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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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When to get Help with Menopause by Dr. Dianne Stone

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s a man of science, Einstein had an analytical mind, but many of his quotes convey a deeper connection to Divine Wisdom. His

mathematical definitions of energy, the quantum field and the possibility of multiple dimensions laid a foundational explanation for principles of the law of attraction and the creation of our individual and collective experience. His quote above regarding compassion seems appropriate given today’s climate of intense social, political and economic polarization. Angry, close-minded rhetoric seems to rule our public discourse from both extremes, for a soul enslaved by ego and ruled by fear will resist the light of compassion, acceptance and peace. What we resist, persists! In Einstein’s world of physics, there is something called the Normal Force. I can stand neutrally in front of a wall, but as soon as I decide to move it, I put my hands on it and begin to push. With all the strength in my legs I put force into that wall – but it doesn’t move! As I grunt and strain, the wall is exerting an equal and opposite resistant force that can only exist in opposition to my efforts! I can bring in a wrecking ball, which leads to destruction and chaos. Or, I can step back, cease my resistance to the wall and look for the door! Ending resistance does not mean becoming a doormat; it opens us to see other harmonious solutions. It invites expansion, possibility and creative solution. You possess an inner wellspring of Love, Compassion and Forgiveness that is your inherent connection to the Creator. Connect in silence with your true nature of innocence and joy that does not need to criticize, judge, fear, or be right all the time. YOU are a unique and magnificent expression of God’s love. Freedom from the bondage of ego allows us to embrace compassion. That is the sweet nectar of perfect freedom. To BE in the world extending our light of Acceptance and Healing, even to our ‘enemies’ is our true test and our road to freedom. THIS is the light that darkness will run from. Grace is available for the asking, are we extending it to others? Here is where joyous expansion takes place, first within our own heart, and then demonstrated outwardly. We add our light to the consciousness that is building a new world of prosperity, peace and abundance for ALL!

CORRECTION: In the January issue, page 8, the wrong phone number was printed for Roots Chiropractic. They can be reached at 720-489-8000.

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oAnne Palladino of Sacred Unity Healing, 700 E. Ninth Ave in Denver, is providing healing sessions to align your physical and spiritual body. She is a trained Reiki Master/Teacher, Intuitive and a Channel for Shmaya, the Language of Light and has been in private practice since 2002. JoAnne says, “Ascension is about rising up to a level of consciousness that frees you from old patterns that deplete you to a peaceful and mindful way of life. Are your thoughts a source of beauty for your body and soul? They can either beautify or deplete you. Your ascension session will bring your mind, body and spirit to a higher level that will allow you to see beauty in all things, especially yourself.” Additionally, JoAnne offers Shmaya Gatherings to experience healing love and light vibrations. Shmaya is an illumined channeled presence. Next gatherings are Tuesday, February 9 and Wednesday February 24. See calendar for details. Highly recommended by your Natural Awakenings publishers. $30 off Special Initial Session of 90 minutes by appointment, in person or by phone. Contact JoAnne at 303-263-0679 or See listing page 31.

My Furry Valentine


et owners and families are invited to bring their pets for an assortment of fun activities to help raise funds and awareness for The Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS) at “My Furry Valentine” on Sunday, February 14 from 10a.m. to 2p.m. inside the Tagawa Garden Center, 7711 S. Parker Rd., in Centennial. Entertainment will include the “Cast-a-Ways,” a variety show made up of rescue animals that have made it to the big time. This star team consists of an animated cockatoo, a playful dog, an amazing pig and their star trainer, John Vincent. Panji, the cockatoo, opens the show by misbehaving and making promises he will not keep. Bark N Wash provides $5 nail trims; Take a Valentines photo with family and pets; Ashara Morris offers pet intuitive readings; peruse pet gifts and products; And enjoy pet treat samples by Answers Pet Food and Patty’s Patties. Come support YAPS while learning more about the valuable work they are doing for children and pets with cancer. For more info, call 303-690-4722. See ad page 10.

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newsbriefs Relationship Workshop


oly Vulpiani, Healer and Co-creator of Parallel Realities Practice, offers a new relationship workshop “The Vehicle for Transformation” on Saturday February 13th, at 700 E. 9th Ave., Suite 9, Denver. He says, “This workshop is not just for couples but is for anyone who wants to uncover the way we were unconsciously programmed to do relationships. Learn to identify ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ bonding patterns and how to free yourself from them. Identify the parts of you that have been wounded by relationships and how to heal them.” Contact Coly at 303-476-8402.

Like The Wild Alicia VanNoy Call Cover artist Alicia VanNoy Call uses bright, whimsical colors to capture the spirit of the animals she portrays in her paintings, such as with the untamed mane on the horse in Like The Wild. “Every time I put brush to canvas, I explore our connection to nature and the animal kingdom. Nature has the power to transform our lives, and pets connect us to that power through their innocence, beauty and character. People adore their pets, and I attempt to capture that connection and joy through my artwork,” says VanNoy Call. The artist also takes the colorful inspiration for her acrylic paintings from the deserts of the Southwest. She started her business, DawgArt, as a self-taught artist living in Gilbert, Arizona. Since then, she has gained a decade of painting experience and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Utah Valley University. VanNoy Call lives in Tempe, Arizona, with her family and their rescued dog, Toby, a German and Australian shepherd mix. She works with rescue and shelter groups promoting awareness and direct care for animals by donating artwork to their fundraising auctions. Her commissioned works can be found in private collections around the world. View the artist’s portfolio at


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Journey Theater in Boulder


ourney Theater is facilitated by BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP, Shamanic Practitioner and Body-Centered Psychotherapist. Upcoming dates for this restful and energizing day are February 27, March 19 and May 22. According to Brown, “You will view a specially chosen, evocative film summoning what your psyche is ready to reveal to you. The movies are magically framed with guided journey meditations, music, your inner teacher’s urgings, and my facilitation. This combination brings the power of a film to a new level, making it a lucid dream - the psyche speaks and is heard. The experience is unique among self-explorative ventures - it retains a lightness and pleasure in the day, even as deep work is being done together.” Contact BJ Brown at 303-808-4006 or see See listing page 32.

Love Notes from Heaven


nternationally-recognized spiritual medium Elisa Malangone holds a life-inspiring event, “Love Notes from Heaven,” on Valentine’s Day from 2-4p.m. at the Golden Wellbeing Collective, 410 9th St., in Golden. According to Malangone, “Using a combination of heart-centered compassion and joyful wit, I lovingly approach the overwhelming topic of loss. My eye-opening connections help to shift the energy in the audience from a place of sorrow to a more peaceful, light-hearted and comforting state. Come experience these healing events and see why they are selling out!” Contact Elisa at 720-372-3927 or see listing page 32.

Turtle Wisdom Now in Spanish


ocal author Donna DeNomme’s motivational book, Turtle Wisdom: Coming Home to Yourself is now translated into Spanish as well as English and Chinese. Already published in nine countries, the Spanish version fills “a much-needed gap,” says author Donna DeNomme. “The book of confidence, passion and purpose, with its delightful whimsical illustrations, has proven that the message ‘live life to its fullest’ never gets old. Turtle Wisdom continues to spread inspiration around the globe,” says DeNomme. Donna DeNomme can be reached at 303-271-0510.

newsbriefs New Practitioner at Taspen’s Organics


aspen’s Organics in scenic Conifer introduces their newest practitioner - Robyn Johnson. Robyn is a food and wellness educator who works with individuals, couples and families that want to make healthier choices, cook healthier meals and live healthier lives. “There’s no vegan, paleo or vegetarian requirement and we’ll work together to discover what makes you feel good - body, mind and spirit,” says Johnson. Her private sessions are based on a whole food education supported with information, handouts, recipes, lifestyle suggestions and strategies. Contact Robyn at 303-818-0896 or Contact Taspens at 303-816-0429 or See ad page 7.

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Earth Medicine at Karmic Root’s New Location


armic Root Healing and Apothecary, LLC is now located at 10465 Melody Dr., Ste 315 in Northglenn. “This new location allows space for Earth Medicine classes that cover the medicine wheel,” says Master Herbalist Gina Balderas. “We’re still addressing mind, body and spirit through Western and Chinese herbal medicine specializing in digestion, lungs and mood.” They specialize in customizing herbal formulas based on your private health assessment and are offering 20% off Herbal Consultations booked in February. Contact Gina Balderas at 720-357-4076 or

Shambala Mountain Center Hosts Blake Bauer


he Shambala Mountain Center will host Blake Bauer, author of the bestseller You Were Not Born to Suffer: Love Yourself Back to Inner Peace, Health, Happiness and Fulfillment for a special retreat weekend March 4-6. He will discuss why suffering, anxiety, insecurity, guilt, depression, and illness are simply cries from your soul asking you to love, accept, forgive, honor, value and be true to yourself now. Join him for “Beyond Suffering: Mindfulness, Meditation and Qi Gong”. Contact Gail Torr at 310-429-6885 or

New Cooking and Dance Studio in Lakewood


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ianne Morin has opened the Centered Cooking and Dance Studio at 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit P in Lakewood which will also house her Cooking Experience Club. Dianne says, “Learn fun creative ways to keep your body fit through dance and healthy eating. Come out to our location and try one of our dance classes: Dance with Me, Bollywood, Dancehall/Reggae or Zumba dance class and also learn to create healthy recipes with fruits, vegetables and natural herbs.” New classes include Afternoon Kids Tea party on Feb 13, Afternoon Senior Tea party on Feb 17, Adult Bollywood Mingle on Feb 19 and Adult Caribbean Mingle on Feb 26. See calendar for details. Contact Dianne at 720-519-1962. See listing page 31.

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• Mercury safe removal of amalgam fillings; • Mercury, BPA, latex and gluten-free products minimize your allergens; • Bio-compatible testing and materials make sure there are no sensitivities you need to be aware of; • PACE member: Careful energy use and recycling helps keep Boulder green

A visit to Dr Judith Timchula’s office should be like a visit with old friends. You are always made welcome and comfortable and you know that you are with people who care for your well-being. Contact us today and find out how we can make a difference in your smile.

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newsbriefs Dentist Judith Timchula Accepting New Patients


oulder-based holistic dentist Judith Timchula DDS is now accepting new patients of all ages for general, cosmetic, preventive and restorative care at 7490 Clubhouse Road, Ste 101. Dr. Timchula says, “There is an undeniable bias in this office toward absolute first-quality care in every respect. You can expect thorough examinations, expert cleanings and impeccable workmanship. I believe that a visit to our office should be like a visit with old friends. You are always made welcome and comfortable and you know that you are with people who care for your well-being.” Dr. Timchula and her staff select only the best materials and have not used silver-mercury amalgam fillings since 1984. Her office, with state-of-the-art equipment, is designed for comfort and efficiency. Because Dr. Timchula believes that early detection and prevention of dental problems are the best ways of helping a patient to a lifetime of oral health, she encourages parents to have their little ones examined by age three. “At our office, care for all ages is provided in a spirit of friendliness and personal concern and with a gentle skillfulness,” she says. Dr. Timchula has been honored as Best of Boulder Dentist a total of five times and is a six-time runner up. To make an appointment, call Dr Timchula’s office at 303530-1212. See ad page 9.



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Rolfing Now in Boulder


mily Wishall, Certified Rolfer and owner of Wishall Wellness, 75 Manhattan Dr., #100 in Boulder, is accepting new clients. Rolfing is a system of postural restructuring and movement education performed through treatments of soft tissue manipulation. “As we move through life and are forced to compensate for injuries, physical or emotional traumas, work habits or habitual activities, the soft tissues in our bodies lose their elasticity. Over time, our bodies get molded into a set shape that prevents us from standing, moving, sitting, or even resting comfortably or efficiently,” says Wishall. According to Wishall, “Habitual and inappropriate patterns of movement are corrected. The body becomes effortlessly upright, balanced and at ease with itself in the field of gravity. Being “Rolfed” creates a feeling of well-being and self-confidence as one feels lighter, freer and more energized. Old attitudes and body patterns become easier to release.” Wishall is offering 30-min trial Rolfing sessions for $30. Mention Natural Awakenings and receive $15 off your first appointment. Contact Emily Wishall at 620-719-0742 or See listing page 32.


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ccording to “Who Is Hosting This,” over half of adult smartphone owners use them to monitor personal health information, including fitness tracking. So, which features remove the guesswork, help you take your health seriously, and put a little ‘zing’ into your fitness routine? Run Trackers take the guesswork out of mileage and pace with apps designed to track your route. The “Map My Run” app uses your phone’s internal GPS to calculate mileage, time, pace and your run history, making it easy to chart progress. Other apps like RunKeeper, Strava and Nike+ offer similar features with additional bells and whistles. Step Counter smartphone apps are more accurate than other ‘wearable’ tech, according to Mobi Health News. You don’t need to buy additional gear when apps like Fitbit, Withings and Moves count your steps for you. Unless you crave the additional features like a wearable vibrating alarm that allows you to avoid waking your partner on early workout mornings. Health Plan apps like “My Fitness Pal,” which has 8.7 million users according to Nielsen, tracks exercise, calories consumed and their nutritional value. “Apple Health” is a built-in feature on the newer iPhones which monitors steps, walking/running distance, and stairs climbed daily. It also displays your name, known allergies, emergency contact information and blood type even when your screen is locked – helpful for first responders in a worst-case scenario. Meditation Apps like “Calm” enable a preset time to meditate to the sounds of the ocean, birds or white noise whenever and wherever you choose. Stress relief is also a valuable aspect of overall health and fitness. So, have fun exploring the latest tools, they may just jumpstart the fun in your workout routine! Kim Farmer of Mile High Fitness can be reached at See listing page 31.

apid Personal Transformation (formerly Reference Point Therapy) was created by Simon and Evette Rose, who combined years of their own research along with modalities such as NLP, Peak States, Ho’oponopono, and Soleira Green to create this powerful tool. The purpose of RPT is to empower people by resolving the original cause of blocks and limitations that keep them from leading a happy, healthy, fulfilling life. If you feel stuck or out of sorts and are looking for emotional support, stress release, relief from physical pain, or need support achieving your goals, it may be time for RPT. RPT has successfully transformed: Negative states of stress, worry, fear, anxiety, or tension; Traumatic experiences of loss, accidents, betrayal, violence, and abuse; Emotions of jealousy, pain, anger; Fears or phobias; Limiting beliefs and self-esteem; And physical illness and limitations. If you are not being all you can be in any aspect of your life, RPT empowers you to create a life you love. Balancing the relationship between your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects will help you take a quantum leap forward on your life journey and help create optimal health, happiness and a peaceful existence in all facets of your life. Contact Sue Scudder owner of Three Sisters Holistic Health at 303-748-5273 or See ad page 12.

High-Fructose Sweetener Aggravates Asthma and Bronchitis


large study from the New York Medical College and the University of Massachusetts found that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is linked to a greater risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis. The research included 2,801 people between the ages of 20 and 55 years old. The scientists utilized health data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2003 to 2006 to compare people with a history of chronic bronchitis. The study measured the types of soft drinks consumed, eliminating risks related to known asthma relationships such as smoking. The researchers found those that drank five or more HFCS-containing sodas per week had an 80 percent increased incidence of chronic bronchitis. Greater intake of HFCS has also been linked with higher risk of other health conditions, including diabetes and obesity.

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Scientists Urge Ban on Non-Stick Pan Coatings


new paper published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal warns of the continued health risks of chemicals used for non-stick pan coatings and water repellents on clothing. The chemical is being found in some municipalities’ drinking water. More than 200 scientists signed the statement, which presents the dangers of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These chemicals are persistently used as pan coatings, despite more than a decade of research showing associations with liver toxicity, neurological disorders, cancers of different organs and types, and heart conditions. The paper noted that many manufacturers have discontinued long-chain PFAS production and substituted shorter-chain PFAS. The scientists caution that these shorter-chain PFAS may not effectively reduce PFAS exposure because more has to be used to achieve the same effectiveness, maintaining PFAS in the environment with exposure levels relatively unchanged. It calls for scientists, governments, chemical manufacturers and consumer product manufacturers to participate in halting all PFAS production.

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n a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams. During the study period, the students consumed a placebo or a daily supplement with one of three probiotics, including Bifidobacterium bifidum. The students given the bifidum supplement experienced significantly fewer cold or flu infections, and when they did succumb, the infection was generally less severe. The other probiotic supplements did not reduce colds or flu compared to the placebo for the six weeks.

ave you ever tried to get your child to make a positive change and they resisted? This five-minute meditation will help your child to find their own internal desire to change. Discuss with your child a specific area to change such as never giving up. Let’s say they are in discouragement about doing math. Share with them an example where you had felt discouraged, but didn’t give up. Children really appreciate an adult sharing about challenges they’ve overcome. They know they are not the only one with that kind of problem. Have your child close their eyes, take a few deep breaths and focus on their desire to let go of the discouragement and to never give up. Chant together with desire, enthusiasm and strength, “I want to never give up.” Every second of this endeavor has a direct benefit. Desire is the fuel. The more one wants the change; the more one changes. After a minute or three, take a few more deep breathes to calm, and ask your child to think of one thing they can do to practice never giving up in math. Be supportive of their answer. It might be as simple as when the discouragement comes up to just say, “Never give up.” If you do this meditation when putting your child to bed, they will continue to move and change while they sleep. Dave Casdan, M.A. has been coaching and teaching for over 20 years. Contact him at 303-710-1984 or

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Fish Folly Marine Life Drops by Half since 1970 The nonprofit World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Zoological Society of London have jointly determined that industrial-scale overfishing, pollution and climate change have killed half of all marine life over the last 40 years. The Living Blue Planet Report cites that species essential to the global food supply are among the hardest hit, partially due to humans catching them faster than they can reproduce. Large swaths of coral reefs, mangroves and sea grasses have also died, further decimating fish populations. Statistics show that the family of fish that includes tuna and mackerel has declined by 75 percent since 1970. The number of species is also declining; a quarter of all shark and ray species face extinction. Half of all coral has already disappeared, and the rest will vanish by 2050 if temperatures continue to rise at current rates. “Coral reefs occupy less than 1 percent of the ocean surface, but they harbor a third of ocean species,� says French biologist Gilles Boeuf. The WWF report argues that protected global ocean area should be tripled by 2020 and fish retailers should source from companies that follow certified best practice standards. Source:

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Pioneering Aspen Ski Town Runs Entirely on Renewables Aspen, Colorado, with a population of 7,000, has become the third municipality in the country, along with Burlington, Vermont, and Greensburg, Kansas, to receive all of its power from renewable sources. Its energy portfolio now consists primarily of wind power and hydroelectric, with smaller contributions from solar and geothermal. The development reflects a decadelong effort made possible in part by a significant drop in the price of renewable energy and new government regulations that internalize some of the pollution costs of fossil fuels, making energy sources like coal increasingly uncompetitive. More than onethird of American coal plants have been shut down in the past six years and new carbon rules make it possible that no new coal plants will ever be built in the U.S. Source:

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Sustain Well-Being Through Transitions by BJ Brown


s we celebrate the turning of the New Year, it is a time to acknowledge the highlights of the passing year. What could be different now? What will help sustain a sense of well-being while moving through life’s transitions? The invitation is to notice the small shifts while bringing breath and awareness to the ordinary day. We can most certainly count on change. Yet many of us can feel off-kilter by even the mildest change of plan. When that happens, it’s an indicator that there’s been a few, or perhaps numerous unattended loose ends, unspoken truths, unfinished business, and a sense of incompletion that has exponentially built up. It’s time we greet this thrumming in the heart, the desire to delve further into the Soul stuff of our lives. Make that beautiful, sometimes painful, inquiry about what’s in the queue to be released or welcomed. A gentle activity to step into presence is - the breath. Rather than dashing mindlessly from one meeting/text/call/errand/meal to the next, simply pause for a moment. Perhaps a mantra could be “Pause for presence,” or “Pause. Breathe. Well-being.” Just one deep, conscious breath, in-breath through your nose, slow and low in your tummy, can help reset your brain. If you are stressed and overwhelmed, an openmouthed in-breath will only charge up the distress. This pause acknowledges transitioning from one activity to another. Another activity is fire ceremony, safely using a fireplace, or fire pit. Many cultures conduct sacred ceremonies utilizing fire, smoke and other elements. Write down intentions and prayers, read them aloud, and send them to Creator, Universe, God. This powerful experience can be done solo or with a group of loved ones. It’s a decree that your dreams and intentions be made manifest while raising prayers in gratitude, love and respect. The more we bring gentle awareness, even the lightest touch of acknowledgment helps us to stay grounded in mind, body, heart and spirit. We welcome this day, welcome this moment. Excerpted from Six Gates of Completion ~ A Companion in Life’s Transitions by BJ Brown, Shamanic Practitioner. See listing page 32.


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When to get Help with Menopause by Dr. Dianne Stone


onventional wisdom tells us that women have been going through menopause for millennia and haven’t needed help with hormones. But until the 20th century, less than 25% of women lived past the age of 50. And the women that did, well let’s just say that women’s health hasn’t been on the front burner of societal awareness until very recently. Rather than debate pros and cons of hormone therapy, let’s address when it might be in your best interest to reach out to a menopause specialist. Hot flashes/night sweats: There is no absolute number of hot flashes that dictates intervention. Some patients with one or two per day absolutely want them gone, while patients with more than 15 per day are doing beautifully! The first step is to try to limit the more common hot flash triggers: Stress, low blood sugar, hot ambient temperatures (keep your living spaces cool if you can/layer clothing), hot drinks especially hot caffeinated drinks (ice and decaf your coffee or tea), red wine (I know, bummer) and spicy foods. Poor sleep: I consider this a big one. Poor sleep causes symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, memory issues and trouble concentrating. It also affects the strength of the immune system, is a potent adrenal stressor, is implicated in weight gain (especially in the waist), and is a sure-fire sex drive killer. Painful sex: The low-estrogen environment associated with menopause decreases blood flow to the vagina and clitoris, decreases vaginal lubrication and makes the vaginal tissues more inelastic. Early on, a lubricant may be enough to keep sex comfortable. In later menopause, the vaginal tissue can become thinner and less elastic – tearing, rather than stretching during intercourse (women who haven’t had a vaginal birth are more at risk). Estrogen works beautifully for this, reversing these changes. A topical application of estrogen just for the vulva and vagina work great (Some interesting studies are looking at DHEA for this same condition). It can be very useful, no matter where you are in the transition, to speak with a menopause specialist. Information can calm fears, helping you make the right decisions for you. Find a practitioner that specializes in women’s health and in particular, perimenopause and menopause. Don’t accept answers that start with “always” or “never.” As a woman, you deserve nothing less than the best, vibrant health available today! Dr. Diane Stone is a Board-Certified Gynecologist practicing in Cherry Creek. She can be reached at 720-234-0904 or See ad page 5.


Key Signs We’re Approaching a Defining Moment by Dennis Merritt Jones


ur authentic self is constantly trying to get our attention so it may be more fully expressed. When we set our intention to genuinely evolve, we naturally begin to pay attention and see how redefining moments appear as needed. They are drawn to us sequentially to support us in the process of staying the course on our pilgrimage, each one a perfectly aligned portal in space and time, opening and closing, creating whatever experience is required to guide us to heightened awareness of our authentic self. While the possible circumstances that preclude such a moment are limitless, there are key signals to watch for. When they pop up, it helps

immensely to stay engaged in the moment, rather than zipping past them on to another distraction. Rather, consider ways in which this might prove to be a pivotal point forward in our life journey. n Moments that challenge our ego and moments that our ego challenges us n Unexpected events n Times of significant loss n First-time experiences n Discontentment n Disappointment n Experiencing someone or something that instantly inspires us to grow n Birth of a loved one n Death of a loved one

Personal growth and evolution can be motivated by either inspiration or desperation. Both may prompt us to ask big questions of ourselves and the universe that cause us to dig deep. The deeper we dig, the closer we come to merging with our truest self. We know the answers to such questions are correct because they will lead to actions that honor life—like harming no one, including ourself—and affirm the presence of a prevailing power for good that lies within; a power that guides, protects and sustains us. Satisfying answers seek only the highest and best of us and bless all. They connect our mind, heart and soul, moving us forward on the path of wholeness as a fulfilled and joyfully self-expressed person. When we are impelled to ask an important question of our self and the universe, don’t rush the process and are willing to embrace the answer we receive, it pushes a reset button as to what defines us. It brings us an enhanced sense of authentic wholeness. The lesson is that when redefining moments appear, we must be open and prepared to go where we had no plans of going—because that’s where our bliss awaits us. Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality as a minister, teacher, coach and lecturer for 30 years. Learn more at


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The Rise of Functional Medicine New Paradigm Gets to the Root Cause of Disease by Lisa Marshall


y the end of 2014, Trina Mills, of Parker, Arizona, had given up on conventional medicine. She’d been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder 17 years earlier and taken medication ever since without feeling her symptoms of fatigue, muscle aches and stomach problems ever fully subside. She’d visited endocrinologists, gastroenterologists and a half-dozen other specialists, each of which offered a different diagnosis and prescribed a different drug. At one point, she had her gallbladder removed. At another, her doctor suspected she had bleeding in her brain and sent her for a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan. Some thought she was a hypochondriac; others said she was depressed. “I would tell them, ‘I’m just depressed that you can’t figure out why I’m so sick,’” she says. Weighing a skeletal 82 pounds, the 54-year-old mother of three finally wrote out a living will and braced for the in-


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evitable. Then she heard of a new Center for Functional Medicine opening at the prestigious, century-old Cleveland Clinic. As the first clinic of its kind to open at an academic medical center, it promised to look at the underlying causes of disease, while focusing on the whole person, rather than isolated symptoms. Intrigued, Mills caught a flight to Ohio and soon was offering up 30 tubes of blood, stool and saliva samples, as well as an exhaustive life history. One year later, thanks to a series of personalized diet and lifestyle changes, she’s 10 pounds heavier and feels better than she has in decades. “I spent a lot of years and money in the traditional medical system and got nothing,” says Mills. With functional medicine, “In a very short time, they had me feeling nearly 100 percent.”

Distinctive Characteristics In the 25 years since nutritional biochemist Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., of Gig

bor, Washington, coined the term, this science-based, whole-body approach to addressing chronic disease has gained widespread traction. More than 100,000 physicians—60 percent of them medical doctors—have trained with the Institute for Functional Medicine he founded in Washington and New Mexico, and numerous medical schools have added its tenets to their curricula. More naturopaths and chiropractors are also distinguishing themselves with a functional medicine emphasis. “It is not alternative medicine at all,” stresses Bland, whose latest book, The Disease Delusion, details how functional medicine can curb chronic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, dementia, and heart disease, which constitute 78 percent of U.S. health care costs. “It’s the basis of 21st-century health care,” he says. For most of the 20th century, conventional medicine centered on a singular objective: Arrive at a diagnosis and treat it with drugs or surgery. Then, the alternative medicine movement proffered a toolbox of more natural therapies, including acupuncture, herbs and massage to address these same diagnoses. The 1990s brought integrative medicine, a best-of-both-worlds approach. “While all of the above have merit, they lack the necessary guidance to help practitioners determine which tools work best for which patient,” says Dr. Mark Hyman, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. “Alternative therapies and conventional treatments are tools. We need a new map that can teach us how to skillfully use those tools,” maintains Hyman. “That map is functional medicine.” Because one chronic disease such as diabetes can have dozens of underlying causes, or one culprit such as a genetic predisposition or exposure to toxins can lead to multiple chronic conditions, functional medicine focuses on systems, rather than organs, and origins, rather than diseases. “It’s about listening to the patient’s story in a different way, where the objective is not simply about arriving at a diagnosis,” explains Bland.

Ferreting Out Key Clues Key to discovering the underlying origins of a health issue are a host of new gene, blood and gut health tests. “They allow us to look under the patient’s ‘metabolic hood’ at the genetic and

biochemical factors influencing health,” says Naturopathic Doctor Kara Fitzgerald, who heads up a functional medicine clinic in Newtown, Connecticut. For instance, certain genes influence how a person burns and stores fat. Depending on which variant a patient has, based on a genetic test, they might be guided toward a higher- or lower-fat diet. Those genetically prone to difficulty in metabolizing the amino acid homocysteine (an excess of which can raise the risk of heart disease) might be advised to take folic acid supplements. If a patient displays intractable gut problems, rather than simply look for blood or pathogens in the stool, Fitzgerald also looks at the DNA of their gut microbiome, mapping out which strains of good bacteria are present or absent and prescribing prebiotics, probiotics or whole foods to promote a healthful balance. For another patient with thinning hair and aching joints, she might use specialized blood tests to look for micronutrient deficiencies, signs of allergies or certain autoantibodies—proteins produced by the immune system that mistakenly attack one’s own tissues—that might herald a brewing autoimmune disorder. “Research shows that predictive autoantibodies can show up in the blood 10 or even 20 years before an autoimmune disease such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis makes itself known,” says Fitzgerald, pointing to a seminal review published in 2007 in Scientific American: “If a patient with mild, early-stage symptoms is proactive with diet and lifestyle changes, they may be able to fend it off.”

High-tech tests aside, Bland stresses that what’s most important is “a tool that has been largely lost in medicine today: Knowing how to listen to the patient.” In a typical exam, Fitzgerald thoroughly inspects often neglected body parts, including the tongue and fingernails, which can hold important clues to underlying health. She asks about past emotional trauma which might trigger chronic disease, and inquires about what environmental toxins and harmful chemicals both the patient and their birth parents may have been exposed to. One example might be a patient exposed to cigarette smoking in utero having a bias toward an allergic disease. If their parents grew up in a period of famine, they might have inherited a genetic disposition for rapid weight gain. “She spent two-and-a-half hours with me,” in her initial consultation, recalls 52-year-old Lauren Zambrelli, of Long Island, New York, who credits Fitzgerald for helping her tame her multiple sclerosis into remission. “It was like having a sister for a doctor.”

Who Pays Functional medicine doctors don’t shy away from prescription drugs when necessary, but they do lean decidedly toward the lower-tech modalities, using dietary supplements, allergen-free diets, exercise, mind-body practices and toxin avoidance as their primary tools. “We basically take out the bad stuff from the body and put in the good stuff,” says Hyman. Maintaining good health is priceless, but without conventional insurance coverage, it can be expensive. While Mills’ doctor visits were covered by

Lobby for Change To lobby for consistent insurance coverage of more complementary therapies, check out these resources. CoverMyCare ( This national grassroots advocacy campaign, a project of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium, aims to support the proper full implementation of Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act, which states that insurers cannot leave licensed practitioners like naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists or Oriental medicine practitioners out of their provider networks. It still lacks enforcement at the state level, although Oregon and Rhode Island recently passed legislation to fix the existing loophole; California, Hawaii, Minnesota and New Mexico are working to do the same. American Sustainable Business Council ( Reimbursement). The organization recently launched a campaign to urge insurers to cover integrative practices.

insurance (which is rare), she spends roughly $1,000 a month on supplements to address her diagnosed leaky gut syndrome, nutrient deficiencies and mercury poisoning. Zambrelli has paid thousands out of her own pocket, too. Some people worry that, like most conventional physicians, some functional medicine practitioners place too much emphasis on expensive tests and too little on the most crucial and affordable remedy—self-care. “Functional medicine as a concept is an important step forward,” says integrative medicine pioneer Dr. James Gordon, founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. “However, some practitioners do a lot of tests and prescribe a lot of supplements and work on cleaning out the gut, but neglect the psychological, spiritual and social issues. That concerns me.” Bland and Hyman concede that some practitioners over-test, but say that will fade over time as they learn to better discriminate which ones are useful for specific patients. Several efforts also are underway to get more functional medicine providers and the acupuncturists, massage therapists and nutritionists they work with covered under the Affordable Care Act, which expressly emphasizes a need for more preventive medicine. Viewing the big picture, Bland believes that functional medicine is just what the country needs to save on exploding healthcare costs. Rather than spending dollars on extraordinary measures to save heart attack victims or diabetics in emergencies, we can prevent such dire situations by identifying underlying problems sooner and halting their progression. In the meantime, some patients are finding priceless relief. “Am I poorer right now? Yes,” says Mills. “Am I healthier? Way. It’s been so worth it.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO, who specializes in health care. Connect at


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Address Autism

HOLISTICALLY Plus Strategies for Prevention by Meredith Montgomery


n The Autism Revolution, Pediatric Technology and Massachusetts General Neurologist and Neuroscientist Hospital Medical Imaging facility. Martha Herbert approaches autism “While autism is often thought of as a as a whole-body condition that can genetic disorder, it’s the result of a geneimprove, rather than be a static, lifelong environment interaction where genes are genetic brain disorder. corrupted,” explains Psychiatrist Robert “It’s the way the brain is shifted into Hendren, who is currently partnering in acting when faced developing the Center with a combination of Experts agree that a for Autism Spectrum stressors—some, but Disorder and Neurodenatural foundation velopmental Disorders not all of which are genetic—at a vulnerable for health begins with at the University of Calipoint in development,” fornia, San Francisco. breastfeeding infants says Herbert. NonAccording to the genetic challenges can U.S. Centers for Disease to support natural come from the immune Control and Prevention, immunity, and then autism is the fastestsystem, nutrition, the environment and ensuring children’s growing developmental stress. “Addressing disability, now affecting diets are rich in them can make a one in 68 children and profound difference in nutrients at all ages. one in 42 boys. Autism the condition; maybe Speaks (AutismSpeaks. even turning it around.” org) defines autism spectrum disorder Herbert directs the Treatment Re(ASD) as a group of complex brain search and Neuroscience Evaluation of development disorders characterized by Neurodevelopmental Disorders (TRAN- difficulties in social interaction, verbal SCEND) program at a joint Harvard and nonverbal communication and University, Massachusetts Institute of repetitive behaviors.


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Many experts agree that in some cases, autism can be prevented. “Prevention needs to start early—preconception is ideal,” says Dr. Kenneth A. Bock, of Bock Integrative Medicine, in New York, and author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies. Emphasizing omega-3 essential fatty acids, folic acid and probiotics during pregnancy can be beneficial, and it’s important to avoid iron deficiency, which has been tied to higher rates of autism, Hendren counsels. Results from a recent University of California, Davis study published in Environmental Health Perspectives reveals increased rates of autism among children of women that live close to pesticide-treated fields during pregnancy, particularly during the second and third trimesters. Hendren says, “Living near heavily sprayed fields can be very detrimental. Living close to freeways or downwind of coal-fired power plants is also associated with autism.” If heavy metal toxicity in blood is confirmed, chelation therapy is often used to remove metals, although Hendren advises against using it for the general treatment of ASD. “Chelators pull out mercury, along with other metals, a process that can be harmful. Instead, think about diet and nutritional supplements that can help detoxify the body more safely,” he explains. Bock says, “It’s not enough to detoxify, we have to remove and prevent exposure to neurodevelopmental toxins.” Herbert suggests avoiding toxic household products, electromagnetic exposure from devices such as cell phones and baby monitors, which can lead to stress, sleep disruption and cell health problems, as well as antibiotic overuse, which can disrupt the gut microbiome, increasing vulnerability to exposure to other harmful chemicals. Herbert notes some parents observe that their child became autistic after a vaccination but there are also autistic children that are vaccine-free; still others become so after facing other stresses such as illness or trauma. “We need to focus on the underlying vulnerabilities and keep children strong and resilient so they can handle life’s challenges to their health and immune systems,” she says.

injections to protect against oxidative stress. Massage therapy has also proven effective in increasing connectivity with others and reducing over-arousal, while reducing ASD symptoms. Beyond Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Research remains in its infancy, but by Melody Handley other CAMs deemed acceptable for a professionally monitored trial include B6 The Kid-Friendly ADHD and magnesium supplements to correct & Autism Cookbook metabolic aberration, folic acid for imby Pamela Compart and Dana Laake provements in core symptoms, probiotThe SCD for Autism and ADHD: A ics to ease gastrointestinal distress and Reference and Dairy-Free Cookbook iron supplementation for a deficiency. for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Although clear benefits have yet to by Pamela Ferro and Raman Prasad be backed by scientific evidence, many parents of children with ASD report Special Diets for Special Kids that behavior improves with a diet free by Lisa Lewis of the proteins gluten (found in wheat, barley and rye) and casein (found in Complementary Treatments dairy). Other parent-endorsed diets Currently, the only treatment that has include anti-yeast, anti-hyperglycemia, been proven to consistently improve specific carbohydrate, low-oxalate and the core symptoms of ASD is behavioral specific food reaction regimens. therapy designed to foster language, A review article in the journal Ausocialization and academic skills. tism Research and Treatment notes that While effective, this approach is timeacupuncture, exercise, and music- and and staff-intensive. animal-assisted therapy have all been With the rise and prevalence of reported as helping to reduce a variety of autism in the past decade, more parASD functional and behavioral symptoms. ents are turning to complementary and From sound-dampening headphones alternative treatments (CAM). Hendren that offset loud noises to structuring the reports that the best researched and environment to anticipate transitions, safest CAM therapies for treating autism removing stressors can help reduce the include melatonin to improve sleep, debilitating characteristics of ASD. “This omega-3 fatty acids to ease hyperactivimproves abilities to learn and interact ity and possibly improve socialization, with others, but we also don’t want to multivitamins to supplement a limited shelter them from having a chance to diet or poor appetite and methyl B12 learn the rules of social interaction in

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Creating Calm Islands by Carolyn Dalgliesh


ensory kids, like those living with autism spectrum, sensory processing, anxiety or attention deficit disorders, are often highly affected by the design of their physical environments. Here are some tips for removing daily stressors for a more supportive home environment. Identify the common sensory challenges for the child so the family can create spaces that support them. Kids may struggle with regulating their emotions, initiating tasks, maintaining focus, rigid rules, lack of flexibility or being consistently overwhelmed. Less is more because these kids are

often more sensitive to environmental stimuli. Tone down the color scheme of their bedroom and playroom, and maintain uncluttered spaces. Clearly defined and labeled areas in certain rooms can help them know what to expect and how to use each space appropriately. Define areas and tasks with visual aids to foster more focused, calm and flexible interactions. Consider creating a designated dressing area with hooks that hold the next day’s clothes and a laundry hamper. This provides a visual routine to follow and structural aids to help complete the task successfully.


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real-world situations,” advises Hendren. Because autism is a heterogeneous disorder with numerous subtypes, the best individualized combination of treatments can be challenging to identify and can often change throughout one’s life. Bock reminds families that even with a successful treatment plan, “A parent’s love is the final element that brings these recovering children out of darkness into light.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi ( Create a space to escape and regulate when they return home anxious, overwhelmed or ready to explode; a zone to help them feel calm and connected again. Dark and quiet spots are best, like the corner of a closet, bottom bunk, under a desk or even a cardboard box “cabin”. Add a flashlight, favorite books, beanbags, heavy or weighted blankets, handheld sensory toys and something that taps into the child’s current fascination. Carolyn Dalgliesh is the founder of Systems for Sensory Kids & Simple Organizing Strategies in North Kingstown, RI, and author of The Sensory Child Gets Organized. Connect at

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YOUR MOUTH TELLS A STORY Functional Dentistry Connects Oral Health to Sleep Apnea and Heart Disease by Linda Sechrist


he focus of functional medicine—whole person health care—easily expands to include dentists trained in oral systemic health. Currently embraced by a small percentage of today’s farsighted dentists and doctors, this relatively new field of prevention and wellness views the mouth as a key portal when considering the status of the whole body. Similar to the way doctors of Oriental medicine assess the heart’s pulse to help diagnose health issues throughout the body, these systemic health dentists consider the gums, tongue, teeth and throat to be key signals of overall health. American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH) Executive Director Bobbie Delsasso was a periodontal hygienist for more than 30 years before becoming a consultant and public speaker on the larger perspective. “I taught patients about the importance of good nutrition and alerted them to consult their physician regarding what their mouth health might indicate about their body’s health,” she says. While the academy educates dental professionals to understand the internal workings of nutrition and what the mouth reveals about overall wellbeing, “Less than 6 percent of physicians even learn adequate

basics of nutrition in medical schools,” she notes.

Cardiovascular Health Links Beyond nutrition, academy curricula for dentists now include such titles as Arteriology and Vascular Inflammation – The Oral/Systemic Connection, based on a course designed for medical professionals by physician Bradley Bale and Amy Doneen, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, co-founders of the Bale/Doneen Method for the

prevention of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. Mike Milligan, a doctor of dental medicine, founder of Eastland Dental Center, in Bloomington, Illinois, and AAOSH president, explains that heart attack and stroke are triggered by an inflammatory process which can be initiated or exacerbated by periodontal disease and abscessed teeth. Thomas Nabors, a doctor of dental surgery and an authority in molecular analysis and genetic risk assessment for periodontal diseases, provides clinical proof that supports the growing association between medicine and dentistry. “Since our inaugural AAOSH conference [in 2010], Bradley, Amy and Tom have continued to provide the current science and clinical backdrop to the oral/systemic connection to cardiovascular wellness,” says Milligan.

Respiratory Health Links Other vital advances in oral systemic health involve treating airway concerns such as snoring and sleep apnea. “Snoring is typically caused by muscles and tissues relaxing in the throat and mouth, resulting in decreased space in the airway passage and vibration of tissues. Eventually, individuals can develop sleep apnea, which can also result in hypertension and other problems,” advises Milligan. In sleep apnea, the sleeper’s breathing pauses often or produces hypopnea, slowed or shallow breathing for 10 or more seconds at a time. Fewer than five episodes per hour is normal, with five to 15 considered mild apnea, 15 to 30 moderate and more than 30 severe. Although 20 percent of Americans may have sleep apnea—typically associated with insomnia, tiredness and less oxygen in the body—95 percent of affected individuals go undiagnosed. To help, Milligan suggests that before going to bed we lower the thermostat in the bedroom and avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, watching television or working on a computer. Improved breathing helps assuage snoring, sleep apnea, asthma,

hay fever and nasal congestion. Milligan cites Patrick McKeown’s work, explained in his book The Oxygen Advantage. An authority on the Buteyko Breathing Method, McKeown explains how improved breathing dramatically improves oxygenation, releases more energy and supports lifelong health and well-being. Muscle retraining using orofacial myofunctional therapy can help prevent sleep apnea and also abate temporomandibular joint disorders. This new field is concerned with orofacial functional patterns and postures when teeth are apart, their status 95 percent of each day and night. It also retrains muscles to keep the tongue at the roof of the mouth and the lips together to prevent breathing through the mouth, correct swallowing function and eliminate poor oral habits such as thumb sucking. Three mechanical treatments for sleep apnea include mandibular advancement oral devices used to move the lower jaw forward, a continuous positive airway pressure machine to aid airway functioning, or surgery, which is the last resort. “The real opportunity for catching and preventing this is with children 5 to 10 years old, when their jaws are developing,” says Milligan. He further cites links discovered between the mouth and brain. “Oral spirochetes, which normally live in the mouth, have been found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Judith Miklossy, from the International Association for Alzheimer’s, spoke at an AAOSH conference about the link between oral bacteria and dementia, and Garth Ehrlich, Ph.D., professor of microbiology, immunology and otolaryngology at Drexel University College of Medicine, addressed rheumatoid arthritis and certain types of cancers. All of these links are more than enough reasons why good oral hygiene is essential to good health,” says Milligan. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


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Gliding Across Snowscapes Cross-Country Ski to Explore Winter’s Wonders by Randy Kambic


hile downhill Alpine skiing offers spurts of intense action in-between times spent driving to and from resorts and standing in line at lifts, all that’s needed for Nordic cross-country skiing is a few inches of snow and strap-on skis to transform any nearby park, wooded trail or spacious backyard into a quiet, serene eco-playground. The similar dry-land recreation of Nordic walking that uses poles can be enjoyed year-round.

Ski Season Techniques Both the standard Nordic form of what’s also known as free-heel skiing and the more challenging Telemark style, able to incorporate hilly terrains, have northern European roots. Crosscountry skis are longer and thinner than downhill versions. Instead of placing the entire foot in a bulky, stiff boot affixed to an alpine ski, only the toe section of a sneaker-like boot adheres to a cross-country ski, enabling a fuller gliding motion.


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Gliding over relatively flat terrain while leaning slightly forward, it’s important to keep weight evenly distributed over both skis. Continuously moving ahead in a left-right-left-right motion with a long gait creates a fullbody workout as each opposing arm plants a pole and pushes on it to carry the skier into the next step. Cross-country skis aren’t made for sudden stops, so stay alert; gentle, side-to-side skidding employing both legs or turning the front of both skis inward to form a triangle effects stopping. With experience, the skis can be used more like long ice skates, pushing both ahead and outward on them to move slightly faster on wide, groomed, flat surfaces. Vermont native Bill Koch, the only American to win an Olympic crosscountry ski medal—silver at the 1976 Innsbruck Games—helped popularize the recreational sport in America. On February 20, the 2016 Slumberland American Birkebeiner, North

“Many of the movement patterns of Alpine and Nordic skiing are similar,” explains Michael Wood, chief fitness officer of Koko FitClub (KokoFitClub. com), which is reflected in a new eight-week Snow Sports program at many of its 130 locations in 30 states. “Our Smartraining equipment offers more than 100 different exercises, many of them ideal for preparing for cross-country skiing, like the squat, hip extension, and trunk and hip rotation.” For post-ski stretching, he and club coaches often recommend yoga-type flows like downward dog, child pose and the one-legged pigeon move. “We like to customize programs to enhance dynamic stretching, intensive knee analysis and specific routines to improve individual performance,” says Wood.

Winter Weight Loss Outdoor winter recreation can help shed pounds. Harley Pasternak, a celebrity trainer, nutrition expert and author, recently reported in Health magazine, “Being outdoors in the cold air enables your body to burn more calories as it makes an effort to warm up. When you’re chilled, you shiver and shake, which is your body’s way of warming itself by increasing its resting metabolic rate.” Pasternak says that spending time outdoors in cold weather can increase calories burned by as much as 30 percent and advises, “Take up ice skating, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.”

Anytime, Anywhere Walking Nordic walking, launched in Finland in the late 1990s and since spread throughout Europe, incorporates some motions similar to cross-country skiing. Walking while using special poles on dry land or at the beach extends associated health and fitness benefits year-round. Initiated 11 years ago, the

American Nordic Walking Association (, based in Palisades, California, conducts classes and other events nationwide. Founder, president and master coach Bernd Zimmerman reports significant growth in its popularity in recent years. “Both cross-country skiing and Nordic walking are great full-body workouts that use 90 percent of your muscles and treat both the upper and lower parts of the body like machines.” Suitable for all ages, including those that have balance or health issues or can’t run anymore, the walking poles act as extensions of the hands. Their rubber or metal tips work on any surface, such as streets, sidewalks, gravel, sand, dirt or grass. Compared to regular walking, Zimmerman says the Nordic style burns up to 40 percent more calories, tones the arms and upper body, reduces stress on knees and joints, and safely boosts the intensity of exercises to yield additional heart and lung benefits. Ski and general sports equipment retailers that sell and rent equipment


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nthusiasts that have built up stamina might consider taking a multi-day backcountry or mountainous trek along marked trails. Overnight stays are offered in lodges, huts or cabins, with many providing cross-country equipment and showshoes. Here are some examples of the awaiting adventures.

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California and Nevada Many clubs in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and Las Vegas offer overnight bus trips to cross-country trails in the Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada areas. ( Colorado The nonprofit 10th Mountain Division Hut Association was one of the first to establish a hut-to-hut system, encompassing 350 miles of trails in the Rocky Mountains. ( Minnesota Boundary Country Trekking offers stays at various lodges along cross-country trails in northern Minnesota. ( Quebec A few hours’ drive from New England borders lies plenty of ungroomed backcountry terrain with stunning views along the 78-mile, 15-hut network in the Chic-Chic Mountains, near the Gaspé Peninsula Gaspésie Park. ( Vermont Try Blueberry Lake Cross Country Center, in East Warren. ( Wisconsin Visit Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy, in Reedsburg. (

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Bruce Lipton on the Epigenetics Revolution Our Beliefs Reprogram Our Genetic Destiny by Linda Sechrist


ruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of The Biology of Belief and The Honeymoon Effect, is a stem cell biologist and internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He is a visiting fellow lecturer on immunology at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and participated in the Foundation for Conscious Evolution’s seventh Worldwide Meeting on Human Values, in Mexico. His research explains the interplay between individual consciousness and body biology.

Why do you start with epigenetics as a foundation for health? Many people, programmed with the concept of genetic determinism, believe that genes in the fertilized egg at conception determine character and fate. Unable to pick our DNA genes, we are powerless to control our life, so that the only option is seeking help from someone in the biomedical community to fix our genes. I introduced a new vision about the understanding of genes a half-century ago that is now the new science of epigenetics. Epi- means “above”. Here, we can realize control by regulating the environment in which we live and our perception of it, making us the master of our own genetics rather than a victim of heredity.

Do you believe epigenetics is the future of medicine? Epigenetics is a revolution in our knowledge and awareness of heredity. This new concept of biology is so big that it promises radical change capable of revolutionizing civilization. Its dynamics are equivalent to the leap from Newtonian physics to quantum physics, which led to everything from computers and cell phones to Martian rovers. We are freed to abandon the belief that genes cause can-


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cer, for instance. In changing our lifestyle, beliefs and perceptions, we also change our genetic expression. Remember, this works because how we individually interpret our world is translated by the brain into chemical information that adjusts the behavior and genetics of cells to complement our perception. We could live in the healthiest environment, but if our mind perceives it as threatening and non-supportive, our biology will become less healthy and can generate disease. The cells’ response is based on the brain’s information, which actually is only an interpretation. Personal perceptions and the way we live, including our spiritual nature, adjust genes to manifest either a functional state of health or one of dysfunction.

Where is the “self” that makes people different? No two people are the same biologically. If I inject my cells into another human, their immune system will recognize it as “not-self” and begin to eliminate them. On the surface of virtually all our cells are thousands of protein receptors that function like miniature antennae. They read and respond to environmental signals similar to the larger receptors on the skin’s surface, such as the eyes, ears and nose.

Each human also possesses a unique set of “identity” receptors, a subset of which are called “self-receptors” by the biomedical community, found on nearly all of our cells, with the primary exception of red blood cells. Self-receptors are unrelated to the cell’s function contributing to muscle, bone, brain or heart. Conventional medicine studies the physical aspect of self-receptors as being the source of “self” but overlook the environmental signals they receive. In other words, individual identity is linked to the signals received by the antennae. When I reached this point in my research, I realized that we can’t die, because our real identity is represented by the invisible environment-derived “broadcast”, which might legitimately be referred to as spirit. My personal identity signal is received by each of my 50 trillion cells endowed with the unique set of “Bruce” self-receptors. While my physical body is like a TV, the “spiritual broadcast” representing the Bruce Show is an eternal, energetic element of the environment.

What is entrainment and why is it important today? A group of heart cells in a Petri dish will each beat to its own vibrational frequency. After a couple of days, they start beating in synchrony, because the stronger heart cells control the tempo. The other cells organize their behavior to entrain with the more powerful one. This happens in women’s college dormitories when residents start the school year with different menstrual cycles, but later experience entrainment, with their cycles beginning and ending about the same time. They link to a pulse and a beat, just like the heart cells. Humans become entrained to a higher force that’s an invisible broadcast of energy in harmony or in discordance. As more of us hold the intention for living a life of love and peace, the broadcast of that harmonic energy amplifies and those not yet there will eventually entrain to the stronger signal. This is the shift we need to make for conscious evolution to occur. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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The Four Agreements Deep Transformation–6:308pm. Over 6 Thursdays, take a deeper look at the Four Agreements and how to apply them to our daily lives. Free 30-min coaching session. $150 Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer 303-816-0429 or

Community Drumming Circle and Sound Celebration–7-9pm. Focus on loving heart while sharing intentions and sacred vibrations. Bring snack to share, drums, rattles and flutes. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

SAT, FEB 6 First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. Yoga, sound bath & 3Ki’s QiGong, $1/min crystal bed, ion foot baths, massage, Astrology, Brain Jewel, facials & spray tanning. 20% off products, prizes. FREE. Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer 303-816-0429 or Basic Meditation for Beginners in ASL 3-Wks–Sats 10am-12:30pm. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Facilitated in American Sign Language. Early/$150, Regular/$165. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, Romance Angels Workshop–1-3pm. Single or involved, the Romance Angels can help you experience greater joy and bliss in your love life. Early/$50, Regular/$60. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-4137303,


Super Bowl Sponge or Empath: Consciously Evolving Your Sensitivities with Signe Hovem–10am-1pm. Discuss and experience hands-on learning exercises and energy management strategies about being an empath. $100. Register/Info: Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer. 303-816-0429 or

TUES, FEB 9 Outrageously Fulfilling Relationships...8 Skills that Will Change Your Life–7-9pm. An evening with Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author. Tickets/info 303-989-2605 or

Romantic Valentine’s Weekend: Couple’s Retreat– Guided face-to-face activities for committed couples to celebrate/enhance their relationship while enjoying healthy, delicious meals! Sunrise Ranch, Loveland. Jim & Ruth Sharon 303-796-7004 or My Furry Valentine–10am-2pm. Pet owners and families are invited to bring their pets for an assortment of fun activities to help raise funds and awareness for The Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS). Tagawa Garden Center, 7711 S Parker Rd, Centennial. 303-690-4722.

SAT, FEB 13 Relationship workshop ~ The Vehicle for Transformation with Coly Vulpiani–9:30am-4:30pm. Learn to identify ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ bonding patterns and how to free yourself from them. Identify prior wounds and how to heal them. $95. 700 E 9th Ave, #9, Denver. 303-476-8402. Afternoon Kids Tea party–2-3pm 6-8-yr-olds; 4-5pm 9-12-yr-olds. Kids will sample a variety of herbal teas, finger sandwiches and scones while making new friends. $25/pp. Centered Cooking and Dance Studio, 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit P, Lakewood. RSVP/ info 720-519-1962


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How can you use your Intuitive abilities?–1:15-3pm. Learn the foundational tools that allow you to follow your intuition, making your best choices/decisions in 2016! $10. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or davids@

Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15pm. Every 2 Sun. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@ nd

Love Notes From Heaven–2-4pm. International Spiritual Medium Elisa Malangone’s eye-opening connections help shift energy in the audience from sorrow to a peaceful, light-hearted and comforting state. Golden Wellbeing Collective 410 9th St, Golden. $20/Advance. Info/RSVP Elisa 720-372-3927 or

TUES, FEB 16 Healthy Happy Hour–6-7pm. Learn more about organic, vegan superfoods and a 10-Day Lifestyle Transformation Cleanse. $50 Gift Card and entry to win a 30-min Rolfing session. FREE. 7464 Arapahoe Ave., #B4, Boulder. Emily Wishall 620-719-0742 or Live Audience Readings with Psychic Medium Heather Hunter–7-9pm. Hear messages from loved ones, friends and even pets who have passed on to random audience members as Spirit steps forward.$30. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

WED, FEB 17 Afternoon Senior Tea party–2:30-4pm. Seniors will sample a variety of herbal teas, finger sandwiches and scones while socializing with new friends. $25/pp. Centered Cooking and Dance Studio, 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit P, Lakewood. RSVP/info 720-519-1962

FRI, FEB 19 Adult Bollywood Mingle–6:30-9pm. An evening of mingling, sampling amazing Indian food and learning Bollywood dance moves. $30/pp. Centered Cooking and Dance Studio, 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit P, Lakewood. RSVP/info 720-519-1962

SAT, FEB 20 Half-Day Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Retreat with Becky Myers–9am-Noon. Explore the full Ashtanga Primary Series, diving deep into the rich variety of postures. $35. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer 303-816-0429 or Relationship Building Boot Camp–Change attitudes and behavior patterns no longer serve your relationship. Learn new communication skills. Discover ways to enhance self-care and couple-care. Replace reactivity with constructive responses. $1449/couple. Jim & Ruth Sharon 303-796-7004 or Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair–11am5pm. Variety of complimentary healing modalities such as massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils, and more.Palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors. $20/20 minutes or per healer/ reader/vendor as offered. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Meditation for Beginners 5-Wks Teleclass–Tuesdays 7-9pm. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Early/$175,Regular/$190. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303, How can you use your Intuitive Abilities?–7:159pm. Learn the foundational tools that allow you to follow your intuition, making your best choices/ decisions in 2016! $10. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or Shmaya Gathering w/ JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within you. $20. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, 3375 S Dahlia. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

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Spirit Journey: Beginning Shamanic Study Wkend–Prerequisite for any advanced shamanic classes. Program in October newsletter on Karen@ Karen trained with Sandra Ingerman and this qualifies you to study with any of the Global Shamanic Teachers of Core Shamanism. Healing Dome, Boulder. Info/RSVP Karen 303-665-0175. Join Spirit Earth Medicine Wheel on for more.

MON, FEB 22 Reclaim Your Body After Baby–9-10am. Learn simple exercises based on Rolf Movement practices to help you restore strength and resiliency after birth. $5. The Birth Center of Boulder 2800 Folsom St. Boulder. Emily Wishall Certified Rolfer 620-719-0742 or emily@

WED, FEB 24 Shmaya Gathering w/ JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within you. $20. 700 E. Ninth Ave, Ste 9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

FRI, FEB 26 Adult Caribbean Mingle–6:30-9pm. Mingle with your peers while sampling some amazing Jamaica food and learn some Reggae dance moves. $30 per person. Centered Cooking and Dance Studio, 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit P, Lakewood. RSVP/info 720-519-1962

SAT, FEB 27 Journey Theater–10am-6pm. Also 3/19 & 5/22. View a specially chosen, evocative film summoning what your psyche is ready to reveal to you. Facilitated by BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP, Shamanic Practitioner, BodyCentered Psychotherapist. In Boulder. $95/$85. Info/ RSVP 303-808-4006.

MON, FEB 29 Beginning Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop– 7-9pm. Learn about mindfulness and meditation, and practice some techniques that will lead you to a more balanced life.$10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

ongoing weekly Donation-Based Yoga Classes–Beginner, Power, Ashtanga, Align & Flow and Satori. Yoga schedule Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-8160429, Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism’s student practitioners are taking appointments–Holistic wellness consultations working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to educate and empower clients to take charge of your health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609

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

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358, Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368

Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Free Psychic Readings–also on Thursdays. 7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920

wednesdays Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5 per healing. Free for first time visitors. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or 3Kis with Tamara Romero–Wednesdays 6:308pm & Thursdays 7:45-9:15am. Balancing, energizing and understanding life energy (Ki/ Qi and/or Chi) through the 3 fundamentals of Qigong, Taiji (Tai Chi) and Reiki. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-816-0429,

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920

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Advanced Massage Therapy Suzie Fritz, LMT 1111 Washington Ave, Golden 720-934-8359

Cooking Experience Club, Inc. 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit P, Lakewood 720-519-1962 or 561-722-4788 Learn fun creative ways to keep your body fit through dance and healthy eating. Come out to our location and try one of our dance classes: Dance with Me, Bollywood, Dancehall/ Reggae or Zumba dance class and also learn to create healthy recipes with fruits, vegetables and natural herbs. Visit our website to view upcoming classes as well as call descriptions and also register on line as space is limited.

Now Celebrating 25 Years in Golden! New Year’s Specials: Buy one 60 or 90 minute massage, get the 2nd HALF off! Buy a Package of 3 and get the 4th one FREE. Offers expire Feb 29, 2016. Suzie is a myofascial therapist, a graduate of the Boulder College of Massage and had 30 years of continual experience. She specializes in the treatment of pain, stress reduction and injury rehab. Her gentle nature and innate ability to identify and work with the energy of your muscles provides immediate and long-lasting relief.


INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in BioIdentical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.


NER helps people be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Increase Peak-Performance ...In Seconds! Control systems, not force are used to painlessly and quickly realign and rebalance the entire body. This releases whole-being patterns causing seemingly unrelated symptoms (such as back pain, headaches, indigestion, brain-fog and asthma). NER predicts and prevents injuries, degenerative changes, and disease. Call now for optimal health and performance.


HEALING JOANNE PALLADINO 303-263-0679 Your healing session touches and transforms all aspects of your being. Receive a meaningful intuitive reading to help you expand perspectives; a channeled vibrational language of light presence to attune you to a love frequency; Reiki energy healing to dissolve blocks and promote harmony; and selfawareness practices to shift old patterns so you can live mindfully in the present. Sessions in-person or by phone.

Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach 973-444-7301 Keep the Law of Attraction working in your favor! It’s always operating in your life, so it’s important to know how it works so you can attract what you want, instead of what you don’t want. All areas of your life improve once you know how to use the Law of Attraction. “I use the processes I find out about in the coaching sessions each day because I find they really are working because I’m attracting more of what I want into my life.” –Janet W. Free First Phone Coaching Session.

A smile is a

curve that sets everything straight. ~Phyllis Diller

natural awakenings

February 2016






Clara Wisner 720-202-2326

Emily Wishall 75 Manhattan Dr. #100, Boulder 620-719-0742

Looking to REVOLUTIONIZE your life with ease, purpose and clarity? Let Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner Clara Wisner guide you into the next stage of your PERSONAL EVOLUTION to help you Understand, Address, and Correct your nutritional deficiencies, Balance your body’s biochemistry, and provide personalized, supportive, and inspirational guidelines for changing toxic habits.

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

Are you tired of feeling pain/ nagging aches in your body? Is your body affecting your work, activities, and adding stress to your life? I can help you! Rolfing is a holistic, hands-on therapy that manipulates the body’s fascia, or connective tissue. Through a series of sessions, Rolfing will dramatically improve your posture and structure. You will gain more energy and greater balance. Learn how Rolfing can help you, set up your free phone consultation today!


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

BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Shamanic Practitioner, Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Reiki Master In Boulder 303-808-4006 Shamanism is an ancient, cross-cultural methodology, rooted in working directly with the helping, compassionate Spiritual realm, including nature and Earth wisdom. Shamanic practitioners help you to recognize a deeper sense of health, integrity and joy. Shamanic healing and other methods can benefit those who feel unwell on any level and support you in developing your own spiritual autonomy. It is my deep desire and commitment to assist those who have forgotten or lost their sense of passion and wholeness, or who no longer believe their essence and beauty is available to them. Retreats and long distance consultations also offered.

SPIRITUAL HEALING/ COUNSELING LIVE YOUR KNOWING COUNSELING Renee Ellis, MA RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes The Renaissance Center, 427 E Bayaud, Denver 720-984-9575 Find clarity, freedom and intuitive perspective to move gracefully through life’s changes and challenges with Live Your Knowing Counseling, blending traditional techniques with intuitive support, energy healing, past life therapy without regression, and personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas. Find your way through grief and loss, life transitions, finding your path and purpose, spiritual development, relationship challenges, depression and anxiety, befriending intuition, and thriving with high sensitivity. Individual sessions, classes and events for a richer and more joyful life. Free 30-minute phone or in-person consultation.

SPIRITUAL MEDIUMSHIP/INTUITIVE COACHING ELISA MALANGONE 720-372-3927 / Searching for passion and insight to your life purpose? Connect to your unique insight and higher soul perspective for guidance concerning healing from grief and loss, health, career, relationships, finances, and other matters of the heart. Elisa combines authentic mediumship abilities and intuitive coaching by connecting to spiritual guidance to assist you in tapping into your higher wisdom and best self. Live, phone or virtual readings & events. Call or see website for more details.

RETREATS ARGO N’ ARTEMIS 303-722-5622 Surrender your worries and discover the wealth of your Soul through Alchemy of Art & Soul. Enjoy a peaceful, creekside retreat in the foothills of Kittredge while discovering your deepest self by tapping into the Art of Intuitive Spiritual Resonance. This sacred rendezvous uses the transformational engagement of art, folly, philosophy, sound, and other interpretative experiences to awaken your authentic BEingness.

Love is life. And if you

miss love, you miss life. ~Leo Buscaglia

February 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

February 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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