Essential Naples Winter 2021

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Essential NAPLES Winter 2021


SWFL’s Resource for Essential Living

Relax & Stay Healthy at the Edgewater Beach Hotel Diane Hayden, PhD

Talk DIRTy to Me Chef David Robbin

Oxygen: The Greatest Nutrient Carol L. Roberts, MD

What Happens in Your Mouth Doesn’t Stay in Your Mouth Josephine Perez, DMD

Daily Steps to Turn Fear Into Healing Véronique Desaulniers, DC

Doesn’t Your Pet Deserve The Best Natural Treatments? Anja Kordon, DVM

Health + Let’s Talk About

Stress > 41 + Digestive Problems & Immune Function > 16

Finance + Detox Your Finances

in 2021 > 8 + Have an Organized Tax Season > 38

Relationships + Conscious Relationships

with Your Partner > 8 + Are You Ready for the Love of Your Life > 8

Purpose +A Pivotal Life Changing

Decision > 34 + What’s Ahead for 2021 > 36

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Winter 2021


22 Talk DIRTy to Me By Chef David Robbins

By Dr. Diane Hayden, PhD



9 Don’t Be Misled by Standard Glucose Guidelines

Cloud 9 Float Spa is Part of the Solution to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Animal Health Oasis Offers Natural Therapies for Pets

Are You Ready for the Love of Your Life?

Avoid These 3 Major Weight Loss Mistakes


10 Doesn’t Your Pet Deserve the Best Natural Treatments? By Dr. Anja Kordon, DVM

12 What Happens in Your Mouth Doesn’t Stay in Your Mouth By Dr. Josephine Perez, DMD

14 Natural Treatments to Alleviate Knee Pain By Dr. Richard Hiler, DABCN

16 Did You Know Digestive Problems Can Reduce Your Immune Function? By Steven R. Frank


By Denise A. Pancyrz


Finance 38 4 Strategies for an Organized Tax Season By Nina Azwoir, First Vice President of Investments, Wintrust Wealth Management

18 Making CBD Even More Effective By Theresa Edmunds, CHC

20 How Myofascial Release Changed My Life By Anthony Hansen, LMT

21 Dr. Di’s Corner By Dr. Diane Hayden, PhD

30 The Food Interview...Why Your Dietitian Should Be Asking These Questions By Betsy Opyt, RD, LD/N, CDE, RYT

32 Daily Steps to Turn Fear into Healing By Dr. Véronique Desaulniers, DC

40 Boost Your Immune System with Salt Therapy By Andrea Geresdi

41 Let’s Talk About Stress By Jamie Kliewe

42 Natural Treatments for Urinary Tract Infection By Tom Paladino

43 Oxygen: The Greatest Nutrient By Dr. Carol L. Roberts, MD

Relationships 8 Are You Ready for the Love of Your Life? By Dana Lee

Purpose 34 A Pivotal Life Changing Decision By Eilis Philpott

36 Astro-Inklings: What’s Ahead for 2021 By Tam Veilleux

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26 Relax & Stay Healthy at the Edgewater Beach Hotel





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“Our mission and intent is to support each reader’s wish to make a difference in their lives. Together, we can make a difference in the local community.” - Dr. Diane Hayden

elcome to the Winter issue of Essential Naples – a quarterly lifestyle publication in Southwest Florida for health-minded locals who desire credible information on wholistic health and well-being trends. We launched our first issue last summer, however, if this is the first time you’re picking us up, you’ll find our coverage is 100% local with expert content that interests both Naples residents and professional wholistic practitioners. Essential Naples focuses on four essential lifestyle pillars – Health, Relationships, Finance and Purpose. In each issue, you’ll find articles on wide-ranging topics from local experts in each of these areas who have dug up infinite nuggets of wisdom to share with all of us. Please connect with them as they make this complimentary magazine possible. I hope Essential Naples will become a regular must-read for you! My perspective for this letter is a little different than most publishers. My passion is to open your mind to new ideas, new belief systems and shift your perspective to a healthier and happier way of living. Have you been asking yourself, “Why am I here?”, “What is my purpose?” Do you long to jump out of bed each day excited to be alive because you are completely fulfilled in your work and personal life? The truth is that life is short and we can’t afford to waste another moment. Until we know our true purpose for being here, many of us wander aimlessly from one job to the next or one relationship to the next, always searching for something that will make us happy. The great spiritual masters teach that we will never find happiness by looking for it outside of ourselves. To be truly fulfilled or enlightened as they say, we must find peace within our own mind and body. To find peace you have to truly know yourself, what your soul wants, what your ego wants, as both play an important role in finding your purpose and living your dreams. Your soul will give you clues as to what your purpose is, while your ego will put you in action on obtaining your goals and desires. We need to respect the needs of both in order for the process to work. Wishing you health and happiness,

Dr. Diane Hayden, PhD Publisher & Owner, ELM Publishing

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Cloud 9 Float Spa is Part of the Solution to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Animal Health Oasis Offers Natural Therapies for Pets





our immune system can fight back against Covid-19 and other viruses. The solution is Magnesium. Magnesium keeps the immune system strong, helps strengthen muscles and bones, and supports many body functions from cardiac to brain functions. Magnesium is the second-most abundant element in human cells and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body, so it is little wonder this low-profile mineral is so vital to good health and well-being. Magnesium, a major component of Epsom Salt, helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins and viruses. Magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted Magnesium from soil and the typical diet contains much less Magnesium than that of our forefathers. 57% of the US population does not meet the US Recommended Dietary Allowance for dietary intake of magnesium. When using a Float Pod, Magnesium is absorbed through the skin (your largest Organ) due to natural molecular diffusion. The body optimizes the levels of Magnesium, so there is no overload effect from floating in the salts for extended periods. While increasing your Magnesium levels, Epsom Salt also delivers sulphates, which are extremely difficult to get through food, but which readily absorb through the skin. When you Float, you are completely isolated in your Sanitary Float Room and float pods are cleaner than your home. Every second, water is going through Ultra-Violet, Bromine Filter, Ozonenator, Two Industrial Filters and 1,000 pounds of salt to 300 gallons of water, nothing grows in this concentration of salt to water mixture. Floating helps decrease cortisol levels, a hormone released in the bloodstream during stressful situations. Many studies have proven that floating regularly can reduce cortisol levels and decrease blood pressure, as well as improve overall mood. Come be part of the Solution at Fort Myers Cloud 9 Float Spa today! Lynn Brewer, owner of Cloud9 Float Spa & Wellness Center located at 13710 Metropolis Ave., Suite #104 in Fort Myers. 239-887-4161 info@c9floatspa. com. SWFL’s Only Float Spa. See ad on page 19 >


r. Anja Kordon was troubled by her observation that most pets treated with modern methods including vaccines, toxic flea prevention, tick and heartworm preventatives and drugs; and processed diets and surgery without regard for elimination of toxins did not fully recover or achieve a maximum state of wellness. She founded Animal Health Oasis in 2004 and since then plays daily a true detective, searching for the cause of the diarrhea, the itchy skin, the arthritis. Her helper is a Bio-resonance machine and an in-depth history taking that helps pinpoint the cause. She knows that all dis-eases are caused by toxins, which enables parasites to thrive in the body. At present the overuse of toxic hand sanitizers is just one example for this connection. Her saying goes, “We need to be clean but NOT sterile in order to stay healthy.” Dr. Kordon often refers to the “House on Pillars” where she describes the six pillars of health that make up the foundation of healthy bodies. You can find podcasts about the pillars on www. under Media.

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Dr. Diane interviews Essential Naples’ Expert Contributors in uplifting discussions about natural therapies, life purpose, green living, and how to live a healthier lifestyle with tips you can easily integrate into your daily life. Tuesday, Feb. 9th 12pm Dr. Diane Interviews Tom Paladino, Scaler Light Researcher

Tuesday, Feb. 16th 12pm Dr. Diane Interviews Theresa Edmunds Certified Health Coach


Friday, Feb. 19th 12pm Dr. Diane Interviews Eilis Philpott


Linda Sciuto


Wednesday, Feb. 24th 12pm Dr. Diane Interviews Steven Frank of Nature’s Rite Supplements Tuesday, March 9th 12pm Dr. Diane Interviews Dr. Véronique Desaulniers of Breast Cancer Conqueror

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Nina Azwoir, Financial Deanna M. Cherrone, MD Véronique Desaulniers, DC Derrick DeSilva, MD Theresa Edmunds, CHC Jamie Kliewe, CHHP, LMT Betsy Opyt RD, LD/N, CDE Denise Pancyrz, Nutrition Josephine Perez, DMD

Tuesday, Feb. 23rd 12pm Dr. Diane Interviews Betsy Opyt, RD of Healthy Concepts Consulting


Wednesday, Feb. 10th 12pm Dr. Diane Interviews Denise Pancyrz of Reverse My Diabetes


Avoid These 3 Major Weight Loss Mistakes

Are You Ready for The Love of Your Life?



hrough my personal journey of becoming the person I needed to be and getting myself ready for the love of my life, I realized that these steps were the secrets I needed to share. I deeply desired to help others experience the happy, healthy, and fulfilling relationship they were created for, and it was out of this passion to help others that my 52 Secrets For Singles program was developed. The 52 secrets represent one secret a week that each individual is encouraged to focus on and take the suggested action step toward the desired outcome.



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Detox Your Finances in 2021 Caroline Wetzel, CFP, VP


inety-five percent of diets fail. Most people that lose weight gain it back plus more. This fact is extremely discouraging, but I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like this for you. Here are the top 3 mistakes I see with my weight-loss clients. If you want to experience true and lasting weight-loss success, avoid these 3 mistakes at all costs! Mistake #1: Going from 0 to 100 at the beginning of your weight-loss transformation. An example of this is when someone who hasn’t exercised in years sets a goal to work out for an hour a day seven days a week. This is a huge change in lifestyle and will likely bring up a lot of resistance. Instead, set a goal to exercise for 15 minutes a day, five days a week, and build up from there. When you implement incremental changes, you set yourself up to achieve long-term success. Mistake #2: Slacking when it comes to scheduling your week. If you really want something to happen, it needs a time and a place in your calendar. If you want to improve your exercise regimen, schedule your workouts at the beginning of the week. If you want to start eating healthier, schedule time for grocery shopping and block off spots in your schedule for cooking. Mistake #3: Not getting your subconscious mind on board with your weight-loss goals. Your subconscious is 88% of your brainpower. It is where your limiting beliefs and habits are stored. Aligning your subconscious mind with your weight-loss goals and vision makes weight-loss fast and sustainable. Most people fail when it comes to weight loss because they forgot to transform the most important thing - their mind. The fastest way to rewire your subconscious mind is through Hypnotherapy. When you are in hypnosis, your subconscious mind is extremely open to new information that serves you and your goals. Weight loss does not have to be an overwhelming struggle. It can be easy and sustainable when you avoid these three major mistakes. As a weight-loss hypnotherapist, I help clients achieve their weight-loss goals in a fun way where they are enjoying the journey to success.

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Don’t Be Misled by Standard Glucose Guidelines By Denise A. Pancyrz


iabetes patients are given numbers to manage their glucose levels. What do these numbers actually mean to you? On the surface, this chart makes sense and seems clear cut. There is more to interpreting your glucose levels than checking it against a basic chart which can be misleading. Let’s step through the process by reviewing a few examples and learn to read between the lines.

This blood sugar chart shows normal blood glucose levels berfore and after meals and recommended HbA1c levels for people with and without diabetes.

BLOOD SUGAR CHART Fasting Normal for person without diabetes

70-99 mg/dl (3.9–5.5 mmol/L)

Official ADA recommendation for someone with diabetes

80–130 mg/dl (4.4–7.2 mmol/L)

2 hours after meals Normal for person without diabetes

Less than 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L)

Official ADA recommendation for someone with diabetes

Less than 180 mg/dl (10.0 mmol/L)

HbA1c Normal for person without diabetes

Less than 5.7%

Official ADA recommendation for someone with diabetes

Less than 7.0% Source:

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Meals have a direct correlation with glucose levels. Who appears to have consumed a better or more helpful breakfast? We don’t know if Jane, Bob or Mike is taking diabetes drugs or insulin, so there is always more to the story. For this example, we will keep it simple. Mike is doing a better job managing his breakfast. You may be thinking, “Denise, don’t be crazy! Jane must be managing the best, her fasting and post meal

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A. Jane has a fasting glucose of 85 mg/dL, which is in normal range. Two hours after breakfast, her glucose increased to 135 mg/dL. Her post meal glucose is also within range, less than 140 mg/dL. B. Bob has a fasting glucose of 105 mg/dL. Two hours after breakfast, his glucose increased to 155 mg/dL. Both readings are slightly out of range. C.Mike has a fasting glucose of 137 mg/dL. Two hours after breakfast his glucose is 157 mg/dL. Both readings are outside of normal range.

readings are within normal range.” There are several facets you want to review when verifying if you are heading toward diabetes, managing, or reversing diabetes. Using a single form of information is never really enough to make the best decision. Jane and Bob have something in common. In both cases, after eating their meal their glucose increased by 50 points. Jane’s readings are in normal range, however, her glucose spike is a red flag that she may have a metabolic impairment possibly inching her towards diabetes. Bob most likely has had a metabolic impairment for quite some time. I would start looking at eating habits for both. Lifestyle changes can be very impactful. Mike had the lowest glucose spike. His glucose increased only 20 points from 137 to 157; compared to Jane and Bob who ate food that increased their glucose by 50 points. Because Mike’s fasting glucose is high, it is evident Mike has diabetes and has had a metabolic impairment for quite some time. However, it appears that he may already be working on his lifestyle changes which is very impactful for reversing the effects of diabetes. As you see, you can fall within the parameters of a chart, but it never tells the whole story. Don’t sell yourself short when it comes to your health. One chart, one test, one opinion may send you down a misleading path. Learning to properly interpret your results can make the difference between maintaining or reversing your diabetes. •


Doesn’t Your Pet

Deserve the Best

Natural Treatments?


By Dr. Anja Kordon, DVM



“A holistic veterinarian is interested in your pet’s nutrition, environment, emotions of the owners, stress levels, and other factors.” - Dr. Anja Kordon, DVM


he term ‘holistic’ is best summed up as looking at the individual human or animal as a whole and not just treating the symptom of a disease. It includes examining the physical, emotional and energetic body. Using the word ‘holistic’ can be viewed as an umbrella term because it covers a wide range of practices, techniques and therapies.

Holistic Medicine for Your Pet

Many people practice holistic/natural therapies for themselves and are now implementing them for their furry friends. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) was formed in 1982 by veterinarians who were interested in a holistic approach to veterinary medicine, elevating the veterinary profession through innovation, education, and advocacy of holistic medicine. One of the main objectives of the AHVMA is to do all things necessary to further the highest standards in care and treatment of animals and provide continuing education for Veterinarians. You can find Holistic Veterinarians on

their website: The Association holds an annual conference for Veterinarians once a year in the United States. This conference is the premier source of post-graduate holistic veterinary continuing education. Holistic medicine, by its very nature, is observing in a “(w)holistic” manner. It means taking in the whole picture of the patient – the diet, the environment, the relationship the pet has with its owner – and developing a healing protocol tailored to the patient’s needs. Every animal is made up of inter-dependent parts that work together. When one part is not functioning properly, the body is not able to function optimally. A holistic veterinarian is interested in nutrition, environment, emotions of the owners, stress levels, and other factors.

Types of Holistic Treatments for Pets

Treatments in the holistic field strive to be minimally invasive and instead aid the body with the tools needed to heal itself. This means

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Dr. Anja Kordon is a German Veterinarian originally trained in Munich Germany, who got her US certification as a DVM once she had moved to Florida in 2000 as well as her dual citizenship. Her lifelong interest in finding the cause for any effect led her to seek fundamental means of diagnosis and treatments for pets that go beyond her conventional training. She merges modern and traditional knowledge and is passionate about educating the pet’s guardians about her six-pillar system as the foundation for a healthy pet. You can contact her business via website: or call 239-297-6519. See ad on page 33 >


using pharmaceuticals and surgery only when necessary for the pet’s health and quality of life. The goal is finding the true root source of the pathology in order for true healing to occur. The wholeness inherent in the scope of holistic veterinary medicine nurtures all aspects of an animal’s well-being, resulting in lasting physical, mental and emotional health. There is a plethora of ways to practice holistic veterinary medicine. It may be safe to say that no two holistic veterinarians practice the exact same way or use the same techniques. Services include nutrition, supplements, herbals, homeopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with acupuncture, light-therapy, flower essences, chiropractic modalities, massage, Vibrational therapies (Bio-resonance, Reconnective Healing, EESytem. com), Prolotherapy, Ozone, PEMF (pulsed electro-magnetic frequencies) and many more. Unfortunately, it can still be a common practice to just treat symptoms even when practicing holistic. Let’s say for example, you get a headache and instead of reaching for the Advil, you take a natural supplement. Yes, taking the natural therapy is a much better option because you won’t be putting stress on the detox organs (liver, kidneys, lungs, skin) like you would with the drug. However, this is not solving the cause of the headache in the first place. Perhaps it is dehydration, or a magnesium deficiency, or an accumulated EMF (Electro Magnetic Fields) exposure, or work stress, or a vertebra out of alignment or a mix of any of the above. For true health and healing, it is important to uncover any and all causes. Dr. Kordon says, “For every Effect there is a Cause”. At Animal Health Oasis, we have a machine and systematic questions that help us find the cause. Most of our clients are amazed at how thorough we are. •

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What Happens



in Your Mouth Doesn’t Stay in Your Mouth By Dr. Josephine Perez, DMD


es, unfortunately, unlike Vegas, every cell in your body will find out about what you put in your mouth. Let’s talk microbiome. The oral cavity houses over 700 species of bacteria, or microbes, that play an important role in the biology of health and disease. These microbes are composed mostly of beneficial bacteria that, in health, are oxygen loving or aerobic. Any change in response to our environment; diet, weight, hormones and even state of mind will influence it. They provide the first line of defense and the host’s immune system controls this bacterial colonization. Our oral health is directly related to the types (and amount) of good and bad bacteria in our mouths. Generally speaking, most Americans today are well aware that these species found in our mouths travel through our blood stream, our breathing, and our digestion to the rest of our body. New research has correlated this and the fact that these pathogens have been linked to Alzhiemer’s, Autoimmune diseases, (arthritis and psoriasis), as well as several cancers. There is even new research linking gum disease and COVID-19. Hospitalized COVID-19 patients with underlying gum disease are more likely to suffer respiratory failure. In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General called the mouth, “the mirror of health and disease in the body”. It’s not a closed system. This is why a well-trained Biological Dentist has a pretty

good general idea of a person’s health in just that first comprehensive examination. If there is an imbalance of the oral flora, you can be sure there is an imbalance in the gut which will lead to inflammation, illness, and disease. For instance, P.gingivalis is found in patients with gum disease (Periodontitis) and dysbiotic gut. Dental plaque is the material that sticks to your teeth. Plaque is a biofilm on the surfaces of our teeth and depending on the concentration ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria, we are healthy and in equilibrium or not.

How Do I Know If I Have “Good” Vs “Bad” Bacteria?

Before the Industrial Revolution, our guts were better equipped to fight off inflammation, viruses and fungi. Unfortunately, our highly processed diets, refined sugars, and chemical and pharmaceuticals in our foods and water have immensely changed how our bodies fight inflammation. Antibiotic resistant SuperBugs are almost impossible to fight off even though bacterial resistance is a natural process. Statistics show that SuperBugs kill someone every 15 minutes and that’s just in the U.S. However, there is promising research with macrophages found in our guts that have the ability to “eat up“ these superbugs. The oral microbiome is essential to health as it can influence both oral and systemic diseases. In health, your teeth feel “squeaky clean” and your gums are pink. So, this plaque or biofilm in our mouths contains the blueprint to our health or lack of health. Plaque is easily removed when it is soft. However, if left to harden (calculus), it becomes tartar and needs to be scraped off. When this tartar is present, the body reacts to “attack it”, creating inflammation. Chronic inflammation leads to the accumulation of the “bad” and “ugly” bacteria to colonize in deep pockets. If left un-

Probiotic supplementation is a billion dollar industry. The “new” terms are not only probiotics and prebiotics, but postbiotics as well. Don’t be fooled by the amount of strains (billion/trillion). The type of strain is more important and that depends on each individual’s needs. Certain species/strains are specialized for digestion or immunity strength, others help with blood pressure, brain clarity and weight regulation. I encourage patients to visit their Functional Medicine Doctor for an evaluation that discovers root cause and therefore develop a plan of action. The highly colonized microbiome in your mouth determines your quality of health. In fact, the research suggests 98% of the microbiome is beneficial bacteria and only 2% is not.

My Takeaway Pearls

1. Visit your biological Dentist regularly - the earlier you intervene, the greater the success. 2. Consume whole foods (non-processed). 3. Choose REAL probiotic foods - kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, Kombucha. 4. Eliminate daily mouthwashes - they decrease your nitric oxide levels. 5. Get out in the sun - Vitamin D is excellent for your teeth and bones. 6. Reduce refined sugars - they feed funguses (candida) and cancers. 7. Take more Vitamin C - my favorite is liposomal. 8. Super charge your immune system with certain herbs - olive leaf extract is one of my favorites. But remember: your diet is not only what you eat. It’s what you listen to, what you read, what you watch, the people you hang around, with AND what you speak…. EVERY SINGLE CELL IN YOUR BODY IS LISTENING! •

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Immunity Actually Starts in Our Mouth

A Word About Probiotics

Dr. Josephine Perez, DMD is a graduate of Tufts University Dental School and her memberships include: ADA, FDA, AACD, and IAOMT and IABDM. She is SMART Certified, uses the PROTECT Protocol and is currently working on her fellowships. She is a practicing Biological dentist in the Naples area for over 25 years. Dr. Perez focuses on the underlying condition, rather than only treating the symptoms. She tests for biocompatibility to find pathways to reduce inflammation and apply biocompatible and biomimetic materials, supplements, essential oils to restore and strengthen the oral cavity and ultimately, the whole body. After decades of restoring and transforming smiles, Dr. Perez has integrated total wellness into her oral health enhancement Practice - a revolutionary style of dentistry. www.


This is why Oral DNA testing is one of the best tools we have. It’s a simple, painless salivary test that in a few days gives us a detailed description of the types and quantities of flourishing bacteria present; the good, the bad, and the ugly. With this information, we can design a plan of action with options to enhance the good, lower the bad, and eliminate the ugly. Every patient is different and unique, but with each individual case and patient involvement, a plan of action is designed. We have many tools from essential oils, laser therapy, ozone treatments and even simple supplementations developed in conjunction with our PCPs, functional practitioners, nutritionists, chiropractors and wellness coaches.

treated, this will inevitably lead to tooth loss and eventually dysbiosis in the body. Small amounts of bacteria can create small problems. Large amounts of bacteria will create large problems. Be proactive and not reactive. The microbiome can also influence insulin. Insulin not only regulates blood sugar, it may protect you from cancer by regulating cell division. It protects from telomere shortening and even mediating metabolic signals in heart related diseases and obesity. The current research shows that gut microbiome is a major contributor to metabolic diseases. Any alterations in the “normal” relation of specific bacteria will interfere with intestine permeability, biochemical pathways, and development of obesity which is also influenced by the microbiome composition.


Natural Treatments to Alleviate Knee Pain


By Dr. Richard Hiler, DABCN



O “As we age, our own stem cells become less efficient. Young stem cells help the body heal like it did when it was younger and more capable.” - Dr. Richard Hiler, DABCN

ne of the common complaints among patients is finding an effective treatment for their knee pain. Standard medicine often only masks pain and symptoms with addictive drugs and corticosteroid injections and many times unnecessary surgery is recommended. The good news is there are ways to treat knee and joint pain without drugs and steroids.

Regenerative Medicine for Cartilage Wear or Tear

Due to injuries, mechanical issues, or overuse and aging; cartilage may be damaged or lost, resulting in pain. There are many alternatives to surgery, which are discussed here:


Allograft is a tissue donation and transplant from one person to another. Connective tissue from one source containing live mesenchymal stem cells may help with inflammation and regeneration of cells in a recipient. Umbilical cord stem cells from Warton’s jelly is considered a connective tissue. It cushions and protects the blood vessels within the umbilical cord from mother to baby. The cells come from the umbilical cord from a healthy birth. The umbilical tissue could either be discarded or preserved for medical benefits. The tissue contains no antigens so there is no rejection and no matching required for the recipient. In times of injury, the body recruits its own stem cells for repair and healing. As we age our own stem cells become less efficient. The addition of millions of young potent stem cells from the allograft helps the body heal like it did when it was younger and more capable. The allograft is administered with a simple injection and there is no downtime after the procedure. There is no known insurance coverage for live stem cell allograft procedures.

PLACENTAL AND AMNIOTIC FLUID ALLOGRAFT While Wharton’s jelly contains 7% by volume mesenchymal stem cells and 93% other growth factors, the placental allograft contains no live stem cells but 100% growth factors. While this application doesn’t work quite as well as the live cells combined with the growth factors, if it is done more than once similar results and outcomes can be obtained. This procedure may be covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance.


Platelets from your own blood draw are concentrated and injected into the site of needed repair. Your own platelets release growth factors in the area to assist in regenerative healing. Results and outcomes are typically fair to good. There are many different techniques for concentrating the platelets. Also, the younger and healthier the patient, the healthier the platelets will be and better outcomes can be expected. This procedure is not covered by insurance.


There are many hyaluronic acid products available that are commonly used to cushion and lubricate the joints. The natural f luid within the knee joint space is normally high in hyaluronic acid molecules. As we age the concentration of these molecules is less, therefore the addition of these products can help the joint move better and feel better for a period of time. These products will do nothing to regenerate or repair the joint and the results are temporary. The advantage is that these products are often covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance.


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Many patients with knee pain may have worn out only the inside or only the outside of the knee joint. This happens due to the muscle function and the actual alignment of the joint space. The lower bone or shinbone (tibia) may rotate inward or outward or straight back. The malalignment of the joint causes excessive stress and accelerates degeneration and damage unevenly through the joint. The detection and correction of this problem takes a high level of skill that is typically only perfected by a small number of chiropractors. The key is early detection before the malalignment becomes permanent.

Even if patients have already had joint replacements, the damage is very excessive, and all medical options have been tried, often correcting the muscle mechanics alignment can give a good amount of relief. Even though our orthopedic surgeons are brilliant when it comes to joint replacements and other surgeries, they are not knowledgeable and would probably even be skeptical of these natural corrective procedures. We also offer a vast array of physical therapies including light therapies, electrical therapies, laser, shockwave/acoustic wave, as well as Ozone and Peptide therapy. •

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There are 13 muscles which cross the knee joint. These muscles must work in unison to properly move the joint and balance the weight through the entire joint. Some muscles may become too tight or weak over time. The imbalance of tightness or weakness accelerates wear and tear on the joint. There are very few practitioners which are skilled in diagnosing and lengthening the tight muscles and strengthening the weak muscles. To complicate matters further, there are 12 muscles that cross the ankle and 16 muscles that move the hip. When walking, these muscles also play a role in the mechanics of the knee joint and must be considered. Four nerves from the low back innervate the muscles that move the knee. Nerve function and back function therefore must also be considered in a complete knee rehab regimen.

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“Antibiotics, preservatives and sugar have allowed a fauna of pathogens that have been eating away at your intestinal lining, 24/7 for years.” - Steven R. Frank


onsidering the pervasive use of preservatives and the increase in modified foods in our diet, is it any wonder why we have more digestive problems than any other generation on Earth? Our high sugar and carbohydrate intake feeds the fungus and molds (like Candida) that we don’t want in our gut. The preservatives in food that are designed to kill bacteria in the bread, cereal, canned and dried foods are killing the good bacteria that we do want in our gut. We all know that antibiotic use disturbs the bacterial balance in a terrible way.

Get Rid of the Weeds

If you have tried probiotics then you know that they can have a positive effect. However, if your front yard was a huge crab-grass/weed patch, would you sprinkle thousands of dollars of high-quality seed on it expecting a beautiful lawn to emerge? Of course not. You would first get rid of the weeds. Consider this three-pronged approach to the gut rehabilitation process. The first step is to get rid of the weeds. Kill off as many of the bad bacteria and irritating fungus as possible. The second step is to re-seed the gut with good bacteria which will aid in digestion and keep out the fungus. Thirdly, we need to repair the damage that has been done to the epithelial lining of the intestines by the fungus and bad bacteria. This can be done holistically and naturally. In order to accomplish the first step, we need a broad-spectrum antimicrobial that is

bio-compatible yet kills bacteria and fungus significantly. An enhanced aqueous silver colloid of better than 40 ppm will accomplish this nicely. It is best taken on an empty stomach and in bolus dosing of 2 ounces every 2 hours. This can be continued for two or three days with one bottle per day being consumed. It should be remembered that mixing a colloid of silver with anything containing salt will ruin it and food tends to make it less effective. Taking the colloid on an empty stomach and not eating for an hour afterwards maximizes the effect. After two or three days of this protocol, you will have attenuated the bacteria and fungus in your gut significantly. Another side benefit of this is that the level of H. pylori in your stomach will also be dramatically reduced.

Re-Seed with Good Bacteria

Now, it’s time to re-seed with the probiotic of your choice. This will re-establish the fauna of bacteria necessary to support proper digestion and nutrient extraction from your food. The probiotic ingestion should be continued for at least a month. It is not that important to have the most expensive probiotics available. The most important task is to make sure that they have a good environment in which to multiply and thrive. You gave them an environment where they’re not fighting to survive by clearing out all the bad bacteria and fungus in the first step.

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The third step is to repair the epithelial lining. Antibiotics, preservatives and sugar have allowed a fauna of pathogens that have been eating away at your intestinal lining, 24/7 for years. This tissue needs to be healed. Take a mixture of herbs that are designed to heal the tissues, increase mucus to protect the region, and reduce histamine sensitivity allowing the intestines to re-build a healthy effective lining. We would suggest the following: Plantain, Licorice, Aloe Vera, Peppermint, Marshmallow root and Slippery Elm bark. These can be encapsulated or made into a tea. Again, taking the capsules or drinking the tea on an empty stomach is best. Also, be sure to include some very basic building blocks like 2000mg of Vitamin C, 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D and a good B-complex daily. The GI tract is critical not only to absorption of nutrients through digestion, but also to the proper operation of your immune system. A non-functional or poorly functioning digestive system can cause a myriad of health problems as it produces nutritional deficiencies and a compromised immune system. Diseases such as arthritis, auto-immune disorders, and many skin conditions have been traced back to problems of the gut. This is because damaged digestive tissues are exposed to food and not protected by a mucus layer. This produces a histamine response that the immune system perceives as an invasion. Obviously, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, SIBO and Crohn’s are problems of the gut. Without a digestive system, you would die. Why then is it hard for us to appreciate that with a poorly working digestive system we will be in poor health? Kill, re-seed, restore. Put your gut back on track and watch your health improve. •

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BD use is on the rise as awareness of its benefits keeps growing and scientists learn more about the medical benefits of cannabis and hemp. As we understand more about plant-based medicine, new CBD products are being developed incorporating other plant compounds, making CBD even more effective and more target specific. Combining other plant compounds like terpenes means that CBD products can be formulated for a specific purpose, such as focus and clarity, worry and anxiety, sleep and pain. Even CBD products for pet’s health issues are available.

The Function of Endocannabinoids



“Scientists now believe that the endocannabinoid system’s main role may be to maintain homeostasis.” -Theresa Edmunds, CHC

Endocannabinoids from cannabis work in conjunction with the endocannabinoid system of the body. Scientists are still studying this complex cell-signaling system but we know that endocannabinoids (like CBD) bind to our receptors to signal that this system needs to take action. Endocannabinoids are known to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, aid in appetite and digestion, balance hormones, improve metabolism, reduce chronic pain, and improve mood, learning and memory, motor control, sleep, cardiovascular function, muscle formation, bone growth, liver function, reproductive function/fertility, stress, nerve function and skin conditions. In natural medicine, we often refer to the process of homeostasis. That is, the body’s ability to bring itself back into balance after an illness, injury or even a deficiency. Scientists now believe that the endocannabinoid system’s main role may be to maintain this equilibrium or homeostasis. Cannabis plants contain over a hundred different cannabinoids. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the psychoactive cannabinoid that produces a “high” sensation. THC can provide many benefits but it can also cause paranoia and anxiety in some people. CBD cannabinoids do not produce the “high” sensation and can be extracted from cannabis or hemp plants. Two different com-

pounds of the same plant, producing two different effects. CBD is anti-inflammatory, anti-seizure and can combat anxiety and nausea.

Terpenes Have Medicinal Benefit

Terpenes are another component of cannabis which are known to have medicinal benefit. They are organic compounds produced by plants including cannabis. Scientists have discovered that terpenes can actually enhance the benefits of CBD. This is known as the “entourage effect” and is why using a broad-spectrum CBD oil with multiple cannabinoids and terpenes intact creates a more effective result. Terpenes are organic compounds produced by plants and some insects. They are largely responsible for how plants smell; think lavender, rosemary, pine and even orange peel. In fact, terpenes are used to make essential oils. Most terpenes are bioactive meaning they have an effect on the body. For instance, chamomile tea, is a relaxant and even help people sleep; it is the naturally occurring terpenes that are responsible for its sedative effect. Terpenes play a vital role for plants. They often attract pollinators and sometimes repel predators. Some terpenes are protective for the plant, helping the plant to recover from damage or acting as part of the plant’s immune system, keeping away infectious agents. Medical studies on the benefits of terpenes are plentiful, demonstrating that isolated terpenes have beneficial effects on the body. CBD oil can have wide ranging benefits on its own but it is proving to be even more beneficial when combined with specific terpenes from other plants. For instance eucalyptol, the terpene from eucalyptus, has anti-inflammatory properties and is a pain reliever. Limonene is the terpene found in citrus skin and has been used in Asia to counteract sadness for thousands of years. Lavender is known for its calming properties and its terpene, Linalool, can be combined with CBD to combat anxiety. Pine is known for its invigorating effects, Alpha Pinene terpene can be used to enhance focus.

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Combining terpenes with CBD creates very specific combinations that can be used in multiple ways for specific issues. These products take CBD to a new level. I was recently given the opportunity to try some of these products from a brand-new company, Emily Saige. These completely THC-free, Organic CBD products have been specifically formulated to target specific issues. Their products Calm, Relax, Relief and Focus are getting great reviews. They also have a companion blend for pets that is providing wonderful results. Their blend Relax has been combined with terpenes from lemongrass, hops and bay leaves, all used as sleep aids in herbal medicine for centuries. Terpinolene, the terpene in tea tree, sage and rosemary was used by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians to promote calmness. Finally, the terpene from cloves and oregano are added as they are known to promote rest even with accompanying physical discomfort. For the Relief blend, the terpene from cedar, known for its anti-inflammatory and pain- relieving effects is combined with Eucalyptol, which reduces swelling and soreness. Added to this is Humulene, found in ginger and ginseng, known to simulate and strengthen the central nervous system. Calm is a blend that includes Limonene from the skins of lemons and limes, known for its effect on sadness and used to elevate mood in South Asia for 5000 years. The terpene from lavender is added for its well-known calming effect and Citral from lemongrass for its stress-relieving properties. Terpenes from pine, are combined in Focus blend to increase alertness and its invigorating effect on mood. Para-Cymene from both cumin and thyme are added to energize and provide mental clarity. For more information about any of these products, please contact me. This company has a wonderful return policy to make trying these products completely risk-free. •

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W “I injured my neck badly in a car accident many years ago. Myofascial release completely relieved my neck problems after 8 treatments. I was so impressed I changed careers and became a massage therapist.” -Anthony Hansen, LMT

ith 20 years of experience and a wide variety of certifications in different modalities such as myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, lymphatic drainage and others, I’ve treated over 30,000 people in the last 20 years. I originally became interested in massage therapy due to a car accident that happened to me about 22 years ago. I hurt my neck badly and it was recommended to me to fuse a couple of vertebrae which I decided against doing. I made the rounds trying different therapies; physical therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture, with no relief. Luckily, I found a massage therapist who did a treatment called myofascial release. After 8 treatments, she completely relieved my problem with my neck. I was so impressed by what happened that I decided to become a massage therapist. I went to massage school at night while still working at my construction job during the day. In 1999, after about a year of going to school, I got my license as a massage therapist. I spoke to the owner of Absolute Health Therapeutic Massage, informing her that I wanted to buy the business. Candace, the therapist who treated me, and a couple of other therapists worked there. She sold the business to me and I expanded it to include 18 therapists and 14 treatment rooms. After 10 years in the business, I decided to specialize in myofascial release. In 2008, I opened the only myofascial clinic in SW Florida, Therapy on The Gulf, where I practice today. I had a couple of therapists join me who also had lots of experience in this type of therapy. I’ve expanded over the years offering different types of modalities that have to do more with medical conditions such as surgeries, joint replacements, and cosmetic surgeries. I found people were in a lot of pain and had many injuries especially due to sports. Performing myofascial release therapy on these individuals increased their range of motion, their flexibility and their ability to get back to a normal life much quicker. While traveling the world for about 25 years as an international roofing contractor in foreign countries like China, Africa, the Middle East and

Europe, I routinely had massages and bodywork done, finding it relieved most of the aches and pains that I had related to my work. I kept that information in the back of my head not knowing exactly what I would do with it. Since I’ve been a therapist now for 20 years, all those experiences have definitely made my life a lot more interesting and my health is better now than it was 20 years ago. Though I’m older, I’m in better condition than ever thanks to the many therapists who helped me with a better diet, more hydration (I never drank water at all) and certainly by having therapy/bodywork on a regular basis. I still have a therapy session once a week and recommend this to people to keep themselves in a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The Chinese have a saying that “dis-ease” of the body causes disease. I think the best prevention for most disease is to keep the body in a balanced situation. Having regular maintenance therapy, taking care of yourself the best that you possibly can, eating right, getting plenty of rest, sunshine and exercise; these are some of the best things you can do to stay healthy. This is what I recommend for all of our clients. We try to get to the root cause of why people have injuries and why they have some of the symptoms they have. Many times, it’s something quite simple such as changing your diet or drinking more water that can improve your health drastically. •

Anthony Hansen, LMT, founder of Therapy on the Gulf. We specialize in myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, and lympatic drainage. We do aromatherapy massage, pregnancy massage, and other types of massage and energy work. I am also a Qigong and Reiki Master. Candace VanRee, LMT and Teresa Kennedy, LMT are both highly qualified and do the same things that I do. For further information, please feel free to call us at Therapy on the Gulf, 239-262-8722. See ad on page 31 >


Dr. DI’ss CORNER ient to failure and things not working out the way you had planned. If you never take risks, if you never strive to achieve something bigger than what you can handle, if you’re paralyzed because you’re afraid to fail, then you’ll never reach your dreams because you will always stay in your safe, little comfort zone. I realized at a very young age that the one thing I could never accept at the end of my life was to be left wondering, “what if”. I’ll give up safety, security and stability to ensure that I have tried every possible thing that I could ever

desire to do so that I won’t be asking that question in my old age. Sure, there will be some things that I may end up regretting, but at least I’ll have the answer to what would have happened if I did it versus wondering about it. To me, the wondering is much more painful than trying something and failing. If you take a risk and you fail that’s fantastic, because you had the courage to step out of your comfort zone and you will have learned something valuable about what happened and more importantly, about yourself. •

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y mother used to say to me things like, “play it safe”, “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”, and a million other statements that she would come up with to protect me. All of my life I have been a risk taker. I am just like my father, the kind of people that have to learn the hard way. I prefer to think of it as we need to try new things, make our own mistakes, figure out what works and what doesn’t, and learn from our experiences. What are some of the more memorable risks that I’ve taken? Well, I moved to LA right out of college with my boyfriend and no job. But I got one. I left a tenure-track position at a major university to go to work for a supplement company in North Carolina. I left that job to move back to CT, again with no job. I left another great position to start my publishing company. I broke off an engagement. I got divorced. I believe all of these choices were stepping stones to prepare me for where I am today. Taking risks is so important in terms of making you stronger and more resil-

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By Chef David Robbins

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Indigenous Suwannee, Florida Oyster Mushrooms fruiting out of repurposed, organic waste.


questions. It boils down to what does it mean to be a ‘chef’. It is a vast myriad of abilities and responsibilities to be sure and it certainly is not the “sex, drugs, and rock & roll”. For me, I find it incredibly humbling and exciting that as chefs we have the ability to educate, to connect communities, to affect perceptions and choices, and to actually initiate real significant change. It is more than an ability, it is an imperative responsibility. If we as chefs are neglecting this, we are not only NOT doing our jobs, but we are doing a disservice to society. This brings me to my current journey. 2020 was certainly a year that blessed us with hardships that afforded us the opportunity to rise to the occasion with openness, positivity and innovation. In such, I was able to start the Sunday Supper Club, using my educational background in cultural ecology to connect the often times behind the scene farmers and family owned food producers of SWFL to the broader community in a very personal way. While on this journey, I have met so many interesting, passionate, brilliant and innovative people, many of whom started out in other careers, but through their love of their craft they became selftaught amateurs who reinvented themselves into new professions. Let’s meet a few of them!


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ex, drugs, and rock & roll” excitedly exclaims the general manager of an infamous 5-star South Beach, Miami party hotel abundant with A list celebs and bikini models. Enthusiastically he implores, “…this conference needs to showcase that we CAN be and ARE great at so much more than that…” One year prior, I was a guest at the very same hotel for “trufflepalooza”; a fully decadent tasting dinner co-hosted by Andrew Carmellini, a James Beard Award winning Miami/NYC chef, and a very close friend of mine who owned the truffle company cosponsoring the event. After a phenomenal meal brought to completion by an ever so balanced umami laced black truffle parmesan ice cream and a cappuccino graced with freshly grated white alba truffles, we retired to my friend’s loft in downtown Brickell. Have you ever seen $30K of fresh truffles in a glance? I did that night. In a not so large refrigerator lay very carefully packed containers of “product” adjacent to the “clean room” used for repackaging individual orders of these very delicate and costly fungi. This was a very different and interesting experience to say the least. Fast forward to the day this farm boy from parts unknown of Hawaii was having a surreal moment filled with excitement, wonder, humility and anxiety. I had just started as the resort’s executive sous chef, overseeing 6 different food outlets and banquets at a hotel which consistently rated as one of the top 5 hotels in a city that is among the top tourist destinations in the world. Little did I know that wacky truffled evening, I would soon be back here helping to run the place. Preparing and conceptualizing for the aforementioned conference (a national summit of event directors) we were instructed by a VP of the hotel group to be innovative…to exceed expectations! For me to do this, I needed to first ask some questions. What are the expectations placed on chefs? What is in the core/the roots of what we are doing? It all has to start somewhere. Who are we? What’s in our “genes”? What’s guiding us? What fuels our passion? What’s going to make us better than great? To answer these questions, we need to first ask about the freshness, quality, ethics, ecology and sustainability from where our food comes. How does the ever-changing perception of food affect our choices? How do our choices affect the perceptions of the communities which we serve, our health and local/global ecosystems? How do we make better choices for a better future? Over the years that I have evolved in, out and back in to being a chef I do often ask myself these

Russell Hollander of Care2Grow Artisan Mushrooms

Russell is a truly “fun guy” whose entrance to the mesmerizing world of mycology began as a hobby. While in his “day job” he makes custom cabinetry, over the last year he has been setting up a pretty impressive small scale mushroom farm. Fungi, being decomposers, presented themselves as an ideal carbon neutral food to farm. They require very little energy to grow/harvest and sawdust from his wood working (typically a refuse) became a perfect repurposed resource as a growing medium for many of his mycelium (the “root mat” so to speak that produces the fruiting body which we know as a mushroom). Using a storage tote, some fans, and vent materials to create a scaled-up humidifier for one of his grow climates, Russell is still very concise in all the details. He uses a clean room to clone his various fungi strains in custom





made agar discs to study the different varieties under a microscope and learn how different temperatures and humidity levels can speed up or slow down fungal growth. He opts for a slower fruiting, but better eating mushroom. Currently, Russell is growing 3 varietals of oyster mushrooms (one of which he’s named “Suwannee” after the North Florida swamp where he and fellow “fun guy” Parker foraged the original, an indigenous species), shiitakes, reishi, and lion’s mane. All of which are incredible quality, super tasty and amazingly nutritious. Amongst the multitude of fascinating health properties, there are studies that show lion’s mane can help with regrowth of the human nervous system. Russell plans to add shimeji (beech), pioppino and cordyceps (medicinal use) over the coming months. He estimates that production will be upwards of 200+ pounds per week by January. As a culinarian, I can attest that these are certainly the most unique, freshest, highest quality, and tastiest fungi to be found in SWFL. Closing the “green loop”, Russell is also a rancher of earth worms (vermiculture) feeding them with used grow blocks (saw dust/mycellium) creating vermicastings (available to purchase by the pound); the best organic fertilizer for your veggie garden.

Luis Orbegoso & Sherry Spargo of Chakra Microgreens/Kombucha

The etymology on the name chakra is not what you might think at first take. In fact, it stems from Orbegoso’s (a former M.D. from Lima, Peru) background. The enunciation of the word ‘chakra’ is from the indigenous Quecha peoples of the high elevation Andean communities (the descendants of those who built Macchu Picchu). It refers to “mama paccha” (the mother, the earth) providing a gift from the soil. All of their microgreens are grown using a very high quality specific organic soil mix and are additionally provided nutrients and hydration through a small scale aquaponic system (the use of a living aquatic ecosystem with a species such as tilapia that create all the nutrients needed by the plant as a by product). Every consideration is taken into effect including but not limited to: the origin

of the seeds, the type of light used, the temperature and humidity of the growing space, the air quality, and how each different variety of microgreen has specific individual needs. Classical music fills the air waves (for plants and people) as his wife Sherry (former nurse and interior designer) and son freshly cut/package these living superfoods. The end result being very happy plants that are super high in nutritional density with low amounts of lectins and tender cellulose walls, making them easier for your body to absorb the nutrients as you snack on these crisp, bright and delicious baby plants. Their kombucha is equally as detail specific and amazing. Organic teas, seasonal fruits and local honey are used in the fermentation process inoculated with a “top secret” s.c.o.b.y. (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast). Orbegoso’s medical science expertise has aided him in customizing a balance of the acids produced via fermentation and FLAVOR! Of the top 3 beneficial “organic acids”, acetic acid and gluconic acid are highly probiotic, while some studies show the third (glucuronic acid) can help increase the production of endorphins/sex hormones. The kombucha can be used in recipes to make salad dressings, in fact they bottle a private label mustard kombucha dressing. As a chef, I can honestly say in my humble opinion this is the best tasting locally made kombucha available in SWFL. Oh, did I mention that approximately 80% of their energy requirements for the microgreens and kombucha are provided via a solar grid engineered by Orbegoso and all the “spent” growing medium is turned into compost? No waste. Efficient. Highly sustainable. Having the opportunity to grow relationships with these farmers has been a blessing for me. Initially my path set out to talk about how traditional farmers practicing “regenerative agriculture” meant fostering healthy soil (dirt), which in turn meant a healthier planet and a healthier you. I was inspired by a couple of great documentaries: “Kiss the ground” (available on Netflix) and “Fantastic Fungi” (available on Amazon video & AppleTV). Facts and statistics about how we could (in theory) over the next 3 to 5 decades sequester all the carbon emissions our species has produced in the last 150 years and reverse climate change was astounding and inspiring. Talking DIRTy is certainly a conversation everyone should be having. I’ve now seen that the path to this regeneration of our ecology, personal and social health as a species, and doing it in a sustainable way, comes in many and often times unexpected forms. •

RESOURCES: Russell Holland Care2Grow Gourmet Mushrooms 239.253.7076 @caretwogrow Saturdays: 3rd St. South Farmer’s Market

Sherry Spargo Chakra Microgreens/ Kombucha 412.480.8718 @sherryjspargo @microgreenschakra Saturdays: Shoppes at Vanderbilt Farmer’s Market Sunday: Pine Ridge Farmer’s Market

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Roasted Lion’s Mane Fungi and Fermented Garlic Honey Yummm Sauce (serves 4 - 6)

Recipe: Local lion’s mane, equally delicious and medicinal, is our choice for this recipe. It’s kept simple to let the mushroom’s natural flavor and texture shine - grilled and accented with a sauce made of fermented garlic honey, which besides being a flavor bomb, is also a magical concoction loaded with natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune boosting properties. This dish hits the flavor notes of spicy, sweet and umami. It’s the perfect dish to help you stay healthy this winter.


Mushrooms & Garnish • 3 to 4 large Lion’s Mane Mushrooms (Shiitake or Oyster Mushrooms) • 1 small bunch green herbs to garnish (scallions, thai basil, coriander leaves) • 2 - 3 oz. shaved radish (daikon or really any fresh radish)

To Make Fermented Garlic Honey: • For the fermented garlic honey:

• Mix all ingredients together in a large sterilized glass mason jar. Spices are optional for extra dimension of flavor. • Seal the container. • The mixture will initially be very thick. • Store in an area between 75-85 (f) degrees. • 1-2 days - garlic will start to purge liquid and the mixture will begin to get a little looser. • 3-4 days - the mixture will begin to become even more liquid, gently swirl the mixture to stir. Don’t open yet. • 5-10 days - the mixture will become much thinner, bubbles will begin to emerge, you may burp the

• From this point on, the mixture is ready for use. It may be consumed as is, or turned into another sauce or marinade.

• Once you start using, this mixture can perpetually “live” in its container and always be ready for use (I’ve had batches for over 2 years). You simply need to continue to feed it. Leave some of the original batch and “feed” it with a little more fresh garlic and raw honey.

To Make Garlic Honey Yummm Sauce: • Reserve half or more of your fermented garlic honey for future use.

• Mix 6 oz. of strained fermented garlic honey with the ginger, tamari, sesame oil, mirin, and gochujang. • Whisk together until smooth.

• I like to pop in 4-5 pieces of the fermented garlic into the final sauce, as it continues to ferment and add some extra “funk” to your finished sauce.

Cook the Fungi • Tear the lion’s mane into 2 to 4 large chunks.

• Brush lightly with the sauce - allow to soak in for at least 30 minutes. • In the meanwhile, preheat a cast iron grill to medium-high heat.

• Place the chunks of mushrooms on the hot grill pan - do not move them. • Allow to char for 3-4 minutes, baste lightly with sauce (caution, this may cause some smoke if indoors). • Flip, char for another 3-4 minutes - do not move them again. • Remove from grill pan.

• Garnish with the scallions, radishes, and other picked fresh green herbs.

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Add to make Yummm Sauce • 2 oz. fresh ginger root (finely minced or micro planed) • 4 oz. tamari (or shoyu) • 2 oz. mirin (sweet rice wine) • 2 tbsp. roasted sesame oil • 2 oz. gochujang (fermented chili paste homemade or store bought is ok)

mixture at this point, as CO2 is being produced (note, the aroma will be quite strong).


Spiced Fermented Garlic Honey • Start early, keep on hand perpetually • 3-4 bulbs garlic (broken into individual cloves and peeled) • 16 oz. raw local honey • 2 red thai chilis • 2-3 cinnamon sticks • 3-4 whole star anise

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Relax &

Stay Healthy at the Edgewater Beach Hotel By Dr. Diane Hayden, PhD


27 WINTER 2021


any years ago, someone told me there were only 7 beaches in the world that had the following: white sand as soft as silk, tranquil breezes, abundant sunshine, and temperatures that rarely dropped below 75 degrees. I’m not sure if there’s only 7, but I can tell you I found one of those beaches when I moved to Naples, Florida. When you step onto that pristine, satiny sand for the first time, it’s something you’ll never forget. While I have the luxury of living here, I wanted to experience it from the view of a vacationer. I had the opportunity to do just that at the Edgewater Beach Hotel last month. Laura Radler, GM, made our stay unforgettable with the many wonderful touches she provided!

A 125 all-suite hotel situated on seven miles of white-sand beach, the Edgewater Beach Hotel offers guests a variety of activities as well as a tranquil setting to leave the stress of daily life behind. Believe it or not, there are very few beachfront hotels in Naples, so the Edgewater is truly one of a kind. What’s even better about this hotel – their strong focus on wellness. It makes perfect sense as Naples is a Blue Zone. Blue Zones are known across the globe as hotspots of rare longevity in the people that live there due to their diet and lifestyle. The Edgewater Beach Hotel provides an ideal environment for those seeking the best wellness hotel in Naples. They have developed a program of Wellness Retreats including wellness events, overnight wellness packages, Wellness

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“There are only a handful of places that I can remember staying where the views were so spectacular, I didn’t want to leave the room.” ESSENTIAL Naples

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Spacious bedroom with amazing views of the Gulf.

Wednesday Happy Hours, Yoga on the beach, private guided meditation sessions, and self-care wellness podcasts that were recorded right at the hotel. This wellness program was created in tandem with local experts and intended to help travelers feel their best while away from home. The Edgewater offers two heated swimming pools, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, private and group personal training, in-suite massage, Holistic Nutrition, bike rentals, paddleboard and kayak rentals, and can also arrange water sport rentals, fishing charters, and other fun activities. We rented bikes and rode about two hours through the beautiful Moorings and Park Shore neighborhoods past awe-inspiring Banyan trees whose limbs arched overhead across the road. Even better, though, was relaxing on our cabana bed watching the gentle waves of the Gulf roll onto shore and taking in the dazzling sunsets from our private balcony. Everywhere you looked from this resort was a breathtaking view. There are only a handful of places that I can remember staying where the views were so spectacular, I didn’t want to leave the room. This was one of them. The balcony stretched from the entire length of our bedroom to our living room. Imagine opening your eyes each morning to seeing miles of sea and sand stretched out before you. Just incredible. Just to give you an idea of the size of the balcony – it included two Adirondack rocking chairs, a small breakfast table with two chairs and two chaise lounges! The suite also features a spacious living room and modern kitchen with a full-size refrigerator, microwave and granite counter breakfast bar. And maybe the best part of the Edgewater was sitting around the fire pit at night having lively discussions with the other guests. For me, that’s priceless and rarely experienced in most hotels or resorts where I’ve stayed.

But let’s get to the food! Every Wednesday from 4:30-6:30pm, Coast Restaurant features the Wellness Wednesday Happy Hour with healthy offerings of lite bites and boozy beverages by the beach. You are treated to interactive activities held by guest speakers and local wellness experts from the Naples area. Coast makes healthy dining choices easy by offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner options that are inspired by the diets of the world’s Blue Zones. Here is just a sample of the menu:


Avocado Toast: Whole wheat toast, cherry tomato compote (smoked salmon available to add). Steel-cut Oatmeal: Served with fresh blueberries and toasted almonds. Green Smoothie: Kale, banana, apple, spinach, almond milk, and honey.


Meze Platter: Roasted garlic hummus, local crudité, goat feta cheese, country olives, and warm pita chips. Vegetable Wrap: tomato, red onion, grilled local vegetables, hummus, and goat feta cheese. Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry: Onions, asparagus, celery, snap peas, carrots, and garlic tomato broth.

The Ahi Tuna Poke with avocado, capers, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sriracha aioli, and wonton chips was amazing and fresh. We also enjoyed the Red Berry Salad with baby spinach, goat feta cheese, candied walnuts, red onion, strawberry, balsamic vinaigrette. For entrees, don’t miss the Grilled Grouper (a must in Florida) with jasmine rice, asparagus, mango chutney, and the Seared Salmon with orange-ginger glaze, sautéed bell peppers, and basmati rice. Everything was delicious! One of the most unique things I’ve seen that they’re offering is the Suite Space with Remote Learning and Working. What a great idea now that most people can work from anywhere – why not here in this incredible beachfront location! A special package built especially for newfound homeschooling educators and work from home-bodies, the Edgewater Academy is in session. They are pet friendly, so bring your doggie! This package includes: • Up to 15% off suite accommodations. • Breakfast for two adults each morning. • Kids Welcome Amenity including healthy snacks, school supplies (colored pencils, tape, stapler, pencil sharpener, paper, crayons, glue stick, calculator, pencils, eraser), and a Kids Guide to Naples book.



Of course, the Edgewater Beach Hotel has made many changes due to COVID-19. Their health and safety measures include the following: • Compliance with all minimum state and local guidelines related to COVID-19. • Utilization of EPA-approved cleaning & disinfecting agents that kill the COVID-19 virus. • Face coverings required as part of uniforms for all team members. • Hand Sanitizer Stations at high traffic guest touch points. • Signage throughout public spaces on cleanliness, social distancing, and hand hygiene. • Elimination and/or offering alternative options for any shared-use items that can’t be cleaned after guest use.

• Limiting team member room entry during stay (housekeeping, in-room dining). Housekeeping service being offered upon request only and will be provided when the guest in not present in the room. • Deep cleaning between guest stays, focusing on sanitizing every area of the room. Deep cleaning of high-touch items such as handles, knobs, pulls, and remote controls. High-touch items such as magazines, pens, and pads have been removed and are available upon request only. • Surface disinfecting wipes in guest rooms.

As a Green Resort, water conservation, reducing waste and pollution of all types, and limiting the effects of global warming are priorities. They change bed linens and towels only upon request, provide recycling bins, use water saving devices and energy saving lighting, recycle paper, and use ecofriendly cleaning products. With a coveted beachfront setting overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, Edgewater Beach Hotel is a charming Naples vacation resort that has defined barefoot elegance for over 30 years. This serene resort provides an ideal environment in which to continue making self-care and total wellbeing a priority. •

Pools and Tiki Bar at the Edgewater Beach Hotel.

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• Parent Sanity Amenity including a bottle of wine, aromatherapy kit, and dark chocolate. • One Family Field Trip per stay - choice of: Botanical Gardens, Naples Zoo, or C’Mon Children’s Museum. • In-room charging station, HDMI, and dedicated learning space. • Dedicated “Dean of Students” to plan - call with staff member prior to arrival to ensure your suite is set up for success.


The Food Interview…


Why Your Dietitian Should Be Asking These Questions



By Betsy Opyt, RD, LD/N, CDE, RYT

“Weight loss happens as a side effect of making healthier food choices, reducing inflammation, and correcting imbalances.” -Betsy Opyt, RD, LD/N, CDE, RYT


have been a dietitian for 20 years and when I tell people that, it never surprises me that they think my job is to tell people how to lose weight and design meal plans. Sure, the majority of people that come to see me have some weight concerns and need a guide on how to eat. However, the way I look at weight loss is it happens as a side effect of making healthier food choices, reducing inflammation, and correcting imbalances. Weight loss should not be the only goal. The goal is to optimize health for a more resilient body and to feel your best.

Your Issue is in Your Tissue

A prescription for nutrition goes beyond fork to mouth and you have to understand the underlying issue and root cause before you design a treatment plan. My favorite saying is “your issue is in your tissue” and in order to heal the body you need to evaluate the whole body to find the

underlying cause for the dis-ease. Before I even meet with an individual I have them fill out a 13-page questionnaire. I ask unique questions to understand which avenue to explore in the body. I am hunting for oxidative stress, compromised detox pathways, heavy metal burdens, dysbiosis and leaky gut, parasites, nutritional deficiencies, stress, hormone imbalances, and metabolic issues. I even take a look at your fingernails because the outside body is a result of an imbalance inside. It is not only about food, it is about mood, sleep, energy, vitality, mental health, metabolism, hydration, exercise, and toxic burdens to name a few.

What Do the Symptoms Really Mean?

Do you have ringing in your ears or grind your teeth? Yes? Then we start with parasites. Do you have food intolerances? Yes? Then I start exploring dysbiosis. Are you hungry all the time and feel blood sugar drop between meals and

can’t seem to lose weight? Yes? Then you may be metabolically compromised. Are you tired and fatigued, have brain fog, acne or rashes? Yes? Then I explore a sluggish liver or heavy metal toxicity. Are you having trouble sleeping? Yes? Then we check for hormone imbalances. Do you have cancer? Yes? Then we look for all of the above! What about those fingernails? That may give me a clue for an iron, folic acid, protein, or vitamin B deficiency.

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If you come into an appointment with me and think I am going to hand you a cookie cutter meal plan and send you on your way, then you don’t know what an Integrative & Functional Nutrition Specialist has the capability to do for you. I have the fortunate ability to spend a full hour with you dissecting each part of your health history, asking questions that can even stem back into your childhood. The first question I always ask is, “When do you remember feeling your best?” and we go from there. Did you have a tragic event happen to you? How many amalgam fillings do you have? How do you handle stress? And the most important question - how many times do you poop a day? Yes, the dreaded poop question, but also one of the most important questions to ask. Over 80% of our immune system is housed in the gut and the majority of inflammatory diseases begin there. I could honestly say about 90% of my clients with a dis-ease state will discover it all started in their gut. As you can see I have many more layers of evaluating an individual beyond what is on their plate. I like to consider myself a “Dietitian Detective” because not only do I hunt for the problem, I solve it. •

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Daily Steps to Turn Fear into Healing

By Dr. Véronique Desaulniers, DC





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n the 2019 Sundance awarding-winning movie The Farewell by director Lulu Wang, there is a powerful scene where the uncle expresses a common Chinese philosophy about cancer: “People don’t die of cancer — they die of the fear.” This dialogue occurs between the granddaughter of the diagnosed grandmother and her uncle. The family has chosen NOT to tell the aging grandmother that she has Stage 4 Lung cancer; that it is the family’s responsibility to “carry her” through her journey without telling her the extent of the dis-ease. That statement in the movie is a powerful truth that is expressed in the Asian culture. Being afraid is common when you first discover you have cancer. There are ways that you can gently manage your emotions so that they become your allies, not your enemies on your healing journey. (PS – This movie is a “must watch”! Spoiler alert – it has a happy ending which supports how powerful your mindset can be.)

(also called catecholamine hormones) that naturally occurs during stress. The result, which has been documented by a handful of studies so far, is poor treatment results when using chemotherapy and poor prognosis in general. In some cancers, the overabundance of adrenaline can even lead to an increased expression of certain oncogenes and mechanisms that insure cancer cell survival.

There is a strong and growing list of evidence-based research studies to support the fact that our emotions affect our ability to heal. In fact, there is a connection between doctor-instigated fear brought on by a cancer diagnosis resulting in both suicide and heart attacks. A 2012 Swedish study cites, “Cancer patients were 5.6 times more likely to die from heart-related causes, such as heart attack, in the days after receiving a positive cancer diagnosis, not from the cancer but from the heartbreak and devastation wrought by the news.” This connection was seen especially within the first 12 weeks after diagnosis. It was also most prevalent in those individuals that had received a “terminal” diagnosis.

When I first began my second healing journey with Breast Cancer, I often woke up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat reacting to the subconscious fear, as well as the shock and “disappointment” in my myself. Eventually, as I dove into the work of healing, the fear turned to gratitude, hope, and a firm conviction that I was doing all that I could to turn things around. This is what I wish for you, but you must take it one step at a time. The power of this path lies in the little actions you take every day. Here are six such steps you can start today:

Science Confirms Emotions Play a Part in Healing

Negative Emotions Feed Cancer

There is another piece of the mind-body-emotions connection concerning cancer that occurs at the cellular level. Cancer cells “advertise,” so to speak, for adrenaline by putting out what are called adrenergic receptors. These receptors respond to the overabundance of stress hormones

What You Can Do

Your body can heal faster and in more profound ways than ever before when it is placed in an environment that it can do so. In fact, making the slightest change to lifestyle and diet can often slant the body towards healing. A study led by Dr. Dean Ornish found that simple lifestyle/dietary changes helped to up-regulate 48 tumor-suppressing genes and down-regulate over 400 tumor-promoting ones!

Take Time Every Day to Turn Fear into Healing

1. Have a Healing Plan That Works for You Your worries will lessen when you know that you are doing all that you can to be proactive about your healing. Few of us are 100% confident that all of the choices we have made along the way are the “correct” ones. What we can do, however, is to put a protocol plan in place that we can feel confident in, based on our research, the consultation of healing professionals we respect, and our own intuitive “gut” feeling about our own bodies.


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2. Get Support

3. Do Your Emotional Work

4. Connect to a Source of Inspiration Larger Than You

Studies have found that those who have a regular spiritual practice such as prayer have significantly decreased stress responses in general.

5. Do Activities You Enjoy

Take up a hobby you have always wanted to try. Watch a funny movie. Enjoy a good belly laugh with a friend. Pet a cat. Take a dog for a walk. Paint a picture. Dance to a piece of music. Curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea. Volunteer. Take the time to really enjoy life, unplug from your worries and reconnect to the beauty of life every day.

6. Practice Gratitude Every Day

Take the time to appreciate all the good things in your life right now. Write them down in a gratitude journey. If you do this practice and the others mentioned every day, feelings of gratitude, hope and faith in your body’s ability to heal will begin to grow exponentially within you. What’s more, your Healthy Breast journey will be more successful and better for it overall. •

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If you have fears that linger or turn into anxiety, depression or hopelessness, they may be connected to unresolved traumas. Trauma can be created by the experience of the cancer diagnosis itself, or may have been formed years ago. The good news is that there are many modalities that can assist you in healing them, and the chronic stress that accompanies them. Emotional Freedom Technique (i.e. Tapping) and EMDR are two proven techniques.

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A Pivotal


Life Changing Decision

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“I did not even know that depression and anxiety were something you could go to the doctor for, I just thought I was going crazy.” - Eilis Philpott


ow does one thrive in life, business and relationships? I want to share with you my personal experience of how I was able to thrive in life. This is about a decision I had to make many years ago. Now when I look back on my life I can see how huge and impactful this decision was on my life from that point forward. Before I share what the decision was and what I chose, let me give you a little background information. I grew up in Ireland the eldest of 9 children. I was what is now known as a child who is very sensitive, but back in Ireland in those days I was told not to be so shy. I had periods of depression which went undiagnosed and became more frequent and more severe. I was hospitalized in my early 20’s, suffering from severe depression and anxiety. I was either crying non-stop or having major panic attacks. I did not even know that depression and anxiety were something you could go to the doctor for, I just thought I was going crazy. I was diagnosed with reactionary depression which meant that I was reacting to a number of major traumatic events in my life which had occurred over the previous year. I was given a number of medications and over the period of about 3 months I started to feel better (for the first time in many years). I was sent home highly medicated and told to get on with my life. My doctor also told me that I would never be able to have a stressful job and to give up any thoughts of pursuing teaching. A few years passed and with each new stressor new medications were added to my regime. I got engaged and moved to London to be with my

fiancé. When I went to fill my prescription for all my medications, I was told that a lot of them were blacklisted in the UK and certainly should not be used in the combinations that I had been prescribed. Needless to say, the move caused a major relapse which resulted in my being admitted to a psychiatric hospital in London, where my meds were assessed and immediately changed. I was given a new diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder with Anxiety. This time however I started therapy. My therapist, Jenny, was using a technique called Transactional analysis. I started feeling and connecting what had caused me to get to this place. This was not my first time living away from Ireland. Two years previously I had moved to London with a friend. Everything seemed fine and to be going well but inside I was not doing well. My depression and anxiety were becoming unbearable and I felt I had nowhere to turn. I ended up going back to Ireland to my family home and feeling a complete failure. This second time in London was beginning to feel very familiar and I knew I could always go back home. I had been there less than a month with the new meds and having regular therapy. My body was so anxious that it would constantly be jerking and I was afraid to go anywhere or do anything. One Tuesday morning I had just started my regular therapy session when Jenny said to me, “Your session is ending now and you have until 1pm today to decide whether you are going to stay in London or go back to Ireland. If you choose to stay it will be really, really hard but worth it.”

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My mind was a whirl! I knew that if I went back to Ireland that I would never leave, that I would be stuck with my parents and never live my own life as an independent adult. I also knew that if I chose to stay in London that in order to heal I had to face a lot of very painful emotions. I was afraid that there was no guarantee that I would ever feel well and was taking a huge risk in staying. I was also realizing that I really did not know myself and I was in London with the man I was planning on marrying. What if that didn’t work out either? I’m sure you can imagine the turmoil. It was nearly impossible for me at that time to live a so called normal life. I was afraid to do everything, I was constantly in despair and having panic attacks. At 1pm, I met Jenny in the therapy room and told her that I had decided to stay. It was the best decision I ever made. Looking back now a few decades later, I can see the enormity of that decision. This was not just a fork in the road, it was the most important decision I ever made. It was pivotal and life changing. If I had gone back to Ireland I can see now that I would never have gotten well. I’m not denying that it was hard, it was very hard. I was in the hospital for 6 months, but I got off all my medication and continued with therapy. In the transition period between leaving the hospital for good and living life independently, I worked part time and began to get my confidence back. I went back to school and completed a Post Graduate qualification in Education. I got a job as a High School Science Teacher. This was a huge step for me and vindicated how far I had come. It felt as if I had finally finished what I had started many years ago. I’m not saying that life was easy and that I didn’t stumble and have set backs along the way. What I am saying is I never ended up back in a psychiatric hospital. I have continued to work on myself since then, moving from traditional therapy to alternative healing modalities and energy healing. I became a practitioner and have been supporting others now to move forward in their life with love and joy. Oh, and I did marry the guy! •



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What’s Ahead for 2021


By Tam Veilleux

“Trees are the best example demonstrating what our human selves could lean into this year.” - Tam Veilleux


re you still shaking your head and brushing the dust off your shoulders asking, “Wasn’t that interesting?” as you recall 2020? With 2020 came the destruction of beliefs and value systems, the hoarding of toilet paper, and a quarantine to keep us safe. Now we arise out of the dust re-engaged. The slowing of the machines of our lives forced an inward look at our priorities. A glimpse into the year ahead indicates innovation and plenty of opportunity to use our intuition. The planets have a plan for everyone. The gigantic gas filled balls overhead hold archetypal energies which we unconsciously pick up and integrate. Think back to 2020 when Saturn was in Aquarius for a while. Saturn rules boundaries and limitations, Aquarius rules groups of people. Quarantine, anyone? In December 2020, Saturn and Jupiter moved into the sign of Aquarius for a

lengthy stay. The Age of Aquarius seems firmly upon us. Though astrologers surely disagree when this official age begins, there is no disagreeing about key aspects of the year ahead.

Here is a quick look at what to expect:

• Saturn (time/karma/boundaries) in Aquarius (freedom/innovation/individuality/humanitarian). How these two energies play together can vary. Check the timing of the innovations that will happen. Acknowledge lessons that come when you show up as authentically you. And “status quo or forward flow” is a question you can lean on. • Jupiter (magnification/beliefs/hope) in Aquarius...An expansion of consciousness could be upon us and a bright, shiny future for humanity as well!

• Three Squares to Uranus (change/innovation) in Taurus (tangibles/values). Tension is created as we determine what we value physically and emotionally. • Neptune (spirituality) moving to a sextile with Pluto (transformation). Creativity, spiritual awareness and physical manifestation hit a high note late in the year as we gain power in building a world we want to be in. • The numerological “5” energy will be prevalent offering everyone the opportunity to show grace through going with the flow. (Easier said than done, right?)

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4 Strategies for an

Organized Tax Season


By Nina Azwoir, First Vice President of Investments, Wintrust Wealth Management



“Using these strategies will ensure a smooth and worry-free tax season.” - Nina Azwoir


as tax season become a frustrating paper chase? These tactics can buy you some relief. As is the case almost every year, tax day is apt to sneak up in a hurry. Whether you use tax preparation software or outsource your tax prep to a CPA, here are some key strategies to ensure a smooth and worry-free tax season.

STRATEGY 1: Use a tax checklist or organizer.

Using some type of a tax checklist or organizer can help you avoid that paper chase and assemble all of the key documents you need in advance, completing your return is then a matter of filling in data. Tax checklists abound online. If you outsource your tax preparation to an accountant, it is a good bet he or she sends you a tax organizer to work from, either paper or digital; such forms often come prepopulated with your tax data from the previous year. Comparing the current tax year’s numbers to those of the year prior can be a handy way to track trends in your income, inter-

est earned on your investments, and charitable giving, among other items.

STRATEGY 2: Determine if you will be itemizing or taking the standard deduction.

A key next step in gearing up is to determine whether you will be itemizing your deductions or taking the standard deduction. If you employ a tax advisor to help with your tax return, he or she may have provided some guidance on this issue based on your previous return. If you do your taxes on your own, you can probably get a pretty clear view of whether you will itemize or use the standard deduction by taking stock of the major deductible items. For 2020, your itemized deductions would need to be greater than $12,400 for single taxpayers and $24,800 for married couples filing jointly for itemizing to be worthwhile. For most households, the biggest-ticket deductible items include state and local taxes (including

documenting your out-of-pocket outlays over the previous year.

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Your deadline for contributing to an IRA or health savings account is the same as your tax-filing deadline. But that does not mean you need to wait until you get your taxes in to tackle those tasks. In fact, if you want to deduct your health savings account or IRA contribution on your tax return, you will need to make that contribution before you file your return. Ditto if you are taking advantage of the Saver’s Credit. Note that these deductions are available to you property taxes), which are now capped at $10,000 whether you itemize your deductions or not. per household; charitable deductions; home mortEven if you are not deducting your contribugage interest (note the changes in the rules that went into effect in 2018); and medical expenditures tion (you are making a Roth IRA contribution, for example), there is an opportunity cost to in excess of 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income. waiting until the last minute to make these Armed with information about whether you contributions. Those opportunity costs can add will itemize or claim the standard deduction, up if you are a serial procrastinator. Assuming you can then know whether you need to round you invest in something that goes up more often up supporting documentation. If you are claimthan it goes down, you will lower your return by ing the standard deduction, you will not need to waiting until your tax-filing deadline each year. bother, but if you are itemizing, you will. Of course, from a practical standpoint, some inIf you are aiming to find documentation of your vestors wait to make those contributions because deductible expenses but can not track down all of they want to see what their tax bills are first. If the receipts you need, do not despair. The previthat describes your situation, consider signing ous year’s credit card statements, which you can on for an automatic-investment program for retrieve online, can help you identify expenses you incurred over the past year; if your credit card your future IRA contributions so you are not at the mercy of your tax bill each year. For the 2020 company prepares an annual accounting of your expenditures organized by category, that can pro- tax year, investors under age 50 can hit their full vide an invaluable tool to your deductible expens- $6,000 maximum IRA contribution by putting in an even $500 a month; those over 50 can max out es. Healthcare providers and pharmacies are also with a $583.22 monthly contribution. • usually happy to prepare a year-end statement

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Around this time of year, W-2s and 1099s, which report various types of income you may have received, will soon be arriving. Bear in mind, however, that the deadline for sending out 1099s is a bit later than other forms you might receive, like W-2s; it is mid-February and even later for some investment providers. If you want to get a jump on your taxes but still do not have all of the documents you need, you may be able to get the information you seek by hopping online with your investment providers; firms typically maintain “tax centers” where you can download and/ or print out the relevant forms, including 1099s that have not yet arrived or that you have mislaid. Do not just stuff your 1099s in a folder; also take a moment to see if you can learn anything that might help you improve your portfolio.


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By Andrea Geresdi



“Dry salt acts like a sponge attracting foreign substances along its path through the respiratory tract.” -Andrea Geresdi


ry Salt Therapy, also known as Halotherapy, benefits adults and children alike as well as athletes and animals. It is natural and safe with no harmful side effects. Halotherapy is beneficial for overall wellness by removing toxicities from the respiratory system, improving the function and appearance of the skin and boosting the immune system. For general respiratory hygiene, using salt therapy once a week will enhance lung capacity, boost your immune system, reduce stress and improve sleep.

Lung & Respiratory Therapy

We are exposed to pollutants, airborne diseases, bacteria, allergens and other irritating factors on a daily basis. Halotherapy cleanses and detoxes the lungs as well as invigorates the entire body with increased lung capacity and oxygen intake. Research has found that inhaled dry salt particles have bactericide, mucokinetic, hydrophilic and anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation in the entire respiratory tract and widen airway passages. Dry salt particles are known to accelerate the transportation of mucus and eliminate foreign allergens. Dry salt acts like a sponge attracting foreign substances along its path through the respiratory tract. This can be imagined to behave like a toothbrush that cleans the respiratory system removing buildup of foreign elements that cause various respiratory ailments and conditions. You may find relief from a variety of respiratory conditions including: • Cystic fibrosis • Asthma • Sinusitis • Allergies • Ear infections • Common cold • Smokers cough • Bronchitis • COPD

Skin & Hair Therapy

Our skin is a very complex and intelligent organ with many important functions. It is the largest organ and has a major role to protect and defend the body against bacteria, viruses and other microbes. It excretes waste, regulates temperature, and prevents dehydration by controlling the level of perspiration. Research has confirmed that the micro-particles of salt have a beneficial influence to our skin and hair providing healing and cosmetic effects. This increases activity of skin cell ion channels and activates electrophysiological activity that determines the skin’s protective properties. The salt provides pH normalization and induces reparative and regenerative processes in derma, increases skin rigidity, stimulates growth and improves hair health. Regular and consistent dry salt therapy may help people with the following skin conditions: • Acne • Psoriasis • Rashes • Itching • Rosacea • Eczema • Swelling & • Dermatitis inflammation • Dry, flaky skin

Psychological and emotional benefits include reduced stress, relaxation and rejuvenation. Research shows salt cave therapy normalizes certain levels in the brain, improving a person’s positive outlook and mood. Negative ions also help you sleep by regulating your serotonin secretion, reduce headaches and sickness and increases the flow of oxygen to the brain resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy. •

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Let’s Talk About

STRESS By Jamie Kliewe

What are the options and where to begin? The best place to start is to recognize that stress factors and their effects are not always obvious. We need to be aware that they exist if we are to develop a strategy aimed at reharmonizing and rebalancing our mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health. The next goal is to find a way to slow down the “merry go round”. Jumping off at full speed can leave us banged up, bruised and a bit dizzy, but if we can slow it down first, we can recalibrate and regain our footing before stepping off completely. This can be done by finding practitioners who offer stress reducing techniques that encourage parasympathetic nervous system (the relaxation aspect of your nervous system) activation to draw a line in the sand with the stress that begins to allow your body to slow down and reharmonize. This stress motion can cause all the systems in the body to become imbalanced and it takes a minute to allow for the shift back into harmony. It’s not an overnight process so be patient. Next, it is imperative to find the proper professional help to dive deeper into unresolved mental and emotional factors that are often a catalyst for making the “merry go round” spin faster and faster. It’s the momentum behind the stress. These things must be unburied and dissolved so that the stress doesn’t mount up again causing us to fall back into the downward spiral. Another important factor is recognizing the need to nurture and be kind to ourselves. We need to do that by feeding our bodies the right fuel and to find a suitable exercise, prayer and meditation practice to keep important neurochemicals in balance. With all of this said, this process should not be done in a manner that causes more stress. We highly recommend that you find coaches or mentors that can assist you on your journey to wellness. I promise you that you will not regret taking the steps to control stress and regain balance and harmony. •

Jamie Kliewe is the founder of Omni Balanced Life Center which offers many different types of stress reducing techniques such as Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, Yoga, Reiki and energy work such as the BioCharger NG and Biofeedback. All services are offered by trained and licensed professionals in a clean and safe environment. Call 239234-1608 to schedule a FREE 30-minute consultation. Services are offered at Omni Balanced Life Center 720 Goodlette Rd., Ste 205 Naples, FL 34102. Visit www. to learn more. See ad on the inside front cover >

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he word stress elicits different responses from different people. Many people only equate stress to certain types of events that might occur in our lives such as relationship loss, financial hardships, death of a loved one, or major illness. We often don’t stop to contemplate our everyday lives in the absence of these more dramatic events, and• realize • Psoriasis Acne the stressors that • Itching are occurring in our •natural Rashescourse of daily acis these layers of unnoticed • Eczemativities. Often times •itRosacea stressors when stacked on top & of more dramatic • Dermatitis • Swelling stressors, mentioned above, that • Dry, flaky skin such as those inflammation put us over the proverbial edge and cause us to suffer more major consequences in our mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health. We might find ourselves so strung out due to these overwhelming stress factors that we end up getting scripts for pharmaceutical interventions or self-medicating with drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, shopping or other vices to find relief. These remedies typically lead to more cycles of stress and more “medicating”. We find ourselves in a hopeless and helpless state of consciousness with little vision as to how to stop the “merry go round”. You can see that there is no end to the viscous cycle unless we purposefully stop the “merry go round” from spinning. According to prominent clinical data, stress factors are the leading cause of most physical and mental illnesses. While the relationship between stress and illness is complex and the susceptibility to stress varies from person to person, chronic stress has a significant effect on the immune system which in turn can ultimately manifest into an illness. There are many chemical reactions in the body that are directly affected by stress factors that can lead to a myriad of mental and physical pathological conditions. It is safe to say that if we want to really get to the ROOT cause of most illnesses we must address the stress factors.




Natural Treatments for

Urinary Tract Infection By Tom Paladino





calar light is a divine light that operates outside of the electromagnetic spectrum and thus the laws that govern scalar light differ considerably from the laws that govern electromagnetic light. In short, scalar light is not electricity or magnetism. Scalar light instruments have been engineered that control and administer scalar light in order to perform designated functions. In particular, a scalar light instrument is able to disassemble the atomic and molecular bonds of pathogens responsible for urinary tract infection. Scalar light is the intelligence that binds or assembles the atomic and molecular bonds of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoan. This article will address how the scalar light pathogenic cleanse addresses urinary tract infection by negating the atomic and molecular bonds of pathogens associated with urinary tract infection. Various pathogens have been identified as playing a role in urinary tract infection. Some of the symptoms of urinary tract infection may include: painful and frequent urination, urethral or vaginal discharge, genital pain, fever, lower back pain, chills and nausea, vomiting, blood or pus in the urine and a mild case of delirium. The scalar light pathogenic cleanse is able to disassemble and eradicate many of the pathogens that are associated with urinary tract infection. Presently, many bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoan have developed a resistance to antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics and no longer respond favorably to medicine. As a result, antimicrobial resistance associated with urinary tract infection has become widespread. The overuse of antibiotics as well as people taking antibiotics that are not effective against their specific infection, contribute to antibiotic resistance. Furthermore, approximately 70% of all antibiotics administered in the United States are prescribed to poultry and livestock as a prophylactic measure and do not address an immediate, pathogenic disease. These practices only serve to foster antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which threatens the effective prevention and treatment of urinary tract infection. A clear and concise approach to urinary tract infection is in order as opposed to the broad scale

administration of antibiotics amongst people and livestock. As a solution to this problem, the scalar light pathogenic cleanse is able to negate the atomic and molecular bonds of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoan. Scalar light as a primal force provides consummate control over pathogens and parasites. That is, scalar light instruments have been developed that negate or cancel the atomic and molecular bonds of pathogens as well as their associated toxins thereby causing both to cease to exist. In practice, scalar light instruments transmute pathogens and toxins into smaller, harmless physical forms thereby eliminating the pathogenic agents responsible for many urinary tract infections. Scalar light is non-physical, divine light that affords mastery or dominion over pathogens as well as their associated toxins. Hence, urinary tract infection is addressed in a consummate fashion by way of the scalar light pathogenic cleanse. Furthermore, the ability of scalar light to transmute pathogens as well as their associated toxins serves to eliminate negative side-effects such as toxic die-off, Herxheimer reaction, tachycardia, bloating, gas discharge, vasodilation, inflammation and the release of endotoxin-like products. In short, the negation of the atomic and molecular bonds of pathogens and toxins serves to avoid negative side effects as these pathogenic agents and toxins cease to exist. In summation, scalar light instruments transmit scalar light to photographs of people, animals, plants or objects. A photograph of a person is embodied with the mirror-like scalar light signature of their soul, mind, emotions and body. That is, a photograph of a person represents the real-time scalar light signature of their spiritual, cognitive, emotional and physical state of being. In practice, the scalar light pathogenic cleanse is able to identify bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoan upon a photograph of a person and subsequently disassemble these pathogens by negating their atomic and molecular bonds. The scalar light pathogenic cleanse is able to disassemble some of the pathogens that play a role in urinary tract infection. Hence, the scalar light pathogenic cleanse will serve to provide relief to some people experiencing urinary tract infection. •

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The Greatest Nutrient By Dr. Carol L. Roberts, MD


e all know the effects of acute oxygen deprivation, but have you ever thought about the consequences of chronic low oxygen? It’s as important a factor in aging as poor nutritional choices, chronic inactivity or smoking. In fact, there are numerous adverse effects of longterm low oxygen.

Risks of Chronic Low Oxygen

“What if there was a way to regain brain function and keep it maximally functional for the rest of your life?” -Carol L. Roberts, MD


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)


HBOT was invented to recover divers who had a condition called “the bends”, where by surfacing too fast, dissolved nitrogen in the blood starts to come out of solution and form bubbles (just like the bubbles in champagne as it warms) and pain or death results. Putting the diver in a pressurized chamber pushes the nitrogen back into solution. Then, by slowly reducing the pressure in the chamber, the diver can “surface” at a slower pace that doesn’t allow bubble formation. When used with 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber, oxygen is pushed into the blood, not just the red cells, but also the serum, and directly into the tissues of the body. This functions like a booster for the brain. Extra oxygen activates neurotropic factors, chemicals released by the brain that allows for new connections and even new cells to form. Rejuvenation is the result. For any patient who is interested in improving brain function and staying sharp all of their life, ten HBOT treatments per year (more for people with head injuries or brain dysfunction) is recommended. Spacing them close together, perhaps one a day for 2 weeks, seems to be the best strategy. For roughly the cost of a week’s vacation, a patient can get the benefit of brain boosting oxygen to stay smart and slow the aging process for the entire body. •


Sleep apnea is a well-known cause of hypooxygenation. Nasal airway obstruction is worse when lying down, gravity is not helping drain excess fluids from the nose and sinuses. Nasal tissues flapping in the breeze can cause snoring, a sure sign of obstruction that can result in low oxygenation. Over time the habit of mouth breathing is established. Not breathing through the nose means that air is not properly conditioned for the lungs; warmed, cleaned and humidified before reaching the delicate alveoli (air sacs). Nasal passages can be rinsed to eliminate particles that filter out from the air with a Neti pot, or Navage Nasal Irrigation Kit. During allergy season, brush fire season, or all year in the city, a good practice is to do that every day, maybe twice a day. You can put additives in the water for various purposes, liquid silver to keep down viruses and bacteria, N-acetylcysteine or glutathione to reduce inflammation, and probiotics appropriate for the nose and throat to normalize conditions after an illness or antibiotic use. In the book “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art,” author James Nestor describes a simple technique for restoring nasal breathing at night. He recommends placing a small piece of surgical tape vertically across the center of the lips, not to glue them together, but simply as a “reminder” to keep the mouth closed and breathe exclusively through the nose. Over a short period of time a person can establish proper breathing with minimal expense and trouble. Breathe Right strips can help keep the nostrils dilated at night for easier movement of air. I used to be an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon and operated on a thousand kids with big adenoids, tonsils and plugged up ears. The surgery addressed the issue, but not the cause. Getting them off dairy would have made a huge difference

in their ability to breathe and keeping them off the operating table. Later in life dairy continues to be a problem for a large number of people. For those with sinus congestion, a trial of 2 weeks off dairy including yogurt, cheese, cream in your coffee, and whey protein might have a benefit. Drinking some milk after being off for 2 weeks will very quickly tell you if you have a problem with dairy. After years of low oxygen, the brain is heavily affected. Since the brain uses 20% of the oxygen we breathe, it is the most affected organ over the years. Forgetfulness, mood disturbances, loss of attention span, and many other cognitive problems may gradually appear. Most people will shrug it off and attribute the decline to aging. But what if there was a way to regain brain function and keep it maximally functional for the rest of your life?

Dr. Carol L. Roberts, MD is medical director at Naples Center for Functional Medicine and author of “Good Medicine: A Return to Common Sense.” Dr. Roberts has practiced functional, integrative and holistic medicine for nearly 30 years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 239-649-7400 or visit See ad on page 35 >


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Dr. Anja Kordon, DVM has been practicing veterinary medicine for 30 years. Her holistic approach to animal care encompasses each animal’s unique and entire state of physical and emotional well-being. Find the Cause for every Effect is the motto, it’s detective work. Prevent the cause (be it unfit water or food etc.- yes even organic) and you have treated and prevented further ill-health. Symptom treatment will not bring about true healing. Everything that goes in and on your animal is getting evaluated and when the pet guardian believes it and follows all instructions, inflammation will stop and your pet will thrive. It is up to the guardian to follow the provided schedule.

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ow do we turn our afflictions into blessings? How do we use them to help us complete ourselves and our work and understand the place for love, tolerance and kindness? Justice and mercy must both be a part of how we treat those who terrorize others. When you can forgive, you do not hate and when you do not hate you are capable of loving, and love is the most powerful weapon known to man. It is not an accident that we say; kill with kindness, love thine enemies and torment with tenderness. If we are going to eliminate war we must love our children more than we hate our enemies. When we raise a generation of children with compassion and when parents let their children know they are loved, we will have a planet made up of the family of man where our differences are used for recognition and not persecution. Words and experts cannot be our Lord. Abraham did not bargain or refuse his Lord’s request. Jesus, who was capable of performing miracles, did not jump down off the cross to impress everyone with who he was. Our Creator must be who we have faith in so we can live as Abraham and Jesus did, fearing only separation from their Lord. Think of what Noah experienced too. He didn’t argue with God over what was about to happen. I think he knew that living was more difficult than dying. We are all here to learn what it is to hurt and be hurt, and only then will we be perfect enough to love and be loved. Someday we will all come to understand that in love’s service only the wounded soldier can serve. In closing let me say that as a surgeon I know something you may not; that we are all the same color inside and all members of one family. • Bernie Siegel, MD is an American writer and retired pediatric surgeon, who writes on the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is known for his bestselling book Love, Medicine and Miracles.

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