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hy should you care about the topic of food sensitivities?! Do you regularly deal with joint and back pain/stiffness, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, headaches, difficulty losing weight, anxiety, depression, asthma, acne, bad breath, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, brain fog, hyperactivity, and bloating? Some clinicians think that 30% of the population has a sensitivity that impacts their daily life or is causing a difficult-to-treat disease state.1 Theron Randolph, MD, father of the study of chemical sensitivities, thinks almost 90% of people have some kind of allergy or sensitivity. And 9 out of 10 of those people don’t realize their symptoms are related to the food they’re eating on a daily basis.2 To cut through the confusing terminology, we give you the following: Allergy - exaggerated or pathological immunological reaction to substances, situations, or physical states that are without comparable effect on the average individual. (Miriam-Webster)-the key is the activation of the immune system. Phone: 303-770-1981

Food allergy – refers to the immediate and severe IgE-mediated immune response. This is the severe and traditional response that requires folks to carry around an epinephrine shot.


Food sensitivity – refers to the slower IgG4 immune response. This slower response raises inflammation, and can mysteriously cause multiple symptoms several days later which makes it very difficult to diagnose. See symptoms above.

Food intolerance – describes non-immune response. Usually due to lack of specific enzymes (lactose intolerance) and more likely to cause gas, bloating and digestive issues immediately. Can change with time and genetics. PrintReleaf measures paper consumption over time, calculates how many trees were deforested to harvest our paper footprint, and automatically reforests in Madagascar.

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Leaky gut – the condition of ‘increased intestinal permeability’ that allows toxins or undigested particles to enter the blood stream. Can cause sensitivities or be caused by them. Here at NA HQ, we had considered food sensitivity testing many times, but just didn’t think we would find much. “We’re just not ‘allergic’ people,” we thought. We did a simple finger-prick, ELISA test and were shocked to see our results! We are both highly sensitive to Whey, the very foundation of our morning smoothie routine. Those bananas? No good for Doug. Dairy? Not good for either of us, but Terry absolutely needs to stay away. Eggs? Not if we want to feel good. We had 15 and 16 sensitivities out of 90 foods screened for. Holy Cow! After the first week of avoiding those items to which we were sensitive, we both noticed a huge uptick in energy and a clearing of sinus/lungs. We both have more clarity and focus, are getting more done, diving into workouts and even losing some stubborn pounds! With everything we think we know about health, we are excited to put this piece into place. Doug is conquering steeper, tougher trails on his mountain bike while Terry is trotting off to yoga classes, migraine-free!! If you are considering that food sensitivities may be keeping you mired in a general sense of malaise, look to the many professionals and methodologies in our magazine to help you, including Trish Watson’s FDA Registered Biofeedback at The Physics of Health; Ayurveda with Dr Su Reddy at Heartland Wellness; and holistic physician Dr Katia Meier at Clear Sky Medical.

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amiana Corca, Acupuncture Sleep Specialist, has opened the Corca Sleep Center to help those suffering from sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, nightmares, and bedwetting in children. The new center opened February 1st at 3825 Iris Ave., Suite 250B in Boulder. Damiana Corca teams up with Dr. Tara Skye Goldin, (Naturopathic Doctor) and Alicia Kelley, (Acupuncturist & Herbalist), to offer comprehensive holistic sleep care including: acupuncture; naturopathic care; infrared sauna; light therapy for SAD, insomnia, and mood disorders; a full herbal pharmacy; various classes; herbal medicines; and even didgeridoo classes for sleep apnea. One aspect sure to be popular is the meditation which transitions into a 20-minute nap early afternoons a few days per week. Damiana says, “Having a midday rest can be crucial in healing long-term insomnia.” Damiana can be reached at 303-440-1033 or See ad page 10.

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ocal metaphysical teacher Catherine Morgan recently received her certification as a facilitator for the Natural Rhythm Institute’s Activate Your Inner Money Goddess program, and is offering a special introductory workshop “Activate Your Inner Money Goddess” in Littleton March 24 at 7 p.m. “This program helps women learn how to stand in their own financial power. We explore how to open to Divine Feminine Financial Flow so women can direct their finances in the way that best serves them.” says Morgan. $25. RSVP to Catherine at or 720-290-4902. See listing page 31.

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atharina Spurling-Kaffl is now offering private sessions using Slim Spurling’s Light-Life Tools® manufactured by Light-Life Technology. Sessions are held at the yurt in Erie at 3182 Tipple Parkway Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment. According to Katharina, these tools seem to: help improve overall health and wellbeing; draw in positive life force energy; raise your vibration on a cellular level; help with physical issues and discomfort; support mental clarity; realign and clear chakras; and may help with mental/emotional issues and traumatic experiences. For info and appointments, call 303-833-9033 or see ad page 12.

Holistic Coaching Circle for Moms


he Barefoot Health Coach, Jade Green TNC, CHHC and Herbalist, offers “The Sacred WOMBman Coaching Circle” for 9 Tuesday sessions starting March 7, on holistic pregnancy and motherhood for moms looking to get support and information from a holistic perspective on parenting, healthy snacks, holistic learning and alternative therapies such as herbs & homeopathy. Each session will begin with an introduction exercise with stillness practice or meditation, something to center & quiet the mind. Typical sessions are centered around a specific primary food and topics concerning them, but will be open to questions. Sessions will include healthy snacks and relevant giveaways including a 50 minute 1-on-1 Health History Consultation. Jade Green is an Association of Natural Health certified Therapeutic Nutritional Counselor. She studied Herbalism in Las Vegas under Angela Harris and is a recent graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Jade can be reached at 303-882-1745, or see listing page 30.

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njoy a special, free screening of the movie, “E-motion,” on Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. Sharon Shores, certified Emotion Code practitioner, will host the movie at the Koelbel Library, 5955 S Holly St., Centennial in the Forum Room. According to Sharon, “E-Motion” is an uplifting feature-length documentary destined to change the way humanity thinks about their health and well-being. “Imagine a world where everyone manifests from their heart the perfect creation that’s within. Imagine a world where abundance, inner peace, longevity and loving relationships abound. Emotion experts from around the world sharing their wisdom and clearing techniques to light a new pathway for humanity. We are sacred, spiritual beings here for a much larger reason, serving a much higher purpose, a divine purpose.” The movie is free, but an RSVP is requested to: Contact Sharon at 720-514-0623 or



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he sixth annual Evolve Expo takes place May 6 through 7th in Denver. According to organizer Larry Cooper, “Evolve is the premier Colorado expo event for consumers who want to Live a Healthy Lifestyle. Baby boomers and moms/families who care about their health and their family’s wellbeing will find a wealth of resources on conscious lifestyle choices including health and wellness, gardening, organic foods and sustainability/environment.” Learn to make positive choices in your life. Gain hands-on experiences in the garden corner: construct your own raised garden; identify plants and weeds; build a hoop house; plus aquaponics and soil building. Enjoy live demonstrations on the cooking stage with chefs who focus on unique diets such as paleo, gluten free, and juicing. Many powerful speakers discuss living your best and most powerful life, thinking outside the box, and new technologies on the marketplace. New for 2017 is the Health & Wellness area where you can explore how to keep your body working at 100%! Evolve Expo is a family experience with a kids’ corner sponsored by Westgate Community School. Meet the teachers who teach kids how to be mindful and give back to our planet. Your family will go home with gardening, cooking, and mindful techniques to use in your home. Contact Larry Cooper for booths and sponsorship opportunities. Call 303-469-0306 x11 or for more information. See ad page 7.


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iophoton Colorado in Fort Collins is offering special appointment packages in March. Irina Gilligan, certified Biontologist, wants to help you emerge from Winter with light-based Biophoton Therapy - a holistic healing method for adults, children and animals that is “entirely safe, non-invasive, comfortable, and generally very relaxing,” according to Irina. Since Alexander Gurwitsch was awarded the Stalin Prize in 1941 for discovering the existence of biophotons, the field has evolved. It is now generally accepted that all living things emit weak light similar to the light of a candle from 20km, according to Pet-Reactch, et al in “Explore!” magazine (Vol 20.6 2011). During a session, a Biontologist uses a Chiren machine which “can distinguish between harmonious and disharmonious light in the body through the use of photon filters, which separate the chaotic and coherent light. The harmonious light is amplified and returned to the body,” March special: 3 appts - $280; 5 appts - $480. All burn victims of any kind are treated on a donation basis. Children under 12 are treated on a donation basis the first and last Friday of March. Contact Irina at 970-581-5864. See listing page 32.

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n celebration of Earth Day on April 22, The Natural Sleep Store is excited to share its passion for natural and organic mattresses and bedding to Natural Awakenings readers with an exclusive offer. Until April 22, receive 50% off accessories up to $500 with a qualifying mattress purchase, or receive 20% off any accessories up to $500, no additional purchase required. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions. The Natural Sleep Store provides healthy options for sleeping, offering a wide selection of chemical-free, organic mattresses and bedding. 928 W 8th Ave, Denver or call 866-663-0859. See ad page 5.



euroenergetic Release® facilitates rapid release and balancing of all systems of the body by using neuroenergetic points that interface with the nervous and energetic systems simultaneously, according to local founder Don Kipp. “NER predicts and prevents injuries, degenerative changes and dis-ease. Both short term, and over a lifetime, NER saves individuals thousands in dollars and untold priceless time helping people be pain-free and perform, function, and feel better,” says Kipp. NER addresses core-distortion patterns - those imbalances and compensation stored in the body that develop after trauma and make the body susceptible to injury. The patterns tend to worsen over time, surfacing later in life as migraines, digestive issues, scoliosis, sciatic, asthma, menstrual/back/neck/ shoulder pain, joint tenderness, and digestive problems, Kipp explains, and believes these irregularities are at the root of almost all bodily pain and dysfunction. Kipp claims to have a 90% success rate in relieving asthma, and sees children often as well, especially if they have colic, chronic ear infections, problems sleeping or are developmentally delayed. The patient, fully clothed, is given a brief structural analysis of the body to find distortions and asymmetry. S/he then lies on the table where the practitioner holds two corresponding NER points. The abnormal tension in the muscle almost instantly disappears. Both can feel this rapid release and the resulting structural change can also be observed. Kipp says, “Clients have fewer symptoms; feel less tension and pain, and have greater energy and ease of movement. Dramatic structural change routinely happens in one session. In most cases this structural change and reduction of pain and symptoms is substantial and long lasting. The goal is to quickly get the client stable, symptom free, out of pain and to a greater state of health that they can self-maintain.” Don Kipp can be reached at 303-697-4923 or see listing page 31.

Veggie, Fish and Nut Fats Preserve Heart Health


esearchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, used data from previous studies to discern the association between dairy and animal fats and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in American adults. The study reviewed dairy fat and other fat consumption data using validated food-frequency questionnaires from more than 43,000 men and 175,000 women during three different studies, each spanning at least 20 consecutive years. Of the subjects studied, 14,815 developed some form of CVD, close to 7 percent of the total. The researchers found that replacing dairy foods with foods containing polyunsaturated fats—primarily found in vegetables, nuts and fish—in just 5 percent of a subject’s diet reduced the risk of CVD by an average of 24 percent. But replacing the same percentage of dairy fats with other animal fats increased the incidence of CVD by 6 percent.

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Eco-Friendly and Healthy Mattresses “Organic mattress? What’s that made out of, tofu?”


rganic mattresses are made from materials that are comfortable and healthy for your body and great for the environment… and no, not tofu. Most organic mattresses are made from organic cotton, organic wool, and organic latex foam (made from the sap of a rubber tree). Why an organic mattress? Based on national law requirements, all mattresses are required to be flame-retardant. Mattresses sold in the US must go through a rigorous testing procedure to be legal to sell. Most companies use chemical flame retardants in their mattresses to pass these tests and these chemicals do not need to be disclosed on the label. Your current mattress could have been doused with a chemical, flame-retardant soup that is hazardous to your health. Organic mattresses meet these requirements without chemical retardants by using wool directly under the cotton ticking. Wool is a fantastic, all-natural flame retardant. Conventional mattresses are often made with polyurethane foams that release toxic gases. Similar to new carpet, or a new car, a new mattress will often have an odor. Breathing tiny particles of petrochemicals and/or solvents can be dangerous for your health… even when the smell is no longer detectable. Using sustainable materials that are grown without pesticides and fertilizers is a way to help sustain our earth. For example, the production of conventional cotton uses more chemicals than almost any other agricultural product. Organic cotton is grown cleanly without any of these damaging chemicals. For wool to be certified organic, the pastures on which sheep graze must be free from pesticides and fertilizers. Natural latex foam is also sustainable, in that an oxygen producing rubber tree can provide latex “sap” for many years. And of course, no chemicals are used on the trees. For your health, and the health of our earth, an organic mattress is a conscious healthy choice. Corinna Cincotta is with The Natural Sleep Store, 928 W 8th Ave, Denver. Call 866-663-0859 or see ad page 5.

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ension, if left unchecked, can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, mental fatigue, lack of circulation and elevated stress levels. One of the simplest natural and holistic ways to quickly relax the eyes and decrease eyestrain is the gentle practice of palming. A 2013 study by the Department of Health Rehabilitation Sciences through the College of Applied Medical Sciences at King Saud University, in Saudi Arabia, found that palming for six weeks contributed to a significant improvement in visual acuity for patients with myopia (nearsightedness). To palm, sit comfortably with elbows resting on a table or desk. Rub both hands together briskly to create some heat through friction. Then, cup the palms and gently rest them over closed eyes, with fingers overlapping on the forehead. The center of each palm should be directly over the center of each eye. The hands are cupped so that there is no pressure on the eyes. Take a few deep breaths, relax the shoulders and imagine the darkest shade of black possible. The darkness soothes the optic nerves and the warmth relaxes the muscles of the eyes to encourage increased blood circulation and lymph flow. Begin to focus the mind on a pleasant, happy memory, like a beautiful place or joyful experience. Involve all five senses in this imagining to enhance and deepen the visualization. This process of mental relaxation replaces mental strain and enables the eyes to also relax. Take frequent palming breaks throughout the day to prevent the accumulation of visual strain and to maintain relaxed eyes and a focused mind. You can’t palm for too long. Nathan Oxenfeld, certified Bates Method teacher, can be reached at 910-859-1232 or see ad page 20.

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ypnotherapy is a process of engaging the unconscious mind in a state of relaxation to change unwanted patterns deep within. This process leads people to determine the cause of unresolved issues such as anxiety, and work through them. The hypnotherapist is like a GPS, guiding the person to find new ways of thinking about issues and connecting them to internal resources such as confidence and concentration. Once old beliefs, attitudes and emotions are released, the unconscious mind takes new suggestions in extremely well. If the individual is ready, hypnosis is an effective instrument for making rapid and permanent changes. Clients report benefits such as: improved confidence and relationships; reduced anxiety, phobias, stress, insomnia and pain; better weight management; creation of healthy habits; and accessing creativity and intuition. The client is in charge of all decision-making at the unconscious level as suggestions are “seeded” during the session. Contrary to popular myth, you are always in control and able to exit the trance state instantly. The trance state is pleasant and becomes more and more natural with each session. It is similar to what you experience while watching a movie or driving a car. You will likely remember most of the session but not necessarily as the conscious mind does not need to remember in order for the unconscious mind to process changes. You can take control of your life, using the power of your own mind to become more relaxed, centered and peaceful. Find a hypnotherapist who is well-trained, trustworthy, experienced and compatible with you. Colleen Keegan, Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, EMDR/NLP Practitioner and Wellness Coach can be reached at 808-2246164. See listing page 30.

utein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we must get them from supplements or food sources such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs. Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better brain function.

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Botanical Breakthrough In many large commercial chicken farms, the animals are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and fight off infections. But due to consumer demand, McDonald’s has eliminated antibiotics used in human medicine from its entire restaurant chicken supply. Meanwhile, a farm in Pennsylvania owned by Scott Sechler is among the first to rely solely on a mix of oregano oil and cinnamon in the treatment and care of its chickens. In addition to being completely natural, oregano oil supplies the chickens with health advantages, producing a much higher quality of natural chicken in a far more humane method than that attained using antibiotics. Like antibiotics, the oil assists the chickens in battling any infections, reducing the number of birds lost to disease. Bob Ruth, president of another Pennsylvania farming business, has been testing oregano on his pigs for six months to see if it can outperform prescription antibiotics. Related problems arise when animals live in dirty conditions, making them more susceptible to infections and viruses, which can also be triggered by insufficient cleansing of slaughterhouses that must be hosed down and completely sanitized after each act of butchery. He thinks that drugs should not be a requirement if the farmers keep things tidy.

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In the nation’s produce basket, some California water districts are knowingly selling oilfield wastewater to farmers, putting a huge portion of our fruits and vegetables at risk of contamination. Watchdog group Water Defense uncovered one district buying oilfield wastewater to include in the water it sells to farmers to irrigate crops in California’s Central Valley. This year, Food & Water Watch uncovered another district buying this potentially toxic wastewater and selling it to farmers. A threat to California’s agriculture is a threat to the entire country’s food supply. Some staples of which California is the primary U.S. producer include 99 percent of olives, 99 percent of almonds, 98 percent of garlic, 96 percent of broccoli, 95 percent of celery, 91 percent of strawberries, 91 percent of lemons and 83 percent of fresh carrots. The government is allowing oil companies to sell their wastewater for use on crops. Citizens must call on their elected representatives to fix this broken system and protect our food supply. Source:


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Kids in middle schools with attendance problems may simply lack clean clothes to wear. An experiment by the Whirlpool company has taken on the issue with significant results. The Whirlpool Care Counts Program donated 17 pairs of washers and dryers to school districts in St. Louis and Fairfield, California. Kids with attendance problems were asked to bring their laundry to be cleaned while they were in class. Each student had approximately 50 loads of laundry done at school during the year, and more than 90 percent increased their attendance, with at-risk students attending almost two more weeks in class. Whirlpool is now expanding the program. Compared to factors such as economic opportunity, unemployment and institutional racism, laundry might seem inconsequential, but for a 10-year-old facing stacked odds, having nothing clean to wear could be the deciding factor in whether or not they want to face their classmates that day. Seventh-grade teacher Alison Guernsey, in Fairfield, says, “One of my students had more or less withdrawn from school completely. After we started the program, he was more excited about coming and started to actively engage in class. He didn’t feel like an outsider anymore.”


Increased irritability and anxiety - People with SAD worry more than others about everyday events, and may have trouble concentrating. Social withdrawal - Those with SAD may withdrawal from friends and family while skipping activities they normally enjoy. Physical discomfort - Some suffer from headaches or a heavy feeling in their arms and legs, as though their limbs are weighing them down. Oversleeping - More sleep than normal, yet still feel tired and have little energy. In the summer months, SAD sufferers may have the opposite problem - Insomnia. “With SAD, you eat more and sleep more. It’s hibernation-like,” says Dr. Reddy.

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t’s estimated that six percent of Americans suffer from seasonal depression, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Those who experience depressive symptoms in winter may have Seasonal Affective Disorder — aka, the winter blues. SAD is more common in women and in families where other members suffer from it. But it can affect anyone according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Your best defense is to be aware of the symptoms and know where to turn for holistic help. SAD symptoms emerge during the darker winter months, then disappear as days grow longer and brighter come spring.

Symptoms of SAD, include: Weight gain may be the result of cravings for sweet and starchy comfort foods. Daytime fatigue - SAD sufferers have less energy during the day.

Light Therapy for SAD - The best time to use light therapy is in the morning. “Sit in front of the special light box in the morning before work and give yourself some daily sunshine. Thirty minutes daily from the beginning of symptoms until Spring. Dawn simulators gradually increase the light during your last 30 minutes of sleep, can also help. Anyone can take advantage of the abundant natural sunlight here in Colorado by getting outside for at least 20 minutes when the sun is at its brightest,” says Reddy. Professional Help - Find an experienced clinician who can help you figure out if you are indeed a SAD sufferer or if other past traumas coincide with the season and create depressed feelings. Talk therapy can help explore these feelings and learn strategies for optimism. Take a Vacation where it’s warm and sunny! Maintain relationships - “If you go to church, don’t stop,” she says. “If your family is a big source of stress, figure out a way to be with them that’s not overwhelming to you. Maybe plan your longer visits for the summer when you seem to be doing better.” Bouts of depression can be controlled by eating healthy, exercising, and loading up on probiotics and vitamin D. In winter, choose to eat lean protein, healthy greens, red potatoes, and other root vegetables. If these suggestions don’t help, find an experience professional. Dr Sujatha Reddy can be reached at 303-325-5617 or See listing page 32.




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“Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune

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omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wideranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies Food allergies seem to be plaguing America’s children now more than in the past. We know that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, once standard lunchbox fare, have become a no-no. They’re often outlawed by schools to protect the students that experience extreme peanut allergies. The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including


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hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers. Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults.

responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary


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Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna, last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain.

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance. ~Fiona McCulloch Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin. Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog and the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many

people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a sporeforming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less

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than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at

iofeedback may uncover your food sensitivities, intolerances or allergies, or tell us that something else is the cause of symptoms that rob your quality of life. What can your symptoms tell us? Bloating, gas, reflux, abdominal pain, nausea and low energy could be an intolerance, or biofeedback testing may reveal the gallbladder is not breaking down fats as it should. Balancing the gallbladder meridian with supplements or homeopathy may solve the problem. Candida fungal (yeast) overgrowth causes many symptoms and is common in those with poor diet and high stress, taking antibiotics, steroids or birth control pills, and eating antibiotic-ridden foods (dairy, meat, chicken). Many people react to food additives, dyes, preservatives, chemicals, fillers and GMO ingredients. Eating organic stops the intake of these toxins. If skin problems persist, biofeedback ack testing can expose chemicals in your care products which negatively impact the body’s biggest organ. Migraines are commonly caused by y “trigger” foods that contain tyramine, such h as; chocolate, cheese, red wine and beer. r. Other factors such as not drinking enough water, low blood sugar, stress, certain medications ns and candida can lead to migraines as well. l. Joint pain is a common symptom off gluten sensitivity. Gluten can cause inflammation which can effect auto immmune diseases and “gut” issues as well. l. Biofeedback testing gives insight to all these and much more. Each person has their own unique matrix and d biofeedback pinpoints what weakens, ns, stresses or balances each individual.. cTrish Watson, CNC has been practicing as a nutritional consultant and d biofeedback technician for fourteen years. Contact her at 303-257-0058 or see ad page 13.


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n an era of too much information, the role of fats in our diet has been a victim of not enough information. Today’s turnaround in nutritional thinking acknowledges natural fats as being vital to heart health and weight loss.

Heart Health Benefit A recent metastudy in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American College of Physicians, concluded that saturated fat does not appear to increase heart disease risk, overturning almost 60 years of accepted medical thought. The researchers analyzed data from 76 studies involving more than 600,000 people and found that those that ate the most saturated, or “bad”, fat did not show a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those that ate the least. Note that processed trans fats remain a villain, still deemed a risk to heart health per the metastudy. The misleading information began in the 1950s, when Physiologist Ancel Keys, Ph.D., discovered a correlation between diets high in saturated fats and higher cholesterol levels. Soon, the lowfat diet was born. In 2000, further research introduced the concepts of good and bad fats. More

recent analysis confirmed this finding with the refinement that saturated fats increase both types of cholesterol. However, the latest research from the journal BMJ shows that saturated fat does not increase the number of LDL, or “bad”, particles, a predictor of cardiovascular disease. Instead, it makes existing LDL particles larger, a fairly benign situation in regard to such disease.

Weight Loss Benefit Fat doesn’t even make you fat, claims Mark Hyman, a well-known medical doctor in Lenox, Massachusetts, and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. “The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths,” says this practitioner of functional medicine who points out that we’ve been sidetracked by wrong thinking. “Eating fat can make you lean. Healthy cell walls made from highquality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which keeps blood sugar better regulated. Without proper blood sugar control, the body socks away fat for a rainy day. The right fats also in-

crease fat burning, diminish hunger and reduce fat storage,” he notes. Whole30, a 30-day diet revolving around clean eating, also emphasizes healthy fats. Devised in 2009 by Dallas Hartwig, a functional medicine practitioner and certified sports nutritionist, and Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports nutritionist, the program aims to reduce inflammation, detoxify the body and reset metabolism. The Salt Lake City, Utah, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 recommend healthy fats to keep us full and rev up metabolism. Recommended healthy fats include coconut milk and oil, avocados, olive oil, organic ghee (clarified butter) and raw nuts. Josh Axe, a natural medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Nashville, Tennessee, recommends the healthy fats contained in avocados, organic butter and ghee from grass-fed cows and goats, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. “Butter’s experiencing a comeback as a healthy fat as its benefits become more widely known,” says Axe. “The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in butter help the brain function properly and improve skin health.” Ghee, an ancient Indian version of butter, is lactose- and casein-free, while being loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, says Axe. These vitamins are best absorbed by the body when they’re in a fat substance and then stored in the gastrointestinal tract, keeping metabo-

lism and digestion on track, he notes. Ghee’s high level of vitamin K2, best known as a natural blood coagulator, “also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.”

Healthy Levels of Fat “If you’re active, about 40 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates, another 30 percent from protein and the other 30 percent from fat in general,” says Axe, adding that this

has the added benefit of helping prevent arteriosclerosis. “Some people may consume a greater percentage of healthy fats if the goal is to become a fat burner.” “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss and health,” Hyman reminds us. “Low-carb, higher-fat diets work for most people, but for some, they may not be optimal in the long term.” Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

Prime Sources of Healthy Fats Functional medicine physician Mark Hyman suggests that we include four to five servings of fat in our diets every day. “In the last five years, the scientific evidence has been mounting that high-fat diets outperform low-fat diets for weight loss and for revising every single indication of heart disease risk, including abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension and inflammation,” he says. Each amount listed indicates a serving size.

Fatty fish (4 ounces of salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, tuna or trout) Avocado (one-half to one avocado) Extra virgin coconut oil (one tablespoon) Organic coconut milk (one-quarter cup) Olives (one-quarter cup) Grass-fed animal butter, clarified butter or ghee (one tablespoon)

Nuts (a handful of walnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts or cashews) Seeds (a handful of pumpkin, sunflower of flaxseed) Most plant-based liquid oils (one

tablespoon of olive, safflower, sesame, avocado, macadamia, grape seed or walnut oil)

Aim to eat fats that remain liquid (not solid) at room temperature; it’s a sure sign of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats. Source: Adapted from Eat Fat, Get Thin, by Mark Hyman, M.D.


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magine an exercise system that strengthens the body enough to be used in training world-class athletes, stretches more safely than any form of yoga and expands the core training concepts of Pilates into natural full-body movements like those used in everyday reaching and walking, along with jumping and swimming. This is the Gyrotonic system,” says Angela Crowley, a Gyrotonic master teacher, trainer and exercise spa owner in Coral Gables, Florida. A former gymnast and dancer, Crowley took to the Gyrotonic approach after being severely injured in an automobile accident. “Traditional physical therapy only addressed certain aspects without bringing me back to normal,” she says. “Running and yoga felt intolerable. Gyrotonic exercises became a perfect bridge. I was able to rehabilitate safely while challenging myself to return to normal expectations and now, beyond.” The system of fluid movements lever-

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ages specially designed equipment that can be customized for every individual. “The Gyrotonic system combines elements from many different modalities into three-dimensional, circular movements. A primary focus is on all the different motions of the spine and how to create rhythmic, flowing movement within the entire body,” says Stefani Schrimpf, Gyrotonic instructor and studio owner of Physiques, in Overland Park, Kansas. “The exercises strengthen, lengthen and stretch muscles, while stimulating connective tissues around the joints. They also improve balance, flexibility and coordination. This system allows you to push beyond specific limitations and to isolate and fine tune movement skills,” says Schrimpf. While a Gyrotonic workout has similarities to yoga and Pilates, it is also unique. According to Melissa Jutras, a Pilates instructor, weightlifting coach, personal trainer and gym/studio owner of Big Blue Strength, in Lexington, Kentucky, “Hatha yoga is a series of static postures, whereas Pilates and Gyrotonic movements focus on flow, using equipment to enhance core strength, stability, control, coordination and flexibility. The difference is that Gyrotonic exercises works on three dimensions with every circular movement, like the body naturally moves. It uses weights and a pulley system, whereas Pilates is more linear and uses spring tension.” Jutras believes the Gyrotonic system, Pilates and yoga all complement weightlifting and strength training, affording a mind-body balance. “The body then experiences low- and high-threshold exercise, low-intensity and high-intensity, weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing activity,” she says.

Find an illustrative video and search classes by postal code at Crowley sees the Gyrotonic approach complementing virtually any activity. “The exercises help practitioners learn how to move more efficiently, easily, powerfully, gracefully and successfully in every facet of life.” The method is also offered without equipment in the form of Gyrokinesis, a flowing class done on a chair, mat and standing. This affordable option can be practiced independently at home. “My youngest client is 7, my oldest is 94,” relates Crowley. “We have clients that have become bored by repetitive exercise and enjoy the limitless variations of movements that keep both their minds and muscles alert. We have chronic pain clients that have exhausted other medical options and are improving their ability to function more optimally and enjoying their lives again.” Both Schrimpf and her husband, Juan Trujillo, teach the Gyrotonic method. “Our greatest reward is the feedback we get. Once people try it, they’re hooked,” she says. “It transforms how people think about movement and brings a sense of joy and accomplishment. They feel their joints becoming more supple and balanced, and find their bodies responding well to the natural movement patterns.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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Because an indoor, climatecontrolled, sedentary lifestyle may lead to slowly developing chronic disease, what changes do you suggest we make? Spending time outside with bare feet in contact with the ground even for short periods can yield significant benefits. It’s even better to do it with the sun shining on your bare skin. The Earth is an abundant source of free electrons, and when the sun shines on your skin a vital biological circuit forms that helps transfer energy to water throughout the body, which serves as a cellular battery. Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize for describing this process, called the photoelectric effect. Reducing the length of time sitting each day and regularly moving is even more important for most of us than getting regular exercise. A good rule of thumb is to stand up every 15 minutes or so.

With today’s overload of conflicting health information—and the temptation to self-diagnose—how can we accurately assess our status in terms of optimal wellness? One of the major principles I strongly embrace is to listen to your body and adjust your lifestyle based on the feedback it’s providing you. The seven clinically proven gauges I advise you to assess now and continue to monitor every six months or so are fasting insulin level (normal is less than five micro-international units per milliliter of blood; ideal is less than three); vitamin D level (normal is 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter); waist-tohip ratio (ideal for men, 0.8; for women, 0.7); body fat percentage (fitness level for women is 21 to 24 percent; for men, 14 to 17 percent); HDL to total cholesterol ratio (ideally 24 to 30 percent or higher); blood pressure (ideal numbers are 120 over 80 systolic/diastolic without medication); and uric acid level (ideal is three to five milligrams per deciliter). It is important to get these levels checked, because it is impossible to know without testing.

of regular intermittent fasting, restricting your eating window to six to 14 hours a day and fast the rest of the day. Of course, you will want to replace a high net carb intake, or total carbs minus fiber, with healthy fats such as those in avocados, coconut oil, seeds and nuts. Avoid industrially processed omega-6 vegetable oils like corn, soy and canola.

I’m convinced that for the typical American, the most important health step to take is to stop drinking soda, sports drinks, fruit juices or artificially flavored and sweetened waters and replace them with pure water. Most people are now aware that sodas are laced with processed sugars like highfructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, but many don’t know that their favorite sport and vitamin drinks contain these sweeteners plus a host of frightening extras, including toxic chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, phthalates, BPA [bisphenol A] and disinfection byproducts.

What role do carbohydrates play? Carbs are a far dirtier fuel than fat and generate far more reactive oxygen species than fat. Some 70 years of following lowfat diet recommendations has resulted in the vast majority of dieters losing the ability to burn fat as their primary fuel. One of the most powerful strategies to regain this ability is to start a practice

What can we do better to maintain optimal health? Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. The problems with carrying excess weight are more than aesthetic. At the root of obesity is mitochondrial metabolic dysfunction. Metabolic disorders go hand-in-hand with many of the chronic diseases plaguing Americans in record numbers—including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, dementia and cancer—according to numerous studies such as research by the Centers for Disease Control and the Center for the Study of Chronic Metabolic and Rare Diseases, at George Mason University. The most potent strategy to address such metabolic dysfunction is to make a strong commitment to reaching and maintaining a personally healthy level of body fat. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Alzheimer’s Nutritional Therapeutics–1-3pm. Taught by Clinical Herbalist, Emmy Huddleston. By Donation. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-722-4372 or Emmy. Reclaim your Inner Peace Retreat–9am-4:30pm. Relax, centere, and revitalize. Feel empowered, release energy blocks, and align into higher consciousness. $195. Infinite Alignment, 1254 Snyder Mountain Rd, Evergreen. RSVP Christine Pollock 303-218-0169 or Yoga 101 Learn the Basics with Jen Wilking–10amNoon. 2-hr workshop for beginners. Learn fundamentals of a sound yoga practice including foundational alignment in postures and breath. Info 720-520-9930 or

TUES MAR 7 Care Post-Pregnancy: Miscarriage, Abortion– 6-8pm. Support for those who have had a pregnancy end. Nutrition, herbs, & emotionally holding space. $10. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-722- 4372 or The Sacred WOMBman Coaching Circles–9:4011:11am; also on 3/21. 9 sessions on Holistic Pregnancy & Motherhood. Conscious circle provides support and holistic perspective on parenting, healthy snacks, herbal remedies. $25/session, 2 sessions/$40. The Barefoot Health Coach, Arvada/Lakewood. RSVP

THURS MAR 9 Heart-Mindfulness Webinar: Our Physical Presence–7-7:30pm. Experience mindful body/ breathwork practices that leave you feeling centered, opened and aligned throughout the body, mind and spirit. Free. Infi nite Alignment Christine Pollock or 303-218-0169

FRI MARCH 10 Sacred Drumming Circle, Sound Celebration & Meditation–7-9pm. Fill yourself with appreciation, celebration, and release using Sound, Breath, Mindfulness and Meditation in the Energy of the Full Moon. Bring snack and instruments. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

SAT MAR 11 Sound Bath/Restorative Workshop – weekend 3/1112. $60 both days or $35 Sat 3/11 2:30-4:30pm-Sound Bath & Restorative yoga practice with David Romero, LA based yoga teacher & sound practitioner. Info 720520-9930 or Group Goodwill Meditation–7:30-8:30pm. Bring the energy of GOODWILL to our world. We need it more than ever. Goodwill Service Group meets at The Althea Center, 14th and Williams, Denver. Info Herbs In The Workplace–1:30-4pm. Taught by Clinical Herbalist, Cara O’Neal. Learn to manage stress and improve performance! Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP


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SUN MAR 12 Spirit Circle Group Readings with Heather Hunter-2-4pm. Colorado’s “phone line to Heaven”, Spirit Medium Heather Hunter, gives messages, guidance and support from passed loved ones. $90. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. for seats and information. Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, #103 Denver. 303-668-2358 Community Meditation- 10:45-11:45pm. Enjoy 3, 15min meditations that include energy work for yourself. Relief from stress, new inspirations, and insights. $5. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, #103 Denver. 303-668-2358

TUES MAR 14 5-Week Class on Chakras and Auras–Tuesdays 7-9pm. Learn about your Chakras and Aura; clean and align; easy technique to set energetic boundaries. Early/$210; Reg/$225 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303, Paleo Principles For Autoimmunity–Taught by Clinical Herbalist, Leslie Pinaire. FREE and open to the public. 6:00-8:00PM. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-722- 4372 or Thriving in Times of Accelerated Change–7-9pm. Obtain dominion over the fast pace of life’s demands so you thrive! Presented by Randy Ferguson, founder of the Love, Courage & Achievement Project. Free tickets: or 303-989-2605 Evolution Series–7-9pm. Explore evolutionary and cutting edge concepts. Speaker Tracy Revell, Embodied Confidence, shreas “Move Into More Success, Money In The Bank and Joy In Your Life.” $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695

THURS MAR 16 Road Warriors Run-Yoga Series Workshop–6pm professionally coached run starts from Clement Park, 7pm PodFlow All Levels yoga class at Yoga Pod Littleton. First in the series continues through April 20. Info 720520-9930 or Meditation for Beginners 5-Weeks –7-9pm Thursdays. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive.Early/$185, Regular/$200. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303,

SUN MAR 19 Private Readings with Spirit Medium Heather Hunter- Channeled private messages from Spirit. In Arvada. Email for scheduling.

TUES MAR 21 Chemical Sensitivity–5:45-7:45pm. Learn about the detrimental health effects caused by common air pollutants and household products. $5. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-722-4372 or

WED MAR 22 Mindfulness for Self-Healing Workshop–7-9pm. Learn how self-healing can shift you from personal suffering, anxiety, guilt, and depression into presence, love, acceptance, and forgiveness. $30 Studiobevergreen 27905 Meadow Dr, Evergreen. RSVP Christine 303-582-5828

FRI MAR 24 Activate Your Inner Money Goddess–7-9pm. Connect with your Inner Money Goddess, and discover five new ways to enhance your financial flow. $25 Chateau Office Park 679 W Littleton Blvd, #204 Littleton. Catherine W. Morgan. RSVP 720-2904902 or Post Pregnancy Self-Care–6-8pm. Learn self-care techniques for loss after a pregnancy. Toolkit & recipes. $15. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-722- 4372 or

SAT MAR 25 Pendulum Dowsing & Earth Acupuncture Training–3/25 & 26. Introduction to Light-Life® Tools. Presented by Master Dowser Energy Worker Karen Rice King. N Boulder. Details 303-665-0175 Alternative Health Expo–10-4pm. Wellness exploration showcasing products, information, and services. Discover ancient techniques, new innovations. Natural, organic, and non-invasive solutions and options. Free. Two Rivers Convention Center, 159 Main St, Grand Junction. Info 970-639-0819

MON MAR 27 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Uniting our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Perform your songs and poems. Info Facebook: We Are Change Colorado

savethedate MESSAGES FROM HEAVEN: CONNECTING WITH PASSED LOVED ONES March 15 7-8:30pm (VIP group runs to 9pm) Enjoy an evening with Spirit Medium Heather Hunter, of stunning validations, messages, stories and humor–all from loved ones, friends, and even some pets who have left the physical realm. Heather’s spot-on delivery of some of the most unusual and unique validations from passed loved ones keeps audience members spellbound and makes for a truly enlightening experience. $33-60. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W. 59th Ave, Arvada. Visit for seats and information

LEARN EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE FOR MORE VITALITY, HEALTH & JOY APRIL 29-30 Learn to balance your energies in a fun, supportive smallgroup 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. 1776 S Jackson St, Denver. Ask about CE credits. RSVP/info Marie Adams 303-668-0299 or




Vaginal Steams–6:30-8pm. Learn the ins and outs of this empowering women’s home healthcare treatment and traditional self-care ritual. $20. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, #F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-722- 4372 or

Face Masks And Foot Baths–6-8pm. Indulge in bath teas and masks while discussing stress management tools. $10-20 (sliding-scale). Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720722-4372 or

Doc & Doula Talks–7-8:30pm. Informational series and learn about fertility, birth, pregnancy, postpartum and more. Suggested $10-$20 Conscious Sol Healing & Wellness Center 400 E Simpson St, #220 Lafayettte RSVP 720-560-5022 or



Yoga 101 Learn the Basics with Jen Wilking–10amNoon. 2-hr workshop for beginners. Learn fundamentals of a sound yoga practice including foundational alignment in postures and breath. Info 720-520-9930 or

Love, Courage & Achievement (LCA) Weekend and 7-wk Course–Regain personal power; heal relationships with self and others; Clarify issues holding you back; regain enthusiasm and hope that you haven’t felt in years. Info Randy Ferguson 303-989-2605

Evolve Expo is an experiential platform for Positive Living Choices offering new ideas and simple solutions for balanced, healthy, happy, sustainable lifestyles. Coming to the National Western Complex in Denver, 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. For more info contact Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or 303-4690306, go to for details.

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tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358 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 Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt./also on Thursdays. 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.

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 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 303-834-0526 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.

fridays Healing & Meditative Services – Fridays 6-7pm. Check out our different themes! Chakra Balancing Singing Bowls, Channeling the Masters, Musical Magic, Meditative Journey, and Mystery Friday. FREE. www. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

looking ahead 2017 APRIL 4 – MAY 30 Beginning the Qigong Lifestyle 9 Wks–6-8pm Tues. Gain pristine health and life vigor with Taoist wisdom for inner balance and flow. RSVP by 3/20. $495. Chi Wellness, 4155 E Jewell Ave, #105, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

APRIL 5- JULY 19 I Ching Wisdom for Constancy Amid Change 9 Wks–5-8pm Weds. Gain peace, clarity, health and prosperity as expressed in the I Ching. RSVP by 3/20. $630. Chi Wellness, 4155 E Jewell Ave, #105, Denver. Debra Lin Allen 720-427-0406

APRIL 8 Hello From Heaven! VIP Readings Event- 5:30-7:30pm. Heather channels messages from passed loved ones, friends, colleagues, neighbors, pets - making random connections as the spirits grab her attention with memories and details! $60-110. Englewood. Info and tickets online

APRIL 27 Learn to Heal with Angels; 5 Wks–7-9pm Thurs. Meet Guardian/Healing Angels. Heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits. Early $210, Regular $225 Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

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SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician 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. 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. See ad page 19.

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March 2017 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 2017 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...