Project, founded Reduced food waste by Genelle Grant and House of Gaia, The GRACE Plant-rich diet founded by Maria Project Tropical forests protection GRACE is collaboraLuisa “Lulu” Carter, Educating girls tion among the Orgawere excited to learn nization for Latinos In that their mission and Family planning, solar farms the Exterior (OILE), activities were already Rooftop solar Lee County Legal Aid, in alignment with two Silvopasture—the intentional and the New Image of the solutions for the combination of trees, forage Tabernacle Church climate goal of reversplants and livestock as and the Unitarian ing global warming dean integrated, intensively Universalist Church of scribed in Drawdown: managed system Fort Myers (UUCFM). The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed GRACE director to Reverse Global Warming. Genelle G. Grant, Ed.D, who is also the president of Happehatchee, in Estero, has Educating Girls worked with indigenous and migrant farm Education lays a foundation for vibrant worker families in Southwest Florida and is lives for girls and women, their families, a member of UUCFM. and their communities. It also is one of the “Within the Guatemalan Indigenous most powerful levers available for avoiding people who settled in Southwest Florida afemissions by curbing population growth. ter the Guatemalan Civil War of the 1980s Women with more years of education have and 1990s, no one speaks about the taboo fewer and healthier children, and actively subjects of violence to women in the home, manage their reproductive health. and parents don’t talk with their daughters about sexual relations, birth control and Family Planning menstruation because they are afraid that Securing women’s right to voluntary, highthey will have sex too early. This summer, I quality family planning around the world talked with several local women who told

me that our workshops saved their lives. It gave them strength and courage to leave violent marriages,” advises Grant. GRACE volunteers make reusable menstrual cycle kits comprising hand-sewn cotton bases that clip onto underwear, and travel to Guatemala to distribute them. Tucked into the kits are flannel pads that can be changed out and washed for reuse. Volunteers also make and distribute fertility bracelets, a highly regarded form of birth control among rural and Catholic women. “Women learn how to track their fertility on the beaded bracelets, giving them a no-cost, non-chemical birth control for life,” advises Grant, who notes that GRACE also trains women at Lee and Collier county community centers regarding human trafficking prevention, maternal health, family planning, and building self-esteem. GRACE also trains and employs local women that speak Spanish, MayaQ’anjobal and MayaQ’iché, or “Mixteco”.

House of Gaia

A grassroots nonprofit founded by Carter, House of Gaia is a volunteer team effort focused on educational programs and projects based on community building and self-help principles. She says, “There is little distinction between volunteers

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Joyful women discover the reusable menstrual pads, San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala

and participants. Volunteers, who might start out as women seeking a safe space, support and connections, aren’t so much helping someone out as they are taking part in the exciting opportunity to help build global connections through community development. Over our nearly 10 years, we’ve welcomed hundreds of single mothers and their children, as well as families. We’ve lovingly interacted with them as they learned, flourished,


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evolved and gave back to Gaia.” From the perspectives of “giving is receiving” and “a family is a circle of friends who love you”, everyone at House of Gaia has been deeply enriched by relationships and interactions with local women such as Danica Roy, who works with Mannatech, a multi-level marketing company, runs the Vitamins for Haiti program and donates $8,000 worth of vitamins annually to children. Other enriching relationships ex-

amples include Isy Silva, a yoga teacher and herbal entrepreneur who recently launched Isy’s Infusions, and Alexia de Gunzburg. Known as Biro Spring, de Gunzburg is an artist who illustrated her trilogy of short books about her explorations in a newfound life after many years of living with a rare and debilitating disease. “All of us at Gaia learn so much from each other. We are a beautiful and diverse community benefitting from the goodness and gifts of all who pass through our doors. People come with their gifts and we help them to shine. House of Gaia gives women, children and families an outlet. By being active participants in activities, they learn to believe in themselves and in the process empower other women and girls,” advises Carter. House of Gaia is located at 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste. 1, in Naples. For more information, call 239-272-6152 or visit For information on the GRACE Project, email or visit

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lant-based lifestyles, once considered by some as a fad that would fade, are on the rise worldwide. According to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, 6 million to 8 million Americans have completely eliminated meat, including seafood, from their plates. With a 600 percent increase of people going vegan domestically in the past three years and companies like Nestlé devising vegan-tailored product launches, plant-based eating is creating unprecedented demand. “I’ve definitely seen plant-based eating become more mainstream. Many restaurants now provide plant-based options to keep their customers happy, and more food startups are creating nut- and soy-based cheeses, milks and yogurts,” says Lisa Stollman, a plant-based nutritionist in New York City. Vegan lunch options are even making their way into the Los Angeles public school system.


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Millennials Lead the Way

GlobalData, a data and analytics company, reports, “Seventy percent of the world population is either reducing meat consumption or leaving meat off the table altogether,” with Millennials at the forefront. “The environment has been the Millennial generation’s primary concern. Health is of less importance than interest in making the Earth a better place to live,” says Gene Stone, a plant-based diet expert in Hudson, New York, and author of the bestselling Forks Over Knives: The PlantBased Way to Health. Stollman concurs, saying, “The majority of my vegan clients are in their 20s and 30s, and their concern for animal treatment relates to sustainability. Sustainability helps to reduce methane emissions from industrial farms.” Wynnie Stein, co-owner of the iconic Moosewood Restaurant, in Ithaca, New York, and co-author of its ground-

breaking spinoff vegetarian cookbooks, has witnessed monumental changes since the early 1970s. Younger cooks at Moosewood have also brought passionate innovations to the establishment. “Millennials are incredibly creative, especially with plant-based and gluten-free dishes. They’re committed to animal rights and issues that affect the health of the planet,” observes Stein.

Benefits All Ages

Since the American Medical Association’s recent suggestion that hospitals consider providing plant-based meals for patients, perceptions are shifting. Holistic Cardiologist Joel Kahn, in Ferndale, Michigan, began teaching plantbased diets to heart patients in 1990, and has subsequently seen hundreds of them avoid invasive and surgical procedures, as well as show less evidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension. “Many of my patients have decreased or eliminated the otherwise

lifelong ‘jail’ of prescription drugs. They learned that disease reversal, not management, is the goal,” says Kahn. Supermarkets across the country are stocking meatless products like plant-based burgers. Many athletes and bodybuilders that have switched away from eating meat attest to improved results by tapping into plant power. People of all walks of life, including seniors, have embraced this paradigm. “There is increased interest in health as Baby Boomers age and start to realize the benefits of a plant-based diet, much of it due to myriad new research,” says Stone. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, a diet rich in vegetables and fruits lowers blood pressure. The American Diabetes Association supports a nutrientdense vegetarian diet that can decrease the risk of certain diseases. For Stollman’s vegan clients aged 50 and older, “Health plays a strong role in their interest in plant-based eating. The science has become clear, and based on the

evidence, I continue to teach my clients the importance of including plant-based meals in their daily diets,” she says.

Looking Forward

The surge of people changing their diet has a multilevel impact. “I feel deeply grateful to have been able to help spread the word about plant-based diets. Health, the environment and animal protection are great concerns of mine,” says Stone. Stein appreciates how the positive change in diet benefiting people and the planet is coming full circle. “We’re still amazed and honored to know that our cookbooks have helped to create a sea change. Folks visiting from all over the world tell us how our recipes have influenced several generations of their families.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. Connect at

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~Thomas L. Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist more important than ever to use your voice, no matter who you are, where you live and whatever you identify as,” says Jiang.

Running for Governor

Ethan Sonneborn, 13, has a comprehensive policy platform and a spot on the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot in Vermont. In an early campaign speech, the Bristol resident and Mt. Abraham Union Middle/High School student smiled at the crowd’s applause for his message:

Youths Step Up to the Global Challenge Fresh Hope for a Troubled Planet by Linda Sechrist


ecognizing that it might be too late by the time they are older, many young people are already acting collectively and across partisan aisles on everything from climate change and the environment to gun control, gender equality, social justice, education and politics. Initiatives include creating solutions for the global water crisis, serving as global ambassadors, training for public speaking and leadership, organizing youth summits, marching for causes, planting a trillion trees, participating in United Nations (UN) programs, inventing a new educational system, lobbying legislators and seeking political office. 32

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Girl Up!

Angie Jiang, a 2018 graduate of Madison West High School, in Wisconsin, is a first-year student at Columbia University, in New York. Deploying her social impact and debating skills, this Chinese-American woman articulates her opinions on sustainability, environmental awareness, immigration and gender issues in public radio interviews and lobbies for policy changes in Washington, D.C. She’s one of 80,000 girls in some 100 countries that have been trained by the UN Foundation’s Girl Up initiative to help lead the movement for gender equality; Jiang currently serves as its 2017-2018 teen advisor. “Within our current political climate, it is

“To everyone here today, know this. We are America’s future… So let’s not be afraid to shape it… We must be the voices of a generation, leaders for others and advocates for ourselves. Why shouldn’t we be the ones to end worldwide hunger, to make a breakthrough in medical science, to protect world peace or to put people on another planet? We are the generation that will do all these things. Why not start now?” In addressing environmental issues, Sonneborn supports a tax on carbon emissions, Vermont’s commitment to uphold the standards of the Paris climate agreement and renewable energy incentives. In Kansas, where six teenagers are running for governor, Tyler Ruzich’s campaign theme is, “A Republican for the Next Generation.” This Shawnee Mission North

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High School senior has serious concerns and ideas to make his state a better place to live, learn and work. A well-prepared orator committed to public service, Ruzich is reaching younger voters on issues of voter registration, school funding, taxation, guns, immigration, agriculture, equal rights and job growth. On the Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien syndicated TV show, Ruzich said he believes his campaign is stimulating 18-to-25-yearolds to get involved in mid-term elections, which typically draw fewer voters.


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global youth to engage with sustainability issues. Today, the New Jersey resident serves as its president, and is passionate about why investing in the education of children is significant. As just one example, “Amazonian children are teaching their parents about how deforestation impacts climate change,” says Patel. A degree in environmental law and policy at Vermont Law School, in South Royalton, and expertise in environmental education, curriculum development, field research and community outreach has helped Patel to assist in developing lesson plans for ECI Water Schools. Community groups and schools are mobilized to evaluate the health of rivers and provide basic training in good health habits.

Brandi Kneip’s family in Stuart, Florida, didn’t object when the 18-year-old decided to spend her college savings establishing a JAR dry goods store that fosters reusing and recycling materials to decrease or eliminate trash. Customers can buy what they need by dispensing pasta, herbs, spices, flour and other products into their own reusable jars or purchase glass containers to take home. JAR also carries eco-friendly household items. “I want my impact on this Earth to be like footprints in the sand. For a second, the Earth knows you are there, and when you move along, the waves wash them out or the wind blows them away. I’m so thankful for this big, green-blue planet, and I’ll strive every day to make more people notice the beauty it holds,” says Kneip.

Earth Child Institute

Arati Patel was just 24 when she began serving as an intern with Earth Child Institute (ECI), a nonprofit that empowers

Felix Finkbeiner, a German student, started Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007, when he was only 9. “It’s an amazing organization run by young people,” says Patel. Inspired by the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement, Finkbeiner expanded Maathai’s original concept of a billion plantings to the Trillion Tree Campaign. To date, it’s seen 15 billion new trees in 190 countries under the guidance of the U.N. Environment Programme. Speaking at an Environmental Systems Research Institute Conference, Finkbeiner said that beyond planting trees, children involved in the initiative have delivered presentations in schools and rotary clubs, and engineered sit-down meetings with mayors, local government officials and even presidents of countries. Several have spoken

before the UN General Assembly and national parliaments, urging them to address the climate crisis.

A Revolution in Education

After graduating from Beijing University Affiliated High School, Jason Wang, 18, postponed college for a year and visited the U.S. and Europe looking for the best practices in education. When he returned, he was in no hurry to enter college, but rather to develop the curriculum for Beijing’s Moonshot Academy, which opened in January with 30 students from 14 to 16 years old. Turning traditional methods of education on its ear, Moonshot Academy students are accepted based on their learning ability, independent thinking skills and capacity to turn ideas into action, rather than standardized test scores. Students learn through personalized experiences that enable them to practice and demonstrate core competencies to face the challenges of the future. “Research shows that by the age of 39, today’s average high school graduate will have had nine different jobs, half of which have not been invented yet. Artificial intelligence has changed the playing field. We can’t keep educating kids in the same way,” says Nancy Riehle, executive director of the Creative Academic Network Scholastic Foundation that supports the academy.

Time’s Up

Inspired by the January 2017 Women’s March, Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old student at Seattle’s Holy Names Academy, launched Zero Hour, a movement for October 2018



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If not us, then who; if not me and you Right now, it’s time for us to do something. ~Do Something by Matthew West, singer/songwriter Maryland; Zanagee Artis, 18, a logistics director from Clinton, Connecticut; and Kibiriti Majuto, 20, of Charlottesville, Virginia, originally from the Democratic

Republic of the Congo. They jointly developed the organization’s platform. “It’s our generation that is going to be impacted the most by the effects of accelerated climate change that we are causing. This march is a launch. We’re not done,” says Margolin. At a pivotal time in which many theorize that our nation lacks the ability to coalesce around a great enterprise to solve existing problems, it appears that those doing the calculating have not factored in the millions of motivated young people as critical decision makers. It may be that their imagination, energetic drive, passionate self-confidence and “no borders” cooperation paves the way to a brighter future for all. Not waiting for the torch to be passed, young people are seizing it and acting now, no longer naively thinking that there will always be enough time tomorrow. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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youth rights and action on climate change. Margolin and her teammates have formed a nationwide coalition that inspires and mobilizes students throughout the U.S. and in London, England. They took to the streets on July 21 to march for environmental justice as social justice. Zero Hour activities supporting the Washington, D.C., march included meeting with nearly 40 federal lawmakers and presenting a manifesto of demands. It calls for governments and companies to take action on all climate change and environmental issues, including divesting from fossil fuels; increasing investment in renewable energy; legislating strict carbon reduction targets; encouraging plant-based lifestyles; schooling youth on the importance of reducing our carbon footprint; reducing excessive use of single-use plastic; ending rainforest deforestation; halting all animal cruelty; and preventing loss of biodiversity and species extinctions. Margolin and other Zero Hour members agree, including Nadia Nazar, 16, an art director from Baltimore,

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DONNA KARAN on Fashioning Healthful Change by April Thompson


s a style icon, humanitarian and pioneer of conscious consumerism, Donna Karan has elevated fashion to a platform for change throughout her career, using her celebrity status to raise funds for AIDS research in the 1990s and more recently venturing into alternative health care. Karan’s first collection under her signature label DKNY, which debuted in 1985, aimed to dress women in comfortable, professional clothes that embraced and flattered the female form. The brand was built on women’s strengths, rather than insecurities; her iconic 1992 “In Women We Trust” ad campaign depicted the inauguration of a female president. Her latest multidimensional Urban Zen project (UZIT) supports cultural preservation, compassionate health care and education. The affiliated brand integrates luxury and sustainability with multicultural traditions and modern trends in a multifaceted line of clothing, accessories and beauty care products. UZIT fuses Eastern healing techniques and Western medicine in a patientcentric model intended to foster calm in the midst of the stress and chaos of illness. The complementary therapies program was born out of Karan’s challenging period serving as a caregiver during her late husband’s struggle with lung cancer. Karan is a member of the Coty Hall of Fame and recipient of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Lifetime

Achievement Award and Glamour’s Woman of the Year award.

How has your fashion style and philosophy changed over the course of your career?

For me, fashion has always been about “dressing and addressing.” It all started when the AIDS epidemic broke out in the late 1980s, and the fashion community came together to launch Seventh on Sale to raise funds and awareness for the disease that was taking the lives of so many talented designers. Now more than ever, we must address such issues. My philosophy and purpose has always been inspired by cultures, creators and artisans from all corners of the world, connecting past, present and future. I launched the nonprofit organization Urban Zen to create a community of change through philanthropy and commerce. I want consumers to be aware that their purchases provide the power to help others in need.

How is the UZIT program enhancing health and well-being?

UZIT came about after witnessing the ones I loved suffer and going through their experiences by their sides. Launched in partnership with yoga instructor Rodney Yee, the program has trained members of collaborating healthcare and yoga

communities in the healing modalities of yoga therapy, reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition and contemplative care. The goal is to change the healthcare system by bringing care back into health care. Rather than just treat the disease, we need to treat patients, their loved ones and their caregivers. We also must express care for the doctors and nurses that are part of the story; they need gentle care every bit as much. We are all on this journey together. Therapists at centers such as the University of California, Los Angeles, rehabilitation unit have seen results with patients suffering from stress, claustrophobia, headaches and back pain through these techniques. Many patients report feeling more relaxed, sleeping better and experiencing less pain and anxiety than they had ever experienced with medication.

Do you see some positive trends in fashion today?

More people are paying attention to sustainability in fashion today than ever before, and more designers are using materials and fabrics that respect people and the planet; for example, by using quality materials that endure. Recycling fabrics and materials is one way to contribute to sustainability. We work with the Apparent Project, which recycles cereal boxes to make beautiful necklaces, as well as with Paula Coles, who makes bags out of T-shirts.

Can fashion effect social change in the world?

I view fashion, design and style all as platforms for conscious change. I use fashion to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, conscious consumerism and integrative education. Today, there is a greater emphasis on preserving our world cultures and maintaining the authenticity that comes from traditional artisans and artists. A collaborative mentality of “we” is far healthier than one of “me”. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at October 2018


Case Study

Healing Our Kids Reversing a Rising Tide of Chronic Conditions by Ronica A. O’Hara


he statistics are startling—as many as a quarter to one half of American children now have a diagnosed chronic condition, according to studies that include one in Academic Pediatrics that includes obesity. Over the last few decades, the number of children with asthma has tripled to affect one in eight; those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have doubled to one in 10; and autism diagnoses have increased at least 10-fold, to affect one in 50 (one in 31 boys). “It’s literally an epidemic of chronic childhood disease,” says Beth Lambert, of Charlotte, North Carolina, author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children and executive director of the nonprofit “Our children, with their little bodies and immature immune systems, can’t tolerate the toxic environments we’re all exposed to. They’re the canaries in the coal mine that show us that the way we are living today is not sustainable.” 36

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As scientists pinpoint the causes of conditions, parents, researchers and healthcare practitioners are discovering, Lambert says, that many of the youngsters’ chronic illnesses share a “perfect storm” of factors, including pharmaceutical overuse, toxic or nutritionally poor diets, exposure to toxins and other environmental stressors. “Many factors contribute to these chronic disorders; one size or one treatment doesn’t fit all,” says Dr. Kenneth Bock, of Red Hook, New York, an integrative medicine practitioner who has helped more than 3,000 chronically ill children and authored Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies. “But if children with one or more of the disorders are treated with a fully integrative medicine approach, the vast majority show some improvement, many significantly, and increasing numbers may recover to a point where they even lose their diagnosis.” Effective integrative applications often change the child’s

Maria O’Neil’s firstborn son, Connor, had a perfect Apgar score (newborn health status) at birth and appeared healthy to everyone until after immunization at 15 months, when he became withdrawn and vacant, with head-banging and hand-flapping. A pediatrician diagnosed moderately severe autism and advised, “Accept your new normal. Your son was born this way.” O’Neil exclaimed, “I will not let this disease take my child!” After she replaced processed foods, sugar, dairy and gluten with organics in his diet, he became calmer and “more here”. Tests by another pediatrician, Dr. Bob Sears, showed Connor had gut damage, mitochondrial issues, a high viral load, a low white cell count and a deficiency in basic vitamins and minerals. “Now I had a game plan,” says O’Neil, of Joshua Tree, California. Connor was given fish oil, B12 shots, juices, targeted herbs, Epsom salt baths, hyperbaric oxygen, a mitochondrial cocktail of nutraceuticals, medication with the antifungal fluconazole (Diflucan), the antiviral valacyclovir (Valtrex) and the immunity-enhancing naltrexone (Revia), plus acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. Over time, Connor’s eyes brightened, his language “burst forth” and he became social and loving. By age 5, educators took him off his individualized learning program because he had no relevant symptoms. Today, at 9, he’s a popular fourth-grade kid that loves swimming, soccer and art, and wants to become a scientist or engineer. “The future is limitless for Connor,” O’Neil reports. “He can do anything he sets his mind to.”

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More Help for Healing – the go-to website of the Environmental Working Group for information about toxicity in food, products and the environment Why It Matters – video accounts from doctors; parents and recovered children; additional integrative modalities to help prevent chronic illnesses now and in years to come,” explains family physician Madiha Saeed, of Naperville, Illinois, author of The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease. The multipronged integrative approach is supported by studies that link poor gastrointestinal health to childhood diseases, notes Lambert. Italian researchers found a greater prevalence of “bad” gut bacteria in autistic children. In New Zealand, it was shown that those with ADHD have gut bacteria that reduces dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the brain’s reward center. At, medical professionals and parents have created a comprehensive database of resources, studies, strategies and health coaches to help realize a child’s full potential. It plans to follow 14 children with chronic conditions through 18 months of healing and recovery therapeutic services to be documented in a film titled Canary Kids. “We want to show parents that there’s hope—because then they can take the next step and move forward,” says Lambert. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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odern chiropractors are often seen primarily as pain specialists, yet their care can encompass much more. While the common focus is better health through spinal manipulation, the origins of chiropractic are manifold. Typical approaches for structural issues and injuries include spinal adjustments, therapeutic ultrasound and heat therapy, but some practitioners also embrace nutrition. Training requirements for chiropractors vary by state. “Here in Oregon, chiropractic physicians—both legally and through our training—are taught to be primary care physicians,” says Doctor of Chiropractic Michael Herb, of the Absolute Wellness Center, in Eugene, Oregon. “We must complete extensive training not only on the musculoskeletal system, but also on managing various internal medical pathologies such as those related to the cardiovascular system, genitourinary conditions,

obstetrics and gynecology. We also learn to perform minor surgical procedures.” Chiropractor Tom Hyland Robertson, of Whole Chiropractic Healthcare, in Odenton, Maryland, notes, “To limit chiropractic to two categories of traditional and integrative isn’t accurate. There are almost as many specialists among doctors of chiropractic (DC) as among medical doctors (M.D.). There are chiropractors that specialize in pediatrics, veterinary, orthopedics, internal medicine, neurology, radiology and other areas. Integrative chiropractic uses as many tools as possible from the realm of each doctor’s training.”

Integrative Well-Being The world of chiropractic is diverse and growing to meet patient needs. Many chiropractors offer several healing modalities in-house that are geared to take whole-person care to an integrated harmonious level.

“Research shows that patient outcomes are far better with a multidisciplinary approach to healthcare needs,” says Herb. “Offering a variety of specialties like physical therapy, sports medicine, nutrition and natural pain relief in my practice means patients receive the care and amount of time they need. They are not limited by what I personally can offer or have time to provide.” Many chiropractic facilities nationwide employ acupuncturists and therapeutic massage therapists, offering diverse treatment options like functional medicine and cryotherapy—ice therapy— versus traditional heat therapy. Robertson provides complementary treatments ranging from nutrition to physical therapy and yoga because he has found it is important to incorporate multiple treatment philosophies, examining the same problem from different angles, saying, “Chiropractic integrates many safe modalities found to be more effective than opioids, for instance.” He notes that early chiropractic was actually integrative, with its founder, Daniel David Palmer, promoting a healthy diet and calmer lifestyle a century ago.

Collaborative Options Progressive chiropractic now includes innovative approaches to treat the nervous system. The cutting-edge field of functional (or chiropractic) neurology, which reactivates partially non-functional neural pathways, is employed in cases like concussions, vertigo, migraines, pain syndromes, neuropathy and attention-deficit disorders. Massage modalities, combined with chiropractic, are widely recognized to significantly increase circulation and improve range of motion. Acupuncture, when used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment, enhances muscle relaxation and fosters easier adjustments. Chiropractor Kody R. Johnson, of the Johnson Chiropractic and Holistic Health Center, in Columbia, Missouri, is board certified in acupuncture and employs dry needling to target trigger points in tight muscles. He also specializes in functional medicine. Hormone balance, nutritional inadequacies, the presence of heavy metals and genetic markers for disease are all considered in determining a patient’s overall health. “Chiropractic treatment addresses results of physical stress. Functional medicine looks at emotional and biochemical stress,” says Johnson. “The chiropractic paradigm is based on the premise that the body has an inborn ability to heal itself. If the only method a provider has to offer is chiropractic adjustments, then they’ll have cases where the patient’s condition doesn’t fully improve because there might be other factors at play, including nutritional deficiencies, toxicities and emotional stress. When we address other relevant issues, we find that patients ‘hold’ their adjustments longer.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, multimedia artist and author of books in the spirituality and alternative health genres. She lives in Hawley, PA. Connect at

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s more research is conducted and reported in publications such as the Annals of Internal Medicine, we learn that spinal manipulation by a chiropractor is effective at reducing neck pain, even more effective on a short or long term basis than medication. Chiropractors may also recommend specific exercises to help maintain proper alignment. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics indicates that an integrated approach to health care, which includes chiropractic, results in a 51.8 percent reduction in pharmaceutical costs and 43 percent fewer hospital admissions. Annie Ray, DC, has expertise in chiropractic, nutrition and sport science. She provides a natural, drug-free approach to health care at Bonita Beach Chiropractic, located at 11100 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Ste. 107B, in Bonita Springs. For appointments or more information, call 239-992-6643. Visit See ad, page 29.

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REBOOTING LIBIDO Exercise Rekindles Desire by Maya Whitman


ecause exercise delivers so many benefits, it’s not surprising that one of them is increased libido. A low sex drive can affect either gender at any age, and contributing factors include hormonal changes, daily stressors and certain prescription drugs. According to a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, shortduration bursts of exercise work to increase circulation and heart rate, thus amping up physiological arousal in women. Sexual performance is enhanced in men by exercising three to five times a week, according to a study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. “Eating right and being committed to a daily exercise regimen that includes strength, cardiovascular and flexibility training is key to maintaining a great libido and continual excellence in sexual function,” affirms Dr. Jeffry Life, author of The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body and owner of The Life Center for Healthy Aging, in Charleston, West Virginia.


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Exercise increases testosterone, endorphins and adrenal hormones, all of which are essential to a satisfying sex life. Studies from the University of Texas at Austin show premenopausal women experience increased sexual response with exercise, including individuals with diminished sex drives due to the use of antidepressants. “Stress is one of the biggest libidokillers in women, and endorphins released during exercise can reduce stress, improve libido and increase arousal,” maintains Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and CEO of Step It Up with Steph, in Chicago, Illinois. “Adding 30 minutes of exercise a few times a week can increase endorphins, blood flow and testosterone.”

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The inevitable hormonal changes of menopause and beyond can dampen a woman’s sex life, but it doesn’t have to become a way of life. “Women can experience side effects of shifting hormonal levels which cause libido to vanish and the vagina to become dry, making us feel

Exercises to Stoke Sexy 5 Yoga Poses to Increase Sex Drive Yoga to Increase Sexual Energy - 25-minute yoga class Sexual Health and Heart Disease interview with Dr. Jeffry Life anything but empowered,” explains Ellen Dolgen, the Coronado, California, author of Menopause Mondays: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause. “Exercise, along with the guidance of a menopause specialist to help manage those hormonal changes, is a winning ticket. Life in our 40s, 50s and beyond can be wonderful!” Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem for many men, and can result from sedentary lifestyles, certain medications and cardiovascular issues. “ED is a huge problem worldwide, and vascular disease is one of the major causes,” says Life. “This can be avoided by eating properly and making exercise an essential part of everyday life, which can also reduce the need for prescription drugs that are another major cause of the problem.”

Strength Training and Yoga

Testosterone—a hormone that plays a significant role in lighting our “fire” and keeping it lit—can be enhanced by adding workouts with weights. “Strength training can boost testosterone, which may boost sex drive in both women and men. For men, I recommend lifting weights and doing push-ups. However, it’s important to note that too much intense exercise or strength training may have the opposite effect, and actually reduce the desire to have sex,” says Mansour. In addition to a daily exercise program that includes cardio and flexibility exercises, Life concurs, “Thirty to 60 minutes of strength training three to four times a week is ideal.” According to a review published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, yoga may increase both male endurance and female response. “Yoga turns off our sympathetic nervous system, the part that keeps us in ‘fight-or-flight’ response. Inversions like the shoulder stand help to harmonize hormones, supporting a well-balanced sex drive,” explains Pam Medina, owner of The Yoga Lily, in Clifton Park, New York. “We need to feel attractive, and yoga can help us to accept the body as a sacred vehicle for the soul.” No matter the age or condition of the body, a more satisfying sex life and better self-image is possible through feeling fit. Life reminds us, “Check with your doctor before taking up an exercise regimen, and know that maintaining a healthy body can give us essential ingredients for a great sex life well into our 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.” Maya Whitman is certified in bodywork and clinical essential oil therapy. October 2018


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The Silent Killers in Your Mouth

by Dr. Yolanda Cintron


very year for my birthday in September, I take a break to refresh, “resharpen my saw” and reflect, getting ready for our October mission trip to the dental clinic in Egbe, Nigeria, ( and give thanks to our Lord for His mercies and ask Him for guidance and healing for others. I want to do it differently and make a difference, in a world full of noise and pollution, bringing HOPE. We see so many patients young and old whose lives are in critical condition. How did they get this sick? When I examine their mouths and we look at the intraoral photos, in horror they can’t believe their eyes. This is where your digestion starts! It got this bad because they felt no pain. We just came back f rom t he International Organization for Oral Medicine and Toxicology annual meeting in Stowe, Vermont, where great scientific minds exchanged new biological protocols, finding root causes for diseases and how to eradicate toxicity from our aging bodies. Reducing inflammation and oxidative stressors were the topics for all days. Like an apple turns brown when the oxygen hits it, we age when we get oxidized. Finally, taking liposomal Vitamin C, glutathione and other natural antioxidants and getting intravenous Vitamin C among other vitamins and antioxidants has entered mainstream medicine for maintenance of health, rejuvenation and cure of degenerative diseases and cancers… for a fraction of the cost. We all have to be open minded to change. A prescription is not a cure for disease; it only treats symptoms. Let’s find a solution to the problem. My favorite speaker was Dr. Thomas

Levy. I had just read his book, Hidden Epidemic, Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancers. He says that most people never feel pain until it is too late. As a cardiologist and attorney, he learned all this information not in medical school but working and researching for eight years with his mentor, Dr. Hal Huggins. He witnessed and documented in shock how terminally sick patients had their dental revisions done and then experienced clinical and laboratory improvements only after a few weeks of finishing their complete dental work. The revisions included 1. Removal of periodontal infection, gum and bone infection, cavitation, replacement of heavy metals and infected root canal teeth. 2. Lifestyle changes but you can’t jog away from cancer; the toxic loads must be removed first. Dr. Levy concluded with irrefutable scientific evidence that the “demonstrable link” to most chronic degenerative diseases was oral infection, nearly always the cause of heart attacks (after biopsies on the patients who suffered heart attacks); the same pathogens with their associated toxins chronically increased oxidative stress seen in all kinds of cancers and indifferent organs like pancreas, colon, lung, breasts. He found the breast tissue of breast cancer patients had great concentrations of microbes like fusobacterium which are a significant pathogen in periodontal disease. We have the same experience with our patients. When we do DNA biopsies of the infected gums or root canal teeth that we extract, we find the bacteriological reports are packed with microorganisms at dangerous, severe toxicity levels and a direct correlation not only to the meridian and the organ but the severity

of infection draining into the lymphatics going down into the organs. Dr. Levy explained that the steady suffusion of oral pathogens and their related toxins keeping much of the breast tissue in continued states of oxidative stress impairs cellular function and the immune system is not able to keep cleaning the overwhelming amount of attacks. Today I reviewed another DNA biopsy on a female patient in her 40’s diagnosed with breast cancer. Dental diagnosis was: Periodontal disease and infected root canal teeth. Her results were in RED letters FUSOBACTERIUM at severe risk levels. We celebrated that we removed them and she is on her way to wellness. I, like Dr. Levy and many other physicians at the conference, have seen great results with nontoxic treatments. I recommend high doses of Vitamin C intravenously before, during and after treatment. Let us help you. For more information on these subjects and/or a complete dental revision, call 954-938-4599, email or visit

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About 500 million plastic straws are discarded daily in America, reports the U.S. National Park Service. Plastic that reaches waterways is ingested by marine life and our food chain. Individuals and municipalities are taking action to support options, including going strawless. n The Last Plastic Straw (, a project of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, has a worldwide map locator that pinpoints restaurants that have ceased using plastic straws. n Milo Cress, who launched the Be Straw Free ( campaign in 2011 when he was 9, is again speaking to school students this fall, primarily via Skype. “It’s exciting to inspire them to know that they can do something in their community,” says the senior high school student in Shelburne, Vermont. n, a Southern California volunteer-driven organization, offers kits that include bamboo straws, carrying holders and cleaning brushes. n McDonald’s has announced it will transition from plastic to paper straws in its U.S., UK and Ireland restaurants beginning this year, and subsequently expand the switch to other countries. n In May, New York City lawmakers introduced a bill banning plastic straws in all bars and restaurants in the Big Apple, and Seattle has banned the use of single-use plastic straws, thanks to the Strawless in Seattle movement. EcoCycle, Inc. ( and the Inland Ocean Coalition, both in Boulder, Colorado, are asking restaurants citywide not to use them. In July, Starbucks announced plans to eliminate straw use globally by 2020. n offers straw alternatives made of paper by Aardvark, steel and silicone by Klean Kanteen, metal by Steelys Drinkware and bamboo by StrawFree. n suggests, “Unlike metal or glass, soft and bendable silicone straws don’t clink your teeth, making them ideal for kids and strawbiters” and that such products made by Softy Straws work with hot drinks and withstand dishwashers. It also recommends wheat stems, corn bioplastic and bucatini pasta, a spaghetti-like noodle with a hole in the middle.

October 2018


Farewell to a Beloved Pet Earth’s Memorial to a Pet’s Passing by Sandra Murphy


he American Pet Products Association estimates Americans collectively spent $69.5 million on our 235 million mammal, avian and reptile pets, as well as 158 million pet fish, in 2017. It’s not surprising that end-of-life planning for a devoted family companion is a solemn endeavor. Burial in a box or blanket in the backyard used to be the predominant way to deal with pet remains. As people and pet populations have grown, many municipalities now have ordinances against the practice. Instead, good options exist that protect and preserve the planet these animals so enjoyed.

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Kay Winters, a blogger at PawsAndPines. com, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, mothers a dog, Clover, and two cats, Chuckie and Mittens. “When they pass away, I plan to bury them in biodegradable mushroom bags,” she says. “It has mushroom and other organisms infused into it to help with natural decomposition, cleanse any environmental toxins in the body and nourish the nearby soil.” Another biodegradable container is a pod that contains nutrient-rich soil, a seed and the pet’s ashes to nourish the resulting plant, tree or shrub. It’s a lovely way to remember the pet and replenish Earth’s greenspace. 46

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Veterinary offices commonly arrange for the pet’s body to be sent to a crematorium, with ashes returned several days later. Using temperatures from 1,400 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, these facilities impose a larger carbon footprint than other options. At-home euthanasia may be beneficial for terminal pets. The animal can remain calm in familiar surroundings with family present. The veterinarian allows time for goodbyes, and when the family is ready, removes the body. “We always place the pets on nice stretchers with a blanket over the body and encourage the family to place toys or flowers with their pet. There’s no handing out brochures with photos of urns or upselling. It’s respectful of the pet’s life,” says Veterinarian Mary Gardner, of Yorba Linda, California, co-founder and chief technology officer at Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a national network of veterinarians dedicated to end-of-life care. Gardner is also building an aquamation (alkaline hydrolysis) facility in Boynton Beach, Florida. This alternative to cremation has a far smaller environmental impact because the resulting alkaline water is safe to drain, containing no chemicals or DNA. Elizabeth Fournier, author of The Green Burial Guidebook, owns and operates

Cornerstone Funeral Services and Cremation, in Boring, Oregon, where she periodically receives inquiries about pets. “I’ve received calls over the years for horses, donkeys, sheep and dogs. One family called me for their alpaca. I explained my funeral home was a humanonly funeral parlor, but I’d be more than happy to help with a referral,” Fournier says. She offered a choice of flame or water. “They liked the water method because Spunky the Alpaca loved the rain and could drink more water than most of her pasture mates,” she says. The family let all the other animals at home come by to give Spunky a sniff and a goodbye, and then took her body for bio-cremation. “They took her ashes home in a ceramic pig cookie jar,” says Fournier. “It’s my favorite story.” “The zero-emission aquamation process creates one-tenth the carbon footprint of traditional, flame-based cremation and enables 20 percent more ashes to be returned to the family, allowing for a lasting contribution to be made to the Earth in honor of a beloved pet,” says Christie Cornelius, the founding doctor of veterinary medicine at Last Wishes Compassionate Comfort Care for Pets, in Houston, Texas. Eternal Reefs, Inc., in Sarasota, Florida, mixes environmentally friendly concrete with cremains to form a gigantic reef ball, which is then placed on the ocean floor to replenish naturally diminishing reef systems and provide a permanent underwater memorial. Originally designed for human use, some owners have asked for pets to be included. To reduce costs, families are encouraged to hold their pet’s cremated remains for the appropriate time when they are memorializing a human loved one. Recorded GPS coordinates facilitate future visits to the area. Whether using earth, fire or water, there are many ways to honor a pet’s lifelong devotion and lessen its final carbon footprint to protect Earth’s natural health and beauty. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at


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edible fruits and leaves or that can even help ward off mosquitoes while you’re asleep at night in the hut you built out of tree saplings and palm fronds. Come on an empty stomach. CREW Marsh Trail, 4600 CR 850 (Corkscrew Rd) Ste 201, Immokalee.  Register: Audubon-Of-The-Western-Everglades.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 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.

Eckankar Sound of Soul Event – 5pm. Collier County Public Library, 650 Central Ave, Naples. 482-4034.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Animal Communication Series with Pattie Carney – 6:30-8:30pm. Also Oct 9 & 23. Learn to communicate with your animal friends, develop a positive plan for behavior change and schedule a 45-minute private animal communication/reiki session with Pattie. $175. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. Intro to Wicca – 7pm. In this weekly progressive class, learn what Wicca is, concept of deity, altars, holidays, magick and more. Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Guided Relaxation – 7-8pm. $10. FloYoga, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

Your Body, Your Health: EFT Tapping – 6:308pm. Also Oct 10, 17 & 24. With Jenny Li Ciconne. Tap into your body for reconnection, to balance and activate healing. Begin practicing this skill in earnest to find greater peace and health. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. Info: 851-5415. RSVP: 277-1399. 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 offered on 10/17. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 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.

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. 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; free workshop. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Daniel Nahmod in Concert – 7pm. Nahmod’s poetic and evocative message of peace, love and compassion crosses all nations, cultures and faiths. His past dedication includes charity events for those in need, including youth rallies, 9/11 services, musical involvement with respected organizations Habitat For Humanity, Operation USA, Achievable and Anti-Defamation League. $25. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. See news brief, page 14.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 Art Walk 10th Anniversary Celebration – 6-10pm.

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




Art-focused special activities include an Art Walk Founders exhibit, plus live demonstrations by wellknown local artists, a special photo op, live music, vintage Art Walk merchandise, a smartphone art scavenger hunt and a chance to participate in a big community art piece. Downtown Fort Myers River District and the Gardener’s Park area.

Edible Plant Walk – 8-11am. This walk will focus on plants that make tasty teas or that have

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.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 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. 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 offered on 10/25. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Transformational Breath Info Session – 2-3pm. With Alva Marie. Learn how Transformational Breath can make a difference in your life. Observe a breath analysis, experience a minisession and discover this powerful modality. Free. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 6:45-7:45pm. Also Oct 25. 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@

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 Friday Night Intuitive Arts Fair – 5-8pm. Bring your friends and start your Friday night with an intuitive reading. Mini-services include tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cord-cutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes.

The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. Psychic 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. 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.

Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon Ft Myers, 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 107. RSVP: 939-3339. Crystals and Gemstones Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to choose, cleanse and work with your 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.


Toward Instantaneous Healing – 6-7pm. Free signature presentation, Toward Instantaneous Healing, with Joey Raines, founder of Masters & Raines Transformational Health and Wellness, professes love, joy and clinical expertise to be the motivation for his success as a modern-day healer. Free. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995. AHA@AHolistic See news brief, page 11.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Nutrition Class –7-8:30pm. Nutrition for pregnancy, lactation, postpartum and family. Pregnant moms receive a free gift. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Register:

Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am. Topic: What does it mean to be Spiritually Conscious? ECK Center of Southwest Florida, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 155, Ft Myers. 482-4034.

Sunday Family Fun Day– 9:45am-3pm. Activities will include a flag-raising ceremony; birthday cake celebrating the 142nd birthday of Jay Darling; gift giveaways; emergency response vehicles; Animal Yoga, environmental puppet shows, face painting and arts and crafts in the indoor Kidz Kool Zone; scavenger hunt; wildlife presentations; free tram tours; archery skills clinics; access to the butterfly house; hot dogs; and live music. J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island. 472-1100 or See news brief, page 13.



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. 936-5442.

Advanced Ticket Purchase Deadline for Oct. 24 Film Screening: Mantra: Sounds Into Silence – A film about music, meditation and chanting. Tickets must be purchased in advance by 2pm on Oct 16. Event takes place on Oct. 24 at 3pm at Coconut Point Stadium 16, 8021 Cinema Way, Estero. Tickets: Facebook. com/themantramovie.

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.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 Immuno-Lymphatic Restoration Presentation – 12:30-1:30pm. Complimentary. FloYo, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit:

Your Animal Companion is Your Mirror – 9am5pm. With Pattie Carney, animal communicator. Explore the mirror and path you and your animal companion are traveling together by expanding your awareness of how they honestly reflect back to your life struggles and inner beauty. $100. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399.


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 Healer Development Weekend Part I and II – Oct 19-21. With National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/The Healing Trust members and certified tutors Rev Karen Coratelli-Smith and Rev David Karg. Energy healing therapy work of the great spiritual healer Harry Edwards. Gain tools to become an NFSH intern and eventual healer member of NFSH. $425 plus $35/student membership fee. Naples. Info/register: 692-9120 or kSmith727@comcast. net. Music Walk – 6-10pm. The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. Downtown Ft Myers. Women’s Gathering (CBC) – 7pm. A monthly gathering for women over 21. The purpose is to discuss women’s issues in society, religion, relationships, etc, and to have women support and help empower one another and network. There will be fun after venting in a safe environment. Refreshments served. $5. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Connect to the Healer Within – 7-9pm. With Dan and Karin. Firefly Within hosts an evening of learning, conversation and sharing of reiki energy to awaken and connect to the healer within. Donation for local charity groups. Kunjani Café, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 Weekend Childbirth Education – Oct 20-12. 10am-3pm. Learn about stages of labor, pain coping practices, moving beyond your birth worries and more. Breastfeeding class included. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or 1000 Goddesses Gathering –10am-noon. Hosted by a collaboration of women’s groups from Southwest Florida, join in circle to return the sacred balance between the feminine and masculine and awaken humans to a beautiful new world that serves the highest good for all beings. Open to all women, girls, men and boys who support the sacred balance. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Naples. 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. Introduction to Food Healing Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. Discover the power of foods to reverse diseases and create radiant health. Enjoy generous samples from the Conquering Any Disease Food-Healing System. $30. 6710 Winkler Rd, Ste 2, Ft Myers. RSVP required: 277-1399. 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, connecting to spirit energies and more. Based on the flower of life (sacred geometry). Free. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.


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SWFL Community Drum Circle – 7-9:30pm. Drummers of all nations and spectators are welcome to attend for community drumming, dancing, hula-hooping and self-expression. Bring your own drum and/or percussion items or ask permission to borrow a rhythm maker from the group. Cambier Park Bandshell, 755 8th Ave S, Naples. Facebook group: SWFL Community Drum Circle. Spaghetti and Art – Eat, Paint, Laugh – 7:30pm. The public is invited to this fun family event for parents, children and friends we haven’t met yet. Enjoy a dinner of spaghetti and find your inner artist using individual canvases. Join in a live art game, too. Art will be led by local artists. $15/adults, children under 16/free. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. RSVP:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 Full Moon/Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5-8pm. With GAEA guides. Paddle on the Caloosahatchee and wild creeks with thousands of birds going to roost for the night. This area is a perfect place to see sunset and moonrise. Includes all equipment and a Florida master naturalist as your guide. $50/person. Caloosahatchee River near Ft Myers. RSVP: 694-5513.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 22 Drawdown: Real Solutions for Climate Change Presentation – 3pm. Paul Hawken, author of Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, and leading environmental entrepreneur, will speak at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) to inspire interest in the 100 most substantive solutions that already exist to drawdown, the point in time when the con-

centration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. FGCU, The Cohen Center Ballroom, Estero. Info: or See article, page 26. Quantum Energetics Therapy Presentation – 6-7pm. Laurie Nienhaus, Quantum Energetics Structured Therapy (QEST) practitioner, will deliver a presentation on the essence and benefits of this healing modality and how it may improve your life and well-being. Free. AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. Preregister: 433-5995.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Full Moon Crystal Bowls and Blessings – 4-6pm. Shift into deeper states with relaxing tones by Alexandra. Beth will open the directions, set sacred space, offer moon blessings and anoint sacred points to help heal old wounds. Love offering. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Breastfeeding Class – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to successfully breastfeed a newborn baby, use breast pumps and transition to returning to work while breastfeeding. Benefits of breastfeeding, the techniques for positioning and latching-on, timing and frequency of feeds will be discussed. The Family Birth Center of Naples, 2930 Immokalee Rd, Ste 2. 594-0400. Info/register: or

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Film Screening: Mantra: Sounds Into Silence – 3pm. A film about music, meditation and chanting. Tickets must be purchased in advance by 2pm on

Oct 16. Coconut Point Stadium 16, 8021 Cinema Way, Estero. Tickets: 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. Full Moon Celebration and Meditation – 6:307:30pm. The full moon is about endings and releasing that which no longer serves. However, it is also about new beginnings – as one door close’s another opens. Join for an evening of release and new possibilities. Love donation. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. Full Moon Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Donation. FloYo, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. 598-1938. Visit: SLAM Storytelling at FGCU – 7-8:30pm. Theme: Sweet. Open to the public. Join the first in a series of storytelling events. It’s a contest; 5-7 minute stories. Contestants must contact Dr. Joel Ying prior to the event to apply. Come out and support your local community storytellers. Free. Info:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 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.

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Alienated Grandparents Anonymous – 3:305:30pm. Support group for grandparents cut off from their grandchildren. Community Foundation of Collier County, 1110 Pine Ridge Rd, Ste 200, Naples. Girls Night Out Open House – 5-7pm. In support of the Naples branch of The Sunshine Kids at the Woodhouse Day Spa. A $20 donation to the nonprofit organization assists children with cancer. Guests will enjoy mini spa services including chair massage, hand and arm treatments in the nail room, skincare demonstrations and more. Naples Plaza, 2059 9th St N, Naples. Info/register: 403-7727. Sunshine Kids: 919-8867 or See news brief, page 12. Soulful Transformation: Guided Meditation and Frequency-Harmonizing – 6:30-8pm. Join

a small group of people to experience the first and only guided meditation that utilizes the frequencyharmonizing benefits of the BioCharger NG. Harmonize your mind, body, heart and soul with the nation’s leading soul mentor. Group session; six people max – three min. $42/person. The Soul Medic at OMNI Balanced Life Center, 720 Goodlette Rd, Ste 205, Naples. 234-1608. Naples Storytelling Guild –7-9pm. Discover the power of storytelling to connect, inspire, and captivate. Share a story, or just come to listen. Office of Dr. Joel Ying. 2335 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 206, Naples.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 Drive for Hope Golf Tournament – 9am. Place of Hope in Haiti’s first annual golf tournament to help

the organization provide critical medical care, shelter and quality education with vocational training to help children achieve their highest potential. Players will enjoy a continental breakfast and silent auction before a 9am shotgun start. $250/player. Vineyards Country Club, Naples. Usui Reiki Level II – 2 pm. Learn long-distance healing method using channeled universal life force energies. symbols, visualizations, meditations, exercises are included. Attunement and certification available upon completion. Prerequisite Usui Reiki Level I. $50. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769. Meditate Like the Masters – Oct 26-Nov 16. 1-4:30pm. Weekly with Allyn Evans, MBA, RMT. Using state-of-the-art technology reach meditative states Zen Masters take decades to achieve. Release what no longer serves you; crack your personal code; locate your jumping point; open the doors for two-way communication and understanding. $55/ session or $180/series. Naples. Register/location: 405-612-7782. Community Healing Session – 6:15pm (arrive); 6:308:40pm (session). National Federation of Spiritual Healers (NFSH)/The Healing Trust non-denomination 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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 Psychic Faire – 10am-4pm. Reduced-price readings; choose from an assortment of well-established and gifted psychics and healers. Tarot readers, soul chart progression, full chart astrology analysis, oracle card readers, rune caster, mediums, chakra cleansing and alignment and shamanic journeys. $25/25 minutes. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. 939-2769. Intuitive Arts Fair – 10am-5pm. Mini-readings with gifted readers and healers include tarot reading, medium, intuitive healing, chakra balancing, cord-cutting and DNA activation. $25/20 minutes. The Path of Being, 15248 S Tamiami Tr, Ste 300, Ft Myers. 437-5141. Psychic Faire – 10am-5pm. Choose from a list of readers and healers offering many services: psychic readings, palm readings, mediumship, reiki and more. $25/20 min. The Mystical Moon, 8951 Bonita Beach Rd SE, Ste 255, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 3010655.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30 Savoring the Healing Powers of Food – 6-7:30pm. Learn from Deborah J Post, ARNP and Whole Foods Personal Chef Shelly Stauber simple ways to empower yourself to easily make deliciously nutritious breakfast and snack options that will propel you to a new level of healing. Topic: Breakfast for Dinner using 100% organic and locally sourced ingredients. $20/person. Wellbridges Health Center, 9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs. RSVP: 2494805. See news brief, page 10. Séance – 8pm. Séance on the night when the veil is thinnest between the living and those that are no longer in body. This serious séance will call in positive loved ones that have crossed over. Limited seating, so reserve your seat early. Absolutely no admittance after 8:10pm. $40. The


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

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Séance – 8pm. Séance on the night when the veil is thinnest between the living and those that are no longer in body. This serious séance will call in positive loved ones that have crossed over. Limited seating, so reserve your seat early. Absolutely no admittance after 8:10pm. $40. The Labyrinth, 12995 S Cleveland Ave, Ste 108, Ft Myers. RSVP: 939-2769.

plan ahead THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Meaningful Touch – 5-8pm. Using principles from Zero Balancing, Process Acupressure, Art of Holistic Massage learn basic good touch that is noninvasive, clear, and conscious. Suggested for yoga teachers, couples, massage therapists, anybody who wants to know what good touch feels like and wants to give it too. An important basics class. Prerequisite to Couples Class. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. See news brief, page 14.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Couples Massage Class – 5-8pm. An opportunity to learn how to touch and be touched well. Review Meaningful Touch Concepts. Learn to prepare for, attune to, connect with and confidently give and receive a partner’s touch in a led massage session, relaxing muscles and minds. Group or private classes available. Naples. Alvina: 732-266-5276. See news brief, page 14.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 A Spirits Row Psychic Fair – 10am-5pm. To benefit the Children’s Outreach program, the event, including psychic and spiritual counselors, massage, energy, crystal and Tibetan bowl healing, oils, holistic and spiritual gifts, will foster and encourage spiritual healing for children. Food will be served and raffles held to help raise funds. $5. Unity Church of Bonita, 28285 Imperial Pkwy. Info: 825-6682, or visit Spirits Row Facebook page. See ad on page 29 and news brief on page 14.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Healing Touch Level I – Nov 10-11. Nurses or healthcare professionals, newbies to energy healing or practitioners who’ve studied other modalities will learn about the human energy system and at least seven methods to help oneself, family, friends and clients with common concerns. 16 CE nursing/ massage. Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy, Cape Coral. Mary Pat FitzGibbons: 740-607-4038.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Spirit Con – 10am-6pm. A day filled with talks from holistic healthcare to shifting your energy for inner peace by local teachers. Free attendance, talks and panels; food, services and products available for purchase. Hosted by Spiritual Communities Network. Green Planet Farm & Gardens, 14900 Stringfellow Rd, Bokelia (Pine Island). See ad on page 11 and news brief on page 14.

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prayer and song. 1939 Park Meadows Dr, Ste 1, Ft Myers. 560-6314.

NOTE: All calendar events must be received via email by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. No phone calls or faxes, please. Or visit to submit online.

Center for Spiritual Living, Cape Coral – 10am meditation; 10:30am service. Celebration, connection, community and more. 406 SE 24th Ave, Cape Coral. 574-6463.


Unity of 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.

Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Naples. 263-5907 or 888-425-2666 for 24/7 info. Schedule at Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Groups – Days/ times/locations vary. Monthly meetings for those caring for loved ones in various stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related memory impairments. Bonita Springs/Cape Coral/Ft Myers. Schedule at Yoga and Meditation in Nature – Several days a week; see website for ongoing schedule. Multilevel and kids yoga classes. $10/drop-in (cash/check). Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Schedule:

sunday Koreshan Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm. Unique market in the historic settlement of the Koreshans. Fresh and local goods; native plants and trees. Free park admission; $1 environmental impact fee. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-0311.

Unity of Naples – 10am. Service and Sunday school conducted in open, accepting and empowering environment. Children deepen their relationship with God. Nursery care provided. Naples. 775-3009. Native Plant Sale – 8am-1pm. Learn about and purchase native plants from The Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. Expert volunteers on hand will answer questions and explain the fertilizer ordinance and invasive exotic plants. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 273-8945. Celebration Church Services – 9:30-10:30am. A church that meets outdoors, welcomes everyone and has a huge heart. Cambier Park, 580 8th St S, Naples. 649-1588. Church of Spiritual Light – 9:45-11:30am. Sunday service. Spiritual connection, meditation, ritual,

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Guided Historic Tours – Thru Dec. 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century Koreshan religious settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Wildflower Kayak Tour on Orange River – 10am2pm. It is autumn and Southwest Florida is full of gorgeous wildflowers. $60 includes equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. Ft Myers. 694-5513. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples – 10:30am. Service, youth classes and childcare. Celebrate freedom, reason and compassion. All welcome. 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples. 455-6553. Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers Sunday Service – 10:30-11:30am. All welcome. 13411 Shire Ln, Ft Myers. 561-2700.

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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.

Choosing Hope, Recovery for All – 1pm. Share your experience, strength and hope of recovery. This group supports all roads to recovery. Open to those affected by addiction; their own or a friend or family member; and those that have lost a loved one due to the disease of addiction. David Lawrence Center, Telford Rm D-2, 6075 Bathey Ln, Naples. Deb: 920-238-7414. Introductory Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 4:45pm. Last Sun each month. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples. Amma SW FL Satsang – 4-6pm. 2nd Sun. In devotion to Amma there will be videos, teachings, meditation and songs. Veggie potluck afterwards. Free. Cape Coral/Bonita. Info: 480-290-0231 or Buddhist Teach-Ins and Meditation Practice – 6:30pm. With dharma teacher Fred Epsteiner, in the spirit of Thich Nhat Hanh. greenmonkey, 6200 Trail Blvd, Naples.


Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 6:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral. 338-5948.

9200 Bonita Beach Rd • Suite 111 Bonita Springs, FL 34135

Drum and Dance Circle – 7-9pm. 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 A Calling of Artists – Thru Nov 15. 9am-4pm. Share your artwork with other SWFL artists and enthusiasts at the first annual Power of Imagination Art & Craft Fest on January 26, 2019. Register to display and sell your art in a fun, appreciative, loving environment. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette. Info: Pat or Lillian: 278-1511. Kundalini Yoga – 11am-noon. With Cindy Bender. This practice combines movement, breathing, meditation and deep relaxation. No yoga experience necessary. $10 (packages available). AHA! A Holistic Approach Center, 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers. 433-5995. 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. Journey Within Meditation – 6-7pm. Crystal bowls and guided meditation, followed by reiki energy healing. Receive a personal message. 100% of donations go to local charity groups. Kunjani, 780 Seagate Dr, Naples. 980-3257. Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) – 6-7:30pm. 12-step meeting. Unity Church of Naples choir room, 2000 Unity Way, Naples. Lissa: 908-752-0068. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 6-9pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Moral Monday Meetup – 6:30pm. 1st Mon. With SWFL Justice4All Coalition. 3640 Napa Wood Way. Info: 917-553-3776 or PeterSuzanne2@ A Course in Miracles – 6:30-7pm, Q&A for beginners; 7-8:30pm, formal class reading and discussion. Love offering. Unity of Naples Church fireplace room, 2000 Unity Way. 775-3009. 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.

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

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

equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513.

Church, 625 111th Ave N, Naples. Mary: 216870-0653.

Meditation Class – 7-8:15pm. Guided Buddhist meditation and practical advice. No experience necessary. $10. Samudrabadra Buddhist Center, 6338 Presidential Ct, Ft Myers.

Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Meditate Tuesdays – Noon-1:30pm. Plug in and power up during an interactive discussion based on Rev Clive deLaporte’s previous Sunday’s topic. It follows a half-hour meditation. The public is invited to experience either event or both. Unity of Ft Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

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.

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7-8:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Ave, N Naples. Mary: 216-870-0653. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. First Baptist Church, 4117 Coronado Pkwy, Cape Coral. 940-2615.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels class; includes vinyasa, balance and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost. $10.The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. 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

Belly Dance Classes – 6-6:50pm (beginners); 8-8:50pm (intermediate). With Sherry Coffey. Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575. 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. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St John Catholic

Hawaiian Hula Classes – 7-7:50pm. With Sherry Coffey. Explore authentic dances of the Polynesian islands. $60/5-week series. House of Gaia, 1660 Trade Center Way, Ste 1, Naples. 768-5575.

wednesday The Holistic Chamber of Commerce Meetings, Cape Coral – 8:30-10am (3rd Wed); 6-7:30pm (4th Wed). Local chamber members enjoy monthly mixing and mingling opportunities that include business-focused speakers, panels and roundtable discussions. Karma & Coconuts, 1112 SE 47th Terrace, Unit E. 310-490-6862. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 9:30am. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. St Leo Catholic Church, 28290 Beaumont Rd, Bonita Springs. Sandy: 301-938-7503. Women Seeking Serenity Through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old US 41, Bonita. Carol: 405-1947. Cocohatchee River/Wiggins Pass Estuary Kayak Tour – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins and other critters. $55. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides. N Naples. 694-5513. La Leche League – 6:30pm. 3rd Wed. Motherto-mother breastfeeding support group. Children welcome. Free. Cape Coral Hospital Women’s Center, 2nd fl, 636 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral. Transformative Meditation – 6-7pm. Relax in sacred space and nurture intentions as you are guided into a deep meditative state. Connect to varied healing spaces, inner sanctuaries and higher beings to engage in profound meaning and truth on our paths. $10. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949. Edgar Cayce Study Group – Begins Oct 24. 6:30-8pm. Following a half-hour meditation, Rev Clive deLaporte hosts a seven-week class based on The Edgar Cayce Primer. Public is invited to attend either event or both. Love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Families Anonymous – 7-8:15pm. For relatives and friends of those that suffer from a current, suspected or former problem of substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Open to all. No dues or fees. Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples. 595-1938. Nar-Anon Family Groups – 7:30pm. Providing support and hope to those in despair because of a relative or friend’s addiction. Cape Professional Center, 1216 SW 4th St, Ste 6, Cape Coral. 691-3653.

thursday Sunrise Yoga – 6-7am. All levels class; includes vinyasa, balance, and posing. Mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and sanitizing spray available at no extra cost.


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$10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455. Classical Hatha Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. With Meredith Musick. The Yoga House, Naples. Register/ location: 269-8846. Clay Handbuilding and Raku Techniques – 1-4pm. Reduce stress in this five-week class with Richard Rosen. $200 plus materials ($50). Rosen Gallery & Studios, 2172 J&C Blvd, Naples Art District. RSVP: 821-1061. Visit: Rosen.Gallery. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA) – 1:30pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. No dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. New Image Tabernacle Church, 81 Pondella Rd, N Ft Myers. 585-955-3910. Infant and Pregnancy Loss Support Group – 5:15-6:45pm. 2nd Thurs. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln, Naples. 298-9725. Facebook page: Grieving Together. Kundalini Yoga – 6-7pm. This Yogi Bhajan technique taught by Cindy Bender combines movement, breathing, meditation, mantras, and deep relaxation in each class. Public invited. $10. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Group – 6-7:30pm. 12-step program. A fellowship of men and women that have suffered from anxiety or depression and anger after growing up in highly stressful environments. 10051 Plantation Rd, Ft Myers. 931-9009. Pachamama Game Changer Gathering – 6:30pm. 1st Thur. Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida. Be a part of this next step in conscious evolution towards carbon neutrality and a sustainable future. Hot cider and tea will be served. Bring a dessert. UU Church of Fort Myers Campus. Info: HolleyRauen@gmail. com or Book Study: Finding Yourself in Transition: Using Life’s Changes for Spiritual Awakening – 6:308:30pm. Author Robert Brumet’s objective is to offer an alternative model of navigating one’s way through life’s changes. Maria Amaro-Slaughter will help students discover that a major life transition is an opportunity for spiritual awakening, rebirth and growth. Love offering. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

friday La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Fri. Mother-tomother breastfeeding support group. Center Point

Community Church, 6590 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples.


Soul Journey Meditation –10-11am. Join in the temple for guided meditation. Journey to vast and varied healing spaces, inner sanctuaries and connect with higher beings. These healing meditations are powerful and profound. 30-minute meditation with discussion following. $10. Goddess I AM, 600 Goodlette Rd N, Naples. 228-6949.

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Yoga with Cindy – 10-11am. Drop-in class for all levels. Open to the public. $10. Unity of Fort Myers, 11120 Ranchette Rd. 278-1511.

OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT – Professional massage therapy office on Anchor Rode Dr. Info: 239-293-0960.

Women’s Co-Dependents Anonymous – Noon. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Sally: 920-279-2388. Sunset/Bird Rookery Kayak Tour – 5-8pm. 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. 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.

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. 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. Dallas: 208-610-2096. Women Seeking Serenity through the 12 Steps – 10am. Free. Hope Lutheran Church, Old 41 Rd, Bonita Springs. Carol: 405-1947. Guided Historic Tours – Thru Dec. 10-11:30am. Explore the 19th-century religious Koreshan settlement, its structures and gardens; learn about these idealistic pioneers. $2/adults, $1/kids under 6 years old. Koreshan State Historic Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. Tickets: 992-0311. Estuary Kayak Tour in Estero Bay – 10am-1pm. Birds, dolphins, manatees and more. $50. Includes all equipment and FL master naturalist guide. GAEA guides, Bonita Bch. 694-5513. Really, Really Free Market – 10am-2pm. 1st Sat. Potluck of reusable items. No money, barter or trade; everything is free. Fleischmann Park, Naples. Facebook page: Naples Really Really Free Market. Drum Circle – 4-5:30pm. 1st Sat. With Debo Kumi. Bring drums, shakers, open heart and dance. Some drums are provided. $10. The Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Rd, Estero. 992-5455.


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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE CARE OF NAPLES Charles Caccamesi, Acupuncture Physician, DOM 501 Goodlette Rd N, Unit D100, Naples 239-877-2531

New England School of Acupuncture graduate with 26 years experience. Charles specializes in complex symptomology, chronic pain conditions, expert facial rejuvenation, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

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

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

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

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


Oriental Medicine Naples & Ft Myers • 239-841-6611 Specializing in pain, chronic disorders, overall wellness, allergy treatments (NAET) and kinesiology. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to heal all on its own! AP771. See ad, page 11.

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

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


2335 Tamiami Trl N, Ste 206, Naples 239-200-6796 • Support body, mind and spirit with a holistic approach to health and wellness. Integrate natural medicine, wellness, craniosacral therapy. As a physician and educator, visit for blog, newsletter, online study group and courses.


Ayurveda Clinic, Massage & Yoga Therapy 501 Goodlette-Frank Rd N, Ste A107, Naples 34102 • 239-450-6903 Practicing holistic medicine since 1987. Professional Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, specializing in highly personalized Ayurvedic treatments and lifestyle consultations, Massage and individual Yoga sessions for chronic and acute problems. Pancha Karma, Shirodhara and skin care. Ayurveda and Yoga Study program available. MA0023929, MM0008584, FB0716888. See ad, page 6.


Karin S Wolfe, CBS 3405 Pelican Landing Pkwy, Bonita Springs 239-980-3257 • Certified Biofeedback Specialist by the Natural Therapies Certification Board. Testing nearly 7,000 patterns in your body, mind and spirit, and providing energy to the most imbalanced areas creating a space for healing. A consultation and report is provided with each session. CBS#5563.

ART OF HOLISTIC MASSAGE Est. 1991 Alvina Quatrano, LMT FL MA 50896 For Info or Appt: 732-266-5276

Enjoy a relaxing and healing massage to suit your needs. Integrating a lifetime of experience. Swedish, Zero Balancing, Process Acupressure, Reflexology, Reiki, Sports, Cranio-Sacral, Pregnancy and organic facials. Facial Specialist FB9742820. FL Provider #50-9777 – CEU Classes.


Cindi Curci-Lee, RN, BSN Advanced Certified Rolfer Movement Practitioner Yamuna Body Rolling Instructor 5100 N Tamiami Trl, Ste 126, Naples 7680 Cambridge Manor Pl, Ste 100, Ft Myers • 239-777-4070 Longing for relief from headaches, backaches, joint restrictions, or pain? Love to improve your posture or sport performance? Rolfing’s the 21st century solution! MA38152, MM35843 (Naples), MM29338 (Ft Myers).


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


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

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

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

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

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


C. Robyn Berry, LMT, CRR, CCT, CLDT 13601 McGregor Blvd, Ste 13, Ft Myers 239-939-4646 • Colon therapist since 1994. Enclosed gravity method, uv/ozone purified water, superior to others. Massage, reflexology, Upledger CranioSacral/SER and lymph drainage, Visceral Manipulation, Raindrop, ear candling, ozone/ oxygen steam cabinet, BEFE foot detox, far-infrared sauna. MM7376, MA018351. See ad, page 55.


Mary Radewahn 4156 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-571-2903 • Cupping helps reduce inflammation by improving circulation to the area that hurts. As the blood flows in, new vessels are created to bring healing oxygen and nutrients to wound. Cupping speeds healing. See ad, page 41.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 111 Bonita Springs, 34135 • 239-676-8730 Dr. Pint can join your health journey and play a role in minimizing toxicity; this includes protection while removing dental materials plus consultation. All X-rays are digital and minimal. See ad, page 54.

THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR DENTAL EXCELLENCE Yolanda Cintron, DMD 2021 E Commercial Blvd., Ste 208 Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308 954-938-4599 •

All phases of dentistry for optimum health, holistic, bio-compatible dentistry: sedation dentistry, removing of toxic metals, replacing them with bio-compatible materials, laser dentistry for painless surgeries and extractions, Zirconia/ceramic implants, natural bone augmentation/Plasma Rich Growth Factor, oral DNA testing and add gums to receding gums. See ad, page 44.


Mark Corke, DDS 1550 Matthew Dr, Ft Myers 33907 239-936-5442 • Dr. Corke enjoys working with holistic patients and practitioners on the journey to wellness. His practice “gets it” and is worth the trip to Fort Myers to experience his many services. From dental lasers to ozone he has many tools and a sympathetic ear. See ad, page 37.


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

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


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


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


Certified Personal Trainer, Neurokinetic Therapy Level 1 & Melt Instructor 516-398-0016 • By Appt Located in Ft Myers • Whole body health approach helping you organically eradicate pain, correct dysfunctional motor patterns and increase mobility while building strength.

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

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


Internal Medicine, Functional Medicine Office: 239-444-5636 • Dr. Torres is a board-certified internist with over 17 years of experience and knows the limitations of conventional internal medicine. She is among the few Certified Practitioner M.D.s, trained by the Institute For Functional Medicine. See ad, page 12.


9200 Bonita Beach Rd, Ste 213, Bonita Springs 239-481-5600 • 239-481-5603 fax Comprehensive, fully integrated health care individualized for adults and children. Chronic fatigue, male and female hormone imbalance. Digestive disorders, women’s health care, autism, ADHD and related issues. See ad, page 50.

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Cindy Bisanti 239-202-3151 • Non-toxic, non-chemical, eco-friendly housecleaning. Homemade products, Norwex cloths and essential oils will make your home sanitized and safe for family and pets. Serving both Lee and Collier.

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


7070 College Pkwy, Ft Myers 33907 Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm, Sun: 9am-7pm Ph: 239-939-9600 • Fax: 239-288-6210 Natural and organic produce and grocery items. Vitamins and supplements. Organic juice and smoothie bar. New Green Leaf Café. Market-prepared foods. 1000’s of gluten-free items. See ad, page 28.



2132 Tamiami Trl N, Naples 239-213-2222 • Open Mon-Sat 7am-8pm. Florida’s only 100% organic market and café. Fresh produce delivered daily. Homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. See ad, page 10.

Amanda Laukaitis Certified Holistic Health Coach 978-257-3238 • Amanda holds a certificate in PlantBased Nutrition and a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics. She helps busy women who want to transform their bodies using a plantbased diet easily transition with personalized coaching programs.


Dee Harris, RDN, LDN, CDE Bonita Bay Executive Center 3531 Bonita Bay Blvd, Ste 300, Bonita Sprgs 239-676-5249 • Nutrition is our lifeblood. Healing with food starts with a personalized plan to address inflammation, nutrient insufficiencies, toxic burden and imbalances in the body. See ad, page 52.



141 9th St N, Naples 239-261-7157 •


Discover what Wynn’s Family Market has to offer! Fresh, quality, healthy meals as well as your favorite comfort foods! Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page 21.


Offering many natural healing options in a single location: acupuncture, clinical p s y c h o t h e r a p y ( R RT, h y p n o t h e r a p y, c o u p l e s therapy), energy work, therapeutic massage, Transformational Breath®, full-spectrum infrared sauna, classes (yoga, tai chi, stretch ’n strength), workshops, retail therapy and more. See ad, page 43.


239-948-9444 •

9407 Cypress Lake Dr, Ste C, Ft Myers 33919 1201 Piper Blvd, Unit 1, Naples 34110 239-333-1450 • The finest relaxation treatments from around the planet have been brought to Fort Myers. Each technique is perfected for your mind, body, face and skin. See ad, page 37.


Robert J. McGann 239-301-2029 Directly affiliated with Naples and Estero Urgent Care centers, Vital Health Strategies delivers state-of-the-art medical wellness services customized to the specific needs of its clients, including comprehensive physicals performed within a year-round plan of care. Call to schedule an appointment for a refreshing take on healthcare.

Regain Body Wisdom! Innovative, 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.


AHA! A Holistic Approach Center 15971 McGregor Blvd, Ft Myers 239-433-5995 • Specializing in Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), Dorothy can help free you from trauma (sexual, PTSD, illness), anxiety, depression, grief and more. RRT is a newer, briefer and emotionally painless therapy. She is also trained in the Gottman method of couples therapy. See ad, page 43.


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

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein 62

Collier/Lee Counties


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


6200 Trail Blvd, Naples 1800 Tamiami Trl E, Downtown Naples 239-589-1938 • FlōYō welcomes students of all experience levels delivering a total mind-body workout that renews the mind, body and spirit ranging in challenge, flow and style. See ad, page 2.

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

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


9853 Tamiami Trail N, Ste 228, Naples 888-689-Yoga Sonrisa offers a wide variety of styles of yoga and dance, open to all levels. We specialize in education for the whole person. Open 7 days a week. See ad, page 41.


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Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers October 2018  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier/Lee Counties Natural Health, Green Living Magazine. Featuring Blue Zones, chiropractic, plant-based foods &...

Natural Awakenings Naples/Fort Myers October 2018  

Southwest Florida (SWFL) Collier/Lee Counties Natural Health, Green Living Magazine. Featuring Blue Zones, chiropractic, plant-based foods &...