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16 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Backyard & Picnic Party Foods by Renée Loux



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20 THE TRUTH ABOUT GMOs Plant Pathologist Don Huber Reveals the Risks by Melinda Hemmelgarn


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Traveling Afoot Sustains a Sense of Community by Meredith Montgomery

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s we write this, the High Park Fire has consumed some 66,000 acres, 189 homes and is 55% contained… the most destructive fire in Colorado history. Hayman, Fourmile, Lower North Fork… It’s easy to blame global warming or Mother Nature as the mainstream media often does, but there’s more to the story. These intense fires point out the failures of US fire suppression policy, something that has only begun to change in the past decade. A century’s worth of fire exclusion which ignored its ecological importance, coupled with recent pine beetle infestations, have left an unnatural amount of fuels on the ground, encouraging extremely hot fires that would never occur naturally. Superhot fires not only destroy everything in their path, they ‘mineralize’ the soil to the point that large areas may take decades, if ever, to recover and support life. Closed-cone pines like the Bishop pine require ‘natural’, cooler fires in order to reproduce and so have been declining throughout the West. Regardless of the complexity of the issue, our hearts and prayers go out to those who face rebuilding their lives and also to the tireless firefighters and emergency personnel struggling to control “the dragon.” Ghandi, in the article on page 23, reminds us, “You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” I get it, but I’m not sifting through the ashes of my home, and God willing, most of us will never have the occasion to do so.

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lizabeth Sobol and her husband Ronnie won a week-long stay at the Farm of Life natural healing and wellness center in Costa Rica in a national sweepstakes sponsored Natural Awakenings. The contest, conducted through local Natural Awakenings magazines, drew nearly 3,500 entries. To learn more about Farm of Life, visit

Second Annual Whole Man Expo


he second annual Whole Man Expo, presented by Energy for Life, will be held Saturday, September 8, 8:30am-6pm, at The Cable Center in Denver. “The main purposes of Whole Man Expo are to honor and celebrate men who are actively striving for life balance,” said Dr Jim Sharon, licensed psychologist and certified life coach, founder of the Whole Man Expo. “Whole Man Expo is devoted to supporting men in their quest to develop greater self-awareness and dignity, enhance communication skills and collaborating more effectively with others in service to our communities.” The Whole Man Expo is an upbeat event with interactive learning, Aikido, Hatha Yoga and networking. Presenters and panelists will discuss relationship enhancement, power of self-love, building triple bottom-line companies, addictions, secrets to marital longevity and men’s views about feminism. Keynote speaker is Randy Ferguson, M.A., founder of the Love, Courage and Achievement (LCA) Project in Denver. Closing ceremonies feature Himalayan sounding bowls, presentation of the Whole Man of the Year Award, and several door-prize drawings. Exhibitors will be displaying their products and services. Location: The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd., Denver. Info/ register See ad page 14.

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Thrive Movement Targets GMO Labeling


he Colorado-based Thrive Movement Solutions Group met on June 14 and decided to pursue state legislation that requires mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods, like California. Currently, California’s grassroots coalition Committee For The Right To Know has placed a ballot initiative on the November Ballot for Californians to decide if they want the state to require mandatory labeling of GMO’s. To get involved, contact Journeys For Conscious Living at 303-731-6695 or See ad page 15.

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‘Tails of the Painted Cats’ Benefits Cat Care Society


he Cat Care Society (CCS) presents the ‘Tails of the Painted Cats’ Friday June 29 from 6-8pm at Westminster’s Aar River Gallery, 3707 W. 73rd Ave. The lineup of unique, larger-than-life artwork cats serves as a backdrop to a benefit wine & cheese reception that will feature ‘Cat Care Vineyards’ branded wine, a CCS partnering with Benefit Wines, that are certified organic and vegan friendly( The Painted Cats will be auctioned during CCS’s Gala Dinner Auction at Lakewood Country Club July 28. The CCS is a nonprofit organization established to improve the quality of life for homeless, injured and abused cats in the Denver metropolitan area. 303-239-9680, ext. 19. or

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Wondrous Watermelon


n a hot summer day, a cool, juicy slice of watermelon offers enticing refreshment. The treat offers surprising health benefits, too—it may help keep weight off and arteries clear, according to a recent study involving mice with high cholesterol by University of Kentucky researchers. One group sipped watermelon juice; the control group, water. After eight weeks, the mice that imbibed the juice had a lower body weight due to a decrease in fat mass; lean muscle mass was unaffected. These same mice also experienced reduced atherosclerotic lesions—associated with hardening of the arteries—and lower concentrations of cholesterol in their blood. “This pilot study has found… interesting health benefits in the mouse model of atherosclerosis,” says lead investigator Dr. Sibu Saha, a cardiothoracic surgeon. “Our ultimate goal is to identify bioactive compounds that would improve human health.”

To Stay Sharp, Keep Moving


erobic exercise not only gets the heart pumping, it is also good for brain health. According to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, aerobic workouts can reduce the risk of dementia and slow its progression if it starts, because they deliver oxygen to the brain and generate nutritional factors that improve brain functioning. Exercise also facilitates neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.



ow consumers have another convincing argument to add more fiber to their diet. According to a National Cancer Institute study at the National Institutes of Health, which followed patients over a nine-year period, scientists associated the intake of fiber (about 30 grams per day) with a reduced risk of death from any cause, including cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases. Source: Archives of Internal Medicine

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Restless Legs?


estless leg syndrome (RLS) is a disorder in which there is an urge or need to move the legs to stop unpleasant sensations. It usually occurs at night to middle-aged and older adults. Stress seems to makes it worse. There is no specific test for RLS, but a doctor may first rule out conditions such as peripheral nerve disease or iron deficiency anemia. Some experts believe it is brought on by poor blood and lymph flow which is worsened by lying still at night. Treatment is limited to warm baths, massage and stretching or supplementing with electrolytes calcium, magnesium and potassium. Also, two dopamine agonists for Parkinsons disease are approved by the FDA for the treatment of RLS, ropinirole (Requip) and pramipexole (Mirapex.) Before ‘masking’ the symptoms with pharmaceuticals, consider supporting the body with safe, natural options that target the underlying dysfunction. Several herbs have been used for centuries to improve blood and lymphatic flow and to calm the nerves. Cramp Bark and Wild Yam relax skeletal muscles. Peppermint, Sage and Rosemary improve blood and lymphatic flow. St. John’s Wort and Lavender calm over-active nerves. These herbs should be decocted with hot water and applied directly to the legs-not ingested. Applying a spray or a roll-on of this decoction to the legs and feet may dramatically improve your odds of a good night’s sleep. Steven Frank is an innovative herbalist for Nature’s Rite. His concoctions and decoctions have helped thousand achieve more comfortable healthier lives. See ad page 9.


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hen I say aloe vera is the most impressive medicinal herb invented by nature, I don’t make that statement lightly. Of all the herbs I’ve ever studied -- and I’ve written thousands of articles on nutrition and disease prevention -- aloe vera is the most impressive herb of them all. (Garlic would be a close second.) There is nothing on this planet that offers the amazing variety of healing benefits granted by aloe vera. In a single plant, aloe vera offers potent, natural medicine that: • Halts the growth of cancer tumors. • Lowers high cholesterol. • Boosts the oxygenation of your blood. • Eases inflammation and soothes arthritis pain. • Prevents kidney stones and protects the body from oxalates in coffee and tea. • Alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits. • Cures ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders. • Reduces high blood pressure. • Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients. • Accelerates healing from physical burns and radiation burns. • Replaces dozens of first aid products, makes bandages and antibacterial sprays obsolete. • Heals the intestines and lubricates the digestive tract. • Normalizes bowel movements. • Stabilizes blood sugar and reduces triglycerides in diabetics. • Prevents and treats candida infections. • Functions as nature’s own “sports drink” for electrolyte balance. The Aloe plant is a desert succulent that has adapted to a harsh desert environment by hoarding water in an internal matrix of unique long-chain polysaccharides. This internal gel has self-repairing abilities and is composed of hundreds of different phytochemicals that not only store water and repair injury; they also grant notable medicinal effects to humans who consume them. Aloe isn’t just good for sunburns; it may be the single most important internal supplement available. By Mike Adams, excerpted from See local resource page 29. natural awakenings

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

Sweet Survival Bees & Superbees Update While bee colonies die off around the world, pesticide chemical companies continue to protect their businesses by lobbying against bans on neonicotinoids, a group of nicotinebased toxins designed to paralyze insects by attacking their nervous systems. And that, claim critics, includes honeybees. Mounting authoritative research undermines the pesticide industry’s long-repeated arguments that bees are not being harmed, and increases pressure on U.S. and UK authorities to follow other countries in banning the suspect chemicals, blamed for the “colony collapse disorder” that has been decimating bee populations. The current double-whammy for honeybees is an Asian mite, the varroa, which feeds on honeybee young and adults and spreads viruses. To fight the pest, commercial beekeepers have turned to heavy feeding and medication to try to keep hives alive. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s honeybee lab, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that have studied for the last decade why some hives had low mite levels, have determined that the bees in those colonies were able to detect mites hiding in sealed cells and feeding on developing young. The researchers’ goal is to breed a queen that will pass on to her colony the traits of resistance to pests and disease, gentleness, productivity and winter hardiness, thus creating a superbee. The project is ongoing. Source: Environmental Health News


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Shine On

Earth Quaking

White Roofs Cool Local & Global Warming

Vermont Says, ‘Don’t Frack on Me’

Some things are easy. A new study from researchers at NASA and New York’s Columbia University has concluded that painting a city’s roofs white or another light color could reduce the local ambient temperature by 5 percent or more during hot summer months. This negates the phenomenon scientists refer to as the “urban heat island effect”, in which the dark jungles of asphalt, metal and concrete turn cities into heat reservoirs, soaking up the warmth of the sun instead of reflecting solar radiation back into the atmosphere. In New York City, it was discovered that a white-surfaced roof was 43 percent cooler than its black counterpart. The city passed a law in 2007 to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 30 percent by 2030; increasing the city’s albedo (the amount of reflected solar radiation) by brightening its surfaces is one of the quickest, cheapest and most effective ways to achieve significant reductions. After announcing a plan to alter roofs atop the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal buildings in the summer of 2010, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “Cool roofs are one of the quickest and lowest-cost ways we can reduce our global carbon emissions and begin the hard work of slowing climate change.”

Vermont has become the first U.S. state to ban fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, the controversial practice used to extract natural gas from the ground by injecting water, sand and chemicals deep into the Earth to crack shale rock, which frees oil and gas. Proponents claim that fracking is producing energy and jobs, but critics fear the chemicals are seeping into the groundwater. The process is also suspected of causing mild earthquakes. “This is a big deal,” says Governor Peter Shumlin. “This will ensure that we do not inject chemicals into groundwater in a desperate pursuit for energy.”


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Nature’s Rainbow: Colorful Antioxidants in Foods and Herbs By Lisa Ganora


ature’s colorful rainbow in fruits and vegetables offers not only beauty, but nutrition and healing power as well. Colorful foods not only reward the senses, but signal the presence of powerful antioxidants as well. Dark leafy greens contain chlorophyll and folic acid. Chlorophyll nourishes and detoxifies the blood while folic acid is critical for a healthy nervous system. Folic acid also encourages the development of oxygen-bearing red blood cells, helping with anemia and fatigue. Behind the vibrant green of chlorophyll, yellow and orange antioxidants also quench the free radicals generated by the sun’s UV rays. These warmly colored compounds, known as carotenoids, are named after the familiar garden carrot. These carotenoids protect cell membranes and decrease the


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oxidation of cholesterol, a dangerous precursor to heart disease. Carotenoids include beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein. Many yellow, orange/red vegetables include sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, pumpkin, citrus fruits, sweet and hot peppers, and tomatoes. Dandelion leaves and flowers are another great source. Curcumin, derived from turmeric, lends its bright orange/yellow color to Eastern curry dishes. This potent phytonutrient offers supreme antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and liver protective benefits. Curcumin has been an Ayurvedic staple for centuries and is one of the most highly regarded remedies in modern herbalism. Its formulations address inflammatory conditions such as allergies, arthritis and cancer. In the reddest part of the phytonutrient rainbow, the orangish-red xanthophylls include two very red xanthophylls found in all red peppers and paprika, capsanthin and capsorubin. They are oil-soluble and especially good at protecting the integrity of cell membranes. All carotenoids and

xanthophylls are oil-soluble so should be ingested with some dietary fats. They’re very stable and hold up well during cooking. Moving towards the darker end of the spectrum, the purplish-red anthocyanins are found in raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, elderberries, black currants, blackberries, eggplant and cabbage. These anthocyanins also discourage the growth of abnormal cells. But what about black and white? In plants such as Chinese eggplant or black turtle beans, black is really a very dark purple color indicating a wealth of anthocyanins. White generally means two things: either an abundance of saturated fats (coconut

oil) or the absence of colorful nutrients (as inside the apple or cucumber-most of their nutrients are in the skins). Only refined sugar and salt are nearly pure white. White is also the color of many pharmaceuticals, including the familiar aspirin. So while white things are not always bad for us, the color can sometimes be a flag of caution – like the white tail of a deer! Finally, a colorless but powerful phytonutrient is the Oligomeric Proanthocyanidins Complex (OPC). This is found in grape seed extracts, grape skins, and Hawthorn berries. Numerous studies demonstrate that OPCs protect the heart and blood vessels, modulate inflammation, discourage abnormal cell growth and have astrin-

gent healing properties to protect the skin and mucous membranes of the respiratory and digestive systems. The colors of vitality are Nature’s gifts and clues to the inner mysteries of healthy foods and herbs. As we bring these colorful antioxidants into our daily diets, let’s remember the wisdom behind the old saying: The more pretty colors you eat, the lovelier you will be. Healthy is as healthy eats, so here’s the rainbow for thee! Lisa Ganora is the Director of The Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, Boulder’s School of Integrative Herbalism and Nutrition in the Vitalist tradition. See ad page 10.

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eventspotlight Mountain Retreat Connects Mind, Body and Spirit Through Nature WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP RETURNS TO VAIL, SEPT. 13-16


hat is your greatest potential in life? Are you achieving it? Are you bringing your most brilliant self to the world? These questions ignite a personal conversation that will be explored during the Second Annual Women’s Empowerment Workshop, September 13-16 at the Vail Racquet Club Mountain Resort. Through deep explorations in nature, rafting, rock climbing, hiking, groundwork with horses, seminars and life coaching, women will discover the power within by connecting to nature in a deep and personal way. Wilderness guide, Tanya Miller, wilderness therapist, Josie Fenton, Equine Therapist and author, Melisa Pearce, and Life Coach and author, Joan King, headline this year’s facilitator staff. They will join workshop founders Susie Kin-

cade and Christy Martin to take women outward into nature, not to conquer it, but to learn from it. Activities are designed for all ages and abilities, and provide skills and tools that women can take directly into their life. “I was feeling so blocked about decisions I needed to make in my life and was trapped in over-thinking them,” said Meadow Didier, a past participant. “Then

during the rock climbing I realized that I was actually a better climber when I was blindfolded and using my instincts and intuition instead of my brain. That was a huge ‘Aha!’ moment for me that I have since applied to making some very important decisions my life. It was truly life changing for me,” she explained. On the river expedition women will learn to understand currents, of both water and life, and apply the metaphors and navigation skills learned on the river to situations in their life. Journeying to the soul of nature through hiking, and learning from horses as they mirror the authentic self are other activity options in this diverse, extraordinary workshop. Yoga, journaling time and Envision Your Life seminars round out the four days. “We know and understand the magic that can happen when venturing out into the natural world,” said Kincade. “This is our way of offering it to others so that they can experience in a few days what we’ve learned over a lifetime, and be able to take practical skills into their life, no matter where they live. People can always use nature as a touchstone.”

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ow many wellness practices do you know have a map on the wall showing locations around the world where patients have come from? That’s the case with Grossman Wellness Center. Looks like the only place that’s missing is Antarctica! Dr Terry Grossman knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the subject of anti-aging and health. Not only has he written 3 books, including his latest “Transcend: 9 Steps to living Well,” but he also lives everything he prescribes to patients. Recently, he found he had coronary calcium and is taking supplements to rid himself of that pesky health issue. He says, “I typically try everything on myself. I’m 65 and have never been in the hospital…so far, so good,” he says with a smile. Dr Grossman became a physician because he read Michael Crichton’s book “Five Patients” while he was working as an organic farmer in South Colorado in the ‘70s. He was fascinated by what Crichton had written (it’s about what Crichton experienced as an intern in the ER while at Harvard Medical School) and started pre-med. The health strategies and philosophies at Grossman Wellness Center are targeted to the motto “healing without harm.” For instance, there are plenty of FDA approved medications which seem to cause more problems than they solve. For instance, high blood pressure meds can cause erectile dysfunction. Instead he prefers to prescribe natural

substances, diet, Chinese herbs, fish oil and magnesium. Sometimes, he says, drugs are necessary, but they aren’t his medical center’s first choice. The entire staff of Grossman Wellness Center has found better health through working together. Lolita Hanks, RN, had a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis and spent over 4 years trying to get well enough so she didn’t need full time care. She found Dr Grossman as a thyroid patient and now works for him. With an antibiotic protocol, gluten- and dairy-free diet, supplements and colonics, you wouldn’t even know she had a debilitating illness. Everyone seems to be learning from each other, especially in such a diverse practice with several different modalities. Acupuncture by Karen Kurtak, Stress Management with Velina Lujan, Diet & Nutrition with Lolita, Aesthetics with Paula Quezada, weight loss, autism treatments and women’s health with Dr. Jordanna Quinn. Each comes loaded with letters and certifications after their names. You can find programs for weight loss, hormone therapy, detoxing, vitamins, intravenous therapies (Vitamin C for example), allergies, mesotherapy, autism management and life coaching, among others. They believe in practicing prevention, which is not the same as early detection. Mammograms are early detection; a strategy of a good diet, controlling stress and exercise is preven-

tion. Unfortunately, insurance doesn’t necessarily cover prevention. He says it’s far less expensive to take care of yourself now than pay the “price” later. “People take better care of their cars than they do their bodies,” says Dr Grossman. “They wait until something breaks and let the insurance pay for it, rather than, like your car, you get regular oil changes and system checks?” So, in his case, over 4 months he will pay $1200 to rid his body of coronary calcium now than head to surgery a year from now. The Grossman Wellness Center runs extensive tests called “executive wellness exams” that, for instance, found kidney cancer on a 37 year old man that would not have been found until symptoms emerged. And, in another case, a 62 year old with stage 4 pancreatic cancer with a survival rate of 5% was completely clear within 3 months. Grossman has recently developed a simple, effective, affordable, anti-aging program suitable for nearly everyone’s budget. “With this simple program, patients take a packet containing a few pills every morning and evening. These packets combine both nutritional supplements as well as safe and effective generic medications. This program,” Grossman says, “can slash the risk of heart disease and cancer, our two leading killers, by 50% or more. In addition, patients both feel, act and look younger.” “While aging is natural, it also can be looked at as a disease. We can diagnose, treat and reverse the process, but our patients have to work for it and some people just aren’t ready. We won’t say we can cure everyone, but we are here to help you get better and become younger,” said Dr Grossman. Grossman Wellness Center is located at 2801 Youngfield St in Golden. 303-2334247.

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Tasty Ways to Savor Summer Grilled Black Bean Quinoa Patty These flavorful patties are a hearty and complete source of protein, a popular, plant-based option for traditional burgers. Ground flaxseed mixed with water works to bind the ingredients together in place of eggs. When grilling, be careful to flip them gently, so that patties stay together; they’re equally delicious cooked in a skillet on the stove. Serve on a whole-grain pita and load on the toppings. For a gluten-free alternative, use ground tortilla chips instead of breadcrumbs.

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING Backyard & Picnic Party Foods by Renée Loux


ummer is the high season for outdoor gatherings to celebrate warm weather and make the most of evening’s lingering natural light. When it comes to outdoor entertaining, simple is generally better. Backyard cookouts and picnic takeouts call for tasty fare, light foods and nothing too fancy or fussy. In most parts of the country, summer brings a bounty of just-picked produce, and the fresher it is, the fewer the steps required to make delicious dishes. By keeping just a few staples on hand— cold-pressed olive oil, garlic cloves, fresh herbs and lemons, a good sea salt and freshly ground pepper—the cook will always be prepared to put together a delectable, trouble-free spread. Options run from grilled goodies to marinated and tossed salads that give the hosts time to enjoy their company. Complete the treat by serving skewers of fresh, ripe, cut fruit for dessert—an easy, healthy and welcome alternative to rich and complicated or store-bought sweets. Creating a fun and festive atmosphere for backyard gatherings is easy, without a lot of fanfare. String up twinkly lights


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and use natural wax votive candles placed in empty jam and jelly jars to protect them from the wind. To ward off mosquitoes and generally keep bugs at bay, encircle the patio, deck or park picnic area with citronella candles or incense. Fire pits always make an outdoor gathering feel more special. A mesmerizing center of attention, they also warm up the evening as the temperature drops. To keep serving and cleanup easy, use eco-friendly disposables. Look for plates made from recycled content or bagasse (derived from sugar cane fiber), cutlery sourced from biodegradable, plant-based plastic and recycledpaper napkins. Give guests instant access to a nearby compost bin, garbage can and recycling bin, or designated carry-away bags. Happy summering! Renée Loux is an organic chef, restaurateur, green expert and media personality. Her books include Easy Green Living and The Balanced Plate. Visit

Yields 6 to 8 burgers 1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed, drained and spread out to dry for 20 minutes; divide into two equal parts 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 2 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp garlic powder ¼ to ½ tsp crushed red pepper (optional) 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, mixed with 3 Tbsp water ½ cup cooked quinoa ½ cup breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, as needed 1 /3 cup finely chopped red onion ¼ cup chopped cilantro Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper Toppers Salsa Avocado slices Lettuce Sliced red onion Pickles 1. Drain and rinse black beans in a colander. Shake and let stand for a few minutes for excess liquid to drain. Spread out on a clean, dry towel; blot dry with another clear, dry towel; and let stand to dry for 20 minutes. This can also be done in the oven—spread on a cookie sheet and dry at 300° F for 15 minutes.

2. In a food processor, place half of the beans, Vegenaise, cumin, oregano, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Chop in pulses to create a coarse purée. Transfer to a medium bowl.

3 medium heirloom tomatoes, cored and cut into ¾-inch pieces 1 cup watermelon, cut into ¾-inch cubes 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into ¾-inch cubes 1 avocado, cut in half, pitted and cut into ¾-inch cubes ½ cup pitted green olives, chopped (Castelvetrano olives recommended) 1 Tbsp chopped basil 1 Tbsp chopped mint 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar or champagne vinegar Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

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1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

4. Form into 3- to 4-inch-circumference patties. If time allows, let chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours to firm and for flavors to develop.

2. Whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar and thyme. Brush cleaned mushrooms with mixture and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 20 to 30 minutes.

5. On a grill preheated to mediumhigh and brushed with oil, cook patties until crisp and brown, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Or heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until browned, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

3. Grill on each side until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Or roast mushrooms under the broiler until juicy, about 10 minutes (optional).

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Quinoa, Tomatoes and Herbs Grilling mushrooms brings out their savory flavor. Stuffed with protein-rich quinoa, this dish is satisfying enough to be served as an entrée. Yields 6 servings 6 Portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp balsamic vinegar ½ tsp dried thyme Sea salt 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 scallions, chopped 1 large clove garlic, minced ¾ cup uncooked quinoa 1½ cups water 1 low-sodium vegetable bullion cube 2 medium heirloom tomatoes, diced into ½-inch pieces 2 Tbsp chopped herbs—basil, parsley and/or mint Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4. In a skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium heat, and sauté garlic and scallions with a pinch of salt and pepper just until fragrant, for about 1 minute. Add quinoa, water and bullion cube. Turn up heat, cover and bring to a boil. Stir once and reduce heat to low to simmer for 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. 5. Fluff quinoa with a fork. Fold in tomatoes and herbs. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 6. Place mushrooms cap-side down on a serving platter. Fill the cavity of the mushrooms with the quinoa mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Watermelon Mediterranean Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Avocado and Olives This dish embodies the zenith of summer, when watermelon and tomatoes are at their height. Paired with refreshing cucumber, buttery avocado, savory olives and bright herbs, this pastiche of flavor and texture is a perfect accompaniment to any backyard or picnic party.

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3. In a small bowl, mix ground flaxseed and water. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken. Mix into the black bean mixture and add remaining beans, quinoa, breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips, onion and cilantro. Mix until combined. If the mixture looks too wet to hold together, add more breadcrumbs or ground tortilla chips. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Yields 4 to 6 servings

1. In a bowl, place tomatoes, watermelon, cucumber, avocado, olives, basil and mint. Toss gently. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour over tomato-watermelon mixture and toss gently to mix. Season to taste with more salt and pepper. Serve immediately. Recipes from The Balanced Plate and Living Cuisine, by Renée Loux, and; limeade recipe courtesy of Beth Bader, co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club.



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Sun Protection from Without Yale dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone, author of The Wrinkle Cure, strongly recommends natural nonchemical sunscreens such as “physical” blockers titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, not chemical sunscreen formulations, for everyone that plans to spend more than a few minutes in the sun. He states, “The benefit of a physical sunscreen is that it acts like tiny mirrors—deflecting all spectrums of the radiation away from the skin, including the dangerous ultraviolet [UV] rays.” Taking commonsense steps can reduce exposure to both sun damage and sunblocking products that have, among other synthetic chemical ingredients, parabenbased preservatives and can carry health risks, says medical researcher Elizabeth Plourde, Ph.D., author of Sunscreens are Biohazards: Treat as Hazardous Waste.

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Skin Protection from Within Numerous studies show that specific foods can help provide natural sun

protection, working from the inside out, including a class of foods incorporating carotenoids, which give rich colors to fruits and vegetables. According to recent research from Henrich-Heine University, in Dusseldorf, Germany, subcategories of the nutrients lutein (in dark green leafy veggies) and lycopene (in tomatoes and other pink/red foods) are among the most powerful antioxidants. Perricone explains, “Numerous scientific studies from around the world show that oral supplementation with carotenes, especially lycopene and betacarotene, improve skin structure, have powerful wound-healing properties and offer great protection from damage caused by sunlight.” Because inflammation is a major cause of many types of skin damage and premature aging, he highly recommends the Mediterranean diet and other eating plans rich in healthy oils like olive oil, omega-3 from walnuts and butternuts and oily fish, along with lots of vegetables and fruits. A growing body of research from such prestigious institutions as North Carolina’s Duke University and the Xienta Institute for Skin Research, in Pennsylvania, shows that vitamins C and E can

protect skin against free radical damage and also reduce the chances of sunburn. Potent antioxidant herbs such as green tea (Camellia sinensis) are also proving effective, according to research from the University of Alabama.

Healthy Sun Exposure Still, sunshine is the best source of vitamin D, so Perricone recommends stepping outside without sunscreen protection for at least 15 minutes a day with as much skin exposed as possible, even when clouds are present, preferably in early morning or evening sunshine. “But don’t bake in the sun,” the doctor warns. “Limited sun exposure will increase vitamin D production, known to reduce the risk of many internal cancers, while also reducing the risk of osteoporosis.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow is among her many books. Visit

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The Truth about GMOs Plant Pathologist Don Huber Reveals the Risks by Melinda Hemmelgarn


t least 70 percent of processed foods in supermarkets contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients, mainly from corn, soy, canola, sugar beets and cottonseed oil. Yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require GMO food labeling, despite overwhelming consumer support for their “right to know.” Genetic engineering goes beyond traditional plant breeding because it allows scientists to cross species barriers and insert a gene from one organism into another that would not normally occur. Examples include inserting bacterial DNA into a plant to effect traits such as pest or herbicide resistance. Plant Pathologist and Purdue University Professor Emeritus Don Huber, Ph.D., speaks out internationally about the risky business of biotechnology.

We are told we need GMOs to “feed the world,” but will GMOs provide affordable food for the masses, as Monsanto ads tell us? There is nothing in the GMO process that has added any new yield potential to any crop. All of the yield increases achieved in the past 15 years have been through traditional breeding programs. When Professor Karen McAfee, an economist at Yale University, analyzed the GMO claim, she found that the only entity that benefited was the biotechnology industry (Geoforum report). Nutritional quality has suffered, food safety has been compromised by the toxic entities involved in the genetic engineering process and farmers’ production costs have increased significantly, while


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quality and harvested yield potential have decreased. What we see in practice are failed promises.

What is the risk and potential harm to people and the planet due to GMOs? There are two serious risk factors involved in current genetically engineered plants. The first is an increase in plant, animal and human diseases plus pests associated with GMO crops, reported by sources as diverse as the European Journal of Agronomy, Earth Open Source and the University of Leipzig, in Germany. The second is abusive use of the chemical products that the herbicide-tolerant GMOs have been developed to tolerate; supporting studies include research published in the European Journal of Agronomy and the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation’s Forum. For example, glyphosate in many weed killer formulations is used excessively both on Roundup-ready crops and as a single chemical for general weed control. This has resulted in super weeds, super pathogens, compromised natural biological controls and devastated components of the soil biology responsible for nutrient availability and function. Recent research from institutions around the world, including the UK’s King’s College and Leipzig University, is now showing a link between GMO crops and/or the products they produce or tolerate and increased incidence of mutations, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, allergies, birth defects, cancer, reproductive failure and other health effects. It is a heavy price for society to pay for a massive experiment.

Scientists also are seeing hazardous levels of some of the products excessively used to grow GMO crops accumulating in the Earth’s soil, water and air. The biodegrading process of those substances often takes much longer than anticipated, and damage to non-target crops, plants and organisms is becoming a serious concern (Plant and Soil and Geoderma). Scientists also are finding that such ‘foreign’ genes in the environment are quite promiscuous and can persist, perhaps indefinitely, in soil, intestinal or plant environments with unknown health consequences (Reproductive Toxicology, Aquaculture Research and Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry). Several countries have banned importing crops grown in any field where one of five corn hybrids were previously grown, for instance, because soil microbes have picked up the GMO genes from decomposing plant residues and can transmit the genes to future crops—resulting in the toxic product possibly being present in the later crop. No one knows how to remove the GMO foreign genes once they are introduced.

Looking to the future, should we be concerned by chemical companies’ lobbying for approval of the next leap in GMOs, to 2,4-D resistant crops? Like glyphosate tolerance, 2,4-D resistance is based on flawed science and a failure to understand that agriculture is the management of a delicately interrelated ecological system, comprised of the plant and its various environments (biological, chemical and physical), rather than the selection of ‘silver bullets’. Adding 2,4-D tolerance introduces another foreign and potentially toxic protein in the plant and an additional toxic chemical applied directly to food and animal feed. Food safety, nutritional quality and potential yield will all be compromised in the process.

Do you see any benefits from this technology? The GMO technology could be a powerful tool when we gain enough understanding to use it properly and ef-

fectively. We are a long way from gaining that essential understanding. The current rush to commercialize it and widespread implementation of the associated hazardous and ineffective products currently on the market may well be a major deterrent to future use of the technology when it is properly understood.

What can people do to avoid GMOs and protect their health? Buy organic foods, preferably from known local growers, and stay alert to the issue to take needed grassroots actions. Future historians may well remark not about how many pounds of pesticide we did or didn’t apply, but how willing we were to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future generations for the massive flawed experiment of genetic engineering only to benefit the bottom line of a commercial enterprise. Petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today to require labeling of GMO foods at Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “Food Sleuth,� is a registered dietitian and awardwinning writer and radio host at kopn. org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@ Hear her interview with Don Huber at

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“You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them.” ~ Mohandas Gandhi


olitical and spiritual leader Mohandas Gandhi practiced total simplicity and minimalism, leaving an admirable legacy of how to live. Born into a prosperous family, he enjoyed a privileged upbringing and studied law at University College, London, in England. When he left Earth, he had fewer than 10 possessions. In contrast, most of us tend to spend a lot of time and energy accumulating and looking after possessions; by having

less, life naturally becomes simpler. We can take up author Dave Bruno’s The 100 Thing Challenge and start cutting down to bare basics by recycling, refusing to accept more stuff and giving away or selling unwanted possessions. Accumulate little. Gandhi believed in possessing only the clothes, sandals, watch and spectacles he wore and some cooking and eating utensils. He would give away or auction any gift he received.

Eat simple food. Gandhi never had a problem being overweight. He followed a strict vegetarian diet and frequently cooked his own simple, locally produced foods. He ate from a small bowl, a reminder to eat moderately and mindfully, often accompanied by prayers. Dress simply. Gandhi wore simple clothes, often just a wraparound cloth, for modesty and comfort. A simple hairstyle can shorten daily grooming. Gandhi shaved off his hair. Lead a simple, stress-free life. Gandhi meditated daily and spent hours in reflection and prayer. Though he was a revered world leader, he led a simple life with few distractions and commitments and would interrupt political meetings to play with children. Gandhi insisted on doing his own simple tasks. He advocated self-sufficiency and simple work. Let your life be your message. A prolific, concise writer and powerful speaker in public; in private, Gandhi spoke quietly and only when necessary. He preferred to let his life talk for him. By living a simple life, Gandhi was able to devote himself to his chosen higher purpose and focus on his commitment to his people and the world. Accordingly, consistent focus determines anyone’s success and the potential for leaving one’s own inspiring legacy. Arvind Devalia is the author of the bestselling Get the Life You Love, an inspirational coach and prolific blogger. Connect at

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Learn how to lose pounds by improving body composition without long-term dangers to your health and well-being. Learn about the real cause of our obesity and diabetes epidemic and its connection to a reversible metabolic disorder related to cancer, heart disease and dementia. 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 B&C, Lakewood. RSVP required; call 303-934-3600 or online at

Drum Circle–5:30-7:30pm. Chanting 5:30-6; drumming 6-7:30. No experience necessary. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

SOUL BODY INTEGRATION WORKSHOP - INTUITION AND GUIDANCE Sunday, August 20, 3-5:30pm When you have a hunch about something, whether you dismiss or honor it, your intuitive abilities are picking up on guidance. This workshop will build your understanding of how you personally receive guidance, your relationship to the messages you receive, and how to tell if the guidance you are receiving is the temptation of your ego or the calling of your soul. $65 per person. Enrollment limited to 4. RSVP

WHY DO I STILL HAVE THYROID SYMPTOMS? Wednesday, August 22, 6:30-8pm Lab Tests Normal and still experiencing weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, bloating and other thyroid symptoms? Whether your lab tests are normal, or you are on thyroid medication, there is new and important information about thyroid disorders available. This class will give you tools you can employ immediately. FREE, but preregistration required. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Gail Smithson, LAc, 303-762-8994, or


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Non-Denominational Church Service–11am. Doors open 10:40-11am. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message. Includes free aura healing/chakra balancing. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. Church of Infinite Spirit / Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-758-1743. Boulder Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. HU Song, contemplation, music, stories and connection. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley, 1800 30th St. Ste 208. 303-443-1610 or Spiritual Gathering, Healing Clinic & Lunch at Mimi’s Café–11am-Noon. Also on the 15th. Inspirational service, aura healing clinic and lunch at Mimi’s Café. Donations welcome. Sacred Spaces, 223 Titan St., Aurora. Rev. DebraRae 303-365-0200 or

JULY 2, MONDAY Full Moon Ceremony–7-9pm. Share in the celebration and energy of the Full Moon Ceremony with drumming, dance, ceremonies, teachings, and networking. Bring your drum, a snack to share and a love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

JULY 4, WEDNESDAY Celebrate Freedom 4th of July Picnic–5pm. Enjoy cookout favorites from Rory’s Lunchbox and the John Philip Sousa Band. Get your spiritual fill with a special holiday service-Celebrate Freedom. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-237-8851 or

JULY 5, THURSDAY Oneness Deekshas & Sacred Sound with Ann Hines & Donna Baldwin –7-9pm. With live Sacred Sound from crystal bowls/native American flute. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiver. $20 suggested. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

JULY 6, FRIDAY Glowmapping Open Studio-See What You Mean– 6-8:30pm. Vision mapping for innerpreneurs and individuals. First Friday Art Walk Santa Fe Art District. Free. Glowmapping Studio, 802 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. Susanne Hoogwater 720-324-3555 or

JULY 7, SATURDAY Herb Walk with Matthew Becker – Sat, 10-1. Join an expert herbalist for an intro to the medicinal plants of the Front Range. $20. Meet at 9:30 at CSCH in Boulder. RSVP 720-722-4372 or

Achieve Your Goals–10:30am-Noon. Tired of wanting and not having? Have more of what you want-less of what you don’t. $25 advance/$35 door. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Melanie Smithson, LPC, BC-DMT, Certified Sedona Method Coach, 303-762-8994, or

JULY 10, TUESDAY Nutritional Cleansing Presentation & Tasting– 7-9pm. Also on 26th. 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 A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks –Daytime 11am-1pm or Evening 7-9pm. Meditation can transform your life and create change. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Early Bird $165, Regular $180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, or

JULY 11, WEDNESDAY Myths & Facts About Chiropractic–7-8:15pm. Explore how chiropractic works, what conditions respond to it, the importance of the nervous system and the basics of spinal health. Free. LifeSource Health Partners 65 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP 303-934-3600 or

JULY 12, THURSDAY Learn to Heal with Angels; 5 Weeks– Daytime 11am-1pm. Meet your Guardian & Healing Angels. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early Bird $165, Regular $180 Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, or CCC: Consciousness Creatives Community – 6:4510pm. Monthly meeting to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet. Presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. Second Thursdays. Love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Beyond Loss Grief Support Workshop–7-9:30pm. 10 Thursdays. For anyone four months past the death of a loved one. Allow understanding and reconciliation to occur in a supportive environment. $30. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-2378851 or Natural First Aid with Naturopathic Dr. Caitlin O’Connor–6:30-8:30pm. See what Holistic Moms Network is about. All parents welcome. Free. Denver Waldorf School 940 Fillmore, Denver. Holistic Moms Network Denver Metro Chapter. Golf/Tennis Happy Hour–6-7:30pm. Improve your game while enjoying a cocktail. Talk to athletes, analyze posture, learn exercises and techniques to improve your swing/serve. Free. Integrative Health Inc, 5191 S Yosemite St., Ste B Greenwood Village. RSVP Melissa Kowalski 303-577-9977, integrativehealthinc@yahoo. com or

JULY 13, FRIDAY Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Doors auto-lock 6:55pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish, Free. Healings $10. Trance medium healing is a dynamic process facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings and individual clearings. No appt nec. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213, Denver. 303-758-1743 or

JULY 14, SATURDAY Plant Communication with Deanna Gabriel – Sat 1-4, Sun 11-4. Certified Herbalist and Flower Essence Practitioner leads a weekend of journeying with the Plant Spirits. $100. Meets at CSCH in Boulder. deanna. Energy on the Rocks! Finding Your Crystal Communication Style–9:30am-Noon. Deepen your personal communication with the stones and learn to care for them. $50. Heart of Oneness, 720 14th St., Golden. The Laughing Owl, LLC. RSVP Rhoda Deon PhD 720-4431099, or Summertime Tune-Up-Awareness through Movement–2-4:15pm. Learn to bend, twist and balance with greater ease in yoga classes or garden: improve your golf swing or tennis serve. Unwind your spine. $20. Dancing the Soul, 950-C Jersey St., Denver. Christy Cutler 303502-4586 or Dowsing & Earth Acupuncture–10:30am-1pm. Learn history of dowsing and see a demo of Earth Acupuncture tools. Practice dowsing with L-rods and take them home! Healing Dome, Longmont, $10 includes snacks & beverages. RSVP Karen Rice King 303-665-0175 or

JULY 15, SUNDAY Community HU–10:30-11am. HU is an ancient, sacred and non-denominational name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. ECKANKAR Centers of Denver and Boulder Valley, 5800 E Evans Ave., Denver and 1800 30th St., Ste 208, Boulder. 303-756-9287 or

JULY 18, WEDNESDAY Oneness Blessing–5:30-6:30pm. Certified blessing givers offer Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction and Oneness Energy transferred. Accelerate spiritual growth and deepening. Love Offering. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood. 303-2378851 or Mindful Hikes-Exploring Self and Nature–5:307:30pm. A guided experience in nature explores: personal views: accesses higher truths and life themes: connects with self and the natural world through mindfulness, curiosity and exploration. $18. Boulder/Golden Area. Wellness in Balance, Achieve Your Goals Teleseminar–6:30-8pm. Tired of wanting and not having? Have more of what you want-less of what you don’t. $25. Teleseminar. Melanie Smithson, LPC, BC-DMT, Certified Sedona Method Coach, 303-762-8994 or

JULY 19, THURSDAY Natural Health, Natural Beauty–6pm. Dr Katia Meier and the Clear Sky Medical team discuss learn the 10 most important pitfalls when it comes to food and skin care ingredients and how to avoid them. Being an educated consumer will ensure long term health and beauty without later regrets. FREE. Clear Sky Medical,

9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303–790–7860 or New Moon Ceremony–6:30pm-8:30pm. Share in the introspection, and new creation energy of the new moon. Bring drums and special intentions. Join us for this month’s shamanic celebration. Bring snacks. $10 suggested. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-7316695. Angel Healing Clinic–7:15-8pm. Instructors communicate messages from Angels and assist in

healing individuals and the group. Take healing to the next level in these life-changing, personalized sessions! $10/Group; $25/individual 15 min @ 8pm by appt. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, journeywithin@ or

JULY 20, FRIDAY Thai Energy Lines, Theory & Practice–6:30-8:30pm. This class introduces the concept of the ‘energy body’

savethedate THE WAKE UP FESTIVAL: A 5-DAY EXPERIENCE OF TRANSFORMATION August 22–26 More than 25 Sounds True authors and teachers will come together in beautiful Estes Park offering a vision of spiritual awakening. The schedule includes break-out workshops, morning practices, community immersions, musical experiences, “deep dive” intensives, keynote speakers and dance celebrations. Carolyn Myss, Michael Bernard Beckwith, David Whyte, Shiva Rea and Jack Kornfield are just a handful of the powerful speakers and performers who approach awakening from many different perspectives—and who will empower and enlighten you with their messages and music.

BECOME A CERTIFIED MASTER HERBALIST! BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2012. Join us with our new teacher, Brigitte Mars! Gain skills 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,,

WHOLE MAN EXPO Saturday, September 8, 8:30am-6pm The Whole Man Expo honors and celebrates men who are actively striving for life balance, and seeks to increase public awareness of the challenges that contemporary men often confront. An upbeat event, with interactive learning, physical activities, networking, exhibitors and socializing. Presenters/panelists discuss a wide-range of topics. Keynote speaker Randy Ferguson, M.A. Closing features presentation of the Whole Man of the Year Award. Men, women and teens welcome. Location: The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd., Denver (on the University of Denver campus). Info/register

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP NATURE ADVENTURE RETREAT September 13-16 in Vail, CO An extraordinary opportunity to transform your life in four deep, invigorating days in Vail. “Envision Your Life” and “Next Steps” workshops; life and spiritual coaching; expertly guided nature explorations through hiking and nature photography; healing with horses, rock climbing, yoga and meditation, and exploring Women’s Inner Wisdom. Includes meals, welcome party, networking. $1550 (does not include lodging) Special rates at All ages and abilities welcome.

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and introduces theories behind the Thai Sen Sib energy lines. Free. Denver Integrative Massage School 1221 Galapago St., Denver. 720-316-8888, or

JULY 21, SATURDAY An Herbal Experience with Brigitte Mars – Sat 10-4. Herb walk & talk about herbal safety, dosages, making simple preparations & natural remedies for common ailments. $75. Meets at CSCH in Boulder. Register 303-442-4967.

JULY 22, SUNDAY Optimal Nutrition and Food Allergies with Fallon Krystelle Rhodes–1-4pm. Clinical Nutritionist & Certified Herbalist discusses how foods affect health including gluten-free, dairy-free cuisine. $20. Meets at CSCH in Boulder. 720-628-3548. Grounding & Centering–2-4pm. Also on the 29th. Eliminate worry and stress in 10 mins/day. For “busy minds” and people-intense professions. Establish boundaries and exercise optimum energy. $39. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., Ste 103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, or

JULY 23, MONDAY Richard Rudis Gong Bath-Starhouse–7-8:30pm. Gong vibration penetrates our bodies removing energy blockages to bring clarity and focus. Manifest your dreams! $25early/$30door. Starhouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon Dr, Boulder. Alicia Lochary 720-308-3696 or

JULY 25, WEDNESDAY Autoimmune Wellness–6:30-7:30pm. BUBL supports individuals with autoimmune disorders to live healthier lifestyles. Gain a better understanding by listening. Health, wellness, lifestyle, environmental toxins, food intolerances, patient advocacy. FREE. Denver Integrative Massage School, 1221 Galapago St, Denver. Why do I still have Thyroid Symptoms?–6:308pm. Lab tests normal yet still experience weight gain, fatigue, brain fog and bloating? Get answers/ tools to support your health. FREE. RSVP Smithson Clinic 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Gail Smithson, LAc, 303-762-8994, or Heal The Healers–7-9pm. Healers give and receive. Share your gifts and get your time of healing on the table as well. All healers are invited. Bring energy, tools, and a snack to share. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada, Arvada. 303-7316695.

JULY 26, THURSDAY Thrive Movement Solutions Group–7-9pm. Meeting to pursue the idea of following in California’s footsteps for state legislation that requires mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in Colorado. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

JULY 27, FRIDAY An Evening with James Van Praagh, Medium– 7pm. Demonstration of mediumship, guided healing, enlightened meditation; clear, concise messages from loved ones in spirit. $35. Mile Hi Church,


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JULY 28, SATURDAY High Altitude Herb Ramble with Lisa Ganora–9am. Join the Director of CSCH for a unique herb walk at a high-altitude location near Nederland. $40. 720-7224372 or Richard Rudis Gong Bath-Starhouse–6-9pm. Gong vibration penetrates our bodies removing energy blockages to bring clarity and focus. Manifest your dreams! Anticipate healings, awakenings and miracles! $25early/$30door. So Be It Studios 917 Front St., Louisville. Alicia 720-308-3696 or

Psychic & Healing Fair–Noon-5pm. Readings w/ Rev. DebraRae (20min/$25), Healings (20min/$20), Reiki, Egyptian healing rods, detox footbath, Chi machine, oxygen aromatherapy, therapeutic paraffin dip, merchandise & more. $2. Sacred Spaces, 223 Titan St., Aurora. 303-365-0200 or Community Appreciation Day–11am-1pm. Free chair massages, acupuncture treatments and BMI tests. Refreshments. Pamper yourself and learn to improve your health and well-being. Free. Integrative Health, Inc 5191 S Yosemite St., Ste B Greenwood Village. RSVP Melissa 303-577-9977, or



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CAREER/LIFE COACHING Motivational Life Coach with an Intuitive Twist: Get all the guidance of a life coach with an authentic psychic receiving messages from your spirit guides. Find out if your challenges are from past life issues, what your purpose is in this life and more in-depth information that only an intuitive can help you with! All readings via phone. Nancy Goldstein, 860-306-6010, 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 Traditional Ayurveda: Taos high desert Ayurvedic clinic offers Kindly priced panchakarmas (seasonal detoxification) and rejuvenating retreats. We specialize in traditional Ayurveda, pranic yoga, and healthy organic grown-on-the-spot food. Friendly, quiet, private, secluded. Come and rejuvenate with Tizia! 575-776-2212 or 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.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES APPOINTMENT SETTERS: Confident in talking to people and not afraid of commission? Cold calling and/or walk-in to set appointments for Natural Awakenings; $10/appointment set and bonuses. Script and training given. Parttime easy grocery/gas money! Email Doug@ Licensed Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner to join Clear Sky Medical in Centennial. 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 with experience in preventive medicine, has excellent communication skills, great work ethics and enjoys a dynamic work environment. Clean work history, no work restrictions required. Contact/send resume/email to

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ongoingevents Almost Daily! 90-min Student Thai Massage–appts:Mon 5p, 7p; Tues/Thurs 1p, 3p, 5p; Sat/Sun 11a, 1p, 3p. Student sessions combine Thai yoga massage, Asian Therapy and Western massage techniques. $35. Denver Integrative Massage School, 2414 W 32nd Ave., Denver. 720-316-8888, or

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1 st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, davids@yogaofthemind. com or

wednesdays Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing Daytime Healing Clinic in Denver–12:15-1pm. A healing is like a psychic shower. Unecessary energy is cleared, clarity and contentment are restored. Donations welcome. No clinic July 4th. Inner Connection Institute 2755 S Locust St., Ste 213 Denver. 303-758-1743 or

Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, like an “energy car wash.” Release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. Love offering. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, or

thursdays Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing Evening Healing Clinic–6-7pm. A healing is like a psychic shower. Unecessary energy is cleared, clarity and contentment are restored. Donations welcome. Student readings after clinic:$10. Inner Connection Institute North Side 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Drop-in for a 10 Min Healing. Negative energy is gently removed and replaced with your own positive energy. Feel great to take your next steps. Free. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St., Boulder. 303-530-0920 or Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. 90mins. 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

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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.

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AUGUST 19, SUNDAY Incredible, Edible Gluten-Free Food Fair–10am-4pm. Annual Fair features gluten-free options. 100 vendors provide samples, showcase product lines, demonstrate cooking techniques, give out coupons and sell cookbooks. Free. Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E 58th Ave., Denver. GFFoodFair@denverceliacs. org or

AUGUST 22–26 The Wake Up Festival: A 5-Day Experience of Transformation–More than 25 Sounds True authors and teachers offer a vision of spiritual awakening. Carolyn Myss, Michael Bernard Beckwith, David Whyte, Shiva Rea and Jack Kornfield are some of the speakers and performers who empower with messages/ music. Estes


SEPTEMBER 8, SATURDAY Annual Peace in the Park Festival–11am-5pm. Free family Fun: face painting, magic show, puppet making, live music, free chair massage! CSU’s efficient car. Local/national groups making a difference. Fun shopping, yummy food! Foote Lagoon/Civic Center Park, 2nd St. and Washington Ave, Loveland. Whole Man Expo–8:30am-6pm. An upbeat event, with interactive learning, physical activities, networking, exhibitors and socializing. Presenters/panelists discuss a wide-range of topics. Closing features presentation of the Whole Man of the Year Award. The Cable Center, 2000 Buchtel Blvd., Denver. Mensanthology. com/whole-man-expo.

SEPTEMBER 13-16 Women’s Empowerment Workshop Nature Retreat–Workshops; life and spiritual coaching; guided nature explorations and other recreational activities; yoga and meditation; hiking and nature photography; healing with horses and more. Includes all meals. Vail.

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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE AND TRADITIONAL ASIAN MEDICINE MARIA BARAYBAR LEE 1529 York Street, Denver 303-333-9977 Feel relief from headaches, back pain, allergies, sports injuries and menstrual problems to autoimmune diseases like fibromyalgia or MS, even side effects of chemotherapy. Acupuncture even helps infertility! Acupuncture has been in practice for over 3,000 years, and stimulates specific points on the body (called meridians) which connect all the organs in the body. Don’t be afraid – these needles don’t hurt! Call 303333-9977 now to make an appointment any Tuesday and your Acupuncture Treatment will be only $40, no questions asked about your income. Promo code: TUESDAY CLINIC.

BOWEN THERAPY BOWEN THERAPY WITH JACKIE BURSON Cottonwood Clinic 1976 West Iliff Ave., Englewood 303-945-9780 Relieve pain, insomnia, digestive disorders, anxiety, colic, headaches, allergies and more with Bowen Therapy. Ease the symptoms of Parkinsons, Raynauds and Tourettes syndrome. Great for pregnancy issues such as back pain, mobility and relaxation, postbirth recovery and some lactation issues. It is so gentle it can be used on anyone. Called the homeopathy of bodywork, Bowen Therapy utilizes subtle inputs to the body, stimulating the body to heal itself, often profoundly. The Bowen Technique communicates with the nervous system through a connective tissue layer called fascia and acupuncture meridians. As the body receives this information it begins to balance and heal itself. Call today to start living without pain! See 50% off coupon at


CONSULTANT: TOOLS FOR ABUNDANT LIVING SC CARROLL ASSOCIATES LLC SUSANNAH CARROLL 303-861-4338 Find clarity on your life’s direction and learn techniques for staying calm in any situation. Live abundantly and prosperously! Susannah Carroll is a Motivational Consultant supercharging your incarnation with tools and resources, a mixture of east/west philosophies and designed for use anywhere and anytime. We work with individuals, business executives, entrepreneurs, sales teams and more! Offering a FREE 30-minute phone consultation for first time clients.

COUNSELING OPEN SPACE, OPEN MIND CM BROWN, RYT, CHT. Boulder 303-396-9023 Are you confused? Overwhelmed by life? It sometimes helps to sit down and stop 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 learning how to cope. Through the Buddhist and Vedantic teachings, uncover a new way of living your life. Private meetings include 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.


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Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization 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 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 15.

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. 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 offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 6.


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LORRAINE MAY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 303-239-0382 Understanding Dogs Class and Dog Trainer Apprentice Classes start in the Fall! Understanding Dogs: Unique opportunity to receive an evaluation, treatment plan and coaching experience with your dog. holistic approach with positive reinforcement techniques tailored to each 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.

ENERGY HEALINGS & MEDITATION CLASSES JOURNEY WITHIN WITH ANITA DESTINO Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood 720-413-7303 A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 22.

HEALING & PSYCHIC READINGS TATYANA TSYGANOK Intuitive Healer & Psychic 303-359-1150 Connect with your higher self and receive healings for PTSD, traumas, addictions, depression and low selfesteem with my support and natural gifts. I use different modalities to help including psychic readings, past life regression, Psych-K, Bodytalk, EFT & Matrix Energetics. Also assist with adopted children from Eastern Europe. I welcome everybody who needs my help and I will greet you with love! Call for help today!






KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860


Feel your best at any age with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call to set up your appointment today. See ad page 22.

We all know how beneficial Aloe Vera is for skincare. Did you know aloe can be taken internally too? Aloe Vera provides digestive and immune function support, anti-inflammatory response, oral and skin health, helps to maintain healthy weight and energy levels, and more! This is an aloe vera formula in its purest, most potent form through Forever Living’s patent stabilized formula. We offer 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 efficacy. (Business Opportunity available)

HEALTHY MIND THE HEALING BRAIN NEUROFEEDBACK WITH SUSIE RAMSEY Serving Boulder County 303-406-3331 Are you dealing with ADDICTION, ADD/ADHD, AUTISM, ANXIETY, ANGER, ANTI-AGING, DEPRESSION, EPILEPSY, FATIGUE, FOCUS, MIGRAINES, PTSD, SLEEP PROBLEMS or STRESS? Neurofeedback is an amazing, fast and effective tool for personal growth or the elimination of symptoms of dysregulation, disease and illness. Neurofeedback trains your brain to optimize its brainwave patterns which results in selfhealing. Results include increased attention and focus, emotional stability, inner calm, quiet mind, and the resiliency to cope with the stresses of daily life. Call today for $25 off your first visit!

BARBARA PETTIBONE, MSW, LCSW Denver 303-862-5712 Identify your core issues and apply your inner strengths to address them – everyone has within themselves the resources to address and resolve conflicts with support from Barbara Pettibone. YOU ARE THE CONSUMER AND YOU CHOOSE YOUR THERAPIST AND ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME OF YOUR TREATMENT! YOU ARE THE KEY! 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. Fees are based on ability to pay/sliding scale. Insurance/ credit cards not accepted. Please call or email for appt. Flexible scheduling.

1211 Avery Street, Golden 303-278-1780 Help your child reach his or her greatest physical, mental, social and academic potential. Individualized and comprehensive brain-based approaches (not drug-based) to help children with neurobehavioral and learning difficulties such as dyslexia. 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. Tour our center and learn how we can help your child. Call us today. See ad page 13.



IAN HOLLAMAN, DC 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447


Are you tired, foggy-brained, gaining weight for no reason, have elevated cholesterol and other symptoms of thyroid disease, but your thyroid levels are “normal?” Go beyond the “traditional” standard of care to Ian Hollaman, DC, who focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries with proficiency in multiple modalities such as Applied Kinesiology, Functional Medicine. Chiropractic and Nutrition. See ad page 2.



KAREN HOLLAMAN, DC, LMT 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 www.

Body-Centered Psychotherapist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master In Boulder 303-808-4006 We create a compassionate and powerful container in which you discover the source of your well being Discover a deeper sense of wholeness, integrity, passion and joy. BJ Brown brings her commitment, presence, humor and expertise in the areas of relationship, trauma, spirituality, life transition, addiction, and body-mind awareness. Retreats, long distance consultations and healings also offered. Read my recently published book, “The Six Gates of Completion - A Companion in Life’s Transitions”, available on my website, Kindle, The Boulder Bookstore, and The Tattered Cover. Begin your life transformation today!


Women, are you looking for a different standard of care for you and your children? I was given a second chance at life because of a holistic chiropractor’s understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support. I 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 PHYSICIAN or see ad page 22.

IN TOUCH MASSAGE THERAPY WITH BRENNA WITT, LMT Kittredge Village, 26030 Hwy. 74, Kittredge 303-526-0038 Do you have sore muscles, an injury with 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 Evergreen.. Enjoy your fully customized massage with Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue and/or Hot Stone while listening to the soothing sounds of Bear Creek and bird songs outside the window. New client special! $45 for an hour; $65 for 1.5 hours or the package: buy 5 and get the 6th free! Gift Certificates are available. Call or email for your massage today!

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MASSAGE BALANCE HEALING Esther Yang,, CMT 7007 E Hampden Ave, Ste B, Denver 303-758-1078 Bring balance, health and happiness to your life. Heal persistent pain, body aches and relax with Balance Healing’s therapeutic massage. This type of massage brings healing to the body by pressure points using acupuncture meridian techniques that revitalize the spirit, mind and body. We also provide acupuncture sessions to help relieve pain and healing foot reflexology. Come and relax with soft music and in an atmosphere of true healing. Gift Certificates available. Call for your appointment today at 303-758-1078.

NUTRITION CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 22.

ORGANIC FOOD TOWER GARDEN Heather Clark 303-753-2665, An easy way to grow your own healthy, organic food any time of year, in any size space! The Tower Garden is a vertical aeroponic growing system that can be used to grow any non-root vegetable and herb, in large or small spaces. Easy to install and maintain, requires no weeding and is less climate-sensitive. Even grow indoors during the winter! It offers a higher yield of crops, safe and ecologically friendly, uses less than 10% of the traditional amount of water and grows stronger, healthier plants, faster.



KAREN FOX, PH.D., DIRECTOR Taking the “woo-woo” out of Psychic Education Englewood, Aurora, Lakewood 303-942-0646

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Improving your innate psychic ability can help you in a variety of situations – knowing when situations or people are right or wrong for you, personally and professionally. Use your psychic abilities for yourself or to become a professional psychic with Aspen Program training! Take the classes you want or study for a certificate: Psychic, Medical-Health Intuitive, Spirit Medium, Intuition in Business. Wide variety of classes and teachers. Call today and start understanding more about your life and yourself!

PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH AYA COUNSELING & CONSULTING, LLC CARNITA M. GROVES, MA, LPC, CSPT, CAC-III 1570 Humboldt Street, Denver O: 303-698-0446 Seeking to improve self-care or interpersonal skills? With an integrative approach to mental health counseling, a broad range of issues can be identified and brought to meaningful resolution. Carnita, perhaps, more of a mental health artisan, is Level 2 EMDR certified. She helps people use simple home-based research as one of many practical tools to help people expand their competencies. She specializes in psycho-nutrition, style/aesthetic therapies, and ethnic groundedness. Pragmatic. Holistic. Dynamic. Weekend appointments available. It helps to have someone to talk to!

PROBIOTICS PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL WITH KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 22.


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Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that can lead to postural improvements, alleviate chronic pain and discomfort, or allow for greater freedom of movement and provide a sense of revitalized energy and bodily well-being. Rolfing 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 effortlessly upright in gravity. Whether you are active or not-so-active, or merely looking for the “next step” ignited by physical transformation, achieve your optimum state of alignment and ease in gravity. If you’ve never tried Rolfing for stress, postural misalignment or other conditions, discover a new level of healing! Call today for your appointment.

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 23.

SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR RENEE ELLIS, MA CMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575 Release the past, create the future and experience your life from a whole new perspective. Move into a rich and joyful life with guidance and support as you travel through significant life transitions, transform grief, and find clarity about your life path and purpose. Renee is a unique guide who weaves together traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy 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.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT 2755 South Locust St., Suite 213 Denver 303-758-1743 Create the life you desire through our easy, effective, supportive techniques . A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Wheat Ridge. 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 18.

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

July 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...