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ecently a segment on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show poked fun at conservative pundits who decried that Obamacare would ruin the “best healthcare in the world.” They visited a rural, third-world, makeshift clinic in which the poor were receiving crucial medical treatment. With great comedic timing, they revealed that they were actually in Knoxville, TN and displayed a graphic in which the World Health Organization ranked our healthcare system 37th worldwide, tied with Costa Rica (CR). Since I spent 10 days in CR this May, I saw first-hand how happy and laid-back Ticos (their own nickname) are there and wondered about the backstory. Costa Rica is considered Central America’s great health success story. According to the United Nations Development Programme, the 2010 life expectancy at birth for Costa Ricans was 79.3 years and the Nicoya Peninsula is considered one of the world’s Blue Zones, where people commonly live active lives past the age of 100 years. Costa Rica created the Social Insurance Administration (CCSS) in 1941 to provide universal health care to its wage-earning residents and by 2000, social health insurance coverage was available to 82% of the population. In 2002, 96% of Costa Rican women used some form of contraception, 87% of all pregnant women received antenatal care, all children under one have access to well-baby clinics and the immunization coverage rate was above 91% for all antigens. (CR also abolished their army in 1948, directing those funds toward education and culture.) Ticos walk everywhere (if they’re not catching the bus.) According to the World Bank, 188/1,000 Ticos own cars compared to 786/1,000 Americans. In rural, southern Nicoya peninsula (primarily ranch land), I saw people that had to be 10-12 miles from anything just…walking. There is a soccer field in every town, big and small, which fills with players of all ages as the sun sinks and the day cools. In small towns like Fortuna and large cities like San Jose, the town squares were always full as folks resting in shade, socialize and play. That there is an abundance of cheap, local, fresh produce probably goes without saying, but prime produce seems reserved for export. Eggs are sold from the backs of unrefrigerated trucks or stacks along the walls in grocery stores. Chickens run wild, generally eating a healthier, natural diet and their eggs are rich, golden-firm and far safer than ours. These eggs don’t need a bleach scrub as is required in the U.S. and thus retain their natural protection to unhealthy bacteria (just wash your hands after handling.) There is a saying among the locals, “as Tico as beans and rice,” which is a nod to common staple foods, but chicken is plentiful also. I couldn’t help but notice that grilled chicken’s taste varied with the geography. I assumed this was proof that I was eating chicken raised nearby. But, there are very real problems. Little Samara Beach was engaged in much discourse over rising levels of fecal contamination running onto the main beach. You won’t find that in the guidebooks. I watched several feral dogs urinate on the same kayak, only minutes before an unsuspecting tourist dragged it to the water and hopped in. Sanitation and stray animal issues are probably par for the course in poorer countries. Despite lacking in quality infrastructure and having a 2013 GDP (per capita marker of purchasing power) of $9,386 (compare to the U.S. with $51,749), the New Economics Foundation ranked Costa Rica first in 2009 and 2012 on its Happy Planet Index due to its very high life expectancy (better than the U.S.) and general wellbeing. “Pura Vida” seems to be the unofficial national slogan, and for most Costa Ricans, life is indeed GOOD!

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Denver Pet Expo


he 2014 Denver Pet Expo will be held Saturday August 16 at the Denver Merchandise Mart from 10am to 6pm. The free, indoor and air-conditioned event will be packed with local and nationally-recognized veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers and organizations geared towards pet lovers. All well-behaved pets are welcome, as long as they’re on a fixed lead (or in a carrier) and have proof of age-appropriate rabies vaccines. The Denver Pet Expo will also feature opportunities for fan photos and autographs with both Shorty Rossi (Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss” & “America’s Cutest Pets”) and Celebrity Dog Trainer Harrison Forbes (“Good Morning America” and the “Today Show”), along with more than 120 exhibitors, live entertainment and demonstrations, and a mega-adoption area with more than 250 rescue pets available for adoption. Low-cost immunizations, discounted microchipping and free nail trims will also be available for all the furry friends who need them. See ad page 12.

Workshop Highlights Principles for Harmony


r. Jon Schreiber, DC, will lead a workshop in Boulder, “The Breema Touch and the Nine Principles of Harmony” August 9-10 at Bodywork Bistro Living Arts Center. “Breema helps create a receptive mind, supportive feelings, and a relaxed body that work together in harmony. When mind, body, and feelings are together, there is a sense of presence,” says Schreiber. Breema emphasizes nurturing, nonjudgmental, mutual support to both giver and receiver. Participants will learn a number of relaxing, energizing Breema bodywork sequences and movement exercises to help create balance in daily life. They will also learn about Breema’s nine universal principles to bring more harmony to relationships. Also teaching: Laura Rawson, LAc, from the Oakland Breema Center; Certified Breema Instructors Alexandra Johnson, MD, and Jamie Lam. A special 3-hour “preview” class on Sunday, July 20 will allow those interested to “sample” Breema before the workshop. No experience needed and NCBTMB CEs are available for massage and bodywork practitioners. For info contact Alexandra at 719-963-6418 or See ad page 13.

Celebrate Life Locally, Act Globally


he “Sister Winds Festival” takes place July 12-13 at Pachamama Farm outside Boulder. The festival hosts musicians from around the globe, performing hiphop to acoustic to tribal music. A variety of workshops cover such topics as an herb-walk, hula-hooping, acro-yoga, qigong and include women and men-specific topics. Sister Winds is a family-friendly event, a drug and alcohol-free environment. This year’s festival will donate proceeds to the global cause of choice of its participants. Festival-goers will choose between helping women in Niger build community gardens to ensuring clean drinking water for children in Bolivia, among others. According to event organizer Shaela Noella, “Sister Winds is a small, intimate festival born with of a lot of prayerful intention and thought, with the goal that its participants should leave feeling rejuvenated.” Contact Jessica Van Antwerp, 209-552-5402 or

Strawberry Jerry LoFaro After ruling out his initial career choices of paleontologist, zoologist, baseball player and Good Humor ice cream man, Jerry LoFaro parlayed his lifetime interest in dinosaurs and other animals, fantasy, art history and literature into a successful career as an illustrator. His art—always striking and often humorous—has been featured on book covers for major publishers and in advertising and promotional campaigns for clients including Nike, Disney, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel and TIME magazine. Celestial Seasonings has commissioned LoFaro to create tea, coffee and seasonings package designs, even entrusting him to update the company’s famous icon, Sleepytime Bear. Recently, he was honored with a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. “Superficially, I’d describe my work as realism,” says LoFaro. “However, much of what I’ve done in content is conceptual, with surreal flourishes.” Prior to 2002, he worked primarily with acrylics; now, he uses Photoshop to create digital art. LoFaro also treasures the rural beauty of his New Hampshire surroundings and confides, “My life revolves around walking out to my studio in the woods, listening to great music and being creative.” View the artist’s portfolio at

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briefbriefs newsbriefs Denver A*List Now Open for Voting: Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue would love your vote for Best Dog Training! Voted Best Dog Training for the past two years, this positive-reward behavior training is a must for every dog and owner. Every dog can be trained out of bad behaviors! The Denver A*List has done more to help the visibility of Misha May Foundation for the past two years than most marketing, and has helped the foundation rescue more dogs and cats in danger of euthanasia. Voting ends August 17.

Fashion Show Benefits Realities for Children Boulder County: 3-5pm. The 3rd Annual Fashionista Fashion Show Extravaganza brings the beauty of fashion to charity. Realities for Children Boulder County assists abused, neglected and at-risk youth including emergency funding and college scholarships. Special performance by The Silhouettes from America’s Got Talent. Tickets $75 in advance; $100 at door.

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BodyHealth Offers Improved Additive-Free Supplement


ealth-conscious consumers that read supplement labels and are justifiably wary of unhealthy additives such as dyes, allergenic binders, sugars and stearates now have another suitable option. BodyHealth, a national provider of products to optimize health, vitality and longevity, has improved its BodyHealth Complete + Detox, an additive-free, all-in-one multivitamin, multi-mineral antioxidant, by adding two new ingredients, vitamin K2 and CoQ10. Many additives in “cheap” vitamin supplements may cause harm, reduce absorption and even lessen the effectiveness of nutrients contained in the supplement. (Pharmaceutical Technology, April 1985, and Immunology, July 1990.) BodyHealth, founded in 2000 by Dr. David Minkoff as an extension to his LifeWorks Wellness Center in Clearwater, Florida, offers more than 20 products containing whole food components to help cleansing, detoxification and sleep. For more information, call 877-804-3258 or See ad page 9.

New Chiropractic Office in Southwest Denver


armony Chiropractic, LLC is now open in the Bear Valley West complex, 7550 W Yale Ave, Suite A-240, Denver. Dr. Stephanie Becker offers a multi-faceted approach to healing by utilizing gentle chiropractic adjusting, muscle work, corrective exercise, and nutritional consultations. She is certified in whiplash biomechanics and traumatology from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego and specializes in the treatment of sports injuries and auto collision care. “My goal is to get people out of pain and restore function as quickly as possible so they can return to the activities they love…emphasizing active care is vital to give people the tools to take back control of their health.” Contact Stephanie Becker, DC, 720-328-8066 or

Matrix Energetics Seminar: Explore Your Infinite Potential


r. Richard Bartlett and Melissa Joy will teach a Matrix Energetics (ME) seminar August 8-12 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, 15500 E 40th Ave., Denver. Friday night’s opening event, “Fundamentals Intro” is free and open to the public. According to organizers, participants will “learn to access transformation and infinite possibilities with Matrix Energetics Fundamentals ” and “open your intuitive abilities further with Unplugged, or the Spatial Clairvoyance seminar, and provide a practical and deep expansion of your ME skill sets.” Further, they describe ME Fundamentals: “Students learn how to access the field of the heart, expand beyond limiting belief systems, and getting out of their own way by tapping into the powerful morphic field of Matrix Energetics ” and about ME Unplugged: Spatial Clairvoyance: “Students learn to intensify their intuitive abilities, engage in the process of reality creation and explore how to accurately elicit specific information from the Morphic Field.” Early registration discounts end July 18. Contact Eleanor, 800-269-9513 or See ad page 20.


Essential Oils Effective in Fighting Candida, MRSA

Ginger and Turmeric Protect Skin from Sun


ssential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing. Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.


cientists from Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University have found that extracts from ginger and turmeric may help prevent DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, a leading cause of melanoma and other skin cancers. Fifteen herbal extracts were created; each was applied to human keratinocytes, the predominant cell type in the outer layer of skin that can be damaged by the sun’s rays. The researchers measured the ability of each herb extract to absorb ultraviolet radiation and act as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals. Turmeric and ginger extracts absorbed a significant amount of UVB rays before they could damage the skin, according to the results, published in Photochemistry and Photobiology. Each was found to stimulate the synthesis of thioredoxin 1, an antioxidant protein that appears to protect keratinocytes from DNA damage and toxicity to living cells.

Sun’s Rays May Help Heart Health


n addition to triggering vitamin D production, the sun may have other health benefits. University of Edinburgh researchers studied 24 healthy volunteers that used lamps that produce ultraviolet A (UVA) light mimicking the sun’s UVA rays, compared with similar lamps that only produce heat. Two sessions under the UVA lamps significantly lowered blood pressure and boosted nitric oxide levels in the blood. The latter is linked to better circulation. The scientists concluded that the combined effect may help prevent heart disease.

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his year’s long winter and wet spring combined to bring high pollen counts to the Front Range. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 35 million Americans suffer annually from seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. Symptoms include runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, and dark circles under the eyes. Often, the potential relief of medications also includes the tradeoff of unwanted side effects. Typically, two types of medications are used to deal with allergy symptoms: decongestants and antihistamines. According to WebMD, many brands contain drugs that can leave you woozy, drowsy and even raise blood pressure. But, are synthetic medications the only answer? Luckily, relief also comes in many natural forms that can deliver the clarity without the side effects. Peppermint can actually fight the common cold, cough, sinus, respiratory infections and inflammation of the throat. Basil has long been used in natural medicine to aid asthma and bronchitis and lesser known plants such as lobelia and quercetin are also used for these purposes. Other herbs such as rosemary and lemon balm not only help as decongestants, but also improve blood pressure by lowering it! Before you turn to over-the-counter or prescription pharmaceutics, look for natural, herbal relief that won’t cause unwanted side effects and may also provide multiple health benefits. Mike Burkitt of Bell Lifestyle can be reached at 800-333-7995 or See ad page 11.


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Mint: More than a Breath Freshener


eppermint has been a medicinal staple of cultures around the globe for thousands of years for good reason – it soothes everything from gastrointestinal discomfort to hay fever. An article in Natural News says mint can help control muscle spasms in the colon, inhibit the growth of stomach ulcer bacteria and open the respiratory tract while also providing fiber, iron, calcium and potassium. A study in Phytotherapy Research claimed peppermint is more effective than mouthwash at preventing oral bacterial growth. At least 25 varieties of mint exist, including peppermint, spearmint, curly mint and Corsican mint. Mint can overtake an herb garden if not contained, or it can be grown inside for year-round enjoyment. Peppermint and its aromatic oil can be used in household cleaners thanks to its powerful antimicrobial properties. Mint can be prepared dozens of ways and paired with foods such as fruit, lamb or chocolate. Times of India suggests combining mint with lemon, your sweetener of choice and sparkling water for a cooling summer treat. Try this refreshing vinaigrette recipe from Sunrise Ranch Culinary Academy, which uses fresh mint leaves and chive flowers to create a simple yet flavorful dressing for any salad:

Sunrise Ranch Mint & Chive Flower Vinaigrette Ingredients 10 mint leaves 1/4 cup champagne vinegar 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard 1 clove chopped garlic 4-5 chive flowers, petals removed

3/4 cup Extra Virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 2 farm fresh egg yolks salt and pepper to taste

Directions In a food processor, mix all ingredients except for oil. Empty all ingredients except oil into a food processor and combine about 1–2 minutes. Slowly add oil in a constant stream, allowing the dressing to emulsify. Serve with fresh vegetables or use as a marinade. Joel Navejas of Sunrise Ranch Culinary Academy can be reached at 970-5873807 or See ad page 7.

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or those of you dealing with the over-abundance of pollen on the Front Range this summer, know that Mother Nature always places plants in a region that treat the problems of that region. In the Foothills you will find Yarrow growing in sunny areas with a head of tiny white flowers. Its leaves contain a powerful antihistamine. Sticky Purple Geranium grows on east-facing slopes, usually under Ponderosa Pines where it finds its preferred acidic soil. The flower is low-growing with leaves that look almost like clover, but larger and the flower looks like a flattened lavender wild rose. Take some of its leaves, which are also antihistemic. Don’t take all of the leaves and don’t forget to thank the plant. In your garden (by the tomatoes) you should have marigolds (Calendula is very soothing to nasal tissue). Combine the Yarrow and Sticky Purple Geranium leaves with the marigold flowers; rinse them and steep them in hot (not boiling) water or in a “sun-tea” jar. Put the decoction in a nasal spray bottle and you will have a wonderful nonaddictive decongestant that is just right for the Colorado summer. Steven Frank is an Innovative Herbalist with Natures Rite and can be reached at

Spring Cleaning for Your Mind


pring is traditionally regarded as the time for clearing out the old and ushering in the new. But even more than yards, gardens, garages and gleaming windows, the space that can benefit the most from a spring-cleaning is not in your house – It’s in your mind. Deep inside your brain lies the amygdala, aka the “lower” or “primal” brain. As the oldest part of the human brain, it is responsible for intense survival emotions like fear, rage and anxiety while triggering the ‘flight or fight’ reactions to those emotions – running away, hiding and aggression. Years of old habits, engrained ways of thinking and acting, powerful memories from childhood, or traumatic events can trigger the amygdala and send you into high alert and high stress. Living in perpetual “survival mode” manifests as: depression, anxiety, lack of joy, overwhelming fear of any risk or change, broken relationships and a looming sense of powerlessness. However, we humans also have a prefrontal cortex, or “higher brain.” This area is responsible for executive function – calm assessment, rational decision-making, flashes of insight, clarity in problem solving and feelings of confidence, peace and joy. The Higher Brain Living® (HBL) technique is a gentle-touch process, developed by Dr. Michael Cotton, DC, that activates specific points in the body in a specific sequence with specific timing, creating a surge of energy from the primal fear-based lower brain into the prefrontal cortex. Through weekly guided sessions and daily “at-home” practice which include re-soulutions (think affirmations with action steps), HBL can clear the path for renewed energy, confidence, clarity, deeper joy and power to let go of what isn’t working and establish habits that serve each person’s physical and emotional potential to the fullest. Kent Johnson is a trained HBL facilitator in Littleton. Contact him at 303-907-3468 or See listing page 31. natural awakenings

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globalbriefs Food Transparency Vermont Demands GMO Labeling


ermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for Vermont to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, game-changing new law signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on April 23. Anticipating the current lawsuit by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Vermont has set aside $10 million for legal fees. The Organic Manufacturers Association is working to expand funding behind Vermont’s defense because the outcome could affect all 50 states. Unless legally overturned, starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9 percent GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic engineering was used. Products that contain GMOs and are labeled as such cannot also label their products as “natural”. The bill, however, does not apply to labels for milk, eggs and meat from animals fed GMOs. Donate to Vermont’s defense fund at

Relaxing Rules

U.S. Organic Standards Under Siege Last September, without any public input, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), under pressure from corporations, changed the way the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) decides which non-organic materials are allowed in products labeled as Certified Organic, all but guaranteeing that when the NOSB meets every six months, the non-organic and synthetic materials allowed in organic items will increase. Certain non-organic or synthetic materials can be used in up to 5 percent of a USDA Organic product, and in up to 30 percent of a Made with Organic Ingredients product. Look for the addition of carrageenan, synthetic nutrients such as DHA and ARA, sausage casings made from processed intestines, synthetic methionine, antibiotics and mutagens, among others. Sign a petition in protest at

Strength in Numbers

It Takes a Village to Feed the World Organizations worldwide are working to create a more sustainable and just food system. Food Tank lists 101 organizations to watch in 2014 ( All are vital in creating a better food system. Here are a few examples. Food MythBusters is telling the real story of how food is produced through short films, showing that we can have a food system that is truly affordable, delicious, fair and good for the planet. Heifer International has been helping small farmers around the world practice better animal husbandry and develop more environmentally sustainable sources of food production for 70 years. Oxfam, a confederation of 17 organizations worldwide, helps find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. Oxfam America’s recent Behind the Brands campaign highlights how favorite consumer brands bring hidden costs to farmers, food security and the environment. Real Food Challenge, started in 2008 mainly among students, aims to shift $1 billion of existing university food budgets from industrial farms and junk foods to community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources by 2020. Seed Savers Exchange is dedicated to saving and sharing organic, heirloom and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds.

Live Fearlessly! Tuesdays, July 22 & 29, August 5 & 12 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in Louisville The Fearless Life Workshop teaches you to: • Raise your self-confidence Investment: • Release expectations .00 $175 per person • Eliminate excuses Randi • Master the power of intention Must Commit to Racenstein • Find purpose and passion Attending all 4 Days CFLC, LSW

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Shame Game Corporations Bow to Public Pressure

Microbeads are tiny balls of hard plastic found in facial scrubs, shampoo and toothpaste that flow down drains and pass through wastewater treatment plants, ending up in waterways, where they enter the food chain. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has proposed the first U.S. legislation banning plastic microbeads in commonly used cosmetics ( BeadLegislation). Finding microbead-free products isn’t easy; we must read ingredient lists and steer clear of products that contain polyethylene or polypropylene. Natural alternatives include ground almonds, oatmeal and pumice. Palm oil is a natural ingredient used in thousands of everyday products from snack foods to shampoo. But as tropical forests are cleared and carbon-rich peat swamps are drained and burned to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitat for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s heat-trapping emissions. Last March, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive announced new palm oil policies. Concerned citizens can tell other major corporations that for the sake of our atmosphere, tropical forests, peat lands and endangered species, the time to act is now, and to use only deforestation-free and peatlands-free palm oil going forward. Take action at OilPetition. natural awakenings

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According to Scott Tips, president and legal counsel for the National Health Federation (NHF), harmonized global standards are enabling overall reduced vitamin and mineral levels in pill and food form. In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed changes to both the current Nutrition Facts panel on food labels and Supplement Facts panel on dietary supplement labels that prompt concern. “While the food industry, media and general public focus on the proposed format changes, new wording and label design, there’s a danger to our health in the FDA harmonizing our Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of vitamin and mineral levels down to the extremely low levels of the Codex Alimentarius, which our organization has fought against for more than a decade,” advises Tips. Although a few RDIs have been raised, if the proposed rulemaking is adopted, the NHF anticipates that the FDA will work to conform other recommended nutrient values to those of Codex. Support for this projection is based on an October 11, 1995, FDA pronouncement in the Federal Register to harmonize its food laws with those of the rest of the world. The deadline for citizens to submit comments to the FDA ended on June 2, but we can still write to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5360 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. Mention Docket No. FDA2012-N-1210 and insist that the FDA cease pushing its harmonization agenda. For more information, visit



elebrate Indian wedding and cultural traditions through dance, music, food, entertainment, procession, vendors, celebrities and a light show spectacular on July 19 from 5-11pm outside the City and County Building, 1447 Bannock Street. This is the first ever Indian Cultural festival in Colorado, showcasing Indian wedding and cultural traditions and approximately 10,000 people are expected to attend. Hosted by The GyaNidhi non-profit foundation, the Indian Cultural and Wedding Festival will raise funds to help provide education for unprivileged children. “This event is fun for everyone, not just those interested or involved in the Indian culture. Festival attendees of all ages

will experience a lush tapestry of vibrant colors, dance, food and music,” said Haggai Vardi, event coordinator. There will be several entertainment acts including the Buffs cheerleaders; a Spanish Bollywood fusion dance party; the acrobatics of Fractal Tribe Circus; a Baraat Indian procession; the Jewel of India beauty pageant nominees; a cultural drum circle; a fashion show with bridal couture; and Samson Koletkar, the world’s only Indian Jewish stand-up comedian. Vendors include jewelry, fashion, wedding planners, food, art, hair, photography, silks, health consulting, nonprofit causes, floral and much more. Sponsors and supporters include BharArt, Blazen Illuminations, Mikado Marketing, Summit Group Event Services, NYC Bhangra Dance Company, Nisa, Norvan Entertainment, Network of Indian Professionals Denver, Sadowski Media, Enchante Celebrations, T3 Resources, My Hair Trip Salon, Hope Medical Institute, Divalicious Fashion Boutique, National US India Chamber of Commerce, Design Heroes Creative Agency, Mahatma Moses, Mile High Natural Awakenings, Colorado Barricade and the city of Denver. It takes a village! The festival is still accepting vendors and sponsors. Contact Haggai Vardi at 720-236-0451 or email See ad page 18.

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Essential Oils for Summer

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ssential oils are absorbed by inhalation, ingestion and contact with the skin where they rapidly enter the blood stream. Very small amounts of essential oils can have powerful biological effects on specific tissues. “I can’t emphasize enough the need to use ‘wild crafted’ essential oils that are grown with a water and air supply that is free of petro chemicals,” says Healing Touch for Animals® Founder, Carol Komitor.

Examples of essential oils used in healing animals: • Lavender conditions patients to a safe space; helps allergies, burns, ulcers, insomnia, car sickness. • Helichrysum is anti-bacterial, reduces bleeding in accidents, skin regenerator, helps repair nerves. • Frankincense supports the immune system; helpful with cancer treatment. • Spearmint helps reduce weight; helps colic, diarrhea, nausea, balance metabolism and stimulates gallbladder. Komitor explains that the energy field (aura) of animals is 10 times that of humans, helping them monitor their environment for safety. They are more sensitive to plant energy of essential oils and a less-is-more philosophy works well with animals. Carol Komitor and author Drea Robertson are with Healing Touch for Animals and can be reached at 303-470-6572 or


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Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes

A breath of sweet lavender oil can quickly reduce stress. A whiff of lemon oil can energize us.


ssential oils are not magic or folklore. There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California. Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender, the most popular of all essential oils: The cilia—microscopic cellular fibers in the nose—transport the aroma to the olfactory bulb at the bottom of the brain, from where it proceeds to the limbic brain and directly affects the nerves, delivering a soothing effect. “Or put it on your skin and other properties of essential oils are absorbed straight into the bloodstream,” advises Jones, author of Awaken to Healing Fragrance. Thai studies show that a whiff of lavender oil is calming and lowers blood pressure and heart rate, yet there are many more benefits attributed to the art and science of aromatherapy and essential oils. For those struggling with summer maladies, here are several simple solutions essential oils can provide.

Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. “Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (, of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”

Sunburn, Bug Bites and Poison Ivy A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted lavender is also

a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.” Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy, a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.

Allergy Relief During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.

Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot. Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,” she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.” Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: WEB ALERT! 101 Food Cures Best Carrier oils You Can Easily Grow. Connect at

Never-Fail Insect Repellant 2 Tbsp eucalyptus oil 1 tsp cedar wood oil 1 tsp citronella oil 1 tsp pennyroyal oil 1 tsp lemongrass oil Mix in warm water in a one-quart spray bottle. Shake and use liberally. Source: Kathleen Barnes

Grades of Essential Oils 1. Synthetic or nature-identical oils (created in a Laboratory) 2. Extended or altered oils (fragrance grade) 3. Natural oils (organic) and certified oils (pass oil-standard tests but may not contain any or just a few therapeutic compounds) 4. Therapeutic-grade essential oils (pure, medicinal, steam-distilled essential oils containing all desired therapeutic compounds)  Synthetic constituents many be similar in structure but have none of the living plant energy that holds the Godgiven medicinal value of the oil that is released from the plant itself. Use Sacred Frankincense on the third eye or crown of the head to raise vibrations. Use White Angelica on the shoulders to protect from negative energies. Marty Heppinstill is with Young Living Essentials Oils. 303-995-2995 or See listing page 29.

Are Essential Oils Herbal?


t’s easy to assume that herbal medicines and essential oils are similar and can be used in much the same way. After all, they’re both all-natural and come from plants, right? But there is an important difference: dried herbs and tinctures contain literally hundreds or thousands of constituents; and whole plant material has a lot of fiber that can ‘dilute’ their effects. Essential oils (EOs), on the other hand, are very concentrated extracts containing a specific set of constituents. EOs are more intense, more rapidly absorbed (5-20% can be absorbed directly through the skin), and more focused in their actions. Because they are so powerful, EOs must be used judiciously and in smaller quantities than herbal extracts. It’s a good idea to test each oil individually to see if you are personally sensitive to it before use. Lisa Ganora, Director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism in Boulder, can be reached at 720-722-4372 or See ad page 12. natural awakenings

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Diana and Dick Dyer


Organic Farmers Sow Seeds of Change by Melinda Hemmelgarn


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rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farmers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of heroes

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providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and the way we think about the ability of good food to feed the future well. Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations. Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong dream to farm in 2009, each at the age

of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son,

grow exquisite organic flowers and vegetables for farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture members in Telluride and the Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the couple decided to take fewer trips away from their children and homestead, and instead bring more people to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children.

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Joraan, who died of canfirst urban cer in 2010 at the age teaching of 23. Joraan’s orchard farm and is home to thriving, community health-supporting apresource ple, apricot, cherry and center. plum trees, plus native “The farm aronia berries. It also will serve injects fresh life into as an onsite the community. Each experience spring, the Forbords for children celebrate their son’s to learn birthday by “wakwhere their ing up” his orchard. food comes Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord His mother explains: from and the “People of all ages gather—an assortreasons fresh, organically grown food ment of our friends, Joraan’s friends really matters to our health,” says and their growing families, neighbors, Lanier. However, “This is just the tip relatives, co-workers, students and of the iceberg for us. Ultimately, we’d others—to keep his legacy growing. like to be a chemical-free community The incredible community support through advocating for reduction keeps us going.” and elimination of pesticide and chemical use in schools, hospitals, households and local parks and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want Tarrant Lanier, gardening with children at the future generations Center for Family and Community Development to enjoy it without fearing that it’s makTarrant Lanier, of the Center for ing us sick,” she says. “We are intent Family and Community Developon having a school garden in every ment (CFCD) and Victory Teaching school, and we want to see area hosFarm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants all pitals establish organic food gardens children to grow up in safe commuthat support efforts to make people nities with access to plenty of wholehealthier without the use of heavy some food. After working for nearly medications.” two decades with some of South Lanier further explains: “We see Alabama’s most vulnerable families, our victory as reducing hunger and Lanier wanted to “provide more than increasing health and wellness, a crutch.” In 2009, she established environmental sustainability and the nonprofit CFCD organization, repair, community development dedicated to healthy living. Within and beautification, economic five years, she had assembled a development and access to locally small, but hard-working staff that begrown food, by promoting and gan building community and school creating a local food system.” gardens and creating collaborative partnerships. Don Lareau and Daphne Yan Recently, the group established the nakakis, of Zephyros Farm and Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s Garden, in Paonia, Colorado,

Don Lareau

“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” ~ Don Lareau

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“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red kidney beans and edamame soybeans, along with raising livestock on about 1,400 acres. Their family farm philosophy entails looking at the world through a lens of abundance, rather than scarcity, and working in cooperation with their neighbors instead of in competition. The result has been a groundswell of thriving organic farmers and a renewed sense of community and economic strength throughout their region. The Martens switched to organic farming after Klaas experienced partial paralysis due to exposure to pesticides, compounded by concern for the health of their three children. Because the Martens work in alliance with nature, they’ve learned to ask a unique set of questions. For example, when Klaas sees a weed, he doesn’t

Conscientious food producers are teachers, innovators, environmental stewards and change-makers creating a brighter future for us all. ask, “What can we spray to kill it?” but, “What was the environment that allowed the weed to grow?” Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in the Copper River and Bristol Bay fisheries. During that time, Mosness became a passionate advocate for protecting coastal communities and ecosystems. “Like farm families on land, fishing families face many risks and uncertainties,” but she believes, “political forces

may be even more damaging to our livelihoods and wild fish.” For example, “We are replicating some of the worst practices of factory farming on land in our marine environment with diseases, parasites and voluminous amounts of pollution flushing into our coastal waters,” explains Mosness. She’s also concerned about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s potential approval of genetically engineered (GMO) fish without adequate health and environmental assessments, and she works to support GMO labeling so consumers can make informed choices in the marketplace. Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at


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Did the FDA declare war on the natural products industry in the 1990s?

James Gormley Takes On the FDA

The FDA conducted numerous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal L-tryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the “vitamin B-bust”. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.

Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself by Kathleen Barnes


ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.

Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed

his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929 book, The History of a Crime Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.

With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.

Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The superrefined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.

What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americans’ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at

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In January 2013, more then 150 New York chefs and food Standard drilling leases rarely provide broad protections professionals sent a letter to Governor Mario Cuomo calling for for farmers and can even eliminate their input on where a ban on fracking in their state. As of December 2013, more roads are created and fracking machinery is installed on their then 250 chefs have signed on to the Chefs for the Marcellus property, all of which can hamper normal farming. In Penncampaign, which created the petition. In April 2014, Connectisylvania, where fracking is commonplace, thousands of diesel cut chefs entered the fray by launching their own petition to trucks drive by working farms daily, compounding problems ban the acceptance of fracking waste in Connecticut. already associated with 24/7 vibrations, noises, emissions and In California this past February, farmers and chefs banded light pollution, stressing both humans and farm animals. together to present Governor Jerry Brown with a petition calling In New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio, for a moratorium on fracking, stating that fracking wastes huge farmers that have or are near such leased land are finding it amounts of water. The previous month, California had declared increasingly difficult to obtain mortgages, re-mortgage propa statewide drought emergency, erty and acquire or renew inand by April Brown had issued surance policies. Caught up in an executive order to strengthen a vicious cycle, some farmers the state’s ability to manage wafeel forced to abandon their farms, thus opening up more p Support local, county and state bans on ter. Ironically, existing California regulations don’t restrict water land to oil and gas companies. fracking operations and waste disposal. use by industrial processes, “Fracking is turning many rural environments into p Learn about local farmers’ situations and including fracking, which uses and permanently removes treindustrial zones,” observes mendous amounts of water from Jennifer Clark, owner of Emi- make them aware of factors to consider. nence Road Farm Winery, in p Support local farmers and food producers. the water cycle. To date, fracking in California operates with little New York’s Delaware County. state regulation. She notes that we often hear It’s past due for a “time out” on oil and gas production and a lot about the jobs fracking might create, but we hear little infrastructure development. Every citizen needs to think carefully about the agricultural jobs being lost or the destruction of a and thoughtfully about what’s at stake as outside interests rush to way of life that has been integral to America’s landscape for use extreme forms of energy extraction to squeeze the last drops generations. of fossil fuels from our Mother Earth. Asha Canalos, an organic blueberry and heirloom vegetable farmer in Orange County, New York, is among the Activist Harriet Shugarman, a veteran economist and policy leaders in the David versus Goliath battle pitting farmers analyst and former representative for the International Monetary and community members against the Millennium Pipeline Fund at the United Nations, currently chairs regional environCompany and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. mental committees On May 1, oral arguments were heard in the U.S. Court and works with naof Appeals. According to Canalos, “Our case could set a WEB ALERT! tional, state and local national precedent, with all the attending legal precedent, organizations seeking INFORMATION IS POWER that will either empower other farmers and communities pro-environmental like ours and Minisink or will do the opposite.” legislation.

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Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies by Judith Fertig


moothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities. Other ingredients follow the peak of summer crops. Berries, greens, melon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots and stone fruits like peaches and mangoes add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon or two of milled flax seeds, hemp or nut butter adds richness to the flavor, while providing omega-3 fatty acids necessary for complete nutrition. For the finale, add a touch of sweetness from fruits, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia. The best way to mix a smoothie is to start with either a liquid or an ingredient with a thicker consistency, like yo-


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gurt, placed in a standard or high-speed performance blender. Next, add the desired fruits or vegetables and flavorings, followed by ice. Start on a slower speed, holding down the lid tightly, before increasing the speed to achieve a velvety texture. If the smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit or ice. Freezing the fruits first and then blending them into a smoothie can substitute for ice. Peeling bananas before freezing them makes smoothie-making easier. Freezing the fruits in recipe-size portions also simplifies the process. Smooth-fleshed fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, ripe peaches and nectarines blend more easily to a silky finish than do fresh berries. Tender, baby greens such as spinach, kale or chard virtually disappear within a smoothie; if using mature, rather than baby greens, cut out the stems unless the blender is extremely powerful.

Blending enough ingredients for two smoothies can yield a leftover serving to store in a reusable glass jar in the refrigerator. To reactivate the full taste later, just turn over the jar and give it a good shake to re-blend the ingredients. Spirulina (made from a micro-saltwater plant) and wheatgrass juice and powder are some popular smoothie additions. Milled flax seeds add healthy fat, but their water-soluble fiber also adds a little bulk; although the texture difference isn’t noticeable if the smoothie is enjoyed right away, it will be apparent if it sits for 20 minutes or more. With the whir of a blender—and no cooking—summer’s tastiest bounty transforms into at-home or on-the-go beverages to revive, replenish and renew us so we’re ready for our next adventure.

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Frozen Mango Mint Smoothie 1 cup frozen mango chunks 1 cup water 1/2 cup frozen or fresh strawberries 1/2 bunch fresh mint 1/2 cup apple juice Throw all into a high speed blender until smooth. Other recommendations: • Make this into popsicles! Just blend (adding more water if want a thinner consistency) and pour into popsicle molds and freeze. • Add a scoop of your favorite vegan protein. ENJOY! From Marianne Jones, CHHC, SNS, AADP with Flourishing Life Wellness at mjhealthcoach@gmail. com. See listing page 30.

Sunny-Day Sippers Black Cherry Raspberry Yields 2 servings

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Tomato Smoothie

Peachy Watermelon

¼ cup cranberry juice 1 cup pitted sweet black cherries ½ cup raspberries 1 /3 cup plain soy or coconut yogurt 4 ice cubes Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Mango Lassi Yields 2 servings ¾ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk ¼ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1½ cups chopped fresh mango, frozen ½ tsp ground cardamom Agave nectar to taste Ground pistachios for garnish Combine the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, mango and cardamom and blend using low to high speeds until smooth. Add agave nectar to taste and blend again. Sprinkle ground pistachios over each serving.

Yields 2 servings

Yields 2 servings

2-3 cups watermelon, seeded 1 cup low-fat vegan vanilla yogurt 1 cup frozen organic strawberries 1 cup frozen organic sliced peaches

2 cups tomatoes, chopped ½ cup tomato juice ¼ cup apple juice ½ cup carrots ¼ cup celery, chopped Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste 2 cups ice

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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Cool as a Cucumber Summer Salad Smoothie Smoothie Yields 2 servings

Yields 2 servings

½ cup apple juice 2 cups stemmed and chopped baby spinach, Swiss chard or kale 1 apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped ½ avocado, peeled and chopped ½ cup cilantro leaves 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp matcha (fine green tea powder) 1 Tbsp milled flax seeds ¼ cup vegan protein powder

1 cup apple juice 1 cup sliced sweet apple ¼ cup applesauce ½ cup sliced carrots ½ cup cucumber, peeled and sliced 2 cups ice Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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INDIAN CULTURAL AND WEDDING FESTIVAL JULY 19, 5-11PM, 1437 BANNOCK, DENVER GyaNidhi non-profit foundation, providing education for unprivileged children, is hosting a free traditional Indian Wedding and Cultural Festival celebrating Indian traditions through a street full of vendors; performances by the Broncos and the Buffs cheerleaders, Spanish Bollywood fusion dance party and Fractal Tribe Circus; a Baraat Indian procession, the Jewel of India beauty pageant nominees, a cultural drum circle, a fashion show with bridal couture and much more. Fun for all ages and backgrounds! The festival is currently seeking vendors and sponsors. Please email for more information.

LIVE A FEARLESS LIFE WORKSHOP JULY 22 & 29, AUG 5 & 12 Start living the life you want in this 8-hour workshop over 4 weeks. Identify the thoughts, feelings and actions keeping you from living fully; Raise self-confidence; Release expectations; Eliminate excuses; Master the power of intention; Find purpose and passion. Facilitated by Randi Racenstein, Certified Fearless Living Coach/ Licensed Social Worker. Must commit to attending all 4 days. Pre-registration required; contact Randi at 516526-9750 or

LIFE DESTINY IMMERSION JULY 25-26 AT SUNRISE RANCH, LOVELAND Life Destiny Immersion is based on this simple, yet profound idea: We can live our lives according to what we value most. This two-day seminar is an opportunity to come into a deeper understanding of yourself and your core values. Break away from old patterns of thinking that no longer serve you, while discovering how to bring your individual passions to your world. Cost: $197. For more information, go to or call 970-679-4200.


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TUESDAY JULY 1 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., #103 Denver. David 303-668-2358 or Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation Northwest Denver/Arvada–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.


Happy 4th of July! SATURDAY JULY 5 VegFest Colorado–10am-6pm. Health and environmental fair supporting a plant-based diet and lifestyle features expert chefs demonstrating healthful vegan dishes and renowned speakers who will speak on health, diet and environmental issues. Food sampling, restaurants, commercial exhibitors, free movies, fun for the kids and more. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden. Early $7/door $10.

SUNDAY JULY 6 Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (ECK) works in our lives. Reading from the ECK works, HU Song, contemplation, music and connection. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208 Boulder. 720-466-3322 Non-Denominational Church Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St., Denver. 303-282-9439 or

TUESDAY JULY 8 Evolution Series–6:45-9pm. Monthly gathering exploring evolutionary and cutting edge concepts, tools, and technologies that expand human consciousness and support healthy sustainable living. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave., Arvada. 303731-6695 or Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David 303-668-2358,

WEDNESDAY JULY 9 As seen on Gaiam TV: Higher Brain Living–6pm. Free presentation/demo with real people who have made real change. Addictive behaviors have a common pattern in the brain. Higher Brain Living® unravels that

pattern naturally. AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, 2100 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton. Kent Johnson 303907-3468 or Drumming/Journey Circle–We encourage you to join the MEETUP GROUP, SPIRIT EARTH MEDICINE WHEEL for announcements about this circle and any shamanic trainings. Contact or call 303-665-0175

THURSDAY JULY 10 Summer Time Cleanse– 6-8pm Saturdays in July (except 12th).Refreshing, renewing, healing and energizing! Food demos, talks, cleanse package, massage too! Eating better in fun cleanse group. $300. RSVP/info Tai Blue 520-248-6303 or

FRIDAY JULY 11 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish. Free. Followed by Healings $10. Facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Guided Meditation w/Singing Bowls & Gong–6:307:30pm. Chakra-clearing, guided meditation w/ peaceful vibrations of gong and singing bowls. $10. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, #3, Conifer. RSVP 303-638-3374 or Community Drum Circle–7-9pm. Bring food to share and your drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments for an evening of Loving Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303731-6695.

SATURDAY JULY 12 Healthy Home Care–4-5pm. Learn about TheraCane®, a self-care therapy device to relieve tension. Get relief from aches and pains using techniques for the neck and upper back, hips and legs. Purchase your own TheraCane®, $35. RSVP 303-274-5733 Pendulum Dowsing & Earth Acupuncture–Sat & Sun,10 am-5pm, Niwot. Learn how to dowse the property and install copper L-rods to reduce stressful energy fields, resulting in greater health and well-being. $390/single; $350/couple. Cost includes tools to dowse and cure your home, training manual, pendulum, and book “In the Mind of a Master,” by Anderson and Spurling. Instructor Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, 303-665-0175. More info Resilient Me!–10-3pm. A workshop designed to enhance your personal and professional effectiveness. $150. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr. #3, Conifer. RSVP 303-6383374,

savethedate FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL HERBALISM PROGRAM NOW ENROLLING August 4 – December 1 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, 10am5pm. $2,600. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. For inquiries, please contact Lisa Ganora at 720-722-4372 or info@ Download our Catalog at



AUGUST 8TH, 9TH AND 10TH IN EVERGREEN (35 MINUTES FROM DENVER) Feeling lost and looking for meaning? Ignite your best self, discover your true calling and create confidence that attracts success. This powerful 3-day experience includes intuitive success coaching, 2-nights lodging, healthy meals, transformational group sessions, individual massages and more! Facilitator, Elizabeth Walker, brings her 30-year background in personal consciousness to this life-changing program. $450 deposit. 303-902-3669 or

INNER GUIDANCE – OUR DIVINE BIRTHRIGHT A WORKSHOP FEATURING AUTHOR ANNE ARCHER BUTCHER Saturday, September 13, 1-4:30pm Gain exceptional spiritual tools with Anne Archer Butcher, author of Inner Guidance – Our Divine Birthright. She shares incredible stories of her rescue at sea by dolphins, conscious out-of-body journeys, facing her inner fears and finding happiness. Explore insights and techniques to conquer fears; Accept and benefit from your own divine guidance; Unlock your spiritual wisdom; Learn to open your heart, recognize daily miracles and live a more spiritually-oriented life. $35 in advance/$45 at door. Location: Sheraton Denver West, 360 Union Blvd, Lakewood. Info/ RSVP or contact communications@ or 303-756-9287 (leave message for return call).

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Day of Healing–10-2pm Celebration picnic and healings! Celebrate you; celebrate Journey Within being in Lakewood for 6 years with private healings and food. There will be different ways to give to yourself; Private Energy Healings, Angel Card readings and more. Healings and Readings are by appointment. 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-4137303 or

SUNDAY JULY 13 History of Spirit Communication–9am-1pm. Seances in the White House? Have you heard of The Witch of Endor, Edgar Cayce, physical mediumship? Discover the long and varied history of spirit communication. $60 Instructor: Marcia Stanfield. Register Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:30pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

TUESDAY JULY 15 Guided Meditation w/Singing Bowls & Gong–6:307:30pm. Chakra-clearing, guided meditation w/peaceful vibrations of gong and singing bowls. $10. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, #3, Conifer. RSVP 303-638-3374, 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., #103 Denver. David 303-668-2358, Discounted Registration for September’s Dog Trainer/ Behavior Specialist Program–see Looking Ahead calendar section September 15, 16,17. $750 discount ends today.

FRIDAY JULY 18 Psychic Weekend Workshop–Spend this 3-day weekend working your psychic \”muscles\” with the Aspen Program. We are a skills-based program, teaching you tools to increase your psychic abilities, strengthen your \”clairs,\” & read the future. Tips to get past self-doubt & how to set energy boundaries. Bring a life question you want insights on. Games, exercises, & lots of fun! $255 Instructor: Karen Fox, author of Build Your Psychic Skills: The 90-Day Plan. Register

SATURDAY JULY 19 Making and Using Flower Essences–9am-11:30am. Practical & natural method to address emotional, psychological, behavioral problems or traits such as procrastination, hyperactivity, jealousy, fear, lack of focused creativity and depression. $58. Denver Botanic Gardens Registrar: 720865-3580 or Drum Making Workshop with Cochise One Paw–10am4:30pm. Join Cochise One Paw in creating your own drum. Purchase your drum making supplies when registering. Info Journeys For Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303731-6695 or

SUNDAY JULY 20 Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Denver 5800 E Evans Ave., Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208. 720-466-3322


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TUESDAY JULY 22 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., #103 Denver. David 303-668-2358, As seen on Gaiam TV: Higher Brain Living–6pm. Free presentation/demo with real people who have made real change. Higher Brain Living® unravels the pattern of addictive behaviors naturally. AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, 2100 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton. Kent Johnson 303-907-3468 or

THURSDAY JULY 24 Vinyasa, Violins, and Vino–6-8pm. 1-Hour Vinyasa yoga session; bring a picnic and wine (or beer) to enjoy after with live music. $18. Denver Botanic Gardens Registrar 720-865-3580 or

SATURDAY JULY 26 Reiki Level I Certification Class–10am-4pm. Learn history and practical application of Reiki, and receive 1stdegree attunement and Level I certification. Abby Rosan, Reiki Master Teacher since 2003. $150. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr. #3, Conifer. You must RSVP with Abby 303-919-0349.

TUESDAY JULY 29 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., #103 Denver. David 303-668-2358,

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GET INVOLVED Right To Know Colorado - GMO Labeling Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup – Check dates; 7-9pm. The Initiative Movement is underway and Petitions are being circulated! This group is meeting to pursue the Initiative Process to add state legislation to the Colorado ballot in 2014 that requires mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) in Colorado. Anyone interested in becoming involved is invited to attend. Go to for training or petition information. For meetings, Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup or Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. 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.

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/ SERVICES Energy-Based Chiropractor: Dr Rob Smigelski, DC, focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection and specializes in helping patients with autoimmune and brain-based difficulties. Symptoms of these difficulties can include brain fog, memory loss, low energy, insomnia, chronic pain and poor concentration. No painful popping/cracking; health and holistic wellness from an integrated approach. Lafayette and Denver. 720-381-8561 or

Get a Summer Body! Build a new relationship with your body; learn the secrets of intuitive eating and holistic health. Marianne Jones is a Board Certified Health Coach who works with individuals ready for change. Free 20 minute consult. FLOURISHING LIFE WELLNESS with MARIANNE JONES 303475-1893 or Essential Oils: From seed to seal, Young Living Oils are committed to plant purity and potency. The oils provide ongoing support for your home, health, and body. Enjoy the relaxing benefits of lavender and Peace & Calming, the cleansing power of Thieves and Purification, the comforting touch of Valor and PanAway, the uplifting properties of Joy essential oil blend, and much more. For more information, call Marty Heppinstill at 303-995-2995 or email heppinstil@ Order online at martyandmarlana

JOBS AVAILABLE Become a DISTRIBUTION DRIVER: Do you live in or near the following areas? Broomfield, Wheat Ridge/Denver, Erie/Superior/Louisville OR Westminster? You are conscientious, you have your own car, insurance and a good driving record, you have spare time during the last week of the month (usually takes a day or two depending on your route) and enjoy getting out and meeting people. This is an easy job once you get to know your route, and can expand and make more money as you go. PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS. Email with your interest.

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Fashionista–3-5pm. Join us for a charity fashion show to support Realities for Children Boulder County featuring The Silhouettes, Broadway Performing Academy, Jimmy James & more! $75 advance or $100 door. Tickets at

TUESDAY AUGUST 5 A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks–7-9pm. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early $165, Regular $180. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,


Five Guiding Principles for Sustainable Green Purchasing Workshop–8am-Noon. Green products/services available today, finding and pricing. Environmental Preservation Solutions, 2323 S Troy St, Bldg 4-205, Aurora. $229.99. 303-482-1490 or


Denver Pet Expo–10am-6pm. Free, indoor and air-conditioned event will be packed with local and nationally-recognized veterinarians, groomers, trainers, retailers and organizations geared towards pet lovers. Pets welcome, check guidelines.


Healing Beyond Borders 18th Annual Energy Healing Conference–Hear healing experts Gregg Braden, Joan Halifax, Gayan Gregory Long, Jonathan Ellerby, Vivian Rice. Continuing Ed Credits avail. Seating Limited! Single day rates $85; $475 entire conference. Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs. Call 303-989-7982

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MONDAY SEPTEMBER 8 Massage Therapy Classes–Start a wonderful career in massage therapy! Enroll through September 12th for certification program, Associate of Applied Science Degree program or CEU classes. Scholarships available. Jennifer, 970-352-1181.

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., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or


SEPTEMBER 15, 16, 17 Dog Trainer/Behavior Specialist Program– Training starts in Lakewood 9/15; Denver 9/16; Arvada 9/17. Taught by Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue founder Lorraine May. Program includes observation and hands-on application. Science behavior concepts are introduced, studied, discussed, and integrated into our work with the participating dogs and their families. Philosophy based on Learning Theory – teaching the dog what he or she needs to know to live in human society. Email/RSVP  for an application. Info or 303-239-0382

Meditations for World Peace–7pm. Also by donation Sundays 10:30am. Talk and relaxing mindfulness meditation. Anyone can learn - proven physical and mental benefits. Everyone welcome. $10; free for members. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1081 Marion St., Denver. Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash” that releases negative energy to create the life you desire. Free. Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. 720-413-7303 or


SEPTEMBER 27 & 28 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training–9am5pm. Join internationally celebrated teacher Patrick Murphy Welage, affiliated w/ Dr. Kataria School of LY, Mumbai, India. Schlessman YMCA, Denver. $199 or $149 by Sept 1. Lunch incl. RSVP Robert 303-257-8378.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 Academy of Massage Therapy Massage Fair–10am-2pm. Raffle prizes, vendor booths, speaker presentations and discounted Natural Therapy Health Center services! To be a vendor or  speaker, contact Melissa  970-3521181 or

Bhakti Yoga–9:30-11am. The class is blend of lecture, mantra, asana and meditation. It focuses on deepening your understanding of the spiritual path of a yogi. First Class $6; Drop-In $12 (Pkgs avail). Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big TImber Dr. #3, Conifer. Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. 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. 


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communityresourceguide SHEN DAO ACUPUNCTURE, LLC Maria Mandarino, LAc, DipAc (NCCAOM), RMT, NCTMB 9150 West Jewell Avenue, Ste 111, Lakewood 720-670-0098 Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, and natural approach to treating pain and illness, or for just keeping healthy. We can help you with pain, autoimmune disorders, fertility, allergies, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, migraines, anxiety, depression, PMS, and more. We also specialize in Craniosacral Therapy, AMMA Therapy, John Barnes Myofascial Release and individualized Bach Flower formulas. Located in the Bear Creek section of southwest Denver, adjacent to Lakewood and Littleton.

CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 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 12.

July Spotlight Consciousness Shift MARY BETH KENNEDY, MA 1637 28th St, Boulder 303-589-8006

Reconnective Healing transcends the limitations of human ability and imagination. By opening to it, we are able to restore balance and harmony in our lives and transform our bodies, minds and souls in ways that otherwise may seem impossible. Mary Beth has been a practitioner, mentor and coach for 14 years. One of the most experienced Reconnection Practitioners in the world, she travels with Eric Pearl and the Reconnection Teaching Team in addition to her practice in Boulder.





Tom Zyvoloski DDS Aesthetic Excellence and Holistic Family Care 818 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 If you’re the type of person who cares enough about your body to shop for organic produce, why not give the same thought to your dental health? At Studio Z Dental, we use only the safest, most natural products with each of our clients. Curious about mercury safe dentistry? Check out our videos at

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY with DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 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 21.


Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. ~Helen Keller



DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Adopt your best friend today! We rescue dogs and cats and foster them until we find a forever home. Classes in Understanding Dogs with positive reinforcement techniques and Dog Trainer Apprentice to become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Many more classes – see our website for adoptable animals and classes. See ad page 13.

Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, 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. Reconnective Healing with Mary Beth Kennedy. Transform your body, mind and soul! See full listing under Consciousness Shift.


Independent Distributor Marty Heppinstill 303-995-2995 / How do you know you are getting good quality oil? Consider the source. From seed to seal, Young Living Oils are committed to plant purity and potency, and verify perfection in every step. The oils go through extensive laboratory testing and independent audits to exceed our own industry-leading quality standards. Enjoy ongoing support for your home, health, and body with the relaxing benefits of lavender and Peace & Calming, the cleansing power of Thieves and Purification, the comforting touch of Valor and PanAway, the uplifting properties of Joy essential oil blend, and more.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.


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KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, BHRT, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men & women. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.


BioTransformational Institute Lafayette and Denver 720-381-8561 / 1 in 8 people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Over 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. You shouldn’t have to live in fear of your body, mind and spirit degenerating as you grow older. Dr. Smigelski specializes in addressing brain health and autoimmune conditions by using an integrated approach of chiropractic, functional medicine, and Chinese medicine concepts. Are you experiencing brain fog, fatigue, temporary memory loss, cold hands and feet? Call today to set up an appointment, or for a free 20 minute consultation.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in AntiAging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.


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Naomi Ackerman, R.M.T. 7355R W. 88th Ave., Westminster 720-445-6474 Isn’t it time to let go of that which no longer serves your body, mind, and soul? Let a skilled, Intuitive Massage & Energy Therapist transform your pain and stress into bliss. Convenient location, mobile availability, on-site, and events. Many modalities offered! Call or text, today, to honor yourself (or another).Reasonably priced at $60/hr for exceptional work (add $10 for specialty services, nominal fuel fee for out-calls). Packages/Specials, Introductory rate, and GIFT CERTIFICATES available for all occasions. I look forward to our sessions. Namaste, Naomi

MASSAGE SCHOOL ACADEMY OF NATURAL THERAPY 625 8th Avenue, Greeley, CO 970-352-1181 / When you are a massage therapist, every day is rewarding! The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Massage Therapist employment growth of 20.1% by 2020. The Academy of Natural Therapy (ANT) has a long tradition of graduating the finest students, produced through a combination of hands-on, one on one instruction, excellent instructors and a real world atmosphere with over 300 hours in fully equipped facilities - the Student Clinic and the Natural Therapy Health Center. 1000 Hour Massage Therapy Program accredited by the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Financial aid available. See ad page 20.

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


MARIANNE JONES 303-475-1893 / When it comes to health and nutrition, one approach does NOT fit all. Learn the secrets of intuitive eating and holistic health and start building a new relationship with your body. Marianne Jones is a Board Certified Health Coach who uses a whole life holistic approach to create your personal nutrition and health blueprint. Marianne works with individuals ready for change, ready for personal growth, and ready to create maximum health via nutrition, holistic wellness, and behavioral science. Please call for a free 20 minute consult.


Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, 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 2.


Explore Your Potential! Karen Fox, Ph.D., Director I-25 & Belleview 303-942-0646 We are all psychic! Improve your innate psychic abilities to make better decisions or become a professional. Take the classes you choose. Certificates in Psychic Studies, Medical Intuition, and Spirit Mediumship. We teach the “clairs.” Leader in Psychic Education since 2010.


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Anne Archer Butcher, author of Inner Guidance, shares incredible stories of her rescue at sea by dolphins, conscious out-of-the-body journeys, facing her deepest fears, and finding happiness - due to clear & reliable inner guidance.


RENEE ELLIS, MA RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575 Are you dealing with challenges in your relationships, career or health, loss of a loved one, or finding and following your life path?  Renee specializes in helping women find the clarity, freedom and intuitive perspective to gracefully move through life transitions to a more joyful experience.   She weaves traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression.  Individual sessions, programs and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.


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