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henever I hear that phrase, I think of Stewart Smalley on Saturday Night Live in front of the mirror, saying positive affirmations like, “Gosh darn it, people like me.” Loving yourself sounds hokey if you practice it Smalley-style, but as Louise Hay mentions on page 15, it’s also the basis for a life in which you care and nourish yourself wholeheartedly. “Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want,” she says. If we truly, mindfully, decided to love ourselves, we might just: • Nourish our bodies with fresh, healthy, local foods wherever possible; • Find a fitness routine that is fun and engaging and make it a habit; • Treat others the way we want to be treated; • Stay informed about the latest information on health and vitality – and DO OUR OWN RESEARCH! • Find medical practitioners that listen respectfully, and stay current with the latest research;

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• Express love outwardly by giving time and resources to local charities; • Try new things, meet new people and have new experiences that add variety and interest to life; • Practice daily meditation to quiet the chattering monkey-mind. “Flip-switch” to positive thoughts when your head is telling you negative things. • Look for beauty and happiness in everything, and live in the present. Dwelling on negatives from the past can lead to depression, while worrying about the future leads to anxiety. • Create ourselves anew each day. Choose the best you with your thoughts, words and deeds.

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

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Eating Healthy Foods Fights Off Depression by Lane Vail

18 LOVE YOUR GREENS! New Ways to Prepare these Nutritional Powerhouses by Nava Atlas


The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum


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he Studio Nova in Lakewood is offering a special “March Media Madness” buy one–get one free for audio and video marketing production. Owner Nova Carlton specializes in producing media for conscious businesses, speakers and entrepreneurs who want to connect more fully to their audience. Packages start at $300 and include a green screen recording, professional lighting, audio/mic and web-ready editing. Limit 1 per person or company. The offer expires March 31. According to Forrester Research, Dr James McQuivey equates the value of a one-minute video to 1.8 million words - the equivalent of writing 3,600 typical web pages. According to comScore, which measures online engagement and use, 90% of online shoppers say they find videos at retailers’ websites helpful in making buying decisions, Contact The Studio Nova at or 303-747-7871. See ad page 9.

Local Author Pens Home Reference Book


oulder resident Brigitte Mars, an herbal expert and natural health consultant for over 40 years, has penned a book with Chrystle Fiedler entitled The Home Reference to Holistic Health and Healing. With natural remedies, herbs, flower essences, essential oils, supplements and therapeutic practices for health, happiness and well-being, this guide can help you decrease stress with safe solutions from conditions ranging from migraines and chronic pain to allergies and weight gain/loss. [Ed: The book mentions Yoga Nidra as a great stress-buster. We like local resident Bill Eager’s guided meditations. or] Contact Brigitte Mars, 720-633-0790 or

Learn Nutritional Therapy and Herbalism


ortland Community College (PCC) is offering accredited online courses in nutritional therapy and herbalism starting March 30th. Registration begins March 4 for the class being taught by KP Khalsa, president of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG). The classes are part of PCC’s Institute for Health Professionals and can be attended at the PCC CLIMB Center for Advancement. The 12-month nutritional therapy series, approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, prepares students to take the national credentialing exam. The six-term herbalism series, a highly suitable parallel program, provides in-depth training for a career in herbal medicine, with corresponding credit hours used toward a registered herbalist credential through the AHG. This marks the fourth year that PCC has conducted such classes to provide dynamic training to current and future complementary health practitioners. For information/registration, 971-722-6627 or email 1626 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR. See ad page 16.


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ranatonic, 805 14th St., Golden, is a lifestyle enhancement center in Golden holding their Yoga Grand Opening Celebration on First Friday, March 6 from 7-9:30pm. Visitors can take a break from the First Friday festivities to enjoy food, drink and door-prizes while meeting the teachers and staff and touring the center. Or take a vinyasa yoga class from 6-7pm. Pranatonic offers acupuncture, massage, Chinese herbs, herbal teas, yoga classes and supplies. 303-274-5733.

Local Author Writes about Balanced Living


arol Gutzeit, resident of Evergreen and owner of Destination Satori, has released her book Satori Living: How to Create a Balanced Life that You Love. According to Gutzeit, “Satori Living is a new way of being that weaves elements together to create a more focused, healthy, joyful daily life. Using simple, practical tools to reshape your focus and establish new habits that give voice to inspiration, you can transform your life from one of frustration and fear to one that effectively manifests all that you desire.” Contact Carol Gutzeit at 303-601-1654 or



ightSparks: Roaring Twenties at the Ritz, is a 1920’sthemed gala at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, 1881 Curtis St., in Denver on Saturday April 11 from 6-11 pm. The fifth annual event benefits LifeSpark Cancer Resources, which provides support and healing to cancer patients. The event features live music from The Radio, dinner and silent and live auction items. Attendees can dress in their favorite 1920’s or cocktail attire. Tickets are $125 until April 1st, when they go up to $135 each. LifeSpark partners with Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers to provide Reiki and Healing Touch for individuals with cancer to relieve side-effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue, pain and nausea. RSVP Sandy Priester, 303-4255670 or

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hicken Armor, based in Morrison, has reinvented the chicken saddle. Chicken saddles are a protective device worn by the chicken like a vest. The saddle protects the backs of chickens during mating and molting while the predator eyedeterrents help reduce loss. “While the eye-deterrents are not 100% fool-proof, we’ve had good feedback from customers that the deterrents have helped prevent loss to predators in their respective areas,” says Jill Bong, general manager of Chicken Armor. Chicken Armor is used by chickens across the US and around the world including in the UK, Australia, Turkey, Finland and South Africa. Contact Jill Bong 541-375-0092 or

Healthy Lifestyle App Now Available for Android Users


he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brand-new look and updated features. The free app, already downloaded by more than 40,000 iPhone users, is now available on the Android platform. Natural Awakenings makes staying in touch with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. Find products, practitioners and services dedicated to healthy living, plus articles on the latest practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts with fresh perspectives and inspired ideas. New features include signing up for promotions, updates and newsletters, as well as convenient links to the Natural Awakenings website and webstore. Find a local magazine; a national directory of healthy, green businesses, resources and services, complete with directions; updated national monthly magazine content; archives of hundreds of previously published articles that are searchable by key words; and an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives wherever they are more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit

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GMO Bill Denies Americans the Right to Know


ongressman Mike Pompeo (R), of Kansas, has introduced bill HR 4432, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 which would ban states from passing genetically engineered food labeling laws and undo those already passed, making voluntary labeling the law of the land. The bill also allows companies to label products containing GMOs as “natural”. Healthy food advocates have dubbed it the “Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act.” The bill bans any mention of organic natural foods as being safer or better than their GMO counterparts and sets a strong burden of proof on organic small farms that wish to grow and market their products as GMO-free. If we don’t want to be kept in the dark about what we’re eating, Congress needs to protect our right to know if foods contain GMOs. While grassroots efforts to require labeling of GMOs are gaining momentum, Big Agriculture, the Grocery Manufacturers of America and biotech companies like Monsanto are trying to block our right to know what’s in our food. The issue is critical and time-sensitive, so act now!

Locally, Colorado Ballot Initiative 105 lost in the November 2014 election, but laws passed in November concerning GMOs in Hawaii and California; are currently on the books in Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Oregon; and legislation has been introduced in Minnesota, Indiana, Arizona, and Alaska as the movement continues to grow. The Right to Know group is continuing the work of raising awareness and educating Colorado citizens concerning the use of genetically engineered seeds (GMOs) and the health issues surrounding the use of pesticides and herbicides. Contact your legislator by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or visiting Sign petitions at; Get involved with the Right To Know Colorado by contacting Tryna@ natural awakenings

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Ozone: the Magic of Oxygen

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ou don’t have to be a college student to apply for an internship. Today, many college graduates and working adults pursue internships to explore different career paths, network with others in a similar industry, and learn how to work better in teams. No matter your age, an internship can teach valuable work skills that lead to a more fulfilling career. A recent Gallup Poll revealed that 56% of employed, recent college graduates who took part in applied internships are now involved in and enthusiastic about their work. The benefits, however, may reach beyond practical job experience. Non-traditional internships, such as those in farming and spiritual living, enhance life skills and give individuals an opportunity to learn more about themselves. For example, a recent New York Times article stated that internships with organic farms are on the rise, partly due to the desire for social change. Elizabeth Fritzler is with Sunrise Ranch, which offers a Farm/Garden Internship and Full Self Emergence program. See ad page 8.

he human body requires naturally-occurring oxygen to fuel a myriad of processes taking place on a cellular level in our bodies every moment. In fact, the immune system regularly produces activated oxygen or “ozone� in defense of the body! What could be more “natural� than using oxygen to assist and promote healing of the body? According to Ozone therapy in periodontics, Journal of Medicine and Life. 2012 Feb 22; 5(1): 59–67, Ozone is a unique combination of oxygen molecules referred to as “super oxygen� or activated oxygen. Ozone is usually considered synonymous with pollution, but that is because particulate matter in the air (pollution) becomes attached to oxygen molecules (ozone). The truth is that ozone is essential to the maintenance of our atmosphere – without it we would perish. This “super oxygen� layer balances, cleanses and protects the breathable air surrounding our planet. The same article discovered that ozone was very useful in reducing and eliminating viruses, fungi and acidic bacteria. Since many of the organisms harmful to humans are anaerobic (live without oxygen), ozone is the perfect treatment! Ozone can be used in various forms – gas, liquid and solid (gel). It breaks down rapidly and is absorbed by the body with no drug reactions, residual side effects or allergies. In addition to killing pathogens, it increases blood flow, stimulates the immune systems and accelerates the healing response on many levels! Dr. Scott Stewart of South Lakewood Dental can be reached at 303-988-4338. See ad page 18.

Meditation Minimizes Migraines


esearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine found that mindfulness meditation significantly reduced the number and duration of migraines among 19 episodic migraine patients. Ten were given eight weeks of mindfulness classes with instructions for adding personal meditation in-between sessions. The other nine received typical migraine care. Those in the meditation group experienced an average of 1.4 fewer migraines per month, which averaged nearly three hours less than the ones experienced by those in the control group. Pain levels of the headaches reported by those in the meditation group averaged 1.3 points lower on a scale of one to 10.

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Low Magnesium Levels Linked to Kidney Disease

Research from Brazil’s Universidade Nove de Julho has confirmed that pulsed lasers and LED therapy applied during treatment can significantly reduce knee pain. The 86 patients that participated in the study were divided into two groups; one received 12 treatments using super-pulsed red laser and infrared LED phototherapy and the control (placebo) group received 12 treatments using non-therapeutic phototherapy instruments. The patients given therapeutic phototherapy reported feeling significantly less pain, beginning with and continuing after the tenth treatment through a one-month follow-up visit, and showed improved quality of life compared with the study’s placebo group.




he bacteria E. coli now causes 75 to 95 percent of all urinary tract infections, and research from Iowa State University has confirmed that such occurrences are linked to factory farms that use antibiotics. The findings support a study previously completed by scientists from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and George Washington University that shows a strain of antibiotic-resistant E. coli called ExPEC, an extra-intestinal pathogen, was genetically traceable to factory-farmed animals receiving certain antibiotics. The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System reports that 75 percent of chicken and turkey, 59 percent of ground beef and 40 percent of pork meats tested were contaminated with E. coli, and that the strains were predominantly multi-drug resistant.

study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that people with low levels of magnesium in their blood have a significantly greater risk of chronic kidney disease. The researchers correlated the blood levels of magnesium in 13,226 people ages 45 to 65 with the incidence of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease among them. Subjects that had blood serum magnesium levels below what is generally considered the normal range (0.7–1 millimole per liter) were associated with a 58 percent increased risk of chronic kidney disease and a 139 percent increased risk of end-stage renal disease. Abnormally low levels of magnesium may result from a number of conditions, including inadequate intake of serum magnesium due to chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, alcoholism, chronic stress and the use of medications such as diuretics. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, whole grains, avocados, bananas and figs.

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globalbriefs Corn Guzzler Downsides of Ethanol Ethanol, which makes up 10 percent of the gasoline available at filling stations, together with other biofuels made from crops, appeared to be a way to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. However, recent research shows that the federal government’s push to up production of corn-derived ethanol as a gasoline additive since the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard was enacted in 2007 has instead expanded our national carbon footprint and contributed to a range of other problems.

The nonprofit Environmental Working Group warns that continued production of corn ethanol is both worse for the climate than gasoline and bad for farmers, the land and consumers. “It’s driving up food prices, straining agricultural markets, increasing competition for arable land and promoting conversion of uncultivated land to grow crops,” according to this watchdog organization. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly weighing a proposal to cut the amount of ethanol currently required by law to be blended into gasoline by 1.39 billion gallons, equivalent to taking 580,000 cars off the roads for a year. Researchers have been trying to develop greener forms of ethanol, but none are ready for market yet. For more information, visit

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Major concerns about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a means of extracting natural gas have centered on how toxic fracking fluids and methane injected into the ground can pollute water supplies. Now a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Health attests how fracking adversely impacts air quality, too. Lead author David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at New York’s University at Albany, is concerned that fracking sites show potential to develop cancer clusters in years to come. The study found eight different poisonous chemicals in groundwater near wells and fracking sites throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wyoming at levels that exceeded federal limits, including levels of benzene and formaldehyde, both known carcinogens. Approximately half of the air samples Carpenter analyzed exceeded federally recommended limits. Benzene levels were 35 to 770,000 times higher; hydrogen sulfide levels were 90 to 60,000 times higher; and formaldehyde levels were 30 to 240 times above a theoretically safe threshold. “Cancer has a long latency, so you’re not seeing an elevation in cancer in these communities [yet],” says Carpenter. “But five, 10, 15 or more years from now, elevation in cancer incidence is almost certain to happen.” Source:



he Body Mind Spirit Celebration takes place March 13-15 at the Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave. Doors open at 1pm Friday and the event wraps up 6pm Sunday. Admission is $7/day or $15 for the weekend. In its 38th year, Celebration features 200 exhibitors and 70 free lectures with “readings� for $20/20 mins; massage; nutritional supplements; jewelry; clothing; crystals & healing gems; aromatherapy; per-

sonal growth; Feng Shui & design; authors & books; aura photos; holistic healthcare; New Age art & music; spiritual healers; chiropractors; astrologers; and Tai Chi & Yoga. Speakers include: Hollister Rand, Co-Create Your Life with Spirit; Madalyn Kennedy, Arch Angel Essence Workshop; Sky Heartsong, Animal Communications 101; Dena Gould, Empowerment Through EFT; Ginger Ravencroft, The Powers of True Aro-

matherapy; Donna DeNomme, The 8th Key to Wholeness; Dana Gass, Healing Herbs of the Old Testament; Chong Bhakti, Creating Conscious Relationships; and Kim Moore, An Afternoon of Spirit Messages. From ancient healing traditions to new-age technology, organizers promise to educate and entertain your body, mind and spirit. For more information, 541-482-3722 x1 or See ad page 7.

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healthy bodies. Eating mono foods gives the digestive system a break; we feel energized because the body doesn’t have to break down a complicated meal. Try, for example, eating a watermelon for lunch or an avocado for dinner.


The Earth Diet Liana Werner-Gray on Simple Eating

Name some foods we’d be surprised to read about in The Earth Diet. My readers especially enjoy the chicken nuggets, burgers, gluten-free cookie dough, cashew cheesecake and vegan ice cream. The raw chocolate balls are popular, made with just three ingredients: almonds or sunflower seeds ground into flour, cacao powder and a favorite natural sweetener like maple syrup, honey or dates. Sometimes I add salt, mint, coconut or vanilla. I make a batch in 10 minutes and keep them in the freezer so I can have chocolate whenever I crave it.

by Lane Vail

How did you discover the Earth Diet? Six years ago, I was completely addicted to junk food and chronically sick, tired, bloated and miserable. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a golf-ball-sized precancerous tumor that I decided to take a serious look at my life and make a change. I began to blog about my journey into self-healing through natural foods and my readers held me accountable to sticking with it. I also started creating healthy recipes that delivered my favorite junk food flavors so I didn’t feel deprived. Slowly, I stopped craving artificial junk foods and started craving natural versions of those flavors. Within three months, the tumor disappeared. I had demonstrated that I could undo the damage of toxic junk food by restoring proper nutrition into my cells and knew that by going back to nature, I could experience healing. Now people from around the world have testified that The Earth Diet has helped them heal ailments from A to Z.

Why is it important to define our eating plan? Everyone on the planet is on a diet; it’s just a matter of which one. Are you on a junk food diet or a disorderly eating diet? Most people deprive themselves at some point and end up binging later.


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Having a name for the lifestyle I wanted to live helped me commit to it. When you’re lost and disconnected from nature and your body, you need rules and guidelines. Day one, eat this; day two, eat that. The Earth Diet’s rules and guidelines helped me to break a disempowering addiction to junk food. After following the guidelines for a while, the whole lifestyle becomes natural and choices become easy.

Transforming the way we eat can be overwhelming; what are some simple first steps for the novice?

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iana Werner-Gray, an Australianborn beauty queen, actress and environmentalist, lectures worldwide on healthy eating and is supported by a corps of nutrition coaches. Her book, The Earth Diet, describes a naturebased eating and lifestyle plan that has helped thousands realize greater vitality, harmony and peace.

How can busy people prepare and eat fresh foods more frequently? Try making a huge batch of smoothies or vegetable juice on a Sunday; put a few servings in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Then, take one to work each day. Fresh is best, but a thawed frozen juice is better than nothing. Also, simplify eating. I grew up in Australia’s Outback, alongside aboriginal people that ate “mono foods”—singular, whole, raw foods sourced directly from nature, and they had slim, resilient and

Lemon water is incredibly powerful. It’s high in vitamin C, so it boosts the immune system, and it’s energizing, alkalizing and detoxifying. Just squeeze the juice of a lemon into two cups of water first thing in the morning and drink. I also recommend eating a whole, raw, mono food in its natural state every day, like a banana, orange or strawberries. Eat something that hasn’t been sliced, diced, processed and packaged. Lastly, practice eating only when hungry and eat what you’re craving in the most natural way possible (for example, upgrading from conventional pizza to organic store-bought brands to raw homemade pizza). On Sunday I woke up and made a big brunch for friends; we had organic eggs, salsa, herbal tea and organic cookies. For dinner, I ate an avocado. That’s all I was craving, and it ended up balancing out my day. If you’re craving chocolate, there’s a reason. If you’re craving a smoothie for dinner, have one. You can both fulfill cravings and nourish and love your body at the same time. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

Louise Hay on Loving Yourself to Ageless Health

When I began teaching people about affirmations, there wasn’t any science to support it, but we knew it worked, and now studies verify that. I particularly love Bruce Lipton’s scientific research showing that we are not controlled by our genes because the genetic blueprint can be altered through positive changes in our beliefs. I hear reports every day of how people are healing their lives by changing their thoughts through cultivating selflove and personal affirmations. They are seeing healing of autoimmune diseases, obesity, addictions, post-traumatic stress and many other so-called incurable illnesses. It’s amazing what happens when you are kind and loving to yourself.

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renowned leader of the self-help movement from its early days, Louise Hay is celebrated worldwide for teaching—by personal example and through her bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life—how each of us can transform our mind, body and spirit by changing the way we think. Her positive philosophy has sparked an industry and her Hay House publishing group. Nourishing mind and body, loving life, learning and growing, giving back and moving ahead—these comprise Hay’s program for creating health, happiness and longevity. At 88, she continues to travel for business and pleasure, embracing vital, joy-filled days with a thankful smile. Her new book, Loving Yourself to Great Health, co-authored with Ahlea Khadro and Heather Dane, explains how she’s taking all she knows to the next level.

Why does first applying love and forgiveness to yourself make a happy, healthy and long life possible? Loving yourself is the foundation for living the life you want. A healthy and happy life is rooted in self-love, and forgiveness is an act of self-love. It all comes down to how you think and treat yourself. What we give out we get back, so it all starts with us. Remember, no matter what the problem is, there is only one answer: loving yourself. Start with small steps and be gentle. If you start there, magical things will happen.

How do you manage to engage in a stream of loving affirmations 24/7? Practice, practice, practice! Slowly, bit-by-bit, start each day with a loving act towards yourself. Loving affirmations

and worrying about things take up the same amount of time; you still get the same things done along the way, but worrying creates stress, while affirmations will brighten your life. It can be exhausting if you fight the shift and make it difficult. If you make kindness to yourself and others a simple part of everyday life, it isn’t exhausting at all.

What is your secret to aging gracefully through the years?

What are some key elements to crafting a life experience that supports and nourishes ageless being? Choose thoughts that bring love into your life and laugh a lot. Say yes to life and the magic it brings. I trust that life will bring me exactly what I need, and part of that is realizing that I don’t need to know everything, because life brings me people like Ahlea and Heather. A third of our life is spent eating, and it’s essential that we know the best way to do this. Start your day with water and an act of self-love. Eat real food; seasonal, organic, natural foods are a positive affirmation to your body. Poop every day, figuratively and literally. Learn to listen to your body and its wisdom. Choose exercise that you love and that makes you feel good. Also, go on a media diet. Filter out from your consciousness any messages that say you are not good enough or that separate you from the beautiful and lovable person you are. Surround yourself with like-minded people that share good news and love to laugh.

It’s simple. It’s about getting your thoughts and food right and having fun along the way. If you are thinking positive thoughts but feeding yourself processed, unnatural or sugary foods, you are sending yourself mixed messages. Feed yourself nourishing foods and think loving thoughts. Any time you don’t know what else to do, focus on love. Loving yourself makes you feel good, and good health comes from feeling good. S. Alison Chabonais is the national content editor for Natural Awakenings magazines.

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HAPPY MEALS Eating Healthy Foods Fights Off Depression by Lane Vail


dvertisements for antidepressants abound, yet a recent analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the benefits of treating mildly or moderately depressed individuals with these drugs “may be minimal or nonexistent” compared with a placebo. Most physicians agree that at least part of the prevention of and recovery from depression can be addressed through diet. “Every molecule in the brain begins as food,” says Dr. Drew Ramsey, author of The Happiness Diet and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. “Food choice is the biggest puzzle piece patients have under their control.” Ramsey describes the modern American diet as being overwhelmed with highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, omega-6 fats and sugar. His food philosophy serves as an overall prescription for mental health: “Eat food that comes from farms and not factories; simple, recognizable human food.”

Registered Dietitian Kathie Swift, an integrative clinical nutritionist in Lennox, Massachusetts, and author of The Swift Diet, agrees that food is powerful medicine. She recommends a balanced, flexitarian diet founded on plants, but including high-quality, animal-sourced foods. Just shifting our processed-foods to whole-foods ratio yields an improved mood, Swift says, which continues to motivate dietary change.

Prebiotic/Probiotic Potential Recent science suggests a deeper meaning to the “gut feeling” adage. Bacteria in the gut and neurochemicals in the brain communicate intimately and bidirectionally via the vagus nerve, explains Swift. Altering the gut’s microbial population, whether from chronic stress, antibiotic overuse or nutritional deficiencies, can change brain chemistry and thereby influence mood, mental clarity and sleep, she says. In 2013, Canadian researchers altered both the neurochemicals and behavior in

mice by switching their intestinal microbiota; anxious mice given the microbes of intrepid mice became braver, and vice versa. Another small study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms in volunteers taking probiotics for a month. Essentially, says Swift, “We have a brain in the belly,” which must be nourished by both prebiotics (soluble fiber) and probiotics (fermented food). “Fiber is the quintessential substance to feed the lovely community of bugs in the gut,” says Swift, “while fermented foods interact with resident bacteria and give them a boost.” She recommends a variety of vegetables as a primary source of fiber, especially legumes, along with fruits, nuts, cheese and the occasional gluten-free whole grain. Probiotic foods include fermented vegetables, kefir, yogurt with live active cultures and apple cider vinegar.

B Happy Most psychiatric medications target feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, says Ramsey, but the body also manufactures these chemicals naturally during the methylation cycle, a B-vitamin-dependent neu-

rological process. “B vitamins are superstars of the brain,” Ramsey says. “Think of them as lubrication for the brain’s gears.” Folate, or vitamin B9 is particularly important to healthy nervous system functioning. A meta-analysis of 15,000 people reported in the Journal of Epidemiology associated low folate with a higher risk of depression. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard are high in B vitamins, as are beets, eggs, lentils, beans and whole grains; helpful fruits include papaya, avocado and berries.

Omega-3s Please “It’s a horrible notion that fat is bad,” says Ramsey. Swift agrees, noting, “We need a major renovation and reeducation of this important neuro-nutrient.” The integrity of a neuron cell membrane, which Swift describes as “a beautiful and fluid layer of lipids,” is crucial for brain health because it dictates communication among neurotransmitters. “The fat we eat becomes the fat of our cell membranes,” she says. “So nourish your membranes with adequate amounts of the right types of fat.” Long-chain omega-3s (DHA) docosahexaenoic acid and (EPA) eicosapen-

taenoic acid build and protect neurons, help prevent cognitive decline with age and can boost overall mood and mental performance, says Ramsey. A study in the Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry found that treating depressed patients with omega-3 EPA was as equally effective as Prozac. “DHA and EPA are the two most important fats for brain health on the planet, period,” states Ramsey. Foods rich in omega-3s include fatty seafood like salmon, mussels and oysters, plus sea vegetables, walnuts, flaxseed and grass-fed beef. For vegetarians and vegans, Ramsey recommends an algal DHA supplement. Focusing on feeding the brain doesn’t preclude staving off heart disease, obesity or diabetes. “Follow the rules of eating for brain health,” Ramsey says, “and you’ll also be slim, energized, focused and resilient.” It’s all a recipe for happiness.

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or seasonal eaters, farm market shoppers and members of community supported agriculture, vegetable greens have become a normal part of everyday diets. Recognized as the most nutrient-rich group of veggies, they deliver multiple benefits. Greens are a top source of vitamin K, essential to bone health, and are abundant in vitamins A, B (especially folic acid) and C. They deliver considerable antioxidants and chlorophyll, widely known to protect against cancer, and are anti-inflammatory, according to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a family physician in Flemington, New Jersey, who specializes in nutritional medicine. Fuhrman notes, “The majority of calories in green vegetables, including leafy greens, come from protein, and this plant protein is packaged with beneficial phytochemicals. They’re rich in folate and calcium, and contain small amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.” Hardy greens, like kale, chard and collards, are good sources of accessible calcium. Only about 30 percent of calcium from dairy products is absorbed, but according to Registered Dietitian Ginny Messina, “For certain leafy green vegetables, rates are considerably higher. We absorb between 50

and 60 percent of the calcium in cruciferous leafy green vegetables like kale and turnip greens.” Tasty and versatile, greens can add interest and value to every meal. Here’s how. Smoothies and juices. Spinach tastes so mild in smoothies and juices that we barely know it’s there. Kale and collards add a mild greens flavor. A big handful or two of spinach or one or two good-size kale or collard leaves per serving is about right. Greens blend well with bananas, apples, berries and pears. A high-speed blender is needed to break down kale and collards; a regular blender is sufficient for spinach. An online search for “green smoothies” will turn up many recipes. Use “massaged” raw kale in salads. Rinse and spin-dry curly kale leaves stripped from their stems, and then chop into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice the stems to add to another salad or lightly cooked vegetable dishes or simply discard. Place the cut kale in a serving bowl. Rub a little olive oil onto both palms and massage the kale for 45 to 60 seconds; it’ll soften up and turn bright green. Add other desired veggies and fruits and dress the mixture.

A favorite recipe entails tossing massaged kale with dried cranberries, toasted or raw cashew pieces, vegan mayonnaise and a little lemon juice. Massaged kale also goes well with avocados, apples, pears, Napa or red cabbage, carrots, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. It can alternatively be dressed in ordinary vinaigrette, sesame-ginger or tahini dressing. Add hardy greens to stir-fries. The best stir-fry greens are lacinato kale, collards or chard. Rinse and dry the leaves, and then strip them from the stems. Stack a few leaves and roll them up snugly from the narrow end. Slice thinly to make long, thin ribbons and then cut them once or twice across to shorten; adding thinly sliced stems is optional. Add the strips to the stir-fry toward the end of cooking. They blend well with broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, bok choy, asparagus and green beans. Soy sauce, tamari and ginger add flavor. Use leafy spring greens in salads. Look beyond lettuce to create invigorating warm-weather salads. Use lots of peppery watercress (a nutritional superstar), baby bok choy, tender dandelion greens, tatsoi and mizuna (Japanese greens are increasingly available from farm markets). Combine with baby greens and sprouts, plus favorite salad veggies and fruits for a clean-tasting and cleansing repast. Learn to love bitter greens. Add variety to the meal repertoire with escarole, broccoli rabe and mustard greens. These mellow considerably with gentle braising or incorporation into soups and stews. Heat a little olive oil in a large, deep skillet or stir-fry pan; sauté chopped garlic and/or shallots to taste. Add washed and chopped greens, stir quickly to coat with the oil, and then add about a quarter cup of water or vegetable stock. Cover and cook until tender and wilted, about five minutes. Traditional additions include raisins and toasted pine nuts, salt and pepper and a little apple cider vinegar. Nava Atlas is the author of the recent book, Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes, from which this was adapted. Visit



ealth foodies can step it up a bit by discovering how to make delicious raw kale salads—sometimes referred to as massaged kale salads. Literally massaging this hardy green with olive oil, salad dressing or mashed avocado softens it for easier chewing, brightens the color and improves its flavor. A favorite kind of kale for salads is curly green kale. Lacinato kale works well, too, as long as it isn’t too large and tough prior to massaging. Even when kale isn’t the main leafy green in a salad, adding a few prepared leaves can up the nutrient value of any kind of green, grain or pasta salad. For each of the following recipes, start with a medium bunch of kale (about eight ounces), or more or less to taste. Finish each salad with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, if preferred.

Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized fresh ripe tomatoes, a peeled and diced avocado, one to two cups cooked or raw fresh corn kernels, some red bell pepper strips and optional chopped green or black olives. Flavor with freshly squeezed or bottled lime juice, a little olive oil and some chopped cilantro. To up the protein for a main dish, add some cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, black or pinto beans and then sprinkle pumpkin seeds over the top.

Mediterranean Kale Salad To the massaged kale, add two or three medium-sized chopped fresh ripe tomatoes, strips of sun-dried tomato, plenty of bell pepper strips and chopped or whole cured black olives. For protein, add a cup or two of cooked or canned, drained and rinsed, chickpeas. Top with thinly sliced fresh basil leaves.

Kale and Avocado Salad Add a peeled and diced avocado, plus thinly sliced red cabbage to taste, sliced carrots, diced yellow squash, halved red and/or yellow fresh grape tomatoes and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. Optionally, add a little more olive oil in addition to that used for massaging and some freshly squeezed or bottled lemon or lime juice.

Asian-Flavored Kale Salad Massage the kale with dark sesame oil instead of olive oil as an option. Add a medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into narrow slices, three stalks of bok choy with leaves, sliced (or one sliced baby bok choy) plus one or two thinly sliced scallions. Dress with a sesame-ginger dressing. Optional additions include some crushed toasted peanuts or cashews, steamed or boiled and chilled corn kernels and about four ounces of baked tofu, cut into narrow strips. All recipes courtesy of Nava Atlas, author of Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life With More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes; used with permission.

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FOODS The Right Choices Make Our Bodies Hum by Linda Sechrist


ur body’s hormones work like an orchestra. When one instrument is out of tune, the entire production struggles to maintain harmony. Each plays a part in influencing the others and determining how well the whole concert works. Fortunately, our body has masterful conductors, including the endocrine system, which coordinates all of the glands and the hormones they produce. “Players” include the adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, pineal, pituitary, reproductive and thyroid/parathyroid glands. “A healthy endocrine system is essential to making hormones in appropriate amounts throughout our life,” says Theresa Dale, Ph.D., a naturopathic doctor who practices as a traditional naturopath and clinical nutritionist in Oxnard, California, and has authored Revitalizing Your Hormones. “For example, when the ovaries shut down after menopause, the adrenal glands continue producing progesterone and other essential hormones.” Dale, dean and founder of the California College of Natural Medicine, further assures that contrary to assertions from some conventional medicine reports, the body is able to produce necessary hormones throughout our entire life. Hormones function as chemical messengers that commute through the bloodstream as part of the information


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superhighway that connects the brain to the DNA managers of the body’s cells. “Hormones communicate with chemicals produced by the brain called neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which greatly influence energy levels, moods and other bodily functions such as moving memories from short- to longterm storage,” explains Dale. For 20 years, she has seen patients with critical hormonal imbalances respond to her recommended threemonth, endocrine-rebuilding diet, comprising three daily meals of steamed, sautéed and raw foods, fish, whole grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus two raw vegetable or seed snacks. The regimen strives to balance metabolism, cleanse the body, restore immune function and revitalize the endocrine system. Kokomo, Indiana, resident Sylvia Egel, national director of coaching and education for Metabolic Balance, a personalized nutrition plan to balance metabolism and hormones, optimize health and increase energy at any age, agrees that hormones can be restored and balanced via proper food selections. “Our lifestyle and dietary choices strongly affect our metabolism and hormonal health, as do stress levels and sleep patterns. Eating at the wrong time, in the wrong place or in the

wrong order, and even poor combinations of healthy foods, can be almost as problematic as eating junk food,” says Egel. She also warns against snacking, emotional eating, eating on the go, skipping breakfast and waiting too long between meals. Diana Hoppe, author of Healthy Sex Drive, Healthy You, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Diego, California, who leads clinical trials related to women’s health at the Pacific Coast Research Center, also sees firsthand how what we eat directly affects our hormones. She attests that our bodies need a balance of three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. “But for 20 years, we have been advised to decrease fat intake in favor of fat-free options that have been detrimental to us, because we need fat to produce hormones and maintain healthy hormone function. Certain fatty acids and cholesterol serve as building blocks in hormone production and cellular function, especially the reproductive hormones of estrogen and testosterone,” says Hoppe. Food can be medicine for hormones. One of the most important hormonebalancing fats is coconut oil, which heals skin, increases metabolism and supplies a quick source of energy. Egg yolks are a good source of choline and iodine, essential to the production of healthy thyroid hormones, plus are rich in vitamins A, D, E and B-complex vitamins. Avocados have lots of healthy fat that helps absorb and utilize nutrients. Nuts and seeds, olive oil and salmon are all rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that help stabilize hormone levels. Eating the right foods and incorporating healthy fats into meals increases overall energy, reduces hormonal fluctuations and helps us feel more balanced. Says Dale, “The majority of individuals are surprised to learn that hormone health doesn’t depend on age, but rather on a complex of factors, like the air we breathe, the water we drink, the quality of our diet, good sleep and adequate exercise, plus the relative health of our relationships and emotional life—and that’s just for starters.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings.


Interval Training Knocks Down Blood Sugar Exercise Bursts are Fast and Effective by Lisa Marlene

of doing HIIE at least three times a week for two to six weeks include reduction of abdominal body fat, improved aerobic and anaerobic fitness and lower levels of insulin resistance. In a separate study, Norwegian researchers examined the impact that different types of exercise programs had on individuals seeking to reverse metabolic dysfunction, an overall chemical imbalance largely attributed to insulin resistance. They concluded that despite producing similar effects on body weight and blood pressure, the aerobic interval


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abels may vary, but results are what count. Whether called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE), interval or burst-style training, recent research proves that this form of exercise improves insulin levels. This is promising news for the estimated 50 million American adults that have abdominal obesity and are on the path toward metabolic dysfunction due to a high-sugar diet that causes spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels and eventually contributes to insulin resistance. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Obesity, the benefits

training group also showed greater improvement in insulin sensitivity, aerobic capacity and high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol) than those performing continuous moderate exercise. They also exhibited lower blood glucose (sugar) levels. Another beneficial HIIE characteristic is that it involves markedly fewer exercise repetitions and less training time. JJ Virgin, a fitness and nutrition expert and author of The Virgin Diet, recommends incorporating burst-style and resistance training for fast, lasting fat loss and improving insulin resistance. Best of all, you can do these exercises in minutes a day. “Burst exercise means working out in short intense bursts of 30 to 60 seconds, coupled with one to two minutes of active recovery time, moving at a lower intensity that allows you to catch your breath and lower your heart rate,” she explains. Two easy examples of this are sprinting to burst and then walking to recover, and running up stairs to burst, and then walking down them to recover. “This should be repeated for a total of four to eight minutes of high-intensity bursts per session. Overall, this will take 20 to 30 minutes,” says Virgin. She notes that the increase in stress hormones that occurs during HIIE are counteracted by the simultaneously raised levels of anabolic-building hormones. “Short bursts train the body in how to handle stress and recover. Repeated intense bursts raise the lactic acid level, which in turn raises growth hormone production and supports fat burning. The research is clear that the more intense the exercise, the bigger the metabolic benefit is afterward.”

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MYTHS Seven Common Maxims that Can Cause Harm by Leslie Perry Duffy


e’ve heard them time and time again: fitness tips that guarantee we’ll meet our goals if we follow them. The truth is that some can hurt more than help. Here are seven fitness myths that are best to ignore. No pain, no gain. It’s true that what we put into our workout has a direct impact on results. However, this doesn’t mean workouts should be painful. If something hurts during exercise, try a different move instead that targets the same muscle group to see if the feeling persists; adjust the form in case improper execution is the culprit or give it a rest and return when ready. Muscle soreness can be expected after a tough workout and can persist for a day or two afterward. Try not to confuse soreness or the discomfort felt from fatigued muscles during a


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workout with pain. In the presence of an injury, it’s often best to modify activities that contribute to the pain or refrain from workouts pending expert medical advice. “Working through the pain” might actually make things worse in the long run. Never exercise a sore muscle. Muscle soreness is a sign that the muscles are changing. It’s okay to feel sore for a day or two after a workout. If it appears that the body’s stability or ability to maintain proper form will be affected by the soreness, then wait another day. However, if soreness isn’t severe, working out may actually help to relieve it by warming the muscles and stimulating blood flow. A few good activity choices for sore muscles after lifting heavy weights the day before include light cardio, stretching, yoga and light resistance training.

Lifting weights makes women look bulky. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Building big, bulky muscles requires testosterone—and lots of it. Men typically have 20 to 30 times more testosterone than women. For women, strength training is well-known to be key in toning and sculpting muscles, maintaining healthy joints and bones, boosting metabolism and even improving mood and confidence. Don’t be afraid to pick up heavier weights. To lose a belly, crunch the abs. Yes, abdominal exercises strengthen the core muscles. However, if we carry a layer of fat on top of those muscles, the belly will remain. To lose a belly, continue regular ab work while focusing on cardio exercises, strength training moves for the whole body and eating properly. The best time to work out is in the morning. The best time to work out is whenever it fits into our schedule. The more exercise, the faster the results. Not true. When it comes to working out, an appropriate balance of hard work and rest is the best option. Overusing the body actually prevents muscles from growing, resulting in decreased strength, endurance and metabolism (i.e., caloric burn). Plus, becoming overly fatigued often leads to sloppy form, which may lead to injury. Listen to the body and rest at least one day a week or more if a break is needed. Reduce calorie intake to lose weight. The body needs enough fuel to function, especially if it is regularly working hard. Eating less is not always the answer to losing weight. If we’re not eating enough, the body may think it’s starving, which causes it to store fat instead of burning calories, so eating too infrequently or not enough can sabotage weight-loss efforts. Eating smaller, more frequent meals allows the body to metabolize calories more effectively. Leslie Perry Duffy is a FIRM workout program master instructor and entrepreneur in Columbia, SC, who contributes to from which this was adapted.

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SUNDAY MAR 1 Non-Denominational Spiritual Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message. Free 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 or Reiki Level I–12-6:30pm. Come learn, play, grow and experience! Reece has been teaching for more than 12 years and loves to pass on the joy and knowledge of Reiki. Classes taught every month, all levels. $180. RSVP 720276-6118.

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TUESDAY MAR 3 Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. $10 Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Different presenters bring personal approach; meditation; experience unique approaches for soul growth. $5 Donation. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. or email Tami at

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FRIDAY MAR 6 Energetics of Trauma: Exploration of Practices, Flower Essences, and Herbs–6-8pm. Explore roots, far-reaching effects, and neurology of trauma. Cultivate awareness and tools for coping. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F1, Boulder. $25. RSVP Alanna@LiveWildWellness. com or

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Dream Journeying Group–3-5pm Explore your dreams, journey through your creative imagination, with shamanic drumming. Bring cushion, pillow, journal, something for dream altar. $25/ students; $20/seniors. Inspire Life Studio, 938 W 8th Ave, Denver. Marta Aarli 303-818-888 or First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. Aura Photography, Thai Yoga Massage, Sound Healing Sessions, Ion Detox, Crystal Bed sessions. Free Zumba 10:30am, ReSTORYtive Yoga 1:30pm. 20% off Products. Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer 303-816-0429

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TUESDAY MAR 10 Stress Support and Banishing Burnout–6-8pm. Learn herbal and nutritional self-care techniques in supportive group setting. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP or FREE Trust Your Intuition class–7:15-8:30 pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle. FREE class to learn how to easily hear your intuition. RSVP David Stevens 303-668-2358, or Clear the Effects of Brain Trauma and then Expand Your Brain’s Potential–6-7pm. Brain Wave Optimization married with Higher Brain Living brings powerful life transformations. FREE. Higher Brain Living University Hills, 2696 S Colorado Blvd, #440, Denver. Lucy 720-339-3990 or 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

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WEDNESDAY MAR 11 Pendulum Dowsing for Doubters–6:30-8:30pm. 4 Wed eves. Master Dowser Karen Rice King will lead you through Richard Webster’s Dowsing for Beginners. $333 incl Pendulum Charts by Dale Olsen and copper Lrods. RSVP 303-665-0175 or

THURSDAY MAR 12 Upgrade your Brain with Higher Brain Living–7pm. Use your brain’s neuroplasticity to increase the potency of your “Higher Brain,” giving you Increased Positive Perspective, Passion & Purpose. Higher Brain Living Center Capitol Hill, 1155 Sherman St, Denver. LizBeth Peter 720-239-1155 or

FRIDAY MAR 13 Community Drumming Circle–7-9pm. Sharing intentions and vibrations. Bring snack to share, drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments for an evening of Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Trance Medium Healing Clinic–By appt starting 7:05 pm. Healings facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense clearing. Bring questions. 25 min/$20. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Body Mind Spirit Celebration–Fri 1-9pm, Sat 10am7pm, Sun 10am-6pm Coming to Denver for the 38th year, Body Mind Spirit Celebration brings to life a positive, healing environment. Admission is $7/day and includes free lectures and demos as well as admission to the exhibit hall. Readings $20/for 20 Minutes! Denver Mart 451 E 58th Ave Denver. For information call 541482-3722 ext 1 or Change: Navigating Life Transitions—thru 3/14 If you are in the midst of a life transition and are looking for a way to sort it out and make sense of it all, this course can open a gateway to the next you. Register at Sunriseranch. org/change-navigating-life-transitions-spring-2015. Breakthrough Breathworkshop–7pm-10pm and 10am6pm Sat. Breathing meditation helps you find more love, peace and passion. Let go of pent-up emotions such as fear, sadness, anger guilt and shame. Both days $145, Fri only $55, Sat only $110. RSVP Kris Cassidy 719-2002929.

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TUESDAY MAR 17 Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Different presenters bring personal approach; meditation; experience unique approaches for soul growth. $5 Donation. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. or email Tami at

WEDNESDAY MAR 18 Understanding Dogs 4 wks–7-8:30pm. Behavior classes with each dog having his own week. No issue too big or too small. Village of 5 Parks, 13810 W 85th Dr, Arvada. $100 1 dog/human team; $25 addt’l family member, $50 human w/o dog. RSVP req’d

THURSDAY MAR 19 Eden Energy Medicine Daily Routine Class–6:308:30pm. Easy and quick exercises/practices such as tapping, breathing and simple movements for increased health and wellbeing. Immediate results. $20. 7950 S Lincoln St, #100, Littleton. RSVP Marie Adams 303-668-0299 or

SATURDAY MAR 21 DIY: “Raw Balls” & Healthy Snacks–11am1pm. Hands-on snack-making class, discussing the importance of healthy fats and proteins. CO School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. $15. RSVP The Healing Power of Sound–10am-12:30pm. Learn how sound affects your well-being; how to use sound to heal yourself and tools and practices to raise your vibration. ISIS Book Store, 2775 S Broadway, Englewood. $20. RSVP 303-263-0679 or Resilient Me HeartMath Training–10am-3:30pm. Reduce stress and help retrain your human stress response to healthier, more productive function. Learn the role of thoughts & emotions in performance and health. $125. Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429

SUNDAY MAR 22 Ester Nicholson Shares Her Message of Recovery–10am. Author, Hay House radio host and vocalist with Bette Midler and Rod Stewart. 1pm “Make Room for a Miracle” workshop for your healing and empowerment. $35. Living Water Spiritual Community, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. 720-935-3999.

TUESDAY MAR 24 Kundalini Guided Meditation–7pm. Create Increased vitality, Brain Recharge, Clarity, Insight, Expanded Clarity and Intuition. Bring yoga mat, or similar. Higher Brain Living Center Capitol Hill. 1155 Sherman St, Denver. LizBeth Peter 720-2391155 or 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. 700 E Ninth Ave, #9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or The Magic Of Instant Shift Free Lecture and Demo–6:30-8:30pm. Be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Increase Peak-Performance ...In Seconds! Join Donald Kipp and achieve no-pain optimal alignment with Neuroenergetic Release, a holistic complementary medicine system of manual therapy. or 303-697-4923 Making Healthy Cleaning Products–6-8pm. Learn potential negative effects of conventional products and toxic-free cleaning product recipes. Make and take home products. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP or

WEDNESDAY MAR 25 “Turn Stress to Bliss” 8-Wk Yoga Therapy–thru 5/13.6:30-8:30pm. Weekly themes encompass mindful movement, meditation, circle sharing, supported home practice. Facilitated retreat day 4/19 incl. $400 ($325 early reg by 3/8). Dance for the Soul, 1215 E 6th Ave, Denver. Liz 720-340-2566 or

SATURDAY MAR 28 Attunement Retreat at Sunrise Ranch–thru 3/29. 2-day retreat is an invitation to share the practice of Attunement and access the healing power within you, as well as embody the cosmic love within all of us. Clear the Effects of Brain Trauma and Expand Your Brain’s Potential–11am-Noon. Brain Wave Optimization married with Higher Brain Living brings powerful life transformations. FREE. Higher Brain Living University Hills, 2696 S Colorado Blvd, #440, Denver. Lucy 720-339-3990 or BodyTalk Access Seminar–9-5pm.Wellness routine composed of 5 simple techniques to help improve your health, manage stress and you overall well-being. $150.Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer. 303-816-0429 or Time Travel Hypnosis–9am-5pm. Regression hypnosis to visit past lives, in-between lives, and future lives for the purpose of finding your life direction. $150. Office Evolution, 7350 E Progress, Greenwood Village. RSVP Karen Fox, Aspen Program for Psychic Development, or

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LEARN EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE FOR MORE VITALITY, HEALTH & JOY APRIL 11-12 Learn to balance your energies in a fun, supportive small-group setting. Care for self and others. Topics include meridians, aura, stress and pain management, staying grounded, releasing negative emotions, energy testing food and supplements. Lots of “hands-on” and practice. $125/day. Southglenn 80122. RSVP/info Marie Adams 303-668-0299 or

ADVENTURE NATURE RETREATS: TASMANIA APRIL 13-22 & TONGA SEPT 12-20 Open your horizons within and without! Swim with whales and snorkel in Tonga on a private island eco-resort; breathe the Earth’s purest air on remote Flinders Island in wild Tasmania; deep connection to the natural world supports your personal growth, transitions, and self-knowing. Early bird discount $200 off through March 1. Info/RSVP Susie Kincade 877-595-8622, or

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Donation Based Yoga Classes–9:30-10:30am TuesFri. The Shanti Studio at Taspen’s offers a variety of different yoga classes! Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303816-0429

Sunday Lectures & Community Tai Chi–8:30am. Wu Dang Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng–Lectures in person or live streamed at Donation. Dao House, 6120 Hwy 7, Estes Park. 970-586-8133.

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

Meditations for a Happy Life–Sundays 10:30amNoon; also on Wednesdays 7-8:30pm. Instruction in meditation and Buddhism. Classes incl short talk and guided meditation. Open to any level; drop in! Kadampa Meditation Center 1081 Marion St, Denver.

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 Higher Brain Living Consultations–by appt Mon-Thurs. Explore how Higher Brain Living can Awaken Your Full Expression in Life. LizBeth Peter Advanced Facilitator 720-239-1155 or FaceFitnez Exercise Classes Online–7-7:30pm. Also on Wednesdays. Lift, firm and tone your face

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,


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



Living from the Heart Work Group–6:308:30pm. 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. Love Offering. Call Val at 303-339-0807 or


Zumba–5-6pm. Latin-based cardio class w/muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome. Donation based child care avail. Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429 or

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.

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

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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Bubble, Brew, and Culture: At Home Fermentation–5:30-7:30pm. Simple, inexpensive way to increase your beneficial gut bacteria. Delicious fermented foods are easy to make, easy to digest! Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP colleenkeane@

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Tai Chi Instructor Training–led by Wu Dang Daoist Priest Yun Xiang Tseng (Chen). For all Tai Chi practitioners, deepen your mystical Tai Chi knowledge and internal martial arts, Tai Chi forms 13 and 28. All inclusive $2500. Dao House 6120 Hwy 7 Estes Park. 970-586-8133


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9 Explore the New Frequencies of Reconnective Healing–6-8pm Learn about and personally experience the frequencies of Reconnective Healing Free. FREE. BodyWork Bistro Living Arts Center, 3825 Iris Ave. Ste 300. Boulder. Mary Beth Kennedy & Natasha Henry 303-589-8006,

SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Pet Energy Healings–12-3pm by appt. Pet energy healing has many benefits for both pet and owner; strengthen the bond, removes energetic blocks, release pain or discomfort. Bring pet or photo. $20. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

APRIL 11-12 Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) Workshop– 9:30am-5pm. Learn basics of EEM including meridians and the auric field, the five-minute Daily Energy Routine, practical tools and techniques for stress and pain management, and much more. $125/day. Southglenn, Centennial. Marie Adams 303-668-0299

APRIL 13-22 Tasmania Adventure Nature Retreat– Breathe the earth’s purest air and plunge into the cleanest ocean on remote Flinders Island, Tasmania in an eco-resort. Early discount $200 off thru March 1. Info/RSVP Susie Kincade 877-595-8622, or

The Magic Of Instant Shift Free Lecture and Demo–6:30-8:30pm. Be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Increase Peak-Performance ...In Seconds! Join Donald Kipp and achieve no-pain optimal alignment with Neuroenergetic Release, a holistic complementary medicine system of manual therapy. or 303-697-4923

APRIL 24-26 Secrets of a Soulful Marriage Weekend Retreat–Through a variety of face-to-face activities, fill your “toolbox” with secrets for an enduring, sacred relationship. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland. Jim and Ruth Sharon 303796-7004 or

MAY 9-10 Spirit Journey, Levels 1 & 2–10am-4pm. Learn practices and origins of core shamanism, journeying in all Worlds, working with Teachers, Power Animals, Soul Retrieval. $250 incl lunch & snacks, book, “The Practical Power of Shamanism.” Prereg req’d, 303-6650175.

JUNE 19-26 Soulful Couples Retreat Cruise–Join us on a summer adventure of a lifetime to Alaska to enrich your relationship. Starts in Seattle. Info Jim and Ruth Sharon 303-796-7004

SEPT 12-20 Tonga Ocean Wisdom Retreat–Stay on a private island eco-resort as you explore your connection to the undersea realm, swim with whales, snorkel and more. Early discount $200 off thru March 1. Info/RSVP Susie Kincade 877-595-8622, Susie@ or

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AYURVEDA ALANDI ASHRAM AND AYURVEDA GURUKULA Alakananda Ma 2457 20th St., Boulder 303-786-7437 / Ayurveda is the ancient Indian art of physical, mental, and emotional healing. Treatments include herbs, nutrition and lifestyle changes to restore your body to its innate balance. Alakananda Ma, our clinic director, is a graduate of a top London medical school as well as an Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner. She synthesizes ancient and modern knowledge for your best health outcomes.

COACHING KATHY HIGGINS MS, MA, LPC, LAC, EMDR, NCC, LPC, LLC Creating change to live a more joyful and effective life 8340 Sangre de Cristo Rd. Suite 212, Littleton 720-663-7702 Feeling stuck? Want to change? Do you lack motivation? Let’s develop an action plan to attain your goals! I provide wholehearted, compassionate, non-judgmental coaching in a safe, validating manner to assist you as you face your challenges, discover new choices and find solutions. I specialize in individual coaching to address concerns such as self-esteem, trauma recovery, skill development, career and life direction concerns and more! As a professional and personal life coach, I can help you reach your best self! Schedule your free consultation at 720-663-7702

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 21.


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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.


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DENTIST STUDIO Z DENTAL 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

SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Certified Naturopathic Dentist 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood 303-988-4338 Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Numerous studies have found amalgam (50% mercury) to be a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor, which has potentially hazardous side effects to your health. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. Call today for a radical improvement in your health. See ad page 18.

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 6.

DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Learn to speak the language of your dog! Misha May Foundation provides inexpensive community classes where you learn invaluable tools to help your dog be more secure and happy, and you too! Classes include Understanding Dogs, with positive reinforcement techniques only, and Dog Trainer Apprentice Programs to become a dog trainer, utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Homes of a foster dog from any organization may attend classes free! Many more classes available. See our website for more information.

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN with ANITA DESTINO 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.

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March Spotlight HEALING CHANGE MARIE ADAMS EEM-AP, CHT, PT 7950 S Lincoln St, Ste 100, Littleton 303-668-0299 Individual sessions and classes in Eden Energy Medicine for increased Joy, Health and Vitality! Balancing nine different energy systems in your body and energy field creates healing at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of your being. Ongoing classes: Daily Energy Routine and other health topics. Free 30-minute phone or Skype consultation available.

FAMILY PRACTICE 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.

HEALING SACRED UNITY HEALING Joanne Palladino 303-263-0679 Awaken your mind, heal your body and enliven your soul. Your healing session includes a meaningful intuitive reading to help you expand perspectives about your life and choices; a channeled presence with vibrational sound & words to attune you to a love frequency; reiki energy healing to dissolve blocks and promote harmony; and selfawareness practices to shift old patterns so you can live more mindfully in the present. Come for a healing that touches and transforms all aspects of your being.


HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL 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.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH DR. ROB SMIGELSKI, DC 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 Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in BioIdentical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.

NEUROENERGETIC RELEASE™ (NER) Donald W. Kipp, Founder 303-697-4923 / NER helps people be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Increase Peak-Performance ...In Seconds! Control systems, not force are used to painlessly and quickly realign and rebalance the entire body. This releases whole-being patterns causing seemingly unrelated symptoms (such as back pain, headaches, indigestion, brain-fog and asthma). NER predicts and prevents injuries, degenerative changes, and disease. Call now for optimal health and performance.

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.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel 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.

WARRIORS OF THE LIGHT HEALING JEREME UNRUH 720-254-9351 Seeking self transformation? We are a family specializing in individual growth, transformation, and evolution through multiple energetic healing modalities. We specialize in healing relationships; your relationship with yourself in addition to all other relationships in your life, healing hearts to resurrect the light within. We are Certified Reiki Masters/Teachers, 13th Octave Lahochi Practitioners, Munay-Ki Shamans, and Yoga Instructors. Call today and receive 1/2 off your first session with a three session investment.

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