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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.� -Hippocrates


veryone has heard before that “you are what you eat.� Food indeed is what becomes us, it is the building block of every cell in our body. Food is the foundation of our health and wellbeing. Traditional societies have ceremonies around food and harvest because they understand the essential importance of food as a sacred part of our very existence. Yet we seem to have forgotten the sacredness of our food, we have adulterated it to resemble nothing more than food look-alikes; its healing potential exchanged for toxin-producing, foreign, genetic material; purity exchanged for pesticide and herbicide-contaminated sad and tasteless “edibles�. Our staff providers and our two nutritionists work in alignment with the Weston Price Foundation’s principles of traditional diets and know exactly how going back to the basics of human health can heal your body from modern disease ailments caused by overprocessed adulterated and toxic-laden foods. Let us help you use your food as medicine again! Let your food lead to your nourishment and healing. We will help you eliminate foods that are toxic to your body or cause inflammatory reactions, so the healing can begin! LIKE US ON FACEBOOK Clear Sky Medical, PC – Wellgevity & Aesthetics Center

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s summer heats up, so does the debate about Food Democracy, including food labeling, politics within politics, and greed vs. safety and health. If you’re a regular reader, you may remember the October 2014 issue, when we mentioned a study that found in America, we live in an “Economic Elite Domination” system, with study authors finding that ALL 1,779 policy decisions made in Washington between 1981 and 2002 directly benefitted “individual economic elites and organized interest groups.” Even if the needs and desires of the overall population are a non-factor in politics, we hold tremendous power with what Washington and wealthy elites hold dear – our MONEY! We have an incredible amount of influence in what we choose to support financially; local, healthier products, businesses and especially food. Do we really want to support the pharmaceutical, agrichemical and food industries’ deceit and profit stream at the cost of public health and safety, as discussed in The U.S. Right to Know nonprofit report, Seedy Business: What Big Food Is Hiding with Its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs?(see page 15) We don’t have to be the majority, we just have to be the “Tipping Point.” In awakening to what it means to be a human on this planet, with crushing cancer rates, metabolic syndrome, allergies, immune dysfunction, and rampant heart disease – we must adopt the view that human life has not evolved despite the Earth, but rather because of the Earth’s ability to nurture and support life. Consider that we have the resources to feed every single person on this planet, as Eric Holt Giminez says in his article on, “Hunger is caused by poverty and inequality, not scarcity. For the past two decades, the rate of global food production has increased faster than the rate of global population growth. The world already produces more than 1 ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the planet.” Bill Ferguson says in his book Miracles Are Guaranteed, “You create or destroy the experience of love by how you relate to the world around you.” Perhaps we can use that standard every time we spend our dollars as well.

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PlantPure Nation This July 4, the documentary film PlantPure Nation, directed by Nelson Campbell, Colin’s son, will debut nationwide and start screening in more than 100 cities. It covers a broad landscape of issues, from the politics of food to the science of nutrition, and follows the lives of 16 people in Campbell’s small hometown of Mebane, North Carolina, as they take on PlantPure Nation’s 10-day food challenge. “No issue is bigger than the one of plant-based nutrition,” says filmmaker Nelson. “It’s at the root of our healthcare crisis, affecting the lives of millions of Americans, the vitality of our economy and the solvency of our government.” Learn more in this issue’s article “Veggie Nation Revolution,” and visit for dates and times of screenings.

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he Boulder Massage Therapy Institute is opening its massage school and clinic at 6658 Gunpark Drive in Boulder. Classes have already begun, and the community clinic offers discounted massage to the public. BMTI is a locally owned school whose only focus is the Healing Arts. “We have recruited experienced faculty members who have longevity as both instructors and practitioners in the field, and are committed to what they do,” says founder and director Angela Grasso, a graduate and faculty member of the former Boulder massage school. “The US Bureau of Labor Statistics is citing job growth for massage therapists to be at 23% between now and 2022, there is no better time to become a massage therapist.” Contact Boulder Massage Therapy Institute at 303-618-5518 natural awakenings

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Summer Dance Classes and Camps for Kids


ance Arts Studio (DAS) in Broomfield, a community-based, non-profit dance studio, offers classes and camps throughout the month of July for kids of all ages and experiences. DAS has been in the Broomfield community for over 50 years spreading their love of dance and promoting self-confidence and expression in kids. The focus is on fun, while also providing students with professional quality education in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, HipHop, Modern/Lyrical, Pointe and Pilates in an artistic environment. Heidi Thomas, Artistic Director at DAS says, “Summer time is the best time to try something new! We give your kids an opportunity to sample all different dance genres. We pride ourselves in being a family-oriented, wholesome, professional studio‌We are Family!â€? DAS also offers a full array of dance classes, performance teams, and community performance opportunities for all ages throughout the fall, winter and spring. Registration for fall classes is available soon and classes begin in August. For information call 303-466-3212. 555 Burbank St., Unit N, Broomfield.

arcelo Mansour, a renowned sound healer from Argentina, and local resident Bill Eager, Yoga Nidra practitioner, perform a healing event together at Rishi’s Community in Denver July 17; Soul Tree in Lafayette July 20 and PranaYoga in Denver July 24. Says Eager, “Like any instrument, there are ways to tune the human body, to get it into harmony. Sound healing is one technique and the healing vibrations of these instruments create a harmonic field of energy that moves through the body of the audience. Then, participants get to experience a second energy balancing technique with me - yoga nidra. During Yoga Nidra your brain moves into the Alpha state where you release large amounts of trapped energy held hostage in the form of physical, mental and emotional blockages. Your body begins to rejuvenate and your energy is allowed to flow freely, without, physical or psychological constriction.� For more information, contact Bill Eager at 303-674-2107 or email

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ife changes like a new job, divorce, relocation, or retirement can swing you between feeling stuck and dreading what’s ahead. These feelings can cause stress and worse, a recent Australian-Danish study reported. The study concluded that “the underpinning sense of ‘uncertainty’ initiated by life transitions caused guilt that often resulted in low self-worth, anxiety and depression, which in turn had a negative impact on social and professional relationships.” The following strategies can help you sort things out, let go of the old, and embrace the new: Use your body: Somatic focusing, a system developed by Enneagram expert Andrea Isaacs, pairs movement and affirmations to retrain the brain’s reaction to challenging events. Write down a positive affirmation for yourself, then create simple movement to accompany the affirmation. Repeat them together, as often as possible. Keep a gratitude journal: The next step is to keep a gratitude journal. Every morning and evening, write down 3 things for which you’re grateful. They could be small or significant, but make it a consistent practice. Reach out for support: Talking to friends, family or a therapist is crucial to coping with challenge. Talk, but don’t dwell obsessively, to release stuck emotions and move you forward. Change the lens: Though life transitions may at first seem threatening or upsetting, they often lead to personal growth. Change will always be part of life. Focus on everything you’re learning from this experience. Change: Navigating Life Transitions happens this fall at Sunrise Ranch. For more information, visit ad page 9.


arpal tunnel syndrome is typically accompanied by pain, numbness and reduced mobility in the hands and wrists. Research published by the Tehran (Iran) University of Medical Sciences in the DARU Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences has determined that the application of external linseed oil—also referred to as flaxseed oil— can reduce pain and increase mobility for syndrome sufferers. The research tested 100 patients with the condition in two groups— one rubbed placebo oil onto their wrists, while the other applied linseed oil daily over a four-week period. Both groups wore wrist splints at night. After the treatment period, those that applied linseed oil experienced a significant drop in pain scores using the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire and Function Assessment. The same patients also reported an improvement in mobility and function.

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Inspired Living with Wellness Travel by Amber Betts


acation and travel have an inherent nurturing effect. The simple act of ‘getting away’ is usually cathartic. Traveling is also centering because you must truly be mindful and focused on the present moment in order to fully absorb an authentic moment such as soaking in sunshine, relishing a visual marvel, savoring an exotic flavor or learning about an ancient culture. Traditionally, vacations involve laying on a beach, sipping margaritas and indulging in buffets. These may be wonderful at the time, but excess may make you feel less restored than when you left! Recently, a growing trend towards wellness travel is confirmed by the Global Wellness Institute – wellness tourism is growing nearly 50% more than global tourism overall. Wellness tourism promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being by featuring fitness activities, spa treatments, healthy local food, relaxation, meditation and yoga. The benefits of increased mental clarity, focus, productivity; physical vitality (weight loss and toning); a sense of connection; and reduced levels of stress result in a cherished, authentic experience that last a lifetime. Yoga retreats and fitness or spa resorts offer unparalleled experiences and destinations. They tend to be luxurious, inclusive options with high quality meals and programs. Or, incorporate wellness into any trip: business, family reunion, beach vacation or European tour by choosing a vacation component that offers wellness amenities. Many hotel chains and resort properties offer specialized wellness features, adventure and outdoor activities. Exotic and unfamiliar settings along with wellness activities provide transformational experiences. Relaxation provides the opportunity to go within and discover inner resources that inspire us to bring the joy of our journey home with us. A professional travel consultant can help you choose a trip with the right balance of relaxation and activities while reducing stress in the planning process. Amber Betts is a personal travel consultant specializing in wellness travel at Esteem Journeys. She can be reached at 303-359-2140 or See ad page 6.


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utdoor summer activities ties can sometimes leave tthe he body a bit bruised and bat-tered. While the tendency iss to take extra care of ourselves only after the damage has been done, taking a proactive approach by using herbs to prepare for exertion can cut down on post-workout pain, improve athletic performance e and help recovery. Before heading outside to work out, Nature’s Rite founder Steven Frank recomm-mends using sweet marjoram m for muscle cramp relief, pepperpp permint leaf to improve circulation tion and witch hazel to lubricate e muscle fibers. Penelope Ody’s The Holistic H Herbal Directory suggests that hat at using these herbs can also cut down on discomfort di f t during d i strenuous t physih i cal activity. Devil’s claw can be applied to provide joint relief. According to Andrew Chevallier’s Natural Health Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, applying juniper berry to flush lactic acid from muscles and white willow bark for pain relief can help to offset effects of pushing the body harder than usual during exercise. After the workout is complete, apply comfrey to increase fibroblast activity for building new muscle fibers and repairing micro-tears in tendons, as well as Arnica montana to break up micro-clots to clear the way for recovery while easing pain. Frank says, “Each of these herbs, roots and bark can be combined in a water decoction to provide the right preparation for outdoor activities. The mixture should be sprayed on or wiped on large muscle groups and joints for maximum effectiveness.” For more information, email or visit See ad page 13.

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For waterways, soil or even radioactively contaminated areas, the powerful use of mycelium to sequester contaminants is receiving significant attention. Leading American mycologist Paul Stamets, the pioneering founder of Fungi Perfecti, has been working for years with mycore mediation, using mycelium to clean up waste sites. He holds nine patents on the antiviral, pesticidal and remediative properties of mushroom mycelia. Stamets even has an eight-step plan for cleaning up radioactive poisoning and thinks fungi could remediate radiation at the melted reactor sites in Fukushima, Japan. The Ocean Blue Project (, based in Corvallis, Texas, uses locally grown oyster mushroom spores lodged in a coffee grounds mixture. Then they create a “bunker spawn” that’s put into a river to restore polluted aquatic habitat. As the mushrooms grow, they break down toxins and remove pollutants from the river. Mycore mediation also helps with weed control.

As the world’s population grows, it makes sense to decrease consumption of animal protein. Approximately 70 percent of agricultural land and 30 percent of the total land on Earth is currently used to raise livestock, the world’s main source of protein. “Insects require less feed, water, land and energy to produce and their production generates substantially lower environmental pollutants, such as pesticides and greenhouse gases,” says Aaron Dossey, Ph.D., owner of All Things Bugs, in Gainesville, Florida, a company that provides protein-rich insect powder for commercial use. “Some insects are as much as 80 percent protein by weight and provide more essential amino acids than most other animal proteins,” reports Dossey. “They are also rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids.” For example, on a dry-weight basis, crickets contain as much omega-3 fatty acids as salmon. Florence Dunkel, Ph.D., an associate professor of entomology at Montana State University and editor of The Food Insects Newsletter, states, “Eighty-five insect species in the U.S. are documented as potential food sources; worldwide, there are 1,900 species.” She cites locusts, grasshoppers, crickets, silk moth pupae and beetle and moth larvae among the top insects consumed as food worldwide.


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By Clara Wisner

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ot all diets are equally healthy, but most of them have something valuable to teach us if only as an example of what not to do. Learning about diets – what they are, who came up with them, and how they stack up from a health perspective is important information to have. Developed by Dr. Atkins in the 1970s, the Atkins diet is about achieving dramatic and rapid weight loss by restricting carbohydrates. The goal of Atkins is to first get into ketosis, and then gradually work up to a level of carbohydrates that still allows you to lose fat or maintain your weight. Compared to the Paleo diet, there is some overlap between the foods to include (meat, vegetables, and fats) and the foods to avoid (grains), but in the end Atkins is a diet for weight loss, while Paleo is a diet for health. Accordingly, Atkins is focused primarily on macronutrient ratios, while Paleo is focused primarily on food quality (eating plenty of nutrients while avoiding toxins). Paleo can be lowcarb, but it doesn’t have to be. Paleo is about quality – choosing grassfed meats, pastured eggs, poultry, butter, and eating whole, real foods that have always been food. Liz Wolfe, a prominent Paleo blogger and author, offers these tips: • Eat real, unprocessed food, as close to nature as possible, and listen to your body. • Pretend the modern supermarket doesn’t exist. • Choose foods that could be grown, hunted, or gathered-nothing packaged or processed. • Support local farms when possible. • Eat animals, marine life, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits. • Eat plenty of healthy fats from pastured animals, fish, coconut, avocado, and cold-pressed oils. • Drink water. • Incorporate traditional, nutrient-dense foods: fermented vegetables, organ meats, and homemade bone broths. If you are in need of help finding the right diet for you, find a nutritionist who will learn about your lifestyle and nutrition needs and make being healthy and losing weight easy, fun and maintainable. Clara Wisner, Certified Nutrition Therapy practitioner with rEvolutionary Lifestyle, can be reached at 720-202-2326 or see listing page 31.


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eal services offer a convenient middle ground between cooking and eating out. Typically more economical than dining at a comparable restaurant or ordering take out, they’re also more flexible. Pregnant and new moms, folks with health challenges, working parents, and anyone who needs a break from cooking can all benefit. Meal services come in many iterations and the choice depends your needs. Be sure the service addresses your primary goals, whether it’s saving time, eating healthier, saving money, or jump starting your own cooking. A few main points to consider:

FROZEN OR FRESH: If you’d like to have the option to eat your food when you get it, fresh is for you. Fresh food can be frozen for later use and fresh foods can be healthier. FULLY COOKED OR PREPARATION REQUIRED: If you prefer not to cook, choose a fully prepared option – simply heat and eat. If you want to skip the grocery shopping but cooking is ok, check out services that prep all the ingredients and send cooking instructions. Some even provide a box of recipe-groceries with instructions. Some online services that send ingredients may cost as much per serving as fully cooked meals. Compare local versus online options. FLEXIBILITY OF ORDERING: A key feature of any service is its minimums and ordering frequency. Consider if the service allows you to get the amount of food you need without penalty or waste. Can you choose meals that fit your preferences and dietary restrictions? Do they have an easy way to determine if a meal is gluten-free, Paleo, etc? Also contemplate how adventurous you and your eaters are. Are you willing to try unfamiliar meals? INGREDIENT QUALITY: An excellent gauge of the quality of a service is how transparent it is. Can they answer questions about the sourcing (organic or local) or preparation (how do they deal with cross contamination for allergies)? Don’t be afraid to ask! PICK UP VERSUS DELIVERY: Beyond the obvious need to make sure procuring your meals is easy, this choice can also have environmental implications. Online ordering and shipping can often involve more packaging and natural resources. Susana Minichiello owns Back to Basics Kitchen in Broomfield, with several pickup locations. She can be reached at 720- 432-2515. See ad page 18.



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or the past 50 years, Colorado agriculture has focused on producing exports. The mission to “feed the world” has been drilled into Colorado farmers by big agribusiness and multinational corporations. According to Local Food Shift, Colorado exports approximately 95% of all its agricultural products, while importing nearly 85% of the food we consume. Does this make any sense? While big agribusiness profits greatly from this system, it hurts the income of local farmers and ranchers while contributing to rising food prices. According to the National Farmers Union, Colorado farmers and ranchers receive 16 cents on every dollar consumers spend on food. Meanwhile, farm expenses have doubled since 1990 and continue to rise, according to the American Farm Bureau. As a result,

many Colorado farms and ranches have silently vanished. The Denver Post has reported that Colorado is losing 690 acres of farm and ranch land per day, the third highest rate in the nation. In Colorado a local food revolution is gaining momentum. Many along the Front Range are starting to think differently about our food system. They want to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. They care how the land was used and how animals were treated. Consumers want food that is both healthy and local. The number of small farms is increasing along the frontrange, as is the number of urban farms. We are in desperate need of sustainable food systems that allow us keep our food resources in Colorado, reducing the cost of transporting product and streamlining distribution. By cutting out the

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Jeffrey Smith Warns Against GMOs by Linda Sechrist


effrey Smith is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, author of Seeds of Deception and director of the documentary Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Smith and his organization’s Campaign for Healthier Eating in America are spearheading consumer rejection of genetically modified foods (GM/GMO) in order to force them off the market.

Commissioner of Policy for Michael R. Taylor, a former Monsanto attorney. He later became a Monsanto vice president and is now back at the FDA as the U.S. food safety czar.

What basics should everyone know about GMOs? Genetic engineering is different from traditional crossbreeding. In engineering six major GMO crops—soy, corn, cotton, canola, sugar beets and alfalfa—a gene from a virus or bacteria was forced into the DNA of the plants. Derivatives such as soy lecithin, soy protein, highfructose corn syrup and sugar (unless labeled as cane sugar) are in the vast majority of processed foods.

How did GMO foods invade grocery shelves? Many U.S. consumers mistakenly believe that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves GMO crops only after careful study. Instead, the agency claimed it wasn’t aware of any significant difference from other food crops and declared safety testing unnecessary. In reality, according to FDA documents later made public in a lawsuit, the consensus among FDA scientists was that GMOs were different and dangerous and needed rigorous, long-term testing to prevent allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. When the George W. Bush administration ordered the agency to promote biotechnology as a way to increase U.S. food exports, the FDA responded by creating a new position of Deputy


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Why is Roundup, Monsanto’s weed killer for GMO crops, so toxic? Monsanto portrays Roundup as a benevolent herbicide. This is a lie. Glyphosate, its active patented ingredient, alters biochemical pathways in the body. Scientists such as Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff have linked glyphosate to numerous diseases and disorders, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, gluten sensitivity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, autism and reproductive disorders. In March, the World Health Organization declared it a probable carcinogen.

How can we avoid unlabeled GMO foods? Eat organic foods, which are not allowed to contain GM ingredients, or products

that are labeled non-GMO, or those that don’t contain derivatives of the current nine GMO food crops, which now include some zucchini, yellow squash and papaya grown in Hawaii or China. Any packaged grocery product not labeled “Non-GMO” or “Organic” is likely to contain at least one GMO; this includes meat and dairy products, from animals that have eaten GM feed. is a reliable resource that lists about 30,000 non-GMO products. A non-GMO diet is recommended by thousands of doctors, as well as the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

What more can “we the people” do to eradicate GMOs? We are in control, not government agencies. I believe that promoting a stronger message—that GMOs are dangerous and should be avoided—would better serve consumers and the food-labeling movement. High-profile campaigns will continue educating consumers about the dangers of GMOs and the necessity of rejecting them in favor of healthier nonGMO choices, especially for children that are most at risk. The desired result is that food companies will feel the loss of profits and remove GMOs as a liability. The tipping point in the U.S. is almost here. In 2013, the president of Whole Foods announced that when a product becomes verified as non-GMO, sales leap by 15 to 30 percent. Thousands of natural product brands were immediately enrolled for verification. Now conventional brands such as Post Foods’ Grape Nuts, Target’s Simply Balanced brand, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Chipotle’s restaurant menu are GMO-free. General Mills stopped using GMO beet sugar in Cheerios. When the rest of the food industry sees these non-GMO-labeled products increase in sales in conventional supermarkets, they will be forced to eliminate GMOs as well, to protect their market share. Visit and to educate everyone about the dangers of GMOs. Connect with writer Linda Sechrist at

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ight to Know Colorado (RtKC), the grassroots GMO lobbying and education group, has a new focus after the GMO-labeling ballot initiative loss in 2014. According to Kia Ruiz of RtKC, a 12-month education strategy called “Real Food Is” will help give voters the necessary information to make smart choices on food-oriented legislation in the future. “Real Food Is,” she explains, “is an exploration of food perceptions and the diverse knowledge we Coloradans have about food accessibility and nutrition. It’s a non-judgmental approach to learn what we all think.” Perhaps our influence as consumers is far more powerful than our influence as voters. “Last year, major manufacturers lost $4 billion in sales as consumers chose less processed alternatives with the trend for consumers to move towards organics,” Ruiz says. Contact Kia Ruiz at to schedule a campaign stop at your event through early Fall or to get involved with the Right to Know initiative.

Protests Needed Food Industry Fudges GMO Facts The U.S. Right to Know nonprofit has issued a report, Seedy Business: What Big Food Is Hiding with Its Slick PR Campaign on GMOs ( It outlines the food industry’s campaign to manipulate the media, public opinion and politics with disreputable tactics, company-sponsored science and public relations spin. Since 2012, the agrichemical and food industries have mounted a complex, multifaceted public relations, advertising, lobbying and political campaign in the U.S. spending more than $100 million per year to defend genetically engineered food and crops and the pesticides that accompany them, the authors report. The purpose is to deceive the public, deflect efforts to win the right to know what’s in our food via labeling that’s now required in 64 countries and ultimately, to extend their profit stream at any cost to the public for as long as possible. Highlights include a history of the industry’s tactics to conceal information, ensure lack of government policy and testing for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), attack credible scientists and journalists and support untrustworthy advocates and political machinations.

GMO Gains Food Supplies Increasingly Under Siege Three hundred farmers recently took over the building and interrupted a meeting where the Brazil National Biosafety Technical Commission was deciding whether or not to introduce genetically engineered (GE/GM/GMO) transgenic eucalyptus trees into their biosphere. These activists and thousands more around the country have halted plans temporarily, but the assault continues by international corporations bent on patenting and controlling the environment itself. At home, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has already approved the first corporate-sponsored, patented, genetically modified tree, ArborGen’s loblolly pine. Despite outspoken public opposition, the USDA approved it with no public oversight nor assessment of the environmental risks it poses. Grass-fed beef farmers, supplying an alternative that many seek to avoid GMO feed grain, now have to cope with the advent of genetically modified grass. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Monsanto’s exclusive consumer sales agent for RoundUp glyphosate weed killer, intends to conduct field trials at the homes of company employees absent government oversight, because no laws currently prohibit or limit the planting of GMO grass. In February, the government approved the first genetically modified apple for commercial planting. The Arctic apple is part of a growing list of sanctioned GMO fresh produce, including papaya and sweet corn. A gene within the apple is altered so it resists browning and bruising. Many people die or go blind from vitamin A deficiency, so the Gates Foundation has funded research by Australia’s Queensland University of Technology to create a vitamin-enhanced, GMO “super banana”. Testing on humans will take place in the U.S. over a six-week period and researchers aim to start growing the fruit in Uganda by 2020. Sign concerned-citizen petitions at Tinyurl. com/Credo-No-GMO-Trees and Care2-No-GMO-Grass. natural awakenings

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ness.” This way, “Everyone has the right to decide what is grown or raised in their community, whether animals are treated humanely, if family farmers and other food workers are paid a living wage and can collectively bargain and whether people have access to safe, healthy food—as well as the right to know what is in their food, how it is produced and where it comes from.” Peck believes that if we want a cleaner environment, healthier people and more vibrant communities, “We need to be citizens that care about bringing democratic accountability, social justice and ecological integrity to all aspects of our food/farm system.”

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o more fully understand the concept of democracy, we can look to some past U.S. presidents. Abraham Lincoln defined it as “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” Thomas Jefferson said, “An informed citizenry is at the heart of a dynamic democracy.” Harry S. Truman further recognized that “secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.” By extension, “food democracy” describes a fair and transparent food system in which people have informed choices and control in determining what and how they eat. It’s what happens when we view people as citizens, rather than consumers, and treat food as a human right, reports the Oakland, California-based Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, and member of the Franciscan Earth Corps, defines it as having the freedom to make choices about the integrity of our food from farm to plate, so that we can support


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the health and well-being of ourselves, the Earth and all organisms that inhabit the ecosystem.

Food Sovereignty Feeds Independence A PAN report on food democracy describes food sovereignty as the international equivalent of the U.S. movement to re-localize control over our food and farming. It’s rooted in regenerating historically autonomous food systems with, for and by the people. John Peck, Ph.D., executive director of Family Farm Defenders, in Madison, Wisconsin, explains that the term “food sovereignty” was coined about two decades ago by the globally active La Via Campesina, comprised of family farmers, farm workers, fishing folks, hunters, gatherers and indigenous communities around the world. “At its most basic,” Peck says, “Food sovereignty is about reclaiming local democratic control over our food/ farm system from corporate

In their report, Deepening Food Democracy, the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), in Minneapolis, describes how U.S. food and farming has increasingly become concentrated, consolidated and controlled by the few. Local food enthusiasts want to take back their food system from industrial, corporate masters that lobby for legislation which denies citizens the right to know how their food is produced or if it contains genetically modified ingredients (GMO). The growing local food movement is as much about returning power to communities, food workers, farmers and farm workers as it is about producing and distributing healthy, sustainably grown food, reports IATP. Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer in the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, has been working on national food and sustainable farming initiatives for nearly 30 years. In a recent Food Sleuth Radio interview, he described the resulting tremendous, multiple positive impacts of strong local economies, noting that a strong local food system is usually at their center. “Once you have vibrant, diverse local economies,” says Flaccavento, “you have better health, lower crime and incarceration rates—and more civic participation.” Basically, a more democratic food system could help fix many of the maladies ailing our nation today. The steady growth of farmers’ markets,

farm to school programs and food policy councils prove that Americans are hungry both for clean food and an enhanced sense of community. While Flaccavento appreciates conscious consumers that support local food providers, he emphasizes, “Just acting locally isn’t enough. We need to re-engage with bigger social and political debates, as well.”

Growing Vegetables and Democracy After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Jenga Mwendo knew she had to leave her high-powered job in New York City and return to her hometown in the devastated Lower Ninth Ward. “My parents raised me to contribute,” Mwendo explains. “My first name means ‘to build’ and my last name means ‘always progressing’.” In 2009, Mwendo founded the Backyard Gardeners Network (BGN), a local nonprofit organization that restores and strengthens what had once been a thriving, closely knit, self-reliant community, rich with backyard gardens and citizen engagement. Residents went to work, recognizing the potential of community gardens to revitalize their neighborhood and bring affordable healthful food to residents, many of them suffering from obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The BGN both revitalized a community garden and converted a blighted lot into a Guerrilla Garden, where people of all ages gather to grow food, share stories, embrace their cultural heritage and learn how to become responsible citizens. “We bring people together and make decisions collectively,” says Mwendo. “The garden is for our community, by our community.” Understanding the value of involving children and teens, she adds, “Kids know they will be loved here. This is a nurturing environment.” Like Mwendo, Stephen Ritz, a top 10 finalist in the Varkey Foundation’s Global Teacher Prize, is reaching youth through food. Based in New York City’s South Bronx, one of the country’s poorest school districts, he and his students are growing vegetables in school, thereby improving children’s diets, health, school performance and future potential. “We are contributing to food democracy

In a food democracy, everyone is a stakeholder. Not only do people have equal access to food, but they’re informed, active, engaged and participating. ~Rose Hayden-Smith, author, Sowing the Seeds of Victory by making sure every child we touch, regardless of income, zip code and skin color, faith or nation of origin, has access to fresh, healthy, nutritious food that they help grow,” says Ritz. So far, his Green Bronx Machine community has raised 30,000 pounds of vegetables. “We’re growing justice,” Ritz announced in his March 2015 TED Talk. “My favorite crop is organically grown citizens—graduates, voters and students who are eating [better] and living healthier lives!”

Kitchen Gardens Nourish the World Roger Doiron is the founder and director of Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI), an online global community of some 30,000 people in 100

countries that are growing some of their own food. He spearheaded First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House Garden. Doiron’s campaign to bring a food garden back to the White House (presidents John Adams, Jefferson and Jackson all had edible gardens) began in 2008, went viral, took root and the rest is history. Today, the first lady continues to champion garden-fresh food to improve children’s health. From his own 1,500-square-foot garden in Scarborough, Maine, Doiron and his wife harvested 900 pounds of organic fruits and vegetables worth $2,200 in a single season. “Talented gardeners with more generous soils and climates are able to produce even more food in less space,” he says, “but maximizing production is not our only goal. We’re also trying to maximize pleasure and health.” Doiron believes, “Quality food is central to well-being and is one of the best ways to unite people of different countries and cultures around a common, positive agenda.” He’s convinced that kitchen gardens will play a critical role in feeding a growing population faced with climate challenges. On July 4, his organization celebrates Food Independence Day as a way to recognize the role of home and community gardens in achieving self-sufficiency.



any people are surprised to learn how food affects mood. According to a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, what goes on in the brain is directly related to the nutrients that get to the brain. And the human brain utilizes roughly 20% of a person’s daily calories! With poor nutrition, the brain can become deficient, leading to symptoms such as memory loss, confusion and depression. Craving chocolate? This is often a result of magnesium deficiency. All nutrients work together, and if a person is low or deficient in one, they are likely low in others. The dietary move toward processed foods over the last 50 years has created a deficiency of vital vitamins and minerals in those eating the typical Western diet. Processed foods are not only devoid of nutrients, some are considered “anti-nutrients” because the body has to use other nutrients to detox them. Magnesium, for example, can be depleted by a diet high in sugar. Simple, unprocessed, locally-produced food is much more nutritionally dense, giving the brain the nutrition it needs to thrive. A healthy brain is a happy brain! Andrea Holt of “The Happy Brain Movement” can be reached at See listing page 18. natural awakenings

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Historically, political revolutions tend to be violently adversarial, but a food revolution can take a more nurturing and inclusive course. “The first step people can take is to change their own diet,” Nelson says. “The next step is to help others do the same. The third is to get involved in the movement.”


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n 1776, the stirring phrase in the U.S. Declaration of Independence—life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—became a rallying cry for American colonists seeking these inalienable rights of self-government. In 2015, those seeking a new way of eating for personal wellness, a more vibrant local economy and a healthier environment are fomenting their own kind of rebellion. “You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being, that of your family and your country,” according to former President Bill Clinton. In early 2010, suffering from heart disease, Clinton chose to radically change his meat-lover’s diet to a more plant-based focus. “I wanted to live to be a grandfather, so I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival,” he says. Clinton is part of a growing leadership group that espouses a more vegetarian approach to eating, including a federally appointed panel of nutritionists. For the first time since its formation in 1983, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee this year elected to factor environmental sustainability into its recommendations, noting that a diet lower in animal-based foods is not only healthier, but has less of an environmental im-

pact. The impetus toward plant-based foods is also stronger than in their last report in 2010.

Exciting Developments A bold pioneer in the charge for plantbased eating is PlantPure Nation, a grassroots organization founded by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., the author of the bestselling The China Study, a book that helped persuade Clinton to make his own dietary change. Today, his son, Nelson Campbell, is at the forefront of this food revolution, most recently producing the independent documentary film PlantPure Nation, set to debut nationwide on July 4. Those enticed by the delicious concept of better health for themselves and the planet can also turn to The PlantPure Nation Cookbook, with more than 150 plant-based recipes by Kim Campbell, Nelson’s wife, whom he names “the chef in the family.” “No issue is bigger than the one of plant-based nutrition,” says Nelson. “It’s at the root of our healthcare crisis, affecting the lives of millions of Americans, the vitality of our economy and the solvency of our government. The food we eat has enormous effects on climate, water and soil resources. Our food choices also affect the way in which food is produced and distributed in this country, equitably or not.”

A fun way to help ourselves and our friends and family consider making dietary changes is hosting a plantbased Fourth of July get-together. Kim’s recipes for a smoky “barbecue” sandwich, creamy potato salad and a zesty, colorful bean dish celebrate traditional picnic foods with a twist. They’re also perfect for potluck-style entertaining. “We have often branded this idea of plant-based nutrition as such and such a ‘diet’, and then built these brands around personalities. But in order to make this a more mainstream idea, we need to frame it differently. This concept of plant-based nutrition is a fact of nature; a simple idea that’s accessible to all,” says Nelson. In a 2012 Gallup poll, just 5 percent of U.S. adults identified themselves as vegetarians, plus 2 percent as vegans. It’s a start, Nelson contends, and there are other promising signs. “The local-food movement is blossoming, with farmers’ markets springing up all over the United States,” proclaims the National Geographic special publication The Future of Food ( The number has increased dramatically in the past five years. The editors point to the demand for fresh produce and a desire to invest in local economies as driving this growth. “I love the idea of a movement involving millions of people fixing a problem that industry and government have largely caused,” says Nelson. “Our success may show a new way forward for solving other pressing social problems.”

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mericans annually discard more food than plastic—35 million tons in 2012—an amount that’s tripled since 1960, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Most of the waste is fruits and vegetables, seafood, grains, meat and milk. Since waste starts in the fields before it compounds via restaurants, grocers and families, the easiest starting point to reverse this trend is with farmers. “Farming’s a high-risk business. Farmers can’t predict weather, sales or equipment problems, so extra is grown,” explains Laurie Caldwell, executive director of Boston Area Gleaners, in Waltham, Massachusetts. “Up to 20 percent of U.S.-grown food isn’t harvested. Gleaners save what’s left behind for hungry people in need.”

lem, “We’ve seen a shift in priorities, with food pantries offering fresh, quality food and educating both staff and recipients,” she reports. In 2014, Boston Area Gleaners harvested 34 farms, contributing 177,000 pounds of primarily vegetables encompassing 60 varieties. California’s fruit is abundant because of the state’s year-round growing season. Until the 1960s and the advent of Silicon Valley, this was the world’s largest fruit-producing region. Some of its current apple trees date back to the Gold Rush days. “We glean backyards and orchards here,” says Craig Diserens, executive director of Village Harvest, in San Jose. “Apples, pears, cherries, peaches, plums and apricots, plus citrus fruits—it’s ladderless picking, to protect both volunteers and trees.” Telescoping tools pluck out-of-reach fruit. The Everyone Benefits nonprofit gleans 15 to 20 times a month “Income disparity, economic vulnervia volunteers ages 5 to 90. In 2013, ability and lack of knowledge leads to its Harvesting for the Hungry program unhealthy choices,” adds Caldwell. “The distributed 245,000 pounds of fruit. negative consequences become a comThe Feeding America West Michigan munity burden.” Countering the probfood bank, headquartered in Comstock,

provides more than produce, with donations from manufacturers, wholesalers, restaurants and stores adding meat, dairy, frozen foods and bread. Volunteers repackage donations into usable sizes; do clerical work; pick produce; and sort, pack, store and deliver food. While most of the nonprofit’s yield is distributed through 1,100 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, many can’t store perishables. Working with churches, schools and community centers, the organization’s mobile units deliver fresh food directly to recipients, often the same day it is donated. Each unit can carry food for 100 to 200 families. This local Feeding America outreach group serves an estimated 492,000 people each year. The Society of St. Andrew often rescues the “ugly” produce—potatoes not well-shaped for chips, oversized peaches, too-long green beans, tooripe strawberries and apples that aren’t picture perfect. “Farmers get a tax benefit and people get fresh food,” says Bruce Oland, the Triangle Area coordinator in North Carolina. “Farmers let us know when they’ll harvest a crop and we have a few days to glean

More than 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, experience hunger or the risk of hunger every day. what’s left before they replant. We pick anything edible—kale, lettuce, tomatoes, cantaloupe and lots of sweet potatoes.” In a single harvested field, volunteers have gleaned seven tons of sweet potatoes. The society’s gleaning and feeding ministry has regional offices in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Additional areas are located in Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania (see Jason Brown, a former St. Louis Rams’ center with a five-year, $37 million contract, traded his cleats for a tractor. Now in Louisburg, North Carolina, he calls First Fruits Farm home and plans to donate the first fruits of every harvest to food pantries. He learned about farming from YouTube videos, computer

searches and other farmers. The first crop on five acres yielded 100,000 pounds of sweet potatoes; Brown gave it all away. With 1,000 acres to farm, he’s set to tackle hunger big time. It doesn’t require a big time commitment to help feed the hungry. Backyard gardeners can start by planting an extra row ( ForHungry). Since its inception in 1995, the Plant a Row program has collectively turned 20 million pounds of produce into 80 million meals. Offer to pick a neighbor’s excess produce or herbs, and then check with others nearby. Get the kids involved. Volunteer at or make a donation to a soup kitchen. Gather a group of friends, family, members of an organization or congregation to glean or repackage produce one day a month. If a local food pantry can’t accept perishables, leverage social media to spread the word about which day free food will be available at a church or school. Everyone can help. No one should go to bed hungry. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

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widespread, erroneous idea exists that vaccines create lifelong immunity, but this is not the case at all. Vaccine-created immunity is temporary at best and insufficient as it only stimulates half the immune system. It is unknown and unpredictable how long this immunity lasts as it has not been studied and most likely has a huge range in individual variations.28 Undergoing the actual disease process is the only way to achieve lifelong immunity and to be able to pass on this immunity to the fetus and newborn through breast milkprotecting the newborns for the first 2 years of their lives or longer. Vaccine-created immunity cannot to be passed on to the newborn. Vaccinations and immune status do not always correlate. To call vaccines “immunization” is wishful thinking since about 10% fail to produce antibody levels, even after two doses of the measles vaccine. 29

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2. Vaccine-created immunity is insufficient as it stimulates only half of the immune system. 3. Vaccine created immunity cannot be passed down to the newborn. 4. Vaccines containing live, attenuated viruses (MMR and the flu mist nasal spray) can cause the disease they are trying to protect against. For a population to acquire “herd immunity,” most members would have to undergo the disease process, acquiring lifelong and complete immunity – not immunity that wears off over time. They must also pass this immunity from mother to newborn. None of this is possible from vaccines. Therefore, unvaccinated people can’t destroy “herd immunity” that doesn’t exist. In fact, vaccinecreated artificial, insufficient and temporary immunity undermines true “herd immunity” and increases the risk of disease for the most vulnerable members of society: newborns and the elderly.30

ARTIFICIAL VACCINE IMMUNITY The artificial immunity created by the pertussis vaccine lasts up to three years and it does not stop the spread of the disease. Requiring those visiting a newborn to get a pertussis booster, may result in a false

sense of security and an infection of the newborn. 31 Real immunity may have more to do with an individual’s overall health and nutrition status. In fact, an unvaccinated person can have perfect lifelong immunity to measles or other infectious diseases without ever having any symptoms of the disease at all, though usually after having gone through the disease process. This is why it comes as no surprise that so-called “vaccine preventable diseases” sometimes break out in the vaccinated population. These outbreaks are sometimes caused by the actual strain of the virus used in the vaccination. 37 These disease outbreaks are vaccine failures - not caused by failure to vaccinate.40

TOXIC INGREDIENTS UNTESTED Vaccines contain many different toxic ingredients – most of which have never been tested for safety but have been assumed to be safe. Independent research suggests otherwise. Aluminum, a known braindamaging toxin, has been used as an adjuvant to increase antibody response for the past 90 years. It has never undergone safety testing. When injected, it is 100% absorbed, and due to its very positive charges, finds its way into the brain where it may accumulate and cause damage. Aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s dementia and other neurological diseases.32,33,34 Peanut oil, used in vaccines since the 1960’s, does not have to be disclosed as an ingredient on the package insert. The current peanut allergy epidemic is the leading cause of food-related anaphylactic deaths in the U.S. with between 100-150 deaths/year. Vaccines may contain egg protein, milk protein (casein), or soy protein. One has to wonder if the current food allergy epidemic has something to do with what we are injecting into our children’s bodies. Unfortunately no testing or disclosures are being done on this

very life altering and life threatening medical risk of food allergies and vaccines. 35 According to the WHO, the U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates compared to other industrialized countries; simultaneously it has one of the highest vaccination rates. Dr Viera Scheibner, SIDS researcher, states that “vaccination is the single most prevalent and most preventable cause of infant deaths”36

What other factors lead to adverse reactions? Timing: One study suggests that African-American boys injected with the MMR vaccine before 24 and 36 months of age face a significant increase in diagnosis of autism.37 Glyphosate: The main ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp binds and eliminates manganese. Per Dr Sennef’s research, manganese deficiency can make the glutamate in vaccines more toxic to the brain.38 Malnourishment: Vitamin deficiencies increase complication rates from both the vaccines and the disease itself. A good vitamin A status reduces risks for complications in measles and it’s vaccine.9 A low immune system can allow a live, attenuated vaccine virus to infect the receiver as well as spread to other healthy people. Research shows that some autistic children retain the vaccine strain virus permanently in their organs.40 Taking acetaminophen in conjunction with a vaccine may increase it’s toxicity.41

Healthier without vaccines? A German study published in 2011 that compared the health of 8000 vaccinated and unvaccinated children showed that vaccinated children are 2-5 times sicker than

unvaccinated children over the long term.42 Most of the study respondents were from the U.S. This correlates very well with my own medical experiences over the past 16 years including experiences with the Amish community in Wisconsin where I worked for four years as a family practitioner.

SUMMARY Most vaccines are untested, and have not undergone double blind, randomized studies as required for any other medication; they are, by definition, experimental in nature. There is insufficient evidence that vaccines are safe and effective for everyone. Part of the Hippocratic Oath, “First, do no harm,” should warrant a more cautious look at vaccines, more safety studies and more research. But with current laws exonerating vaccine manufacturers from any liability, this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. The potential harm is great. Documented cases include: death, paralysis, permanent brain damage and lifelong illness after vaccination – a child’s God-given potential forever destroyed by just one injection. Although two out of three applicants are denied compensation, the government-funded National Vaccine Compensation Fund has already paid out billions to those whose health was permanently damaged by vaccines. The families of the victims who are denied often face total financial ruin due to health care and legal costs. It is and should remain the patient’s choice to consent to a medical procedure freely after examining the risks and benefits with unbiased guidance from their doctor. The AMA is strongly behind this medical principle and human right, stating that “Informed consent is a basic policy in both ethics and law that physicians must honor.”43 “If we are to remain a free society, we must have the right to choose. We who support vaccine freedom of choice respect the choice to vaccinate. Given the above, the choice to refuse vaccines must also be retained, and equally respected.”44 America was

founded on the principals of personal freedoms, but these freedoms don’t come free, they have to be defended constantly so we can all enjoy them and have them available for our children in the future. In our practice, we strive to create a welcoming environment where everyone can feel heard, accepted and cared for no matter where they stand on the topic of vaccines. We provide resources for further education and help our patients make truly informed decisions about their own and their children’s health. Dr Katia Meier of Clear Sky Medical can be reached at 303-790-7860. See ad page 2. Article references online at



mmunizations of children have become a shrill discourse in the public arena. Both the pro and anti immunization camps have used fear and intimidation to persuade parents decisions. Creating a fearful state for the parents is a tremendous disgrace, as they are unlikely to make the best decision. In the privacy of my office, I find that many parents are anxious to make the best decision for their child and are confused by the information they’ve encountered. I intentionally create a neutral, intellectual and emotional space for parents to air their concerns safely and without being judged. Once this nonjudgmental discourse is underway I spend some time updating the dialogue with the most recent information. Many parents haven’t accessed this information, except by the popular media or have crossed conflicting information on the internet. Presenting this new information more clearly is usually received by parents with gratitude. Pierre J. Brunschwig, M.D. of Helios Integrated Medicine, an integrated family practice located in Boulder, can be reached at 303-499-9224.

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THURSDAY JULY 2 Businesses Honoring Spirituality Networking Event– 7am. Join Esteem Journeys, Wellness & Travel Consulting at their Marketing Table at Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave. Lakewood. Meditation Happy Hour–5:45-6:45pm. $6/session w/5 session punch card. Active meditation. Effortless, easy and requires no particular belief. Drop in welcome. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358.

SATURDAY JULY 4 Boulder Sudbury School @ Boulder’s Farmer Market–8am-2pm. Freedom, trust, democracy, self-determination, responsibility, student-centered learning, equal status for all pursuits. Revolutionary non-profit private school for children & teens. Now Enrolling! 13th St, between Canyon & Arapahoe, Boulder 720-943-0918 or Metaphysical Fair–10:30am-5:30pm. Receive an intuitive reading, reiki energy healing and vibrational sound healing with JoAnne Palladino. $1.50/min; 20 min minimum. 303-263-0679. ISIS Book Store, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood.

SUNDAY JULY 5 Non-Denominational Spiritual Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message. Aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Inner Connection Institute at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439

TUESDAY JULY 7 Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Also 7/21. Different presenters bring their personal approach to meta-physics. A correlating meditation offered. Socialization/networking. $5. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation Northwest Denver/Arvada–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. 80203. David Stevens 303-668-2358,

Day of Healing–11-3pm. Celebrate 7 years in Lakewood with picnic and healings! Private Energy Healings, Angel Card readings and more. Healings and Readings by appt. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303 Come to Your Senses–9am-4:30pm. Awareness practices designed to heighten and expand all SEVEN senses, increase aliveness & awaken your soul’s Body of Bliss. $125. Soul Community Gathering Place 7091 Olde Stage Rd, Boulder 720-280-8960 or



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

Women Powering Change–4-7pm. Visit 100 non-profit organizations and find your place to accelerate social change for women and girls – locally and globally. Keynote speaker Ambassador Swanee Hunt. EXDO, 1399 35th St, Denver. RSVP

FREE Trust Your Intuition Class–1:30-3pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Learn how to easily hear your intuition. RSVP David Stevens 303668-2358 or

Meditation Happy Hour–5:45-6:45pm. $6/session w/5 session punch card. Active meditation. Effortless, easy and requires no particular belief. Drop-in welcome. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358.


FRIDAY JULY 10 Community Drumming Circle and Sound Celebration–7-9pm. Honor Summer, share intentions and sacred vibrations. Bring snack to share, drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Healings facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Involves channeling, energy readings and intense clearing. Bring questions. 25 min/$20. Appts begin 7:05pm. Inner Connection Institute at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. RSVP 303-282-9439

Shmaya Gathering–7-8:30pm. Receive healing with Shmaya, an illumined presence channeled through JoAnne Palladino. Experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you. $15. First Spiritual Science Church, 3375 S Dahlia, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or FREE Trust Your Intuition class–7:15-9:00 pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Learn how to easily hear your intuition. RSVP David Stevens 303-668-2358, Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. 80203. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or


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THROUGHOUT JULY AT DANCE ARTS STUDIO IN BROOMFIELD Bring your kids to Dance Arts Studio this July for fun, creative dance classes and camps for kids of all ages and experiences! Summer is a great time to try something new! This non-profit, community based studio has been serving the community for over 50 years, spreading their love of dance, promoting self-confident expression in kids, while providing professional quality education and performance opportunities in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/Lyrical, Pointe and Pilates. For more info or to register go to, email, or call 303-466-3212.

NATURE ADVENTURE RETREATS FOR WOMEN, EAGLE CO AWAKEN IN NATURE JULY 10-12 / HEART2HEART JULY 24-26 Awaken in Nature: go deeply inward in a profound journey of self-discovery, authenticity and awakening in this exhilarating river adventure retreat on the Colorado River. Heart2Heart Mother/ Daughter Retreat celebrates and enriches your relationship in this weekend of adventure with rock climbing. Mothers and daughters ages 14 and up (and spirit-moms/spirit-daughters and sisters too) will love to bond, heal, laugh, and play together. Led by nature-based life coach Susie Kincade. See more at

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BREAK THROUGH COACHING 7-WEEK COURSE What impact would it make if you had a major positive shift in your energy, focus and drive? How would that impact your ability to manifest your dreams? Discover essential tools. Experience major breakthroughs. Receive powerful, loving support. Choose from 2 dates: Full weekend July 24-26; 7 Thursdays July 30-Sept 10; OR Full weekend Oct 2-4; 7 Thursdays Oct 8-Nov 19. For more information, contact Randy at 303-989-2605 or (Highly recommended by publisher Terry Chriswell)

AN EVENING OF INTERFAITH DIALOGUE JULY 26, 6:30 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M. Unity of Littleton presents an evening of open dialogue with spiritual leaders from a variety of faith traditions. What are some of the teachings/traditions/practices of each? What is unique about each? What is shared in common among the various faiths? There will be a period for Q&A between the audience and the panel. The evening will conclude with a social time and refreshments. Donations gratefully accepted. Unity of Littleton, 7899 S Lincoln Court, Littleton. Rev. Janet E. Lang, 303-798-2295.

FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL HERBALISM PROGRAM NOW ENROLLING AUGUST 3 – NOVEMBER 18 Introductory level training in Medical Herbalism and Clinical Nutrition for students who intend to work in the herb or health foods industry or pursue further advanced studies. Introductory Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Botany and Plant Identification, Medicine Making, and Materia Medica. Class Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, 10am-5pm. $2,700. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. For inquiries, please contact Lisa Ganora at 720-722-4372 or Download our Catalog at

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WEDNESDAY JULY 15 What would you like to see different in your life?–6pm. Change can happen effortlessly -come hear how you can realize your full potential. Also included: Beyond the basics in using essential oils. FREE. Higher Brain Living University Hills, 2696 S Colorado Blvd, #440, Denver. Lucy 720339-3990 or Intimate Group Readings with Spiritual Medium Elisa Malangone–6pm-9pm. Sessions may be rotated through the night. Silver Vines Winery, 7509 Grandview Ave, Old Town Arvada. $10. RSVP

THURSDAY JULY 16 A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks –Thursdays 7-9 pm. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early $175, Regular $190. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 Meditation Happy Hour–5:45-6:45pm. $6/session w/5 session punch card. Active meditation. Effortless, easy and requires no particular belief. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. Drop-in welcome. 303-668-2358. Businesses Honoring Spirituality Networking Event–7am. Join Esteem Journeys, Wellness & Travel Consulting at their Marketing Table at Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood.

SATURDAY JULY 18 Just One Light Group–12:30-130pm. Are you feeling alone on your path? Receive support, explore guidance, build skills and intuition, and create connection. Suggested $5. Space limited. RSVP req’d. Renee Ellis, MA RMT 720-984-9575 The Art of Mind Management, Enlightening Talks by Swami Mukundananda, Yoga & Meditation– thru 7/24. Check times/activities. Yoga, Meditation, Lectures. Donation. Shri Shirdi Saibaba Temple of the Rockies, 10250 E Easter Ave, Centennial. Dale 303-827-4291 Summer Soul-A-Bration–6pm. Heal & seal energy leaks for Awareness, Aliveness & Alititude. Community of like-hearted spiritual friends. Potluck, program & party. Free! 1 Soul Community Gathering Place, 7091 Olde Stage Rd, Boulder. 720-280-8960,

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MONDAY JULY 20 Sound Healing and Yoga Nidra–7:30-9:30pm. Experiential workshop combines deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra by Bill Eager; Marcelo Mansour, renowned Argentinean sound healer, performs didgeridoo performance with sound healing. $25. Soul Tree Yoga 1280 Centaur Village Dr. #7 Lafayette.

TUESDAY JULY 21 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or NEW MOON GATHERING–a Drumming/ Journey Circle meets 3rd Thursday evening of the month in Boulder area. We encourage you to join the Meetup group, Spirit Earth Medicine Wheel for announcements about this circle and any shamanic trainings. Contact 303-665-0175 or

THURSDAY JULY 23 Meditation Happy Hour–5:45-6:45pm. $6/session w/5 session punch card. Active meditation. Effortless, easy and requires no particular belief. Drop in welcome. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358. Pure Living Expo–Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa, Sedona, AZ. Advanced health & nutrition education, experts & M.D.’s with natural solutions for chronic illness, diabetes and pain. Gluten free, non-GMO, low glycemic and living foods, personal empowerment experiences, carefully curated & pure exhibitors.

FRIDAY JULY 24 Sound Healing and Yoga Nidra–6:30-8:30pm. Experiential workshop combines deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra by Bill Eager; Marcelo Mansour, renowned Argentinean sound healer, performs didgeridoo performance with sound healing. $25. PranaYoga, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver.

SATURDAY JULY 25 6-wk Canine Good Citizen–12:10-1:10pm. Teaches requirements for the CGC test and certification. Great for traveling, renting, HOAs,beginning therapy dog training, and strengthening your bond with your dog.

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Test optional. Doggie Delights, 1432 S Broadway, Denver. $150. RSVP req’d or 303-239-0382. Why Boulder Sudbury?–2-5pm. Freedom, trust, democracy, self-determination, responsibility, student-centered learning, equal status for all pursuits. Revolutionary non-profit private school for children & teens. Now Enrolling! Public Talk @ Main Branch Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder. 720943-0918 or

MONDAY JULY 27 Tibetan Singing Bowl Summertime Concert– 6-7:30pm. Also 7/28. Come for the concert in Mitchell Hall, picnic dinner and sunset stroll through the gardens. $15. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St, Denver. Registrar 720-865-3580

TUESDAY JULY 28 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave. 80203. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

WEDNESDAY JULY 29 Beginning Meditation Workshop–7-9pm. Have you wanted to try meditation or are you curious about what it really is about? Learn about meditation and practice techniques. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

THURSDAY JULY 30 Shmaya Gathering–7-8:30pm. Receive healing with Shmaya, an illuminated presence channeled through JoAnne Palladino. Experience the energetic resonance that attunes you to the quality of the love and light that is living within you. $15. 700 E Ninth Ave, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or Meditation Happy Hour–5:45-6:45pm. $6/session w/5 session punch card. Active meditation. Effortless, easy and requires no particular belief. Drop-in welcome. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358.

FRIDAY JULY 31 Blue Moon Full Moon Shower of Sound Event and Gong Bath–7-9pm. Special vibrational sound celebration with Gary Fishman, Al & Aurelia Taylor, Larry & Tryna Cooper, and Medicine Jack. Bring pillow/blanket and snack to share. Suggested $20. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

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Donation Based Yoga Classes–9:30-10:30am Mondays-Fridays. The Shanti Studio at Taspen’s offers a variety of different yoga classes! Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429 or

sundays Service in the Dome–11am-12:15pm. Followed by an Attunement circle and lunch in the Pavilion dining room. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. More information at North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118

mondays Community Yoga–8:30-9:30am. Bring mat, towel, water and sunscreen! All ages and experience levels welcome. Donation. 7706 W. Bowles Ave. Littleton. Behind Columbine Library, facing the lake. Lora 303-994-4945.

tuesdays Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or


Believe in Yourself–Are you feeling like it’s time to get off your bum and believe in yourself? Join this 4-month program specifically designed to release the lethargy, self-doubt and resistance to get you moving! Info/RSVP Renee Ellis, MA RMT 720-984-9575.

AUGUST 18 Learn to Heal with Angels 5 Wks–Tuesdays 7-9 pm. Meet your Guardian & Healing Angels. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early Bird $210, Regular $225 Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

AUGUST 22 Denver Pet Expo–10am-6pm. Enjoy a fun-filled and educational day with your best pet friend. Free, indoor air-conditioned event with live entertainment, education, adoptions, contests and all kinds of exciting demonstrations. Merchandise Mart.

AUGUST 28 & 29 John of God: Miracles and Mysteries–7-8:30 pm Fri; 10-4pm Sat. Introductory weekend about the amazing work of John of God. Space limited - RSVP req’d! Donation. Columbine Unity, 8900 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder. RSVP Ethan Walker at

OCT 31-NOV 2 Yoga, Hiking & Hot Springs–Trip to Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. Early pricing register by Aug 1st. Incl 2 nights hotel, 3 days entrance to the mineral hot springs, 2 yoga classes (all levels welcome), 1 lunch, 1 dinner and welcome reception. Optional escorted hikes. More info Amber 303-359-2140 or

FEB 6-13, 2016 Legendary Spa & Fitness Resort– in Rancho la Puerta, Mexico. Save up to $800 per person! Must book by July 20th to receive discount! Incl 7 nights accommodations, all meals and beverages, access to facilities, programs & fitness classes, San Diego airport transfers, and 50- min massage. More info Amber 303-359-2140 or

Free Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. Donation. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or Root and Restore–7- 8:15pm. Beginners or those who want refresher on building blocks and classical poses of Yoga. $15 (online reg). Koelbel Library (Community Room B) 5955 S Holly St, Centennial. Info 720-295-2127 or Living from the Heart Work Group–6:30-8:30pm. Experiential work group wednesday nights: The Healing Heart Method is a powerful yet simple process that resolves the issue of suppression and internalization of emotions and gradually unfolds a natural state of inner peace and healing. The Center for Living from the Heart meeting room, Denver. $150. Call Val at 303-339-0807 or visit

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Receive a 10-min cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Also on Tuesdays. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. FREE. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-530-0920. Meditation Happy Hour–5:45-6:45pm. $6/session w/5 session punch card. Active meditation. Effortless, easy and requires no particular belief. Drop in welcome. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358.

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GET INVOLVED Sleep Study: Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, is conducting a scientific sleep study to determine whether Earth Acupuncture can reduce the stress that causes sleep disturbances. Just as medical acupuncture balances your body’s meridians, Earth Acupuncture balances your property and home. To find out if you qualify to participate in this study, contact or call 303-665-0175.

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JOBS AVAILABLE HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Spiritual Medium and Intuitive Coaching with Elisa Malangone: Elisa’s genuine heart-centered approach when connecting with Spirit is extremely respectful, gracious, validating, precise and deeply compassionate. The gentle delivery of life-changing insight, loving guidance and healing messages have brought healing and comfort to many for 18 years. In Person, Phone and Virtual Readings available. 720-372-3927 or Nourish Your Awakening Healing: Your thoughts are a source of nourishment for your body and soul? Truly Food for Thought…Your thoughts and words can either nourish or deplete you. What food are you feeding yourself? Your healing session will bring nourishment to your mind, body and spirit. Special Initial Session 90 mins. $95; by appointment , in person or by phone; 30 min., 1 hr. or 90 mins. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki MasterTeacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or


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WELLNESS TRAVEL Wellness Travel with Esteem Journeys: Wellness vacations increase mental clarity, focus, productivity, physical vitality (perhaps weight loss and toning), a sense of connectivity, and reduce levels of stress. Results are cherished authentic experiences that last a lifetime. More info Amber 303-359-2140 or

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Anti-Adhesion Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect was discovered by accident in 1996. A British medical journal published a study, which analyzed past research done with xylitol. Researchers found that there was an additional correlation between xylitol and upper respiratory infections—a correlation researchers didn’t see when the studies were performed originally. The 1996 study found that among the children tested in the studies, those who used xylitol chewing gum had 42% fewer ear infections. Researchers performed subsequent research to answer why there was this correlation. These studies supported the discovery of xylitol’s anti-adhesion property. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive effect interferes with bacteria sticking to tissue. In order for bacteria to thrive, they must attach to the cell membrane. There they metabolize and the body senses the bacteria, it reacts with various responses like congestion, runny nose, against bacterial infections using antibiotics, attempting to kill the bacteria. However, the use of antibiotics produces resistant bacterial strains, which leads to more serious problems. Xylitol’s anti-adhesive property interferes with bacterial adhesion, resulting in bacteria not being able to colonize and thrive; eventually they are washed out. This is an innovative way to avoid antibiotic resistance. Instead of them to become stronger and more resistant, xylitol doesn’t allow the bacteria to cling to the cell and start its metabolic processes. Professionals advise people to regularly wash

their hands to prevent illness. But washing with only water isn’t enough; they must wash with soap. Similarly, just as people should wash their hands, they should also wash their nasal passages. A normal saline solution is like washing with only water. Washing with a nasal spray containing xylitol is like washing hands with soap. Bacteria and People Bacteria, like people, congregate together. This is called quorum sensing. When people start coming together, they form a town or city. Bacteria act similarly; as they sense other bacterial “city.” If a group wanted to take over a city, historically they would send in soldiers to subdue the inhabitants so they could then occupy the city. However, there is no guarantee that they would control everyone, and there may be leftover survivors who rally together. But if that particular city were to have an extreme change in environment, the inhabitants wouldn’t be able to cope and they’d have to leave the city. Changing the environment is much more effective in expelling the inhabitants than attacking with soldiers. Relating this back to bacteria, if we use antibiotics, we are sending in soldiers to between antibiotics and the microorganisms, with both attempting to get stronger. But if we alter the environment in our nasal and sinus passages so that bacteria cannot adhere to the cell surface, and thus thrive, we win the battle.

What are Some of Xylitol’s Applications? Studies have shown numerous uses for xylitol, many of which deal with its adverse effects on bacterial adhesion. Sinus, ear, and respiratory infections begin in the nose as we breathe in bacteria which attempt to adhere to the cell membrane. With the use of nasal sprays containing xylitol, the bacteria found in the nose cannot stick to the tissue and are to greater probability that they will not infect the body. Nurse Practitioner Sherril Sego, FNPin this aspect. She says, “Saline nasal rinses containing xylitol have been found to be more effective than traditional saline rinses to reduce the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.” One of the best things about xylitol is that it is 100% natural and 100% safe. It’s no wonder so

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July 2015 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

Doug Zerbarini & Terry Chriswell, Owners/Publishers Mile High Natural Awakenings is a locally-owned, monthly publication, serving metro Den...