Page 1





feel good • live simply • laugh more


Special Edition:

Women’s Wellness




Anti-Aging Skincare

Calming Ways to Nurture Your Kids

Natural Strategies for Feeling Better

New Treatments Turn Back the Clock

May 2012 | Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition |

Get In Balance, naturally! Are you one of the 13 million undiagnosed Thyroid Disease sufferers?

Did You Know?

Good Thyroid Health is important for healthy: Bone metabolism • Gastrointestinal function • Male reproduction • Liver • Gallbladder • Growth hormones • Fat burning • Brain chemistry • Insulin and glucose metabolism • Pregnancy • Cholesterol • Adrenal hormone metabolism • Estrogen metabolism and breast cancer • Liver detoxiďŹ cation • Stomach acid production • Protein metabolism • Heart • Protein binding

• Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that destroys thyroid tissue, is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. â€? “Your optimal health is our family’s passion • A Hashimoto’s sufferer can present with normal levels “Dr. Hollaman has been of TSH (thyroid stimulating able to re-create the hormone). proper function of my • 90% of Hashimoto’s sufferers endocrine system and I feel like a new person! I’ve improve after eliminating lost weight and feel good gluten from their diet. about myself again.â€? • 20% of T4 is converted to Jill C. Steam Boat Springs, CO T3 (the one the body can use) in the intestines, but only in the presence of A new paradigm of healthcare exists at Red Tail Wellness, using proven healthy ora. principles to listen and understand your health goals. Compassion, concern • Birth control pills can and knowledge underscore a passion in using the most modern forms of mask low thyroid by health-care including Functional Medicine, Applied Kinesiology, Thyroid elevating TSH to normal Care and Chiropractic. Call today and let your health soar! levels despite the presencee of signiďŹ cant symptoms. NEW 4520 N Broadway ON! • Taking Iodine may LOCATI Boulder, CO 80301 B worsen Thyroid symptoms.. • Thyroid dysfunction can elevate cholesterol and triglycerides.

contents 9

5 newsbriefs 7 healthbriefs 11 localinsights 13 healingways

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.

13 ANTI-AGING SKINCARE Turn Back the Clock with New Treatments and Breakthroughs by Linda Sechrist

20 healthykids


23 calendar 26 classifieds


28 community resource guide

advertising & submissions HOW TO ADVERTISE To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 303-770-1981 or email publisher@ Deadline for ad commitment is the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication.


BALANCING ACT by Kathleen Barnes


MYTHS & TRUTHS by Dr Katia Meier


20 MOM-TO-MOM WISDOM Calming Advice for More ‘Good Days’ with Fretful Kids by Beth Davis



EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Please submit all articles and news items via website, Deadline for editorial: the 10th of the month prior to the month of publication.

How to be a Smart Shopper

CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Calendar events are $10/listing for Non-Advertisers. $5 for Nonprofits. Free events are free (max of 2). Advertisers receive the 1st 5 free; 6+ $10/listing. Distribution sites receive 2 free; 3+ $10/listing. Save The Date: $65 ea. Please submit all listings at website,


REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 239-449-8309. For franchising opportunities call 239-530-1377 or visit

Put Your Best Face Forward Safely


Natural Strategies for Feeling Better

by Ed Begley, Jr.

by Marianne Williamson




Find these articles at

natural awakenings

May 2012




contact us Publishers

Doug Zerbarini Terry Chriswell Editors Sharon Bruckman Alison S Chabonais

Design & Production Courtney Ayers Steffi Karwoth Stephen Gray-Blancett

Sales Chandra Supnet • 303-570-5439 Dennis Kayser • 303-809-3409

Distribution Zerbwell Inc. • 303-770-1981

To contact Natural Awakenings Denver Mile High Edition: Phone: 303-770-1981 Fax: 303-991-6892 PO Box 18581, Golden • CO 80402 SUBSCRIPTIONS Hard Copy mailed each month $30/12 months Digital Issue sent before the 1st each month FREE Go to © 2012 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved.

Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call for a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business.

fter a trip to visit Terry’s parents and honor the passing of her grandmother, we look to the May issue and upcoming Mothers Day with a renewed gratitude and appreciation for all mothers. We also are full of appreciation for our two-year anniversary as publishers of Natural Awakenings. Although NA has been around longer than that, we’ve enjoyed steering its growth since May of 2010. Back then, we distributed our magazine to 350 places around the Denver Metro area. Now, we can be found in over 1100 of Colorado’s finest establishments in 9 counties in Denver and Boulder! This edition honors all women and is loaded with incredible resources for women! We have smart editorial contributions from the community: Dr Meier, Clear Sky Medical, shares her expertise on the conflicting information we hear in the media regarding hormones and anti-aging medicine; Acupuncturist Valerie Sojberg from Eli Ashby Healing Arts gives her take on fighting wrinkles; Laurel Wilson and Tracy Wilson Peters excerpt from their new book, “The Greatest Pregnancy Ever”; and learn why calcium isn’t the whole story to healthy bones. OWe are proud of the assembled practitioners in our Resource Guide; they are all truly gifted! For an unbelievable massage, Brenna Witt in Kittredge helped me untangle some horrible back spasms recently! Our calendar is bursting with more great activities, classses and groups to help you grow and connect than we’ve ever seen. Heal with angels, change your belief systems, learn why you have money blockages, learn to dowse, clear your energy or aura...the possibilities for growth and change are endless! Was that part of your new Year Resolutions? If you haven’t gotten to it yet, May’s a great time!

Happy Mother’s Day and thank you from the bottom of our hearts to nurturers, caretakers and Moms everywhere!

We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised.We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

newsbriefs Female Creative Energy Workshop


oga of the Mind is now offering a new class specifically for women: Female Creative Energy Awareness workshop, four Wednesdays beginning May 9th from 7-9pm. This class will teach women: how to be grounded within their body and feel safe while doing so; meditation tools to access their creative female energy from a place of neutrality; how others want to use female energy; and how family programming affects their ability to use their self-creative energy. At the end of the class women will feel empowered as well as grounded. David Stevens, owner of Yoga of the Mind, says, “I have the great opportunity of having Reina as the instructor. Reina has over 20 years’ experience with various forms of intuitive mediations. This powerhouse is an energetic and dynamic teacher who connects well to students.” $120 for all 4 classes. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 East First Ave. at the corner of 1st & Broadway. 303-549-6502 or

New Practitioner at Eli Ashby Healing Arts


ori Drienka, owner of Eli Ashby Healing Arts in Arvada is proud to announce the addition of acupuncturist and wellness coach Valerie Sjoberg, M.Ac., L.Ac., C.H.C. Sjoberg recently moved to Denver From Maryland and is eager to begin. Her services are being offered as part of the Monthly Membership and also available in Package Pricing. Eli Ashby Healing Arts, 704 Grandview Ave, Arvada. 303463-6565 or book online at See ad page 13.

East Meets West Retreat


other Clare Watts, an American Master Teacher in the Christian Mysticism tradition, and Shakti Durga, an Australian Guru in the Hindu Yogic tradition, announce a retreat to be held May 20 – 28th at The Abode Retreat Center in New Lebanon, NY. The retreat will reflect a multi-discipline approach to spirituality about that most sacred of all human activities - relationship. They will explore what it means to enter into the Divine sacred masculine and the Divine sacred feminine. “You can expect to take a deep journey into your core and find hidden treasure, awaken to the spirit of freedom, creativity, liberty and love and also the security and nurturing of a Divine relationship. The miracle and grace of a relationship with Guru will also be explored in experiential ways.” said Watts. Mother Clare Watts, mystic and ordained priest, is also codirector of the Centers of Light. Retreat info See ad page 5. natural awakenings

May 2012


newsbriefs New Probiotic Just for Women


eth Avedis, owner and creator of Bio-V, announces her new probiotic blend just for women. According to Avedis, women have unique needs and despite the multitude of probiotic products on the market, felt that none of them met those needs specifically. So, she developed her own. “If you struggle with feminine odor, vaginal discharge, yeast, gas & bloating or vaginal dryness, this product supports healthy digestion and promotes female health by influencing vaginal flora,” says Avedis. Each BIO-V tablet contains a proprietary blend of probiotics backed by scientific research and years of clinical studies, as well as a patented delivery system to ensure a significantly higher percentage of beneficial organisms reach intestines alive without being destroyed by gastric acid. It is also produced in a GMP/NSF-certified facility. Avedis claims the benefits of daily BIO-V will help women create a clean, natural scent; aid with smooth digestion; support urinary tract health; support immune response to unhealthy bacteria; and promote overall feminine well-being. To learn more, 1-888-770-2468 or go to See ad page 12.


Nutrition Now

Ultimate Nutrition to Nurture Our Wellness What if you could be vibrant every day? w Rejuvenate your body w Regenerate your cells w Reinvent your lifestyle! Learn first-hand from a Master about nutrition for the physical body, the brain, the subtle bodies, and the soul.

June 7, 2012 7:30 - 9:30 pm Seawell Ballroom Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver, CO Learn more now!

MEDICAL HERBALISM CLASSES IN MAY: Lisa Ganora, new director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, announces classes in May. Herbal First Aid is Saturday, May 12; Spring Herb Garden Day is Saturday, May 19; Making Herbal Oils and Salves is Saturday May 26. Details at THE TRISKELE FOUNDATION is a Colorado nonprofit that helps people of all ages and backgrounds get a GED (General Educational Development). In Colorado, the high school dropout rate is 25-40%. The foundation offers sterling silver jewelry and chocolate pecan caramel candy to help raise funds.

Sai Maa is a spiritual luminary with a mission of global enlightenment through practical spirituality and personal transformation. The Office of Sai Maa | (303) 996-0123 | | Evergreen, CO


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition


Acupuncture Cools Hot Flashes


small, yet intriguing study published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that traditional Chinese acupuncture curbed the severity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Fiftythree middle-aged, postmenopausal women were divided into two groups; one received such treatments twice weekly for 10 weeks, while the other experienced “sham” acupuncture with blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. In both groups, levels of estrogen and other hormones were measured before the study began and before and after the last session. Menopausal symptoms—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections and mood swings—were also measured before and after the treatments, using a five-point menopause rating scale (MRS) in order to assess their severity. At the end of the study, the women receiving Chinese acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS scale, with hot flashes seeing the sharpest decrease. The researchers explain that acupuncture boosts production of endorphins, which may stabilize the temperature control system of the body. They say that more investigation is needed because the study was small, but note that its results seem promising, suggesting that traditional Chinese acupuncture could be an alternative for women unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.

Build Bone Quality DLJ DŽŵ ƐƚŽƉƉĞĚ ƵƐŝŶŐ ƉƌĞƐĐƌŝƉƟŽŶ bone drugs and started using Bone Density Maintenance™ and her bone scan scores improved. Discover a complete bone-building My Mom and her friends were taking (at formula that can help keep you the advice of their physicians) lots of strong... ǁŝƚŚŽƵƚƉƵƫŶŐLJŽƵĂƚƌŝƐŬ ĐĂůĐŝƵŵ ŝŶ ĂŶ ĞīŽƌƚ ƚŽ ŵĂŝŶƚĂŝŶ ƐƚƌŽŶŐ ďŽŶĞƐ͘/ƐƉĞŶƚƚŽŽŵƵĐŚƟŵĞƚĞůůŝŶŐƚŚĞŵ ŽĨĚĞďŝůŝƚĂƟŶŐƐŝĚĞĞīĞĐƚƐ͘ that calcium and a few vitamins weren’t enough. When I explained the need to Bone Density Maintenance™ have the right minerals and the need to balance hormones so that bone could from Nature’s Rite brings back the actually be built with the supplements, balance to your bones. they would always ask, “So where can I get a supplement like this?” Every day, you lose old bone cells and add new ones. As you get older, that balance I wanted to make a product with all ƚŚĞ ĐŽŶƐƟƚƵĞŶƚƐ ŶĞĞĚĞĚ ƚŽ ŵĂŬĞ ƐŚŝŌƐ͕ƐŽLJŽƵ͛ƌĞůŽƐŝŶŐŵŽƌĞďŽŶĞƚŚĂŶLJŽƵ͛ƌĞ collagen and turn it into bone - with ĂĚĚŝŶŐ ďĂĐŬ͘ Ŷ ŽƉƟŵĂů ďŽŶĞ ƐƵƉƉůĞŵĞŶƚ just the right amount of calcium so can help you build new bone and re-balance that there wouldn’t be extra that your bone replacement cycle. your body has to get rid of. (This can In Bone Density Maintenance™, a perfect cause kidney stones, gout and bone spurs.) blend of nutrients works to support new bone cell growth, along with hormonal support to And so I designed Bone Density ŬĞĞƉ ƚŚĞ ďŽŶĞ ƌĞƉůĂĐĞŵĞŶƚ ĐLJĐůĞ ŝŶ ďĞƩĞƌ Maintenance™, a supplement that balance. contains everything that you need for your body to build new bone and When you give your body everything it needs herbs to balance hormones so that to build bone, you won’t have to live in your body can build quality bone constant fear of fractures anymore. with supplemental vitamins, minerals and amino-acids. I send this to my Mom by the case and LJŽƵƐŚŽƵůĚƚŽŽ͘^ĞŶĚƚŚĞŵƚŚŝƐƚĞƌƌŝĮĐ For A Limited bone-building supplement that puts everything else out there to shame. If it’s Time Only good enough for my Mom, it’s good Use Discount enough for yours. Code BQ888

20% OFF


natural awakenings

May 2012


Go Solar! Good for you, good for the planet. Buy or Lease Options to Fit Your Budget Talk to Us about Solar Incentives, Rebates and Tax Credits

Benefits • Produce your own power • Increase your property's value • Reduce pollution and CO2 emissions • Clean

• Quiet • Maintenance free • Protect against future rate hikes • Great return on investment

Colorado Owned & Operated •



Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition


Calcium Supplements Increase Heart Risk


alcium supplements, usually taken to improve bone health, may increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 percent, according to the findings of the Women’s Health Initiative, a 15-year research project established by the National Institutes of Health to address cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis. “If you take calcium supplements, you’ll build up excess calcium in your system that, coupled with mineral deficiencies and imbalances, can cause plaque in arteries, kidney stones, gallstones and more,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, co-author with Kathleen Barnes of The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Could Kill You. Instead, he recommends taking a trace mineral supplement, preferably in ionic form, whose electrical charge helps bond minerals with water, making the nutrients more easily absorbed. Such a supplement provides all needed minerals, including calcium, in the correct balance.

Food Sensitivity or Allergy…What’s the Difference?


n a 2010 study published in the journal Allergy, researchers found that 22% of Americans have an allergic response to at least one type of food. True food allergies trigger an immediate response with symptoms ranging from nausea, cramping and diarrhea to hives and swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat. A life-threatening reaction, anaphylaxis, can cause breathing trouble and dangerously low blood pressure. And according to a 2008 study released by the Centers for Disease Control, an 18% increase in food allergies was recorded between 1997-2007. According to Mayo Clinic asthma and allergy specialist James T C Li, M.D., Ph.D., food intolerance symptoms generally come on gradually and don’t involve an immune system reaction. However, many experts believe that these small intolerances can add up to big trouble. Some conditions that have been attributed to food sensitivities are migraines, sinus headaches, IBS, fatigue syndrome, obesity and eczema. The Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test or ALCAT has been around for decades and is becoming increasingly popular today. Whereas traditional allergy testing only looks at ImmunoglobulinE, ALCAT looks at the reaction of all white blood cells (IgE, IgA, IgD, etc) to hundreds of potential allergens. By looking for changes in the cells themselves, lists of foods can be divided into categories based on the size of the response. Clients receive a report telling them what foods to avoid, which to enjoy in moderation and which to enjoy without concern. These results are highly individual and no two are exactly alike. One client might be advised to avoid salmon, but grouper is okay. Or that egg yolks are okay, but the whites will cause problems. According to a paper presented by Dr Peter Fell to the 45th Annual Congress of the American College of Allergy and Immunology in 1988, ALCAT results proved to correlate to a double blinded oral challenge 83% of the time, proving it to be “quite reliable.” Follow up with a licensed ALCAT provider gives the client a rotational diet which ensures that they are receiving complete, balanced nutrition despite eliminating certain foods. One believer in ALCAT testing is pro baseball player David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, interviewed during spring training, 2012. “I feel great,” he said. “I can feel the difference when I swing the bat, and when I work out, I don’t get as tired.” In Denver, ALCAT testing can be done at Asana Body, 600 S Cherry St., Ste 1130, 720-962-5200 or ordered online at See ad page 11.

Strong Bones for Life


uality bone is dense and resilient. It is hard where it needs strength and soft where it needs flexibility to handle the rigors of daily use. Prescription medications and calcium supplementation may be ineffective and possibly more damaging in the long run. Prescription medications work in either one of two mechanisms to ‘preserve’ bone. They either destroy the special cells that remove old bone (osteoclasts) or they stimulate the cells that build new bone (osteoblasts). The bone that is built or preserved is often of poor quality. Healthy bone is a complex matrix that includes collagen fibers and crystalline salts-primarily calcium and phosphate. However, the process of building that healthy bone is complex and requires the correct balance of hormones, vitamins and minerals. In fact, simply adding more calcium to your diet may actually increase your risk of heart disease while failing to help you build strong bones, according to the Womens’ Health Initiative. See Calcium Supplements Increase Heart Risk page 8. Western society tends to get more than enough calcium through diet. However, many people are deficient in the other critical nutrients for healthy bone. Vitamin C is required to produce the collagen used to make bone. Vitamin D is necessary to regulate calcium levels in the body. Vitamin K, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Boron, Manganese, Phosphorus and especially Copper are also required to create quality bone. USRDA intake guidelines of those nutritients are the bare minimums to avoid such diseases as Rickets, a softening of bones in children due to deficiency or impaired metabolism of vitamin D, magnesium, phosphorus or calcium. More is often required. Additionally, Black Cohosh balances the endocrine system naturally so that the balance between bone formation and old bone removal is ideal. It has been used for centuries to help women transition the natural endocrine level changes associated with the shift from child bearing to non-child-bearing age. Consider a gift of health this Mother’s Day, choose a quality supplement that contains all of the necessary ingredients to keep your mom’s, daughter’s, wife’s bones strong for life! Steven Frank, a master herbalist, is CEO of Nature’s Rite Remedies and offers “Bone Density Maintenance,” an osteoporosis treatment that is made with a blend of herbs, vitamins, and minerals. For more information, visit See ad, page 7. natural awakenings

May 2012



DHA and Pregnancy


recent trend in baby formulas is the addition of the essential fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid or DHA. It is critical for brain, eye and central nervous system development and functioning. DHA is not made by the body; it must be ingested from food or supplements and the majority of pregnant women in the U.S. fail to get the recommended amount of DHA in their diets. How important is DHA for momsto-be? A 2003 study published in the journal Pediatrics showed children whose mothers took a DHA supplement during pregnancy scored higher on intelligence tests at four years of age than children of mothers not taking DHA. A 2004 study published in Child Development found that babies whose mothers had high blood levels of DHA at delivery had advanced attention spans into their second year and during their first six months these infants were two months ahead of babies whose mothers had lower DHA levels. DHA is not only important for the newborn’s health and development. According to the Journal of Affective Disorders 2002, researchers found low levels of DHA in mother’s milk and in the red blood cells of women with postpartum depression. Low DHA levels can also cause headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, dryness, attention deficit disorder, irritability, chronic depression and nervousness. All of the above conditions are worsened by stress, particularly in not knowing what is or isn’t okay to take or do during pregnancy. Working with a trusted practitioner can save your mental and physical health and ease the baby’s entry into the world. Gail Smithson, LAc, owner of Smithson Clinic, Inc. specializes in treating pregnancy issues with Neuromodulation Technique, Apex Supplements, and Acupuncture. 303-762-8994 or See calendar listing Healthy You, Healthy Baby May 30, page 27.


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition


Reduce Your Wrinkles By Valerie Sjoberg


he saying “wrinkles just show where the smiles have been” is just one of many quotes that put a positive spin on the lines that etch across the face during a lifetime. While wrinkles are a natural by-product of the aging process, you can slow the development of those “smile markers.” Here are several recommendations… but don’t forget the basics of wearing a high-SPF sunscreen, avoiding the sun, and moisturizing. 1. Limit facial washing. Tap water strips the skin of its protective oils and hydration. Facial cleansers are less harsh than soap and often contain protective moisturizers. 2. Don’t smoke. The nicotine in cigarettes narrows blood vessels and thus impairs the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients to the skin. 3. Prevent squinting. Wear eye glasses and sunglasses as needed. Repetitive facial movements can overwork muscles and cause the development of furrows beneath the surface of the skin. 4. Sleep in a supine position. To minimize wrinkle production, sleep on the back. 5. Get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation causes increased cortisol, a hormone which in excess can cause cellular breakdown. 6. Eat a healthy diet. Diets including oily fish such as salmon (omega 3 fatty acids) and fruits and vegetables (antioxidants) nourish the skin, reduce damage caused

by free radicals, and support a younger and more radiant look. 7. Drink plenty of clean, filtered water. The epidermis (outer layer of skin) holds a large amount of water; high levels of epidermal hydration help to reduce wrinkles. Water also helps to flush toxins out of the body/skin and carry nutrients to cells. 8. Exercise. Movement increases the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. 9. Apply topical treatments. Skin care products containing certain ingredients have been shown to decrease wrinkle visibility, including: Alphahydroxy acids, retinoids, vitamins A, E and C, beta-carotene, idebenone and pentapeptides. In general, the skin serves as a mirror, reflecting how the body feels on the inside. Making healthy lifestyle choices can go a long way in wrinkle reduction and healthy-looking skin. Valerie Sjoberg is a licensed acupuncturist and certified health coach at the Eli Ashby Healing Arts Center. See ad page 13.


n i t a E y l l a e R u o Y e Ar

? u o Y r o F s d o o the Right F That healthy wild Alaskan salmon may be great for one person, but may be causing you subtle problems.

Simple IgE testing may uncover a true food allergy that qualifies as a disease state. This only affects 5% of the population. But the ALCAT Test will detail optimal foods, occasional foods and avoid foods specifically for you! 80% of you may have latent sensitivities to specific foods that impact your digestion, immune function and overall vigor and health.

Clients that have undergone this testing to discover their own optimum diet report:

Cell Cel Ce C elll Scie e S Science ccie ien ie enc ncce eS Sy Systems ystem sttem ste st ms s

Reduced Body Fat/Increased Muscle Tone Increased Energy Enhanced Mental Clarity Improved digestion Decrease Pain

Call 720.962.5200 today

Cell Science Systems

to learn more about the ALCAT testing offered at Asana Body or order your test online at

natural awakenings

May 2012



What Babies Learn During Pregnancy By Laurel Wilson and Tracy Wilson Peters


ccording to Bruce Lipton in Biology of Belief, all of the information babies receive from their mother in the womb serves as a special lesson plan for adapting to their new world. Mothers are teaching their babies about their world throughout pregnancy, via special neuropeptides sent through the placenta, which Candice Pert refers to as “Molecules of Emotion”. This is the basis for the bond between a mother and her baby and is the beginning of the school of life. The placenta acts as a highly advanced communication device between the two. Whatever a mother experiences, her developing fetus experiences also. If a mother feels anxiety or stress, her heart rate increases, adrenaline spikes and cortisol increases as she moves into a state of fight or flight and the fetus experiences this as well. The March of Dimes reports that chronic stress in pregnancy can lead to health problems in the mother, such as preterm delivery, high blood pressure and other medical issues. It can also lead to a

baby who cries more, sleeps less, and is anxious. Conversely, when a mother has joyful, loving, and compassionate emotions, it helps contribute to a healthier womb environment. Less stress leads to healthier development for babies. This unique communication between a mother and baby is how the baby’s emotional intelligence or EQ is created. In Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence 2, he acknowledges that a healthy EQ is more important for longterm happiness throughout a lifetime than a high IQ. The realization that you are your child’s first teacher can empower mothers to make better choices, which include learning stress reduction techniques, developing healthier relationships, eating healthy foods and practicing conscious decision making. Mothers have the power to change the world when they choose to teach their babies lessons of love during pregnancy. Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE and Tracy Wilson Peters, CCCE, CLD, CLE are authors of “The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: Keys to the Mother/Baby Bond.” www.

FEEL FRESH AND CONFIDENT EVERY DAY! Discover the probiotic blend developed just for women! Supports healthy digestion AND promotes female health by influencing vaginal flora.

Take BIO-V™ daily to:

• Help your body create a clean, natural fresh scent • Aid with smooth, comfortable digestion • Support your health and immune response to unhealthy bacteria or fungi • Regularly promote your overall digestive and feminine well-being • Ensure beneficial organisms reach your intestines inte alive with the patented BIO-tract® D De Delivery l System Each Ea E ach c BIO-V™ tablet contains a proprietary blend b lend of probiotic backed by years of scientific research resear re and clinical studies. Shelf-stable and no refrigeration re ef no needed.

110% Guaranteed

1-888-770-2468 1 -8 8 • Woman-Owned Business • Made in Colorado


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition


Give Yourself

Anti-Aging Skincare

the Gift of Health

Turn Back the Clock with New Treatments and Breakthroughs



ure t c n u p u c A

by Linda Sechrist


With aging still a largely mysterious process, current seekers of perpetual youth and beauty are urging scientists to find ways to slow or even reverse it. New tools to fight lines, wrinkles and sagging skin excite the imagination.


oday’s anti-aging toolbox is filled with promise. Tools range from at-home strengthening and refining creams to commercial treatment technologies such as cold laser, intense pulsed light (IPL), light-emitting diode (LED), microdermabrasion, photofacials, and skin tightening and rejuvenating ultrasound. Acupuncture facelifts make use of ancient Chinese techniques. Then there are the more invasive injectables, fillers and chemical peels. How do we know what is best for us? Whatever one’s chosen tools, Hema Sundaram, author of Face Value: The Truth about Beauty—and a Guilt-Free Guide to Finding It, believes that women at any age have every right to pursue the outward expression of their inner beauty. The Washington, D.C.-based medical doctor and board-certified dermatologist, who specializes in cosmetic surgery, supports a woman’s freedom to choose, without embarrassment or criticism. She emphasizes the positive effects of cosmetic procedures performed for the right reasons and notes, “Restoring the balance between a woman’s inner and outer selves can transform her life.” An at-home anti-aging regimen aimed at retarding time’s telltales and enhanc-

20 ol ff

ing beauty lays the foundation for an effective partnership with an esthetician or dermatologist. Performed consistently, do-it-yourself treatments can help to maintain cosmetic work performed by skincare professionals. Popular, noninvasive techniques are explained here. Many take it a step further with a meditation practice designed to develop and project inner, spiritual beauty. Gua Sha. This Chinese technique (pronounced GWA SHA) uses a small medicinal board to gently massage, manipulate and stimulate energy points along the face. The objective is to promote a normal flow of energy, or qi (pronounced KEE), and blood circulation and to remove toxins. It also supports, lymph drainage. Gua sha activates inner vitality by stimulating both the superficial and deep muscles that control facial expression. Beauty benefits include a brighter complexion and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, dark under-eye circles and puffy eyes. It also lifts sagging at the neck and jaw. Hypnox. This 25-minute guided hypnotherapeutic audio recording is touted as a natural alternative to the neurotoxin Botox. Instead of paralyzing

Find out more online at or call 303-463-6565

natural awakenings

May 2012


Facial Contouring Primer by Linda Sechrist


acial acupuncture uses 12 strategically placed needles in the scalp and neck at muscle attachment points to lift the face and neck. “Ten to 20 treatments refresh the face, regardless of your age,” advises Anna Baker, a doctor of Oriental medicine and owner of Faces by Dr. Anna, in Sarasota, Florida. Baker advises that the results of 50 treatments are frequently better than a facelift, from sculpting the jawline and neck profile to erasing lines and lifting droopy eyelids. “Cold lasers, IPL and LED use gentle energy from light waves to act on cells deep in the skin, helping them to grow back stronger,” says cosmetic chemist and esthetician Elina Fedotova, of Elina Organics, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Chicago, Illinois. Of the three, she considers IPL the most dramatic. Offered by many estheticians, ultrasound wands emit radio frequencies to stimulate skin cells through vibration. Used to diminish wrinkles and lessen the appearance of scars, it also facilitates migration of serum and mask ingredients to sink into deeper layers of skin. Note that because ultrasound penetrates to the blood level, any products used during the treatment should be only the purest and most natural.

targeted facial muscles, which inhibits natural facial expression, Hypnox targets and retrains the same muscles to stop habitual frowning, lip puckering and squinting. The process is said to promote overall relaxation, allowing wrinkles to fade away. Facercize. Muscle resistance training helps tone and enliven the 30 muscles of the face to render more youthfullooking features. Muscle fibers literally smooth out, shorten and lift the attached skin on the face and neck. Enzyme Mask. A weekly exfoliating fruit enzyme mask gently dissolves dead

surface cells and embedded impurities, while restoring hydration. Adding an organic, fruit-based peel of alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids supplies an ideal boost that can result in an even brighter complexion and firmer looking skin. Retinols. These naturally occurring forms of vitamin A are a gentler, overthe-counter version of retinoids. They likewise promote healthy cell renewal and collagen production. Gentle Microdermabrasion. Athome microdermabrasion kits work to reduce the visibility of pores and fine lines. Many come with battery-operated

brushes, aluminum-free scrubs, balancing toners and moisturizing serums; look for natural ingredients. Microcurrent Facial Sculpting. “Electrical stimulation forces facial muscles to do sit-ups,” says Charlene Handel, owner of Skin Fitness, Etc., in Carlsbad, California. Twenty years of experience with handheld commercial products have convinced this certified holistic esthetician that if the current can’t be felt, it isn’t doing the job. Trained by Elina Fedotova, CEO of Elina Organics and founder of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners, Handel cautions that techniques intended to move skincare products beyond the outermost dermal layer— such as microcurrent, cold laser, ultrasound and LED—should be 100 percent natural and organic. “Read labels to find the USDA Organic seal and avoid subjecting skin to synthetic chemicals and ingredients that contain petroleum derivatives from crude oil; artificial fragrances, which frequently contain toxic chemicals; and synthetic preservatives such as parabens,” she advises. The ultimate responsibility for skincare is our own. When a healthy diet, sufficient sleep, exfoliation, hydration and natural topical treatments are no longer keeping gravity at bay, individuals of either gender need not hesitate to seek help from skin-care professionals. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings magazines.


Your smile… the ultimate accessory

Dr. Cate Vieregger believes that dental health plays a SIGNIFICANT role in your overall health. A SPECIAL diagnostic appointment will help us UNDERSTAND your individual needs and desires. We will work with YOUR other holistic health partners to provide optimal care.

MERCURY FREE * LATEX FREE * SEDATION DENTISTRY * GENERAL AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY • 7400 E. Crestline Circle • Suite 230 • Greenwood Village • 303-770-1116 14

Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

Body Contouring Primer


he ability to gently melt away body fat lies largely in the hands of a physician certified to perform Food and Drug Administration-approved, non-invasive treatments. Here are three of the most common. Zerona. Developed by Santa Barbara Medical Innovations (SBMI), this cool laser technology targets the fat in isolated trouble spots, such as love handles and belly bulges. According to the company, Zerona targets adipose (fat) cells with specific, low-level wavelengths of light, causing the fat to seep out of the cells. The deflated cells result in a smaller, tighter contour. SBMI’s studies show that the fat is safely absorbed into the body’s lymphatic system and eventually metabolized by the liver. Zeltiq Coolsculpting. Used in Europe and Canada before coming to the United States, this FDAapproved

by Linda Sechrist

approach is performed in a doctor’s office, typically under the supervision of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon; no anesthesia or recovery time is necessary. It employs a contained suction device to cool the skin, as well as the fat beneath it, to 40 degrees. Several days later, the cooled fat cells begin to shrink. Damaged fat cells are slowly digested by the body over several months and removed through the liver. VelaShape. This non-surgical treatment for reducing cellulite combines radio frequency energy, infrared light, mechanical rollers and vacuum suction to heat and massage the shallow layers of fat that contribute to cellulite. The handheld vacuum sucks at the fatty pocket, while the infrared light heats and shrinks fat cells.

Sage Advice According to Dr. Brian S. Biesman, director of the Nashville Centre for Laser and Facial Surgery, where he specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery, the ideal candidate for such treatments is near their ideal body weight and wants to remove unwanted fat in localized areas. He counsels, “It’s not an alternative to healthy diet or lifestyle.”

READY TO LOOK AND FEEL YOUR MOST BEAUTIFUL THIS SPRING? The world-renowned staff at Grossman Wellness Center wants to help you look and feel your best this season. Call today to find out how healthy diet, internal cleansing, external exfoliation, emotional detoxification and balanced digestion can help you radiate good health!


Medical Aesthetician

• Feel great with Lolita Hanks’ own 21-day, comprehensive detox plan. Mention Natural Awakenings and get a free facial with your detox program! • Look great with a hot deal on an expert facial by Paula Quezeda. Mention Natural Awakenings and pay only $49 in May. • The Grossman Wellness Center is staffed fulltime by its medical director, Dr. Terry Grossman, a world leader in anti-aging medicine and author of several books on the topic.

Call about 2801 Youngfield St, Suite 117 Golden , CO , 80401

(303) 233-4247





for May


May 2012


The Hormone Balancing Act Natural Strategies for Feeling Better by Kathleen Barnes


ormones rule our lives; it’s a simple fact of biochemistry. In their role as the body’s chemical messengers, hormones affect every human biological system. Without them, nothing works correctly. Women’s hormonal systems are as complex as men’s, although vastly different. They govern reproduction, plus every aspect of health—including metabolizing food, proper immune function, physical and emotional responses to stress and the aging of cells.

Teens and Early 20s Puberty and the early reproductive years should be the physical peak of a young woman’s life; when she is

physically active and full of energy and youthful health. It’s also the time when breasts develop, hips widen, pubic hair appears, menstruation begins, and she becomes capable of pregnancy. The good news is that several studies by the National Cancer Institute and the University of California, Los Angeles, have shown that regular exercise undertaken at this age results in lower estrogen levels throughout a woman’s life, greatly reducing her risk of breast cancer and other hormonal cancers. Yet, C.W. Randolph, Jr., a leading bioidentical hormone physician and co-author of From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well, reports that the ideal hormonal balance is routinely upset to-

Major Female Hormones  Estrogen is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and in several other parts of the female body. It is responsible for physical maturation, including development of breasts, regulation of the menstrual cycle and preparing the uterus to receive a fertilized embryo.  Progesterone prepares the uterus for pregnancy, maintains pregnancy and balances estrogen during cyclical fluctuations.


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

 Luteinizing hormone governs the ovaries’ production of estrogen and progesterone.  Follicle-stimulating hormone works in synergy with the luteinizing hormone to control the menstrual cycle and ovarian egg production.  Testosterone is present in women, although in far lower levels than in men. It serves as a component of healthy sexual desire and in maintenance of healthy bones and muscles.

day. Culprits are obesity among young American women and the everyday presence of toxic estrogenic chemicals in today’s dairy products and meat, personal care products, plastics, food containers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as car exhaust. “These compounds often have chemical structure similar to estrogen and can act like estrogen when introduced into the body,” Randolph explains. “Over time, these substances can increase estrogen in the body, potentially causing problems.” Categorized as xenoestrogens, these hormone disruptors can cause rapid growth in breast tissue and have been blamed for the appearance of breast tissue and even milk production in girls as young as 18 months and the early onset of puberty, particularly among African-American girls. They are also suspected in the rising incidence of breast cancer in younger women today.

Reproductive Years Women in their reproductive years often experience extreme stress in struggling to balance family, work, relationships and a need for personal growth, along with economic challenges. Women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of The Wisdom of Menopause, blames the

Ways to Avoid Manmade Estrogens  Choose organic milk and dairy products.  Eat organic meats and wild-caught fish.  Avoid canned foods and plastic water and soda bottles.  Do not use lawn or garden chemical pesticides or herbicides.  Shed outdoor shoes before entering the house.  Avoid furniture made from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and synthetic carpeting; these materials outgas toxic chemicals.  Use natural household-cleaning products, including baking soda and vinegar.  Choose natural personal care products, including shampoos, lotions and cosmetics. stress of modern lifestyles for hormone disruptions in women in their childbearing years. “The stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine can have long-term effects on all other hormones,” advises Northrup. Concurrently, many women sacrifice self-nurturance in order to nurture others. The fi rst result is often premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which Northrup calls a “lifestyle disease.” “We know that this problem seems to worsen with each subsequent child. That made the connection for me,” she adds, “that with growing families and responsibilities, women no longer take care of themselves as well; no longer get the amount of exercise they once did. The body is quite forgiving in their 20s, much less so in their 30s.” Part of the result is the attempt to reduce stress levels by eating high-fat and high-sugar comfort foods. Weight gain, blood sugar imbalances and sex hormone imbalances follow. “Excess blood sugar changes the way estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are metabolized,” Northrup explains. “PMS and other problems of the reproductive years often go away when you get

your blood sugar balanced, but—here’s the rub—you won’t get it rebalanced unless you are addressing the very real stressors in your life.” Due to the presence of xenoestrogens and Americans’ general fondness for processed comfort foods, women in their childbearing years are also increasingly afflicted by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition characterized by overproduction of testosterone and other male hormones. Insulite Laboratories, in Louisville, Colorado, reports that infertility and early onset Type 2 diabetes, another hormonal imbalance problem, are closely connected to PCOS. The first priority for every woman at any age, counsels Northrup, is to get blood sugar (glucose) under control. “Get a glucometer. You don’t need a prescription. If your blood sugar level isn’t between 80 and 90 in the morning, you need to look at your diet and lifestyle. Getting this under control will create hormonal balance in the vast majority of women. It’s so simple.”

to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health. “The biochemistry of the body is based on vitamins and minerals. If we compromise food and lifestyle choices, we are not getting the nutrients necessary to have a healthy endocrine system.” Weight gain is a particular concern during perimenopause. In their book, From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, Dr. Randolph and Genie James, cofounders of the Natural Hormone Institute, advocate a specific eating plan to override belly fat and related accumulating effects of excess estrogen. “In perimenopause, progesterone production usually declines rapidly, more than 120 times faster than estrogen or testosterone production. That’s what aggravates the symptoms,” Randolph notes. “Because women in perimenopause are usually still menstruating, they think their hormones are okay.” “The more body fat you have, the more estrogen tips the hormonal imbalance,” says Lucille. “Those fat cells hold on to toxins and place more burden on the liver, making it unable to effectively metabolize those extra estroPerimenopause gens,” which are stored in body fat and The next hormonal shift overlaps with brought into the body as xenoestroa woman’s reproductive years. Sympgens. “At the end of the day, estrogen toms of perimenopause, or the start of is a messenger, and its message is to menopause and the end of childbeartell cells to grow and proliferate. That’s ing years, typically show up between what we don’t want.” the early and late 30s. When estroThese range from gen becomes domihot flashes, night To find a local compounding nant, several things sweats and insomnia to weight gain, pharmacy for customized, happen, including a more rapid release fuzzy thinking and redistribution of hair bioidentical hormone blends, of insulin from the pancreas, which on the body. Again, as prescribed by a medical triggers sugar cravthe presence of “It’s not a willxenoestrogens and practitioner, visit ings. power problem,” stress contribute. Randolph assures. Women of “Too much estrogen causes you to pack other cultures rarely experience the on the pounds in the belly area, and intensity of perimenopausal symptoms belly fat produces more estrogen. It’s a that Western women report. So does vicious cycle.” that make perimenopause a lifestyle Lucille considers perimenopause disease, as well? the opposite of puberty and counsels, Emphatically yes, says Holly Lucille, “While we are dealing with these a doctor of naturopathy, registered nurse changes, bringing some hormones and past president of the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. “Diet on board for a short time can be a valuable tool.” However, she cautions, and lifestyle are absolutely essential replacing anything isn’t the issue. to a healthy hormonal system,” which “You have to look at the big picture,” she explains in her book, Creating and she avers. “Putting hormones into a Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide natural awakenings

May 2012


Seven Steps to Address Perimenopausal Symptoms 1. Good diet that’s heavy on organic foods and low in saturated fats 2. Vitex, or chasteberry, to increase progesterone naturally and help balance excess estrogen 3. Black cohosh extract, like that found in Remifemin, to control hot flashes and night sweats 4. Blood sugar stability

toxic body is like putting gas into a dirty gas tank. We have to restore function first.” Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) has been a boon for millions. Results of the Women’s Health Initiative, a national study of women’s health between 1991 and 2002, involving more than 160,000 postmenopausal women ages 50 to 79, sparked more widespread use early in the 21st century, when research began to show the dire consequences of synthetic hormone replacement. The Million Woman Study of British women


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

5. Stress management, as well as adrenal support via an adrenal glandular supplement 6. Regular exercise 7. Bioidentical hormone replacement, if symptoms become too uncomfortable Source: Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Woman’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health, by Dr. Holly Lucille

also found that taking synthetic hormones at menopause doubled the risk of breast cancer for women. Northrup calls bioidenticals “nature’s ideal design,” due to the prescription of individually tailored doses, custommade by compounding pharmacies. Although these are rarely covered by insurance, estradiol-only patches may be; however, additional progesterone and testosterone may still be necessary, depending on test results, according to Northrup.

as growth hormones. If you have too much estrogen, these plant hormones can actually protect against excess stimulation.” Her favorite is pueraria mirifica, which has helped relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms in 80 percent of her patients within days. (Because the method of harvesting and processing supports effectiveness, Northrup likes Solgar brand PhytoGen.) She also uses maca, from Peru, for its phytoestrogens, vitex, black cohosh and omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in salmon for ongoing hot flashes. “Some women go through these years and truly take their place as women of wisdom and power. They don’t need any additional hormone support; they have enough life energy coming,” comments Northrup. “Others may need to take some kind of hormone support their entire lives. Either way, no one should suffer.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. User’s Guide to Natural Hormone Replacement is among her many books. Visit

Menopause If a woman has had no menstrual periods for 12 months, she is considered to be in menopause. However, Lucille asserts, “Menopause is not a disease.” Northrup touts menopause as the most creative and precious time of a woman’s life; it is often a time of spiritual awakening and self-fulfillment. “When the female brain passes menopause, the brain changes,” advises Northrup. “In a sense, we move from alternating current to direct current; I believe that this is the way the brain encodes wisdom.” “Yet there are women in their 60s that are still having hot flashes. What should they do?” queries Northrup. Natural alternatives exist that are safe and effective. “Many herbs have been used for millennia that have estrogen-like properties, but do not have estrogen’s side effects,” Northrup says. “There is huge confusion about this: Plant hormones have different structures than mammalian hormones and cannot act

Foods to Reduce Estrogen Dominance  Cruciferous vegetables and green leafy vegetables with indole-3carbinol to decrease xenoestrogens, including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, celery and kale; two to three servings a day  Any citrus fruits, which have dlimonene to promote estrogen detoxification; one serving a day  Insoluble fiber as an estrogen binder, such as oats, berries, dried beans and apples; two servings a day  Lignans as estrogen binders, such as flaxseed, sesame seeds and flaxseed oil; two to three tablespoons a day Source: From Belly Fat to Belly Flat, by Dr. C.W. Randolph, Jr., and Genie James

Hormone Myths and Truths

By Dr Katia Meier

The American Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism published a study in 2005 showing the synergistic effects of progesterone with estrogen in producing a breast cancer resistant protein (CRP). In all studies showing an increase in breast cancer or heart disease, synthetic hormones were used, never bio-identical hormones! The women’s health initiative (WHI) trial that used horse estrogens, which is more natural for horses than for women, found no increase in breast cancer in the estrogen only group, yet when the unnatural, toxic medroxyprogesterone was added, the cancer and heart disease rate went up. MYTH: All Bio-identical hormones have to be compounded. TRUTH: The most commonly used bio-identical hormones are estradiol, estriol, progesterone and testosterone. All of these may be compounded (custom made) into creams, lozenges, tablets or capsules, either separately or combined into one prescription. The labor of this custom prescription called compounding is usually not covered by insurance. Bio-identical estradiol and progesterone are also available without compounding; estradiol as patches, (with multiple dosages and brands) or as tablets, while progesterone comes in capsules. These forms may be covered by prescription. MYTH: Hormones should only be taken for a short time.

image © Anne Taintor, Inc

Bio-identical hormones, which are natural to the human body, and synthetic hormones, unnatural to the human body, are often confused, contributing to the many misconceptions about hormones.


urther, package inserts for bio-identical hormones legally must list all the side effects that only synthetic hormones may cause, despite overwhelming evidence in medical literature that bio-identical and synthetic hormones act and function completely different in our bodies. Here are some myths and truths. MYTH: Hormones cause cancer. TRUTH: Natural progesterone has been found to be protective against uterine and breast cancer. FEBS LETTERS, a molecular bioscience publication, published a 2005 study which revealed that progesterone upregulates a kinase inhibitor gene which inhibits human breast cancer cell growth. The Journal of Cancer Research published another study in 1985 which showed that natural progesterone came out ahead of tamoxifen, a common breast cancer drug, reducing tumor growth and causing fewer side effects. Estrogen has been vilified for allegedly causing cancer. Though estrogen may stimulate certain receptor positive cancers, if they already exist, it does not cause cancer. Estrogen was found to actually enhance the cancer protective properties of natural progesterone.

TRUTH: Our hormones are messengers between various organs and systems, and keeps them functioning properly. The loss of these life-sustaining messengers leads to decreased functionality and diseases of aging which could be prevented if hormones were replaced. Studies have shown that replacing hormones reduces overall illness and death by 50%, besides contributing immensely to quality of life. Once your gonads (ovaries or testicles) have slowed or stopped producing hormones, or have been taken out surgically, your hormones will have to be replaced if you want to stay as healthy as possible. Bioidentical hormones may be taken indefinitely to provide healthy aging and great quality of life. Dr Neil Rouzier, hormone replacement specialist and lecturer at World Link Medical, writes, “If women were to read the medical literature and come to realize what happens to their bodies and health when they lose estrogen, I can’t imagine that any woman would be without it.” MYTH: Taking hormones will make me have a period TRUTH: Not necessarily! Menstruation is necessary for providing fertility; in menopause it loses its purpose. Varying daily dosages and one week of taking no hormones, as supported by the Wiley protocol, does cause women to have periods. Fifty years of medical studies demonstrates the benefits of taking hormones on a daily basis, and menstruation is not one of them. In fact it may be detrimental to lower the dosage of hormones monthly, as inadequate levels of hormones decrease protection against diseases that hormones naturally protect against. Dr Katia Meier is a holistic physician and anti-aging expert at Clear Sky Medical in Centennial. See ad page 32. natural awakenings

May 2012



Mom-to-Mom WISDOM Calming Advice for More ‘Good Days’ with Fretful Kids by Beth Davis


arenting has more than its share of stressful challenges, and today’s moms are often frustrated by conflicting advice. As families search for answers to daily issues, a more holistic and natural approach, known as conscious parenting, has been gaining momentum. According to Lori Petro, founder of TEACH through Love, a child advocacy group and educational resource for progressive parents, conscious parenting comprises the spirit of cooperation, instead of traditional models of discipline and control. “We want to teach our children how to live in the world, explore, be creative, compassionate, learn appropriate expressions of emotion and think for themselves,” she says. To help maximize the rewards for all, Natural Awakenings asked several forward-thinking moms for their best tips on how to handle some of parenting’s biggest challenges.

Surviving the First Year As a certified Happiest Baby educator, mother of three and owner of Gummy Giggles Baby Boutique, in Yukon, Oklahoma, Lori Simmons provides parents with essential tools and knowledge to help calm unhappy babies. She notes that while dealing with a crying infant is simply part of being a parent, colic is a condition moms dread the most. Making the baby feel as if he or she is still in the womb is key, she advises. “People try to not make any noise, but


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

the reality is, babies often cry because it’s too silent.” She recommends swaddling the baby, swaying and shushing quietly in the baby’s ear—all to mimic the comforts of the womb. The best advice that she gives any new parent is that it’s okay not to know everything. “Just listen to your instincts and understand that each child will learn and grow at his or her own pace,” she says. “Most importantly, relax and don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Weathering Toddler Meltdowns Petro says we can better meet the challenges of these years—including temper tantrums, biting, toilet training and sleep problems— if we understand these situations in the context of a child’s development. During early growth, exploration and change, children typically have trouble expressing their thoughts and feelings, and that can prove overwhelming for everyone.

So, what can adults do in the middle of a toddler meltdown? First, remember that it’s the rare parent that hasn’t had to deal with a tired, cranky, screaming toddler. Simmons admits to having handled her share of tantrums. “They don’t understand their own frustration, so it’s difficult for parents to understand the reason for outbursts,” she observes. Her strategy is to take the stressed child out of the situation. It helps to know that some hitting and biting is considered normal for toddlers, especially if they see it as an effective way to get what they want. Parents can put an end to it much the same way they deal with other inappropriate behavior, advises Petro. She suggests remaining calm, finding the root cause of the situa-

tion and acknowledging the child’s feelings and needs. Understanding why the child is doing it is crucial to making it stop. “Conscious parenting operates from the premise that all behavior is communication to meet a need,” she says.

Addressing Adolescence According to Certified Life Coach Clare Seffrin Bond, although the adolescent years can be difficult, there’s plenty that parents can do to nurture teens and encourage responsible behavior. “The best parenting advice I ever received was from my mom, who encouraged me to grow into parenthood—taking it day by day, without the expectation that I would

be proficient simply through the act of giving birth,” says this mother of two, in Richmond, Indiana. Rewarding relationships come through accepting the notion that children are individuals living their own journey, rather than extensions of their parents. “What parents see or feel in a situation is not necessarily what the child is experiencing,” Bond explains. “Taking the time to recognize the fact of individual realities can be huge in rethinking one’s approach to discipline.” She recommends speaking to adolescents honestly—even when it’s painful—and listening to them, even when we may not want to hear, or believe, what they’re say-

ing. “Stay in touch with the fact that your relationship with your children is absolutely huge in terms of their—and your—development as a happy and fulfilled person,” counsels Bond. “Work hard at remembering your own teen years, including the frustrations and disappointments. Empathy and respect are essential ingredients in successful human relationships at every age.” To connect with Lori Petro, visit; for Lori Simmons,; and Clare Seffrin Bond, Beth Davis is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings.

natural awakenings

May 2012


savethedate PROTECTING BRAIN HEALTH AND REDUCING THE RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S AND RELATED BRAIN DISORDERS WITH BILL BERGMAN, M.D. Thursday, May 10, 6:45-8:15 pm Current research is pointing to an association between dementia and type 2 diabetes, cholesterol problems and metabolic disorders which may explain the increasing prevalence of cognitive decline in younger people. Learn about natural ways to promote brain health that are safe, backed by science and able to reverse or slow the progress among those already affected with memory and cognitive decline. Complimentary; bring your friends and family! Co-hosted by Lifesource Health Partners. Location: St. Anthony’s Hospital- Media Center/Conference Room, 11600 W. 2nd Place, Auditorium A&B, Lakewood. RSVP required; call 303-9343600 or online at

TRANSFORM YOUR MONEY LIMITATIONS Sunday, May 20, 9:30am-5pm Do you feel tension in your body every time you think about money? Learn how this affects your ability to receive and more. Using powerful releasing processes, we will spend the day flushing up and letting go of limitations from the past that affect your relationship with money now. Have more and worry less. If you’ve spent your life worrying about money, whether or not you have enough, it’s time to be free. $187, register by May 5th for a $30 discount. Lunch included. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo Street, Denver. Facilitator: Melanie Smithson, MA, L PC, BC-DMT, CHt, 303-762-8994,



Saturday, June 3, 3-5pm in Denver

Thursday-Sunday, July 12 –15

Do you unconsciously default to a belief system that doesn’t serve you when life gets tough? Saying things like, “Why do I always do that?”This workshop helps you understand the components of your personal belief system, where it came from and how to reconcile your belief system with what you really want. Start responding to life’s demands with depth instead of reactivity! $65 per person; enrollment limited to 4. RSVPrequired info@soulbodyintegration. com or call Heather at 720-876-7465.

A BASIC MEDITATION - 5 WEEKS, DAY PROGRAM Tuesday, June 5 (Daytime -11am-1pm) A Basic Meditation is a fundamental class that gives you the framework to access and use your intuitive guidance system. The more you practice the tools taught in this class the more con fident you will become in trusting your own intuition. As you begin to trust your intuition more and more you will use this as a means to guide your life and to make decisions that are truefor you. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within. RSVP 720-413-7303, or

LEARN TO HEAL WITH ANGELS - 5 WEEKS Thursday, June 7, 11am - 1 pm Open to Everyone. This program is dear to my heart, knowing that youwill make a difference in your life in just thefirst night of the program. During the 5 weeks you will strengthen your intuition and build a wonderful relationship with the Angels; anyone can work with the Angels. Meet your Guardian or Healing Angels. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Founder of Journey Within. RSVP 720-413-7303, or


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

The Empowered Goddess Retreat is a women-only, powerful four-day experience that facilitates growth, whole healing, empowerment, self-reflection, self-trust, confidence, clarity, direction, and a sense of community. Replenish your well and reclaim yourself as Sacred! $270 per person, does not include room and board at the Sunrise Ranch. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland, CO 80538. Hosted by Wise Woman Wellness. For more information and to register, visit www.wise-woman-wellness. com/events/empowered-goddess-retreat/ or contact Rev. Ann Rene 303-638-9131 or email

BECOME A CERTIFIED MASTER HERBALIST! Comprehensive Training Begins September 2012 Gain skills and expertise needed for clinical practice in our 18-month, 500 hour, case-based program. Weekend classes on theory, medicine making, herb walks, student clinic. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts. State Approved. ~ Rachel Lord 303-320-4367 www.justforhealth. net

calendarofevents NOTE: All Calendar events must be received by May 10th (for June issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. All entries will be edited.

MAY 1, TUESDAY Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–Noon. Learn about brain function of a child struggling with academics, socialization and behavior and how to overcome these issues without medications! FREE. Brain BalanceAchievement Center, 1211 Avery St, Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Women’s Breast Health with Bill Bergman MD–6:45-8:15pm. Presentation on breast health, disease prevention, innovative testing, reversible health conditions and the new sciences of epi-genetics and nutri-genomics for preventing breast cancer recurrence. FREE. Heart of Oneness Center , 720 14th St, Golden. 303-278-3414, or

MAY 2, WEDNESDAY Aura-Clearing and Chakra-Balancing Healing Clinics–5:45-7pm. A healing is like a psychic shower, unnecessary energy is cleared including blocks to growth andflow, clarity/contentment are restored. DonationsWelcome. Inner Connection Institute Denver location: 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213 Denver . 303-758-1743 or Prayers for World Peace–7:30pm. Interfaith Prayers to join in one heart and mind to create peace in our world. FREE. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. 720-308-9944 or Understanding Dogs - Various locations and times. This class is a unique oppor tunity to receive an evaluation, treatment plan and coaching experience with your dog, who attends one week. The approach is holistic, with positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog and situation. Info Misha May Foundation, 303-239-0382, or Oneness Blessing–5:30pm-6:30pm. Certified blessing-givers offer Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Ener gy transfer. Accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Holographic Ascension Circle–7-8pm. Also held 5/16. Usher in ‘Heaven On Earth’in ‘The Golden Age of Enlightenment’using meditations, visualizations, chants, etc. Led by James Galusha. $5. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St, Golden. 303-278-3414, or Become a Dog Trainer Apprentice Program – Various locations and times. Become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science, holistic approaches and positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog, pet parent and speci fic situation. Info Misha May Foundation, 303-239-0382, or

MAY 3, THURSDAY Daytime Meditation Series–10am-Noon. 6-week program explores b enefits of meditation. Harness the Law of Attraction and your own intuition to create real and lasting change! Learn easy, effective skills to relax and rechar ge. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-758-1743 or

MAY 4, FRIDAY John Denver Tribute with the John Adams Band–7pm. The #1 John Denver Show in the world will be performing with Richard Niezen, Music Director of the Aurora Symphony Orchestra. $20 or $30. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Men & Sexual Pleasure: The Ups & Downs–7-9pm. Join a panel of ener gized, conscious men, coaches, therapists, and community leaders for robust and vulnerable dialogue. Co-moderated by Marj Hahne ( and Laura Conley ( FREE. Boulder Center for Conscious Community, 1637 28th St, Boulder. 720-352-2434 or

MAY 5, SATURDAY Dowsing 101–11-12:30pm. Learn this easy, useful technique for tapping into source. Come prepared for hands-on experience!This strengthens your connection by allowing you to have a visual of answers to your questions. Sign up by May 3, save $10. $35 per person. RSVP req’d 303-463-6565. Energy Clearings–10am-1pm. Every 1st Sat. Rejuvenate with a 15 min Aura/Chakra energy clearing. Remove stagnate energy from your body. Feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-in’s welcome. FREE. Indoor Farmers Market, 2nd & Santa Fe Dr , Denver. David Steven, 303-668-2358,

natural awakenings

May 2012


Group Meditation at Wesak–7:15-8:30pm. Participate in the age-old Buddhist tradition ofWesak where group meditation channels the energy of wisdom and enlightenment into our world. Donations welcome. First Church of Divine Science, 1400 Williams St, Denver. The Denver Meditation Service Group. Linda Rinelli, 303-366-9730 or Weekend Workshop for Self-Awakening & Natural Healing–9am-Noon. Crane & Snake Qigong andTai Chi Microcosmic Orbit Meditation enhance vitality, mental balance and a return to simplicity. Explore the root ofTai Chi Chuan. Walk-ins welcome. Donations welcome.Tai Kung Ha Holistic Fitness Center , 10890 E Dartmouth Ave, Ste 12, Denver. 303-870-5844 or Thriving Mama 101: Discover Your Joy–1-4pm. Use gentle yoga to discover your dreams and purpose. Create a 90-day dream plan and connect with a group of uplifting moms while nurturing your soul. $49.The Mother’hood, 2902 Zuni St, Denver . Jamie Winter 720-425-1345 or Find Your Happiness–10:30am-Noon. Learn how to let go of stress, irritation and unfulfilled wanting. Learn the powerful Sedona Method with an experienced counselor. $25 advance/$35 door . Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St, Denver. Melanie Smithson, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CHt, 303-762-8994, or Integrated Cervical Release Technique Class–10am5pm. Become more comfortable and effective relieving a clients neck pain. Incorporate neuromuscular therapy, positional release, neuromuscular reeducation and Functional Integration for the cervical spine. 6CEs. Jackie Burson, approved provider NCBTMB 303-945-9780.

MAY 6, SUNDAY Psychically Read & Paint the Aura–9am-3pm. Develop your ability to sense colorful energy fields and spirits around others. Practice, exercise and create 3 paintings of your own aura! $66.The Aspen Program for Psychic Development, Lakewood. Karen Fox 303942-0646, or Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Doors open 10:40-11am. Celebrate life’ s journey with meditation, spiritual message, aura-healing and chakrabalancing clinic. FREE. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Church of In finite Spirit/Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-7581743 or Spiritual Gathering & Healing Clinic–11am-Noon. Join Rev. DebraRae in a sacred, neutral space for service, aura healing clinic, community and lunch at Mimi’s Cafe. Donations welcome. Sacred Spaces House of Light, 223 Titan St, Aurora. Rev. DebraRae 303-365-0200 or Drum Circle–5:30-7:30pm. Chanting 5:30-6pm, drumming 6-7:30pm. No exp. necessary. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. “Approaching Life’s Challenges with Love” helps us understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Reading from the ECK works, HU Song, contemplation, music, stories, and connection. FREE. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St. Ste 208, Boulder. 303-443-1610 or Sustainable Meals for Transitional Times–1-4pm. Join us and bag healthy food for long-term storage. All supplies furnished. Take home a 1-wk supply of storable food (2 servings per day or 1 adult for 1 week). Extra bags for purchase available. $40. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St, Golden. RSVP 303328-5556 or or


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

MAY 8, TUESDAY Freedom from Painful Emotions Buddhist Meditation Class–7-8:30pm. 8 Tues. Reduce the power of inner negativity, become more positive, joyful and con fident! Drop-ins welcome. $10. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St, Golden. or Healing Food Cravings with Angels–7-8pm. Be guided through a powerful healing with Angels to help heal your food cravings, emotional eating and more. Learn to work with Angels to release any addictions or habits that you are ready to change. Change your food space into a healthy lifestyle. $10. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood.Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, or Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting–7-9pm. Also on 24th. Fat-burning system is natural, safe and effective. Eliminate toxins, lose 9-12lbs in 9 days! FREE. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or

MAY 9, WEDNESDAY Female Creative Energy Mojo–7-9pm. Women have a unique ability to create & generate. Consciously use it to enhance your health, creativity , relationships and sensuality. 4-wk class. $120. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Ste 103, Denver . Reina 303-668-2358 davids@ or

MAY 10, THURSDAY Mile Hi Healthy Happenings–5-7pm.Connect with local wellness businesses and network with health-minded people. Chocolate, gluten-free foods, nutrition, skin-care, integrative East/West medicine, acupuncture, prizes and discounts. FREE. Cole Fusion Fitness, 1100 Bannock St, Denver. Become a Dog Trainer Apprentice Program – Various locations and times. See May 2. Info Misha May Foundation, 303-239-0382, MishaMayFoundation@ or Open Door Reading Space–7-8:30pm. Also on 5/20. Rev. DebraRae will channel your guides & angels and clairvoyantly answer your questions in a small group setting. $25. Sacred Spaces, 223Titan St, Aurora. Rev. DebraRae 303-365-0200 or Understanding Dogs - Various locations and times. See May 2. Info Misha May Foundation, 303-239-0382, or Introduction to SoulCollage–5-7pm. Access your intuition and create an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning that will help you with life’s questions. Multi-leveled, creative process which anyone can do. $5-$10. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. RSVP Laska Counseling 720-924-1595, laskacounseling@ or

MAY 11, FRIDAY Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Doors lock 6:55pm. Free open channeling is followed by $10 healings. Dynamic process facilitates re-alignment of the spiritual body, channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St, Ste 213, Denver. 303-758-1743 or Dance, Movement and Healing Arts Retreat–11am4pm. Join us for this co-created weekend involving a dynamic mix of dance, movement practices and healing arts with the core focus on a heart-centered community! Experience love, creative Freedom, connection and self-expression. $270 includes food, lodging and classes. YMCA-Snow Mountain Ranch, 1 101 CR 53, Granby . RSVP Brook Yates 970-333-4035, info@mydanceutopia. com or

Satsang with CM Brown–7-8:30pm. Deepen your understanding of who you truly are and discover how to live with equanimity and presence. Short talk followed by Q/A, discussion. $5. Open Space, Open Mind, Lafayette. Directions.openspaceyoga@ or .

MAY 12, SATURDAY Metaphysical Fair–11am-5pm. Denver’s top astrologers, palmists, intuitives, mediums and tarot card readers are expecting you. Learn gentle stretching, breathing exercises, Taoist meditation and group exercise to explore your intuition. FREE. Rocky Mtn Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver . 303-691-8824 or Herbal First Aid with Kat Mackinnon and Jane Anderson–1-3:30pm. Learn about wild herbs for common ailments; specific herbal remedies; and build your own first-aid kit. $20. North American Institute of Medical Herbalism, Boulder. 860-917-9044, kat. or Everyday Oils For Every Day Health–9-11:00. Try oils that reduce stress and inflammation; Find out how to create a calming and relaxing home; Reduce headaches and muscle discomfort;Reduce the effects of allergy season. RSVP req’d 303-4636565. Spirit Guides I: All About Spirit Guides–9am-Noon. Learn about Spirit guides and angels through guided meditation, self-reflection, conversation, & a little bit of play. Sean will perform spirit guide readings in class. $46. ISIS Books. The Aspen Program for P sychic Development. Sean Michael Morris 303-408-9730, or 5 Virtues Qigong Day Retreat for Self and Social Healing–8am-6pm.The power to heal comes from the wisdom within us through our practice of the Qigong Lifestyle’s highest natural laws,The “5 Constant (Taoist) Virtues”, in moving, contemplative and communicative qigong exercises that restore vitality in us and refine harmony in our relationships. $350. Chi Wellness, LLC and The School of Qigong Studies, 4155 East Jewell Ave., Suite 105, Denver. 720427-0406 or


Happy Mother’s Day! Honoring the Mother–12:30-3:30pm. Join us for deep insights, lighthearted fun and shared healing through a woman-focused SoulCollage workshop. Space limited. $30 or $50/2. People House, 3035 W 25th Ave, Denver. RSVP Laska Counseling LLC, 720-924-1595, or Introduction to Animal Communication–1-5pm. Bette and Heather will teach you to receive the messages of animals and help them communicate their needs and wishes. Interactive practice and instruction, bring a photo of your pet. $50. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St, Golden. Bette Heller 303-898-8962 or

MAY 14, MONDAY Oneness Blessing–7-8pm. Also on 5/28. See description Ongoing Wednesdays. $5 suggested donation. Heart of Oneness Center , 720 14th St., Golden. 303-278-3414, or

MAY 15, TUESDAY Perfect Moms Get Real–7pm Fri; 5pm Sat.Weekend intensive for all mothers with Dr. Patti Ashley based on experiences of hundreds of mothers and doctoral

research. Covers child development, restoring the feminine and authentic parenting. Fri lecture $15; Sat Workshop $85; both $90. Bring a friend $75ea. Niwot Inn. or Manifesting with your Angels–7-8pm. Let’s create the life you desire with Angels by your side! In this meditation you will be guided through a powerful healing with your Angels. Release any energetic blocks, cords, past-life patterns and gain confidence, courage and clarity. Meet your Angels and Guides; and some of the Archangels. $10 Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, journeywithin@ or

MAY 16, WEDNESDAY Myths & Facts of Auto Injury–7-8:15pm. Dr. Keuhn specializes in auto accidents and soft-tissue injuries. Q/A discussion covers medical and legal issues. FREE. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or Oneness Blessing–5:30pm-6:30pm. Certified blessinggivers offer Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Ener gy transfer. Accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-2378851 or Find Your Happiness–6:30-8pm. Learn how to let go of stress, irritation and unful filled wanting. Learn the powerful Sedona Method with an experienced counselor. $25 advance/$35 door . Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St, Denver. Melanie Smithson, MA, LPC, BC-DMT, CHt, 303-762-8994, or Intro to Healing with Past Lives–6-7pm. Learn how healing the past resolves current issues, clari fies life purpose, gives a new perspective and creates a more joyful life. FREE. Renaissance Center , 427 E. Bayaud in Denver. RSVP Renee Ellis, MA CMT 720-984-9575 or

MAY 17, THURSDAY Angel Healing Clinic–7:15-8pm. Instructors communicate messages fromAngels and assist in healing individuals and the group. Take your healing to the next level in these life-changing, personalized sessions! $10/Group healing; $25/individual; 15 min@8pm by appt. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-4137303, or Breakthroughs: A Coaching and Consciousness Experience with Dr. Roger W. Teel–7 pm. 5 Thursdays. Take this powerful opportunity to create a breakthrough in your life. $155. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-232-4079 or Journey to the Heart Women’s Circle–6:30-8pm. 6-week series. Journey toYour Heart and discover the truth and beauty of yourself with a sacred circle of women.Topics vary weekly. $60. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St, Golden. 303-810-2045 or

MAY 18, FRIDAY Intro to Seated Position Thai Yoga Massage–6:308:30pm. 2-hour workshop teaches assisted stretches and pressure. This position is used at the end ofThai massage and prepares the receiver to m editate. FREE. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W 32nd Ave, Denver. Relaxation Happy Hour-Bodywork Sampler–4-7pm. Treat yourself to a delicious hour of relaxing bodywork. Pamper yourself with healing and experience alternative modalities like Trager, Reflexology and Cranio-Sacral Therapy. $33. Heart of Oneness Center , 720 14th St, Golden. 303-278-3414 or

lookingahead 2012 JUNE 1

JUNE 14-16

GeoTran Intro Class–6:30-8:30pm. GeoTran is The Language of the Field. Learn to use GeoTran for brain/mind/body integration. Discover this powerful life-changing work. FREE. DoubleTree Hotel Denver North, 8773 Yates Dr, Westminster. Louise Swartswalter , ND, 505-797-0540,

“The Three Stages of the Mystical Path to God” with Mother Clare Watts–See website for information Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. 720-308-9944 or Denver@

JUNE 2&3 GeoTran: The Language of the Field– 9am-4:30pm Sat; 9:30am-5:30pm Sun. GeoTran is a digital, numeric, geometric language which speaks directly to the in-form-ation fields or memory fields that hold the records, past and present, of who you are and what your potential is. Join us as Louise Swartswalter, ND, teaches this dynamic work. $485. DoubleT ree Hotel Denver North, 8773 Yates Dr., Westminster. Louise Swartswalter , ND, CNS, CNHP, of Albuquerque Natural Health Center,, 505-7970540 or Becky Holcomb 720-300-2529.

JUNE 4 Introduction to your Intuition–7-8:30pm. Interactive class introduces you to the Basic Yoga of the Mind Intuitive Meditation, plus group discussion and exercises on how you can more easily access your intuition. FREE. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave., Ste 103, Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind. com.

JUNE 7 & 14 Grounding & Centering–7-9pm. Learn an active meditation technique that changes how you interact with others. Restore clear boundaries in your relationships and bring relief. Grounding, centering, and clearing exercises. $39/2 classes. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave., Ste 103, Denver . David Stevens, 303-668-2358,

JUNE 7 Ultimate Nutrition to Nurture our Wellness–7:30-9:30pm. Spend an evening with Sai Maa and hear first-hand from a Master about the nutritional shifts we need to make NOW . Seawell Grand Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Denver. Pricing and registration at

JUNE 12 Anesthesia Free Dental Cleaning for Dogs & Cats–10am-3pm. Certified Veterinarian Turie Norman and Vet Tech Cindy Lloyd. For info on the process and your pets eligibility 303-5140076 or $165 ($25 deposit). RSVP req’d HerosPets@gmail. com or 303-972-1926. Hero’s Pets, 8086 Bowles Ave, Littleton.

JUNE 22-24 Adding the Body:A New Paradigm for Personal Transformation–9:30am-5:30pm. Join Drs. Kathlyn Hendricks, body-mind integration pioneer, & Julia Colwell, psychologist/author , to discover presence, play, passionate aliveness & flow throughout your therapy , coaching or healing practice and your life! Non-practitioners welcome. $495 by 5/24. Boulder Center for Conscious Community, 1637 28th St., Boulder . Nancy 800-688-0772 x1,

JUNE 23 “Pathway for Peace” Walking the Labyrinth for Personal and Planetary Change–10am-2pm. Gain a sense of peace and joy in this interactive workshop for personal and planetary healing, skillfully facilitated by licensed spiritual coach, Donna DeNomme, and certified labyrinth facilitator, Tina Proctor. $45 or $70/2. Insight Passages, 2261 Hudson St, Denver. Donna 303-271-0510 or

JULY 6-8 Gaia Women Herbal Weekend–Fri Eve-Sun Afternoon. Camp two nights on sacred land, journey with the plants, feast on wild edibles, and make plant medicine. We will also learn animal tracking, cordage and craft coal burned spoons. $250 incl meals, group camping equipment. Mtns near Boulder. Lorene Wapotich 303-642-0562. Feet on the Earth Programs.

JUNE AND JULY Nature Camps for Kids–9:30am-3:30pm. In these 5-day camps your kids learn ancient skills while growing more comfortable in nature using fun and engaging activities including drumming, nature crafting, storytelling, games, song, plant medicine making and tracking animals by the creek. $300/week; Foothills near Boulder. Lorene Wapotich 303-642-0562. Feet on the Earth Programs. Nature Skills Classes– Learn basic techniques of camouflage as well as routines of awareness to increase your ability to move silently and stealthily through the wilderness. Correctly identity, safely and appropriately harvest common edible and medicinal plants. $25; $40/family. Foothills near Boulder. Lorene Wapotich 303-542-0562. Feet on the Earth Programs.

SEPTEMBER 22 A Moment for Mutts in the Mountains –9:30am12:30pm. Join The Misha May Foundation for fun and fundraising to help rescue and rehabilitate dogs (and some cats). All new entertainment, live and silent auctions at the Boettcher Mansion. Prices vary.

natural awakenings

May 2012



Understanding Dogs - Various locations and times. See May 2. Info Misha May Foundation, 303-239-0382, or Beginning the Qigong Lifestyle–Comprehensive introduction to gentle qigong exercises, Chi Nutrition and contemplati ve practices that free our Spirit-Soul Connection to lead our healing and enlightenment. Tuition/Materials $450.Chi Wellness, LLC and The School of Qigong Studies,4155 East

Jewell Avenue, Suite 105, Denver. Check dates/times. RSVP req’d 720-427-0406 or Wise Women Wellness and Beauty Bazaar–10am-5pm. Mini-lectures and demonstrations of alternative/ancient modalities. Featuring local, women-owned products and services that support a healthier lifestyle. FREE. Bello Spa, 710 South St, Castle Rock. Arcanum Life Design, Mary Washington 303-956-9570, or Reiki Certification–9am-5pm. Learn to heal yourself, friends, family and you r animal loved ones! Reiki is

classifieds BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES Backed by BBB, Awesome support to help you reach your goals! NO SELLING, NO INVENTORY. FREE WEBSITE, FREE TRAINING. Contact Heather at 303-646-3331 or fill out form at www. Green Investors Wanted: Earn up to 4% on your secured savings, helping to build stronger community. ExperCare Assisted Living plans to start multiple group homes. See www . International Health and Beauty Company with $2.9 billion a year turnover Seeks Successful Driven Self-Motivated individuals/couples with Business Experience. If you want to earn extra income without compromising your current career/ business, or looking for a lifestyle changing opportunity LOOK NO FURTHER. If you are open-minded, and would like to find out if this business is for you, do not hesitate. Call me! Free Information. Independent Distributor of Forever Living Products: MERCEDES PERALTA. ID# 001002402522. 720-226-4617. pe_mercedes@ 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!

CAREER/LIFE COACHING Awaken the heart of who you are and what you came here to do. Do you know you have something important to offer, but aren’t sure what it is or how to create it? Intuitive career coaching and numerology can help you connect to your deeper purpose and create the meaningful work you are meant to do. Call Marlene 720-771-1257 for a free introductory consultation.

HEALTHY RESOURCES Digestive or Feminine Issues? Do you struggle with Feminine Odor • Vaginal Discharge • Yeast • Gas & Bloating? Discover the link between digestive and feminine health. Breakthrough probiotic blend developed just for women! Supports healthy digestion AND promotes female health by influencing vaginal flora. Woman-owned business; Made in Colorado. Healthy eating is made simple. Veggie cooking tutor/personal chef. The Looney Veggie Cooking Company, Katherine Keck, 720-272-6935. www .


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

Looking for something to safely and NATURALLY support hormone balance, manage symptoms of PMS or transitional phases of menopause? I’ve got what you have been looking for! These specially formulated supplements and Essential Oil Blend will give your body everything it needs to feel and look its best. Visit Better Water, Better Health: Natural detoxification, more antioxidants, anti-aging, better nutrient absorption and better hydration with our affordable, high quality ionized/alkaline water machines. Alkaline water drinkers report better tasting food/water, more energy/improved athletics, brighter eyes, clearer/healthier/younger skin and better health. Buy local from Boulder , CO. Enjoy better Health with call us at 888-624-2221 or

JOB OPPORTUNITIES CLEAR SKY MEDICAL IN CENTENNIAL IS LOOKING FOR A LICENSED PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT OR NURSE PRACTITIONER to join our team. We are a cutting edge preventive medicine clinic, utilizing holistic, integrative and functional medicine and Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy to deliver the utmost success in patient wellbeing and care. The right candidate is knowledgeable and has experience in the field of preventive medicine, has excellent communication skills, great work ethics and be willing to work in a dynamic work environment. A clean work history , no work restrictions arerequired. Please contact/send resume/ email to

SPIRITUAL RESOURCES Closer Walk with God, www.ThirdEyeTruth. com. Contact Elizabeth Learn How to Hear Your Angels: In private lessons from master angelic channel Catherine Morgan, with 20 years experience. Each lesson is customized for you and directed by your angels. Located in Littleton near C470 & Kipling. Introductory offer: first lesson $25, which includes copy of Catherine’s Angel & Animal Guides book. 720290-4902 or

WANTED Wanted: Your expired medications! Replace them with a 100% pure and NATURAL alternative. DoTerra Essential Oils are the best you can buy; they never expire, and can be taken internally to kill viruses and bacteria. Update your medicine cabinet with items in Nature’s medicine cabinet. To learn more, visit

taught around the world in hospitals and clinics. Reiki I $175/Reiki II $200/Both $350 Kim Baker 303-9812127 or Chinese QiGong & Meditation in the Park–9amNoon. 2-hr workshop combines meditation and Qigong practice to cleanse or gans & meridians of your body and enhance theflow of universal healing. $35. Sunken Gardens Park, 18 Speer Blvd, Denver. Yoga of the Mind, David Stevens 303-668-2358 or PENDULUM DOWSING–LEVEL 1- 10am 4:30pm. Learn history of dowsing, pendulum use, and introduction to map dowsing. Working in pairs, you’ll facilitate Yes/No answers for your partner . Healing Dome on Niwot Road. $99 includes pendulum and laminated YES/NO chart to take home. Bring your lunch. Taught by Karen Rice King, Master Dowser for 16 years. RSVP by 5/12, credit card or check, 303-665-0175. More info at “Arise” Movie Screening–7-9pm. Premier screening for this award-winning documentary that weaves poetry, music, art and stunning scenery together to create a hopeful story of inspiration. $12. The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St. #1, Boulder. Lori Joyce 303-437-5536,,, Discover Your Intuitive Type–12:30-2:30pm. Intuition doesn’t work the same for everyone. Discover your intuitive type, how to work with it and how to protect yourself from its specific pitfalls. $20. Renaissance Center 427 E. Bayaud, Denver. RSVP Renee Ellis, MA CMT 720-984-9575 or Spring Herb Garden Day with Lisa Ganora–14pm. Meet the living herbs and learn their traditional energetic and medicinal uses. Organoleptics, constituents, qualities, actions, plant personalities. $20. 720-7224372, or

MAY 20, SUNDAY Making Herbal Oils & Salves–1-4pm. Learn to make infused oils and create your own herbal healing salve. Take home a special Chaparral salve recipe and infused oil samples. $35. 908-399-1634, or Community Hu Song–10:30-11am. Join us in Denver/ Boulder each 3rd Sunday for monthly Community HU song, an ancient, non-denominational and sacred name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. FREE.Eckankar Centers of Denver, 5800 E. Evans Ave, and Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St, Ste 208.

MAY 21, MONDAY The Denver Meditation Meetup–7:30pm. Discuss and practice ways to still your mind, and then enter into meditation upon the deep stillness within. FREE. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. 720-308-9944

MAY 22, TUESDAY A Course in Miracles Study Group–6:30-8pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Guided meditations, shared readings and discussions of the ACM text for spiritual transformation. Cultivate inner healing & joy . Facilitated by Crystal Wilcox & Michelle Szabo. $5-$10. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St, Golden. 720-289-2706 or A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks –Evening 7-9pm. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Let go of the negativity and make room for the positive. Feel your health improve. Early Bird $165, Regular Price $180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga

Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, or

MAY 24, THURSDAY Thyroid & Hormone 101–6pm. Dr Katia Meier and the Clear Sky Medical team discuss how you can support and protect your thyroid and hormone-producing organs naturally, tests to detect thyroid and hormone issues, treatment options for thyroid and hormone issues, what bio-identical hormones are – and what they do. FREE. Clear Sky Medical, 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303–790–7860 or Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–12pm. Covers brain function of a child that struggles with academics, socialization and behavior. Learn how to help your child overcome these issues without medications! FREE. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 1211 Avery St, Golden. RSVP 303-2781780 or

MAY 26, SATURDAY Inspirational Movie Night–7pm. Get Real! Wise Women Speak documents extraordinary older women who use their time and talents to benefit their communities and the world. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or SoulCollage Retreat with Horses–9am-4pm. Restore mind, body and spirit through meaningful connections, creation and fun. No horse/art exp necessary. $75 before 5/10, $95 after. Bring a friend, $25 of f. Beyond the Arena Ranch, 1218 Briarhollow Ln., Larkspur . RSVP 720-924-1595,, or

MAY 27, SUNDAY Conscious Movie “The Last Mountain”–7:30pm. A coal mining corporation and a tiny community vie for the last great mountain in Appalachia in a battle for the future of energy that affects us all. FREE. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St. 720-308-9944 or

MAY 29, TUESDAY The Spiral of Awakening: An Intro to Spiral Dynamics with Dr. Roger W. Teel–7 pm. Three-part class continues June 5th and 12 th. Spiral Dynamics will change how you see yourself and the world instantly and completely. Developed by Dr . Clare Graves. $55. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave, Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or Children’s Yoga Teacher Training–108-hr comprehensive training teaches yoga teachers how to focus on the uniqueness of children. Focus on your favorite age group while gaining insight into children of any age. $1878. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099, or

MAY 30, WEDNESDAY Healthy You, Healthy Baby-6:30-8pm. Learn what to do before, during and after pregnancy to insure a healthy baby and avoid postpartum depression. Non-invasive, all natural. FREE. People House, 3035W. 25th Ave, Denver. RSVP req’d Gail Smithson LAc, 303-762-8994, gail@ or Live Life to the Plus Wellness Workshop–6:307:30pm. Interactive class by Juice Plus. Lose weight, gain energy, prevent disease, eliminate limiting beliefs around food, exercise & health. FREE. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St, Golden. Christina Wilson, L.Ac, MSOM Lifestyle Medicine 303-477-9256.

ongoingevents may-september Summer of Wellness Series–Workshops on Yoga Nidra, Self-Care with Yoga Tools, Focusing, Neuroscience of Yoga Mindfulness, and MORE! Perfect for the novice or deepening of knowledge and experience. Prices vary. PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099, or

monday Community Thai Yoga Massage Student Clinic– 11am-8:30pm & 5-9pm. Student sessions available to the public! In Thailand you still find traditional, community massage setting. We combine Thai yoga massage with Asian &Western massage techniques. 60 min-$21, 90 min $28. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W. 32nd Ave., Denver. Appt req 720-3168888 or danielle@denverintegrativemassageschool. com.

tuesday Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. Rejuvenate yourself with a 15 min Aura/Chakra energy clearing. Feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. FREE. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1stAve., Ste 103, Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358,, Modern-Day Meditation–7:30-10pm. Use music to achieve a more calm and open state: gain clarity about daily life: find a deeper spiritual connection. First class FREE. Colorado Health and Wellness Center, 126 W 5th Ave., Denver. Lily 303-524-4040, diane@miracle. org or Introduction to Meditation and Christian Mysticism–7:30pm. 6-wk intro course for modern mystics. Classes include the Inner Spiritual Path, Meditation, Soul, Light, Prayer and Blessing. Learn principles of meditation to move beyond the body , thinking and emotions into the reality of God’ s presence within. FREE. Center of Light, 2300 Forest St., 720-308-9944 or

wednesday Oneness Blessing–7-8pm. Experience the grace and divinity of the Oneness Blessing, a non-denominational transfer of ener gy that awakens the heart. Native American drum, Tibetan singing bowls. 2nd and 4th

Mondays 7-8 pm and every Wed 12-1 pm. $5 donation welcome. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St., Golden. 303-278-3414, or Weekly Aura Clearing and Healing Clinic in Denver– 12:15–1pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, ener gy one does not need is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. FREE. Donations welcome. Inner Connection Institute Denver location: 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213 Denver. 303-758-1743. Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash.” We release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. FREE. Donations welcome. JourneyWithin; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, or

thursday Weekly Aura Clearing and Healing Clinic in Wheat Ridge–6-7pm. A healing is an ener gy clearing, like a psychic shower. During a healing, ener gy one does not need is cleared, including blocks to growth and flow. Clarity and contentment are restored. FREE. Donations welcome. Readings avail after clinic $10. Inner Connection Institute North Side location: 4325 Harlan St.,Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Drop-In for a 10 Min Healing. Negative ener gy is gently removed and replaced with your own positive ener gy. You will feel great and be ready to take your next steps. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm.Schedule a 1.5 hr reading. Learn about your soul essence, past lives and aura. Ask personal questions to get a psychic perspective about what is really going on. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920 or

saturday Qigong Movement–2pm-3:30pm. Check for speci fic Saturdays May 19-December 15. Chi in movement heals and strengthens the body , clears and focuses the mind and cultivates power and wisdom for life. $20/drop-in, $15/class for 6+. Chi Wellness, LLC and The School of Qigong Studies, 4155 East Jewell Avenue, Suite 105, Denver. 720-427-0406, DebraLin.ChiWellness@gmail. com.

Enhance Your Life by Creating, Learning, Transforming! • Create and manifest your own reality and desires • Learn to meditate effectively to reduce stress and gain clarity • Read clairvoyantly to tap into universal wisdom “I am totally impressed with how classes and church are presented at ICI. I am encouraged to validate myself, live in the now and be who I am. What a gift!” –DML, Management Analyst


We invite you to attend: Free Guided Meditations • Meditation Classes Psychic Development Programs • Energy Healings • Professional Psychic Readings natural awakenings

May 2012


communityresourceguide BEAUTY




BODY CLINIC HELENA HEJAZI, LE, RMT Thornton 720-837-2116 Helena Hejazi, Licensed Aesthetician/Massage Therapist specializes in treatments that bring one’s whole being into balance. Aesthetic services offered for all skin types include the Healing Facial, Oxygen Facial to the more advanced MicroLift Facial. Bodywork sessions are focused on Integrative Massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and IntraOral Therapy to relieve TMJ discomfort. Body treatments include Dry Brushing, Lotus Wrap and MicroLift Body. Please call or visit the website for more information and there is easy online booking.

HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia I. Meier, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260 Centennial, CO 80112 303-790-7860 Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxi fication Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 32.

EDUCATION DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Understanding Dogs Class and Dog Trainer Apprentice Classes start in May! Understanding Dogs: Unique opportunity to receive an evaluation, treatment plan and coaching experience with your dog. The approach is holistic, with positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog and situation. Dog Trainer Apprentice Class: Become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science, holistic approaches and positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each individual dog, pet parent and specific situation. Learn to evaluate behavior, design exercises, coach humans, handle dogs, deliver presentations, and resolve and prevent a variety of behavior problems.


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

IN TOUCH MASSAGE THERAPY Brenna Witt, LMT Kittredge Village 26030 Hwy. 74, Kittredge 303-526-0038 Do you have sore muscles, persistent pain or just need to relax? Allow your mind and body to melt into my capable hands at In Touch Massage Therapy, located on scenic Hwy 74, just minutes from Ever green. I specialize in Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, and Injury. Enjoy your fully customized massage while listening to the soothing sounds of Bear Creek and bird songs outside the window . I am currently offering a new client special of $45 for an hour and $65 for 1.5 hours. Gift Certificates are available. Call or email for your massage today!

ROLFING STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION BODY ALIVE ROLFING DENVER Erin Farley 1574 York St, Suite 204, Denver 303-915-5274 Rolfing® Structural Integration works on the seamless network of connective tissue to release, realign and balance the whole structure, with the goal of allowing the body to remain ef fortlessly upright in gravity. Rolfing can lead to postural improvements, alleviate chronic pain and discomfort, or allow for greater freedom of movement and provide a sense of revitalized ener gy and bodily well-being. As a Certified Rolfer, my mission is to work in collaboration with clients from all walks of life: whether you are active or not-so-active, or merely looking for the “next step” that can be ignited by physical transformation. My goal is to carry on the work of Dr . Ida P. Rolf, while assisting each client in achieving their optimum state of alignment and ease in gravity.

YOGA ALOHA YOGA Chandra U. Supnet, CYT Yoga Instructor, Kittredge 303-570-5439 Kittredge Did you know that the regular practice of yoga can transform your life? And that anyone, at any age, at any fitness level can start at anytime? Here are just a few benefits from practicing yoga: Lose weight & build muscle tone, improve energy and happiness, physical & spiritual healing, increase flexibility and strength, balance hormonal and endocrine systems, improve your heart health, reduce stress and much more! Chandra is accepting students for private lessons only to learn the basic fundamentals for the practice of Hatha Yoga. Call or email for more information and prices. Namaste.

GREEN LIVING ORGANIC LAWN CARE CLEAN AIR LAWN CARE Josh Studer 774 Dahlia St, Denver 303-681-4543 Clean Air Lawn Care is committed to reducing the amount of air pollution created by gas powered machinery . Our use of organic treatment products eliminates the contamination of waterways caused by synthetic fertilizers and herbicides. “Come Clean” with CleanAir and receive 2 free organic treatments when you sign up for our or ganic treatment program. We also use all electric equipment powered by renewable energy. Contact Josh at 303-681-4543 for a free estimate.

SOLAR GOLDEN SOLAR 614 10th Street, Golden 720-278-5253 A solar system for your home or business has never been so affordable and painless! You know solar is good for the environment, but it’s also great on your wallet! Hedge yourself against ever-increasing electricity rates and inflation. Clean, quiet, maintenance free, reduce pollution and CO2 emissions. Increase your property’ s value. Colorado owned and operated with master electricians and professional installers. Respectful, clean and quick work. Solar incentives, tax credits and rebates available – ask us today! Buy or lease options. Installation guaranteed for 10 years. See ad, page 8.

HEALTHY KIDS LEARNING & BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF GOLDEN Highlands Ranch Location Opening 2012 1211 Avery Street, Golden 303-278-1780 Brain Balance of fers individualized and comprehensive approaches to helping children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties. Our mission is to help each child reach his or her greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. We are brain-based, not drug based. We know that the brain can be changed—which means your child’s problems aren’t permanent, and the situation isn’ t hopeless. Customized physical and cognitive exercises, combined with dietary change can correct the underlying imbalance, improve function and reduce/eliminate negative behaviors. Call to schedule a tour of the center and learn how we can help your child. See ad page 21.

HOLISTIC FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under Healthy Living: Board Certified Holistic MD or see ad page 32.

HEALTHY LIVING ACUPUNCTURE AND TRADITIONAL ASIAN MEDICINE Maria Baraybar Lee 1529 York Street, Denver 303-333-9977 denver.acupuncture1 50 % of f for first time clients in May . Acupuncture treats a wide range of problems, from headaches, back pain, aller gies, and infertility to autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia or MS, even side ef fects of chemotherapy. I am a Senior Acupuncture Practitioner from Die Da lineage and specialize in Gynecological problems (menstrual, menopausal, pregnancy, infertility), stress management and pain management (migraines, back pain, sport injuries), of fering treatments at a reduced rate. Call 303-333-9977 or visit us at or www denver.acupuncture1.

BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC MD CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Katia I. Meier, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260 Centennial, CO 80112 303-790-7860 Family practice physician specializing in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Neurotransmitter balancing, comprehensive Nutritional analysis and therapy, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxi fication Programs, Medical Weight Loss and Cosmetic procedures. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call for more information today. See ad, page 32.

BODYWORK BOWEN THERAPY FOR PREGNANCY & ELDERLY Jackie Burson Cottonwood Clinic 1976 West Iliff Ave., Englewood 303-945-9780 Bowen Therapy is great for pregnancy issues such as back pain, mobility and relaxation, post-birth recovery and some lactation issues. It is so gentle it can be used on anyone, from newborns to elderly . It is the perfect technique for anyone who has tried everything but still has pain. A Bowen session takes between 30 to 60 minutes, is very gentle and doesn’t require removal of clothing. Most people find relief within 3 treatments. For diseases like Parkinsons, MS, etc. it can give a better quality of life. I have been a Massage Therapist for 25 years, a Bowen Therapist for 15 years, and am the previous owner of The Cottonwood School of Massage Therapy.

DENTIST VIBRANCE DENTISTRY WITH DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to of fer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. See ad page 14.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Ian Hollaman, DC 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 Ian Hollaman, DC focuses on dif ficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries. He holds a pro ficiency level in professional Applied Kinesiology and has accumulated hundreds of hours in post graduate nutrition. See ad page 2.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS Karen Hollaman, DC, LMT 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 After a 4 year ‘Medical Mystery’ in my teenage years, I learned the true value of health from a holistic chiropractor. Because of her understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support, I was given a second chance at life. Chiropractic resonated with me and I knew I wanted to offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 2.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under Healthy Living: Board Certified Holistic MD or see ad page 32.

HEALTHY MIND ADULT/CHILD/ COUPLES THERAPY GARY D ALEXANDER, MS Psychotherapist - LMFT, LAC, NCC 1355 S Colorado Blvd, Suite C-100, Denver “My approach as a therapist is heartfelt, direct, engaging, and down-to-earth. I believe that the therapeutic relationship can be very powerful, where emotional presence and human connection together are used as a catalyst for per sonal revelation, insight, and change.” Working with individuals, couples, and children on issues related to balance, communication, life transitions, boundaries, codependency, grief, lgbt development, and addictions (both chemical and behavioral). Please visit www to learn more about Gary and his specialties.

BODY-CENTERED PSYCHOTHERAPY BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Conscious Living and Body-Mind Vibrance Coach Reiki Master, Shamanic Practitioner 303-808-4006 Boulder, CO Individuals, couples, families and groups can have a deeper sense of wholeness, integrity, health and joy, where we create a container in which you discover the source of your well being. I bring my commitment, presence, humor and expertise in the areas of relationship, trauma, spirituality, life transition, addiction, and body-mind awareness. Long distance consultations also offered. Please see my website for infor mation on my recently published book, The Six Gates of Completion - A Companion in Life’s Transitions, available on Kindle, The Boulder Bookstore, and The Tattered Cover.

CONSULTANT: TOOLS FOR ABUNDANT LIVING SC CARROLL ASSOCIATES LLC Susannah Carroll PO Box 18846, Denver, CO 80218 303-861-4338 Motivational consultant superchar ging your incarnation with tools and resources on finding clarity on your life’ s direction and techniques for staying calm in any situation and living abundantly and prosperously. The techniques are a mixture of east/west philosophies and designed for use anywhere and anytime. We work with individuals, business executives, entrepreneurs, sales teams and more! Of fering a FREE 30-minute phone consultation for first time clients. Email for more information today.

See 50% off coupon at

Holy Molé Cartoon natural awakenings

May 2012


EATING DISORDERS/ BODY IMAGE KATE DAIGLE COUNSELING, LLC Kate B. Daigle, MA, NCC 709 Clarkson Street, Denver 720-340-1443 Kate Daigle, MA, NCC is a Registered Psychotherapist and National Certi fied Counselor treating men and women with eating disorders, body image and self-esteem concerns. Are you hoping to live free of destructive eating patterns, distorted thoughts, and low self con fidence? Kate helps you decrease harmful behaviors and thoughts and to cultivate inner peace with body, mind, and spirit. Through personal experience and clinical training, Kate understands what it feels like to be disconnected between mind and body and utilizes empathy, honesty, mindfulness and other ef fective techniques to help others find freedom as well. Kate treats men and women of all ages, couples and families, and provides free educational talks on symptoms and treatment of eating disorders. Call or email today for a free consultation and for more information.


Certified Holistic Stress Manager Certified QiGong Healer & Gerontology Naropa & Esalen Offices in Boulder & Golden 303-717-7709 Overwhelmed by the magnitude of your responsibilities? Need more peace, energy and vitality while pursuing your vision? Free yourself of the stressors that have gotten in the way of your life’s work. Velina supports you in managing stress more effectively through practical, time efficient and highly effective methods. She motivates, inspires and gently yet powerfully supports you on your journey with unique skills, training and background. Bodywork is a nurturing complement, helping to break through the body armor and drop into the deeper issues that lie beneath the surface. Call now for your FREE introductory 15-minute consultation. 303-717-7709.

PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH EVA SZUCS, PSYD, P.C. 1660 S. Albion St. # 309 Denver, CO 80222 720-556-7689 Dr. Szucs helps adult individuals and couples to gain insight into their presenting problems and learn healthy ways to manage life’ s stressors. Dr . Szucs specializes in treating Eating Disorders, Trauma, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Mood Disorder, and provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training in group or individual settings. She also provides psychological assessment, ADHD evaluation, and Intelligence testing for adults and children. Flexible schedule. Insurance and Credit cards are not accepted. Contact Dr. Szucs to schedule a free phone consultation.


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

AYA COUNSELING & CONSULTING, LLC Carnita M. Groves, MA, LPC, CSPT, CAC-III 1570 Humboldt Street, Denver, CO 80218 O: 303-698-0446 / F: 720-858-8183 It helps to have someone to talk to. Perhaps more of a mental health artisan, Carnita works with broad range of issues via integrated mental health practices. She is Level 2 EMDR certi fied, specializes in psycho-nutrition, style/aesthetic therapies, and ethnic groundedness. Carnita is known for engaging clients in responsible home-based research as one of many practical tools to help people improve selfcare skills and improve their competencies in integrative approaches. Engaging. Pragmatic. Holistic. Dynamic. Weekend appointments available.

NUTRITION HEALTHY SUPPLEMENTS HEATHER CLARK 303-753-2665 For the price of an apple a day, give you and your family 27 whole, raw fruits, veggies and berries in a capsule. It’s the easiest way to make sure you are getting the proper nutrition every day without having to keep track of the 7-13 fruits and vegetables a day recommended by the USDA. Numerous independent clinical research studies, conducted in leading hospitals and universities around the world and published in peer -reviewed scientific journals, have supported the health bene fits. Business opportunities also available. Call me today to add your children to the largest Children’s Health Study in the country!

WOMEN’S ISSUES OPEN DOOR COUNSELING Barbara Pettibone, MSW, LCSW Denver 303-862-5712 Specializing in women’s issues, Barbara focuses on depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse, relationship issues, severe mental illnesses including Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder, addiction and life changes. She addresses presenting problems by helping the client to identify their core issues and to apply their own inner strengths to address them. She strongly believes that every client has within themselves the resources to address and resolve conflicts. Fees are based on ability to pay/sliding scale. Insurance/ credit cards not accepted. YOU ARE THE CONSUMER AND YOU CHOOSE YOUR THERAPIST AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME OF YOUR TREATMENT! YOU ARE THE KEY! Please call or email for appt. Flexible scheduling.

ALOE VERA PRODUCTS Independent Distributor Mercedes Peralta ID# 001002402522 720-226-4617 Aloe Vera has recently launched on the health care scene with an incredible array of benefits such as digestive and immune function support, anti-in flammatory response, oral and skin health, helps to maintain healthy weight and ener gy levels, and more! Get your aloe vera formula in its purest, most potent form through Forever Living’s patent stabilized formula. Get your health benefits though Aloe Vera drinks and even skin care and cosmetics! We own the plantations, processing plants, manufacturing facilities and distribution center enabling us to ensure its purity , potency and ef ficacy. (Business Opportunity available)


INSPIRATION CONSCIOUS EVENTS & SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING New Location! 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an or ganization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day , thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community . J4CL’s center and events promote experiences for discovering and developing a life of passion, purpose and contribution. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad, page 6.

1-888-770-2468 110% Guaranteed Made in Colorado Feel Fresh and Con fident Every Day! Do you struggle with Feminine Odor • Vaginal Discharge • Yeast • Gas & Bloating? Discover the digestive/feminine health link. Take BIO-V™ daily to help your body create a clean, natural fresh scent; Aid with smooth, comfortable digestion and immune response to unhealthy bacteria or fungi; Regularly promote your overall feminine well-being – and enjoy the benefits of a balanced system. Ensure a significantly higher percentage of bene ficial organisms reach your intestines alive with the patented BIO-tract® Delivery System which protects probiotics from gastric acid and extends shelf life without refrigeration. www . See ad, page 12.

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS & THERAPY CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under Healthy Living: Board Certified Holistic MD or see ad page 32.


PERSONAL GROWTH HOLISTIC PRACTITIONER RENEE ELLIS, MA CMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575 Are you looking for guidance and support? Do you want freedom from stuck patterns of the past? Need clarity about your life path and purpose? Release the past, create the future and experience your life from a whole new perspective. Enjoy a rich and joyful life. Renee is a unique guide who weaves together traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities. She specializes in ener gy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression. Her focus is on grief and loss, life transitions,, finding and stepping onto one’s path, spiritual development, releasing phobias and healing from chronic pain. Individual sessions and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.


THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT Taking the “woo-woo” out of Psychic Education Karen Fox, Ph.D., Director Englewood, Aurora, Lakewood 303-942-0646 Everyone is psychic, and everyone can improve this innate ability. The Aspen Program offers training so you can use your psychic abilities for yourself or to become a professional psychic! Take the classes you want or study for a certi ficate: Psychic, Medical-Health Intuitive, Spirit Medium, Intuition in Business. Of fers a wide variety of classes and teachers.

A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary of fering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Wheat Ridge. We support you in creating the life you desire, and show you how through easy, effective techniques. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Wheat Ridge every Thursday 6:30 - 7:30pm. Free open channel clinic in Denver on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 7pm. Everyone is welcome! Call for more information. 303-282-9439. See ad page 27.




JOURNEY WITHIN Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood Anita Destino 720-413-7303 Journey Within is a safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives. We focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. We have several ways you can give to yourself. We offer: Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. A great way to meet us is to join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held on every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

CM Brown, RYT, CHt. Lafayette 303-396-9023 Do you have a feeling of confusion about what life is all about? It sometimes helps to sit down and stop all the analyzing. You already have the answer . You may simply need help allowing what is already present to reveal itself. It is easier than you might imagine. This is not psychotherapy or just learning how to cope. This is uncovering a new way of living your life. Through discussion, reflection and self-inquiry, discover how thoughts and preconceived notions create unnecessary limitations in the way you approach your life. Don’t approach your life. Live it. Free 30 minute consultation. Reasonable rates.


HEALTHY ESCAPES Getaways spark personal growth, optimal wellness and active adventure. Special Section:

Spring and summer are known to be allergy season and affect many pets, too. Hero’s Pets has many products available to help your pet through the season with fewer symptoms and without the side effects of drugs. Stop by for a free consultation.

Men’s Health 8086 W Bowles Ave, Unit N Littleton, CO 80123

For more information about advertising and how you can participate, call


303-972-1926 natural awakenings

May 2012


Katia I. Meier, MD

Specials for May


THYROID & HORMONE 101 Our thyroid and our hormones play an important role in our bodies and account for much of our well-being and our degree of health. Fatigue, weight gain, insomnia and mood swings are only a few of the symptoms of underlying thyroid and hormone issues. As a specialist in treating thyroid and hormone disorders with functional, herbal support and bio-identical hormones, I see patients every day who wish they had just come in sooner. Why do so many people have undetected thyroid and hormone issues? Our thyroid and hormone-producing organs are vulnerable to environmental toxins and can become damaged over time. In addition, autoimmune disease often causes damage to the thyroid gland. Since this may happen slowly over months or years, symptoms often get dismissed and treated with antidepressants and sleeping pills, while the underlying cause goes undetected. Most people do not know the detriment to their bodies and the damage that can occur without the adequate amount of thyroid or hormones as it can cause many more problems than “just not feeling well”. When thyroid and or hormone levels are not optimal, damage shows in a number of ways, including weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and bone loss.

At our upcoming free seminar, you will learn: • How you can support and protect your thyroid and hormoneproducing organs naturally. • What tests are done to detect thyroid and hormone issues. • What options you have for treating thyroid and hormone issues. • What bio-identical hormones are – and what they do. • What to expect with low versus optimal JOIN OUR E-MAIL LIST! levels of thyroid and hormones.




Panorama Falls • 9085 East Mineral Circle. #260 • Centennial, CO 80112

INJECTABLES Sculptra: Buy one vial, get 2nd ½ off Free Vivite Lip Plumper with any Injectable or PRP Package

ESTHETIC Signature Custom Facial Relax with a customized facial specifically for your skin. Includes a deep cleansing, customized exfoliation and mask, extractions, facial and hand massage.

$65 through May ($80 Menu price)

CORRECTIVE FACIAL Microdermabrasion followed with a skin specific chemical peel or enzyme peel, mask and extractions. Correct acne, acne scars, age spots, enlarged pores, melasma, and rosacea while decreasing fine lines & wrinkles and improving skin tone and texture.

Buy one; get 2nd ½ off ($62.50 value)


Thursday, May 24 6:00pm May’s Topic:

THYROID AND HORMONE 101 Seating is limited and fills up fast! RSVP 303-790-7860.

May 2012 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...

May 2012 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...