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ebruary’s theme on Heart Health looks at both the physical aspects of a healthy heart, and the importance of emotional balance in keeping your heart healthy. According to Dr. James Forleo, “When our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. There are exceptions… but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” Negative and suppressed emotions, and their energy, play a huge role in our overall health. The growing acceptance of energy healing as a real modality for health is encouraging – and just as important as a good holistic physician or dentist. If you have consistent days of depression, anger or other emotions that you don’t feel serve you, consider one of the many healing practitioners in Natural Awakenings. Alternately, if you don’t feel you are having emotional issues but are sick often, an energy healer might be a great way to break that cycle. Another important facet of our health and emotions is the level of happiness with our lives. If you take a good look at your life right now, today, are you happy? Do you have dreams for your life that still need fulfilling? Recently, Natural Awakenings publisher Terry Chriswell won a self-publishing contract as first runner up in a Hay House writing contest. “I was surprised and excited to learn, after winning the contract, that a tremendous weight seemed to be lifted off of me, mentally as well as physically. It seems that a commitment to the realization of my dreams of becoming an author now fills the empty hole once filled by comfort food,” she said with a laugh. Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Take a good look at where you stand from a physical and emotional view, and perhaps even ask your closest friends and family. If you need help, consider Terry’s workshop Moving Toward Happy 1 & 2 (see Save the Date page 23.) Making a serious commitment to change your life for the better will not only improve your health, it will make a happier YOU.

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You Are Love Gloria di Simone Artist Gloria di Simone’s featured cover painting, You Are Love, reflects her longheld passion for color. She refers to her paintings as “axquarelli”, her unique variation on the Italian word for watercolor, saying, “They are tempera—a rather diluted paint on watercolor paper.” In many of her paintings, she also adds diamond water and gold for unusual effects. “My images are focused on vibration and energy,” explains di Simone. A native of Naples, Italy, di Simone currently makes her home there after spending 28 years in Rome. In addition to being an artist, she has also worked as an architect, graphic designer, art director, furniture designer and teacher. View the artist’s portfolio at

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ay House brings the I Can Do It!® Conference to the Colorado Convention Center March 28-30. This year’s conference features many of today’s most life-changing and powerful motivational authors and speakers such as Louise Hay, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Brian Weiss, Doreen Virtue, Gregg Braden and Kris Carr. According to Reid Tracy, president and CEO of Hay House, Inc., the I Can Do It! Conference offers a chance to learn techniques for developing and deepening relationships, spirituality, health, wealth, intuition, selfesteem and passion. The two-day event brings together world-renowned motivational speakers and transformational teachers and healers and gives attendees the chance for up-close and personal interactions with some of the world’s most beloved self-help authors. “The I Can Do It! conference provides an opportunity to step outside of the normal day-to-day life and leave feeling reenergized, refreshed and refocused on achieving goals,” said Tracy. “We hand-picked the presenting authors to bring a wealth of knowledge, inspiration and enlightenment to attendees.” Attendees will experience: A host of entertaining, dynamic speakers; onsite bookstore with books, CDs and DVDs from favorite authors; Book-signings after each session; companionship of new friends who share interests, insights and experiences; and an Angel Card Reading Certification program with Doreen Virtue. For reservations and more information about the 2014 “I Can Do It!” Conference in Denver, visit

Farm-to-Table program accepting 2014 Students


unrise Ranch, a conscious event and conference center located in Loveland, is accepting new students for its seven-month “farm-to-table” Culinary Academy starting April 14. Students will develop a wholesome interaction with food through the on-site farm, organic vegetable gardens, permaculture fruit orchard and culinary herb garden. They will learn about nutrition and food relationship, as well as seasonal and local fare. Instructors bring organic, non-GMO produce and animal products from the farm and garden straight to the kitchen for classical scratch cooking. Covered subjects include specialty diets, nutritional wellness, knife skills, flavor combinations and menu and meal preparation. The industrial-sized kitchen commonly serves over 100 persons per meal, allowing students to develop their individual culinary skills while working in a fastpaced environment. “Our resources in the farm and garden are growing, so our academy is growing, too,” says Executive Chef Joel Navejas. “Students will get to be part of that expansion.” Only 12 applicants will be accepted in 2014. For information/registration visit or call 970-587-3807. See ad page 15.

Colorado Environmental Film Festival February 21-22


ark your calendars for the 8th annual Colorado Environmental Film Festival showing Feb. 21-22 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. Friday from 6-9pm is a free evening of some of the best films from the past seven years. Saturday starts at noon with the family-oriented “YERT -Your Environmental Road Trip,� continues with “GMO OMG,� and finish the evening with a premier showing of the “Human Experiment,� narrated by Sean Penn and produced by Denver producer Chelsea Matter, who will discuss the film following the showing. Saturday also features local singer-songwriter, Laurie Damenson sharing her up-beat, musical, multimedia presentation, “What Can I Do.� Perfection Tool and Computer Repair will accept old electronics for free, safe recycling from 11am-5pm on Saturday. Also, Boyd Norton will host an opening discussion on Feb 21st for the 3rd Environmental Photo Exhibition. Visit for the slate of films, activities and for ticket information. See ad page 13.


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ncient healers, or shamans, were medicine men and women who used ceremonies and drumming to “journey� from the world of the seen to the unseen, in order to bring back healing and initiations to their tribes. As one of Sandra Ingerman’s recognized teachers of Core Shamanism, Karen Rice King will offer eight weekend sessions throughout the year on Death & Dying, Extraction and Healing with Spiritual Light, Soul Retrieval, and Medicine for the Earth. Students will participate as both facilitator and client, practicing the ancient ways of working with those in need of healing in these areas. “The course will also utilize up-to-date methods and ideas to help students integrate this material into their own lives, from creating sacred space to transforming personal and environmental toxins. Crafts will be included with special ceremonies and plenty of time in nature,� explains King. King has been adapting shamanic material for our modern culture since the mid-1970’s, with particular attention for use with family, friends and professional applications. According to King, this training is especially beneficial for nurses, counselors, caretakers and therapists, but is great for anyone. Participants must have taken beginning journey classes from King or other qualified teachers. For information, see Looking Ahead Calendar or Karen Rice King 303-665-0175.

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laudia Reiche of Colorado eTherapy is offering a halfprice initial session to Natural Awakenings readers through March to help them get on track for accomplishing their goals in 2014. According to Reiche, many people get stuck and fail to follow through with positive changes in their lives. She works with clients to assess their current struggles and get unstuck. She offers her expertise, insights, a different perspective and ongoing support. Those that feel it is time to move forward and finally make headway with losing weight, eating healthier and improving fitness, finding a new job, managing stress effectively, improving relationships, not procrastinating and accepting help can receive support in person or via email and video conferencing. “I will help you resolve your problems and feel better. Bring a Natural Awakenings copy to your first appointment and receive the session half off,” said Reiche. Claudia Reiche, MA, NCC can be reached at 303-3322900 or See listing page 27.

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et owners and families can bring their pets to raise funds for The Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS©) Sunday, February 9 at Tagawa Garden Center, 7711 S Parker Rd., Centennial from 10am to 2:30pm. YAPS is a pen pal program that matches pediatric oncology patients with dogs and cats who have survived cancer or other serious medical conditions. Children and pets (via their owners) establish relationships and communicate through letter writing. This allows children the unique opportunity to share feelings about having cancer with a safe, unconditionally-loving animal. Enjoy chair massages; pet gifts and products; Valentine’s Day photo session with your family and pet; pet clairvoyant; $5 nail trims; and healthy treats for your pet. Mile High Musical Tails Dancing Dogs provides entertainment while Sit Means Sit Dog Training shares tips for handling your pet. Sponsors include Canine & Conditioning Rehabilitation Group, Answers Pet Food, Bark-N-Wash and Through Your Eyes Photography. Contact Ali 303-690-4722 or


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s we age, our vascular system may become cirrhotic (chronic interstitial inflammation of any tissue or organ) losing some of its elasticity due to insufficient copper in our diets (which builds flexible collagen) and due to insufficient Vitamin C which helps prevent scarring within the vasculature. With a loss of flexibility comes a corresponding increase in blood pressure as the heart has to work harder to overcome this vascular rigidity. This also stresses other organs such as the kidneys. Hawthorn Berries act as a tonic for the heart by relaxing vasculature tissues. Their effect is noticeable within the first week of taking them. They have also been associated with the correction of some arrhythmias, easing of congestive heart-failure symptoms, improvement of vascular elasticity and lowering blood pressure. Hence, the “tonifying” reputation. Hawthorn berries can come from many different sources. As with any herb, you should consult with your doctor before use if you are on medication. Buy some and try them. If they don’t seem to work as intended, buy a different brand. You may have to try two or three, but once you find a brand that works well for you, buy a few bottles and keep them in the refrigerator to extend their shelf life. I prefer grinding whole berries rather than using tinctures or the extracts because often times the tinctures break the fragile molecules that provide important supporting actions for the herb and the extraction process can leave these “subtle components” behind all together. Take it to heart, Hawthorn berries are one to add to the daily regimen for those of us who want to chase after grandchildren. Steve Frank is the founder of Nature’s Rite. See ad page 14.

How Do You Heal a Broken Heart?


oss is unmistakable. We remember the moment when life changed as our heart was broken. Those experiencing a broken heart often describe a physical sensation of deep pain in the chest. This pain may have some very real underpinnings. A 2012 study published in Current Directions in Psychological Science (vol 21 no 1, 42-47) examined the overlap between social pain and physical pain. Researchers found that emotional pain following loss may rely on the same neural circuitry responsible for physical pain. Like physical pain, grief can take your breath away, it ebbs and flows, some days are better than others and it can become chronic. In the midst of grief people often feel overwhelmed and don’t have any idea how to heal. Acknowledging the physical pain of loss can reduce its effect and provide a new way of relating to the grief process. Ask yourself, “What is the kindest, most comforting thing that can be done right now for this pain?” Specific pain management techniques like breathing, meditation and relaxation can provide some welcome relief for an ailing heart. Renee Ellis, MA RMT is the owner of Live Your Knowing Counseling. See listing page 30.

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Early Warnings of Heart Troubles Differ for Women


omen may worry more about breast cancer, but in reality, heart disease is the top killer of American women, claiming 300,000 lives a year, 7.5 times the number that die of breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although heart disease is more often perceived as a men’s issue, since 1984 more women have died of

heart disease than men. Part of the reason may be that women’s heart attacks can differ from men’s and the American Heart Association (AHA) warns that women often fail to recognize the symptoms, ranging from torso aches and pains and nausea to anxiety, shortness of breath, dizziness and extreme fatigue. They may experience subtle symptoms for months and write them off as byproducts of menopause, heartburn or effects of aging. The National Institutes of Health states that 43 percent of women that have heart attacks experience no chest pain. The difference between the more subtle signs of a heart attack in women and the more dramatic signs in men may help explain why 75 percent of men, prompted to act quickly, survive a first heart attack, while only 62 percent of women do, according to the AHA. “Research shows that women may not be diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men,” notes the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Nostalgia Arms Us for the Future


aving lingering fond memories of happy times, once actually thought to be a psychiatric disorder, have now been confirmed as a healthy and, ultimately, positive activity. Most people experience nostalgia at least once a week and nearly half of those surveyed reported experiencing it three or four times a week, say researchers at England’s University of Southampton. When speaking wistfully of the past, individuals are usually reconstructing happy memories of family and friends, and typically become more optimistic about the future, reports lead researcher and Social Psychologist Constantine Sedikides, Ph.D., who observes, “Nostalgia makes us a bit more human.” The Southampton paper, presented to the American Psychological Association, meshes well with another study confirming that nostalgic memories inspire positive feelings of joy, high self-regard, belonging and meaningfulness in life. In two studies, social psychologists at North Dakota State University found that past fond memories help us become more self-confident and cope better in the present. “We see nostalgia as a psychological resource that people can dip into to conjure the evidence they need to assure themselves that they’re valued,” says lead researcher Clay Routledge.


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FDA Moves to Ban Trans Fats


eart-clogging trans fatty acids may soon be a thing of the past. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken the first step to remove trans fats from its GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list, effectively banning their use in food products. Trans fats, also known as hydrogenated vegetable oils, can be found in many processed foods, including baked goods, microwave popcorn, peanut butter, frozen pizza, margarine and coffee creamers. Created by adding hydrogen to liquid oils to turn them into a solid form, trans fats have been used to improve the texture, shelf life or flavor of foods. For more than a decade, numerous scientific studies have documented that trans fats raise dangerous LDL cholesterol and lower good HDL cholesterol. The FDA’s proposed ban would require the food industry to gradually phase out all trans fats, likely over several months or years, noting their threat to health. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said the move could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths. Many food manufacturers have already phased out trans fats since new nutrition labeling requirements were introduced by the FDA in 2006; plus an increasing number of local laws have banned them.

A Different Breathalyzer Test for Heart Failure


imply blowing up a balloon may help doctors test heart function, according to a new study from the Cleveland Clinic. Although such examinations usually require expensive and sometimes invasive procedures, the new test can be done in a doctor’s office in 30 seconds, according to the research findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The patient simply breathes into a Mylar balloon, similar to a party version, and the air is passed through a machine to produce an individual “breathprint”. Researchers determined that exhaled breath contains volatile organic compounds that can be easily analyzed to determine potential heart failure.

Zinc Orchestrates Immune Response


any have heard that zinc can stop a cold in its tracks, and new research from Ohio State University tells us why; it turns out that zinc gently taps the brakes on immune responses, slowing them down and preventing inflammation from spiraling out of control. The researchers’ work with human cells and animals found that zinc serves to balance the immune response within the cells so that the consequences of insufficient zinc at the time of an infection include excessive inflammation. Of all the zinc contained in our bodies, only about 10 percent of it is readily accessible to help fight off an infection, notes Daren Knoell, professor of pharmacy and internal medicine and lead author of the study, published in Cell Reports. The research team suggests that proper zinc balance is especially important in battling serious and potentially deadly infections. Zinc deficiency affects about 2 billion people worldwide, including an estimated 40 percent of the U.S. elderly.

Happy Marriage, Healthier Lives


University of Missouri expert says that people in happy marriages are more likely to rate their health better than their peers as they age. Evidently, engaging with one’s spouse builds a strong relationship that can improve spirits, promote feelings of well-being and lower stress. Analyzing data from 707 continuously married adults that participated in the Marital Instability Over the Life Course panel study, a 20-year nationwide research project begun in 1980, researchers found that married people have better mental and physical health and are less likely to develop chronic conditions than their unmarried, widowed or divorced peers. Thus, researchers recommended involving spouses and families in treatment for any illness. They further suggested that in cases of a strained marital relationship, improving marital harmony would also improve health. natural awakenings

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Loving Local

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

While online mega-shopping malls have decimated many types of small businesses around the country, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies notes that independent bookstores are doing surprisingly well. For the last four years, their number and total sales have grown, despite the recent recession. In 2009, citizens patronized 1,651 independent bookstores in the United States; today their number exceeds 1,900. In addition, local coffee shops have grown faster than the largest chain’s storefronts. Bakers and specialty food purveyors, independent pharmacies and pet, fabric and stationery stores are growing, too. One reason for the good news is the “buy local” ethic promoted by groups such as the American Independent Business Alliance. Last year, sales at independent businesses in cities benefitting from these campaigns grew 8.6 percent; those without them still increased 3.4 percent. Independents are winning customer loyalty in part by hosting and sponsoring events that enrich the community. The public is realizing that buying local supports area families, keeps more dollars circulating locally and strengthens a healthy sense of community that benefits everyone. Source:

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Wild Valentines Many Animals Mate for Life Humans like to think of themselves as unique when it comes to taking vows of togetherness. But a surprising number of other species in the animal kingdom provide sterling examples of fidelity, monogamy and lifelong pairing. Gibbons, of the ape family, are the nearest relatives to humans that mate for life. They form extremely strong pairings and both sexes are on relatively equal footing in their relationships. Bald eagles, our national emblem, typically mate for life, except in the event of a partner’s inability to procreate. Wolves, often portrayed as tricksters in folklore, conduct a family life more loyal than many human relationships. Wolf packs typically comprise a male, a female and their offspring, making them akin to a human nuclear family. Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years or even for life. Their loyalty is so storied that the image of two swans swimming with their necks entwined in the shape of a heart has become a universal symbol of true love. French angelfish are seldom found far from their mate, because they live, travel and even hunt in pairs. The fish form monogamous relationships that often last as long as both individuals are alive. In fact, they act as a team to vigorously defend their territory against neighboring pairs. Other examples include albatrosses, African antelopes, black vultures, Malagasy giant rats, prairie voles, sandhill cranes, termites and, of course, turtle doves. To view images, visit and AnimalMatesSlideshow.


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f you like connecting with people and helping others, or if friends always come to you for advice and inspiration, The Life Purpose Institute offers Life Coaching certification training tele-courses starting February 19 & March 25. What makes The Life Purpose Institute training unique and special? • The course is extremely practical and deeply philosophical (and spiritual for those who resonate with that approach); • Teachers and administrative staff take great lengths to make sure you receive quality training and personal support every step of the way; • A commitment to your successful coaching practice, and offer a guarantee that you’ll make back the cost of the training or they’ll make up the difference; • A comprehensive step by step system. You’ll receive a 650-page, user-friendly manual that will guide you step-by-step through the coaching process. Join a proven system that has helped over a million people set up a coaching practice to guide clients to discover their life purpose and provide business, career, relationship, health or spiritual coaching with training through the Life Purpose Institute. For more information or to register, please call 858-484-3400 or visit See ad page 12.

Breathe Deeply Perform this subtle de-stressor while in line at the market or driving. It slows heart rate, oxygenates the body, improves mental clarity and has a relaxing effect on the nervous system. Sit or stand straight. Put the tip of the tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind the upper front teeth, and keep it there throughout the entire exercise. Inhale through the nose for a count of four. Hold each breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through the mouth with a whoosh sound for a count of eight. Repeat three more times. Source:


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February 21-22nd - American Mountaineering Center, Golden • Friday: See some of our Best Films from the first 8 years (No Charge; Donations Encouraged) • Saturday: YERT, GMO OMG, The Human Experiment, others • Friday and Saturday after films celebrations ad • Electronics Recycling (no monitors, please) Bring in this off 1 $ • Great food from Golden Natural Market and receive e. c ri p t • Live Music (Laurie D) & Special Events e k c ti • Discussions • Environmental Photography Exhibit and speaker Boyd Norton

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See Tomorrow’s Possibilities Feb 21-23


magine a world in which there is Free Energy, Alternative Healthcare, Wealth Building, Sustainable Communities and people who live their lives Consciously. What would this world look like? See for yourself at the Evolve Expo – It’s All About Choices February 21-23 at the National Western Complex. The expo fills 2½ days with workshops, live demonstrations, camp fire discussions and over 100 exhibitors. Engage with internationally-acclaimed speakers, activists and local thought leaders to explore effective solutions for our community. Learn to live a life that is connected, healthy, authentic and abundant by interacting with hundreds of businesses, authors, healers, artists, musicians, and vendors living from the heart. The 2014 Keynote Speakers include Rod Smith, Foster Gamble,


Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha, Kimberly Gamble, Dr JB Hill and Dr Joan Borysenko. Other speakers include Karen Storsteen, Terry Chriswell, Kathy Mason, Vernon Roth, Kellie Falbo and Brian Luke Seaward. Top-

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Realization and Coordinated Activism Empower Global Thriving and Intuitive Intelligence. Evolve Expo is produced by Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL), an organization whose mission is to support and promote the expansion of consciousness through community connection via events, classes and causes that lead to lives of passion, purpose and contribution. Sponsors include Natural Awakenings, BellaSpark, Natural Grocers, Nexus, Culture, Dance Arts Studio, Epic and the Kim Baker Radio Show. Location: National Western Complex, Hall of the West, 3rd Level, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver. Friday, Feb 21: 4-8pm; Saturday, Feb 22: 9am-6pm; Sunday, Feb 23: 10am-4pm. See ad on back cover.



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The Paleo Template – Lifestyle vs. Diet by Ian Hollaman, DC, IFMCP


f you’ve tried every diet, supplement and multi-level marketing fad in the book, but continue to struggle with your weight and health, you are not alone! By looking to our past, we can find answers for our future. Loren Cordain, Ph.D., researcher and author of The Paleo Diet states, “Nothing in nutrition makes sense except in the light of evolution.” By studying our ancestors with rigorous and elegant research, he finds a blueprint for a diet that allows: our genes to thrive; our bodies to function effectively and efficiently; our immune system to remain robust; and our body to naturally maintain its ideal weight. It’s no wonder The Paleo Diet has gained great respect and popularity in the last decade. It emphasizes the nutrient-rich diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors, including lean animal protein, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, low carbohydrate, high fiber and certain fats while reducing nutrient-poor foods such as grains, legumes, dairy, sugars and certain fats. If you think, “that’s so easy even a caveman can do it,” you’d be right! But the devil is in the details. We have found that a Paleo Diet template, rather than a diet allows us the flexibility to create a specific lifestyle plan for the individual. Our personal coaching through lecture and one-on-one sessions give you the tools and support to reach your health and weight goals in 2014. The Template empowers you to make the best daily decisions regarding what to eat, what to feed your family and what supplements to use. Instruction is held at Red Tail Wellness Centers in Boulder with Dr. Ian Hollaman covering Paleo Template basics, Paleo Exercise, Culturing Vegetables to Nurture Our Gut and Supplementation to Enhance Vitality. We track biological age by utilizing bio-impedance readings that measure the ratio of water, fat and muscle inside the body. This fantastic tool surpasses basal metabolic index as a measurement of health. You will find navigating the grocery store far simpler and more cost effective while you become empowered to influence and prevent modern diseases that our Paleolithic ancestors never dealt with! Ian Hollaman can be reached at 303-882-8447. See ad page 18.


f you aren’t getting the results you want from your workouts, the missing link could be strikingly simple: not poor nutrition per se, but poor nutrient timing. One of the least appreciated aspects of nutrition and fitness concerns not just what to eat but when to eat in order to optimize a workout. An August 2012 article in the Strength and Conditioning Journal, “Nutrient Timing for Resistance Exercise,” focused on resistance training and recovery. A good workout goes largely to waste without a nutritionally-sound meal promptly after a workout. To build muscle (i.e. adapt to the exercise) there needs to be a positive, net protein balance in the body to overcome muscle protein degradation. The two components to achieving positive net protein balance are: Suppressing protein breakdown by eating carbohydrates; and generate protein synthesis via timely ingestion of amino acids (protein). Protein and carbohydrates have a complimentary effect: taken together, they are markedly more effective than either taken alone. According to the study authors, “1 g/kg/h of carbohydrate (taken immediately after and then again 1 hour later) will effectively restore depleted skeletal muscle glycogen.” And, “20–25 g of highquality fast-digesting protein taken immediately after resistance exercise appears to maximize protein synthesis, reduce muscle soreness, and increase skeletal muscle hypertrophy.” Simply put, consuming a nutritionally-sound meal or supplement immediately before or after every workout is an indispensable strategy to improving your overall fitness. John Garvey can be reached at 316-371-8251 or

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RETHINKING HEART HEALTH Pioneering Doctors and Patients Reinvent Cardio Care by Linda Sechrist


n 1977, Dr. Dean Ornish began to think beyond an allopathic medicine paradigm that defined the reversal of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease (CHD) and the hypertensive diseases such as heart failure and stroke, as physiologically implausible. Undaunted by the challenge of funding his research, he pushed forward. Results of his foundational 1986 to 1992 Lifestyle Heart Trial, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, proved that individuals with preexisting coronary atherosclerosis that make intensive, integrated lifestyle changes can begin to experience improvements in their condition after as little as one year without using lipid-lowering drugs. Based on his 30-plus years of clinical research, Ornish and his colleagues further showed that five years


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of following proper nutrition, fitness and stress management—which must include love and support—can reduce symptoms of CHD and other chronic conditions. He remarks in Love & Survival: 8 Pathways to Intimacy and Health that despite numerous studies showing a medical basis for its occurrence, the reason why CHD is reversible is still the subject of debate. Ornish’s work has paved the way for a growing corps of pioneering integrative physicians successfully collaborating with patients to reduce the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

Plaque the Culprit The cause of cardiovascular disease is arterial plaque, a fine layer of fatty material that forms within the arteries and blocks blood flow. It is largely the result of food and activity choices, plus

the degree of inflammation in the arteries. Dr. Steven Masley’s three keys to improving heart health highlighted in his book, The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up, and an upcoming PBS special, concern lifestyle factors capable of shrinking plaque, improving circulation and strengthening the heartbeat. “Abnormal plaque growth is preventable 90 percent of the time,” states the president of Masley Optimal Health Center, in St. Petersburg, Florida. While conducting research on the heart health of nearly 1,000 patients over a period of 20 years, Masley suspected that the traditional assessment approach of measuring cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure didn’t effectively address the biochemistry within arteries. Testing intima-media thickness (IMT) using a simple 10-minute external ultrasound confirmed it. The test bounces high-frequency sound waves to measure the thickness of the carotid arteries’ innermost two layers on either side of the neck. “This valuable tool allows for an estimate of arterial age. A healthy, young cardiovascular system has less plaque and an unhealthy, old one has more,” advises Masley. IMT, a useful tool for preventing future heart attacks and strokes, differs from standard carotid Doppler ultrasound, which looks for artery obstructions suggesting surgery. A practitioner of functional medicine, Masley explains heart-related diagnoses differently than his allopathic counterparts. “Rather than diagnosing high blood pressure as hypertension, I categorize it as not enough exercise, not enough fruits and vegetables, high emotional stress and excessive body fat.” To optimize heart health, Masley employs a broad, holistic matrix of options that enhance the cardiovascular system—the interactions among diet, activity level, weight, environmental toxins, hormones, stress and bio-chemical factors such as blood sugar control and inflammation levels. He prescribes heart-healing foods that simultaneously help to manage the aging process, following a customized, heart-friendly supplement plan; engaging in exercise that strengthens

Love and intimacy are at the root of what makes us sick and what makes us well, what causes sadness and what brings happiness, what makes us suffer and what leads to healing. ~ Dr. Dean Ornish, Love & Survival the heart and arteries; and learning how to better manage stress. He contends that cardiovascular events remain the top cause of death because individuals are largely unaware of treatment options before they get into trouble. More, “Most people falsely assume that their condition has been fixed with a medical procedure and/or drugs, and that a lifestyle change isn’t necessary.”

Cholesterol’s Bad Rap Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist, anti-aging specialist and bioenergetics psychotherapist in Manchester, Connecticut, has also shifted his heart health paradigm. He now prescribes a combination of conventional medicine, food, supplements, mind/body strategies and natural healing methods. His book, Heartbreak and Heart Disease: A Mind/Body Prescription for Healing the Heart, relates many inspiring case histories that address the psycho-emotional component of heart health and illustrate how to repair and reopen a broken heart by releasing long-repressed emotions. Following two years of Gestalt psychotherapy training and seven years of bioenergetics training, Sinatra likewise realized that heartbreak was one of the major causes of heart disease. An expert in the field of natural cardiology, he had once believed that cholesterol and fat were the primary causes before 40 years of treatment research taught him otherwise. “Cholesterol is not the reason for heart disease,” advises Sinatra, founder of and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “The body produces and needs cholesterol to convert sunlight to vitamin D, to make sex hormones, vital semipermeable membranes for the body’s trillions of cells, plus bile salts for digestion. Even your brain makes and

uses cholesterol to build connections between the neurons that facilitate learning and memory.”

Real Perpetrators Sinatra names the real perpetrators of heart disease—stress, inflammation and overeating sugar and processed foods containing saturated fat. He counsels that the heart benefits less from a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet than one low in carbohydrates and higher in healthy fats, overturning widespread medical mantras. Also, a high-fructose, high-grain carbohydrate diet raises triglycerides, increases the risk of metabolic syndrome and contributes to insulin resistance, causing the liver to produce more cholesterol, as well as more inflammatory, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) particles, all of which increase the risk for CHD, diabetes and stroke. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that metabolic syndrome, which affects nearly 35 percent of American adults, may overtake smoking as the leading risk factor for CHD. The AHA currently is focused on increasing awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Its Go Red for Women campaign emphasizes the vital need to take preventive basic actions, including adopting an exercise routine, healthier diet and doctor visits for appropriate non-invasive tests.

Essential Spirit Dr. James Forleo, a chiropractor in Durango, Colorado, with 30-plus years of clinical experience, maintains that health is simple, disease is complicated

(also the title of his book). He counsels patients, “If mental stress is present in your life, you owe it to your cardiovascular system to change to a healthier lifestyle. Your life may depend on it.” Forleo has recognized that an individual’s state of mind can be a big help or hindrance in maintaining a healthy heart. “The heart represents a different realm of experience entirely, one that cannot be explained by logic and reason,” comments Forleo. He champions the link between maintaining normal spinal function and healthy heart function, along with supporting the inner presence of Spirit, which he calls the healthy heart’s ultimate elixir. “Its essence relaxes the heart, opens the mind to possibilities greater than itself and provides the perspective that the heart and the mind are complementary,” he observes. He explains that when our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. “If you or someone you know experiences heart problems, chances are that unresolved emotions lie directly below the surface,” he says. “There are exceptions, and genetic problems can explain many heart defects, but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.” Forleo’s concept is supported by the work of Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., executive vice president and director of research at California’s Institute of HeartMath. His research papers include The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Interactions Within and Between People. “Today, evidence suggests that the heart may play a particularly important role in emotional experience. Research in the relatively new discipline of neurocardiology has confirmed that the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that learns, remembers and makes independent functional decisions that don’t involve the cerebral cortex,” advises McCraty.

When our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. There are exceptions… but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved. ~ Dr. James Forleo natural awakenings

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To Happy Hearts Pioneering integrative medical doctors Masley, Sinatra, Forleo and Mona Lisa Schultz, who also holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience, agree that in matters of heart disease, emotions take center stage. Schultz, who recently co-authored All is Well: Heal Your Body with Medicine, Affirmations and Intuition, with Louise L. Hay, a leading founder of the self-help movement, applies her 25 years of experience as a medical intuitive with the best of Western clinical science, brain research and energy medicine. Shultz observes, “Every illness has an emotional component, which tells us intuitively that something or someone in our life or environment is out of balance and needs to be addressed.


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It is no coincidence that we address our physical and emotional heart by the same name. Our physical heart usually reflects the state of our emotional heart, and vice versa. ~ Dr. James Forleo Our use of language—such as frustration makes our heart race, anger boils our blood—and our common sense are telling us what we don’t need more studies to confirm. If we can’t deal with our anger in a timely fashion, name our feelings, respond effectively and release them, we increase our chance of illness, ranging from hypertension to cardiovascular events.” According to the American Journal of Cardiology, the U.S. spends 10 percent of all healthcare dollars for cardiovas-

cular disease prevention and medical management versus 90 percent on medical treatment procedures and hospital care. For individuals interested in taking charge of their heart health, working with a physician that embraces the emerging paradigm of integrative lifestyle changes and prevention can be a drug-free, life-saving decision. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for full interviews.



Katherine Woodward Thomas on Drawing True Love Our Way by Debra Melani


fter years of experiencing love going sour, Katherine Woodward Thomas set a goal: She would marry her soul mate within a year. Her quest inspired a surprising awakening that spurred her to look deep inside for the key that would unblock love. Thomas realized the transformation that enabled her success involved clear steps that could help anyone. Today, the licensed psychotherapist and relationship expert has guided thousands toward successful relationships via her national bestseller, Calling in “The One”: 7 Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life, and subsequent books and seminars.

How does it differ from other approaches to finding love? Many approaches focus on the external reasons love is elusive, such as all the good men are taken, men don’t like powerful women or just not having met the right person. This approach focuses more on the internal reasons—going

What catalyzed your Calling in “The One” professional journey? I was 41, a card-carrying member of one of America’s largest-growing groups—the never-marrieds. I had bought into the cultural belief that a woman my age had little chance of finding a great husband. I felt anxious and resigned, trying to come to terms with it, but sad inside. Fortunately, at the time, I was part of a small group supportive of each other’s intentions. So I set the outrageous intention that I would be engaged by my next birthday. I also recognized my longstanding pattern of attracting unavailable men who were engaged, married or alcoholics. A woman in the group said, “Katherine, I will hold that intention with you if you permit me to hold you accountable to be the woman you would need to be in order to fulfill it.” Her wake-up call turned my focus from running out to find love to going within to discover the barriers I had against it. Thus I began what became the Calling in “The One” process.

percent, because you’ll only be able to trust yourself to love again once you’ve taken that responsibility. If you still feel resentful, you have not yet evolved beyond the person you were before. Another centers on old agreements— the spoken and unspoken, agreements we make, usually in an emotional time—such as “I’m never going to let myself get hurt again” or “I’ll never love anyone the way I love you.” Such agreements live in our lives as intentions. They may no longer be conscious, yet still set our course. Another has to do with toxic relational dynamics. To find the best partnership, you need to be your best self. Maintaining a toxic dynamic drains personal power, making it hard to move forward in life. It’s vital to evolve out of this debilitating dynamic so you are in the center of your power everywhere in life. The fourth area, and probably the most important, revolves around the core beliefs you hold about both yourself and others. You might have a reasonably clear sense of yourself around money, career and friendship, but your core love identity might cause you to believe yourself unworthy of a quality partner. Identifying and challenging these beliefs is critical in learning how to break free from them, helping to raise your value in your own eyes and thus in others.

You believe the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to become magnetic and allow that needle to find you. How does one become magnetic to love? within to discover and release one’s own conscious and unconscious barriers. For most of us, a gap exists between how much we think we want love and how much we are actually open and ready to receive it. Until we bridge that gap, we will covertly keep love at bay, and won’t even realize we are doing it.

What are the most common hidden barriers to love? One hidden barrier is resentment. We only resent people to the extent that we’ve given our power away to them. Uncover your role in what happened. Even if it was 97 percent their fault and 3 percent yours, zero in on that 3

Being centered in the truth of your own value and the real possibilities you hold for true love is wildly attractive. Love yearns to embrace us, but can’t come to us if it can’t come through us. When we shift into this place of possibility, we can become profoundly magnetic to love. Learn more at, or Explore the qualities possible in an enlightened mate at NaturalAwakenings Freelance journalist Debra Melani is from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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CHOCOLATE AS HEALTH FOOD Boosting Diets and Heart Health by Judith Fertig


esearch tells us that 14 out of any 10 individuals like chocolate,” quips cartoonist Sandra Boynton. American chocolate lovers buy 58 million-plus pounds around Valentine’s Day, according to Nielsen Research. Ideally, the dark treat would be as healthy as a salad or an apple. Fortunately, accumulating research is on the way to giving plant-based chocolate superfood status. All chocolate starts with cacao beans, seeds from the pods of the tropical cacao tree that thrives only in


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hot, rainy climates in Africa, Indonesia and South America. Local soil and climate conditions determine flavor characteristics, much as with grapes. Harvested beans are fermented to create the chocolate taste and then dried. Afterwards, chocolate makers add brand-specific ingredients to the cacao solids. “The percentage number on a bar’s wrapper represents the weight that actually comes from the cacao bean content,” says Robert L. Wolke, professor emeritus of chemistry at the

University of Pittsburgh and author of What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained. “The higher the number, the lower the percentage of sugar and the less sweet, more bitter and complex the flavor.” This is significant because dark chocolate contains higher levels of antioxidants which can help reduce cell damage, according to the Integrative Medicine Department at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Alex Whitmore, founder of Taza Chocolate, in Somerville, Massachusetts, recently had one of its bars lab tested for antioxidant levels, called ORAC, or oxygen radical absorption capacity; the higher the value, the more antioxidants. Taza Chocolate’s 80% Dark Bar had a 65 percent higher ORAC than Himalayan goji berries, famed for being a superfood. “This is very high for a chocolate bar,” notes Whitmore. Cocoa also serves as a superfood for cardiovascular and metabolic health, report two recent studies from separate teams of Harvard School of Public Health researchers. A 2012 meta-analysis of clinical trials published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that consuming dark, unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate can improve blood pressure, vascular dilation and cholesterol levels, plus reduce metabolic precursors like diabetes that can lead to heart disease. In 2011, Eric Ding, Ph.D., a Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist and nutrition scientist, reviewed short-term trials of subjects ingesting 400 to 500 mg per day of flavonoid-rich cocoa, which he equates to 33 bars of milk chocolate or eight bars of dark chocolate. While Ding feels this is an unreasonable amount to eat because of the extra calories from sugar and fat, he states, “Supplements with concentrated cocoa flavonoids may perhaps be helpful for garnering the benefits discovered. The key is getting the benefits for heart disease while avoiding the calories, and for that, chocolate bars are not likely the best solution.” Another observational study published in Nutrition shows that eating

dark chocolate might help keep the pounds off for teenagers. Researchers with the Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence program at the University of Zaragoza, in Spain, knew that chocolate consumption in adults already had been linked to lower body mass index. They found that chocolate consumption was also associated with lower total and midsection fat in European adolescents, reports Sayer Ji, founder of, a natural health research database. “The quality and cocoa content they used in their research is probably much higher than in America,” says Ji. “From my perspective, it appears that even when researchers don’t control for type, the results across the board are rather startling. Even American subjects, presumably eating common milk chocolate bars, see benefits.” So, this Valentine’s Day—and every day—we can happily relish that one-ounce piece of artisan dark chocolate melting slowly in our mouth and know we’re doing it for pleasure and for health. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.


Chocolate Cookery Vegan Chocolate Pie Serve this with fresh raspberries and enjoy a little romance. Yields 8 servings Chocolate Wafer Crust 6½ oz dairy-free chocolate wafer cookies, crushed into fine crumbs 1 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 oz vegan buttery stick (such as Earth Balance), melted and slightly cooled Chocolate Filling 13 oz dairy-free semisweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli) 1 /3 cup strong brewed coffee 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 lb silken tofu, drained 1 Tbsp agave 1 (9-in) prepared chocolate wafer crust Preheat the oven to 350° F. For the crust, combine the cookie crumbs, sugar and melted vegan buttery stick. Press this mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom, up the sides and just over the lip of a 9-inch metal pie pan. Bake on the middle rack of the oven until the crust is set and appears dry, 18 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely, about 1 hour.

For the filling, melt the chocolate chips with the coffee and vanilla in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring often with a spatula. Combine the tofu, melted chocolate mixture and agave in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours or until the filling becomes firm.

Vegan Hot Chocolate A comforting way to enjoy the benefits of chocolate on a cold day. Yields 4 servings 2½ cups plain rice milk 3 Tbsp maple or date sugar 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch cayenne pepper Bring the rice milk, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from the heat and whisk until frothy. Serve immediately. Source: Recipes courtesy of Judith Fertig


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Conscious Energy Training–Monthly energy classes for clearing, balancing, protecting, energizing, and healing self and others. Reiki Master Donna DeNomme has practiced this ancient tradition since 1987. Reiki I, II, and Master class in Feb/Mar. 303-271-0510 or

Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–6:30-7:15pm. A healing is like an energy shower: unnecessary energy is cleared; clarity and contentment are restored. Free. Inner Connection Institute Denver location, inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or

Right To Know Colorado:GMO Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup–7-9pm. Pursue Initiative Process to add state legislation to the 2014 Colorado ballot requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. See Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup or Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Meditation Class–6-7 pm. Join us for a centering meditation class and an introduction to Taoist philosophy. All levels of practice welcome. Shen Dao Acupuncture, LLC, 6565 W Jewell Ave, #4B-2, Lakewood. $8/advance, $10/walk-in. 720-670-0098

30-Day Colon Cleanse–Hectic life leave you bloated, tired, stressed out and clothes too tight? Its time to get back on track and do a cleanse. Gentle and effective 4-part system with plenty of guidance and support. $152 + S&H/tax. Privacy of home and phone. Radiant Living with Allana McKinnon 303-859-4827, Holistic Weight Loss 90-Day Challenge–Lose weight for good, get rid of visceral fat, and boost your metabolism with this 90 day challenge. Plenty of guidance, support and accountability. $200/mo including supplements, wellness evaluation, diet assessment, weekly support, recipes.In the privacy of your own home and on the phone. Radiant Living with Allana McKinnon 303-859-4827

SATURDAY FEB 1 Psychic Intensive Class–10am-5pm. For beginners & advanced students who want to take their psychic abilities to next level. Instructor: Marcia Stanfield. Register at $100. Aspen Program Learning Center 7350 E Progress Pl #100, Greenwood Village. Register Healthy Happy Hour Party–1-3pm. Learn about patented evidence-based science with double blind crossover placebo studies about wellness, nutrition, and natural detoxification from keynote speakers Clayton Thomas & Rick Redford. Lose weight, GET HEALTHY, Detox and Have a TON MORE ENERGY, Kick the Cravings, Shed Toxic Pounds and Inches, Sleep Better, Gain Energy and Feel Exceptional! Register Today! Free. The Cloisters on Wadsworth, 2103 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood. RSVP Lori Emmons 303-752-1621 or Ron Maurer 303-447-0177

SUNDAY FEB 2 Non-Denominational Church Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message on 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-2829439 or Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Reading from the ECK works, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music and connection. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208 Boulder. 720-466-3322.


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Leash Walking and Good Manners–6-7:30pm. Does your dog pull? Does your dog ignore you? Does your dog get really excited? Are your walks stressful and less fun than you would like? Join us for some tools and techniques to help you and your dog enjoy your walk together. Kriser’s, 14710 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, Promenade at Denver West mall.$25 or multiple class discount. Registration req’d mishamayfoundation@ or 303-239-0382

TUESDAY FEB 4 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@ or Valentine’s Day Gift-Making: Herbal Chocolates, Cordials and Massage Oils–6-8pm. Make herbal chocolate treats, cordials and scented massage oils. Explore history of chocolate and heart-centered herbs. $40. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP Herbal Body Systems: Beginning Physiology and Herbal Medicine–6-8:30pm. Nervous, Immune/ Lymphatics, Digestive, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal and Reproductive Systems-and the therapeutic herbal remedies that complement them. $139/6-series, or $35/ class. Holistic Pathways 3521 S Logan St, Englewood. RSVP 720-570-2454 or Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation Northwest Denver/Arvada –7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Intro to Reconnective Healing–7-8pm. Be introduced to healing that transcends technique and frees you from complex rituals. Free. Boulder Center for Conscious Community, BC3 1637 28th St, Boulder. Mary Beth Kennedy 303-589-8006 or

SATURDAY FEB 8 Letting Love In so you can ROOT for yourself and WING IT!–1-3:30pm. Learn a 4-stage change process you can use NOW for more energy and freedom plus 7 Gifts that give EVERYTHING! $75 or 2/$100. Roots and Wings Denver, 1623 St Paul St, Denver. 630-699-5071 or Trance Medium Healings at Yoga of the Mind–10Noon. Receive channeled healing energy and wisdom in response to your question. Every member of our group has at least a decade worth of experience. Your whole being will transform on a deep level. Pre-book 20 min session/$20 David 303-668-2358, davids@ Spirit Journey, Level 1–10am–5pm. East Boulder. Learn history of spiritual practices; “journey” to meet your Spirit Teacher. $150 includes book, CD, and Earth Acupuncture rods. RSVP Karen Rice King, 303-665-0175. Romance Angels Workshop–Noon-2pm. Learn to work with Romance Angels for guidance on manifesting a romantic relationship filled with love, joy and passion. $40. Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. RSVP Anita Destino 720-4137303,

SUNDAY FEB 9 Create Energy Boundaries with others during our Grounding and Centering workshop–2-4pm.Eliminate worry and stress for people with “busy minds” and if you work in an intense people professions. New Teleclass also available- Register on the web site. $39. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Avenue, #103, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358. Register at under Grounding and Centering. History of Spirit Communication–11am-3pm. Discover the long and varied history of spirit communication around the world. Instructor: Marcia Stanfield. $60. ISIS Books & Gifts 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. Register at


FREE Class Trust Your Intuition –1:45-3pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Come to this FREE class to learn how to easily hear your intuition. New Teleclass also available- Register on the web site David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind. com. RSVP Intro to your Intuition

Inner Balance: Mindfulness & Meditation–7-9 pm. Reduce stress through mindfulness practices. Break the cycle of stress, anxiety, pain, fatigue, and illness. 6 wks/8 classes. Class $245/Materials $22. Creative Life Center at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Rd, Boulder. RSVP req’d

Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:30pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@ or



Esoteric Evening: Provocative Answers to Your Deepest Questions about Life–6:15-8:30pm. Expose ideological beliefs which are the fabric of our self-identity so they can be transcended. Led by two spiritual luminaries. Free. A Mission meeting room, Denver. 303-339-0807.

Panic Attack Discussion Group–6-7 pm. Natural approaches to treating panic attacks, including acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, John Barnes Myofascial Release, herbs, and Flower Essences. Free. Shen Dao Acupuncture, LLC, 6565 W Jewell Ave #4B-2 Lakewood. RSVP 720-670-0098.

TUESDAY FEB 11 Herbal Smoke Blends–6:30-8:30pm. Class covers tobacco alternatives and blends; the medicinal, spiritual, and historical contexts of smoking plants. *Medicinal marijuana will not be covered. $15. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609. Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358, or Evolution Series–6:45-9pm. Raise the consciousness of our planet through presentations, discussion, interaction and networking. Bring business cards, flyers, snack to share. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695. FREE Class Trust Your Intuition–7:15-8:30pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Come to this FREE class to learn how to easily hear your intuition. New Teleclass also available- Register on the web site. David Stevens 303-668-2358, RSVP Intro to your Intuition

THURSDAY FEB 13 Group meditation on the full moon of Aquarius–7:158:15pm. Channel and anchor the energies of goodwill and spiritual awareness to our world. Suggested $5. First Church of Divine Science, 1400 Williams St, Denver. Info Linda 303-366-9730. Goddess Reiki Share–6-9pm. The Goddess Reiki Share is just for Goddesses! This is a special Reiki Share where women can gather, heal, and focus Reiki with other like-minded and like-intentioned. Suggested donation $10-12/goddess. Adi Shakti Center, 6717 Valmont Rd, Boulder. Information and RSVP

FRIDAY FEB 14 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish. Free. Followed by Healings $10. Facilitating realignment and cleansing of the spiritual body via channeling, energy readings and intense individual clearings. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303282-9439 or Valentine Drum Circle–6:30-9pm. Bring food to share for potluck and drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments for an evening of Loving Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

SATURDAY FEB 15 4 week Understanding Dogs– 1:45-3:15pm. An integrative, holistic approach to training and behavior. Includes a behavior consultation / coaching session / treatment plan for each participating dog. Learn how to solve canine behavior problems! Better yet, be confident that you can avoid creating or encouraging them! No problem is too big or too small for this class. Doggie Delights, 1432 S Broadway, Denver. $100 for human/dog team, $50 human w/o dog. Registration req’d or 303-239-0382 Herbal Remedies for Peace of Mind–5:30-7:30pm. Mental clarity is one of our most important assets. Healthy mind means healthy body, spirit. Learn remedies for depression, anxiety, more. $10. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609

savethedate SUFI WORKSHOPS WITH ADNAN SARHAN Weekends January 31st – February 9th Come, experience a deep sense of joy and rejuvenation with the workshops of Sufi Master, Adnan Sarhan. The perfect antidote for a stressful life or if feeling the need to take a relaxing break. Participants will be led in a variety of exercises selected from slow movement, meditation, chanting, dancing and whirling. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a blanket to exercise on. Adi Shakti Center, 6717 Valmont Rd, Boulder. For more info visit or call 303 530 4262.

SEE TOMORROW’S POSSIBILITIES AT EVOLVE EXPO FEB 21-23 Offering empowering options for living in a new conscious world! Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, three days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Free Energy, Alternative/ Complimentary Health, Wealth Building, and Conscious/Creative Living. For more info contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. or

THE ARCHITECTURE OF YOGA MARCH 7-9 at the Highlands Masonic Temple, Denver Join Prajna Yoga and instructor Tias Little for a weekend of classes looking at asana from the head to the toes! Classes include Twist for the Spine and Internal Organs; Rotator Cuff Blues; Healing the Shoulder; Yoga for the Face, Eyes, Ears and Jaw, The Feet, Ankles, Knees; The Walls: The Side Body; The Center Column: The Spine and The Roof: The Cranium. Purchase the 7 class package or individually. Information or register 505-988-5248 or

MOVING TOWARD HAPPY WORKSHOPS 1 & 2 March 15 & 22, 12-4 pm both Saturdays How happy are you today, right now? Do you have dreams for your life you’d like to fulfill? Join Publisher Terry Chriswell for two experiential workshops based on her soon-to-be-published book Moving Toward Happy. Moving Toward Happy workshop 1 March 15 takes a look at your life and helps you figure out what makes you happy. Workshop 2 March 22 teaches you how to get there. Practical, applicable tips and guidance. Be prepared to work in a comfortable, casual atmosphere with serious takeaways. Lakeview Event Center, 7864 W Jewell Ave, Lakewood. Limit 30. $149 for both; 1 for $99. Info/reg or

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SUNDAY FEB 16 Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic- NEW LOCATION!–1-2pm. A healing is like an energy shower: unnecessary energy is cleared; clarity and contentment are restored. Donations welcome. Inner Connection Institute,

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NEW South Side location, inside Cactus Sport and Spine, 8000 S Lincoln, #6, Littleton. 303-282-9439 or Community HU Song–10:30-1am. Denver or Boulder for Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Denver 5800 E Evans Ave., Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208. 720-466-3322. Create Energy Boundaries with others during our Grounding and Centering workshop–2-4pm. Eliminate worry and stress for people with “busy minds” and if you work in an intense people professions. New Teleclass also available- Register on the web site. $39. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Avenue, #103, Denver. David Stevens, 303668-2358. Register at under Grounding and Centering.

TUESDAY FEB 18 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, or

WEDNESDAY FEB 19 Life Coaching Certification Training–Tele-courses. Classes starting Feb 19th & March 25th! Guide clients to discover their life purpose, or provide business, career, relationship, health or spiritual coaching with training through the Life Purpose Institute. Proven process. For more info or call 858-484-3400 Folk Remedies and Kitchen Cures–6-8pm. Discover homemade treatments for everything from sore throats to hair loss with inexpensive ingredients

from the garden and kitchen cupboard. $47. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St, Denver. 720-865-3580 or Healing From Within–6:30-8:30pm. 8-wk transformational program for women struggling with food issues, weight obsession and disordered eating. Supportive, compassionate small group environment. $99. Root Yoga Center, Denver.

Colorado Environmental Film Festival–Feb. 21-22 at the American Mountaineering Center. Free Friday 6-9pm for some of the best films from our first 7 years. Saturday offers family-flavored film called YERT -Your Environmental Road Trip, stay for GMO OMG, premier showing of the Human Experiment & local singer-songwriter Laurie Damenson shares her up-beat musical multimedia presentation, What Can I Do. Electronics recycling.Visit to see the entire program and tickets.


THURSDAY FEB 20 Shamanic Journey with Hawks Talk & Book Signing–7:30-8:30pm. Hawks and other wildlife act as divine messengers in our lives. Learn to interpret their guidance with Stacey L.L. Couch, author of Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks. FREE. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E Colfax Ave, Denver. 303-322-7727 Herbal Remedies for Women–6-8pm. Female reproductive health issues are easily treated with herbal medicine. From painful periods and UTI’s to yeast infects, we will define signs, symptoms and herbal treatment plans. $20. Holistic Pathways, Englewood. 720-570-2454 or

FRIDAY, FEB 21 Evolve Expo–Feb 21-23. Offering empowering options for living in a new conscious world! Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, three days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Free Energy, Alternative/Complimentary Health, Wealth Building, and Conscious/Creative Living. National Western Complex, Denver. Info contact Journeys For Conscious Living 303-731-6695.

Finding & Rekindling Love In Your Life– 1pm. A powerful meditation to help you create the ideal relationships you are craving. Learn to release energetic blocks and beliefs that are preventing the love you deserve. RSVP 720413-7303 $10. Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

TUESDAY FEB 25 Learn to Heal with Angels–7-9pm. 5-wk course introduces you to Archangels & Healing Angels to heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early/$185, Regular/$200 Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@ or

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SATURDAY, MARCH 1 New Gardener Boot Camp– 9am-4pm. Join us for this full day event of all of our best beginner’s classes, carefully designed to equip you with all the tools youâ ll need to master that garden once and for all! $80/ nonmember; $60/member. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, Denver.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 Dharma Center Open House–3-5pm. Tibetan New Year Party with Anyen Rinpoche. Traditional feast offering ceremony at 2. All welcome. 3300 Josephine Street, Denver. Info Ananda Badet 303859-5003 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 4 week Understanding Dogs–7-8:30pm.An integrative, holistic approach to training and behavior. Includes a behavior consultation / coaching session / treatment plan for each participating dog. Learn how to solve canine behavior problems! Better yet, be confident that you can avoid creating or encouraging them! No problem is too big or too small for this class. .$100 for human/dog team, $50 human w/o dog. Village of Five Parks, 13810 W 85th Dr, Arvada. Registration req’d mishamayfoundation@ or 303-239-0382

THURSDAY, MARCH 6 Intro to Maya Abdominal Massage for Women’s Health–6-7:30pm. MAM supports women’s painful periods, ovarian cysts, infertility and eases labor/birthing. FREE! All students will receive 50% OFF an Initial MAM Session. Holistic Pathways, 3521 S Logan St, Englewood. 720-570-2454 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 Spirit Journey, Level 2–10am–5pm. East Boulder. Journey deeper with Teachers and Power Animals. Prerequisite Spirit Journey-1 or similar. $125 includes Sandra Ingerman book & CD. RSVP Karen Rice King, 303-665-0175.


Looking for a way to bring in extra money? Maybe even a second income? Come change the world with us - one child at a time! We are looking for health-minded people who have a heart for helping others. If you like to educate others, believe in the power of whole food nutrition, and want to make a difference, this might be a fit for you. Please contact Heather @ 303-753-2665 for details and questions. Have a healthy, happy day!

SATURDAYS, MARCH 15 & 22 Moving Toward Happy Workshops 1 & 2–12-4 pm both Saturdays. How happy are you today, right now? Do you have dreams for your life you’d like to fulfill? Join Publisher Terry Chriswell for two experiential workshops based on her soon-to-be-published book Moving Toward Happy. Moving Toward Happy workshop 1 March 15 takes a look at your life and helps you figure out what makes you happy. Workshop 2 March 22 teaches you how to get there. Practical, applicable tips and guidance. Be prepared to work in a comfortable, casual atmosphere with serious takeaways. Lakeview Event Center, 7864 W Jewell Ave, Lakewood. Limit 30. $149 for both; 1 for $99. Info/reg Movingtowardhappy. com or

TUESDAY, MARCH 25 Life Coaching Certification Training–Telecourses. Guide clients to discover their life purpose, or provide business, career, relationship, health or spiritual coaching with training through the Life Purpose Institute. Proven process. For more info or call 858-484-3400


HEALTHY SERVICES Intentional Massage & Energy Therapy: Blissfulness; Relief from stress, headaches, and tight muscles ~ from an intuitive and skilled Massage & Energy Therapist. Honor yourself, and call for a free 10 min. consultation or appointment. I look forward to helping you. Call on me for On-site, Events, and Gift Certificates, too!! Serving North Denver Metro. Soul’s Bliss, LLC with Naomi Ackerman, R.M.T. 720-445-6474 or SoulsBliss.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES Clear Sky Medical, a leading edge preventive and functional medicine clinic is looking for a Physician Assistant. This person should be willing to actively engage and participate in a busy practice with different providers, be highly professional with patients, be a good team player and be coachable. Knowledge/interest in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging medicine and in a combination of holistic/ functional medicine is highly preferred. Position may be part or full time. A minimum of two years’ experience the field as a Physician assistant and basic computer skills are necessary. Eligible applicants may send an application letter, CV and two reference letters to

Beyond Spirit Journey: Advanced Shamanic Program–8 weekends; 10am– 5pm, East Boulder. For professionals or those working with their family to explore Death & Dying; Extraction & Healing with Spiritual Light; Soul Retrieval; and Medicine for the Earth. $2400, payment plan available. Pre-requisites Spirit Journey Levels 1 & 2. Taught by Karen Rice King, one of Sandra Ingerman’s recognized teachers of Shamanism. RSVP 303-665-0175.

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thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings Drop-In–6-7pm. Receive a 10-min energy cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with your own positive energy and feel great! FREE. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appointment. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Questions about relationships, career, money, health, etc., are welcome. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St Boulder. 303-530-0920.

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Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, and natural approach to treating pain and illness, or for just keeping healthy. We can help you with pain, autoimmune disorders, fertility, allergies, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, migraines, anxiety, depression, PMS, and more. We also specialize in Craniosacral Therapy, AMMA Therapy, John Barnes Myofascial Release and individualized Bach Flower formulas. Located in the Bear Creek section of southwest Denver, adjacent to Lakewood and Littleton.

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COUNSELING/ PSYCHOTHERAPY BEYOND THERAPY with PATRICIA BENNETT, RN, LPC Office: 1539 S Broadway Bldg A, Denver 720-519-8457 When life gets the best of you, rely on a trusted confidant to help you through. Patricia is that one person with the right talents and life skills (wife, grandmother, sister, survivor): a Licensed Psychotherapist, RN, Qigong, Tai Chi, somatic worker and intuitive: a healer. Also: monthly workshops teaching you how to heal and empower yourself.


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DETOXIFICATION ABOVE AND BEYOND VEGAN Scott Clair, DCRS Lafayette 720-383-4159 As a Certified Detoxification and Cellular Regeneration Specialist, I will guide you and teach you to use diet and herbs to detoxify the body from acidosis, inflammation, heavy metals and radiation, allowing the body to heal itself from most known ailments. This method has been proven successful with everything from allergies and skin conditions to Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, MS, Cancer and Diabetes. Contact me today to schedule your free consultation. I also offer nutritional/shopping consulting, cooking instruction and personal chef services. Find out more at

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DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Adopt your best friend today! We rescue dogs and cats and foster them until we find a forever home. Classes in Understanding Dogs with positive reinforcement techniques and Dog Trainer Apprentice to become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Many more classes – see our website for adoptable animals and classes.

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HOLISTIC GROWTH CREATIVE LIFE CENTER Marcia Chadly and Eva Morrell Boulder/Louisville 303-635-0691 Find the “You” you love! Renew spirit, body, and life while enjoying the community at Creative Life Center classes and events. Explore: Expressive Art, Qigong, SoulCollage®, Mindfulness and Meditation , Journaling, Movement, Laughing Yoga and More. Visit our website for more information and to register.

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