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Northwest Florida Features

The Wisdom of Stress

Our feelings are designed to motivate us to action by providing us with experiences of pleasure or pain; they make us feel alive; yet many of us continue to deal with challenging feelings in a Victorian fashion by denying, repressing or ignoring them, so we may superficially cope or deal with life.


B​arre comprises a group of movements performed while clasping a horizontal wooden bar fastened to the wall, turning classical dance moves into modern exercises once reserved for the training of ballet dancers.

Xavier Rudd’s Music with a Message

Australian singer-songwriter and activist Xavier Rudd recently released his ninth studio album and will be playing the Hangout Music Fest, in Gulf Shores, on May 16. Known for his progressive politics and championing of environmental and Aboriginal issues, Rudd’s environmentalism is deeply rooted.

Creativity Can Be a Healing Medium

Acupuncture Stimulates Youthfulness from the Inside and Out

Cardio-911 Offers

D​espite being a simple, gaseous molecule, nitric oxide (NO) is an important biological regulator that is a fundamental component in such fields as neuroscience, physiology and immunology.

Building for the Future

EcoSmart Worldwide, LLC, is a Florida-based educational consulting, design integration and green products purchasing company.

Strings that Bind

Most fathers don’t play contact football with their 10-year-old sons, and it’s hard to imagine any teenage girls asking their mothers to join their pompom team.


A diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is important, but the use of supplements without proper monitoring can also worsen ADHD.

Honoring Earth Day

Humanity Awakening Becomes the Change

We are traveling together on this spiritual journey of life. We have chosen to be here on this planet at this time. We have agreed to participate actively in fostering the birth of a new era of consciousness.

Tackling Snoring with an Arsenal of Appliances

F​orty-five percent of adults snore at least occasionally, and that may become the brunt of jokes at family gatherings, but snoring is serious business. What some might pass off as funny or merely an annoyance can have severe consequences.

The Varied Causes of Chronic Fatigue

The reasons why people experience fatigue is a long list that includes thyroid issues, metabolic disturbances, sugar imbalance, depression, hormonal issues and sleep apnea.

RealFood Panama City

RealFood Panama City was formed in 2012—through the desire of one woman and few others that agreed people in Panama City shared their desire for local foods and needed help finding resources.


Adele Leas is a founder of the Unconditional Love Program, facilitated by the Alaqua Animal Refuge, in Walton County, which provides opportunities for select inmates from area correctional institutions to train rescued canines.

Are Food Sensitivities Making Us Sick?

This is the time of the year that we often overeat and feel bloated and miserable. However, many people feel bad after eating even small amounts of certain foods.

Diary of a Fit Pregnancy

Heather Blatz, fitness director at Gold’s Gym in Fort Walton Beach, is a proud mother of three. On her journey, she discovered which healthy living practices helped her with the experiences.

Pilates Core Training with Barbara Bruni

B​arbara Bruni thought it might be risky to open a Pilates studio when few people in the area new what Pilates was. The owner of Pilates Core Training, in Pensacola, states, “I knew that a large portion of my job would be in educating the community.

Safer Paints Bear Peace of Mind

Exposure to VOC in paint can trigger asthma stacks, eye irritation and dizziness and other symptoms, and studies indicate long-term exposure to VOC may be linked to cancer.

Organic versus Conventional Produce

To know what we are eating, we must understand the meaning of 100% Certified Organic produce versus conventional and local produce.


Van Mac, founder of Earth’s Choice Pest Solutions, believes in a greener, safer, and more logical approach to pest management that utilizes his more than 14 years of experience and knowledge.

Pet Training for an "OM" Experience

Reiki in the Modern Age

Although its origins are unclear, the practical application of Reiki are the real focus in our modern age as a non-invasive form of energy therapy that serves to bring balance; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, enabling the body to do what it does best—heal itself.

Brain Function Therapy

Neurofeedback measures brainwaves to produce a video or sound signal to teach self-regulation of brain function. It gives positive feedback for desired brain activity and negative feedback for undesirable activity. The goal is to transform an unhealthy, dysregulated brainwave pattern into a normal, healthy, organized pattern.

Reversing Effects of Sun-Damaged Skin

Excessive exposure to the sun early in life makes us more susceptible to skin cancer down the road, and premature damage to our skin may well make us look older than we are.

Chiropractic Care for Children

Just like adults, children have bones, joints, nerves, and muscles that require care. Babies experience several physical milestones during their first year of life that place an increased demand on the neuromusculoskeletal system that increase the likelihood of injury and need for chiropractic adjustments.

Pensacola CAN Nonprofit Helps People Launch Grassroots Projects

Many people dream of taking on a cause to improve their community, but starting and maintaining a nonprofit can be daunting. Paperwork, lawyers, accountants, fees … all those vital details can keep groups from focusing on their core mission. Pensacola Community Action Network—Pensacola CAN—is a nonprofit charitable organization that helps people fulfill the vision that began in their hearts.

Encouraging Couples’ Fertility

T​he female body is a bit like a beautiful pear tree. When it's growing and healthy it's capable of producing lots of fruit. But if there's not enough rain, or nutrients in the soil, it might not even be able to flower. Just like some women can't get or stay pregnant.

Natural Birth is Best with Proper Preparation

Women go through many processes in life, and giving birth is one that a woman’s bodies is specifically designed to accomplish. It knows exactly how to prepare for conception and pregnancy, and when it is time, the labor and birth process.

The Willy Wonka of Edible Landscapes

As the fictional Willy Wonka stated, “Everything in this room is edible.” For Cal Chester, everything in his yard is edible.
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Northwest Florida Newsbriefs

“Dr. Maria” Joins Emerald Coast Dental Spa

Dr. Tara Griffin says the recent addition of Dr. Maria Grosso-Wooldridge to her team will allow the growing practice to offer additional services to patients.

Personalized Medicine Focus of March Presentation

O​n March 29, Rodney D. Soto, M.D., with Genestyle Medical, will be at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa to give a presentation on “the new paradigm in wellness,” personalized medicine.

Experience an Unforgettable Christmas Eve

Unity of Pensacola will present a Christmas Eve Candelight Night Under the Stars Service for an hour of intention and celebration of the Christ child within us all from 6 to 7 p.m., December 24.

Learn About the Dynamic Laws of Prosperity

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist Maia Rizzi will present a talk on the Dynamic Laws of Prosperity from 10 a.m. to noon, September 5, at Evermans' Community Room, in Pensacola.

Organic Mattresses Now Available Locally

T​he Good Morning Mattress Center. Located at 7160 North Davis Highway, in Pensacola, is the first retailer on the Gulf Coast to offer non-toxic, organic mattresses in all sizes, from crib to California King.

Northwest Florida region wide rally aligns with the worldwide March Against Monsanto

A worldwide grassroots group March Against Monsanto has inspired a broad coalition of individuals and groups to gather in cities and towns all over the world as part of a global effort to raise public awareness and bring increasing political pressure to bear regarding Monsanto’s corporate farming and business practices and to insist upon labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). The Northwest Florida region wide rally will take place ...

EARTH DAY 2015: Hope for Our Future

When we learn about the condition of our most valuable resource—this spinning planet we call home—we may feel a sense of urgency, desperation or even defeat.

Pilates Day Celebration

Pure Pilates, in Downtown Pensacola, is celebrating National Pilates Day 2015 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 2...

Integrative Medicine Course at Center for Lifelong Learning

Wellness Rocks! Integrative Medicine classes will be held from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays, from January 22 to February 26, at the University of West Florida Fort Walton Beach auditorium.

Bruni Relocates and Reopens Pilates Core Training

The Pilates Core Training studio, which was damaged during an April flood, has reopened at a new location, 1310 B Dunmire Street, in Pensacola, and will hold an Open House celebration in the new, state-of the-art studio from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., December 6, with free classes all day, gift certificates and discounted packages.

The Healing Clinic Transforms to Serve the Community

At THE Healing Clinic of Fort Walton Beach, owner and transformational healer Felicia McQuaid, myofascial release specialist Laura Tyree and massage therapist Mike Ortega have provided services to more than 1,000 people in their first year of operation.

There’s More than One Way to Rub a Foot

Zen Center Offers New Home Study Course

The Zen Center of Panama City is offering the Waiest home study program as a path to personal development that only you can take.

Standup Paddleboard Yoga offered from Destin to Watercolor Resort

Shanda Beste, of Inner Chi Wellness & Soul Shine SUP Yoga, is offering standup paddleboard yoga at the Boathouse with Yolo Board Adventures at Watercolor Resort and private or group paddle instruction, customized parties and retreats...

Organic Hair Care in Pensacola

Camy Kilker, with Le Vogue Salon, is now providing organic hair color in downtown Pensacola.

Group Hike on the Upper Ecofina

Brian Skoskie will conduct a five-mile guided hike to the banks of upper Econfina Creek.

Truly Heal Workshop in Destin

Chronic degenerative diseases are on the rise, and it’s time to take a fresh new look at how we view our health.

Saturday Farmers’ Market Opens in Niceville

That Farmers’ Market at Palm Plaza will operate Saturdays year round from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the goal of becoming a weekend destination for locals and visitors alike.

30A Farmers’ Markets Continue to Grow

Diane K. Kolopanas, producer and administrator of three farmers’ markets along 30A and in Santa Rosa Beach, has added the products of several local vendors whose offerings include grass-fed beef and dairy and organically grown aquaponics and hydroponic produce.

Float Brothers Float Spa Opening in Destin

Float Brothers Float Spa, the first float therapy spa on the Emerald Coast, is opening December 12 at the Plantation Commons Shopping Center, 4495 Commons Drive West, in Destin.

Mahabhuta Yoga Festival is an Expression of Love

The fourth annual Mahabhuta Yoga Festival will take place in this, the Year of the Wood Sheep (celebrating family), from November 20 to 22 at Sanders Beach.

Discover New Horizons of Joy ​at East of Eden

East of Eden Retreat and Spa, in Santa Rosa Beach, will host an all-day Joy Workshop Retreat with Felicia McQuaid and Laura Tyree from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 12.

Try Zyto Scan For Free

E​sther's Garden of Healing is offering Zyto Scan appointments at no cost to Natural Awakenings readers.

Hot Yoga Om Offers Radiant Infrared Heat

Hot Yoga Om has opened at 222 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast, Unit A, in downtown Fort Walton Beach. Laura Tyree, owner of Dragonfly Yoga, has partnered with Felicia McQuaid, owner of THE Healing Clinic, to combine yoga with infrared heat.

New Acupuncture and Nutrition Clinic in Downtown Pensacola

The husband-and-wife team of Dr. Peter Shark, AP, and Niko Shark, HHC, have opened Gulf Coast Wellness, located at 310 East Government Street, in Pensacola, overlooking downtown Seville Square.

Free Seminar on Renewable Energy Savings and Property Values

Homeowners and business property owners in Northwest Florida will want to attend a free educational seminar on January 7 to learn ways of adding value to their property while saving energy and/or generating renewable energy.

Winter Solstice Celebration with Michael DeMaria

Dr. Michael DeMaria, an integrative psychologist, yoga/meditation teacher and four-time Grammy-nominated musician, will present his third annual Winter Solstice Healing Celebration from 6 to 8 p.m., December 21, at the Sanders Beach Community Center, in Pensacola.

Local Clinic Debuts New Therapeutic Laser

Pro-Active Chiropractic, in Niceville, is now offering the new Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser, which uses specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions as part of their continuing investment in advanced technologies and progressive procedures in the chiropractic field.

Wellness Counseling that Comes to You

Wellness Rocks Series Host Leading Practitioners

Wellness Rocks, Pensacola’s premier Natural Health Care educational series, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., June 12, in the Everman’s community education room, sponsored by Natural Awakenings in partnership with the Herb Study Group.
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Facial Fitness

Crows’ feet and wrinkles need not mark the passage of years; just follow these easy DIY routines.

Grateful for Everything

Keeping a daily gratitude journal puts us on the fast track to deeper peace and everyday miracles.

Meaty Truths

When it comes to steaks, hamburgers and other red meats on the menu, what’s better for the environment turns out to better for animals and people, too.

The Power of Half

Hannah Salwen’s awakening to the urgent need for social justice led to a unanimous family decision to dramatically change the focus of all their lives.

Bruce Lipton on the Epigenetics Revolution

By regulating our environment and our response to it, we can ensure that inherited genes don’t have the last word.

Choose Happiness

A recent poll found that only one in three Americans are happy. Here are four ways to rise above our troubles and choose to be happy, regardless of circumstance.

Yoga Enters the Medical Mainstream

The latest authoritative studies on yoga are showing its healing power for conditions ranging from cancer to diabetes to daily anxiety.

Manly Foods

When men eat certain foods from lean meat and nuts to cabbage and strawberries, their bodies naturally produce more male hormone, lowering the odds of infertility and impotence.

Growing Up Empowered

We build confidence in our children by encouraging their unique strengths, fostering their dreams, allowing healthy risks and engaging them in community service.

Make Time for Downtime

In this stressful era, deliberately taking time off from work, email, texting and other demands is critical to our basic well-being.


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Vegan Diet Benefits Kids’ Heart Health

Promoting Plant-Based Foods for Children

Black Raspberries Bolster Heart Health

Decrease Artery Stiffness and Repair Blood Vessels

Breast Milk Supports Preemies’ Developing Brains

Increases Premature Babies' Brain Sizes

MS Patients Improve with High-Tone Electrotherapy

Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

Vitamin C-Rich Produce Guards Against Cataracts

Certain Foods Provide Vision Protection

Astaxanthin Aids Muscle Recovery

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See More »Global Briefs

Lying Labels

New Term Disguises High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Healing Recipe

Cooking May Be the Future of Medicine

Kinesthetic Kids

New Desks Aid Learning via Movement

Hello Escargot

Pest Control Without Chemicals

Nuclear Advancement

Aerospace Giant Closes in on Superior Fusion Power

Fracking Water

Action Needed to Protect U.S. Drinking Water Supplies

2016 Annual Natural Living Directory