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couple of weeks after his 50th birthday, Doug received an email from the doctor’s assistant that he was approved for a colonoscopy and it should be scheduled as soon as possible. Since this is a serious procedure requiring anesthesia, and most doctors have very little time for an in-depth discussion of risks and alternatives, Doug wanted to know the facts. The CDC says, “The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for colorectal cancer using high-sensitivity fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.” However, the American College of Gastroenterology prefers colonoscopy as first choice (Am J Gastroenterol 2009;104:739–750). According to Annals of Internal Medicine (2006 Dec 19;145(12):880-6) the all-cause death rate is one per 1,000 procedures. Five per 1,000 suffered serious complications. Gastroenterol Clin Biol. (1995 Dec;19(12):1018-22) reported on 5,822 procedures: of the 3,373 patients who elected general anesthesia, 15 suffered a “perforation” of the intestines and two of them died as a result. Of the 2,449 who did not have general anesthesia, there were no perforations. A patient died from colonoscopy every 2,911 procedures. According to the CDC, 15 million colonoscopies were performed in 2012. The most common risks are abdominal bloating and pain; bleeding; bad reaction to anesthesia; or a tear in the intestinal wall. Other side effects include: gut bacteria disruption from thorough lavage (washing out) of the large intestine with a gallon of synthetic laxatives, polyethylene glycol and hypertonic electrolytes; disrupted bowel movements; risks of delayed bleeding, infection, and ulceration; risk of deferred strokes, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolisms from anesthesia; and the list goes on. The amount of missed cancer is significant, according to Annals of Internal Medicine. In 2008, they reported that doctors “miss” nearly 100% of cancer in the right colon where 40% of cancers originate. And they “miss” one third of all cancers in the left colon. Even the editor of Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Harold C. Sox, publicly choose FOBT over colonoscopy, according to the New York Times. As Dr. Douglas K. Rex, professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine said, “Colonoscopy is what we in medicine call a highly ‘operator dependent’ procedure. That is, some doctors are not only better than others at doing colonoscopy, they are a lot better.” Balance all this with the estimated death rate from colorectal cancers, according to National Cancer Institute. New cases of colon/rectum cancer was 41/100,000 people per year. The number of deaths was 15.1/100,000 per year based on 20092013 cases and deaths. Doug has a 4% chance of developing colorectal cancer in his lifetime; a .001% chance of death by colonoscopy if he chooses to have one; and a .00015% chance of death by colorectal cancer. In The New York Times, Feb 27, 2009, H. Gilbert Welch, professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice wrote: “Screening the apparently healthy potentially saves a few lives (although the National Cancer Institute couldn’t find any evidence for this in its recent large studies of prostate and ovarian cancer screening). But it definitely drags many others into the system needlessly—into needless appointments, needless tests, needless drugs and needless operations (not to mention all the accompanying needless insurance forms). This process doesn’t promote health; it promotes disease. People suffer from more anxiety about their health, from drug side effects, from complications of surgery. A few die. And remember: these people felt fine when they entered the health care system.” Doug will do the FOBT until a result requires more invasive follow up. Do your due diligence when a medical professional “orders” tests for you. It might not be the best alternative.

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pring time is a great time to get back on track with healthy eating so that you can feel like yourself again and enjoy life. Clear Sky Medical is offering a special price on their 14-day Spring Cleansing Program. Highly trained, master nutrition therapists Gretchen Muehlnickel and Cynthia Dalton base their approach on your individual needs. Schedule your one hour visit, which can be billed to insurance, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Gretchen specializes in nutrition protocols for women’s health conditions, children’s health, food allergies, blood sugar imbalances, weight loss, autoimmune conditions, and digestive disorders. Cynthia focuses on personalized nutrition programs for ADD, ADHD, Autism spectrum disorders, Depression, mood and sensory disorders, and addiction with her expert knowledge of special diets such as SCD, GAPS, Gluten Free and the Foundation Diet. Special care is taken to provide clients with Vegetarian and Paleo options. Further nutrition services can be scheduled as needed for desired goals - weight loss, detoxification, diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure management. Make an appointment from now until the end of April and receive 10% off recommended cleansing kits and supplements. Contact Clear Sky Medical at 303790-7860. See ad page 2.

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oinciding with the release April 4 of her new book, The Empath’s Survival Guide, Dr. Judith Orloff will sign copies and speak about “life strategies for sensitive people” April 25th in Boulder at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St, and April 26th in Denver at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E Colfax Ave. Orloff synthesizes traditional medicine with cutting-edge knowledge of intuition, energy and spirituality to achieve physical and emotional healing. She passionately asserts that we have the power to transform negative emotions and achieve inner peace. Her bestselling books offer readers practical strategies to help them overcome frustration, stress and worry. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles, she has helped patients for more than 20 years. Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit, attests that The Empath’s Survival Guide is “a perfect guide book. Now people will know how to cope with being highly sensitive and empathic in their everyday lives without developing exhaustion or compassion fatigue or burning out.” Book cost: $15.37. For more information or to purchase the book, visit DrJudithOrloff.com or SoundsTrue.com. See ad page 5

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he next 500-hour hypnotherapy course begins June 5, at Hypnotherapy Academy, 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, in Albuquerque. After completing the first 300 hours of modules one through three, students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing the 400 hours of module four, which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing, they become eligible for the professional designation of clinical hypnotherapist and certified medical support clinical hypnotherapist. Module five is a 500-hour elective that covers natal regression and past-life therapy. Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra states, “Our state licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field in hypnotherapy education for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course in hypnotherapy is held three times a year and is taught in two-week modules.” To register, call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515 or visit HypnotherapyAcademy.com/course-content. See ad on page 20.

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oAnne Palladino, Reiki Master Teacher, offers Reiki Level 1 Practitioner Training Sunday, April 9th from 9a.m. - 5p.m. at 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9 in Denver. Usui Traditional Japanese Reiki is a time-honored energetic healing art where ‘universal life force’ is channeled to enrich, heal and harmonize. According to JoAnne, participants receive classroom teaching and hands-on practice; level 1 Reiki Attunement; a Reiki level 1 training/reference manual; and a certificate of completion. Practitioners and anyone interested in self-healing and extending healing to others are very welcome to attend. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@joannepalladino.com. $195. See listing page 32.

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iscover Your Spiritual Gifts, a new spiritual education and healing center, is hosting an Open House April 23rd from 1-3:30p.m. at 5808 S. Rapp St., Suite 265 in Littleton. Owner Vialet B. Rayne is creating a meeting space for spiritual community where a mix of healings, classes, and workshops are available to individuals of all backgrounds and belief systems. During this free Open House, $600 worth of prize drawings include: Annual Candle Workshop; Fairy Gift Baskets w/Ladies Fairy Party Workshop; Crystal Grid Workshop; Space Clearing and Abundance Candles Gift Baskets; FREE Monday night class; and $20 Product Gift Certificates. “One of our popular programs is the Ladies Fairy Party Workshop where play, laughter and fun lets you reconnect with your inner child. We experience fairy energy while making fairy wands, spray, and wish box. Bring your BFF and enjoy the fun! We have several workshops in April and May,” says Vialet. Other workshops currently scheduled are: Reiki; Angelic Reiki; Akashic Record Reading; Emotional Cord Cutting Releases; Spiritual DNA activations; Goddess Energy; Crystal Grid/Healing; and Bach Flower Remedy. And space is available for spiritual teachers and leaders to rent. All classes require RSVP at Meetup.com/Discover-Your-Spiritual-Gifts/ Contact Vialet Rayne at 303-257-2276 or vialet@discoveryourspiritualgifts.com. See ad page 19.

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he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by 40,000-plus users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include being able to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters plus linking to the Natural Awakenings website. Visitors can find local magazines nationwide; a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier lives more easily than ever before. Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is an important way to serve our readers while offering our clients more digital exposure,” says Sharon Bruckwell, founder. To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com.

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he International Association for Near-Death Studies, Inc., wants you to “Explore the Extraordinary” at their 2017 International Conference August 3rd - 6th at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. This conference is for anyone who has ever been touched by a Near-Death (NDE) or Spiritually Transformative Experience (STE). There will be two sessions: • Healthcare-Education-Research-Science Session is all day Thursday and includes presentations by healthcare professionals, NDE educators and researchers on exploring and applying our understanding of NDEs. • The General Session is Friday through Sunday noon and includes presentations by NDErs, clergy, social workers, and researchers on the spiritual insights and wisdom of NDEs. Keynote speakers include: Mark Anthony, JD, author of “Evidence of Eternity”; Eben Alexander, MD, author of “Proof of Heaven”; Marjorie Hines Woollacott, PhD, author of “Infinite Awareness”; Jean Watson, RN, PhD, author of “Caring Science as Sacred Science”; Larry Dossey, MD, author of “One Mind”; and P.M.H. Atwater, LHD, author of “Dying to Know You.” IANDS’ purpose is to promote responsible, multi-disciplinary exploration of near-death and similar experiences. IANDS is impartial and open to the presentation of varying points of view. While all personal beliefs are respected, IANDS does not support proselytizing or promoting personal religious beliefs. All are welcome to this affirming and transformative event. For information, contact IANDS at 919-383-7940. See ad page 12.

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study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.

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raditional Chinese Medicine is an integrative, natural medical system with a centuries-long track record in China. It is considered mainstream medical practice along with western medicine in modern China. Chinese TCM hospitals are divided into many traditional departments - Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dermatosis, and Oncology. This system includes Integrative Consulting and TCM diagnosis coupled with such treatments as acupuncture therapy, Chinese herbal medicine therapy, Chinese food therapy, Tuina (Chinese massage), Qigong therapy, TCM psychology, and TCM lifestyle counseling. According to TCM, we are alive and healthy because our body is in a state of harmony. This balance lies between yin and yang, different organs of the body, and between our body and the outside world. Illness results from imbalance. For example, TCM believes cancer, or Yan, develops when there is a deficiency of healthy Qi. According to Dr. Zhongping Hou, DPOM L.Ac, “My research points to the following causes of cancer: Yin and yang disharmony; deficiency of Qi and blood; deficiency in the organs; emotional disharmonies; phlegm-dampness; Qi stagnation and blood stasis; blockage in the meridians; and Toxic heat. “These conditions can result in the body’s descending Zheng Qi and Ascending Xie Qi, contributing to cancer. According to TCM theory, balancing Yin (FuZheng - qi) and Yang (QuXie - qi) are the rule of cancer treatment. FuZeng reinforces the body’s resistance, while QuXie eliminates the external pathogenic factors and internal pathologic products. Cancer patients may also combine TCM with elements of Western medicine to glean the best from both worlds,” says Dr. Hou. Dr Zhongping Hou, author of “Cancer: Using an Integrated Approach Combining Western Medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine” can be contacted at East West Medical Institute 720-9373969 or see listing page 30. MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com


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he Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Foundation estimates that 10 percent of Americans suffer from an irresistible urge to move the legs that can cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep. According to Tufts University, nocturnal leg cramps—sudden, painful, involuntary contractions of the muscles in the leg—affect middle-aged individuals, and up to 70 percent of the elderly. They suggest holistic remedies of: hydrating with six to eight glasses of water daily; eating a diet that provides magnesium, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and E; cutting back on sugar and caffeine; and regular exercise and leg stretches. According to Master Herbalist text, “The Complete Medicinal Herbal,” Native Americans rubbed Rosemary on their legs to enhance the suppleness of their muscles. Cramp bark was named for the way it relaxes skeletal muscle spasms. Mexican Wild Yam and Sage relax tight muscles and relieve cramping. Peppermint, Lavender and St. John’s wort are useful in relieving the over-sensitivity of the sympathetic nervous system. Using these herbs in your decoction will help to reduce discomfort and irritation while helping to flush waste products. A simple water decoction of these roots, herbs and bark can be applied to aching muscles to relax cramps, settle restless legs and quell over-active nerves. “Thirty years’ experience has shown that when bananas, supplements and water don’t work… these herbs will do the trick,” says Master Herbalist Steven Frank. Contact Steven Frank of Nature’s Rite Remedies at 888-465-4404 or SteveF@NaturesRiteRemedies.com. See ad page 5.

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uopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in which participants were asked to recall their food and drink intake during two non-consecutive days, An determined the percentage of plain water drunk by each person. He found an association between a 1 percent increase in the subjects’ daily intake of plain water and an 8.6-calorie reduction in food intake. An also discovered a slight reduction in foods high in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol with the change. Participants that increased their plain water consumption by one to three cups reduced their calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories per day. The same increase in water correlated with a daily reduction in sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, five to 18 grams less sugar and seven to 21 milligrams less cholesterol.

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ccording to Rich Hanson in his book, “Buddha’s Brain,” humans are addicted to the chemistry of emotional pain. Our default mind-body responses to pain arise through long-term dependence on emotions of victimhood, fear, anxiety, guilt, selfdoubt, frustration, and blame (basically our self-constructed narrative). Neurons become hard-wired in the mind. Increasing our self-awareness of day to day suffering can begin to bring an end to all suffering (our own and others). This can be accomplished through basic mindfulness and right action. It’s our resistance and attachment that creates suffering. To end suffering, we must embrace it, breath into it and accept it. You are not your suffering. Secondly, let go of the attachments and aversions to pleasant and unpleasant emotions and sensations. Consciously embrace and accept what is arising in each and every moment.

8 Easy Tips to Let Go of Suffering: 1. Choose right action over suffering. 2. Incorporate meditation, breath awareness or mindfulness practice into your daily life. 3. Gain awareness of what/where you need to let go. Observe and experience without judgement. 4. Share your story with those you love and trust. Observe what emotions/feelings are arising and challenge your beliefs. “Is that true?” “Who am I”? 5. Stop blaming others for your suffering, including yourself! 6. Focus on the present moment and consciously let go of stories from the past and future. 7. Know that pain is impermanent.

Deep Dive for 5 Practice: When an intense pain/emotion - pleasant or otherwise - arises during the day, sit with it for five minutes. Allow the full spectrum of feelings/sensations to arise. Invite them, experience them, embrace them. Breathe with awareness. Observe how letting go feels more pleasurable. Christine Pollock of Infinite Alignment can be reached at christine@infinitealignment.com or 303-582-5828. See listing page 30.


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Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.”

According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.”

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Stand Up and March for Science this Earth Day Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidencebased standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase science as a tool to find answers and influence decisions at all levels, from astronomy to zoology, including environmental science and climate change. Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D., was part of the original group sparking the idea of a March for Science via her initial tweet. “We know how to keep our air and water clean, and the outcomes of the research should inform the policy,” says Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine. Caroline Weinberg, a New York City science writer and program co-chairwoman, says, “Within hours, satellite marches were popping up around the country, then the world.” Organizers report several hundred established event locations and the number continues to grow. To join or create an event, visit MarchForScience.com/satellite-marches.

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he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. EducationWorld.com offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on EarthDayNetwork.org, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day.


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non-invasive, generally relaxing modality. The ultimate goal of a biophoton session is to return the body to optimum function. Physical symptoms often have root causes in the energetic body. For this reason, it is in the energetic body that the real causes of a health problem must be found and removed. Once the cause has been eliminated, the body will be relieved of the symptoms. The body wants to be healthy, and it has an incredible capacity to heal itself. To feel our best, we need to address the disturbances or stressors in our bodies, restore the coherence of light, and let the energy flow freely and harmoniously. Biophoton therapy is a true holistic healing method that helps to give people their strength back on many levels, physical, mental, and emotional. See listing p31

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raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both. MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

Hot and Humid Subtropics In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.


leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a lowgrowing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

Mediterranean and California Coast Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

Rainy Marine Areas “For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who

covers gardening nationally at GardeningWithCharlie.com. “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

Semi-Arid, Steppe and Desert Climes “If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

More EcoYard Ideas Edible Landscaping A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to GardenResearch.com, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens “Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The WaterSaving Garden. “Regardless of where you live, saving water is a priority

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for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.

Hardscaping Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they replace

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as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people c a n get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be easy to underes-

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timate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”


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your body temperature to conform to your body’s shape; therefore, when you move the mattress will not immediately recover to its original position until the foam cools down. This causes them to sleep “hot.” Natural latex mattresses do not respond to temperature and are generally covered in breathable materials like cotton and wool, thus can be more comfortable to sleep on. Natural latex does not outgas dangerous chemicals. Memory foam is notorious for outgassing tiny particles of solvent, polyurethane, and other chemicals that we inhale. When you shop for a natural latex mattress, be sure that it is made with 100% natural latex, as some latex foam is blended with petro chemicals, which some companies represent as being “natural latex.” Standards can be confusing here, be sure to shop where you are shown the difference. A 100% natural latex mattress is a wise choice for health and earth conscious people. It is made of sustainable materials that are healthy for the earth, helps you sleep comfortably, and you can rest assured that you are breathing clean air. Contact Corinna Cincotta of the Natural Sleep Store at 303-623-2261 or See ad page 13.

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’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice

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anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

How to Read an Egg Carton Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care (CertifiedHumane.org). “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning, says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each freerange hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass. When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide physical conditions similar to those


~ Pete and Gerry’s, America’s first Certified Humane egg producer Cole affords, but on a larger and more efficient scale, usually without the love. In regions where 14 hours of daylight are not a given, farmers use artificial lighting. When snow is too deep for the birds to venture out and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply indoor coops and feed. How well and humanely they do this is up to consumers to find out.

Egg Nutrition Eating one egg a day, or moderate consumption, will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them.

Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and antioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with free-radical- and inflammationfighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy

green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.” Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

Eggs to Trust Here’s Humane Farm Animal Care’s Adele Douglass’ short list of sources for well-raised eggs. Kirkland Signature Organic Eggs, at Costco, are Certified Humane. While not pasture-raised, they’re cage-free. Costco has partnered with several small family farms throughout the country, which guarantees peace of mind for Costco and gives these smaller purveyors a steady stream of business. Vital Farms, of Austin, Texas, supplies eggs to stores throughout many of the southern and western states. They specialize in PastureRaised and Certified Humane eggs, produced by about 90 family farms. Recently, they pioneered a process to make

“culling” (killing non-egg-bearing male chicks) more humane. Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, headquartered in Monroe, New Hampshire, works with more than 30 family farms in Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Their eggs are Organic and Certified Humane, as the chickens live in spacious barns with outdoor access. “Most of the year, they roam outside our barns as they please on organically grown grass amid clover and wildflowers,” says owner Jesse Laflamme. “At the same time, we also have to ensure our hens are safe from predators and communicable diseases from wild birds.”

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$30 OFF INITIAL ASCENSION HEALING Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading for first-time clients. In person or phone. 700 E 9th Ave., #9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or joanne@joannepalladino.com

20% OFF NEW PATIENT EXAM AND X-RAYS South Lakewood Dental, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, #11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338

SOUL RETRIEVAL SESSION $120. Bypass first-time client Intake until the end of April! Member of the Global Shamanic Teachers. Karen Rice King, Master Dowser Energy Worker and Ordained Minister. South Boulder office. Karen@karenriceking.com or call 303-665-0175

FREE 50MIN HEALTH HISTORY CONSULTATION Accomplish your goals in a way that’s empowering and exciting; for women who are prepping the body for pregnancy, and holistic health coaching through the pregnancy. Jade Green TNC 303-882-1745, decreasedivision@gmail.com

FREE CONSULTATION Would you like to lead from a fearless heart? Feelings buried alive never die. I will help you access those feelings for release and transformation. Colleen Keegan at Heart Centered Hypnotherapy & Coaching. 808-224-6164 or Colleen@colleenkeegan.com

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Creating Brilliant Relationships From the Inside Out–7-9pm. Practicing these tools WILL change your relationships for the better. Presented by Randy Ferguson. $30. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. Tix kimberlym@lcaproject.com I Ching Wisdom for Constancy Amid Change 9 Wks–5-8pm Weds. Thru 7/19. Gain peace, clarity, health and prosperity as expressed in the I Ching. $630. Chi Wellness, 4155 E Jewell Ave, #105, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

SAT APRIL 8 Richard Rudis Gong Bath–7pm. Dynamic meditative sound vibrational experience which guides into physical well-being, emotional balance, cellular healing and spiritual awareness. Info/tix Sacredsoundgongbath.com. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 Hello from Heaven! VIP Readings Event–5:307:30pm. Heather channels messages from passed loved ones, friends, colleagues, neighbors, pets - making random connections as the spirits grab her attention with memories and details! $60-110. Englewood. Info/ tix HeatherMHunter.com Spring Forward with Infinite Awareness Day Retreat– 9am-5pm. Empowered states and life changing mindfulness practices facilitate the release and rejuvenation of the mind and body. $175; $135 ea/2. Infinite Alignment Retreat Facility, 1254 Snyder Mountain Rd, Evergreen. 303-582-5828 or christine@infinitealignment.com

SUN APR 9 Reiki Level 1 Practitioner Training–9am-5pm. Interactive/experiential Level 1 attunement, History, Benefits, Self-healing techniques and Hands-on Practice, Training/Reference Manual. $195. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master Teacher, 700 E 9th Ave, Suite 9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@joannepalladino.com Spiritual Transformation: Dance of the Electric Hummingbird–1:30-4pm. Author Pat Walker featured. Denver Near Death Studies meetup is a spiritual gathering of education, love, healing, empowerment, and community. Free. Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S Quebec St, Meetup.com/Denver-IANDS


MON APR 10 Passover Group Goodwill Meditation–7:30-8:30pm Bring the energy of goodwill to our world. We need it more than ever. The Althea Center, 14th and Williams, Denver. Donation. Info lrinelli@juno.com

TUES APR 11 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or joanne@joannepalladino.com

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Near the Full Moon Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Bring snack, drums, rattles, flutes. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 Cultivate & Make: Garden Inspired Ideas For Medicine Making & Beyond–8pm. Learn how to grow and craft herbal products. $15. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-722-4372 or Chloe.Marcellus@ClinicalHerbalism.com

SUN APR 16

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Movie Viewing “Sensitive: The Untold Story”–2:304pm. Documentary of “highly sensitive person” trait in 20% of the population. Turn it into your greatest strength! Free. Boulder Public Library 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Colleen Keegan, CHT, HSP Resiliency Coach, colleen@colleenkeegan.com, 808-224-6164

TUES APR 18 A Channeled Healing with Angel of Love–7-8pm Ask Angel of Love for communication and a healing on any issue. Bringing in Love is the key for healing. Pre-pay/$20, $25/Door Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

MON APR 24 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Unite our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. We encourage everyone to perform their own songs and poems. Details Facebook at We Are Change Colorado. Uplifting & Spiritual Class–6-8:30pm. Uplifting Spiritual Classes ea Monday with Enhance Your Life. Details Meetup.com/Discover-Your-Spiritual-Gifts or vialet@discoveryourspiritualgifts.com $35. 5808 S Rapp St, #265, Littleton

WED APR 26 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino– 7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. 700 E 9th Ave, Denver. RSVP 303-2630679 or joanne@joannepalladino.com Wellness Workshop: Eliminate Stress-Related Health Problems–11:30-12:30pm. Learn why physical, chemical and emotional stresses causes 70% of problems related to sleep, headaches, digestion, weight. Free. Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Pkwy. The Foundation for Wellness Professionals RSVP Danielle 303-904-9994

THURS APR 27 Learn to Heal with Angels 5 Wks–7-9pm Thurs. Meet Guardian/Healing Angels. Heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits. Early $210, Regular $225 Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

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Ladies Fairy Party Workshop–1-3:30pm. Connect to your inner child with the fairy energy of play, laughter and fun. Bring your BFF. $50. 5808 S Rapp St, #265, Littleton. Register Meetup.com/Discover-Your-Spiritual-Gifts or Vialet@discoveryourspiritualgifts.com

Wellness Workshop: Eliminate Stress-Related Health Problems–6:30-7:30pm. Learn why physical, chemical and emotional stresses causes 70% of problems related to sleep, headaches, digestion, weight. Free. Bemis Public Library, 6014 S Datura St, Littleton. The Foundation for Wellness Professionals RSVP Danielle 303-904-9994

Anti-Inflammatory, Elimination-Challenge Diet & Gut Healing Program for Practitioners – Sat 105pm; Sun 10-4pm. Erin Livers, nutrition therapist, leads in-depth seminar for complementary practitioners to learn how to integrate a gut healing program. $395. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont, Suite F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609

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Conscious Alignment/Emotional Awareness HeartMindfulness Webinar Series–7-7:30pm. Join us online: accept the emotions/sensations you resist or attach to; gain self-awareness; expand tolerance, more. Free. Infinite Alignment Christine Pollock, 303-5825828 christine@infinitealignment.com

Ladies Fairy Party Workshop–1-3:30pm. Connect to your inner child with the fairy energy of play, laughter and fun. Bring your BFF. $50. 5808 S Rapp St, Ste 265, Littleton. Details Meetup.com/Discover-Your-Spiritual-Gifts or Vialet@discoveryourspiritualgifts.com

SAT APR 22 Earth Day Learn Self-Hypnosis–2-4:30pm, also on 4/29. 2-wk experiential workshop to reduce stress, achieve a hypnotic state to achieve a life goal. $179 incl follow-up; Early/$159. Nourish & Co, 240 2nd Ave, Niwot. Colleen Keegan, Certified Hypnotherapist 808-224-6164 or colleen@colleenkeegan.com

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SUN APR 23 New Spiritual Center Open House–1-3pm. Check out our sacred space and meet the spiritual teachers. Refreshments. Balloons. 13 Prize Drawings. Register at Meetup.com/Discover-Your-SpiritualGifts. Free. 5808 S Rapp St #265, Littleton. Info vialet@discoveryourspiritualgifts.com

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savethedate VITALIST AROMATHERAPY COURSE IN BOULDER APRIL 11 - AUG 31 Join us on Tuesday evenings, 6-9 pm., for our new 100-hour Aromatherapy course! Come broaden your knowledge of essential oils, with classes on Materia Medica, quality and extraction, safety, chemistry, organoleptics, history, formulation and therapeutics. And don’t miss our associated workshops on Summer weekends with guest experts! For more information: Clinicalherbalism.com or call 720-722-4372

ENGAGING IN AGING FESTIVAL MAY 17th , 10AM-2PM, IN LAKEWOOD In celebration of Older Americans Month, this fun, free event from A Little Help features live music, food, art, & much more for local active adults, including interactive presentations & workshops appealing to social, spiritual, physical, & emotional aspects of aging! Open to everyone, all ages. A Little Help is a non-profit connecting neighbors to help seniors thrive in their communities by providing services like rides, companionship, snow shoveling, light house or yard work. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda, Lakewood. Details/info/RSVP at 303-974-6954.

2017 IANDS CONFERENCE: EXPLORE THE EXTRAORDINARY AUGUST 3RD - AUGUST 6TH Early Bird Registration is now open for the IANDS Conference in Westminster Aug 3-6. Learn more about near death experiences, after death communications and other spiritually transforming events. All are welcome to this affirming, healing and transformative event. Affirmation of love and healing energy from the Light comes from evidence and corroboration of these experiences gained through both personal testimony and research. This conference is for anyone who has ever been touched by a Near-Death (NDE) or Spiritually Transformative Experience (STE). The Westin Hotel. Conference.iands.org

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Yoga/Barre/Meditation–Discover YogaPod Littleton in the Southwest Plaza Mall, 8501 W Bowles Ave, #1275, Littleton. New yoga studio and meditation sanctuary offering over 70 classes/wk for all levels. Info 720-520-9930 or Littleton.yogapod.com Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Student Clinical Herbalists Holistic Wellness consultations–thru May. Working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to take charge of your own health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd, #H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609

sundays North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118

mondays Pilates Mat Class–2-3pm.Basic principles of Pilates incl proper breathing, stabilizing and mobilizing pelvis/spine, initiate deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor. $18 or10-Class/$160. Peace Of Mind Pilates 1776 S. York St. Ste 100 Denver 303-525-7491 or Marisa@peaceofmindpilates.com

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt./also on Thursdays. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

wednesdays Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303

thursdays Pilates For Spinal Mobility Equipment–4:30-5:30pm. For anyone suffering from back pain and limited mobility.Focus will be on posture and proper alignment, strength and flexibility of the spine. Great for all levels!: $35; multiple class discounts. Peace Of Mind Pilates 1776 S Jackson St. #100 Denver 303-525-7491or Marisa@peacepofmindpilates.com Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 303-834-0526 Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

Evolve Expo–An experiential platform for Positive Living Choices offering new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, sustainable lifestyles. EvolveExpos.com

MAY 14 Denver Near Death Studies Meetup–1:30-4pm. Hear speakers tell of Near Death Experience, OBE Astral projection, ET abduction-contact, physical traumas, and their related psychic experiences. Free. Greenwood Village City Hall 6060 S Quebec St, Details constancecoo@gmail.com or Meetup.com/Denver-IANDS

MAY 20 Pet Energy Healings–12-3pm. Healthy or ill, a pet energy healing has many benefits for both the pet and its owner; strengthen the bond, removes energetic blocks, release pain or discomfort. Bring your pet or photo. $20/pet. By Appt. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, journeywithin@hotmail.com

JUNE 8-11 Mindful Life Retreat in Grand Lake–Unplug and cultivate practical tools for living mindfully. Develop clarity, mental and emotional balance in alignment with your values. $275-600. Incl lodging, meals, retreat materials. Shadowcliff Mountain Lodge, 405 Summerland Park Rd, Grand Lake. Mindful Life Program 970-633-0163 or welcome@mindfullifeprogram.org

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$30 Off Initial Healing Session: Reiki, vibrational healing & intuitive reading. In person or phone. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or joanne@joannepalladino.com Allergy Testing for Foods and Supplements: Using FDA registered Biofeedback testing. 160+ foods tested with immediate color results. See what foods and/or supplements may be causing you bloating, gas, fatigue, brain fog etc. $185. Call Trish Watson, CNC 303-257-0058 ThePhysicsOfHealth.com Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338. Soul Retrieval Session: $120. Bypass firsttime client Intake until the end of April! Member of the Global Shamanic Teachers. Karen Rice King, Master Dowser Energy Worker and Ordained Minister. South Boulder office. Karen@karenriceking.com or call 303-665-0175.

Private Practitioners Paradise for whole person wellness: Fully-furnished, rent-free office spaces as low as $12/hr and $50 membership. Private office rental spaces as low as $425/month, lease free month to month. Membership includes: Online Scheduling System; Internet; Printer/Scan/Fax; Client Kiosk and Conference room. Sondermind Lakewood. Contact Sujatha Reddy 303-325-5617 or Sreddy@sondermind.com

Multi Pure Drinking Water Systems: Rated for most toxic chemicals removed by NSF. Solid carbon block technology. Under-the-counter, counter-tops, travel unit, the only rated shower unit in the country, and whole house units. Call or email Karen@karenriceking.com or 303665-0175. Business opportunity available also.

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Distribution Driver for Metro Denver & Boulder Areas: Natural Awakenings is looking for a reliable, conscientious, honest delivery driver with a good driving record and car, who lives in the area. Must have own insurance; basic ability to work with Excel; be available for a day or three between the 25th-1st; ability to take on side jobs for extra $$ on same route. No phone calls please. Email Doug@MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com with your qualifications.

Discover What You Love: Not familiar with Akashic readings? Explore something new and help your soul help you! If your reading isn’t helpful, I’ll refund your payment. Confidential • Practical • Strategic • SoulExpanding. Remove blocks in business, relationships, abundance, creativity, and more. Please visit Meg at Goalswithheart.com/askmegz for details.

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yourlocalresources INTEGRATIVE HEALTH EAST WEST MEDICAL WELLNESS The BEST of Both Worlds for Your HEALTHCARE 720-937-3969 Eastwestmedicalinstitute.us Dr Hou DPOM LAc has worked in China, Europe and America for 46 years, and has been an integrative care specialist for cancer and obstinate diseases in Colorado for 17 years. Dr James Gilchrist ND is a graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle Washington. Now back in Colorado, he focuses on stimulating the body’s healing processes to help clients achieve their health goals. CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in AntiAging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

NO-PAIN OPTIMAL ALIGNMENT NEUROENERGETIC RELEASE™ (NER) Donald W. Kipp, Founder 303-697-4923 Body-awareness.com NER helps people be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Increase Peak-Performance ...In Seconds! Control systems, not force are used to painlessly and quickly realign and rebalance the entire body. This releases whole-being patterns causing seemingly unrelated symptoms (such as back pain, headaches, indigestion, brain-fog and asthma). NER predicts and prevents injuries, degenerative changes, and dis-ease. Call now for optimal health and performance.

NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier and staff offer Certified Nutrition therapists, specializing in the food-brain connection, nutrition for cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities/allergies, elimination diets and medically supervised weight loss.. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

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PERSONAL GROWTH GOLDEN PATHWAYS Catherine Morgan 679 W. Littleton Blvd., #204, Littleton 720-290-4902 info@goldenpathwaysllc.com Goldenpathwaysllc.com Angel coaching for those seeking clarity about their next step along with healing for soul-level issues. Catherine has 25 years of experience in providing the connection between angels, guides, and people. She is a highly trained expert in interpreting and reprogramming information held in a person’s energy field.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Dr. Katia Meier 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Nutritional Analysis and therapy, medical aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Program, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.

NEW! SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY DISCOVER YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS Vialet Rayne 5808 S Rapp St, Suite 265, Littleton 303-257-2276 vialet@discoveryourspiritualgifts.com Discoveryourspiritualgifts.com Join us for a variety of exciting classes and programs including: Angelic Reiki, Reiki, Akashic Records Reading, Crystal Healing, Crystal Grid, and many fun events including Ladies Fairy Party, Goddess Energy Workshops, Crystal Grids, and Candle Making. Vialet also offers a variety of services including Coaching, Akashic Record Readings, Angelic Reiki, Crystal Reiki, and much more. We also offer several free events a year for community connection. See our pages on Meetup (Discover-Your-Spiritual-Gifts) and Facebook (discoveryourspiritualgifts). See ad page 19.

VIDEO FOR BUSINESS OWNERS ANTHONY C. PRICHARD Google Business Trainer, Video Producer, YouTube Specialist 303-994-8612 / ap@anthonyprichard.com AnthonyPrichard.com Learn Youtube strategies to grow your business from a certified Google Partner. Show thousands of people who you are and what you do through video. Mastering The Art of the One Minute Video, Anthony provides your script, teleprompter, choice of background and musical logo/graphic intro. Your video is yours to use. All-in-one production/publication special for Youtube, facebook, your website - $399.

SKINCARE NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES Jane Wotton Independent Founding Leader 203-733-2680 nyrorganicjane@gmail.com us.nyrorganic.com/shop/jane The first health and beauty brand to be awarded 100% for ethics! For 35 years we’ve been manufacturing award-winning skincare. We use natural and organic ingredients which are free from harmful chemicals, we never test on animals, we’re dedicated to trading ethically, and we campaign for great causes to protect our planet. Start a home-based business with this iconic familyowned company. FREE website and training. MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

WELL-BEING RETREATS INFINITE ALIGNMENT 1254 Snyder Mountain Rd., Evergreen 303-582-5828 / Infinitealignment.com Relax and Rejuvenate your Mind, Body and Spirit with one of our personal Health/Well-Being or Spiritual retreats. Our retreats are designed to support you in aligning with your true inner peace and joy that will transform your life. We offer individual, small group, and couples ½ day, full day, and 3-day retreats, along with mindfulness workshops. Incorporated into your personal retreat is vibrational energy healing, breathwork, yoga, mindfulness practices, coaching, neurofeedback, therapeutic bodywork, and the great Colorado mountain outdoors! Call now to reserve your Infinite Alignment retreat!


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DC AUTO in Morrison 303-801-1959 / DCAutoshop.com Professional Mechanics, Not Professional Prices! Owner Darrell Weddell’s motto is to take care of your problem, educate you to make an informed decision, and to advise on future repairs and maintenance. Whether it’s major or minor issues, your electrical system, or a combination of mechanical problems, Darrell’s team has the experience and know-how to diagnose and accurately repair your vehicle.

BIOPHOTON THERAPY BIOPHOTON COLORADO Irina Gilligan 970-581-5864 biophotoncolorado@gmail.com Biophotoncolorado.com A safe, non-invasive therapy which benefits adults, children and animals with a wide range of health issues. Every cell has its own light emissions called biophotons. A biofeedback device checks the quality of light your cells emit, finding and removing disturbances on the energetic body, addressing the cause at root level, balancing organs and activating self-healing. If you have health concerns and have tried conventional medicine without much success, Biophoton Therapy may be the answer for you.

CHRONIC PAIN/ ILLNESS RELIEF HEARTLAND WELLNESS LLC Dr. Sujatha Reddy, BAMS MSEd LPC DCC Professional Counselor, Coach and Ayurvedic practitioner 12157 W Cedar Dr, Ste 200, Lakewood 303-325-5617 / Heartlandwellness@gmail.com Bewellmindbodyspirit.com Are you suffering with chronic pain including digestive issues and skin conditions, and have been to the doctor but nothing has changed? Try Ayurveda, a 5000year old health science from India that can help you feel strong and empowered, sleep like a baby and release anxiety, stress and depression. Modalities include, food, lifestyle/daily routine, herbal formulas, cleansing/detox procedures, breathing exercises, as well as yoga and meditation types for your constitution. Free 15 minute phone consultation.

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CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 / J4CL.com Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. See ad page 20.

Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 LakewoodLaserDentist.com Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Holisticminded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a biocompatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad page 10.

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Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spalike amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 15.

DENTIST STUDIO Z DENTAL Tom Zyvoloski DDS, Jenna Nicolson DDS 818 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 / StudioZDental.com Word of Mouth Matters. We’ve built our practice on our patient’s rave reviews and their happy referrals to loved ones. Studio Z Dental is different from those run-of-the-mill dentists. We focus on quality and treat the whole patient. With our wellness-based philosophy, leading-edge techniques and holistic, eco-friendly approach, Studio Z Dental is Boulder County’s best general and cosmetic dental practice for the whole family.

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yourlocalresources EMPOWERED HEALING PAULA ROBBINS 6500 S Quebec St, Centennial 303-921-1473 Paula@SunriseHypnotherapy.com PaulaRobbins.com Achieve greater vitality of the body, greater light in the soul and greater clarity of the mind with help from Paula Robbins. Transpersonal hypnotherapy, intuitive counseling, nutritional consultations and a great line of natural products and to assist you in finding the perfect balance of body, mind and spirit health. Call Paula today to set up your initial consultation and get your wellness on!

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 / AnitaDestino.com A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. $5 per person. Free to first time visitors.

ENERGY MEDICINE HEALING CHANGE Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT Littleton office: 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205 Denver office: 1776 S Jackson St. #1004 303-668-0299 Healingchange.net Increase Joy, Health and Vitality with individual sessions and classes in Eden Energy Medicine! EEM creates healing at all of your being by balancing nine different energy systems in your body and energy field. Marie has been a professional therapist for over 26 years and is an empathetic listener as well as caring, nonjudgmental and supportive. All sessions are completely confidential, and performed in a safe and trusting environment. Free 30-minute phone or Skype consultation available.

FAMILY PRACTICE/ HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia Meier, MD 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in AntiAging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.

HEALING JOANNE PALLADINO JoAnne@JoAnnePalladino.com 303-263-0679 JoAnnePalladino.com FREE MEDITATIONS! Receive free audio meditations and/or blessings each month when you sign up. Shop handmade, one-of-a-kind mala beads and bracelets, forgiveness practice beads, sacred essential oils such as “Christ Scent,” “Love” and more. A meaningful intuitive reading helps expand perspective; Shmaya, a channeled vibrational language of light presence, attunes you to a love frequency; Reiki energy healing dissolves blocks. In-person or by phone. In Denver. Info/ RSVP JoAnne@JoAnnePalladino.com

HYPNOTHERAPY HEART CENTERED HYPNOTHERAPY & COACHING Colleen Keegan Boulder 808-224-6164 / Colleen@colleenkeegan.com Would you like to lead from a fearless heart? Feelings buried alive never die. I will help you access those feelings for release and transformation. Enjoy enhanced work performance, more satisfying relationships, a healthier body, sleep better and gain more peace and balance in your life. Colleen is a highly skilled Certified Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, NLP & EMDR Practitioner, Energy Healer and Wellness Coach. Call Colleen for a FREE Consultation. Also offering Self-Hypnosis classes and Women’s Meditation groups.

SEEDS OF SATYA Kari L. Rivers Geurts BSN, CHT Depth Hypnosis Practitioner 303-489-3068 / kari@seedsofsatya.com Seedsofsatya.com At Seeds of Satya you are the healer willing to go into the heavier spaces of consciousness that need to be energetically transmuted, opening you to receive esoteric truths that release you into a new way of being and coping. Kari guides you to plant seeds of truth using Regression Therapy, Energy Medicine and Shamanic Counseling. Whether you are navigating trauma, life transitions, or spiritual growth, Seeds of Satya is here to help you come into greater harmony and peace.

HOLISTIC HEALTH COACHING JADE GREEN TNC 303-882-1745 / decreasedivision@gmail.com TheBarefootHealthCoach.com As an enlightened mama, you will powerfully nourish yourself and your family to whole health; I’m just your guide. Become empowered and confident as a mother, cultivating your instincts, with quick and guiltless self-care tips that support inner and outer well-being. Inner wellness brings a confidence you’re following your call to be who you came here to be. Healthy life goes far deeper than eating and exercising; it starts with nurturing, inner care at the core of the woman.

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April 2017 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Denver and Boulder and the surrounding counties of Arapa...

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