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have a long history of volunteerism and working with non-profits. The first came in 2000, where I was working at an ad agency and The United Way of Greater New Haven became my client. What a fabulous bunch of people doing great work. The amount of agencies and people in need was overwhelming, and I felt compelled to volunteer for some of the agencies myself. My fondest experience is reading to first-graders; we LUKE all hugged each other at the end of the reading – a child’s hug is a real gift. As I got older, I realized my passion was more about helping animals and in 2008 I volunteered at The Humane Society while between jobs. Bringing the dogs out to play and walking them, cleaning kennels…it was hard work, but quite gratifying. Since becoming publishers, we’ve helped market and promote The Misha May Foundation, a non-profit, REAL no-kill dog (and cat) rescue TOBY organization. Grassroots organizations like the Misha May Foundation have extremely limited budgets to build awareness and donations, which means they are limited in their ability to help more animals in danger. In mid-July, we received an email about a small shelter in Artesia, NM, which was going to euthanize several dogs due to space restrictions. Since our companion Gracie had passed back in April, we figured we could help. We met some wonderful folks halfway, just inside NM, to bring home and foster a gorgeous Catahoula leopard puppy, who has already found a home, and a beautiful blonde Husky mix. Now we need one more home! Toby, the Husky mix, is sweet, affectionate, highly intelligent and gets along great with other dogs and kids. He likes to talk, so in the words of a Husky, “Roooo, Rooooooo.” (We think that means ‘I’d rather have steak’.) He loves being part of a family and is great running and hiking the trails around our home. It’s been said that the measure of our humanity is how we treat those that can’t stand up for themselves. In keeping with our month’s theme, volunteerism is a great opportunity to teach our children about empathy and compassion. Find a cause you (or your kids) are interested in and especially look to help those grassroots organizations which rely on the devotion of volunteers and steady donations to help their corner of the world. You’ll be doing them and yourselves a great service. For more information on Toby, visit www.milehighnaturalawakenings. com/adopt.pdf. To help The Misha May Foundation or to meet Toby, please see or call 303-239-0382.

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newsbriefs Additions to Isis Healing Oasis


SIS Metaphysical Bookstore in Englewood announces two additions to their Healing Oasis: Astrologer Eric Hughes and SoundWave Therapy. Eric Hughes takes pride in delivering high-quality astrology readings that provide down-to-earth and practical insights about life. Eric considers Astrology as a map of a person’s spiritual DNA and describes for you in vivid detail just how unique, special, and powerful you really are. To kick off his tenure at Isis, he is running an August special: Book your appt by August 31 and receive $10 off a 30 minute session or $25 off an hour session. Victoria De La Cruz, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Reconnective Healing Practitioner introduces the Soundwave Bed. During a session, one lies on the bed which is also the instrument, and De La Cruz strums the monochord to envelope the client in soothing vibration and sound. The Soundwave bed has 40 strings tuned to a single note and the vibrations carry you into a deeply meditative state. Deep relaxation, emotional balance and accelerated healing are some of the benefits you can experience at the cellular level. Victoria is offering special reduced rates in August to celebrate her arrival at Isis. Isis Healing Oasis, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood. 303761-8627. See ad page 12.

New Inspirational Book from Local Authors


n Tuesday, August 9 two local authors will release the second volume of an anthology series, “Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women.” These short stories include inspirational topics such as love and loss to career and personal achievement. There are 43 stories that complete the second volume; many of the women contributing reside in Colorado, with additional contributors in Canada, Mexico, Australia and throughout the U.S. “When we created the series,” says co-creator Lisa Shultz, “We really wanted women to be able to share their stories in a way that provided hope and inspiration to others. The stories will move you, regardless of where you are in your life – there is a story that will resonate with every woman.” The first volume of “Speaking Your Truth” topped the charts on Amazon during its release, hitting number three in Self-Help and Motivation. Shultz and Andrea Costantine are co-authoring the book. Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women, Volume II. ISBN # 978-0615503790, Self-Publishing Experts, LLC. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Yoga Nidra Works to Reclaim Health


ccording to yoga master Yogi Amrit Desai, Yoga Nidra can help individuals to reshape their lives. Yogi Desai will be sharing the technique during a workshop Sept. 16 to 18 at Shambhala Mountain Center. What Desai refers to as the “Zero Stress Yoga Nidra Zone” brings practitioners into a deep, meditative state of relaxation. The literal translation of Yoga Nidra is Yogic Sleep. It is an ancient form of meditation where brainwaves drop into the alpha and theta state. He explains that the practice requires lying on the floor or bed for about 30 minutes. Then, guided by a trained professional, you are led into the state of deep relaxation. Physical illnesses can result from unconscious, self-destructive behaviors and habit patterns. Habit patterns adopted as compensation for stress can turn into addictions to food, alcohol and work that may lead to obesity, heart attacks, headaches, high blood pressure, insomnia and depression. It has been used to eliminate stress; banish self-destructive unconscious fears, behavior patterns and habits; and help people to rebuild their health, relationships and professional lives. “Many health interventions primarily address the symptoms of disease and ignore the underlying source. It is possible resolve many symptoms by dismantling stress at its core, which is the approach Yoga Nidra takes,” says Desai. Desai is the founder of the Amrit Yoga Institute. See ad page 14.


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A Springboard for Conscious Change on 11-11-11


n November 2011, the “EVOLve ™ Expo 11-11-11 Gathering; A Springboard for Conscious Change” will take place at the Journeys for Conscious Living Center (J4CL). The J4CL, in conjunction with the Conscious Living Association Network (CLAN), will put on this multifaceted, two-day event featuring top speakers, breakout sessions, top musicians, dance, and vendors that support and promote the gathering of individuals that share a common desire to raise the consciousness of humanity and support our planet. Everyone is invited to participate in drum circles, dance, and community celebrations. General sessions, keynotes and products that related to conscious business, alternative health, healing modalities, conscious activism, sustainability, and personal growth will be featured. Vendors and readers booths will be open both days. Tryna Cooper, co-founder of the J4CL states, “This event will focus on providing individuals, not only fun and community celebration, but practical tools for them to use to create positive changes in their lives and businesses every day.” Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100 Arvada. 303731-6695 or See ad page 5.

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n Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) will be offered by Kathy Higgins, MS, MA, LPC, CACII, and Sarah McKelvey, MA, NCC, on August 11 at 6:30pm. A six-week training module begins on August 25. DBT is a skills-based group training using cognitive and behavioral therapy integrated with mindfulness and meditation practices which allows participants to examine and restructure their thoughts and feelings. The course teaches and allows participants to practice distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and mindful emotion regulation in three 6-week modules. DBT is an evidence-based practice and has helped individuals deal with many problems such as Anxiety Disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders and other self-destructive behavioral problems. DBT can help participants understand and accept themselves and make positive lifestyle changes. Contact/info: 720-663-8827 or See listing page 25.

briefbriefs THE WHOLE MAN EXPO on September 10 will be giving a Whole Man of the Year Award. Nominate your Whole Man at The Whole Man Expo is also open to sponsors! Contact Jim Sharon at See ad page 18. ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, Denver’s first eco-music street festival returns to the heart of Denver’s up-and-coming RiNo Arts District to showcase the top Green Places in Colorado featuring eco-friendly restaurants, markets, gyms and more who will offer discounts to more than 10,000 Green Route Pass Holders over the coming year. FOUR YOUNG PALESTINIANS AND AN ISRAELI WOMAN FROM CREATIVITY FOR PEACE will visit the Denver area from August 9-11 to share their experiences living in conflict and violence and discuss their ongoing work for peace. Tues, Aug 9, 7 pm; Wed, Aug 10, 11:30am. Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. or See ad page 5.




Laugh Away Stress


aughter Yoga (LY) is a fairly new concept that combines laughter and yogic breathing exercises. Clinical research from the University of Graz in Austria has proven that laughter lowers stress hormones, boosts the immune system and tightens the abdominal muscles. Aerobically, one minute of intense laughter is as beneficial as ten on a rowing machine. The combination of laughter, yogic breathing and stretching helps oxygenate the blood. During LY, laughter is simulated as a body exercise with eye contact, childlike movements and sounds. The self-induced laughter turns genuine and since the human body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter the body receives the same physiological and psychological benefits. Self-induced laughter allows people to be active participants in stimulating their mind, body, and soul. Laughter yoga is a perfect way to start the work day in full business attire that won’t leave you sweating. Laughter clubs have been featured on BBC, CNN, ABC News, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. With over 8,000 clubs on five continents and at least ten in the Denver metro area, LY clubs around the world share a mission of world peace, good health, joy and happiness through laughter. Laughter has truly proven to be contagious. Amanda Burns is the Education Marketing Intern at Denver Botanic Gardens, York St., Denver. Join Deb Whittaker for a free 20-minute Laughter Yoga session Tuesdays, 8am. Info Sarah Spearman 816-213-2489.

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Dyslexia Has Many Faces


cquiring new knowledge can be one of the most exciting and satisfying experiences of growing up. It’s wonderful fun to discover how things work and to learn about the larger world through the great adventure of reading. Such experiences lay the foundation for a vibrant, healthy and happy childhood. Sadly, this isn’t the universal experience because sometimes dyslexia gets in the way, resulting in a child struggling, falling behind and eventually acting out in anger and despair. Dyslexia, sometimes referred to as reading disorder, includes the jumbling of verbal instruction and the reversal of word order in speech. There are several varieties. Traumatic dyslexia can occur after injury to the brain. Primary dyslexia is a hereditary disorder and affects boys more often than girls. Secondary dyslexia is believed to be caused by hormonal development early in life. This condition also affects boys more than girls. Word and letter reversals are indicators of dyslexia, but these are not unusual among the general population of school children for the first year or two of reading. If this continues, however, it can be a warning to have the child evaluated by a reading specialist. Other symptoms include overall poor performance at school, acting out, depression, and even refusal to go to school. In response to intervention and treatment, positive results can often be achieved in a short amount of time. So if a child in your life shows any of the warning signs, help him or her bring home the smiles again! Debera Jensen of the Fast Focusing Center in Centennial, (303-708-8817 or, helps children and adults overcome learning obstacles and much more. See ad page 18. natural awakenings

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hen deciding whether to run on a treadmill in the gym of jog in a nearby park, opt for the park, suggests a recent study published in the research journal, Environmental Science & Technology. The study authors—a team at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry—say exercising outdoors not only appears to promote physical health, but boosts mental well-being, as well. The team analyzed data from a number of sources, including 11 randomized and non-randomized control trials incorporating information from 833 adults. The study found that exercising in natural environments decreased feelings of tension, confusion, anger and depression, while increasing feelings of revitalization, increased energy and positive engagement. Study participants that exercised outdoors also reported greater enjoyment and satisfaction and stated that they were more likely to repeat their exercise activity.



ccording to a new report in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, scientists have discovered how broccoli, cauliflower, watercress and other cruciferous vegetables help stunt cancer growth. The vegetables contain substances called isothiocyanates (ITCs) that appear to target and block a defective p53 gene associated with cancer. Healthy p53 genes act as tumor suppressors and prevent cells from starting the abnormal growth that is a hallmark of cancer. The mutated genes—which occur in half of all human cancers—do not offer that protection. ITCs appear to work by removing defective p53 genes while preserving normal, protective ones. Researchers believe the substances support the advice of moms throughout the ages: Eat your vegetables.



ifting through marketing hype to find the best protection for exposed skin just got easier, thanks to the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) online 2011 Sunscreen Guide. After analyzing more than 600 beach and sports sunscreens, EWG recommends only one in five, noting that many include misleadingly high sun protection factor (SPF) ratings that may protect against ultraviolet short-wave (UVB) rays that cause sunburn, but leave skin at risk for ultraviolet long-wave (UVA) damage. Their research discovered that nearly one in three products in the guide is still laced with vitamin A ingredients that accelerate the growth of skin tumors and lesions, according to recent government studies. Find the guide at


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Sticky News on Peanut Butter


onsumers that grind their own peanut butter fresh in the supermarket may be at risk for ingesting aflatoxin, a mold linked to liver cancer. That’s because the peanuts in grinding-machine cases are stored for much longer than those processed for commercial butters, increasing the potential for mold and fungus growth. More, the machines are not tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for aflatoxin contamination. Buying only prepackaged, commercial peanut butter may put anxious consumers at ease; although virtually all sources contain minute quantities of aflatoxin, it is usually far below the FDA’s recommended safe level. However, added sugars and trans fats, as well as high pesticide levels in nonorganic brands, can make them a less than ideal choice. Individuals that opt for healthy, organic peanut butter may want to pick up some celery sticks to dip in it. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that eating vegetables such as celery, carrots, parsnips and parsley can decrease the carcinogenic effects of aflatoxin. They also found success with chlorophyllin, abundant in green, leafy vegetables. Consumption of chlorophyllin at each meal resulted in a 55 percent reduction of aflatoxin in urine. It’s believed that chlorophyllin reduces aflatoxin levels by blocking the absorption of the toxin in the gastrointestinal tract. Source: natural awakenings

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Katia I. Meier, MD and The Clear Sky Medical Team

Being a mother myself, and having cared for children in medical practice for 10 years, I understand the battles many parents are facing in trying to raise a healthy child in a toxic world. The foundation of a child’s health can be set at an early age with a loving and caring home and proper nutrition, which is of prime importance for growth and development. Here are just two examples of common health hazards little ones could be exposed to by unsuspecting parents or daycare providers. • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) increases abdominal fat at twice the rate that “normal” sugar does, causes fat depositions around organs and has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain cancer. Duke University called HFCS an environmental risk factor after their study revealed liver scarring directly proportional with the amount of HFCS-containing beverages consumed.

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• The EPA has classified Fluoride as a chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity. Currently there are 24 studies that link fluoride to reduced IQ in children, as well as impaired neurobehavioral development. Over 100 studies on animals show damage to brain and cognitive function after fluoride exposure from drinking water. At Clear Sky Medical your child’s wellbeing and long term health is our utmost concern. We offer children’s sick visits, annual exams and sports physicals. We do not pressure parents into vaccinating their child when it does not feel right to them but rather educate without bias. Our focus is always prevention as well as working with natural remedies whenever possible. Homeopathy and herbal remedies work amazingly well for a child’s delicate and sensitive system and are often our first line approach in conjunction with proper nutrition. We would love to take care of your little one, so don’t hesitate and give us a call at 303-790-7860.


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irls eating a highfat diet during puberty, even those that do not become overweight or obese, may be at greater risk for developing breast cancer. The findings come from research at Michigan State University’s Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Center and may help drive new cancer prevention efforts. The pubertal time period is crucial for healthy mammary gland development, and a high-fat diet during puberty could lead to the production of inflammatory elements in the mammary glands of adults which can promote cancer growth.


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eading labels reveals that many foods and beverages— even so-called healthy ones—contain fructose, often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, as a sweetener. Health experts have long suspected that fructose is a factor in the nationwide obesity and diabetes epidemic, and new research from the Oregon Health & Science University supports the connection. Researchers gave nine normal-weight study participants separate infusions of fructose and glucose (simple sugars) and then used magnetic resonance imaging to observe brain reactions. Glucose activated areas of the brain associated with regulating food intake and satiety— its “reward circuitry”—while fructose inhibited brain response in those areas. The study concludes that this important difference may explain why fructose consumption, which deactivates the brain’s normal satiation response, appears to increase obesity and diabetes.

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Storytime Pals Animals Help Children Read Roo, a 6-year-old collie certified by Intermountain Therapy Animals as a therapy dog for visits to nursing home residents and hospital patients, works primarily with his handler, Tina Anderson, as a reading education assistance dog (R.E.A.D.) at Graytown Elementary School, in Graytown, Ohio. Children with trouble reading, a learning disability or shyness, or that just feel intimidated by reading in front of a class, like to read with Roo. “It’s a special connection that makes them feel important,” says Anderson. “Dogs have been successful in having a calming effect on adults. Why not use them with children who have reading and social disabilities?” queries Lesley Pulsipher, national R.E.A.D. coordinator, in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Animals are not judgmental, and children feel safe reading to them. In a classroom, a child’s classmates may laugh at them if they mess up.” According to Pulsipher, the program is not just limited to dogs; carefully vetted cats, guinea pigs, rabbits and miniature horses also visit schools and libraries to help foster reading. She observes that, “The program really helps bring kids out of their shell and gives them a boost of self-confidence.” Source:

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Earth Day Network (EDN) has launched the first interactive social network for K-12 educators and students, the Educators’ Network, (edu., which is intended to fill the growing need for high quality educational tools that support environmental literacy and share “green” school resources. The network will empower teachers and students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make their communities healthier and more sustainable, thanks to a $250,000 grant from Wells Fargo & Company. EDN’s Educators’ Network enables educators to share a library of materials collected from teachers nationwide, including lesson plans, teaching materials, grants and blogs. Network members can also “Ask the Expert” for advice, engage in dialogue with EDN staff and key partners, and find grant opportunities targeted to educators. The network also provides resources and tools to support schools in winning the Green Ribbon Schools Award, recently announced by the U.S. Department of Education, rewarding schools that demonstrate significant progress toward increasing their sustainability literacy, reducing their school’s environmental footprint and improving the overall health of students and staff.

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Green Dads

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new dimension of sustainable fathering is emerging among Americans. According to a consumer trend report by EcoFocus Worldwide, Make Way for EcoAware Dads, 65 percent of the nation’s 36 million dads agree that, “When my kids are grown, I want them to remember me as teaching them to be environmentally responsible.” Eco-aware dads want their family’s home and lifestyle to be safe, efficient and responsible, and they see room for improvement: Only 16 percent are very satisfied with how green or eco-friendly their lifestyles are today. “For an eco-aware dad, this is all very integrated and very personal to his role as a father,” explains Lisa Harrison, the research leader for EcoFocus. “For example, while he may have insulated his family’s home for economic reasons first, the secondary benefit is in quality of life, because the home becomes a quieter and more comfortable living space.” More than eight in 10 agree that being eco-friendly is a way to improve quality of life for themselves and their families. Eco-aware dads realize that changes sometimes take big investments of both time and money, and they are concerned about affordability. Still, they see prospects for big payoffs; 83 percent have already changed the way they do things to make choices that are better for the environment.

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KIDS Natural Alternatives to Common Medications by Lisa Marshall


ant to keep your kids off drugs? The place to start is with your own medicine cabinet. So say a growing number of health practitioners that are viewing the recent proliferation of medications being targeted at kids with alarm and urging parents to turn first to common-sense home remedies or natural alternatives when possible. “We tend to be a nation of pill-takers, who turn to medication whenever we need relief for anything,” says Dana Point, California, pediatrician Robert Sears, co-author of the new book, The Portable Pediatrician. “If we can increase the use of our skills as parents in using time-tested home remedies to help our kids feel better, we can rely less on pills.” Because children metabolize drugs differently than adults do, cases of lingering side effects, like grogginess or hyperactivity, and accidental overdoses are widespread. Poison control facilities nationwide received 30,000 calls regarding pediatric acetaminophen alone in 2009, and roughly 7,000 kids end up in emergency rooms each year due to cough and cold medicine overdoses. Between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received reports of 14 deaths and 74 non-fatal adverse events due to acetaminophen-dosing errors. According to a 2010 report by Orlando, Florida-based Medco Health Solutions Inc., children’s drugs now constitute the fastest growing segment of the pharmaceutical industry, with sales increasing by 10.8 percent in 2009 over 2008, and usage by children rising four times faster than for the general population during the same period. One in four children under 10 and one-third of adolescents ages 10 to 19 take at least one prescription medication on an ongoing basis, according to the report. The number of minors taking drugs for respiratory problems is up 42 percent since 2001 and those medicated for the chronic heartburn of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is up 147 percent. Market research firm IMS Health reports that spending on non-prescription pain medication for children spiked from $191 million in 2005 to $250 million in 2010. Despite three years of government warnings about potential dangers, including seizures and death, of giving over-the-counter cold

and flu medications to children under age 2, 61 percent of parents do it anyway, according to a recent national poll by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Meanwhile, new ad campaigns marketing drugs for kids continue to proliferate. Publisher Scholastic, Inc. was criticized recently for distributing coupons for the allergy medicine Children’s Claritin in its elementary school newsletter distributed to kids. “I find it very concerning,” says pediatrician Hilary McClafferty, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. “Some drug companies are exploiting parents at a vulnerable time, preying upon their feeling that they need to do something to make their child feel better immediately.” Why shouldn’t a worried, sleep-deprived mom or dad reach for a quick fix to placate a miserable little one in the middle of the night? At times, medications are warranted, says McClafferty, particularly in the case of strep throat, which can lead to serious health problems when left unchecked. But routinely medicating away symptoms can interfere with the body’s natural protective mechanisms, McClafferty says. For instance, cough medicine can inhibit the body’s natural effort to clear mucous from the lungs, prolonging congestion; also, suppressing mild fevers with drugs can sabotage the body’s own defense against infection. “Even the conventional medical world has begun to focus on this. They are realizing many of these drugs are not very effective and they can cause toxicity in young patients,” says natural awakenings

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Matthew Baral, a doctor of naturopathy and president of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians. For example, according to a 2011 review in the online journal of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, antihistamines can lead to sedation, constipation, drying of the mucous membranes and at higher doses, hallucinations in kids. Decongestants can increase heart rate and lead to “rebound congestion,” or a worsening of symptoms after a child stops taking the drugs. Proton-pump inhibitors, approved in 2008 for GERD in babies as young as 12 months, have been shown to boost levels of harmful intestinal bacteria and may increase fracture risk later in life, according to a study recently published in Annals of Family Medicine. In 2008, the FDA advised that cough and cold medicine should not be used for children under 2, and called on companies to revise their dosage instructions to indicate this more clearly. In March, 2011, it went so far as to pull hundreds of prescription cold medications off the market, with FDA spokesperson Deborah M. Autor telling The New York Times that, “We don’t know what’s in them, whether they work properly or how they are made.” While McClafferty is pleased with the FDA’s recent actions, she remains leery, saying, “I approach all over-thecounter medications for children with great caution and rarely recommend their use.” Here are some alternatives to try. Remember that many herbs have not been tested for safety specifically for children, so check with a health practitioner first.

Bug Bites For quick relief, grate a potato or some leaves of plantain to create a poultice and place it on the spot of the bite. “It will draw off some of the itching and swelling,” says Baral. Don’t forget two of the lowest-tech and natural remedies, mud and ice.

thol and tea tree oil to the bottom of the child’s feet and put their socks back on. The decongesting menthol vapor will help them to breathe and the antimicrobial properties of the tea tree oil will be absorbed through their skin, says Mars. For nasal decongestion, try irrigating the child’s nose with a cleansing neti pot. Sears recommends kid versions of herbal remedies Sinupret and Bronchipret

Diarrhea and Constipation “Probiotics are the most extensively researched remedy we have out there for diarrhea,” says Baral. Studies in the journal Pediatrics have shown probiotics to shorten bouts of diarrhea in infants and school-age children, and prevent the onset of antibiotic-induced diarrhea in kids. Look for yogurt, powder or capsules containing 10 billion colonyforming units (CFU) of Lactobacillus GG. Sears suggests the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) to quell diarrhea. For constipation, reach for apricots, peaches, pears, plums and vitamin C.

Earache Drop four drops of warm mullein garlic oil into the ear. Sears says the warm oil will calm the inflamed eardrum and the antibiotic in the garlic will get to work on the infection. Olive oil will work in a pinch.

Growing Pains While it’s common for kids between the ages of 3 and 5 or 8 and 12 to complain of dull aches deep in their legs, there is little consensus about what causes them. Mars has found that it helps to supplement their diet with calcium and magnesium supplements in kid-friendly powdered form, or foods that contain these nutrients.

Heartburn Deglycerrhizinated licorice (DGL), slippery elm and aloe all may be able to help soothe inflamed esophageal tissue, says Baral, “But they need to be given under a doctor’s supervision.” Also take a hard look at dietary triggers: Common culprits include dairy, chocolate, tomatoes and mint.

Fever “It’s important to know that most fevers don’t need to be treated unless they are really bothering the child,” advises Sears. “Fever helps the body to fight off infection and may keep the child subdued so she can rest and recover.” He recommends tepid baths, cold cloths on the forehead, and calling the doctor if a fever persists for three days or if it rises above 103 degrees. Herbalist Brigitte Mars, author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies, suggests diaphoretic herbs like peppermint, ginger and elderflower, in teas, which prompt perspiration and enable the body to cool down naturally.

Seasonal Allergies One of the most commonly recommended natural treatments for addressing seasonal allergy symptoms is stinging nettle, believed to modulate the production of the histamine that prompts noses to run and eyes to water and has been shown to be safe in adults. It comes in tincture, tea and capsule form. Mars also likes Allergena region-specific homeopathic allergy medicines, which deliver traces of local pollen to help the body develop immunity to them. Alternate-

Cough and Congestion Apply an herbal vapor rub of men-


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ly, substitute citrus juices for milk during allergy season. Vitamin C has been shown to normalize histamine levels, while dairy products can boost mucous production.


Sore Throat Stir one teaspoon of salt into eight ounces of water and gargle. “It is antiseptic and will make the pain go away,” counsels Mars. She also recommends using the infectionfighting herb Isatis root, in tincture or capsule form. McClafferty says to try a spoonful of honey; it has antimicrobial properties and may act as a cough suppressant.

Teething Pain Oil of clove contains a compound called eugenol that serves as a natural pain killer and antibacterial agent. Baral recommends mixing no more than one drop of clove oil with honey and rubbing it on the gums (not recommended for children under 12 months). Or, saturate a clean cloth with calming chamomile tea or wintergreen tea, a natural analgesic, and let the baby chew on it. When children suffer from common ailments, it is natural for parents to wish to soothe their suffering as quickly as possible. Just be aware that, along with the physician and the pharmacist, there is still an important role to play for “Doctor Mom.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer and mother of four who lives near Boulder, CO. Connect at

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rugs for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are among the hottest-selling medications today, garnering 13 percent of children’s prescription dollars, with sales soaring so quickly that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently had to declare a national shortage. That worries naturopathic doctors Matthew Baral and David Deichert. “People have gotten in the bad habit of going to medication first, without trying natural therapies,” states Baral, a pediatrics professor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Tempe, Arizona. In some cases, prescription medication is warranted, says Deichert, an ADHD specialist with Bastyr University, in Kenmore, Washington. But in most cases, he sees it as a stopgap measure as the longer-term benefits of diet and lifestyle changes slowly kick in. The two naturopaths offer these natural wellness approaches.

Minimize Food Additives After decades of parents’ suspicions that additives like food coloring and artificial flavors may fuel behavioral changes in kids, several recent studies have bolstered such claims. A 2007 study of nearly 300 kids ages 3 to 8, published in The Lancet, found that those given drinks containing artificial dye showed significantly higher hyperactivity within a few hours. The British government now requires labels warning that children’s products containing dye may impair attention.

Consider an Elimination Diet A first-of-its-kind 2011 study, also in The Lancet, showed that when 50 kids with ADHD were put on restrictive hypoallergenic diets free of allergens like gluten and dairy for five weeks, their symptoms improved far more than those in the control group. When the eliminated foods were

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reintroduced, symptoms returned in 63 percent of the children. Deichert says that ADHD patients with digestive problems, recurring ear infections or skin problems—all symptoms of possible food sensitivities—are particularly good candidates for elimination diets.

Curb Screen Time and Get Moving “Very large studies have associated TV and video game use with a worsening of ADHD symptoms,” notes Deichert. He recommends that for each half-hour of screen time a child gets outside of schoolwork, they get a half-hour of exercise.

Buy Organic A 2010 study of 1,100 children, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that the more pesticide residue children had in their urine, the more likely they were to be diagnosed with ADHD.

Check the Iron Studies in the Archive of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and elsewhere have shown that children diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to have lower iron levels, and when those that are deficient take iron supplements, their symptoms either subside without medication or they react better to lower doses of medications. As a precautionary measure, Deichert suggests that kids be checked for their ferritin levels before beginning iron supplementation.

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“Your son has Autism.” Chronic Pain and Carbohydrates localinsights

By Rebecca “Anahata” Miller

By Allen Ernst, MS


ibromyalgia (FM) is a syndrome characterized by chronic, widespread pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. FM, or Fibro as sufferers call it, has many confusing symptoms, is very challenging to diagnose, and the latest research shows that diet may have a significant impact on their well-being. The average patient waits 5.5 years for the proper diagnosis after they start their quest for relief because there is no diagnostic test for FM and the secondary symptoms- sleep disorders, fatigue, depression, restless legs, confused thinking, and pervasive musculoskeletal pain- are also symptoms of major depressive disorder, anxiety, hypothyroidism, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To diagnose FM, other disease states must first be ruled out. Luckily, FM isn’t fatal, but the sufferer may wish it was. In fact, two of Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s assisted-suicide patients suffered from FM. In our own research (Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Carbohydrates, Ernst & Shelley-Tremblay, 2009), we screened over a hundred women with FM. Not one had reported satisfaction with their treatment under a rheumatologist’s care consisting mainly of antidepressants and painkillers. One doctor recommended water Yoga, which his patients found helpful. Bengstton, Henriksson & Larsson (1986) found that FM sufferers have a dysfunction in the way they metabolize glucose, leading to a deficiency of the

basic cell fuel, ATP. Reactive hypoglycemic states commonly found in FM trigger adrenaline and cortisol spikes (stress hormones) which seem to worsen FM symptoms. But, there is hope. A high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet is garnering attention as an integral part of an overall treatment plan. Our research has shown that a low-carb, high-protein diet may confer the following benefits: significant reductions in reported Tension-Anxiety, Depression-Dejection, Anger-Hostility, Fatigue, Confusion-Bewilderment, and overall symptom score on the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire. Our subjects following a diet low in carbs, higher in quality protein and “good” fats felt noticeable relief from FMS symptoms in about a week, with more subtle changes continuing all the way out to four weeks, including a reduction in the dreaded carb cravings (Ernst & Shelley-Tremblay, 2011, in submission to Appetite). Protein is necessary to rebuild the “moth eaten” muscle fibers (Bengstton, 2002) found in FM sufferers, and is a respectable source of energy in its own right. This type of diet may be healthier for everyone whether they have FM or not. This is not the same as the Atkins diet. Generally, those ultra low-carb diets are designed to bring about a state of ketosis because the body is fueling itself primarily with fat, like a bear in hibernation. Strict ketogenic diets create acetone and ketone bodies in the blood, which can cause fruity breath odor, headaches, and nausea. The good news is that the induction of ketosis is not necessary to feel better, or lose the extra pounds carried by most FM patients. So, when you give up carbs, you have nothing to lose but your fat and misery, and everything to gain in terms of mood and energy levels. You can measure and score your own Carbohydrate Addict’s questionnaire, the same one used in research at For references and more information, contact Allen Ernst MS 303-325-6895 or See listing page 25.


hose words will be etched in my mind for the rest of my life. The psychologist was very matter-offact as she explained the diagnosis. I didn’t hear a thing she said as what captured my attention was the word: Autism. While I was glad that my son’s condition now had a name, I then spiraled down into the rabbit hole of conflicting information, self-blame and discrimination. I was advised by “professionals” to give up on my son; there was no hope, he was un-teachable and would be better off institutionalized. Luckily for my son, I am a massage therapist/Reiki practitioner and my partner was on an educational path in Neuroscience. We banded together and focused on Max for an entire summer experimenting with diet, exercise, sound, massage, Reiki, aromatherapy. It was hard work until one day Max starting talking in a manner that made sense—he woke up. That was five years ago and now my son is just like any other boy—just a little different. He may or may not be able to live on his own, attend college or even drive—but we focus on what he can do, versus what he cannot as there is great hope for children with

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Autism when others open their hearts to acceptance and love for others who are different from themselves. There is no cure for Autism nor is there a definitive cause—to complicate matters even more, depending on the expression of the dis-ease; the children can be on varying degrees of the Autism Spectrum. The lack of continuity is frustrating, however, it is agreed that early intervention is the best --yet not every therapy works for every child. My partner and I decided not to use pharmaceuticals on Max and opted for alternative methods such as massage, Reiki and aromatherapy. Our therapeutic regimen changes as Max changes. With Autism, it pays to be flexible! There are many therapies available for Autistic children and amazing non-profits to help guide parents back up, out of the rabbit hole. Through love and dogged determination, the right therapies emerge, bringing a bit of balance and joy with them. My life changed forever that fateful day but out of anger, fear and resentment, emerged joy, love, compassion and patience. With Autism affecting one in 110 children, chances are you know someone on the spectrum( Rebecca “Anahata” Miller is a Registered Massage Therapist and Reiki Master in Northglenn who enjoys her days with her son Max “Hanuman” and partner Brian. She specializes in massage for Autistic children and their families. Learn more at

Holistic Tendon and Ligament Care By Steve R Frank


ummer is the time for weekend athletes to get out and push their limits. Unfortunately, sometimes we overdo it resulting in sprains and overuse injuries. With a basic understanding of physiology, one can understand how select herbs can promote true healing in tendons and ligaments. Muscles are attached to bones with tendons, ligaments anchor bones to each other and fascia is the protective coating that helps tendons to slide. All are primarily composed of collagen. In some injuries, small blood clots form in the connective tissues that block the flow of nutrients and healing constituents to the region, and as we age, more of the small micro-capillaries in these tissues are also blocked with plaques.


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Enzymes within Arnica break-up micro-clots in damaged tissues and promote the healing process. Arnica also contains prostaglandin blockers that relieve pain. Arnica, in combination with the natural salix of White Willow bark, provides terrific pain relief. Comfrey and Plantain contain Allantoin which stimulates the fibroblasts (little collagen factories) to produce more collagen. Continually applying this to damaged tissue (ligament, tendon, fascia or bone) for four or six weeks promotes a very complete repair even long after the initial pain and inflammation are gone. Rosemary and Thyme increase circulation and Witch Hazel increases flexibility. An area of injury can hold residual trauma which increases the load on adjacent fibers and puts them more at risk of damage. The increased circulation allows more nutrients to the cells that are rebuilding. The combination of clot-busting Arnica, pain-relieving White Willow Bark, Fibroblast stimulating Comfrey and Plantain, circulation-increasing Rosemary and Thyme, collagenstimulating vitamin C and soothing peppermint leaf are powerful wound healers. A water decoction can be applied or a gel can be used for convenience as it is easily rubbed into the injured area. Knees, ankles, wrists, elbows and shoulders are just some of the most common injury sites that have shown the benefits of this blend. So, the next time you “tweak� a shoulder on the golf course or catch a root the wrong way on the trail, remember that after the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), instead of masking the pain of the injury with pharmaceuticals that do nothing to promote healing, turn to nature’s own powerful medicine to fully heal yourself. Steven Frank is an Herbalist with many years of experience in treating musculo-skeletal injuries with indigenous plants and herbs. For references and more information he can be reached at, 1-888-465-440 or See ad page 21. natural awakenings

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actionalert Opinion Editorial

Dietary Supplement Industry at Risk by Jonathan Emord, Esquire

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to remove 20 to 30 percent of existing food supplement companies from the market, force a rise in prices and eliminate the availability of most, if not all, herbal supplements.


he most basic of human rights is that of self-government over our own bodies, especially regarding individual choice over what nutrients to ingest and treatments to receive to sustain optimal health. Today, federal and state regulatory agencies constrict those rights by limiting our choices. Those restrictions on freedom are destined to continue. Recent examples include state dietitian licensing bills, global censorship of health information, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA; S. 510/HR 2751). Dietitian licensing bills designate those licensed by the American Dietetic Association as nutritionists and the sole dispensers of nutritional advice and recommendations. Global censorship of nutrient-related disease treatment information by all Western governments that regulate drugs works to preserve a monopoly on therapeutic claims for drug companies. The Food Safety Modernization Act requires that all companies that make food and dietary supplements be registered with the federal government for the first time, deprives those


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companies of access to the courts in favor of administrative tribunals, and forces those companies to pay for mandatory federal investigations. With passage of FSMA, which made every food and dietary supplement company operating in the United States subject to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensing, the regulators’ decades-old dream of ridding the market of supplements and leaving the field to FDA-approved drugs is closer to realization than ever before. The FSMA comes atop aggressive FDA implementation of new and costly current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) regulations, positioning the agency to regulate every aspect of supplement production. Will the public awaken to the threat and compel the FDA to back down, or will the agency succeed in eliminating safe supplement products, to the detriment of the consuming public?

Call for Action Public outcry has helped stem FDA moves to eliminate dietary

ments from the market on dozens of occasions in the past, but has failed to reach a fever pitch in response to the latest round of regulatory efforts. Perhaps that is because the most recent efforts have arisen under a more palatable public interest justification: The argument that consumers must be protected from potentially unsafe products by permitting the FDA to run companies it thinks may threaten public health out of existence. The FDA’s current approach, using allegations of adulteration, contamination and misbranding—combined with cessation of distribution and recall of unapproved supplements—appears to be far more acceptable to the public than the argument that supplements in general should be removed from the market. It seems that the lesson FDA regulators have slowly learned is that people generally appear to be willing to permit regulatory abuses in the name of public safety. Moreover, under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), as interpreted by the federal courts, any promotion that associates a dietary supplement with a disease treatment claim is prohibited. That is so even if the claim is demonstrably true. Censoring information concerning the potential benefit of dietary ingredients shrouds the market in ignorance, depriving consumers of helpful, life-extending or life-saving information. Just one example is the FDA’s censorship of the association established in peer-reviewed scientific literature (some 6,000 articles) between Vitamin D and a reduction in the risk of certain kinds of cancer. All Americans could experience a reduction in cancer risk were that association made known at the point of sale, but FDA’s prior restraint (its ban on all claims associating a nutrient with a disease, even provably true claims) keeps consumers in the dark. Unfettered by a groundswell of public opposition, the FDA is proceeding at an accelerated pace in inspecting facilities, issuing citations and ultimately driving supplement manufacturers out of business. Companies incapable of affording the associated costs have no choice but to dissolve. To reverse this course, consumers must contact their elected representatives in congress and

demand an immediate repeal of both FSMA and GMP regulations. Then, vote wisely in the 2012 elections to defeat candidates that voted in favor of limiting our freedoms in these areas.

Worldwide Trend Many governments around the world currently prohibit essential health claims backed by credible scientific evidence. For example, claims that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may eliminate symptoms of osteoarthritis are forbidden in Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and the United States. Groups have formed to protest such censorship and restrictions on access to dietary supplement ingredients. For a global view, consult information provided by the Alliance for Natural Health, which is active in Europe and America. In the United States, take action via the Alliance for Natural Health USA, Citizens for Health, Freedom of Health Foundation, The Health Keepers Alliance and National Health Freedom Action. The way back to liberty lies not only in allowing the marketing of all dietary

ingredients that are being used without serious adverse effects, but also in stripping countries of the power to censor nutrient-related disease treatment information. When well-informed consumers make dietary ingredient choices that minimize disease risk and maximize longevity, their improved health reduces their dependence on costly drug therapies which too often carry unwanted side effects. Imagine a world in which fruits and vegetables, as well as dietary supplements, could lawfully be accompanied by labels summarizing the dietary ingredients present, their effects and their potential for protecting against or fighting disease. In such a world, consumers would be truly active, engaged participants in their own health care. Jonathan W. Emord is a constitutional and administrative lawyer in Washington, D.C. The author of The Rise of Tyranny and Global Censorship of Health Information, he has defeated the FDA in federal court eight times. Visit


TAKE ACTION HERE Check these websites regularly to keep abreast of pending state legislation and to sign helpful petitions. Elected Officials, Alliance for Natural Health USA, Citizens for Health, Freedom of Health Foundation, The Health Keepers Alliance, National Health Freedom Action,

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LifeSource Health Partners (LSHP) is a regional integrative wellness center committed to empowering each person with the knowledge to make informed, educated decisions so they can achieve vibrant health without the use of unnecessary drugs or surgery. We customize each person’s treatment to assure achievement of their health goals. LSHP specializes in natural pain relief and innovative treatments for arthritis, auto injuries and whiplash, menopause, headaches, women’s health issues, low back pain, sciatica and disc problems, sports injuries, weight loss and many other health problems. Rejuvenate your health and achieve peak performance with our natural and affordable therapies including acupuncture, chiropractic, spinal decompression, nutritional cleansing, medical massage, essential oils, physical therapy with MedX spinal rehabilitation and nutritional counseling. We promise to serve with love, integrity and compassion! See ad page 17.

Certified Holistic Stress Manager, Certification in Korean Healing Arts Masters in Transpersonal Psychology Certified Massage Therapist For Golden appointments call 303-233-4247 For Boulder appointments call 303-717-7709 Poorly managed stress is the number one cause of physical and emotional ailments. Learning how to relax is the foundation for all healing. It is also crucial to have effective tools that are easily accessible, quick and easy to use in order to manage stressors as they arise. Velina offers evaluation and assessment of stressors, consultation and coaching, hands-on bodywork and self-care instruction. She specializes in • Aging • Stress & Pain Reduction • Chronic Health Conditions • Sexual Dysfunction • Relationships and more. Call today for a free 15-minute consultation.

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savethedate LEVEL 1 THAI YOGA MASSAGE Starts Friday, October 7, 9am- 6pm Stand-Alone course delves into Thai Yoga Massage, a combination of acupressure techniques along the meridian lines (Sen Sib), reflexology of hands and feet, along with progressive, assisted, passive stretching techniques. Enables student to give a 120-150 minute Thai Massage in the Supine, Prone, Abdominal, and Inverted positions. History and roots of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Thai energy lines, ergonomics for therapist, and focus on grounding, centering, and breathing techniques. A perfect addition and new layer of awareness to a current massage, yoga, acupuncture, or energy work practice. RSVP req’d; space limited. $850. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W. 32nd Ave, Denver. 720-252-2716 or

BECOME A CERTIFIED MASTER HERBALIST! Comprehensive Training Begins September 2011 Gain skills and expertise needed for clinical practice in our 17-month, 450 hour, case-based program. Weekend classes on theory, medicine making, herb walks, student clinic. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Englewood. State Approved. Rachel Lord or Luke Terry, 303-320-4367 or Health.on.all.levels@gmail. com.

THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME: Egypt 2012 with Louise Olivi February 28 to March 10, 2012 This incredible trip facilitated by Intuitive Louise Olivi (recommended and trusted by Natural Awakenings publisher Terry Chriswell) includes: R/T airfare (JFK) on Egypt Air; internal flights/transportation; hotel/meals; Nile cruise incl Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae temples; Private time in the Sphinx enclosure and in the Great Pyramid; Cairo Museum and Old Cairo; Dahsure, Sakkara, Abydos and Dendara, Luxor and Karnak temples; Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatsepsut mortuary temple; Colossi of Memnon; Felucca ride to Elephantine Island in Aswan; Abu Simbel; Past life recall classes with Louise en route on the Nile Cruise.$3900 all inclusive/dbl occupancy. Single supplement/$760. $500 deposit. Airfares/fuel surcharges subject to change. Info Louise Olivi,, 203- 4691712.


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AUGUST 2, TUESDAY Active Meditation I–6:30-8:30pm. 4-week program to explore benefits of meditation. Harness the Law of Attraction, learn to relax and recharge, focus your busy mind on changing your energy. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., #213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or The Top Myths & Mistakes You Need to Know About Self-Publishing–6-7:30pm. This is a mustattend workshop about the myths and mistakes MOST self-published authors make and how you can avoid them! Cherry Creek, Denver. Register at Aspen DeCew - Hot Seat Nights–6:30-9:30pm. Observe the powerful work of Human Software Engineering and WaveMaker technology first hand in a large audience setting. $20/Pre-reg; $30/Door. Info@ or 303-730-6695. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

AUGUST 3, WEDNESDAY How To Eliminate Low Back Pain and Sciatica– 7-8:15pm. Workshop reviews basic spinal anatomy, common causes of low back pain, sciatica and disc problems. Screenings and treatment options discussed. Learn about alternatives to drugs. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP req’d 303-934-3600 or Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. Offering Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transfer that can accelerate spiritual growth. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or CCC: Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations–6:45-10pm. Monthly meetings to raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Explore integration of enlightened living in personal and professional lives. Love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

AUGUST 4, THURSDAY Confidence and Boundless Energy–6pm. This class teaches techniques to build your competence and increase your confidence. Learn breathing and energy-stimulation techniques to keep you energized. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817 or Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting–78:30pm. Cleansing and fat-burning system is natural and effective. Eliminate toxins. Average weight loss of 9-12 pounds in just nine days. Product tasting. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth

Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP req’d 303-934-3600 or

AUGUST 5, FRIDAY Soul Adventures Club--Life Vision Session and Art Walk–4:30-6pm. Join the Soul Adventures Club and increase your sense of freedom, creativity and problem solving in the company of other cool, conscious professional women and men. Hiking, cooking, yoga, painting and more. Free. Shakta Studio, 773 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. Divinations with Lama Leki–Lama Leki, a Tibetan Buddhist Lama from Bhutan, will be in Boulder Aug 5-11 to do divinations regarding spiritual practices, health/healing, wealth, relationships, job and family. Suggested donation $75. Dharma Seminars, 2539 Columbine Circle, Lafayette. Kirtan–7-9:30pm. Experience blissful union with the indwelling Spirit in joyous community, immersed in music, chant, and song! Tom Fuhrmann & Friends. Co-sponsored by the MHC Inclusion and Diversity Core & the GLBT and Friends Ministry. Love offering. Mile Hi Church Community Center, 9077 W. Alameda, Lakewood. Ky Gabriel 720-251-9756. Fried: Why You Burn Out and How to Revive with Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.–7pm. Join this New York Times best-selling author to change your life. Learn resilience, take a refresher course at “Better Boundary School” and rediscover who you are. $30. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield–Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at both Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Yard Sale Fund Raiser–Noon-9, Sat. 9-8, Sun. 104. New and gently used items, including furniture, lamps, TVs, vacuum cleaners, small appliances, kitchen wares, jewelry, collectable dolls & knives, tools, computers, monitors, electronics + more. Sacred Spaces Spiritual Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora.

AUGUST 6, SATURDAY How to Psychically Read Body Health–9am-2pm. Use your psychic ability to read the physical health of a person from head to feet without touching the body. Read other students, pre-selected people at a distance and other individuals. $65. RSVP Karen Fox, 303-942-0646 or Isis Healing Oasis, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood. Fertile Shower Fulfilling All Wishes 2-day Mantra Accomplishment Blessing & Ceremony

for Spiritual & Material Wealth–9am-5pm. Lama Rangbar will lead blessing ceremony to attract unlimited spiritual & materials, riches & wealth. All are welcome. Suggested donation $108. No one turned away for lack of funds. Ratna Shri Meditation Center, 3565 Martin Dr., Boulder. Sponsored by Dharma Seminars,

AUGUST 7, SUNDAY Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message on the first Sunday of every month. Followed by a free aura healing - chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit / Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., #213, Denver. 303-282-9439. Doors open from 10:40-11am. Drum Circle–5:30-7:30pm. Chanting 5:306pm., drumming 6-7:30 pm. No experience necessary. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Spiritual Gathering, Aura Healing Clinic & Lunch–11am-Noon. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Followed by aura healing clinic, refreshments, community and lunch at Mimi’s Café. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora. 303365-0200, Dream Travel to Soul Travel–10:30-11:30am. Workshop teaches how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Begins with a reading from the ECK works, followed by HU Song, quiet contemplation, music, stories, and community. Children’s classes. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St., #208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or

AUGUST 8, MONDAY Mind Over Weight–6pm. Are you tired of failed diets and workouts? Healthy weight ALWAYS starts with a healthy brain. This class will start you on the road to make your weight a healthy weight. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817 or Prevention Plus Lecture–6:30-8:30pm. Dave O’Brian will share his remarkable adventure running the 4 deserts this. Don’t miss his amazing personality or wisdom as he shares how to prevent injuries, repair faster, and get basic nutrition every day. Marriott Park Meadows –RSVP Heather 303753-2665 or 303-903-8248.

savethedate INTEGRATING SPIRITUAL PRACTICE INTO A BUSY LIFE: An Evening with Tulku Sherab Dorje Friday, September 9, 7-9pm Turn your everyday life into a rich, deep spiritual practice. Tulku SherDor has walked the talk of spiritual practice through the office hallways and urban streets of American life. He can show you how to do the same. The yogic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism offers many simple, effective techniques for using every experience to deepen and enhance practice. Evening talk is an introduction to optional weekend 9/10-11. Suggested donation $15. No one will be turned away for inability to pay. Ratna Shri Meditation Center, 3565 Martin Drive, Boulder. RSVP/info, or 303-349-9897.

MEDITATION ON THE INNER LIGHT AND SOUND: Live In Harmony • Wednesday, August 10, 7pm Interested in a spiritual path based on meditation, ethical living, service to others and love for all creation? Interested in awakening to the possibilities of your higher self? Discover your true potential as soul. Sant Mat is a practical spiritual path based on meditation on the inner Light and Sound, ethical values, service to others and love for all creation. Its goal is to enable the soul to return and merge into its source. Discipline, dedication and help of a spiritual Master are essential. Free. Consulate Healing Center, 750 E 9th St, Denver. Given by representatives of Sant Baljit Singh. Info 303-921-2765 or

EXPOSING THE SECRET KILLER: The Hidden Link Between Heart Attacks, Strokes, Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Other Diseases, and What You Can Do About It Wednesday, September 14, 7pm Dr Bill Bergman discusses practical ways to protect your health and reverse the cause of many health challenges. Bill Bergman, M.D. is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and a 1970 graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and has been involved in researching and practicing preventive and holistic medicine for more than 40 years. His particular interest is educating people about the underlying and fundamental causes of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, obesity and others, now epidemic in our society. Free. RSVP 303-934-3600. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth, Lakewood. 303-934-3600.

RUN THE RANCHES SERIES AT DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH Sunday, September 18, 10am – 1pm Featuring trail runs from 2 to 10 miles, the Run the Ranches Series is designed for walkers and runners of all ages and abilities. The Series dates are 8/14 at Drowsy Water Ranch, 8/21 at Granby Ranch and finishes at Devil’s Thumb Ranch 9/18. A portion of the proceeds go to Headwaters Trail Alliance, a nonprofit organization that maintains and links trails in Grand County. $20/adult (13 and older); $10 kids ages 6-12; free kids 5 and under. Devil’s Thumb Ranch, 3530 County Rd 83, Tabernash. On-line registration at 800-933-4339, Activities@devilsthumbranch. com or

AUGUST 9, TUESDAY Informational Lecture–6pm. Dr. Tamara Eslich will speak about academic, social and behaviorial concerns. Learn why there is an epidemic of children with these concerns, and about the most recent research. Free. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St., Golden. 303-278-1780, or

BECOME A CERTIFIED REFLEXOLOGIST! Training Begins September, 2011 Comprehensive 305 hour, weekend classes. “Professional Foot, Hand and Ear Reflexology” prepares for rewarding career as a clinician who can make a difference. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts, Englewood. State Approved and ARCB CE Provider. Rachel Lord or Luke Terry, 303-320-4367 or natural awakenings

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11 0 2 SEPTEMBER 10, 2011 Whole Man Expo–8:30am-5:30pm. Explore various influences shaping men’s lives in our nation today. Presentations, panels, entertainment, vendors, Whole Man of the Year Award.$10/advance online; $12/ door. Sheraton Denver Tech Center, 7007 S Clinton, Englewood. Presented by Energy for Life. Jim Sharon 303-796-7004 or Open Discussion For Learning Challenges–9am10:30am. Q&A about dyslexia and other learning challenges for your children; why your child may be having difficulty in certain subjects, with being social, getting homework completed, taking tests, finishing tasks. Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817 or

SEPTEMBER 14 Dog Trainer Apprentice–7-8:30pm. Become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science, holistic approaches and positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog, pet parent and specific situation. Evaluate behavior, design exercises, coach humans, handle dogs, deliver presentations, and resolve and prevent behavior problems. 6 Wednesdays. Village of Five Parks Depot Meeting Rooms, 13810 W 85th Drive, Arvada. Contact Lorraine for application/ details at or 303239-0382. Understanding Dogs Class–7-8:30pm. Unique opportunity to receive an evaluation, treatment plan and coaching experience with your dog, who attends one week. Holistic approach with positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog and situation. Valuable educational experience for pet parents, pet professionals, and rescue volunteers. $150. 6 spaces for dogs only. One human/canine team. 6 Wednesdays. Village of Five Parks Depot Meeting Rooms, 13810 W 85th Drive, Arvada. Contact Lorraine for application/ details at or 303239-0382.

SEPTEMBER 15-18 Women’s Empowerment Workshop–Journey through nature to your most powerful, soulful self! The WEW empowers women to nourish mind, body and spirit by connecting to the natural world in a profoundly enriching, compelling, and transformational way. Rejuvenate, revitalize and reinvigorate. Expertly guided explorations in nature including hiking, rafting, rock climbing, nature photography and equine empowerment. Speakers, seminars, and tools and inspiration that will propel you into your most vivid and inspired life! Vail Racquet Club, Vail.

SEPTEMBER 16-18 Meditation-based Yoga Nidra with Yogi Amrit Desai - Learn from a world renowned master how meditation-based Yoga Nidra can take you effortlessly to the zero stress zone. Alpha-theta brainwave states release mood-elevating endorphins and tranquilizers; eliminate anxiety, depression and induce restful sleep; boost immune system, accelerate healing, prevent premature aging; dismantle self-defeating habit patterns and addictive behaviors. Tuition: $225 plus room & board. Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feathers Lake. Registration: 888-788-7221 or


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AUGUST 10, WEDNESDAY Tamra Hayden and Friends...A Return to Broadway–7pm. This must-see performance featuring Broadway star Tamra Hayden showcases songs and selections from such Broadway hits as Oklahoma, Carousel, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and Les Miserables. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

AUGUST 11, THURSDAY Money/Business Class–6pm. Learn how to replace your negative thoughts about money. Money is not “the root to all evil” or other negatives you have heard. Join us and we will help you get those negative thoughts out of your way. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817 or Open Door Reading Space–7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will be available for Q&A, including Guide/Angel and Medium Communication. $20/20 min. + $1/min. thereafter. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora, 303-365-0200, Drum Circle with Shaman Rick Strong Feather and John Thunderheart Robinson–7-9pm. Join the community for Drum Circle, Dige Players, Flutes, Shamanic Healing, Sound Healing, and Messages from the StrongFeather and The ThunderHeart. Love offering/donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

AUGUST 12, FRIDAY Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Arrive early, doors lock 6:55pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish, Free. Followed by Healings $10. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. No appt necessary. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 S Locust St., #213, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Inspirational/Spiritual Movie Night–7-9pm. The latest spiritual movies picked by Kay Ford Johnsen to share with our community. Check our web site for film listing. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Freedom From the Inside Out–5-6 pm. Explore doit-yourself techniques like EFT, The Emotion Code and inner body awareness to clear energy blocks, personal baggage, and limiting beliefs. Group meets monthly. Free. Downtown Littleton. Vicki Nelson 303-955-7532 or

AUGUST 13, SATURDAY Holistic Healing/Psychic/Vendor Fair–11am-6pm. Complimentary healing modalities include massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, cord-cutting, healing touch, oils, crystal bowls, and bars. Readers include palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors include crystals, jewelry, oils, clothing, and more. $20/20 mins per healer/reader/vendor. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, # 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

August Full Moon Psychic Fair–10:30am-5:30pm. Some of Colorado’s best psychics and intuitives will be on hand to answer your questions and help you to explore your options. Sean, Yanna, Joy, Jackie and more will bring you insight. Chair massage. All services (except astrology) are $1 per minute. Isis Healing Oasis, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood.

AUGUST 14, SUNDAY Experience the Healing of the Divine–11am. Monthly healing rite. Witness as we invoke the power of the Divine Feminine, the Angels, and the elements to bring healing to body, mind, and soul. Special healing requests. No-touch Ruach Healing technique. Sponsored by The Esoteric Order of the Golden Dawn’s Sanctuary of Thoth-Hermes in Denver. Free. Isis Healing Oasis, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood.

AUGUST 15, MONDAY Can You Really Get Through Blocks as Easily as This?–6pm. What is blocking your path to success? Join us and learn how to identify those blocks and move them out of your way. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817 or

AUGUST 16, TUESDAY A Basic 5-Week Meditation–7-9pm. Meditation can help you: achieve a lifelong transformation; relax; and create change in your life. Let go of negativity and stress; make room for positivity and great health. Learn lifelong skills and develop a personal practice. Meditation reduces stress and improves health. Start living better NOW. $180. Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Journey Within 720-413-7303 or

AUGUST 17, WEDNESDAY Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. See Aug 3 detail. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Words Class–6pm. What your mom didn’t tell you, but you tell yourself to mess up your life. Words are powerful. Join us to learn how words affect you every day. $30 one session / $21 each (1st 2). Fast Focusing Center, 88 Inverness Circle E, H-107, Centennial. 303-708-8817 or

AUGUST 18, THURSDAY The Bio-Mechanics of Auto Injury–7-8:15pm. Q&A session with Dr. Keuhn who has over 25 years of personal experience in helping people recover from soft tissue injuries. As an automobile-accident specialist, Dr. Keuhn understands the complicated aspects of both the medical and legal issues. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP req’d 303-934-3600 or Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin–7-9pm. Oneness Deeksha with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and nativeAmerican flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of the receiving individual. It supports all paths. Love Offering/$20 suggested. Journeys For

Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

AUGUST 19, FRIDAY Become a Certified Feng Shui Professional Consultant - 5-Day intensive program. For 18 years Feng Shui Designs has been training Feng Shui Professionals throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Aug 19-23 at Residence Inn Denver North/Westminster. Feng Shui Designs Inc. RSVP/info James Jay 800-5512482. Inner Child Journey with Rev. Ras Smith–710:30pm, and Sat, Aug 20, 10am-9:30pm. Heal childhood wounds you may still have carry. Live, love and express the “real you” while creating a loving foundation of success in your life. $95. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303232-4079 or Summer Garden Photography Workshop with Jim Steinberg–Join award-winning photographer Jim Steinberg for three days of garden photography. Steinberg is known for his easy-going and effective teaching style. Learn to capture each setting at its best. $300. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580 or registrar@

AUGUST 20, SATURDAY Tools for Kids!–2-3pm, ages 6-10. Sun, Aug 21, ages 11-16. This class teaches children the same life-changing skills we teach adults, in a format that works just for them. Two workshops for different ages. $25. Inner Connection Institute North Side, 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or

Prenatal Yoga Overview–9am-6pm. Enhanced yoga teaching skills for teachers who with an occasional pregnant student in class. Continuing ed course reviews the changes in anatomy and basics in adapting postures to support a pregnant student in a general yoga class. $290. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099, or

AUGUST 21, SUNDAY Men’s Growth Circle Presents Spiritual Partnership with Rev. Barry Ebert–2:30-4:30pm. Spiritual partners are equals who want to grow together, not change each other. They work together to change themselves. Learn how to create spiritual partnerships. $7. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or Message Circle with Rev Charles Cox–Noon-2pm. Message Circles are a gathering of folks led by a minister/medium that connect with departed loved ones, Spirit Guides or other entities.. Spiritualist Minister Charles Cox has been doing these for 30 years. Seating limited, RSVP at Denver-psychic. com and select “Message Circle at Isis”. $15. Isis Healing Oasis, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood. Ayurvedic Cooking for the Pitta Season–9am1:30pm. Vitality and clarity through Ayurvedic cooking. Summer brings heat and the Pitta doshaexcess heat causes aging and debility. Learn about Pitta and how to bring balance to the body by making smart food choices. Includes a fresh, delicious lunch. $81. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099, or

Community HU Song–10:30-11am. A community HU Chant (or HU Song) is a gathering to sing the ancient love song to God, the HU. HU demonstrates Soul’s Love for God and is offered to the all regardless of faith. Light refreshments and fellowship. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St., #208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or www. Spiritual Gathering, Aura Healing Clinic–11am12:00pm. See Aug 7 for info. (no lunch today). Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303365-0200, Ange de la Mer Bo-ssage Training class–This class offers instant pain release using medical Bo-ssage for upper extremities, frozen shoulder, whiplash, upper body Psoas release, etc. Includes terminology for medical massage. 3D anatomy presentation, addressing pain management. Hampton Inn, Denver-West/ Golden, 17150 W Colfax Ave, Golden. 303-279-6237. Incredible, Edible Gluten-Free Food Fair–10am4pm. Spotlights many of the gluten-free options available to those with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. Features local and national vendors who serve the gluten-free market, samples, new product lines, cooking techniques, coupons and cookbooks. Free. Denver Merchandise Mart- Expo Hall II, 451 E 58th Ave., Denver. Katie Uhlenbrock kdu_27@yahoo. com and Kathy Craig, vendor contact gfvendorfair@ .

AUGUST 23, TUESDAY Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting– 7-8:30pm. See Aug 4 for details. Free. LifeSource

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AUGUST 24, WEDNESDAY Heal The Healers–7-9pm. Designed for healers to both give and receive. Share your gifts and get your time of healing on the table as well. All healers are invited. Bring your energy, tools, and snack to share. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, #100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

AUGUST 25, THURSDAY Native American Spirituality, the Realization of the Sacred with Dr. Patty Luckenbach–7-10pm. Fri, Aug 26, 7-10pm and Sat, Aug 27, 10am-4pm. Through the power of ritual and principles of Science of Mind and Spirit, reveal your wisdom and realize the Holy Sacred’s relationship with all life. $95. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303232-4079 or

Wellness Workshop–1pm and 7pm. Learn how to get back into the Wellness game! Improve your health with easy take-home tips you can implement right away. We will be talking about Whole Food Nutrition. Healthy smoothies will be served! Free. RSVP to Heather @ 303-753-2665 or 303903-8248.

AUGUST 27, SATURDAY Inspirational Movie Night at Mile Hi Church–7pm. You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie. An intimate look into Louise Hay’s inspirational life story and a special segment to help apply Louise’s affirmations and groundbreaking wisdom in your own life. Panel discussion after. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Angels with Paws Cat Rescue and Adoption Center Fundraising Garage Sale–9am-3 pm. Will feature electronics, tools, music CDs, DVDs, clothing, baby

ongoingevents monday Experience The Ancient Art of Qigong Healing– 4-6pm. Ancient Chinese Energy Healing helps to release physical and emotional stress, balance immune system, improve sleep, alleviate vertigo, and more. Full-length in person session available at special summer rates. Call today for your Free Distant Healing. Free. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave., Denver. Jules Love 720-887-3532. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol– 6:30pm. Exhilarating Yoga practice uses Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another. Energize metabolic rate, build a healthy body, increase stamina, develop strength and flexibility, stimulate and tone the internal organs, improve circulation, alleviate stress. EmySol -Ananda Shakti Ma. No exp. req’d. Info/pricing 303-731-6695. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada.

wednesday Free Healing Energy Massage in Denver–12:151pm AND 5:45-6:15pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic massage. During a healing, energy one does not need is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. Day and evening clinics every Wednesday. Donations welcome. Inner Connection Institute Denver location: 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213 Denver. 303-282-9439 or Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol– 6:30pm. See description on Mondays. Instructor: EmySol -Ananda Shakti Ma. Call for pricing. No exp. req’d. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash.” During a healing, we release negative energy that is blocking your growth and stopping you from creating the life you desire. Donations welcome. In-

side Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Journey Within 720-413-7303 or

thursday Free Healing Energy Massage in Wheat Ridge– 6:30-7:30pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic massage. During a healing, energy that blocks growth and flow is cleared. Clarity and contentment are restored. Mini-readings available after clinic-$10. Donations welcome. Inner Connection Institute North Side, 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or Free Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Negative energy will be gently removed from your body and then replaced with your own positive energy. You will feel great and be ready take your next steps. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or

friday Modern-Day Meditation–7:30-9pm. This meditation uses all types of music and guides people to a more calm and open state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. First class free. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave., Denver. Center of the Golden One, Diane Walker-Allison 800-3383788 or Low-Cost Community Wellness Clinic–9am-7pm. 1st and 3rd Fri’s by appt ONLY. Therapeutic massage, Brennan Healing Science, holistic bodywork, energy work, cosmetology, stress mgmnt consult, shamanic journey, hypnotherapy, nutritional consult, herbalist, psychic readers, crystal attunements, healing touch, private yoga classes and more! Some practitioners avail throughout the week. $45/sliding scale. Stress Management Services Wellness Coop in Boulder. Call Marie at 720-877-1727 or

items, and furniture. There will also be AWP specific items available such as tote bags, keychains, mugs, t-shirts and bumper stickers. Angels with Paws, 2540 Youngfield Street, Lakewood. 303-274-2264. Free Screening to determine if Your Supplements are Working for You–1-3 pm. Which of your supplements are supporting the life you want? Bring your supplements to see if they make your constitution strong or not! Any donations benefit the DDRC of Colorado. Nonforce Chiropractic and Cold Laser, 2700 Lakewood St., #104, Lakewood. Dr. Lee Parimuha and Dr. Rosanne Dektor hosts.

AUGUST 28, SUNDAY Make Room for a Miracle with Ester Nicholson– 2pm. Learn from this motivational speaker and inspirational recording artist the powerful process of forgiveness. In this dynamic workshop, discover the difference between anger and resentment, heal core wounds and connect with your inner child. $20. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or Student Psychic Fair–11am-2pm. Doing readings in a variety of settings and with different types of people expands and strengthens your psychic abilities. Discussion session after. You don’t have to be a professional psychic to get a lot from this experience! Karen Fox, 303-942-0646. Register in advance, pay at class. $30. Isis Healing Oasis, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood. Satsang and Kirtan with Swami Dharmananda– 6:30-8:30pm. Swami Dharmananda, a preeminent

scholar of the Science of Yoga, Hindu Philosophy, and Comparative Religion and the chief monastic disciple of the late Guru, Shri Vishwaguruji Maharaj, will spend the evening sharing his wisdom and taking questions about living the Spiritual life. Donations welcome. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd., Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099, or

AUGUST 29, MONDAY Edible Flower Feast–6-8pm. Experience a sensory feast of edible flowers. Enjoy herb blossom canapés, chicken curry salad with flower confetti, calendula deviled eggs and finish with chocolate mint cupcakes and lavender Cream. Learn how to candy flowers and herbs for gorgeous garnishes. $44. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. Registrar 720-8653580 or

Get Healthy with an Energy Tune-up Workshop– 7-8:30pm. Understand how your whole body is mapped to your hands, locate meridians and key acupoints on the hand, evaluate and stabilize imbalances. Experiential segments include: Ear Acutherapy helps with obesity, addictions and stress; Hand Acutherapy for fast, effective pain relief. Joedee Love, Certified in Sooji, Qigong and Auricular therapy and Katie Brown, Master Herbalist. People House, 3035 W. 25th Ave. Denver. $30/each or $50/2 buddies. Reg req’d Joedee Love 303-232-4146,

Free Day at Denver Botanic Gardens York Street –Free days for Colorado residents are held throughout the year at both Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, thanks to funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).

AUGUST 31, WEDNESDAY The 5 Secrets to Looking & Feeling Younger–78:15pm. This workshop reviews research studies, testimonials and published articles on the value of natural health care. Discussion on sugar, hormone function, weight gain, exercise, eating healthier, drug effects and the benefits of Chiropractic/natural treatments as a complete health care program. Free. LifeSource Health Partners, 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP req’d 303-934-3600 or

Children need models rather than critics. ~Joseph Joubert

Your children will see what you’re all about by what you live rather than what you say. ~Wayne Dyer

Every book is a children’s book if the kid can read! ~Mitch Hedberg

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August 2011 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...

August 2011 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...