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Why You Should Avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) “The children of North America have now become the world’s lab animals on whom to study the long-term effects of eating GM products.” Jane Goodall, Primatologist and author
our GMOs. When that didn’t work, the FDA appointed Michael Taylor, former attorney for Monsanto, as deputy commissioner for policy within the FDA. He oversaw the creation of the FDA’s official policy which says no GMO safety studies are required and that the FDA does not even need to know which GMOs are being introduced. According to Jeffrey Smith, Michael Taylor may be reeffrey Smith, author, activist and director of the Institute sponsible for more food-related illnesses and deaths than any for Responsible Technology (IRT) was in Boulder on Auother person in history. Michael Taylor left the FDA to become gust 26 to promote his “The Campaign for Healthier Eating In America.” The goal of the Campaign is to encour- vice president at Monsanto. Now the Obama administration has appointed him as food safety czar! age consumers to demand GMO-free foods. Current commercial crops of GMO foods are Soy, Cotton, Another group, The Non-GMO Project, has issued press re- Canola, Corn, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian papaya, Alfalfa (pendleases calling October 2010 the first ever “Non-GMO Month.” ing), Zucchini and Yellow Squash, and Tobacco(Quest® brand). According to Dr. Richard Thomas, a local nutrition expert, America is one of the most complacent countries when However, avoiding these foods will not keep you clear of GMO’s. Corn, for example, is turned into hundreds of products that beit comes to tolerating Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO foods. Many countries including most of the European come the ingredients in most processed foods available today. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization that Union have banned or opposed GM crops. Sixty countries require labeling of GM foods, or restrict GM growth and im- has developed a “Standard, third-party Product Verification port. The United States, on the other hand, continues to lead Program, and uniform seal for products made following best the world in production and consumption of GM food. Over practices of GMO avoidance.” According to their website, “everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not 75% of all processed foods in this country contain at least to consume genetically modified products.” one GM ingredient. If you eat any processed food, it is very Their work is important because in America, not only likely that you are eating a GM food. So, what is all the fuss about? According to Jeffrey Smith, has the FDA opened the floodgates for food manufacturers to use and grow GM foods, they have not been friendly to efforts author of Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette, GMO to require labeling of products containing such ingredients. foods pose 65 potential health risks in the categories of potential toxins, allergens, carcinogens, new diseases, antibiotic According to Smith, 87 million consumers in the United States think that GM foods aren’t safe, but find it difficult to avoid resistant diseases, and nutritional problems. them because the US does not require food companies to Even more compelling, the FDA’s own scientists describe label genetically modified ingredients. GM foods as “inherently dangerous and could create toxins, Both the IRT and the Non-GMO Project are working toward allergens, new diseases and nutritional problems.” In fact, Dr. P.M. Bhargava, renowned scientist, claims that the introduction achieving the “tipping point” of consumer demand that will force of GM foods into the U.S. food supply in 1996 may be respon- food manufacturers to alter their pro-GMO ways. It is believed that if just 5% or 15 million consumers regularly demand GMOsible for a sudden surge in several chronic illnesses from seven percent of the population to 13 percent over a nine-year period free foods, food manufacturers will have to respond. We, in Colorado, need to step up to the plate and join while incidents of food allergies have doubled in even less time. Jeffrey Smith and The Non-GMO Project in their quest to edu These GMOs have been allowed into the U.S. food supcate the public of the health risks and ultimately the removal ply with little to no follow-up in human feeding studies to of GMO products from our food supply. The health of ourensure their safety, even though animal feeding studies have shown pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, selves, our children and our children’s children is at stake. smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy or increased density of the liver, odd shaped cell nuclei and other unexSpecial thanks to Dr Richard Thomas, PhD Holistic Nutrition plained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates. for his input, passion and expertise on this subject. To find The first President Bush pushed a fast track approval for more information on GMOs contact Dr. Richard Thomas at GMO as a boost to the big biotech companies like Monsanto HolisticNutrition4u@yahoo.com or ResponsibleTechnology. and others. The original intention was to bolster exports. But org or NonGMOProject.org. as previously mentioned, the rest of the world did not want
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oin Certified Life coach, Stacy Spears (Owner, Stacy Spears Life Coaching) and visiting guest, Coach Randy Shreve (Owner, Audacious Transformations, Nashville ) as they co-present a weekend workshop titled “Rocky Mountain Conscious Living Seminar” October 22-24 in Glenwood Springs. The workshop will teach tools to effectively regain personal power, and deal with hardships, remove limiting beliefs that keep you from personal truth, and allow you to find an authentic life. Spears and Shreve recently completed the life coach training program under the best-selling author Martha Beck PhD. Beck’s resume includes monthly contributor to O, the Oprah Magazine, three Harvard degrees and decades of coaching experience. Certified Life Coach Stacy S. Spears says she stopped listening to what everybody else told her she should do, think, and feel and began to listen to herself and acknowledge her
needs, wants and passions and began the “excavation” to her truth, which led to an authentic life and ideal career. Shreve notes he recently left healthcare after 30 years, wanting to put his training to good use and help others chart a course of personal discovery and growth, which led to the creation of Audacious Transformations. For information visit ConsciousLivingSeminar.com, Stacyspears.com or email Stacy@StacySpears.com.
and meet a woman borrower from Guatemala as she shares her remarkable story. After the fundraiser, attendees have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets and stay and enjoy the 7:00 pm performance featuring Dafnis Prieto’s Proverb Trio with Jason Lindner (keyboards) and Kokayi (vocals). Location: Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge, 930 Lincoln St. 4:30-6:30pm. For more information, APWColorado.org and click on the Get Jazzed Fundraiser.
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xperience the latest in hypnotic regression therapy when Dr. Brian Weiss conducts an all-day past life regression workshop on October 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Denver Merchandise Mart. Dr. Weiss astonished the world of psychiatry with his theories of past-life regression and has become known as the nation’s foremost expert in the field. By exploring what happens before we are born and after we die—and our possible future lives—we awaken from the constrictions of our past conditioning to release anxieties and fears. Join Dr. Weiss as he opens unexpected doors into the realm of past-life regression and guides participants through the process, step by step. This intensive includes large and small group exercises, using techniques such as hypnotic regression; healing visualizations; and intuitional and right-brain training. There will be ample time for questions and answers and personal interaction with Dr. Weiss. Brian Weiss, M.D. is the highly-respected, former Chairman of Psychiatry at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami, graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School. Don’t miss this highly experiential intensive workshop. Reservations $139. For reservations HayHouse.com/event_details.php?event_id=956 or call 800-654-5126. See ad page 10.
hai Yoga Massage therapist, Hillary Olsen Hilliard, LMT, has recently opened Denver Integrative Massage School, located in Northwest Denver, which offers a completely unique Certified Massage Therapy program, State and Nationally-Approved, that integrates Western styles of massage along with all Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and Pathology requirements within an Asian Energy Bodywork framework of 180 hours of Thai Yoga Massage studies. The instructors at Denver Integrative Massage School include a Doctor of Physical Therapy (18+ years experience), a Registered Nurse (25+ years experience, and one of the first instructors to introduce Thai Yoga Massage to the Rocky Mountain Region (10+ years ago). Location: 2416 W. 32nd Ave, Denver. Info 720-270-3633. DenverIntegrativeMassageSchool.com.
MicroLoan Fundraiser Helps Working Women in Guatamala
he Alliance for Professional Women is holding a fundraiser “Get Jazzed on Microcredit” November 6, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The fundraiser helps give small $100-$200 micro loans through partner Friendship Bridge and their Village Banks to change the lives of women and their families located in Guatemala. Village Banks are comprised of 10-25 borrowers and the average loan is $150 US. Historically, women have used these tiny business loans to lift their families out of poverty in less than three years. The families experience lower fertility and infant mortality rates, improved health and nutrition, higher immunization, fewer incidents of domestic violence, enhanced self-esteem, and greater involvement in community affairs. The fundraiser will include appetizers, wine and beer as you browse through arts and crafts made by women in Guatemala – it will be a perfect opportunity to complete some holiday shopping. Learn about the work being done in Guatemala
newsbriefs Lani Renee Relocates to Denver; Offers Classes, Healings and Readings
ani Renee, spiritualist, teacher, guide, energetic healer and channeled tarot reader is now offering her services at the Journeys for Conscious Living center (J4CL) in Arvada. This move marks a new beginning on her 20-year spiritual journey by introducing her to the Denver area and to those seeking to progress spirituality. Renee, who is best-known as an adept channeled tarot reader, will also develop classes at J4CL. She studied metaphysics for more than 20 years and has been formally initiated into the energies of Shamanic High Priestess, Spiritual Adept, Teacher, Guide, Ritual Master, Energetic Healer, Channeled Reader and Kabbalist. Renee has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and is trained and experienced in Mind & Body alternative and holistic disciplines. She dedicates her work to healing souls that are in search of the Light. “I serve by offering channeled tarot readings, classes and more for those seeking higher knowledge the opportunity to be immersed in sacred guidance and teachings,” she said.
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$25 in Free Product Offered from Denver/Boulder Hydroponic & Organic Centers
hristine Hubbard, General Manager of the Denver and Boulder Hydroponic & Organic Centers, is offering an all-month, October special that appeals to all readers; get $25 in free in-store product when you spend $100. The Denver and Boulder stores offer a full array of organic and hydroponic growing needs including growing medium, high intensity lighting, garden systems, nutrients and climate control systems. Christine says, ”We’ve got everything here you could ever need to grow your plants. My knowledgeable and friendly staff will spend time with you to understand your needs. Come on down and see what we have to offer. You won’t be disappointed!” The Boulder store has been voted Boulder’s Best for 6 years running, and in 2005 brought their 15 years of experience to Denver. Denver store located at 6810-D Broadway, 303-650-0091. Boulder store located at 1630 N 63rd St; 303-415-0045. Hours are Mon-Sat 11am – 6pm. See store for details on October special. In-store product only. No additional discounts apply. Offer expires October 21, 2010. See ad page 2.
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â€œThe Infinity Experienceâ€? Returns
he Infinity Team and Chad Steele, author of The Infinity Principle, will launch another Infinity Experience at The Tivoli on Auraria Campus in Denver on November 13. The theme is Love, Connection, Power. This event is for the entire family and includes a free Friday night celebration and a full day of empowering workshops and seminars that will enable you to experience infinite moments and share them with others. This event is for anyone who wants more love, more connection, and more power in this world. Location: The Tivoli, Auriaria Campus. Friday night; free. Saturday; $129. Visit InfinityExperience.com for early bird discounts. Info Chad Steele, 303-667-7331.
October Speakers Planned at Journeys for Conscious Living
ctober holds two special events at Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL): â€œAuthenTalkâ€? with Greg Mooers October 29 and â€œThe Power of 3 World Tour - Media, Mindset & Marketing Transformation Eventâ€? October 23. Greg Mooers, internationally known trainer, author and coach, will be presenting his life changing weekend intensive at Journeys For Conscious Living October 29-31. In the AuthenTalk intensive, Greg and his team will introduce the top skills of a hero and ignite your ability to communicate powerfully and beautifully. â€œThe Power of 3â€? is a one-day event on October 23 with Debbie Allen, Marie Oâ€™Riordan & Tracy Repchuk, three of the worldâ€™s top marketing experts in million dollar business building, media marketing & internet marketing. This event offers you the secrets to marketing success from 3 of the worldâ€™s top business, marketing and media experts â€Ś all in one place. Greg Mooers AuthenTalk 3 Day Intensive: October 29 $1497. Power of 3: 8am7pm October 23; Regular registration $97, VIP Registration $197. Journeys For Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Building A, Suite 100 (Just north of Gunther Toodyâ€™s Diner) in Arvada. Registration or more information call 303-731-6695 or visit J4CL.com. See ad page 32.
New Therapeutic Yoga Center Opens in Littleton
amasteWorks Yoga + Wellness opens its doors to a new Therapeutic Yoga Center in Littleton on October 4. Founder Nancy Levenson, E-RYT 500 and a yoga therapist, describes the new center as a space to â€œdiscover yoga as a healing art.â€? The Open House event is Saturday, October 23 from 11-2pm. This warm and supportive space, housed inside a refurbished home built in 1906, is designed to bring true healing and growth for those desiring to move from dis-ease towards optimal health. The centerâ€™s focus is providing respiratory, circulatory, stressrelated, and anxiety based therapeutic yoga services, small group breath with movement classes, and private sessions. The center also offers targeted programs, like â€œThe Healing Ribbonâ€? a therapeutic yoga approach to Breast Cancer, led by breast cancer survivor and trained breast cancer yoga instructor, Barbara Bloodgood and â€œThe Joyful Warriorâ€? a program for women with depression. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness 5860 South Curtice St, Littleton. For more information 303-725-1434 or namasteworksyoga.com.
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Second Patch of Plastic Soup Spotted in Atlantic A rising tide of consumer plastics, jettisoned into the oceans via rivers, storm drains, sewage overflows and windstorms, is devastating the environment across the world, says Charles Moore, the ocean researcher credited with discovering a vast, plastics-infested area in the Pacific Ocean in 1997. Now, his Algalita Marine Research Foundation researchers have defined a second vortex of garbage in the Atlantic Ocean. The soup of confetti-like bits of plastics stretches over thousands of square miles of the western North Atlantic, with the densest concentrations between the latitudes of Virginia and Cuba, including the unique Sargasso Sea ecosystem. Sea Education Association (SEA) oceanography faculty member Kara Lavender Law, Ph.D., clarifies: “There’s no large patch, no solid mass of material. If it were an island, we could go get it. But we can’t; it’s a thin soup of plastic fragments.” SEA, in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, which has monitored the North Atlantic for 22 years, expects that several such areas exist in the world’s oceans. The plastic soup has essentially become a permanent part of the ecosystem, posing harm to the entire marine food chain. The only remedy is to halt the influx of consumer plastics by producing less of them and recycling them all. Public education is key.
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Spend the day with the nation’s foremost past-life regression expert. This highly experiential intensive workshop explores the latest in hypnotic regression therapy.
Join Brian Weiss as he opens unexpected doors into the astonishing realm of past-life regression! Brian L. Weiss, M.D., the best-selling author of Many Lives, Many Masters, is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Medical School, and is the former Chairman of Psychiatry at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami.
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Where to Recycle Outdated Electronics U.S. consumers, who generate more than 3 million tons of e-waste annually, now have easier access to manufacturer recycling programs, responsible local e-recycling facilities and cooperating retailers. “If you make it easy, people will recycle their stuff,” says Barbara Kyle, national coordinator of the Electronics Takeback Coalition. As of this year, 23 states mandate statewide e-waste recycling, and all but California make manufacturers responsible for providing it, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Seven more states introduced such legislation in 2010 (see ElectronicsTakeBack. com/legislation/state_legislation.htm). This approach helps get e-products containing toxic materials out of landfills and incinerators, where they can contaminate water and air. It also shifts the need for cost-effective environmental responsibility to manufacturers, to encourage them to design more eco-friendly products. Ultimately, this should result in products with fewer toxic components and more reusable and recyclable components, requiring less use of virgin materials. The world leader in e-waste recycling proves what’s possible; an industry-run program in Norway recycles 98 percent of all e-waste. By contrast, in 2008 Americans recycled only 13.6 percent of their e-waste, often storing old, unused units at home. Now they know where to take it. Find local drop-off sites at Electronics TakeBack.com, click on Guide to Recycling Your Electronics. For local sites that accept electronic, automotive, hazardous, yard and other household materials, call 1-800-Recycling (1-800-732-925-464) or visit 1800Recycling.com.
THE PERILS OF MEAT SUBSTITUTES by Kristin Ohlson When some people decide to give up meat, they still want something that looks, smells and tastes like meat on their plate—and they want its preparation to be as easy as flipping a burger on the grill. Even mainstream supermarkets now offer dozens of protein-rich products to fill this savory niche, usually made from some combination of textured or hydrolyzed soy protein, wheat gluten, grains and tofu. Great idea, right? Not necessarily. It may be convenient to rely on “meat analog” products when first making the transition to a plant-based diet, but a steady diet of them isn’t healthy, say nutritionists, because these products often have similar problems as other highly refined foods. Too many vitamins and minerals are leached away during production; plus, they often contain an unwholesome amount of salt, flavorings, colorings and other chemicals to make them palatable. “They’re really not ideal foods, long-term,” states Brendan Brazier, an Ironman triathlete and author of The Thrive Diet and Thrive Fitness. “After the transition is made, I tell people to cut these highly processed things out drastically—even cut them out completely.” Mitzi Dulan agrees. She’s a registered dietitian and team nutritionist for the Kansas City Royals (and formerly with the Kansas City Chiefs) and co-author, with NFLer Tony Gonzalez, of The All-Pro Diet. Dulan tells vegan clients to seek their protein in beans and other legumes, nuts, whole grains and naturally fermented soy foods like tempeh; if they want to buy vegan products, they should make sure they’re made from these whole-food ingredients. Remarks Dulan, “I’d prefer to see people stay away from those fake meats and cheeses.”
Wild Roadside Canola Shows Herbicide Resistance of GM Cousins
Wolves Receive Endangered Species Protection Massive wolf hunts have been stopped in their tracks, thanks to a federal court ruling that has restored endangered species protection for these animals in Montana and Idaho. More than 500 wolves have been gunned down since the U.S. government stripped them of federal protection. “The ruling effectively returns all wolves in the Northern Rockies to the endangered species list,” confirms Peter Lehner, executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Across the United States, wild canola grows in asphalt cracks and along roadways; it’s been found that this weedy plant often survives herbicide applications. Scientists at the University of Arkansas recently discovered why: About 83 percent of the weedy canola they tested contained herbicide resistance genes from genetically modified (GM), cultivated canola. Globally, canola can interbreed with 40 different weed species, 25 percent of which are found in the United States. The findings raise questions about the regulation of herbicide- and pesticideresistant weeds and about how these plants might compete with others in the wild. Nature reports that GM crops have spread beyond cultivated land in several countries, including Canada, Japan, the UK and the United States.
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Two Reports Project Fresh Water Scarcity by 2030 A recent report by the World Economic Forum warns that half the worldâ€™s population will be affected by water shortages within 20 years. Unsustainable conditions are headed toward what the researchers term, â€œwater bankruptcy,â€? that could incite a crisis greater than the current global financial downturn. Crops and people are in danger, as geopolitical conflicts are expected to rise due to dwindling water resources. During the 20th century, world population increased fourfold, but the amount of fresh water that it used increased nine times over. Already, 2.8 billion people live in areas of high water stress, according to the analysis. A concurring UN World Water Development Report adds that shortages are already beginning to constrain economic growth in areas as diverse as California, China, Australia, India and Indonesia. The Associated Press reports that the pivotal Ogallala Aquifer, in Americaâ€™s Great Plains breadbasket, stretching from South Dakota to North Texas, continues to be drained at alarming rates, while the natural recharge rate is considered negligible.
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South Pole Ozone Hole has Stabilized Ongoing monitoring by the British Antarctic Survey, which alerted the world to the hole in the protective ozone layer over the South Pole in 1985, has concluded that the hole has now stabilized. Thinning of the ozone that surrounds the Earth provided the first clear evidence that man could damage the global environment on a colossal scale. â€œIt also provided the first case of concerted international action to counteract such an effect,â€? says Richard Stolarski, a research scientist with NASA, who has reviewed the history and science related to the phenomenon. Scientists had discovered that the accumulation of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used in industrial solvents, refrigeration, air conditioning systems and aerosols were depleting the blanket of ozone that surrounds the Earth. Action by United Nations governments around the world led to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, effectively phasing out use of such chemicals. Today, scientists predict that, with continued care, Antarctic ozone levels will return to their 1950s levels by about 2080.
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The Blue Frontier/Peter Benchley 2010 Hero of the Seas recognition was awarded to Cynthia Sarthou, executive director of the New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network (HealthyGulf.org), a frontline group dealing with the environmental effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This yearâ€™s winner is just one of 2,000 groups and agencies working on behalf of ocean and coastline conservation. Blue Frontierâ€™s mission is to strengthen and help unify this solution-oriented marine conservation community. â€œAs the Gulf disaster shows, we are all dependent on the ocean for protection, security and sustenance,â€? remarks David Helvarg, president of the Blue Frontier Campaign (BlueFront.org).
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REDUCE THE RISKS OF BREAST CANCER NATURALLY! Have you ever been told how to prevent cancer at your physician’s office? Standard methods are only geared towards early detection of cancer, such as mammograms that expose you to radiation, or treatment after-the-fact. Rarely are there any strategies towards prevention of cancer, or early detection of cancer risk factors. Integrative and functional medicine focuses on prevention of disease, including breast cancer. All cancers are caused by a mutated cell, which is triggered in 95% of cases by an environmental offender. Only 5% of all breast cancers are due to genetic causes (BRACA gene). Illness occurs when toxins overload our detoxification mechanisms, and we have insufficient nutrients to turn on our defenses. Our level of detoxification can be measured using safe medical testing and can be properly adjusted with natural treatments if they are found insufficient. Essential “cancer fighters” include Indol 3 Carbinol (IC3), a nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables, Glutathione, Selenium, CoQ10, and Sulforaphane, an abstract found in broccoli seeds. For example I3C has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer in multiple ways; it promotes proper detoxification of estrogen into less toxic metabolites. It has also been shown to block DNA damage from several environmental toxins, reducing the initiation of cancer cells. It also reduces the activity of cancer cells, without causing negative side effects, like other cancer treatments. Hormone imbalances, which result in a relative lack of natural progesterone, will increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Natural progesterone functions as protection to the uterine lining and the breast tissue, as proven in multiple studies. “Mammary tumor stimulation was reduced both by progesterone and Tamoxifen, more so by progesterone than by Tamoxifen which is the drug of choice to treat cancer.” Japan Journal of Cancer Research 1985June:76:69904. It is a medical fact that full term pregnancies reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer, possibly due to the highest natural progesterone levels ever during a woman’s lifetime. Learn more about preventive medicine; please call Clear Sky Medical today!
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arents should ease up on antibacterial soaps and wipes and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud—or at least more of an acquaintance with everyday germs, suggests a Northwestern University long-term study. Exposure to germs in childhood, the researchers observe, helps develop the immune system and may help prevent cardiovascular and other diseases in adulthood. Such early exposure, they note, promotes the body’s own ability to regulate inflammation, a root cause associated with many diseases. “Now, for the first time in the history of our species, our bodies are being deprived of exposure to those everyday germs because we live in such a sanitary environment,” explains lead author Thomas McDade, of Northwestern. “Think about the immune system as [one] that needs information from the environment to guide its development and function; if you live in a rich microbial environment, you get exposed to lots of germs, and that helps your immune system develop.”
Pesticides Can Contribute to ADHD
team of scientists from the University of Montreal and Harvard University have discovered that exposure to organophosphate pesticides may be associated with increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Exposure to organophosphates, they report, might affect neural systems in ways that contribute to ADHD behaviors such as inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness.
School Nutrition Gets a Boost
ong-awaited child nutrition legislation known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act unanimously passed the Senate in August before moving on to the House, where passage is also expected. National child nutrition programs were set to expire September 30. Remarks Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “Put simply, [the bill] will get junk food out of, and put more healthy food into, America’s schools.” The $4.5 billion, applied over the next decade, would enable school cafeterias to overhaul their menus and provide updated, healthier choices, supporters explain. News sources report that it would provide schools with their first increase in the costs of providing meals since 1973. The package would also establish new nutritional standards on all food offered on campuses—including items in vending machines. FreshVending.com has proven that it’s possible to mechanically vend more than 400 natural and organic foods that meet school nutrition requirements and corporate wellness initiatives. Current offerings include 100-percent juices, smoothies, fruits and vegetables.
Ginger Eases Muscle Pain
or centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for various ailments, including colds and upset stomachs. Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise. Ginger that’s been heated, as by cooking, might even increase the root’s pain-relieving effects.
How Sugar Feeds Cancer
An Apple A Day
here’s truth in the adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Research published in the open access journal BMC Microbiology contributes to our understanding of why apples are good for us. Microbiologists from the National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark fed rats a diet rich in whole apples or apple juice, purée or pomace. Another group of lab animals was put on a control diet. The researchers then analyzed the animals’ digestive systems to see if eating apples had any impact on the amount of friendly bacteria in their gut. “We found that rats eating a diet high in pectin, a component of dietary fiber in apples, had increased amounts of certain bacteria that may improve intestinal health,” says co-researcher Andrea Wilcks. “It seems that when apples are eaten regularly and over a prolonged period of time, these bacteria help produce short-chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for ensuring a beneficial balance of microorganisms. They also produce a chemical called butyrate, which is an important fuel for the cells of the intestinal wall.” Ultimately, a healthy digestive tract translates into a stronger immune system. Source: BioMed Central, 2010
esearchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have uncovered new information about the notion that sugar “feeds” tumors. While it’s accepted that tumor cells use a lot more glucose (a simple sugar) than normal cells, the new study sheds light on how this process takes place and might be stopped. The researchers discovered that during both normal and cancerous cell growth, a cellular process takes place that involves both glucose and glutamine, a common amino acid found in many foods. Glucose and glutamine, both essential for cell growth, were thought to operate independently. This groundbreaking research now shows not only that they are interdependent, but that restricting glutamine works to stop the utilization of glucose. Essentially, if glutamine is absent, the cell is short-circuited, due to a lack of glucose; thus, it suggests a new way to halt the growth of tumor cells. The researchers hope that their findings will lead to more effective cancer treatment therapies.
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BE A CLIMATE HERO Act up. Act now. by Bill McKibben
t any given moment, there are a thousand things going wrong in the world. If we were to list just major environmental problems alone we could go on for a long time, citing everything from toxic contaminants in our food to the scarcity of safe drinking water. This past summer, we all stared in horror at the slowly blackening Gulf of Mexico as the Deepwater Horizon oil slick spread on and below the water’s surface. Making such a list is such a depressing exercise that the temptation is to just walk away from the task. We might feel like a surgeon at a wartime field hospital, forced to do major triage. Where do we turn first? The half-good news is that our planet’s mounting environmental troubles aren’t isolated, individual casualties. If we can figure out what the keystone is, then we can collectively start to work to cure a bunch of the most pressing problems at once. By the same token, if we guess wrong, we can labor for years to correct a particular woe, only to have our hard work overwhelmed by the underlying infection. Based on the scientific evidence, I think it’s pretty clear that the most crucial of all the complex issues we face today revolve around the cause-and-effect relationship of burning fossil fuels and the accelerating changes in Earth’s climate. In short: If we can’t deal with global warming, nothing else we do will really matter. To put it more positively: If we can remove the needle from our arm that
feeds society’s addiction to petroleum products, many of our other troubles would begin to wane.
Signs of the Times Let’s start with the hard stuff: Global warming is the first crisis we’ve ever faced that has the potential to shake our civilization to its core. So far, human beings have burned enough coal, gas and oil to raise the temperature of the planet about one degree Fahrenheit. That’s already been enough to cause all manner of troubles: n The Arctic icecap is melting, and quickly. By summer’s end in 2007, a record-setting year, the northernmost continent, which moderates air and water temperatures for the whole planet, contained 25 percent less ice than the year before. As of this writing, the 2010 melt was outpacing that of 2007. Scientists now routinely predict it won’t be long before we’ve seen the end of Arctic summer sea ice altogether—that is, the world as viewed from outer space would be without its familiar white top. Worse, it’s not only the Arctic; pretty much every other geographic area that’s frozen is melting as well, perhaps most dangerously in the high-altitude glaciers of the Andes and Himalaya mountains, historically relied upon to send water, respectively, to the South American and Asian continents below.
n The Earth’s hydrological cycles are undergoing a dramatic shift. Because warm air holds more water vapor than cold, the general atmosphere is about 5 percent moister than it was 40 years ago. This means more evaporation, hence more drought, in arid areas. But on the rest of a planet, where what goes up must come down—we’re witnessing extraordinary increases in flooding. This year, for example, we’ve seen record (and lethal) rainstorms in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas, just within the 1.5 percent of the planet’s surface comprised by the continental United States. n Overall, temperatures are rising to near unbearable levels as that single degree average increase on the thermometer reverberates in savage heat waves. This past spring, India experienced weeks of record temperatures that beat anything recorded since the British started measuring them in the early 1800s. Early this summer, seven nations smashed all-time temperature records. In Burma, the mercury set a new all-time record for Southeast Asia, at 118 degrees. In June, Pakistan went on to establish a new benchmark for the highest temperature ever recorded at any time, anywhere in Asia, of 129 degrees. All of this is due to a single degree of global temperature increase. The climatologists have warned us that if the United States, China and other countries don’t make a super-swift transition from the use of coal and oil, the world’s collective temperature will climb something like five degrees before the century is out. If one degree melts the Arctic icecap, we don’t want to see what five degrees looks like. So, that’s the bad news. Here’s the good news.
Alternate Scenario Let’s imagine we took the most significant step we could to speed the worldwide transition off of fossil fuel. Let’s imagine that the U.S. Congress and the United Nations managed to agree on a national and international scheme to set stiff pricing on coal and oil that accurately reflects the damage these fossil fuels are wreaking in the atmosphere. If
This year, China surpassed the United States as the world’s largest energy user, a status held for more than a century. Because China gets most of its electricity from coal, it’s also the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases as of 2007, yet the United States remains the world’s biggest oil consumer by a wide margin. We’re also by far the bigger energy consumer per capita, despite an overall 2.5 percent annual improvement in energy efficiency since 2000; the average American burns five times as much energy annually as the average Chinese citizen. ~ International Energy Agency that happened, then many other things would follow. The most obvious is that we’d see lots more solar panels and wind turbines. Suddenly, anyone with a spreadsheet would be able to see that it no longer makes sense to invest in a coal-fired power plant. Anyone building a new apartment complex would immediately understand that it’s in his or her best interest to install solar hot water tubes on the roof. In China, the world leader in total energy use, yet also in renewable energies, 250 million people now get their hot water this way. But, such a simple and effective solution still has to fight against the force of economic gravity there, as elsewhere. As long as coal-fired electricity is absurdly cheap, renewable energy sources will stay marginal. The effects of a widespread switch to clean and renewable energies wouldn’t be confined to the energy sector. Think about farming. We’ve spent half a century building a giant agro-industrial complex that runs entirely on fossil fuel. Yet author Michael Pollan recently calculated that it takes 10 calories of fossil energy to produce one calorie of food. Because that growing complex is a machine, not really a farm, the food it produces is terrible in terms of taste and nutri-
tion, and includes toxic residues from pesticides, herbicides and chemically synthesized fertilizers. The ultimate irony is that we now devote the best farmland on the planet, the American Midwest, to growing highfructose corn syrup. It’s a prime culprit in our country’s diabetes epidemic. The ripple effect goes on and on. On the other hand, consider what would happen if the price of oil went up high enough that this nation could no longer afford to farm in the manner preferred by agribusiness behemoths? What would happen is that we’d need more Americans engaged in healthier farming, with human labor and ingenuity replacing some of the fossil fuel. That would increase yields per acre and also increase the quality of the foods we eat. Research studies reported by Jules Pretty, pro-vicechancellor of the University of Essex, UK, in his book, Agri-Culture, have proved that small farms around the world are routinely as productive as agro-industrial lands, and that lowinput farming, too, can feed the world with a wholesale switchover.
We the People Can Help Mother Earth Organizing a local action for 10/10/10 doesn’t need to be large or complicated; these acts are about community and solutions and sending a message to the world. Find ideas at 350.org, search People or nearby work parties. We understand that 10/10/10 is one important day of many in a long, universal (and beautiful) fight for a workable planet. Other groups doing great work include: Center for Biological Diversity (BiologicalDiversity.org) Energy Action Coalition (EnergyActionCoalition.org) Friends of the Earth (foe.org) Interfaith Power and Light (InterfaithPowerAndLight.org)
Again, this is already starting to happen: Farmers’ markets continue to be the fastest growing part of our nation’s food economy; the last agricultural census found that the number of farms in the United States is increasing for the first time in a century-and-ahalf. That’s good news and potentially great news, but small farming, co-ops and organic production will remain a small, marginal trend until the price of energy changes. The day that happens is the day that everyone finds their way to a local farmers’ market. Helpful changes roll out, from bus and train commutes replacing cars to the rising popularity of densely inhabited urban blocks, as cul-de-sac suburbia loses its appeal. Local storefronts naturally get the nod over big box chain stores, too, and so on.
The Key to Change How do we make it happen? How do we change the price of energy, which is what almost every observer thinks is the only way we can make a real change in the physics and chemistry of the current global warming phenomenon, and make an effective difference in the short time allowed before the harmful consequences explode exponentially? If only everyday people could do it solely by making personal energy improvements around the house, at work and in their communities—through such steps as switching to more energyefficient light bulbs and riding our bikes to work. Such changes are good to do, of course, and it all helps, but we don’t have a century to turn around our global situation. Which means we also need to engage in… politics. We need to put the pressure on our leaders now to change the price of energy now. Remember—they’re getting plenty of pressure from lobbyists pocketing profits on the other side. Because of government subsidies and cartels, fossil fuel is the most profitable industry humans have ever engaged in; last year, Exxon Mobil Corporation made more money than any company in recorded history. That buys them a lot of power. We won’t be able to outspend them, so we will have to do what people have always done when they have found themselves needing to take charge of their
Scientific data shows the ocean becoming more acidic at an unprecedented rate as surface waters continue to absorb approximately a third of manmade atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions. ~ National Research Council, Ocean Acidification, 2010
Global phytoplankton populations have dropped about 40 percent since 1950, and scientists believe that rising sea surface temperatures are to blame. The microscopic plants both form the foundation of the ocean’s food web and gobble up carbon dioxide to produce half of the world’s oxygen output. ~ Dalhousie University, future: We must build a movement. Politicians won’t change because scientists tell them we have a problem—they’ll change because enough people tell them they have to, or they’ll lose their jobs. Building just this kind of movement is entirely possible.
Citizen Action Plan Two years ago, a few concerned citizens joined me in launching 350. org, a wholly grassroots campaign that takes its name from a wonky scientific data point. NASA scientists led by James Hansen have published reams of data showing that, “Any value for carbon in the atmosphere greater than 350 parts per million [ppm] is not compatible with the planet on which civilization developed and to which life on Earth is adapted.” It sounds like an unpromising banner to rally people around—too serious and too depressing, because we’re already well past the 350 mark. The atmosphere is currently at 392 ppm carbon dioxide, which is why the Arctic is melting. So far, we’ve racked up some
successes; in October 2009, we held an International Day of Action that created some 5,200 demonstrations in 181 countries. That’s a lot—in fact, CNN called it, “… the most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.” Online images posted from those events banish wrong preconceptions people might have about who is and is not an environmentalist. Most of the rallies were orchestrated by poor, black, brown, Asian and young people, because that’s what most of the world is made up of. Six weeks later, at the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, 117 nations endorsed that 350 target, which was good; except that they were 117 poor and vulnerable nations, not the richest and most addicted to fossil fuels. So, we fight on. This October, we’re holding a 10/10/10 Global Work Party. It’s set to spread around the world, too, with people in thousands of communities doing something practical: putting solar panels on local schools, harvesting community gardens and planting mangroves along rising shorelines. In Auckland, New Zealand, they aim to repair every bicycle in every garage. The intention will be twofold. Point one is that bikes are good. Ditto solar panels. We need both in our communities. Point two acknowledges that we know we
canâ€™t solve climate change one bike path at a time. So weâ€™re also intent on sending a strong political message to our leaders: If we can get to work, so can you. Right now. If I can climb up on the roof of the school to hammer in a solar panel, you can climb to the floor of the Senate and hammer out some helpful legislation. Itâ€™s time to shame our government and corporate leaders a little, and maybe inspire them, too. This is far from the only peopleâ€™s campaign swelling around the world. They range from the small and specific (e.g., Project Laundry List, which advocates for right-to-dry laws that would let all Americans hang their laundry on clotheslines) to the farranging Green for All, which works for clean energy jobs across the country. This year, the Great Power Race, between campuses in the United States, China and India, will make news via a friendly competition to see who can come up with the most creative sustainability ideas. Then thereâ€™s PutSolarOnIt.com, pushing the U.S. president and other world leaders to at least do the symbolic work of sticking panels on the roof of the White House and all of its equivalent buildings around the world. The list goes on. We all need to get to work addressing climate change right where we live, in our communities. We need to build towns and cities that make sense and create jobs for families. We also need to build a world that works, because the best organic gardener on Earth wonâ€™t be able to cope with 30 straight days of rain, or a month with no rain at all, without helpful policies. That means resorting to politics, which is another way of saying that we must work together as people for better solutions to climate change than what we have now. It can be beautiful. If you donâ€™t believe me, check out the pictures at 350.org.
I dare you.
Bill McKibben is the author, most recently, of the bestselling Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. Heâ€™s the founder of 350.org, and a scholar in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. The Boston Globe this year described him as â€œâ€Śprobably the countryâ€™s leading environmentalist,â€? and Time called him â€œâ€Śthe planetâ€™s best green journalist.â€?
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or some women, the thought of Take Up Tea The National Cancer Institute breast cancer elicits fears related Green tea, the most widely consumed estimates that roughly one-third beverage in the world, after water, to body image, surgery and mortality. It has likely affected every reportedly contains the highest conof all cancer deaths may be woman in this country, either through centration of polyphenols, powerful diet-related. To help decrease the trauma of personal experience or antioxidants that help fight off the free through another’s trials. radicals that scientists believe contriba woman’s risk, The Cancer According to the American ute to the aging process, as well as the Cancer Society (ACS), some 207,000 Cure Foundation recommends development of many health problems, new cases of invasive breast cancer including cancer. According to a new adding foods containing will be diagnosed in U.S. women this study led by Martha Shrubsole, an asyear. Despite this staggering number, cancer-fighting properties, sistant professor at Vanderbilt University there is good news. The ACS also School of Medicine in Nashville, regular including fiber, seaweed and reports that after increasing for more consumption of green tea may reduce than two decades, the incidence rate a woman’s risk of breast cancer by as whole soy products. of female breast cancer recently has much as 12 percent. been decreasing, by about 2 percent The Power of Produce per year from 1999 to 2006, which may indicate that we are Eat more fruits and vegetables. The American Institute adopting more effective prevention methods. of Cancer Research lists the foods most likely to help Here are some natural ways to keep breast tissue healthy. decrease the risk of breast cancer. Superstar vegetables Get a Move On Walk, run, swim or bike—just move. Studies show that exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer. Results of research published in BMC Cancer found that women in the study group who engaged in more than seven hours a week of moderate-to-vigorous exercise for the last 10 years were 16 percent less likely to develop breast cancer than those who were inactive. Embrace Fish Oil According to a recent report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, women who regularly included a fish oil supplement in their diet had a 32 percent reduced risk of breast cancer than those not taking the supplement.
include all cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower); dark leafy greens (collards, kale, spinach); carrots; and tomatoes. Steam the vegetables or eat them raw to best preserve their cancerfighting nutrients. Superstar fruits include citrus, berries and cherries.
The Magic of Mushrooms Regularly include medicinal mushrooms at mealtime, especially the Japanese varieties maitake and shiitake. Studies have shown that maitake mushrooms, in particular, stimulate immune function and also inhibit tumor growth. In a study of more than 2,000 Chinese women, those who ate the most fresh mushrooms (10 grams or more a day) proved
about two-thirds less likely to develop breast cancer than non-consumers. Limit the Alcohol A study of more than a million women by Oxford University scientists indicates a clear link between drinking even moderate amounts of wine and breast cancer. A Harvard Nursesâ€™ Health study has shown that consuming more than one alcoholic beverage a day can increase breast cancer risk by as much as 20 to 25 percent. Cut the Fat Ann Kulze, a medical doctor and author of Dr. Annâ€™s 10-Step Diet, says women should minimize consumption of omega-6 and saturated fats, avoid trans fats, and maximize intake of omega-3 fats, especially from oily fish such as tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel. Kulze suggests that women consume monounsaturated fats like olive oil, as well as nuts and seeds; the latter also provide selenium, an important mineral in cancer protection, according to the British Journal of Cancer.
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Cut Chemical Exposure Certain chemicals, many of which are found in plastic, appear to interfere with the bodyâ€™s hormonal balance and could harm breast tissue. To reduce exposure to chemicals such as Biphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, Marissa Weiss, a physician and president of BreastCancer.org, recommends using products that are made from glass, ceramic or stainless steel, instead.
Avoid Long-Term Hormone Therapy The link between postmenopausal hormone therapy (PHT) and breast cancer has long been a subject of debate, and research results have been mixed. According to experts at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, itâ€™s probably safe to take hormones for up to four to five years, although they recommend using the lowest dose possible. Of course, not using PHT to start with is a way to avoid raising this particular risk.
Making such conscious daily life choices pays off today and in many tomorrows. Beth Davis is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings magazines.
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EXERCISE FOR SPINE HEALTH SMART TRAINING BEATS BACK PAIN
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s exercise reaches beyond the realm of pure athletics to include fitness fans everywhere, people have noticed that their efforts to stay in shape often are thwarted by back pain. That’s why knowledgeable trainers counsel that any well-designed workout must honor the health and mechanics of this important part of the body. Dr. Karen Erickson, a New York City-based chiropractor and spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, sees firsthand why alignment is crucial, especially if an individual has a history of back pain. “Good stability and good flexibility are the big factors for keeping the spine healthy,” she says. No matter what exercise modality one chooses to practice, Erickson advises beginning conservatively, as benefits can be achieved without pushing the level of difficulty.
Core Strength Counts
Developing muscle strength throughout the torso is key to maintaining the correct spinal curvature for a strong back. In addition to the muscles that directly attach to the spine, the spine is also stabilized by deep stomach strength, strong pelvic floor support and the upper thigh muscles. Pilates is well-known for its focus on such core conditioning. “Pilates uses apparatus expressly designed for working the abdominals and the back,” explains Lolita San Miguel, from her studio in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “Most of our work is in the supine or prone positions [lying down], so that the vertical pull from gravity is lessened, and the body can be worked with a more correct alignment, and thus more effectively.” One of a small group of active practitioners who studied with Pilates method founder Joseph Pilates, San Miguel is a living testament to the benefits of the practice. When this 75-year-old isn’t doing her daily Pilates, she’s engaged in other physically demanding activities. “Pilates makes life sweet for the senior,” she says.
Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt teaches the Alexander Technique in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “The central theme of the technique is the spine, learning how to maintain length through the spine as you move,” she advises. “It is used extensively by actors, dancers, musicians and other high-performance people whose activities depend on postural alignment.” In 2008, the Alexander Technique was the subject of a yearlong study published in the British Medical Journal, where it was shown to be effective in relieving low-back pain. The system focuses on both mental and physical aspects of movement, and usually includes passive treatments on the massage table, where the teaching practitioner manipulates the body to help release muscular tension.
Keeping spinal movements fluid and supple is also essential for keeping the discs of the spine healthy. Tai chi and the related qigong emphasize this kind of mobility. “Many Tai chi students find that they can move some of their vertebrae, but others seem to be stuck, with several vertebrae moving as one,” reports Sound Beach, New York-based Tai chi Master Bob Klein. He explains, “In Tai chi, you become a master of moving the spine so that it almost seems devoid of bones, flowing and turning with ease, in exact coordination with the rest of the body.” Both Tai chi and qigong are gaining popularity among those who are looking to maximize a cardio-style workout, while minimizing impact on their bones and joints. Yoga is a longtime favorite approach to maintaining both stability and flexibility through strong muscles and alignment. Ana Forrest used her hatha yoga practice to recover from an accident that seriously injured all the regions of her spine, and Forrest Yoga was born out of her retraining. “People spend 90 percent of their waking hours in positions that compress the spine—in how they sit, how they stand, even how they do backbends in yoga class,” she observes. “Part of a good yoga practice is to create length in the spine, create a feeling of spaciousness in the body.” While Erickson considers herself a fan of all the exercise modalities listed here, she always emphasizes personal responsibility when it comes to back health. “Never do an exercise that causes you pain,” she offers as a rule of thumb. For long-term back health, she explains that chiropractic care is great for improving alignment and other backrelated issues, yet is no substitute for daily exercise and self-care.
Despite well-meaning parental advice, it turns out that good posture entails more than just pulling our shoulders back. Alignment practices like Restorative Exercise and the Alexander Technique were designed to develop an awareness of fullbody mechanics as we go about daily activities.
Michael Curran has credentials in psychology, ayurvedic medicine, and Restorative Exercise™. He is the director of Health and Wellness Media (HealthAndWellnessMedia.com). Contacts: Karen Erickson at DrKarenErickson@msn.com; Ana Forrest at ForrestYoga. com; Bob Klein at MovementsOfMagic. com; Lolita San Miguel at LolitaPilates. com; and Annette Cantor-Groenfeldt at 505-670-0474.
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Yoga improves back pain by creating a whole body approach to pain. Any yoga class will encourage correct alignment to enhance elongation of the spine, using an appropriate mix of forward, back, lateral, twists and inversions. The benefits of each spinal movement, done properly, create mobility and flexibility for the spine, reducing back pain. Any of the movements done improperly can cause back pain. Some yoga traditions or a seasoned yoga teacher knows that â€œone size fits allâ€? alignment does not work for all students. They bring awareness beyond spinal alignment to the whole body, adapting alignment throughout the classroom experience. Starting with the foundation of the posture (feet or sitz bones), levitating out of the joints, utilizing the natural spinal curves, including the cervical curve, are important considerations in aligning a posture for a person with back pain.Using the whole body properly, adapted to your unique body, frees the spine to find the spaciousness it needs, relieving pressure on the discs, muscles and nerves alleviating pain. If you are seeking relief to back pain, experiment with different teachers and styles to find the teacher and style that is right for you and your unique expression of back pain. Hansa Knox, E-RYT500, LMT, BS is the Director of PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala and a Kripalu Yoga Teacher in Denver. 303-432-8099 or PyaMandala.com.
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Arthritis is the most common musculoskeletal problem in middleaged and older pets. While pet owners ordinarily think that itâ€™s the old family dog that is most likely to become afflicted with arthritis, the condition typically occurs in both cats and dogs.
rthritis technically means inflammation of the joint. The more correct term to describe this condition in middle-aged and older animals is osteoarthritis, which means inflammation of both the bone and joint. Just like with people, as pets age, the continual wear and tear on their joints can cause the cartilage to become worn down, which destabilizes the joint. The body responds by inflaming and laying down new bone in and around the joint.
Signs to Watch While even young pets can develop osteoarthritis, it usually is evident in pets that are 8 years old and beyond. Most, if not all pets, experience some effects by the time they are 15 to 18 years of age. Clinical signs of osteoarthritis may include pain, stiffness, lameness, difficulty in getting up and down from a sitting or prone position, reluctance to jump on and off their favorite furniture, plus resistance to engage in play or even go on long walks. Cats may find it difficult to get into their litter box. When such signs occur in middleaged and older pets, osteoarthritis is the most likely diagnosis. However, other musculoskeletal problems also can mimic signs of arthritis, which may include different problems affecting the
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Conventional Therapies The three main classifications of conventional therapies usually prescribed for osteoarthritis are corticosteroids, Nsaids and analgesics. Corticosteroids are considered potent anti-inflammatory drugs. But due to their long-term side effects, which include increased cartilage destruction, they should rarely, if ever, be used to treat pets with osteoarthritis. Nsaids, which include over-thecounter, anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen, are the most commonly used class of drugs to treat pets with osteoarthritis. While they may relieve pain and inflammation, they can also contribute to further cartilage destruction, as well as gastrointestinal ulcers and liver and kidney disease. Pets receiving Nsaids should receive a physical examination and blood and urine testing to detect possible early signs of these serious complications every three to four months. Analgesic medications (usually synthetic opiates) are often overprescribed for pets suffering from osteoarthritis. I rarely
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Preferred Natural Therapies Numerous natural therapies are available to choose from in coming to the aid of animals with osteoarthritis. These include anti-inflammatory herbs, homeopathic remedies, antioxidants, fish oil and joint supplements that often include ingredients like glucosamine (derived from glucose) MSM (organic sulfur) and chondroitin or hyaluronic acid (acting as lubricants), all of which occur naturally in the body. In addition, chiropractic therapy, massage and acupuncture can be highly beneficial. I also like to use low-intensity laser light therapy to relieve pain and inflammation. Laser therapy is inexpensive and painless and can augment the positive effects seen in pets treated with natural supplements. In general, pets undergo two laser therapies a week for four weeks, then on an as-needed basis to remain pain-free. Finally, remember the importance of weight loss and weight control. Many cats, and especially older dogs, that have arthritis are also overweight. Regardless of which therapies are chosen to make the pet more comfortable, weight loss is the single most important step to help a pet with osteoarthritis. Each pet is an individual, and different therapies may work best, depending on the animal. Trying several remedies, prescribed and monitored by a holistic or integrative veterinarian, can result in the right mix. Iâ€™ve found that applying a combination of natural therapies, together with lowdose, intermittent use of conventional medications, can help most pets (those without inflamed urethras), live a normal and happy life with minimal side effects from the conventional therapies. Shawn Messonier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats; his latest book is Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit PetCareNaturally.com. References: Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice and Textbook of Natural Medicine, Third Edition
wisewords A Conversation with Jim Hightower Acclaimed Columnist, Commentator and Populist by Ellen Mahoney
im Hightower, a syndicated columnist and national radio commentator, is the bestselling author of Swim Against the Current and Thieves in High Places. A former Texas agriculture commissioner, he’s spent some 30 years fighting for the rights of consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses and just plain folks. A favorite saying of his is, “The water won’t clear up until we get the hogs out of the creek.” Hightower is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Puffin/ Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.
Why do you consider populism the people’s rebellion against the corporate powers-that-be and how do you define it? Populists have historically understood that the real battle in America is not an ideological fight of conservative versus liberal. Rather, the battle is over money and power, and populists are engaged in a fight against corporatists to create a democratization of both our government and our economy. Too few people control the money and power at the expense of the rest of us. In this country, populism began in Texas in 1877, when farmers, who were going broke because of railroad monopolies, realized they had to do something about it. What began as a farmers’ movement quickly spread throughout the country. The movement later evolved into the People’s Party and had a powerful impact on women’s suffrage, the direct elections of senators, wage and hour laws and the
nationalization of railroads and public resources. It was very progressive.
How is your work helping individuals to swim against the political currents, work for the common good and make a difference in their communities? Essentially, I consider myself a modernday Johnny Appleseed, with a populist viewpoint. I try to inform people, rally them and help them see that they’re not alone, despite the power of the establishment trying to teach them that the corporate way is the only way.
Why do you say that politics is more about top versus bottom than right versus left? Right versus left is what we’re told politics is all about—you’re either a conservative or you’re a liberal. But those are tiny little boxes that few Americans fit within, and this ideology is what divides us in this country. Most of us are a mix of both. The real political spectrum is in fact, top to bottom, because that is [the paradigm] where most people live; most folks know they are way down in that top-to-bottom spectrum.
What do you mean when you encourage people to be agitators, much like a metaphor of the way a washing machine agitates the dirt out?
First of all, the powers that be try to make the term “agitator” seem pejorative. But, in fact, agitation is what America is all about. Agitators created America itself, first with the Continental Congress, and then with the American Revolution. It was agitators who democratized The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It also took agitators to form the suffragist, antislavery, populist and labor movements—and later, the civil rights, women’s and environmental movements. It takes people willing to stand up to the establishment and say, “No.”
How can we individually or collectively work to improve the world? First of all, assess your own values and what matters to you. If you think there’s something that strikes you as particularly unfair or not right or that could be done better, then look at that and begin to build on what you really care about. Inform yourself and then look around in your own area. It’s likely there is someone working on the very issue that bothers you. You’ve got to reach out to make those connections through places like your church, local groups and independent bookstores.
How do we create a government truly of, by and for the people? Democracy is not a quick fix; it requires a lot of citizen involvement, and you’ve got to find ways to become a part of that. You can’t do it alone. I often talk about Harrell’s Hardware store, in Austin. They’ll loan you a tool to take home for a project or sell you two nails. Their slogan is, “Together We Can Do It Yourself,” and this is exactly the operating principle of a progressive movement. We can’t do it ourselves—it takes all of us together, as like-minded people of goodwill. The possibility of selfgovernment comes from this. For more information, visit JimHightower.com. Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email email@example.com.
localinsights INSIGHTS TO SPINAL HEALTH
ow much do you know about your spine and its role in overall health? Do you practice good spinal “hygiene”? The spine contains and protects the spinal cord, which is an extension of the brain. The spinal cord is the “superhighway” of the nervous system communicating every message between the brain and the body! The skeletal portion of the spine is comprised of 24 vertebrae stacked on top of each other, with a cartilage shock absorber or disc and 2 movable joints between each vertebra. Amazingly, the spine not only protects the delicate spinal cord, but simultaneously allows for tremendous range of motion and function. Health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” With respect to spinal health, the focus is on the overall structure or posture, range of motion, discs, joint function, muscle balance/tone and particularly nerve function. Did you realize there are 33 pairs of spinal nerves and 1 pair branches off between each vertebrae? Those nerves go to all the organs, muscles and tissues of the body. Have you ever thought what would happen if only 1 or 2 of these nerves were not functioning properly or functioned at only 60%? How would that affect your health and vitality? Chiropractic teaches that proper maintenance of the spine and nervous system is a key component of health and vitality because nerves control nearly every function and organ of the body. Spinal health is the optimal functioning and preservation of all spinal tissues. It can be evaluated in many ways including physical examination, nerve studies, bone density tests, postural assessment and specialized imaging studies like MRI. X-rays are particularly valuable because the old idiom, “a picture is worth a thousand words” really is true! Many spinal problems like arthritis, postural distortions or even injuries do not always cause predictable symptoms even though the underlying problem may be getting progressively worse. The sooner a problem is identified, the greater the chance of complete correction, reduced progression and/or minimizing the effects it will have later in life. Just like our cars and homes, our spine requires some level of ongoing maintenance to function properly. Proper spinal maintenance varies for each person but stretching, exercise, chiropractic adjustments, massage, yoga and acupuncture will benefit everyone and are great ways to maintain spinal health! Specific treatments are required if you have arthritis, disc problems, an injury, poor posture, back pain, restricted range of motion, headaches or many other symptoms. Problems such as dizziness, digestive problems, sleep disruption and “stress” also frequently relate to your spine and should be evaluated by a chiropractor or similar spinal specialist. If you have any symptoms, you should consult with a professional health care provider to help sort things out. Movement and strengthening therapies are great as long as you progress gradually and learn how to stretch properly. Why chiropractic x-rays? To see is to know, not to see is
to guess, and we won’t guess about your health. The earliest symptoms of spinal arthritis is early morning stiffness and achiness that goes away with activity or symptoms that people often blame on “sleeping wrong”. Start some type of spinal health “maintenance” program today, or it might be too late tomorrow. Incorporate massage, acupuncture or chiropractic into a monthly or quarterly wellness regimen in a combination that works for you. You might be amazed at the difference it will make in your vitality, attitude and longevity. Dr. Richard Keuhn is a Doctor of Chiropractic and practices at LifeSource Health Partners in Lakewood. See ad page 23.
Finding Community Within and Without
n our quest to find a community that inspires and uplifts, each of us has a question we must ask. Who is responsible for a sense of belonging? Whose job is it to make sure we feel welcome, safe, and accepted? One might notice how you feel inside determines your contribution to the community outside. It seems to flow like this; v Gracefully flow into your community of choice, live from a place of authenticity, being in openness and peace with yourself; v When that happens, the flow is easy; and giving and receiving happens with a sense of gratitude; v When the flow stops, feelings of resentment, feeling unaccepted or unwanted can creep in; v When resentment creeps in, the question comes: Why is this community important to me, where there is no acceptance or belonging? This can cause shutdown and retreat. So we realize that looking outside of ourselves can never bring the answers we are seeking; it all comes from within. What if we could turn the light on inside of ourselves and see what is holding back our true authenticity. It may reveal: 1. Fears from contractive experiences… 2. Issues from our childhood… 3. Beliefs from our parents and grandparents or society… 4. Perceptions about life and how it “should” be lived… The world is filled with modalities and techniques to help give you that sense of community you feel yourself to be missing. What if you already have it? Call off the search. You are home. You are everything you have been seeking. “Deep inside all of us a huge potential beckons, waiting to open us to the joy, genius, freedom, and love within. This presence is calling you home right now, longing to set you free. Yet, all of us have issues we have felt trapped or limited by. We hear the whispering calling to us, but feel unable to access that greatness. Instead, we feel covered or blocked in some way, limited by our issues. No matter how deep the issue is and no matter how much you have struggled with it, the possibility exists for you to become absolutely free, whole, and healed!” (Brandon Bays, “The Journey”, 2002) By Sharon Sedgwick-Wilcock, Certified Journey Practitioner and Visionary Leadership Conscious Coach.CD(DONA),CBE. For more information visit TheJourney.com. See ad page 2.
localinsights Living in Alignment: A Case for Homebirth
n the natural community, we strive to live a more balanced life. We commit to reduce our carbon footprint, eat organic, practice yoga, recycle, meditate, and live more consciously. We embrace herbal remedies, acupuncture, homeopathy, and more. We identify professional healthcare providers who work with us to restore, build and maintain health. However, when it comes to birth, 99% of US families turn to corporate medicine Only 1% of births in the United States take place outside of a hospital (Boulder, CO is 2%), which includes births held both in homes and birthing centers. It has only been in the last century that hospital births became the norm. At the turn of the century, hospital births were seen as a sign of prestige. As late as 1900, 95% of all births took place in the home. By 1938, only half of births took place at home. Birth became industrialized, while midwifery became part of the “old country.” “Normal” birth evolved from a birth at home with little to no intervention, to birth in a hospital. Now, the medical system handles pregnancy and childbirth as an ailment or something that needs to be treated with drugs and/or technology. In homebirth, the parents create their birth environment with little to no intervention. The woman feels secure and comfortable in her space. The woman is free to roam her house, rest when necessary, snack and drink. The midwife monitors the woman’s vitals and provides physical, emotional and spiritual support that increases the likelihood of a good birth outcome. As the first life experience for our children, we have the power, choice and opportunity to birth in a moment that is cradled in love, rather than technology. Jessica Caldwell Nazario resides in Castle Rock, CO. Under the care of Janet Schwab, CNM (www.2eachherown.com) and assisted by Faith McGinn (www.faithmcginn.com), she gave birth to her son at home and is now a homebirth advocate.
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oloradans are increasingly aware of toxic materials in their daily lives. While we can’t run out and shut down the factories, we can make small choices in our daily lives that help the planet and our own families’ health. Almost everything we touch has the potential to affect us. Many common household products outgas Volatile Organic Compounds or VOCs into the air we breathe. According to the EPA, VOCs are emitted gases from such products as paints, fire retardants, varnishes, wax, cosmetics, aerosol sprays, cleansers and disinfectants, moth repellents, air fresheners and dry-cleaned clothing. Minimally, they can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, nausea and damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some cause cancer in animals; some are known to cause cancer in humans, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue and dizziness. For those with children, pthalates may be especially worth avoiding. According to the Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog, pthalates are a group of industrial chemicals used to make plastics more flexible. Phthalates are nearly ubiquitous in modern society, found in toys, food packaging, hoses, raincoats, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, wall coverings, nail polish, hair spray and shampoo. Phthalates disrupt the endocrine system and cause reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy and structural abnormalities in the reproductive systems of male test animals. Some studies also link phthalates to liver cancer, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control’s 2005 National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals. In July 2008, as a result of pressure from EWG and other health groups, the U.S. Congress passed legislation banning six phthalates from children’s toys and cosmetics. But don’t wait for the government to protect you. According to a report by the national Cancer Institute published in May 2010, “Nearly 80,000 chemicals are in use in the United States, and yet only a few hundred have been tested for safety.” A list of many of the household products that can cause problems can be found at HouseholdProducts.nlm.nih.gov. The more you speak out and take a stance on the use of natural and organic materials, the greater will be the motivation of the industries to make transitions from a chemical based world to a natural one. The investment in a healthy planet gives an infinitely better return than investing in toxic chemical products. We are champions of the natural world so let’s do everything we can for a healthy you and a healthy planet. Eat and buy organic, natural, sustainable, and ecologically sound products. Reuse, recycle, renew, and give to charity what you don’t need. Lin Merage is the owner/ operator of Sol Ne´, a local online store dedicated to providing Green and Organic clothing and products. After battling for years with allergies and sensitivities to toxic household products, she started her business to help others find a resource for healthier alternatives. Solne.com or 303-770-3337. See ad page 7.
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THROUGH OCTOBER Reiki Certification as an Animal Practitioner– Experience the world from the animal’s perspective. Encompasses more than Reiki, a healing technique to promote stress reduction and relaxation. Attendees will learn Reiki practices, as well as communication, handling strategies, physiology and psychology, and more. $350. Scheduled around you. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-239-0382.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1 How to Sell in a Tough Economy–8:30-10:30am. Stop being stressed out over low sales. Stop hearing “I’ll think it over”. Stop giving unpaid consults. Learn why this happens and what to do in this tough economy. Free. 3600 S Beeler St, Denver. 303-345-5370. Speaking to the Soul of the Animal–6pm. Internationally-renowned animal communicator and author, Kate Solisti and other speakers will be addressing pet therapy, energy healing work, end of life care and pet loss. $20. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 Wicca and Earth Religions–10:15-Noon. A different topic is explored each session. Each topic is discussed from a variety of perspectives, focusing on the Wiccan practice or understanding then comparing the techniques or views of other spiritual disciplines as well. Where appropriate, meditations and experiential exercises are included in the class. Beginning the series today is an in-depth overview of Wiccan, Earth-Centered and Goddess Spirituality focusing on where they intersect and how they differ. Free. Isis Books, 2775 South Broadway, Englewood. IsisBooks.com. Animal Communicator Pam Baca–Appt necessary. Connect with your animals through your love and the intuition of a communication professional. $20. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. 303-972-1926 or AnimalGuidance.com. Contemplative Art Workshop–9:30am-4pm. There is a great deal of freedom and joy in creating a non-verbal expression. Art is the perfect metaphor for the contemplative experience. Draw with oil pastels and quickly discover to trust the inner intuitive process to create a drawing you had no idea you could complete when you began. $105 includes materials. Eisenhower Rm, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library, 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield. 303-464-5835 or Suzanne@SuzanneFrazier.com. Pet Healing Clinic–11am-2pm. Bring your pet (or its picture) to receive a pet healing. Set aside some time to get your furry, feathered, or finned friends for a pet healing. Healings generally take about 10 or 15 minutes.$10/pet. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 South Wadsworth Blvd. 720-413-7303 or InnerConnection.org. Sustainable Food Film Series: What’s on Your Plate?–11am-1pm. See our food supply through the eyes of two 11-year-old city kids on a mission to discover where their meals really come from. Family-friendly event. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3 Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message on the first Sunday of every month. Service is followed by an aura healing /chakra balancing clinic. 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213, Denver. 303-282-9439. InnerConnection.org. Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic–11am12:30pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love,
healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic and lunch at Mimi’s Cafe (optional). Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Intro to Shamanism: Power Animal Journey – 3:30-5:30pm. In shamanic terms, disease and general malaise can occur when we lack a clear connection with our Power Animals, the guides and guardians that have been with us since birth. In this transformative experiential workshop, you’ll learn to ‘journey’ and connect directly with your personal animal spirit guide for advice, spiritual companionship and increased well being. Bring paper/pen, a scarf and (optional) tape recorder. $20; Students must pay when registering. Renna Shesso email@example.com. Isis Books, 2775 South Broadway, Englewood. IsisBooks.com.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4 The Light Shall Set You Free–7pm. Every Monday. Colorado welcomes back nationally known intuitive psychic soul counselor, metaphysician, psychometrist and spiritual advisor for channeling spiritual teachings directly from the ancient mystery schools. Raise consciousness and awareness together in a safe environment and gracefully move into the seven dimensions of existence. $12. Reserve a seat, directions and location 561-452-1716.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5 Canine Massage Lev 1, 2 & 3–Oct 5-8. 9am-5pm. Certificate program includes classroom study, hands-on, written exam, practical and case studies to earn certificate. $1150-1400. 701 N Park St, Units C & D, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. Meditation For Living–5-week program seminar to bring the benefits of clairvoyant meditation into your life. Access all abilities and spiritual awareness. Learn specific, easy, and effective techniques to see, change, manage energy. Presented by Inner Connection Institute. $150 incl. class, guided mediation CD, and a 1-hr student reading. RSVP 720-413-7303. Location: Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio. 2730 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood. InnerConnection.org.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 An Eight Week Series of Intimate Connection to Breath and Movement Yoga–9-10am. Beginner to intermediate class; reconnect with breath and body and the deeper aspects of yoga. If you suffer from anxiety, stress, respiratory issues or just desire to breathe and move better, you will discover how to coordinate breath with movement in learning classical yoga. Classes held 1x/ week for 8 weeks. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 South Curtice St, Littleton. For cost and class times visit namasteworksyoga.com/classesworkshops. Interactive Mediumship and Psychic Development–7pm. Every Wednesday. Join nationally known intuitive psychic soul counselor, metaphysician, psychometrist and spiritual advisor for an interactive class, learn to channel info directly from spirit, guaranteed to rapidly increase your psychic abilities and intuition.$10. Reserve seat, location and directions 561-452-1716.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 A Gathering of Like-Minded Individuals–7pm. Every Thursday. Colorado welcomes back nationally known intuitive psychic soul counselor, metaphysician, psychometrist and spiritual advisor for an
ongoing circle of love, empowerment and transformation. Food, fellowship, discussion, support, prayer, meditation, psychic development and group healing. $10. Reserve seat, location and directions 561-452-1716. Canine Massage Lev 1, 2 & 3–Oct 7-10. 9am-5pm. See October 5 listing. $1150-1400. 701 N Park St, Units C & D, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. Oneness Blessing–5:30-7pm. Certified blessing givers offering Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transfer. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. Energetic Boundaries / Student Space–7-8:30pm. Want tools to manage energy--yours and others? Learn EB in the first six classes for $25/class. Got tools (completed EB class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($10). Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 Contemplative Sanskrit: An Introduction–Fridays and 4 full days (weekends) through Dec 3. 2:30-5pm, Friday; 9am-5pm weekend. 200RYT required or permission of the instructor. Enhance your skills and knowledge as a yoga teacher through deepening your understanding of Sanskrit, the language of yoga. $965. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099. EFT Practice Group–6-7:30pm. A monthly practice/support group for people with a basic understanding of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique®). Free. Downtown Littleton. 303-955-7532 or ClearSourceCoaching.com. Sensual Indulgence: An Eat, Pray, Love Experience–6-10pm. Singles and Couples. Enjoy a sensual evening with indulgent Italian Cuisine, a journey through the senses, an exploration of the heart-including a Puja and a savory sweetness to wrap it all up. $45/single; $72/couple. 1420 Ogden St, Denver. 303-956-2796. Unleash Your Authentic Self Creatively: The I.am.I method of Spontaneous Painting–Oct 8-10. 6:30pm, Friday through Sunday. In an emotional safe environment, discover how to produce healing images where the brushstroke becomes an extension of your inner life. Learn effective awareness skills. $180. 3375 S Dahlia, Denver. 303-477-4097 or SpontaneousPainting.com. Bridge of Awakening with Rev. Ras Smith–Oct 8-9. 7-10pm, Fri; 10am-10pm, Sat. Two day workshop enabling the identification of limiting beliefs and behaviors. Learn to use practical and invaluable tools to change thinking patterns and your life. $95. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper–78pm. Hear a warm and inspiring story of one woman’s intimate experience with honeybees and how it lead to the creation of Red Bee Honey. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 PumpkinFest–9am-5pm. Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of pumpkins will be ripe for the picking in the 10-acre pumpkin patch at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield. Enjoy entertainment stages, pony rides, amusement rides, the Kids Corral, a food court and much more. $6/Non-member Adult; $4/ Non-member Child; $5/Member Adult; $3/Member Child; Under 3yrs old and children in costume are Free. Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton. Canine Massage–11am-4pm. Certified Canine Massage Therapist Jodi Loomis relieves stress from boarding, daycare and anxiety. Massage can decrease stiffness, stress, fatigue and toxins in the bloodstream. Small dogs $45; Large dogs $55. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. Schedule Appt 303-972-1926.
Energy Healing Clinic–12-2:30pm. Bring balance to the body through non-touch, noninvasive technique ancient energy healing. Qigong assists the body in reducing stress, balancing emotions, diminishing physical pain, and improving sleep. We welcome you to experience wholeness and healing as we gently open meridian blockages, and restore balance to your system. Herbal Therapy, Sooji Hand Acupressure, Young Living Essential Oils consultations, and Distance Qigong Healing are also available. $1/minute. RSVP req’d Jules Love 720-887-3532 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rose Room, People House, 3035 West 25th Ave. PeopleHouse.org.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 Tea Talks for Women–2:30-4:30pm. Stand up for your soul; a meta-farce-sical look at matters of the soul and spirit. Motivational comedian Karyn Ruth White uses humor to grab your attention and give you practical, real-life tools for being more productive and fulfilled. $10. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079. The Fifth Agreement: A Practical Guide to SelfMastery with don Miguel and don Jose Ruiz–7pm. Offering a fresh perspective on The Four Agreements, and a powerful new agreement for transforming our lives into our personal heaven: the fifth agreement. $25. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 A Fresh Start Group Cleanse–6-7:30pm. Toxicity, the source of your health problems? Weight problems, aches, anxiety, insomnia, chronic illness? Join this class and receive a cleanse designed to meet your specific needs, pharmaceutical grade supplements, and professional instruction. $75 plus product cost; Mention MHNA save $10; bring a friend save another $5. 10576 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 Canine Massage Lev 1, 2 & 3–Oct 12-15. 9am-5pm. See October 5 listing. $1150-1400. 701 N Park St, Units C & D, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. Pet-Friendly Landscaping–6:30-9pm. Learn how to create a pet friendly yard by incorporating the good and bad habits of your dog into garden design. $37. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580. Nutritional Cleansing 101–7-8:30pm. This workshop introduces a revolutionary new cleansing/fat burning system, a totally natural, safe and effective program to rid your body of the harmful toxins builtup over your lifetime. This program will radically change your health and as an added benefit participant report weight loss of 9-12 pounds in just 9 days. Free. 65 S Wadsworth, Blvd, Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or LifeSourceHP.com.
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Reiki for Animals–Appt necessary. This treatment focuses on healing you and your pet as a pair. Gentle, hands-on process to help experience relief and release from stress, pain reduction and Arthritis. $30/30minutes. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. 303-972-1926.
Embodying the Written Word Workshop–This interactive workshop invites self discovery through exploration and celebration: meditate focusing on the breath, play with facilitated and free movement, and write your inspirations and reflections. Time, Venue and Cost Natalie@HealingSpaceDenver.com. Mindfulness: Positive Tools for Challenging Times –All day. A full day of small, interactive workshops. Six innovative, local authors share skills and lessons for transforming challenges into new possibilities. Location and Cost PeopleHouse.org. Meditation For Living Accelerated Program–10am5pm. Bring the benefits of clairvoyant meditation into your life. Access all abilities and spiritual awareness. Learn specific, easy, and effective techniques to see, change, and manage energy. Challenges become opportunities and healing happens. Presented by Inner Connection Institute. Facilitated by Lauren Skye/ Margaret Johnson. RSVP 303-282-9439. $140 includes class, guided mediation CD, and a 1-hr student reading. Inner Connection Institute, 2755 South Locust Street, Suite 213, Denver. Innerconnection.org.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 Doctors Choice for Healthy Weight Loss–6-7pm; Second Thursday through December. Learn why weight gain happens and how to take it off and keep it off. The Ideal Weight Loss protocol tools work to meet health, wellness and vitality goals. Dieters who follow protocol 100% achieve their ideal weight loss goals 100% of the time. Free. Peak Nutrition at Crowning Touch Healing Center, 18425 Pony Express Dr, Ste 107, Parker. RSVP 303-218-8085. Alliance of Professional Women: October Networking Luncheon–11:30am-1pm. Come and meet this dynamic group of women. $25/member; $35/non-member. RSVP req’d 303-368-4747 or APWColorado.org. Healing Meditation: Standing Between Heaven and Earth–7-8:30pm. Explore your connection to Heaven and Earth and how they support you everyday.$10 suggested donation.1800 30th St. Suite 307, Boulder. 303-545-5562. WholeBeingExplorations. com/spirit/groups.html. Open Door Reading Space–7-8:30pm. In a group setting, Rev. DebraRae will offer channel your guides and angels.You may ask questions of them as well. $20. Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15 Art Therapy Groups for Underserved Breast Cancer Patients–1-2:30pm. Four sessions through November 5. Hands-on art therapy group to encourage new coping skills and learning news ways of adjusting to loss and of creating a new future. Materials, light snack are provided. Transportation available. Free. This program is for the under or uninsured who qualify for Medicaid or C.I.C.P. RSVP req’d 303-561-3000. University of Colorado Hospital, Aurora. TheOtherSideArts.org. Conscious Sexuality Workshop–October 15-17. Friday 6pm through Sunday 6:30pm. Singles and couples create deeper connection, increased passion, expanded pleasure and new forms of foreplay. Forever transform lovemaking at this safe, fun and freeing weekend. Cost and Location GreaterLoving.com. Open House: Denver Integrative Massage School–6-9pm. An open house for potential students to meet our instructors, to gather with other like-minded healing practitioners, to experience Thai Yoga Massage demos, and to enjoy complimentary desserts and wine. Free. 2416 W 32nd Ave, Denver. 720-270-3633.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 18 Canine Massage Lev 1, 2 & 3–Oct 18-21. 9am-5pm. See October 5 listing. $1150-1400. 701 N Park St, Units C & D, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. A Fresh Start Group Cleanse–6-7:30pm. See October 11 listing. $75 plus product cost; Mention MHNA save $10; bring a friend save another $5. 10576 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19 Pet-Friendly Landscaping–6:30-9pm. See October 12 listing. $37. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580. Sustainable Food Film Series: The Garden–7-9pm. The Garden has the pulse of verite with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580.
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Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic–11am12:30pm. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St., Aurora, 303-365-0200. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Autumn Psychic Fair–Noon–5pm.Tarot, Pendulum, Channeling, Angels and more! Gain insight and the answers to your questions with some of Denver’s most talented Psychics, Readers and Intuitives at this exciting Fair! Need a healing? Chair Massage, Reiki and Chakra Balancing will be available as well. Isis Books, 2775 South Broadway, Englewood. IsisBooks.com.
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 Canine Massage Lev 1, 2 & 3–Oct 20-24. 9am5pm. See October 5 listing. $1150-1400. 701 N Park St, Units C & D, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. Equine Massage Lev 1 & 2–Oct 20-24. 9am-5pm. Certificate program includes classroom study, handson, written exam, practical and case studies. $1260. RMSAAM, 6810 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton. 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. Dying with Confidence: A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death–7-8pm. Prepare for a spiritual death. Rinpoche encourages an honest look at both life and death, and to contemplate impermanence deeply, in order to use the process of dying to further experience enlightenment, compassion, and a wise and fulfilling life in the here-and-now. This discussion is meant for all, no experience with Buddhism necessary. Free. 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. 303-777-2877 or SevenCupsDenver.com.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21 Oneness Blessing–5:30-7pm. See October 7 listing. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. Energetic Boundaries / Student Space–7-8:30pm. Want tools to manage energy--yours and others? Learn EB in the first six classes for $25/class. Got tools (completed EB class)? Guided by Rev.DebraRae, you’ll create “your space,” run “your energy,” work energetic dynamics, create mock-ups and trade healings ($10). Sacred Spaces Center, 223 Titan St, Aurora. 303-365-0200. SacredPlacesAndSpaces.com. “The Healing Ribbon” a therapeutic yoga program for breast cancer–Barbara Bloodgood, a breast cancer survivor and trained breast cancer yoga instructor, will be your guide on this 8-week program specifically designed to bring the therapeutic applications of yoga to women with breast cancer.$149.00. Classes held 1x/week at 5860 South Curtice St, Littleton. For times namasteworksyoga.com/ classesworkshops and click on The Healing Ribbon.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22 How to Sell in a Tough Economy–8:30-10:30am. See October 1 listing. Free. 3600 S Beeler St, Denver. 303-345-5370. Full Moon Sacred Sound Event: Gary Fishman and Al & Aurelia Taylor–6:30-9pm. Allow the masterful tones of Tibetan Gongs, the Singing Crystal Bowls and other sacred sound instruments to transport you on a transcendentional journey through the cosmos. $20 love offering. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Unit 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23 Canine Massage–11am-4pm. See October 9 listing. Small dogs $45; Large dogs $55. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. Schedule Appt 303-972-1926. Energy Healing Clinic–12-2:30pm. See October 9 list-
ing. $1/minute. RSVP req’d Jules Love 720-887-3532 or email@example.com. The Rose Room, People House, 3035 West 25th Ave. PeopleHouse.org. Open House, Sufism: A Path of Love and Selfless Service–3-5pm. A representative of Master Alireza Nurbakhsh will be available to talk about your heart’s stirring and interest in the Sufi Path. Free. The Nimatullahi Sufi Order, Denver. 303-658-9195 or Nimatullahi.org.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24 Circling: Storytelling Through the Giveaway–14:30pm. Connect with other wise women. Join in ceremony with drums and rattles. A natural way for women to gather since the beginning, creating a safe space to congregate for confidence, support, ceremony and tradition. $20. Old Hampden Holistic Center, 3501 S Corona St, #1, Englewood. 720-530-2834. Reiki Level I Class Certification–9am-4pm. Reiki is the ancient Japanese hands on healing art that has been practiced for over 2500 years. Reiki 1 teaches you what Reiki is, how to do a self treatment and how to give a Reiki treatment to others. You will learn how to incorporate Reiki into your everyday life, reduce stress, promote healing and create a feeling of calm and inner peace. Taught by Kathryn Brown, a Reiki Master, teaching and healing for over 30 years. $150, includes supplies and lunch. Reserve a seat 303-799-0999. Families and Dogs – Safety Training and Fun– 7:30-8:30pm. This class will focus on engaging with known friendly dogs, assessing the risk and safe action options with unknown dogs, and learning crucial training exercises which enhance safe relationships. This class is appropriate for children 5 years and above, as well as adults. Children must be accompanied by a parent since family participation will be the theme of the evening. Min donation per family $10.00. RSVP req’d mishamayfoundation@ gmail.com or 303-239-0382. Sage Valley Pet Center, 16400 West 54th Avenue, Golden.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 25 Ayurveda Training: Foundations of Ayurveda– 9am-6pm, Saturday; 12-4:30pm, Sunday. Begins Oct 25th through June 26, 2011. 132 hour course. The Foundations of Äyurveda course is an introduction to Äyurvedic philosophy and provides a means for understanding the concepts of Äyurveda. It prepares the student for deeper studies and is a prerequisite for future Äyurveda courses. $2886. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala Training Center, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. 303-432-8099. Free Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Seminar with Joseph Agnello, M.D.–6:30-7:30pm. For women and men 35+ with symptoms of hormonal imbalance such as weight gain, lost libido, mood swings, hot flashes, depression, sleep problems, fatigue, memory loss, muscle loss, erectile problems, thinning hair. Highly trained physicians share expertise. Q&A to follow seminar. Free. 1805 S Bellaire St, Ste 201, Denver. RSVP req’d 866-972-5306. Turning the Tide on Diabetes–7-8:30pm. Learn to increase insulin sensitivity and reduce insulin resis-
tance with a natural approach and avoid unnecessary drugs. Learn practical methods for evaluating your risk. Learn steps to take to ensure the healthiest life possible and to help reverse health challenges. Free. 65 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 303-934-3600 or LifeSourceHP.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26 Canine Massage Lev 1, 2 & 3–Oct 26-30. 9am-5pm. See October 5 listing. $1150-1400. 701 N Park St, Units C & D, Castle Rock. 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com. Equine Massage Lev 1 & 2–Oct 26-30. 9am-5pm. See Oct 20 listing. $1260. RMSAAM, 6810 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton. 303-669-4227 or RMSAAM.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27 Reiki for Animals–Appt necessary. See Oct 13 listing. $30/30minutes. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. 303-972-1926. Annual Trunk or Treat Street–5:30-6:30pm. Kids of all ages welcome to stroll among, and call on, festively decorated and treat laden car trunks for ghoulish goodies. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851. Detoxification and Digestive Health Seminar–6:308pm. Learn how to improve digestive and immune systems, reduce toxins and detoxify, and about parasites. Free. Optional $20 wrap. 19753 E Pikes Peak Ct, Parker. RSVP req’d 720-308-4089.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28 AWARE’s Memories Lost and Found 2010 Luncheon–10:30am-1:30pm. A fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Research featuring Mollie Katzen author of the Moosewood Cookbook who shares her fresh, smart and informative recipe for healthy, happy eating. Angel Tkt $150; Luncheon $100; Young Professional $75. Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th St, Denver. 720-488-0998 or MemoriesLostFound.org. Healing Meditation: Playfulness and Creativity– 7-8:30pm. Playfulness and creativity are intimately related. Take time to claim more of both in your life.$10 suggested donation.1800 30th St. Suite 307, Boulder. 303-545-5562. WholeBeingExplorations. com/spirit/groups.html. Nutritional Cleansing 101–7-8:30pm. This workshop introduces a revolutionary new cleansing/fat burning system, a totally natural, safe and effective program to rid your body of the harmful toxins builtup over your lifetime. This program will radically change your health and as an added benefit participant report weight loss of 9-12 pounds in just 9 days. Free. 65 S Wadsworth, Blvd, Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or LifeSourceHP.com. US Doctors Choice for Healthy Weight Loss–12pm; Fourth Thursday through December. Learn why weight gain happens and how to take it off and keep it off. The Ideal Weight Loss protocol tools work
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to meet health, wellness and vitality goals. Dieters who follow protocol 100% achieve their ideal weight loss goals 100% of the time. Free. Peak Nutrition at Crowning Touch Healing Center, 18425 Pony Express Dr, Ste 107, Parker. RSVP 303-218-8085.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29 Authentalk with Greg Mooers–Oct 29-31. 9am. Learn your heart virtue and how to experience it in every situation. Learn to acknowledge boundaries and ask for what you want. Become the hero that is authentically you. $1497. Journeys for Conscious Living, 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. What Will Set You Free–Oct 29-30. 7-10pm, Fri; 9am5pm, Sat. Through this integrative experience with Rev. Cynthia James, each participant is given the opportunity to explore old patterns and expand into new ways of being. $75, includes lunch Saturday. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 Trick or Treat Off the Street–10am-5pm. Saturday and Sunday. Creep, crawl or slither into a Halloween celebration with plenty of ghoulish surprises for children of all ages. This event features a variety of activities including creepy crawly crafts, ghost stories and a haunted graveyard. Candy booths in the hallways. Members access at 9am. Members free/Non-members Museum admission. The Wildlife Experience. 10035 S Peoria, Parker. 720-488-3300. TheWildlifeExperience.org. Past Life Regression Workshop–10am-5pm. Join Dr. Brian Weiss, M.D., best-selling author and the nation’s foremost expert in past-life regression therapy for an all-day intensive workshop. $139. Denver Merchandise Mart, Plaza at the Mart, Denver. 800-654-5126. Psychic & Healing Fair–12–5pm. Rev. DebraRae available for readings at fair rates of $20/20 min.; healing modalities offered may include Aura Healings, Egyptian Rod Healings, Chi Machine, Reiki, Ionizer Detox Foot Bath; plus vendors’ merchandise. Come for an hour or come for the day. 223 Titan St, Aurora, 303-365-0200, SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com Bat Encounter: Live–7-8:30pm. One-of-a-kind educational program for all ages presented by Rob Mies, Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation. See some of the rarest bats in the world up-close and personal. $12/member; $15/non-member; $7/child (3-12yrs). Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580.
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WORTH TRAVELING FOR OCTOBER 15-16 Hawaii Visionary Leadership Workshop–Oct 15-16. The foundation module of the Visionary Leadership® programs The Visionary Leadership Intensive is an intensely powerful and effective two- day workshop. Fast paced and highly interactive, this program quickly gets to the heart of your innate leadership genius and effortlessly reveals the Visionary Leader within you. If you are ready to really dive in, strip away anything that keeps you from innate excellence, from being a truly visionary leader in your life, join the Visionary Leadership Intensive for a jam-packed two days of clarity and empowerment. The Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii. For more info or to register please contact Conscious Company/The Journey at 973-680-0271 or ConsciousCompany.com.
WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3-7 Handweavers Guild of Boulder 39th Annual Show and Sale–10am-6pm. Come enjoy this unique show and sale put on by over a hundred local artists. You’ll find items, both large and small, by weavers, knitters, bead artists, quilters, spinners, felters, basket makers, and more, including unique clothing, artwork, jewelry, ornaments and kitchen items. Free to attend. Boulder County Fairgrounds, Hover Street and Nelson Road, Longmont. HandWeaversOfBoulder.org.
November 3-December 15 The Joyful Warrior: A Yoga series for Depression –The Joyful Warrior Therapeutic Yoga Series uses a range of yoga therapy tools to give students both
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Secrets of a Soulful Marriage Date Nights–6:308:30pm. Monthly dinner seminars for couples to learn marriage tips and advice from Jim and Ruth Sharon who have been married 40 years. Free – purchase dinner from menu. Chopsticks China Bistro, 5117 S Yosemite St, Greenwood Village. RSVP 303-796-7004.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Denver Botanic Gardens – Colorado residents can enjoy a special free day at the Gardens and Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, thanks to funding from the SCFD. Free. Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield, Littleton. BotanicGardens.org.
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information and tools to improve their symptoms and start on a path to wellness and happiness. Sixweeks; 90 minutes/week. Learn physical postures, breath and energy techniques, and relaxation in a safe, confidential, and caring environment where they can connect with other individuals experiencing depression. NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 South Curtice St, Littleton, Co. The series is priced at $99. *No class November 24. For info visit namasteworksyoga.com/classesworkshops.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Jazzed on Microcredit Fundraiser – 4:30-6:30pm. Come see how a small $100 micro-loan can change the lives of women and their families. We are raising money for our 16th Village Bank that will be located in Guatemala. Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge, 930 Lincoln St, Denver. APWColorado.org. Denver Arts Week: Night at the Museums– 5-10pm. Based on the popular event in Paris, “Night at the Museums” explores Denver’s top museums that open their doors for free. The Gardens collaborates with 3rd Law Dance/Theater for an evening performance designed to Henry Moore’s monumental sculptures. Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street. Denver.org/DenverArtsWeek/.
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MONDAY–FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8-12 Botanical Illustration Retreat–The red canyon, mountains, plateau and running water of Gateway Canyons provide the beautiful backdrop for this outdoor painting experience. Five days filled with workshops, presentation, demos, portfolio sharing and other related activities. Everyone welcome. Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway. Price and Info 720-865-3653 or Mervihj@BotanicGardens.org.
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Sustainability Fair: Fall 2010–10am-4pm. Each Semester, students from the Sustainability minor volunteer to disseminate a trifold message of responsible living: social, economic, and environmental. Free workshops, participation prizes, a green job fair, and solar powered music by the Free Jam Society and more. Free. Auraria Campus, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver.
Misha May Foundation Annual 10th Anniversary Fundraiser–12-3:30pm. The fundraiser is an entertaining afternoon for a good cause, to ensure The Misha May Foundation is able to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home dogs (and sometimes cats) at risk, regardless of breed or mix, behavioral or medical issues. The Misha May Foundation saves dogs from euthanasia and fosters them for as long as it takes to find a home. The funds raised will not only go to helping dogs in the future, but to help pay for medical bills, food and shelter currently needed. $25/ticket thru Oct; $35/ticket thereafter. $100/sponsor. For more information, to provide auction item or to volunteer, mishamayfoundation@ gmail.com or 303-239-0382. Purchase tickets online at MishaMayFoundation.org.or via check. Location: Mercury Café, 2199 California St, Denver.
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ongoingevents sunday Planetary Healing, World Harmony Meditations–8-9am. A brief discourse and guided meditations which assist us to hold unconditional resonance for ourselves, others and the planet. Free. Teleconference. Info: 720-301-3993. Spiritual Gathering & Aura Healing Clinic– 11am-12:30pm. First and third Sun each month. A spiritual gathering of blessings, love, healing, empowerment and community. Church service is followed by an aura healing clinic, refreshments and community. Rev DebraRae, Officiating Minister. Donations accepted. 223 Titan St, Aurora. SacredSpacesAndPlaces.com. Colorado Aussie Rescue–12-4pm. Last Sunday every Month. Come adopt an Australian Shepherd. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. 303-972-1926. Understanding Dogs –11am-1pm, Sundays Oct 2-Nov 6. Integrative, holistic approach to training, behavior, health and healing, including obedience, reiki, flower essences, calming techniques and communication. Includes a behavior consultation / coaching session / treatment plan for each participating dog. One Human/one Dog $150; Additional human $45; Fee for Human without dog $90. RSVP req’d 303-239-0382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sage Valley Pet Center, 16400 West 54th Avenue, Golden. Canine Nail Trimmings–12-5pm. Bring your dog in for a regular nail trim. $5. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. 303-972-1926. Labyrinth–4-8pm. Fourth Sun each month. A quiet, meditative walk that has taken place in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Free. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079. Healing with the Masters–7-8pm. Enjoy a renewed sense of who one truly is. This Healing Circle is designed to allow one to directly experience the energy of the Masters, to expand one’s awareness of truth and restore balance to one’s mental, emotional and physical bodies. $8. Samadhi Center for Yoga, 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. 303-638-1225.
Healing Circle–7-8pm. This Journey is designed to deepen your personal meditation or healing through the practice of expanded awareness. Includes time for personal healing to deepen the connection with your higher-self. $8. 639 E 19th Ave, Denver. 303-860-9642 or SamadHiYoga.net.
monday Subsidized Spay/Neuter for Dogs–3rd Monday of every Month. First come, first served beginning at 7am. Cost does NOT include blood work, but does include Rabies and Distemper vaccines, an ear cleaning and nail trimming. Do not feed or water your pet 12 hours prior to surgery. $50. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. 303-751-5772 x 7276. Belly Dance Groove–5:45-6:30pm. Focus on isolation, strength, flexibility, basic steps and combinations. We will learn basic movements, as well as choreography to put it all together. Class size limited to 10. $10/class. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8672 or IsisBooks.com. An Intimate Connection to Breath and Movement Yoga–Evenings; 1 hr. For beginner to intermediate student desiring to reconnect with breath and body and the deeper aspects of yoga. If you suffer from anxiety, stress, respiratory issues or just desire to breathe and move better, you will discover how to coordinate breath with movement in learning classical yoga. Classes held 1x/ week at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 South Curtice St, Littleton. Cost/times namasteworksyoga. com/classesworkshops. Kundalini Yoga–Thru December. 6-7:30 pm. The ancient and sacred practice of Kundalini yoga is the oldest form of yoga. Find relief from back pain, stress, addiction, depression and insomnia, and weight control. Kundalini yoga promises peace of mind. Elevate and experience oneself through this ancient science. All levels welcome; no experience required. Bring water and a yoga mat. Single session: $8/member, $10/nonmember, drop-in rate. Full series: $100/$120. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1005 York St, Denver. RSVP req’d: 720-865-3500 or BotanicGardens.org.
5 weeks. Learn meditation techniques and energy dynamics to help you find your true connection with self and with spirit. Learn to create calm and shift your emotional states by releasing blocked energy. These skills help you manage your own energy and your relationship to the energies of others around you. $150 Includes one hour clairvoyant student reading and guided meditation CD. Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth, Lakewood. 303-282-9439.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 The Spice of Life: Session 1–9:30-10:30am. Session 2 - 11am-12pm. Learn the spices you drink in cider or eat in pumpkin pie. See where some of our favorite spices come from and how they grow. Members $10/class; NonMembers $12/class. Discounts available. Pre-register 720-865-3580 or Catalog.BotanicGardens.org. Plant Print Making – 4-5:30pm. Let the Autumn colors inspire your artistic side. Make art prints from different plants and create some nature art you can frame. Members $12/class; Non-members $15/class. Discounts available. Pre-register 720-865-3580 or Catalog.BotanicGardens.org.
Nia Classes–6-7pm. Awaken and celebrate the joy of movement with Nia. Low impact exercise accommodates all skill levels. Drop in $13; Pkg of 5 classes $55; Pkg of 10 classes $100. The Consolate Healing Center; 750 E 9th Ave. 303-325-4150. Ashtanga Vinyasa Free Flow Yoga w/EmySol– 7pm. The free flow series uses the Ujjayi breath to flow from one asana (pose) to another allowing to energize the metabolic rate to burn fat and build a firm toned healthy body. Increases stamina and develop great strength and flexibility. The free flow series stimulates and tones the internal organs and improves circulation, alleviate stress allowing to bring balance to the body mind and spirit. The class ends with savasana(deep relaxation) and short meditation for a simple blissful experience. Call for pricing. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695. The Light Shall Set You Free–7pm. Colorado welcomes back nationally known intuitive psychic soul counselor, metaphysician, psychometrist and spiritual advisor for channeling spiritual teachings directly from the ancient mystery schools. Raise consciousness and awareness together in a safe environment and gracefully move into the seven dimensions of existence. $12. Reserve a seat, directions and location 561-452-1716.
tuesday Gain Energy and Clarity–6-7pm. You will leave feeling better, refreshed and more open to creating the opportunities that life offers. Relieve stress, pain, gain clarity, and increase creativity during a 15-minute rebalance. Register to win a 30 min reading. Yoga of the Mind, 8 East First Ave, #103, Denver. 303-668-2358. YogaOfTheMind.com. An Intimate Connection to Breath and Movement Yoga–Evenings; 1 hr. For beginner to intermediate student desiring to reconnect with breath and body and the deeper aspects of yoga. If you suffer from anxiety, stress, respiratory issues or just desire to breathe and move better, you will discover how to coordinate breath with movement in learning classical yoga. Classes held 1x/ week at NamasteWorks Yoga + Wellness, 5860 South Curtice St, Littleton. Cost/ times namasteworksyoga.com/classesworkshops.
Discover Real Happiness with the Avatar® Course–69pm. Explore how one’s beliefs are affecting one’s reality and how one can use the Avatar tools to change the blueprint one operates from. These intros are filled with awakening to new possibilities and discovering the preciousness of life. If interested in creating the rest of one’s life more deliberately or if one has found oneself in a repeating pattern that would like to change, the Avatar Course will be very inspiring and empowering. Free. RSVP Linda: 720-320-9681. Avatar® is a registered trademark of Star’s Edge, Inc. All rights reserved.
increases core strength, balance and coordination through the Trager Approach, Pilates-based fundamentals and Qi Gong. Energize and release tension while developing a deeper mind/body connection. $12/class or $10 with a 10-class card. 922 Washington Ave.,Golden. RSVP req’d 303-547-2221.
Meditation Classes–6:30-8pm. Oct 12 for 8 weeks. Learn to claim your spiritual wisdom, live your higher purpose, clear old energy patterns, and much more. Based primarily on the teachings of Archangel Michael. $148 before Oct 5; $160 after. 6949 Hwy 73, Evergreen. RSVP 303-697-9427.
Canine Nail Trimmings–12-4pm. Bring your dog in for a dremmel trim. Schedule an appt today. $7. Hero’s Pets, 8086-N Bowles Ave, Littleton. 303-972-1926.
Connect with Spirit–7-9pm. First Tues each month. Interactive Channeling group with author and clairvoyant Holly Burger. Ask your guidance questions; release energy blocks. $20. 5224 W 25th, Edgewater. TheCreativeLivingCenter.com. Meditation for Living–7pm. Beginning Oct 19 for 5 weeks. Learn meditation techniques and energy dynamics to help you find your true connection with self and with spirit. Learn to create calm and shift your emotional states by releasing blocked energy. These skills help you manage your own energy and your relationship to the energies of others around you. Practicing these techniques will shift your awareness levels to help you tune into your own creativity and your own answers. $150 Includes one hour clairvoyant student reading and guided meditation CD. 2775 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439. Meditation for Living–7pm. Beginning Oct 5 for 5 weeks. See Tuesday calendar for full details. Location: Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth, Lakewood. 303-282-9439. Modern-Day Meditation–7-8:30pm. This meditation guides people to a more open and calm state, to think clearly about solutions for daily life changes and find a deeper spiritual connection within. $10 donation. First class free. Miracle of Love Center, 4277 W 43rd Ave, Denver. 800-338-3788.
wednesday Body Balance classes at Golden Pilates–9-10am. The Body Balance class soothes the joints and
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Healing Space–12:00-2:00pm. 15 minute energy clearings or healings. Free. Donations accepted. 1800 30th St. Suite 307 Boulder. 303-545-5562. WholeBeingExplorations.com/spirit/energy.html.
EFT Clinic for Stress/Anxiety Relief–5-8:30pm. Third Wed each month. EFT (tapping) is acupuncture without the needles. Tap on specific stressrelief points on the body. It is amazingly fast, and easy to learn/use. $20. The Center of Well-Being, 1385 Carr St, Ste 6, Lakewood. 303-667-2223. Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–67pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, energy one doesn’t need to be carrying is cleared out of one’s space, including energies that block growth and flow. Donation. 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. 720-413-7303. Consciousness Conversations & Contemplations–6:45-10pm. First Wednesday each month. Raise awareness and consciousness through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Explore integration of enlightened living in our personal and professional lives. Love Offering. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or J4CL.com. Interactive Mediumship and Psychic Development–7pm. Join nationally known intuitive psychic soul counselor, metaphysician, psychometrist and spiritual advisor for an interactive class, learn to channel info directly from spirit, guaranteed to rapidly increase your psychic abilities and intuition.$10. Reserve seat, location and directions 561-452-1716. Recovered Living–7-8:15pm. A holistic approach to reclaiming one’s power. Ken Ludwig facilitates, taking an alternative look at self-defeating habits. He uses original principles based on the mental, spiritual, emotional and physical. $10. Center for Spiritual Living Denver, 1420 Ogden St, Denver. MakingItOutAlive.com.
FOSTER/ADOPTION LOOKING FOR A CAT OR DOG TO OWN OR MAYBE TRIAL WITHIN YOUR FAMILY? – Misha May Foundation has many cats and dogs available for foster or adoption― different breeds, personalities, all looking for you. If your home is not available, we are always in need of volunteers and donations. Contact: 303-239-0382 or MishaMayFoundation@gmail.com. Click on Make A Donation at MishaMayFoundation.org or send a check to Misha May, P.O. Box 151166, Lakewood, CO 80215-1166.
SPACE AVAILABLE DAILY HEALING CENTER SPACE AVAILABLE - In the middle of Capital Hill lay an oasis. Perfect for workshops, dance classes, and community gatherings, The Veruna Room offers privacy, natural light, wood floors and soothing energy. There are also two smaller rooms suitable for personal sessions and small meetings. Contact Lisa @ 303-832-1117 or email@example.com.
BHS-Business Honoring Spirituality Networking– 7-9am. Our mission is to unite business professionals in a Spiritual surrounding, allowing for limitless individual and group development of Spiritual and professional possibilities. With a network of various businesses and services, we open our lives to more knowledge, abundance, friendship, Spirituality and prosperity. Bring plenty of business cards.$5 donation. Mile Hi Church, 9079 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Info and speaking apps BHSMileHi.org. QiGong for Life and Health–5:45-6:45pm. The Chinese medical system is holistic, and practicing Qigong integrates body, mind and spirit for overall health and well-being. $15. Isis Books & Gifts, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. 303-761-8627 or IsisBooks.com. Conscious Living with Lani–7-9pm. 13 week class beginning Oct 7. Take a conscious journey with Lani Renee and experience 13 weekly classes that will guide you through the greater mysteries of our Universe and all time, which will lead you to a more magical and powerful you. Topics include Stairway to Heaven, Divine Signature, Spiritual Alchemy and many more. Free. Journeys for Conscious Living, Arvada. 303-467-0633. A Gathering of Like-Minded Individuals–7pm. Colorado welcomes back nationally known intuitive psychic soul counselor, metaphysician, psychometrist and spiritual advisor for an ongoing circle of love, empowerment and transformation. Food, fellowship, discussion, support, prayer, meditation, psychic development and group healing. $10. Reserve seat, location and directions 561-452-1716. Meditation Mastery–7-8:30pm. Build a practice starting with 5 minutes at a time. Support each other to take baby steps toward self-discipline. Facilitated by Ken Ludwig. Meditating for over 30 years, Ken believes this is the alpha and omega of creating a daily practice. $10. A Holistic Wellness Center, 10200 W 44th Ave, Ste 400, Wheat Ridge. 303-278-7013. Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann & Donna–7-9pm. Third Thurs each month. Come for a Oneness Blessing Deeksha experience with live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls and native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer experience or process that supports all paths or beliefs. Love Offering. 5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Bldg A, Ste 100, Arvada. 303-550-4223.
friday Meditation Mastery–12-1:30pm. See Thurs listing. Center for Spiritual Living Denver, 1420 Ogden St, Denver. 303-278-7013. Free Tea Tastings–3-4pm. Taste different teas side by side, talk a bit about them and have tea-related questions answered. A great introduction to the world of teas. Free. Seven Cups, 1882 S Pearl St, Denver. 303-777-2877. Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Please arrive early; building doors auto-lock at 6:55pm. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. This clinic involves channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Please plan some time for yourself after your healing. No appointment necessary. Presented by Inner Connection Institute. Open Channeling, Free; followed by Healings, $10. 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-282-9439. Modern-Day Meditation–7:30-9pm. See Tues listing. 126 W 5th Ave, Colorado Health & Wellness Center, Denver. 800-338-3788.
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Natalie Gentry, CMT 121 S Madison St, Ste D, Denver 80209 303-325-4150 HealingSpaceDenver.com Nurture your body, mind and spirit and rediscover your self through the healing power of touch, movement and breath. Healing Space offers relaxing and deep tissue massage, Maya Abdominal/Uterine Massage, Prenatal/Post Partum Massage, Spiritual Plant Healing, Nia classes, and Transformational Breath facilitation. Schedule your appointment today. See ad, page 33.
Reform, rejuvenate and restore your body, mind and spirit with complete integrated affordable health care and wellness services. Monthly specials, insurance accepted. Services include acupuncture, biomeridian, hypnotherapy, nutrition, classical homeopathy, massage, fertility specialists including maya abdominal massage, Tai chi, meditation, yoga, Pilates, medical weight loss, complete skin and body therapies and self-development coaching and workshops. See ad, page 11.
PSYCHOLOGY AND GROWTH Kathy Higgins, MS,MA,LPC,CACII Deer Creek Counseling 7345 South Pierce Street, Suite 110 Littleton, Colorado 80128 720-663-7702
Kathy Higgins, MA, LPC, helps individuals bring about change in order to live more effective and joyful lives, using Interpersonal, Dialectical and Person-Centered therapies. Kathy specializes in treating Depression and Bipolar Mood Disorder; Trauma and PTSD; Phobias, Anxiety, and OCD; Eating Disorders; Recovery from Addictions; Career Counseling; and Alternative Spirituality.
SANCTUARY INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver, CO 80222 303-282-9439 InnerConnection.org
A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Lakewood. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Lakewood every Wednesday. Free open channel clinic Fridays in Denver. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. Denver 303-282-9439. Lakewood 720-413-7303. See ad, page 30.
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Change the Present with a Past Life Reading. My Past Life Readings and Clearings are deeply transformative. Change your life by completing patterns you have run for centuries and bringing that energy into present time. It can mean the end of struggle and the manifestation of success and fulfillment. More information at YogaOfTheMind.com or call David Stevens at 303-668-2358.
The Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage (RMSAAM) offers rewarding and challenging educational programs suitable for Massage Therapists and animal lovers alike. Time is divided into classroom and lab portions allowing students to apply knowledge in a hands-on setting with dogs and horses. RMSAAM also offers courses in Equine Massage, Large and Small Animal Acupressure, Reiki Animal Practitioner, Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Animals and other special workshops. Tuition assistance available. NCBTMB Approved Provider #451073-09. Register 866-903-6462 or RMSAAM.com. See ad, page 25.
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