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ou might have noticed 2015 was a banner year for food announcements. Fast-food giants like McDonald’s and Subway are responding to public pressure to rid their foods of cancer-causing, unhealthy and unnatural ingredients in their food. According to a special report in Fortune (May 21 2015), “Big Food is under attack from Startup Granola,” major packaged-food companies lost $4 billion in market share during 2014. Consumers trying to avoid artificial colors/flavors; high-fructose corn syrup; pesticides; GMOs; antibiotics; gluten; and growth hormones have caused processed-food companies to lose $18 billion in market share since 2009. Former ConAgra exec Steve Hughes, now of Boulder Brands, said, “I’ve been doing this for 37 years and this is the most dynamic, disruptive, and transformational time that I’ve seen in my career.” We as consumers are having an impact! Chipotle went GMO-free last April; Kraft claims it is replacing synthetic colors in its mac and cheese with paprika, annatto, and turmeric; Tyson plans to cease using antibiotics that are “important to human medicine.” For more, an excellent list can be found at At least there is progress, but read your labels! Beware of the word “Natural” as it has no definition within the food industry nor with the FDA. EVERY time you see it on your food, it is a manipulation. Hence, the excellent article “Meaty Truths” on page 16. Since the majority of the population are meat-eaters, we better start taking our health back from this industry, too. If we make the choice to consume meat, we should make sure we tell them with our dollars we want animals: raised in clean, sustainable conditions; treated kindly; and allowed to live, eat, and act like the animals they are, instead of excessive profit at the expense of the well-being of animals and humans. Join us at Journeys for Conscious Living on April 26 from 6-9pm when sponsors Natural Awakenings, J4CL and The Vitality Code show a free screening of “In Defense of Food,” the movie made from Michael Pollan’s book of the same name (see page 8 for more info). Additionally, don’t miss the Evolve Expo, April 30-May 1 which showcases many vendors, products and services to help you move toward a life of better health.

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nthony Prichard, Certified Google Partner, hosts the Denver YouTube Professionals on March 11 at 700 Kalamath St., in Denver. This Meetup is for those interested in learning about the impact of video on their business marketing, while collaborating with other professionals to share best practices. “Video can be scary but I like to think of it as its own form of healing. People use hypnotism to recover from trauma or deep tissue massage to heal from tension, but what about healing from grade school - being told to ‘sit down and shut up’? Everyone has a much louder voice inside that is held back by fear of judgment. What if making your first business video was the only thing preventing you from attracting an angel investor who wants to turn you into a 21st-century Jane Fonda?” According to Prichard, video eliminates the unknown, paving the way for your next client to connect with you. Start with a head-shot, then create a short “intro” video, and finish with video testimonials that completely eliminate the risk of buyer’s remorse. says 89% of respondents cited video testimonials as their primary motivator to purchase. Contact Anthony Prichard at 303-9948612 or See listing page 32.

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he Faire centers around the KCP Gallery, 364 Main Street in Longmont and takes place Noon to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. According to organizer, Trixie Phelps, “You’ll enjoy an enlightening, inspiring and amazing day pampering yourself or treating friends to a massage, clearing, reading, or a healing. Re-connect with old friends and make new ones!” Although admission is free, practitioners charge an average of $1$1.50/minute. Arrive early and sign up to enjoy shamanic healings, palm readings, chair massage, tarot/intuitive readings, animal communication, clearings, psychics, mediums, and astrology. Explore alternative choices in taking care of your body, mind, spirit and our environment. Contact Trixie Phelps at 720-340-1109 or See listing page 32.

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my Suplee joins Arvada-based Inspired Wellness Center, an acupuncture practice specializing in cancer side effects and fertility issues. Suplee will add her talents in pain management (back and neck pain), women’s health, and chronic illness to the practice. Suplee is licensed and board certified in Colorado; holds a master’s degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, CA; and is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. Contact Jana Royer-Morian at 303-3771365 or


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olorado’s premier healthy lifestyle event, Evolve Expo, will be held April 30 - May 1 at the National Western Complex Hall of Education in Denver, in conjunction with a one-day “Keys to Positive Living Seminar” April 29. Some featured speakers include Dr. Steven Farmer, Dr. Nita Desai, and Dr. James Rouse, award winning author and host of Optimal Wellness on Denver’s Channel 9 News. Now in its 5th year, Evolve Expo – a consumer show filled with new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy and sustainable lifestyles – will feature leading exhibitors and sponsors from the natural, organic and sustainable product industry. The event features a gardening area that demonstrates soil preparation, worms, composting, planting, building raised beds, hydroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, harvesting, and bee-keeping. Enjoy product sampling, hands-on cooking, alternative healthcare, yoga, energy technologies, educational workshops, and fun activities to engage the kids. Contact Larry Cooper for sponsorships, 303-469-0306 or Contact Lyn Bacon to reserve your booth at 303-731-6695 or For Program Guide advertising, see Evolve. See ad page 3.


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est-selling author and speaker Melissa Joy Jonsson will bring her popular “M-Joy Integrative Seminar” to Denver, March 19-21, at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Airport, 16475 E. 40th Circle in Aurora. The seminar covers topics including the physics of personal power and how to use limitations as a spring-board. According to Jonsson, “This is a path of self-love, authenticity, and personal truth that, if we simply embody it, can transform all that we relate to in our individual and shared experiences. Interactive reality creation and the transformation process is about much more than recasting thoughts or beliefs. Embrace heart-centered awareness to experience True Authentic Self, and to walk fully in integrity.” Jonsson has been teaching transformational Matrix Energetics seminars around the world since 2008. She is the founder and instructor of the “M-Joy of Being” seminar series, a unifying movement in consciousness dedicated to exploring and expanding heart-centered awareness and practical personal empowerment for everyone. Contact Melissa Joy Jonsson at 1-800-368-0973 to learn more or sign up. See ad page 11.

Free Screening: “In Defense of Food”


n April 26, “In Defense of Food”, the PBS documentary based on Michael Pollan’s book by the same name, will be presented at Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 7 W 59th Ave in Arvada, co-sponsored by Journeys J for Conscious Living, The Vitality Code C and Mile High Natural Awakenings. According to promoters, “…the movie ta takes viewers on a fascinating journey to an answer the question: What should I eat to be he healthy? The film shows how common sense an and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the h pleasures l off eating and avoid the chronic diseases associated with the modern diet. Michael Pollan journeys to the plains of Tanzania, where one of the world’s last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers still eats the way our ancestors did; to Loma Linda, California, where Seventh-day Adventist vegetarians live longer than almost anyone else on earth; and to Paris, where the French diet, rooted in culture and tradition, proves surprisingly healthy. Along the way he shows how a combination of faulty nutrition science and deceptive marketing practices have encouraged us to replace real food with scientifically engineered “food-like substances.” And he explains why the solution to our dietary woes is in fact remarkably simple: “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants.” By donation. Times and info at RSVP/ info Kathy Basel at 720-408-7078 or or view a trailer at

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lara Wisner of rEvolutionary Lifestyle is offering a personalized, 21-day reset program for anyone looking to jump-start their health. In March, Natural Awakenings readers receive $100 off (regularly $399, now $299) to learn to make their road to health happy, delicious and sustainable. In this 21-Day reset program you will: Work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight; Understand and reduce your cravings; Recognize and untangle old and damaging habits; Increase your energy levels; Feel great in your body; Learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them; Discover the confidence to create the life you want; Learn how limiting beliefs/thoughts are holding you back from abundance and happiness; Gain the awareness needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle once and for all; Understand your unique, bio-individual body and what it’s telling you. For more information and to book your free 30-minute discovery session email or call 720-202-2326. See listing page 31.

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isha May Foundation (MMF) Dog Training and Rescue will hold its annual Garage Sale at House of Cards, 1800 W Oxford Ave, #C, in Englewood May 26-28. The yearly event is one of the largest fundraisers for the non-profit rescue and training organization, with proceeds going to pay for the rescue, medical care and feeding of MMF animals in foster care, as well as community scholarships for dog training classes. In 2016, MMF will also begin contributing additional funds to area rescues known to help animals and provide proper care, foster and adoption processes. Traditionally, items have included pet supplies, jewelry, books, tools/hardware, clothing for all ages, artwork, furniture and more at rock-bottom prices. Donations are needed! They can be dropped off at House of Cards on Wednesday afternoon, 5/24, from Noon – 5pm or Thursday evening, 5/25, between 4-7pm, or upon arrangement. No electronics, computers, televisions, upholstered furniture, large appliances or mattresses. We are not able to pick anything up. Volunteers are needed from Wednesday through Sunday; times to be determined. To offer donations or volunteer your time, contact Lorraine at

Reiki Level I Training


oAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, offers Reiki Level 1 Training on Sunday, March 6 from 9am-5pm at 700 E Ninth Ave, Suite 9, Denver. According to JoAnne, “Reiki is a gentle yet powerful healing art. It is becoming more widely used and recognized in traditional medical settings as the benefits of this divine modality are being felt by those receiving it. In this fun, interactive training, you will learn: self-healing techniques; Reiki level 1 techniques to give to others; a 21-day energetic cleanse; the history and benefits; and the reiki power symbol Choku Rei. This training is for anyone interested in self-healing, using it on others or enhancing your practice in the healing arts. A training/reference manual is included.” $195. RSVP by March 4 by contacting JoAnne at 303-263-0679 or See listing page 31.

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hite Butterfly and Her Wings of Many Colors”, written and illustrated by Susan Andra Lion, is a children’s picture book inspired by the late Arnold Bustillo, and winner of the Mom’s Choice Gold Medal Award and the Literary Classics Seal. According to Karen Stuth, “This tale of a magical journey of a brave little butterfly provides a charming and lovingly crafted message of self-acceptance and humility for youngsters. Wonderfully illustrated, with words that are beautifully penned, this visually stunning book provides pearls of wisdom for young readers that are lovingly nestled within the folds of a delightful story. This is a book which children are sure to enjoy reading again and again for a lifetime.” Use Discount Code NA15 at for 15% off until March 31

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The Power of Pollen


aw honey has been used over thousands of years as a food, medicine and a natural first-aid for wounds and digestive issues. Raw honey is an instant energy-building superfood containing small amounts of pollen, wax, propolis, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, and other vital factors. Honey can be used to treat minor cuts and scrapes, soothe a sore throat, and as a cough suppressant. Pollen is the live male sex cell gathered from flowering plants. Nutritionally, it is made up of 40% protein; contains every known vitamin except for B12; it also contains 3-8% of total weight in minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, and 20 trace elements. Bees use pollen as a nutritional resource while also pollinating more than a third of all the foods we eat. Pollen can be a great way to increase your protein, vitamin and mineral intake from natural, non-animal sources. It even contains five or six times the amino-acid content of lean beef, making it a great option for vegetarians. Many studies and testimonials suggest that by ingesting small amounts of pollen we can also desensitize our body’s immune system to those pollens that cause sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, cough, and congestion. Start off with a very small amount such as 1/2 teaspoon per day to see how your body reacts. Alternatively try eating raw honey produced near where they live, since it contains small amounts pollen. Bee well! Nick French, Founder/Beekeeper of Frangiosa Farms in Parker can be reached at

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Losing Pancreatic Fat Reverses Diabetes


study from Newcastle University, in England, has found that losing fat content in the pancreas can alleviate Type 2 diabetes. The researchers tested 18 obese people between the ages of 25 and 65 that were diagnosed with diabetes alongside a control group that were not. Subjects received gastric band surgery before eating an appropriately healthful diet for eight weeks. During this time, subjects in both groups lost an average of nearly 13 percent of their body weight and around 1.2 percent of their body fat. More importantly, the diabetes group lost about 6.6 percent of triglyceride pancreatic fat, or about 0.6 grams. The weight loss and loss of triglyceride fat from the pancreas allowed the patients to produce normal amounts of insulin. Professor Roy Taylor, the head researcher of the study, says, “For people with Type 2 diabetes, losing weight allows them to lose excess triglyceride fat out of the pancreas and allows function to return to normal.�


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hat do artistic creation, scientific discovery and entrepreneurial success have in common? They all start with a creative intuition. In science, it is the hypothetical question that directs the experimental confirmation. In the arts and in new business, it is original thought combined with inspired feelings that fuel a new creation. With this in mind, doesn’t it seem true that developing a strong relationship with your intuition is one of the most valuable capacities you can have? With a trained Inner Technology, you could summon your intuition at will. Apply this Inner Technology • Close your eyes, watch your breath and let yourself become quiet and neutral. • Start to notice your intuitive feelings about events and people in the recent past. This will result in you noticing your intuition sooner and more deeply. • Do this before you make a decision. Note the results. Be patient and realize that reclaiming this often-ignored ability takes time, but the results are worth it. It is the beginning of you mastering your Inner Technology and taking a quantum leap to having clearer intuitions and trusting them more. Contact David Stevens of Yoga of the Mind, Denver, at 303-668-2358. See calendar for classes.

Liver Health and Well-Being


n Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Liver controls anger, irritability, resentment, jealousy and envy. An excess of these emotions causes Liver Qi Stagnation. This ‘stuck’ energy can lead to sore muscles, headaches, dizziness, anxiety, high blood pressure, acne or psoriasis. The Winter months’ stress, comfort foods, and ‘adult beverages’ can put the liver under stress as well. Move stuck energy and allow the liver to process the toxins in your system by both limiting your fat intake and choosing healthier fats. Use Olive Oil when cooking. Replace your salad dressings with lemon juice and/or vinegar. Add Dandelions or Artichokes. Pumpkin seeds are a great, liver-detoxifying snack. Drink Milk Thistle tea. Limit your alcohol intake even in times of high stress which stress the liver already. Taking bitter herbs helps with bile flow and detoxifies your liver. Contact Gina Balderas, Master Herbalist at Karmic Root Apothecary, 720-357-4076 or

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Probiotics Reduce Aggressively Metal and Mineral Negative Thoughts Imbalances May R Produce Migraines ecent research from the Netherlands’ Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition has discovered that negative and aggressive thinking can be changed by supplementing with probiotic bacteria. The triple-blind study followed and tested 40 healthy people over a period of four weeks that were split into two groups; one was given a daily probiotic supplement containing seven species of probiotics and the other, a placebo. The subjects filled out a questionnaire that measured cognitive reactivity and depressed moods using the Leiden Index of Depression Sensitivity, which measures negative and depressed thinking. After four weeks, the probiotic group showed significantly lower scores in aggression, control issues, hopelessness, risk aversion and rumination, compared to the placebo group. “The study demonstrated for the first time that a four-week, multispecies, probiotic intervention has a positive effect on cognitive reactivity to naturally occurring changes in sad mood in healthy individuals not currently diagnosed with a depressive disorder,” the researchers concluded.

Apple Munching Makes for Healthier Shopping


ating an apple before buying groceries may help consumers make healthier shopping decisions. This was the finding of three studies on healthy food purchasing conducted by Aner Tal, Ph.D., and Brian Wansink, Ph.D. In the research, published in the scientific journal Psychology and Marketing, 120 shoppers were given an apple sample, a cookie sample or nothing before they began shopping. The researchers found those that ate the apple purchased 28 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given the cookie, and 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than those given nothing. A related study by Tal and Wansink investigated virtual shopping decisions. After being given a cookie or an apple, 56 subjects were asked to imagine they were grocery shopping. They were shown 20 pairs of products—one healthy and the other unhealthy—and asked to select the one they would buy. Consistent with the results of the first study, those that ate the apple most often chose the healthy option.


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esearch from Turkey’s Yüzüncü Yil University has concluded that migraines may be linked with higher levels of heavy metals in the blood and deficiencies in important minerals. The research tested 50 people, including 25 diagnosed with migraines and 25 healthy control subjects. None of those tested were taking supplements, smoked, abused alcohol or drugs or had liver or kidney disease or cardiovascular conditions. Blood tests of both groups found that those with frequent migraines had four times the cadmium, more than twice of both the iron and the lead and nearly three times the levels of manganese in their bloodstreams compared to the healthy subjects. In addition, the migraine group had about a third of the magnesium, about 20 times less zinc and almost half the copper levels compared to the healthy group. “In light of our results, it can be said that trace element level disturbances might predispose people to migraine attacks,” the researchers stated.

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Nixing Monsanto Guatemala Just Says No

Whistleblowing Allowed Court Overrules Law Gagging Animal Abuse Probes

Whole Foods Market, founded in 1978, grew to be the number one seller in the nationwide movement toward organic and natural eating, with more than 400 stores. But mainstream grocers such as Wal-Mart and Kroger have since jumped on the bandwagon, and smaller players like Trader Joe’s and The Fresh Market have proliferated. Now Costco has moved into the current number one position, illustrating the market potential of budget-conscious consumers that desire to eat better.

U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill has written that in a pivotal case of animal cruelty undercover reporting, the Idaho Dairymen’s Association responded to the negative publicity by drafting and sponsoring a bill in a class known as Ag-Gag legislation that criminalizes the types of surreptitious investigations that expose such violent activities. Seven other states currently have similar Ag-Gag laws on the books. Winmill declared the law unconstitutional in his decision, stating that its only purpose is to “limit and punish those who speak out on topics relating to the agricultural industry, striking at the heart of important First Amendment values.” The law was deemed to violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment, “as well as preemption claims under three different federal statutes,” cites Winmill. “This ruling is so clear, so definitive, so sweeping,” says Leslie Brueckner, senior attorney for Public Justice and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in the case. “We couldn’t ask for a better building block in terms of striking these laws down in other states.”

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The government of Guatemala has repealed legislation dubbed the “Monsanto law”, which was approved last year to grant the biotech giant special expansion rights into ecologically sensitive territory, after widespread public protest. The demonstrations included groups of indigenous Mayan people, joined by social movements, trade unions and farmers’ and women’s organizations. Following political party battles, the Guatemalan Congress decided not to just review the legislation, but instead cancel it outright. The Monsanto law would have given exclusivity on patented seeds to a handful of transnational companies. Mayan people and social organizations claim that the new law would have violated their constitution and the Mayan people’s right to traditional cultivation of the land in their ancestral territories. Lolita Chávez, of the Mayan People’s Council, states, “Corn taught us Mayan people about community life and its diversity, because when one cultivates corn, one realizes that a variety of crops such as herbs and medicinal plants depend on the corn plant, as well.” Source:

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or thousands of homeowners in “agrihoods” across the U.S., homegrown is a way of life. Planned developments incorporating neighborhood agriculture are sprouting up in record numbers, according to Ed McMahon, a senior resident fellow specializing in sustainability with the Urban Land Institute. He estimates there are a few hundred agrihoods nationwide, in all regions and at all price points. “The trend is the convergence of several things, including a growing interest in local business, local food, healthy lifestyles and the foodie culture,” says McMahon. He adds, “Today’s developers have to differentiate their properties to survive, and farms have become the new golf course of real estate development.” Agriculture is a far lower-cost amenity that can even return a modest profit by selling its harvest to the community.

Beyond food, agrihoods help grow community, a huge draw for those living in isolated suburban areas. In 2014, Abby and Michael Wheatfill moved their family to Agritopia, a planned community in Gilbert, Arizona, near Phoenix. Billed as an urban farm, the central feature of Agritopia’s 166 acres, knitting together commercial, agricultural and open space with 450 residential homes, is a working farm, with roving pigs, lambs and chickens, a citrus grove and rows of heirloom vegetables. Farm, family and community life are interwoven. The Wheatfills lease a plot in an on-site community garden. Other residents buy shares in the community supported agriculture project or purchase produce or eggs from the community farm on the honor system. “We especially love the narrow, treelined streets and wide porches, and that we can walk or bike to fun, locally

sourced restaurants,� says Michael, a technology consultant. Private backyards are small in favor of community space, nudging residents to meet each other, Abby says. The Cannery, in Davis, California, is one of the newest agrihoods and also one of the few that redeveloped an industrial tract. This 100-acre development, still under construction, will feature 547 new homes on the former site of a tomato processing facility, in addition to affordable rentals for low-income families. Its heart and soul is a working farm that will feed the community’s households and supply its restaurants. The Cannery is a pioneer in clean green energy, with solar-powered homes, connections for electric cars, and many other energyconserving features. Thirsty homeowner lawns are prohibited in most of The Cannery’s mini-neighborhoods, but no home is more than 300 feet from public green space. Samrina and Mylon Marshall, both physicians in their mid-50s, will be among the first residents to move in this spring. “We like that it’s a green energy community featuring multigenerational living. We’re also big on eating locally and seasonally, so the urban farm was a key draw,� says Mylon. North Atlanta family Gil and Jeny Mathis and their two daughters, 12 and 14 years old, discovered Serenbe, a planned community in Chattahoochee

velopers are bringing agriculture to high-density neighborhoods. The smoke-free Healthy High-Rise Arbor House, a 124-unit, low-income apartment in the Bronx, in New York City, features a 10,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse and a living lobby wall that grows organic vegetables for the community year-round. Residents can obtain a discounted share from the farm using SNAP benefits (food stamps) and take free classes in cooking fresh. Arbor House also allocates 40 percent of its rooftop crop harvests for the larger community. Agrihoods can take many forms, including those involving gardens cropping up in schools, parks and hospitals nationwide, as well as informal, guerilla gardens in vacant lots. Many cities, including Falls Church, Virginia, and Takoma Park, Maryland, have even changed local zoning laws so residents can keep chickens and bees in their backyards for eggs and honey, according to McMahon. “The era of the 2,000-mile Caesar salad has come to an end,� says McMahon, citing high transportation costs that make locally sourced food good for businesses and consumers alike. “The trend of growing food closer to home—in some cases at home—is here to stay.�

Hills, Georgia, two years ago. Now it’s literally their second home. “It provides a different life for our children on weekends they couldn’t otherwise have. The community aspect has penetrated our lives in a way that we couldn’t have predicted,� says Gil. Both girls love it, and the younger sibling is lobbying to relocate there full time. The family likes the people Serenbe draws and the opportunities to engage with them, the consistent access to natural and organic food and its artist-in-residence program. Serenbe was the inspiration for the Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, a 346-acre, back-to-the-land project near Asheville, North Carolina. Its owners are transforming a failed high-end gated community and adjacent historic farm along the French Broad River into an agri-centered development featuring a blueberry orchard, community gardens, vegetable farm and greenhouse. “It’s vital that we re-localize our food supply,� says Olivette co-owner Tama Dickerson. “One of the first things we did was to incorporate this farm and see what areas we could preserve, because what you keep is just as important as what you develop.� Future plans include hiking trails, artist live-work spaces, tiny houses, little free libraries and a K-8 school. Agrihoods aren’t solely for agriburbs. Creative public housing de-

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Meaty Truths Choosing Meat that’s Sustainable and Safe by Melinda Hemmelgarn


n his essay The Pleasures of Eating, Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer and poet, writes: “If I am going to eat meat, I want it to be from an animal that has lived a pleasant, uncrowded life outdoors, on bountiful pasture, with good water nearby and trees for shade.” He, like a growing number of conscious eaters, wants no part of the industrial meat system in which animals are raised in concentrated animal feeding operations. Media coverage has helped educate consumers previously unaware of how their food is produced and why it matters. The documentary film Food Inc., as well as books like Fast Food Nation, by Eric Schlosser and The Chain, by Ted Genoways, describe common livestock industry practices that mistreat animals, pollute water and air, endanger workers and threaten public health. With increased understanding of the connections between diet and health, climate, environment and social justice, even many Americans that still like the taste of hamburger and steak have sided with Berry; they want sustainably raised, humane and healthful red meat.


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Unsustainable Corporate Lobby Every five years, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines are revised to reflect the latest nutritional science. In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee attempted to include the concept of sustainability. The committee, which included top nutrition scientists, defined sustainable diets as “a pattern of eating that promotes health and wellbeing and provides food security for the present population while sustaining human and natural resources for future generations.” It made the case that a diet higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods both promotes health and protects the environment—resulting in lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less energy, land and water use. But political pressure from the livestock industry prevailed, and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell jointly announced, “We do not believe that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the appropriate vehicle for this important policy conversation about

sustainability.” Instead, they advised the committee to focus solely on nutritional and dietary information. In her book Food Politics, nutritionist and author Marion Nestle explains that recommendations to decrease consumption have never been popular with the food industry. Nonetheless, Roni Neff, Ph.D., who directs the Center for a Livable Future’s Food System Sustainability and Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, recommends consuming less red meat in particular, because of its large environmental footprint. Neff points out, “Thirty percent of greenhouse gas emissions are connected to red meat.” However, not all red meat is created equal. In her book Defending Beef, environmental lawyer and cattle rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman makes a case for sustainable meat production, noting, “Well-managed grazing could be part of an effective strategy to combat climate change.” In their book The New Livestock Farmer, authors Rebecca Thistlethwaite and Jim Dunlop praise the increase in farmers producing pasture-raised, ethical meats and the growing number of farmers selling directly to people that reject the industrial system. Neff likewise supports such sustainable livestock agriculture, which integrates pastureraised animals on farms, rather than isolating them on feedlots, where they typically eat a grain-based diet (such as genetically engineered corn) and receive growth stimulants, including hormones and antibiotics.

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and Antibiotics Mike Callicrate, a St. Francis, Kansas, rancher educated in the industrial model of meat production, is considered an expert on its negative consequences. He served as an advisor for Food Inc., and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. Callicrate observes, “The same chemical compounds that athletes are banned from using in baseball are used to produce our food animals, which our children

Because climate change is accelerating and is already causing a multitude of adverse effects, and the footprint of our current food system is massive, we urgently need to create a national food supply that is both healthy and sustainable. ~Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard School of Public Health

eat in the hot dogs at the ballgame.” According to the USDA, about 90 percent of feedlot cattle receive hormone implants to promote growth. Yet the European Union Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health reports that the use of natural and artificial growth hormones in beef production poses a potential risk to human health, especially among children. Concerns about growth-promoting drugs led the American Academy of Pediatrics to call for studies that direct-ly measure their impact on children through milk and meat. The President’s Cancer Panel Report on Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk also states, “Growth hormones may contribute to endocrine disruption in humans.” Their dietary recommendations include choosing meat raised without hormones and antibiotics.

Rising Resistance Antibiotic resistance is now one of the world’s most critical public health problems, and it’s related to misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Antibiotic resistance—when bacteria don’t respond to the drugs designed to kill them— threatens to return us to the time when simple infections were often fatal.”

Veterinarian and food safety consultant Gail Hansen, of Washington, D.C., explains that bacteria naturally develop resistance anytime we use antibiotics. “The problem is overuse and misuse; that’s the recipe for disaster.” She explains that more than 70 percent of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. are not used to treat sick animals, but to promote growth and reduce the risk of infection related to raising animals in unsanitary, overcrowded spaces. A recent report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states: Adding antibiotics to the feed of healthy livestock “often leave the drugs ineffective when they are needed to treat infections in people.” The AAP supports buying meat from organic farms, because organic farming rules prohibit the non-therapeutic use of antibiotics. Stacia Clinton, a registered dietitian in Boston who works with the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm, assists hospitals in both reducing meat on their menus and increasing purchases of meat from animals raised without antibiotics. The goal is to reduce the growing number of antibiotic-resistant infections that cost hospitals and patients billions of dollars each year. A Friends of the Earth report, Chain Reaction: How Top Restaurants Rate on Reducing Use of Antibiotics in Their Meat Supply, revealed that most meat served by American’s top chain restaurants come from animals raised in industrial facilities where they are fed antibiotics. Only two out of 25 chains, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, report that the majority of their meat is raised without routine antibiotics. A recent study by Consumers Union also found antibiotic-resistant bacteria on retail meat samples nationwide. In California, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 27, making his the first state to ban the use of routine low doses of antimicrobial drugs that are medically important to humans to promote livestock weight gain or feed efficiency. The bill doesn’t go into effect until January 2018, but will contribute to making meat safer and antibiotic drugs more effective.

Smarter Meat Choices by Melinda Hemmelgarn Choose certified organic meat. Organic certification prohibits antibiotics, added hormones and genetically modified (GMO) feed. Select grass-fed and grass-finished meats. Look for the nonprofit American Grassfed Association (AGA) certification, which ensures animals eat only grass and forage from the time of their weaning until harvest, and are raised without antibiotics or hormones ( AGA standards apply to ruminant animals only: beef, bison, goat, lamb and sheep. Support Country of Origin Labeling. This mandates that retail cuts of meat must contain a label informing consumers of its source. The U.S. meat industry has worked to stop such labeling. Beware of misleading labels. “Natural” provides no legal assurance about how an animal was raised. “Vegetarian feed” may mean GMO corn and/or soy. (See Greener Buy directly from family livestock farmers. Check out sites like Local and MarketsDirectory. Pay attention to portions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture serving size weighs three ounces, about the same size as a deck of cards. Think of meat as a side dish and balance the rest of the plate with vegetables, leafy greens, beans and other legumes. Once a week, cut out meat. Participate in Meatless Mondays (Meatless Assume all retail meat carries bacteria that can cause food-borne illness. Practice safe food handling as directed on package labels. (Also see and KeepAntibiotics

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Red and Processed Meats Targeted Dietary advice to reduce the consumption of red and processed meats, regardless of how the animals are raised, is not new. Kelay Trentham, a registered dietitian in Tacoma, Washington, who specializes in cancer prevention and treatment, points out that joint reports from the World Cancer Research Fund International and American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) since 2007 have recommended restricting consumption of red meat to less than 18 ounces a week and avoiding processed meats. In 2015, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified processed meat (like hot dogs, ham, sausages, corned beef and beef jerky) as “carcinogenic to humans” and red meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse and goat) as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Risk increases with amount consumed, and the evidence is strongest for the relation of processed meats to colorectal cancer. Trentham explains some factors that make red and processed meats risky. “Heating or smoking meat creates cancer-causing compounds. Processed meats contain salts, nitrates and nitrites; a chemical mélange of preservatives that can increase risk,” she says. Trentham and Karen Collins, a registered dietitian and advisor to the AICR, concur that the form of iron found in meat also contributes to cancer risk. Still, the IARC report recognizes, “Eating meat has known health ben-

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To be interested in food, but not in food production, is clearly absurd. ~Wendell Berry efits.” Meat is a rich source of protein and B vitamins, iron and zinc. Livestock feed further influences nutritional composition, with meat from cattle raised on pasture (grass) containing higher levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids compared to meat from animals fed grain. According to medical doctor and National Institutes of Health researcher Captain Joseph Hibbeln, consuming fewer omega-6 fatty acids and more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes for cutting the risk of chronic diseases, reducing inflammation, improving mental health, enhancing children’s brain and eye development and reducing worldwide incidence of cardiovascular disease by 40 percent. When it comes to eating meat, the agricultural practices, quantity consumed, and methods of processing and cooking make a difference. It turns out that what’s good for the environment is good for animals and people, too. Melinda Hemmelgarn is an awardwinning registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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oo often human beings fail to see the interconnection that exists between the non-human animals and the environment that surrounds us. As some vegans adopt a plant-based diet upon learning about the suffering of farmed animals, others are influenced by the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment, while many make the switch to benefit their own health. The truth is, these issues are not separate. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector consumes more edible protein—40 percent of the entire world’s agricultural output—than it produces, while occupying 30 percent of the planet’s total land surface. Animal-based foods such as meat, dairy and eggs are highly resourceintensive, compared to plant-based foods. Product labeling indicating varying levels of humane and sustainable practices entices conscious consumers, but is often misleading. As an example, it cannot be assumed that a grass-fed label is indicative of sustainability. Living conditions involve less suffering and fossil fuel use than in factory farms, but according to a study published in Environmental Science and Technology, pasture-raised cattle produce at least 20 percent more methane than

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As much of the world’s population struggles to obtain enough food, many Americans are consuming too much protein and suffering from “diseases of affluence” that correlate with the consumption of animal protein. But there is good reason for hope, as a growing body of nutrition science shows that a high percentage of these diseases can be prevented, or even reversed, with diet. According to Nutritional Biochemist T. Colin Campbell, who co-authored The China Study, “The same diet that is good for prevention of cancer is also good for the prevention of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and other diseases. That diet is a whole foods, plant-based diet.” Note that there’s more to worry about than the antibiotics, steroids and hormones found in most animal products available today, making organic options less than ideal as well. “The real danger of animal products is the nutrient imbalances, regardless of the presence or absence of those nasty chemicals. Long before modern chemicals were introduced into our food, people still began to experience more cancer and more heart disease when they started to eat more animal-based foods,” says Campbell. Is it a coincidence that the diet that can prevent suffering of animals is the same diet that can reverse the process of global warming and keep humans healthy into old age? What is good for the animals is good for the planet and good for our own health. Tracey Narayani Glover, JD, E-RYT 200, is an animal advocate, writer, chef/owner of The Pure Vegan and a yoga and meditation teacher in Mobile, AL. Connect at and

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Taste the Rainbow, Expand Your Palate with New Colorful Veggies by Judith Fertig


mericans’ vegetable habits are in a rut. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 50 percent of the vegetables and legumes available in this country in 2013 were either tomatoes or potatoes. Lettuce came in third, according to new data released in 2015, advises Tracie McMillan, author of The American Way of Eating. Further, 87 percent of U.S. adults did not meet basic vegetable serving recommendations from 2007 through 2010, a fact cited in the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey. Yet, urban supermarkets overflow with a wealth of common and exotic vegetables, often displayed sideby-side: broccoli and broccolini, green bell and Japanese shishito peppers, and iceberg lettuce and leafy mâche, or lamb’s lettuce. Trying one new vegetable dish a week is a great way to increase our vegetable literacy, says functional medicine expert Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Our diet should be 60 per-


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cent produce—40 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruit,” she says. “To keep this sustainable for the long term, we should eat what tastes good, not what we think is good for us. Some days, we crave the sweetness of carrots; other days, the bitterness of artichokes or the heat of hot peppers. Our bodies can tell us what we need.”

Keep Expanding Choices Going Green. Dark green and slightly peppery arugula is good with a little olive oil and lemon juice. Finely shredded Brussels sprouts bulk up a mixed salad, while adding the benefits of a cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable. Instead of mineral-rich baby spinach, try baby Swiss chard, suggests Matthew Kadey, a registered dietician in Waterloo, Ontario. He also suggests microgreens, the tiny shoots of radishes, cabbage, broccoli and kale, all rich in vitamins C and E. Squash It. Varieties of summer and winter squash add color, body and flavor to one-dish meals, with the added benefits of B vitamins, magnesium and fiber. LeAnne Campbell, Ph.D., author of The China Study Cookbook, simmers a mix of fresh chopped vegetables including yellow summer squash or

zucchini, and flavors with coconut and curry powder. Vegan Chef Douglas McNish, of Toronto, makes an okra and squash gumbo in the slow cooker. Sneak in a Smoothie. Change up a smoothie routine by swapping out the usual baby spinach for a blend of cucumber, apple and fresh mint, or else sweet potato and carrot, suggests Sidney Fry, a registered dietitian and Cooking Light editor, in Birmingham, Alabama. Snack Attack. An array of colorful vegetables served with dips and spreads can be an easy way to experiment with veggies. Carrots in deep red, vibrant yellow, purple and orange are delicious raw and supply beta-carotene, promoting eye health. Leaves from pale green Belgian endive spears are tender and crunchy. Orange or “cheddar” cauliflower has a more creamy and sweet flavor than its pale cousin. “Colors equal health, and the more colors we eat, the better our overall health,” says Susan Bowerman, a registered dietitian, lecturer in food science and nutrition at Cal- ifornia State Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, and co-author of What Color Is Your Diet? “We also have to be willing to try new foods or new varieties of foods, or maybe to prepare unfamiliar foods in a way that will make them taste good, so that we will be willing to add more plant foods to our diet.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAndLifestyle. from Overland Park, KS.

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moothies are an excellent way to get nutrients into your body. Learn to eat fruits and vegetables when they are in season and keep track of what color group you’ve tried. Try to use organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. The keys to smoothie constructing – Base+Veggie+Fruit+Fat=Smoothie. Picking your base – almond milk, coconut milk, coconut water, green tea or even plain water. Add vegetables – spinach, cabbage and kale all work well. Choose fruits – apple, banana, pineapple add sweetness. Finish with fats – coconut oil, chia seeds and/or nuts. If you need additional sweetness, use agave nectar or honey. Frozen fruits thicken your smoothie without adding ice. Turn any smoothie into a meal by adding rolled oats or granola!

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lthough mushrooms are a fungus, not a vegetable, they have just as many antioxidants as carrots, tomatoes, green and red peppers, pumpkins, green beans, and zucchini. They are full of selenium, an important nutrient for detoxification and soothing inflammation, not found in any other fruits and vegetables. Mushrooms are the only plant food to contain Vitamin D. Their form of D has been shown to inhibit cancer cells growth. Mushroom folate has been shown to help DNA synthesis and repair. Mushrooms are a nutrient dense and delicious food. Just remember to cook them with some type of non-oxidized fat (ghee, avocado oil, butter, coconut oil, etc) so you’ll be able to absorb all those good vitamins and minerals! Ingredients: 11⁄2 lb. mixed wild mushrooms, sliced 7 cups vegetable stock (homemade) 1 cup coconut milk 2 tbsp. tapioca starch (optional, a thickener) Sea salt and freshly ground pepper Optional: 6 pieces bacon cooked crispy and diced

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A Rainbow of Benefits by Judith Fertig


he colors found in fresh vegetables can indicate an abundance of necessary phytochemicals and nutrients. “Many people I see in my practice consume excess food, but have nutrient deficiency,” says Terri Evans, a functional medicine expert and doctor of Oriental medicine. Eating a variety of colorful vegetables can be part of the remedy. “Each color in a vegetable represents 10,000 micronutrients,” explains Evans. “The more colorful you make your diet, the happier your body will be.” She notes that supplements supply a lot of one nutrient, while vegetables gift us with tiny amounts of many requisite nutrients. According to the nonprofit Produce for Better Health Foundation, plant phytochemicals may act as antioxidants, protect and regenerate essential nutrients and work to deactivate cancer-causing substances. So, the more color on our plates, the better. Yellow and orange—in squash and some tomatoes—point to higher levels of vitamins C and A. The beta-carotene behind these colors is renowned for supporting healthy eyesight. Dark green—in leafy greens and cabbages—evidences higher levels of vitamins K, B and E. Chlorophyll creates the color and indicates its welldocumented detoxifying properties. Red—in red bell peppers and tomatoes—indicates vitamin C. Lycopene, which provides the color, is widely associated with lowering the risk of prostate and breast cancers. Purple and blue—in radicchio, red cabbage and eggplant—deliver vitamins C and K. Anthocyanins that create the color are powerful antioxidants geared to keep us heart-healthy.

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DIY Rollers Ease Pain and Aid Flexibility by Randy Kambic


ore amateur and serious athletes, people wanting to ease stiffness due to sedentary work and seniors are enjoying a new DIY way to massage out the kinks at home that’s becoming recognized for its benefits by experts worldwide. For the first time, flexibility and mobility rolling ranks in the top 20 of the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends. Made predominantly of foam and hard rubber, the rollers can “massage, relieve muscle tightness and muscle spasms, increase circulation, ease muscular discomfort and assist in the return to normal activity,” according to the organization’s Health & Fitness Journal, which notes

a growing market for the devices. Dr. Walter Thompson, professor of kinesiology and health with Georgia State University, in Atlanta, was the lead author of the survey. He says, “Personal trainers have found that it works for their clients. We’ve also seen an increase in popularity in gyms and fitness clubs.” The trend is partly spawned by their use in Pilates. Thompson adds, “Tech devices, now central to our daily lives, have changed the way we plan and manage our workouts.” Yet, as with other such equipment, users must be educated on how to employ the rollers on their own. Most rollers are available in smooth or ribbed textures in differ-

ent sizes and densities. Sets include one for deep tissue rolling, self-myofascial release and trigger point relief, designed to aid muscles related to the back, hips, arms, glutes and hamstrings. Dr. Spencer H. Baron, president of NeuroSport Elite, in Davie, Florida, was the 2010 National Sports Chiropractor of the Year and served as a chiropractic physician for the Miami Dolphins football team for 19 years. He starts patients out with rollers during office appointments, especially those with sports injuries. “It empowers them to take charge of their fitness,” he says. “Those standing or sitting all day at work may need it even more than athletes do to improve circulation and stimulate the nervous system.” While rollers can be administered to hamstrings and quadriceps by hand, he attests that the back is the most commonly targeted region, and suggests two corresponding maneuvers: Lie down with a foam roller under the neck at home. Gently roll it across to each shoulder blade, and then center it and roll it down to the buttocks; even to the hamstrings. Next, assume a squatting position against a wall and place a roller between the center of the back and the wall, gently rise up, and then sink down. It’s also possible do this at work in private.

Baron and his colleagues believe that rollers are beneficial to use on the shoulders and arms of tennis players and baseball pitchers. “I like the metaphor of a chef rolling dough in the kitchen. With a similar motion, you’re kneading muscles and tendons, improving blood flow and circulation to sore areas,” he says. Jason Karp, Ph.D., the 2011 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Personal Trainer of the Year and creator of his company’s Run-Fit certification program, has seen the popularity of the devices on the rise with runners. “People like gadgets” that can help them, he notes. “Runners get tight from running, and rollers can help alleviate that tightness. I know a lot of runners that swear by them.” Karp, a California author of six books, including Running for Women and his upcoming The Inner Runner, feels that rollers are especially well-suited for post-workout use. “The rollers are basically a form of self-myofascial release, which helps relax muscles by putting pressure on tight areas to cause the muscle to relax via its reflex to tension,” he explains. It looks like this universally applicable and simple fitness tool will keep on rolling through this year and beyond. Randy Kambic, in Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer for Natural Awakenings and other magazines.

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Communicating Your Boundaries without Starting WWIII–7-9pm. An evening with Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author. Tickets/ info or 303-989-2605 The Fascial Web: Caring for Our Musculoskeletal System with Mobility, Nutrition, and Herbs–6-8pm. Care and maintenance of the fascial tissue. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd., #F-1, Boulder. $15. RSVP Learn To Trust Your Intuition–7:15-9pm. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. Register or David 303-668-2358. Shmaya Gathering w/ JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence

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FRI MAR 11 Mantra, Music & Movement–7-9pm. Rediscover healing effects of vibration through body movement and healing energetic field. Suggested $15/person or $40/family. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer 303-8160429, Community Drumming Circle–7-9pm. Focus on the rebirth and the coming of Spring. Bring snack to share and drums, rattles, flutes etc for Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Moving Through Trauma–6-7:30pm.Taste and try remedies for grounding, moving, bolstering, sweetening, and protecting heart & spirit. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd., #F-1, Boulder. $25. RSVP

SAT MAR 12 Grand Opening Karmic Root Healing and Apothecary–11am-3pm. Meet Master Herbalist Gina Balderas; Purchase Herbal Formulas and Specialty Teas; Early Bird prices for Summer Classes; Mini massage Chair Massage. 10465 Melody Dr., #315 Northglenn 720-357-4076 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–Involves channeling, energy readings, and intense clearing. Bring questions. 25 min/$20. Appts begin 1pm. Inner Connection Institute

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SUN MAR 13 Learn to trust your intuition–1:15-3pm. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. Register or David 303-668-2358. The Yoga of Abundance–3-5pm, also on 3/20. Play~shop with Mary L. Bevington Clear, receive, live fully! Expect guided meditation, gentle yoga & journaling. $22. Boulder. Contact marybevington@ or Happy Hour Meditation–10:45-11:45am. Relief from stress, new inspirations and insights are just a few of the benefits of meditation. Our style of meditation is effortless, easy and requires no particular belief. Register or David 303-668-2358.

WED MAR 16 “The Shared Death Experience: Profound Insights and Remarkable Healing”–4-5pm.William Peters, M.Ed., LMFT, will present his work through the Shared Crossing Project. William has had 2 NDE’s, headings and shared death experiences. Free. Meadows Branch Library 4800 Baseline Rd Boulder. 303-442-2133;

FRI MAR 18 Animal Reiki Certification–3 days. Learn Reiki practices, communication, handling strategies, physiology, psychology and more; variety of specific techniques, with hands-on application ea day, Saturday with puppies! Doggie Delights on Broadway, 1432 S Broadway, Denver. RSVP Lorraine, SAT MAR 19 Journey Theater–10am-6pm. View a specially chosen, evocative film summoning what your psyche is ready to reveal to you. Facilitated by BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP, Shamanic Practitioner, Body-Centered Psychotherapist. In Boulder. $95/$85. Info/RSVP 303-808-4006.


Just One Light Gathering–1-2pm. Are you feeling alone on your path? Receive support, explore guidance, build skills and intuition, and create connection. Suggested $8. Central Denver. Space limited. RSVP req’d. Renee Ellis, MA RMT 720-984-9575

March HMN: Nonviolent Communications (NVC) Intro Workshop–7-9pm. Empower Compassionate Relationships by learning these powerful communication tools. Certified NVC trainer David Shindoll. FREE, walk-ins welcome. Vitamin Cottage, 1433 Washington, Denver. Holistic Moms Network. Contact Karrin

Align & Flow Yoga & South Bath Meditation–9:3011am. Explore pranayama, asana & meditation with Tibetan and crystal bowls, flutes, element chimes and other world instruments. $20 adv/$25 door. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer 303-816-0429,

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5TH ANNUAL EVOLVE EXPO APRIL 30 & MAY 1 Evolve Expo is an experiential platform for Positive Living Choices offering new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, sustainable lifestyles. Two days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Healthy Food Cooking Stages, Hands on Gardening, Alternative/Complimentary Health , New Energy Technologies & Sustainability, Business & Wealth Building, Positive/ Creative Living, and special Kids programs. National Western Complex, Denver. For more info, contact Journeys For Conscious Living 303731-6695 or 303-469-0306 or go to Evolveexpo. com for details and registration.

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M-Joy Integrative Seminar–Mar 19-21. Instructor Melissa Joy Jonsson. Activate True Authentic Power (TAP) from the field of the heart as a catalyst for interactive reality creation, manifestation, and experience. Hilton Garden Inn Denver Airport 16475 E 40th Circle, Aurora. or 800-368-0973. Highly Sensitive Survival 101–2:30-4:30pm. Are you easily overwhelmed or impacted by other’s moods, loud noises and chaotic scenes? Learn about your highly sensitive self and ways to feel supported and balanced in an overstimulating world. $45. Central Denver. Space limited. RSVP req’d. Renee Ellis, MA RMT 720-984-9575

MON, MAR 21 Shmaya Gathering w/ JoAnne Palladino– 7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within you. $20. Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver, 770 S Broadway, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

TUES, MAR 22 How to Grow, Manage and Harvest Medicinal and Culinary Herbs–6-8pm. Certified Herbalist, Miriam Schaffer discusses growing timetables, proper soil nutrition, indoors versus outdoors, and sample design plans. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd., #F-1, Boulder. $15. RSVP 5-Wk Workshop on Chakras and Auras– 7-9pm. Learn about Chakras and how they coincide with our Aura; clean and align your Chakras; set energetic boundaries. Early/$185 Reg/$200 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd, Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,


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“The Magic of Instant Shift” Free Lecture and Demo–6:30-8:30pm. Be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Be Stronger ...In Seconds! Join Donald W. Kipp and achieve no-pain optimal alignment. See for info/registration or call 303-697-4923

WED MAR 23 The Yoga of Eating Workshop with Clara Wisner of rEvolutionary Lifestyle–6:30-8pm. Transcending diets and dogma to nourish the natural self. $15. Hooked on Colfax, 3213 E Colfax, Denver. RSVP or 720-202-2326

FRI MAR 25 Are Vaccines Safe & Effective– 6-8pm. Nonbiased presentation of risks, benefits, & alternatives of each vaccination on the CDC’s current schedule. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd., #F-1, Boulder. $15. RSVP

SAT MAR 26 Evening Sound Journey w/ Crown of Eternity–7:30-9:30pm. Join this special stop on their national tour to experience a personalized sound massage via therapy grade singing bowls placed directly on the body. Advance $20; door $25. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. RSVP Lyn at lyn@ or 303-731-6695. Learn To Trust Your Intuition–10am-Noon. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. Register Yogaofthemind. com or David 303-668-2358.

Getting Back to Basics: An Earth-Based Approach to Hair Care–2-4:30pm. Create hair care products that are inexpensive, sustainable, natural, and fun with Certified Herbalist, Jasper Markle. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP

TUES, MAR 29 Beginning Mindfulness & Meditation–7-9pm. Practice techniques that will lead you to a more balanced life. Instructor Tryna Giordano Cooper. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

WED, MAR 30 Shmaya Gathering w/ JoAnne Palladino– 7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within you. $20. 700 E 9th St., #9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

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ongoing weekly 30-day “Evolve Your Health” Program– Looking to make an investment in self-care and kick start your wellness rEvolution this spring? Spring Mind and Body Reset with Clara Wisner of rEvolutionary Lifestyle; Normally $399 but mention this listing and get it for $299 by March 30th. This is a customized and individualized health plan that takes into account your unique health goals. RSVP/Info or 720-202-2326 Donation-Based Yoga & FREE Meditation Classes–incl Beginner, Power, Ashtanga, Align & Flow and Satori. Yoga/meditation schedule Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-816-0429, Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism – student practitioners taking appointments!–Holistic wellness consultations working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to educate and empower clients to take charge of your health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., #H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609 3Kis with Tamara Romero–Mons 6:30-8pm, Weds 11-12:30pm & Thurs 7:30-9am. Balancing, energizing and understanding life energy through the 3 fundamentals of Qigong, Taiji and Reiki. Info Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429,

sundays 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

tuesdays 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, Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358,

Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. 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 Psychic Readings–also on Thursdays. 7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920

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wednesdays 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. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303

thursdays 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. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920

fridays Healing & Meditative Church Services–6-7pm to celebrate living life and cultivating community. Sing, laugh, and reset your energy for the weekend. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920.

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Healing Arts Faire– 2-5pm 1st Saturdays. FREE. Practitioners $1/min up to $1.50/min at KCP Gallery, 364 Main St, Longmont.

Denver Paleo Pop Up–2-5pm. Expo of local paleo products and service providers, nutrition workshop on Gut Health by Clara Wisner of rEvolutionary Lifestyle and Cynthia Farris the Biome Hipster. Free. Front Range Crossfit. Info or 720-202-2326

Dog Trainer/Behavior Specialist Program– Use Learning Theory and positive reinforcement to teach dogs skills to live in human society with Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue. Early registration discounts available. Info/RSVP Lorraine 303-239-0382 or

APRIL 7-28 Beginner Yoga Foundations 4-Wk Program– 6-8pm Thursdays. Receive free yoga class w/ Laurie Love in April. $90 by 3/19 w/$30 Taspen’s Gift Bag; $100 after. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429,

APRIL 8-10 Secrets of a Soulful Marriage Retreat–Romantic weekend retreat for committed couples to celebrate, refresh and enrich their relationship. Cost varies. Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM Info/ RSVP Dr Jim & Ruth Sharon 303-796-7004 or

SAT APRIL 9 Pet Energy Healings–12-3pm. $20 per pet by apt. Many benefits for both pet and owner; strengthen the bond, removes energetic blocks, release pain or discomfort. Bring pet or photo. Journey Within 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

SAT APR 16 Canine CPR/First Aid Certification with Paramedic and Author of “K-9 Medic” Eric Odie Roth–Noon-4:40pm. Fun and Educational Canine First Aid class. Rover Retreat, 17731 W Colfax, Golden. $65 Info Registration req’d

TUES APRIL 26 In Defense of Food” Movie Showing– 6-9pm. Based on Michael Pollan’s book, this movie answers the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Sponsored by Journeys for Conscious Living, The Vitality Code and Mile High Natural Awakenings. Donations benefit LiveWell Colorado, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthy eating. Times/info finalized soon, two additional screenings in development; check for details. 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. Info/ RSVP or 720-4087078. View a trailer at

FRI, APRIL 29 Evolve Expo PreEvent Seminar “Keys To Positive Living”–Learn about Positive Living Choices from leading experts in health & nutrition, alternative/complimentary health care, and new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, sustainable lifestyles. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Dr, Denver.

APRIL 30-MAY 1 Evolve Expo–A positive living event with new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, and sustainable lifestyles. Two days of exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Free Energy, Alternative/Complimentary Health, Healthy Food & Gardening, Wealth Building, Sustainability and Conscious/ Creative Living. Vendor booths and sponsorships available. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Dr, Denver.

SAT MAY 22 APRIL 19-20 Medicine Wheel of the East–6-8pm. Traditional Shamanic practices, herb care for Liver health, Emotional and Mental Well Being. RSVP req’d early $40 by 3/12. $50 after. Karmic Root Healing and Apothecary 10465 Melody Dr, #315, Northglenn. 720-357-4076 The Magic of Instant Shift Free Lecture and Demo–6:30-8:30pm. Be Healthier, Decrease Pain, and Be Stronger ...In Seconds! Join Donald W. Kipp and achieve no-pain optimal alignment. See for info/registration or call 303-697-4923


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Journey Theater–10am-6pm. View a specially chosen, evocative film summoning what your psyche is ready to reveal to you. Facilitated by BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP, Shamanic Practitioner, Body-Centered Psychotherapist. In Boulder. $95/$85. Info/RSVP 303-808-4006.

MAY 26-28 Fundraiser Garage Sale–Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue annual Garage Sale. Donations and volunteers needed! House of Cards, 1800 W Oxford Ave, #C, Englewood. Email Lorraine at

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JOBS AVAILABLE Eden Spa: Hiring happy, talented massage therapists. FT/ PT. Room rent available. Call 303-820-3336. Distribution Driver for Highlands Ranch/Littleton Areas: Natural Awakenings is looking for a reliable, conscientious, honest delivery driver with a good driving record and car, who lives in the area. Must have own insurance. You must have spare time during the last week of each month (between 1-3 days) and is an easy job once you get to know your route. You can expand and make more money as you go. No phone calls please. Email Doug@ with your interest.

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March 1st-30th: Special Price on Personalized Spring Mind and Body Reset! Normally $399 BUT mention this listing and get it for $299. For people looking to make an investment in their self-care and kick start their wellness rEvolution this spring. This is a customized and individualized health plan that takes into account your unique health goals. Have you been trying to change your diet, exercise, and lifestyle habits with no success? Do you want to lose weight, rebalance your hormones, and feel full of life and energy? Certified Nutrition Therapy Practitioner, Clara Wisner, specializes in getting long-term, transformational change by treating the WHOLE person. Clara’s unique approach gets results others don’t because she addresses: Emotional blocks, feelings of Spiritual disconnectedness, Physical manifestations of symptoms, and Mental health issues. Email or call for more info.

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yourlocalresources CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier and staff offer Certified Nutrition therapists, specializing in the foodbrain connection, nutrition for cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities/allergies, elimination diets and medically supervised weight loss.. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Dr. Katia Meier 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, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Nutritional Analysis and therapy, medical aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Program, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.

ROLFING STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION WISHALL WELLNESS Emily Wishall 75 Manhattan Dr. #100, Boulder 620-719-0742 Are you tired of feeling pain/nagging aches in your body? Is your body affecting your work, activities, and adding stress to your life? I can help you! Rolfing is a holistic, hands-on therapy that manipulates the body’s fascia, or connective tissue. Through a series of sessions, Rolfing will dramatically improve your posture and structure. You will gain more energy and greater balance. Learn how Rolfing can help you, set up your free phone consultation today!

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. ~John Dewey

SHAMANIC SERVICES WOLFHEALS SHAMANIC SERVICES BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Shamanic Practitioner, Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Reiki Master In Boulder 303-808-4006 Shamanism is an ancient, cross-cultural methodology, rooted in working directly with the helping, compassionate Spiritual realm, including nature and Earth wisdom. Shamanic practitioners help you to recognize a deeper sense of health, integrity and joy. Shamanic healing and other methods can benefit those who feel unwell on any level and support you in developing your own spiritual autonomy. It is my deep desire and commitment to assist those who have forgotten or lost their sense of passion and wholeness, or who no longer believe their essence and beauty is available to them. Retreats and long distance consultations also offered.

NEW! SOUL BALANCING HARMONIZING YOUR HEART & SOUL Trixie Phelps, Modern Day Master Shaman, Spiritual Liaison, & Reiki Master CEO & Founder of Moxie Breeze, LLC, Moxie Breeze / 720-340-1109 Jewelry & the Healing Arts Faire Feeling imbalanced? Fear of public speaking? Fear of success? Fear of failure? Trauma (PTSD)? Blockages or resistances? Trixie works multi-dimensionally utilizing her natural gifts and talents to bring you back into balance, both personally & professionally. In-person (Longmont, CO) and Long-distant sessions are available.

SPIRITUAL HEALING/ COUNSELING LIVE YOUR KNOWING COUNSELING Renee Ellis, MA RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling, Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes The Renaissance Center, 427 E Bayaud, Denver 720-984-9575 / Find clarity, freedom and intuitive perspective to move gracefully through life’s changes and challenges with Live Your Knowing Counseling, blending traditional techniques with intuitive support, energy healing, past life therapy without regression, and personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas. Find your way through grief and loss, life transitions, finding your path and purpose, spiritual development, relationship challenges, depression and anxiety, befriending intuition, and thriving with high sensitivity. Individual sessions, classes and events for a richer and more joyful life. Free 30-minute phone or in-person consultation.

SPIRITUAL MEDIUMSHIP/ INTUITIVE COACHING ELISA MALANGONE 720-372-3927 / Searching for passion and insight to your life purpose? Connect to your unique insight and higher soul perspective for guidance concerning healing from grief and loss, health, career, relationships, finances, and other matters of the heart. Elisa combines authentic mediumship abilities and intuitive coaching by connecting to spiritual guidance to assist you in tapping into your higher wisdom and best self. Live, phone or virtual readings & events. Call or see website for more details.




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Steve Grover / 303-995-2999 A Deeper Journey moves from the external to the internal where our soul is telling and teaching the truth about each one of us. Understanding comes once perspective changes which entails opening our heart, ears and eyes to the internal communication our soul is having with us. The question is, are you ready to see the world differently? Call for more information.

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March 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

March 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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