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Sensory Processing Disorder or ADHD – How to Tell the Difference Sensory processing disorder is an extremely inappropriate response to sensory stimulation that is markedly different from his or her peers which affects a child’s everyday functioning. All children can seem quirky or particular about their likes and dislikes at different times in their development, but children with sensory processing disorder will be so severely affected by their sensory preferences that it interferes with their ability to participate in age-appropriate activities. Sensory issues are usually defined as either hypersensitivity (overresponsiveness) or hyposensitivity (under-responsiveness) to sensory stimuli. While kids with SPD can have a hard time paying attention and staying on task, often if the offending sensory stimulation is removed and a consistent sensory diet is put in place, the attentional issues resolve themselves in the less offending settings. Observing your child’s behavior and removing sensory overload can help you decide if your child is struggling with symptoms of sensory processing disorder or ADHD. Whether your child has been diagnosed with sensory processing disorder or ADHD or continues to struggle academically and socially without a diagnosis, consider The Brain Balance Program. Contact us today to learn more!

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hether you’re interested in eating more raw food in your diet, whether you believe a specific health issue has been brought on or inflamed by “mainstream” food, or even if you just want to discover how to make great raw food recipes, attending one of Diane’s Raw Food Classes will inspire you to make the changes that you need for a healthier and happier You.

In this class you will learn how to make: Breakfast - Raw Strawberry Banana Dairy Free Nut Yogurt Lunch - Sushi with raw parsnip rice Dinner - Rawkin Raw Chili And a special raw dessert that is sure to please even the pickiest palate! We will also be juicing and going over the benefits of juicing, what juicer is best and how to clean your juicer. After class, stay and watch the documentary “EATING” a mind blowing video experience that will forever change the way you think about food .

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ur March issue is all about Healthy Food and Herbs. The challenge to nourish ourselves cleanly and simply has grown increasing complex. Back in 1970, there were about 500 FDA-approved chemicals in the U.S. food supply – today there are more than 17,000! Technology’s promise of safer, healthier food and an end to world hunger is really a red herring. Corporations exist to turn a profit and to increase value to the shareholders. We can reasonably expect that technology is first used for this purpose – NOT to market the healthiest food. Preservatives, GMOs, flavorings and colorings are all designed to get you to buy more of a company’s food, and make it cheaper for them to produce. By manipulating the ‘mouth feel’- amping up the coloring; loading up the salt, sugar and fat; and preserving foods for years on the shelf - are all designed to manipulate the buyer, improve the bottom line and keep you coming back for more. Consider glutamate. Most are familiar with Monosodium Glutamate (MSG.) Glutamate is an excitatory neurotransmitter and an amino acid. The FDA allows it to be called ‘natural’ because it does occur in nature. However, nowhere in nature are you going to encounter the types and concentration of glutamate that is used as a food additive. It contributes to the umami (savory) experience of foods, masks the flavor of the packaging AND it stimulates the nervous system. Some years back, after much bad publicity regarding MSG, companies began to phase it out of their products. While many consumers saw this as a victory, the food industry went back to work. You won’t find MSG on many labels… in fact, you’ll see ‘MSG-free’ quite often. But the bio-tech and food industries came up with nearly 200 other ways to sneak excessive glutamate into your food. As long as the ingredient contains less than 95% glutamate, the FDA does not require it to be labeled. Instead you will see autolyzed yeast/soy extracts, hydrolyzed yeast/soy, or far worse, ‘natural flavor.’ Excess glutamate has been linked to everything from migraines, depression, learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer. It just makes sense that if we want to be healthy, happy and free of harmful toxins and unknown substances, we should carefully choose the simplest foods whenever possible. Choose foods with ingredients you can pronounce. Don’t let the food giants manipulate your brain chemistry with their hidden agenda and ingredients. Don’t settle for feeling mediocre every day when changes in your diet WILL help you live your best life. Let food be your first medicine, as Hippocrates said. We are symbiotes with this planet. Everything we could ever need is supplied in nature. We must balance technology with timeless wisdom. We must stand up for a new paradigm that serves the needs of the many.


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

12 LOCAL INSIGHTS Farm-To-Table

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By Gary Goodhue

13 GLUTEN-FREE ON THE GO

Safe Eating Away from Home

10 20 greenliving 14 POWERHOUSE HERBS 22 healthykids Four Plants that 11 Protect Against Disease 24 calendar 27 classifieds 16 FRESH FOOD TRENDS Natural Trailblazers 29 resource in Sustainable Eating by Judith Fertig

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Wayne Dyer on the Value of Hard Lessons by Linda Sechrist

20 FOOD REVOLUTION IN A TANK

Aquaponics Offers Year-Round Homegrown Fish and Veggies by Avery Mack

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FOR PARENTS

Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond

GARDENING AS SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

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Cycles of Growth Cultivate Our Divinity by April Thompson

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newsbriefs Despacho Workshop

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The Garden Robin Mead Robin Mead sees her whimsical, colorful art as an “expression of joy,” translated onto paper, canvas and the digital screen. “My creations are highly stylized, and working with subjects like birds and flowers gives me artistic freedom. I can go wherever I want with them and still have them seem believable,” she says. The Garden was created adapting a coloring book technique; Mead outlines her piece in black ink, wets the paper and then drops different colors into the outlined sections to create an organic, dappled effect. Mead’s work spans media and subject matter from acrylic and mixed media paintings of birds and flowers to watercolor landscapes and gardens. She also likes to hand-make multicolored crocheted afghans and art journals as joyful creations for everyday use. Mead was a full-time social worker before attending art school on Long Island, New York, turning her lifelong passion into a career. Her work can be found in homes around the world, as well as album covers, books and art tutorials. Mead and her husband recently relocated from New York to a small farm in Elberton, Georgia, where the family will raise cows, chickens, bees, vegetables and flowers. View the artist’s portfolio at RobinMead.ArtistWebsites.com or her blog at InsightsAndBellyLaughs.com.

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day-long Despacho workshop will be held in Boulder April 5. In the High Andes of Peru, indigenous cultures practice the ancient Despacho Ceremony, offering prayers of gratitude to Earth and heavens. Literally meaning “to gift,” a despacho is a symbolic offering of love composed of seeds, flowers, shells and candies colorfully bundled. While some elements are common to all despachos, the particular healing intention of the individual ceremony -- such as bringing harmony and balance to the earth, honoring new beginnings, or overcoming illness -- determines the unique design of the offering, its contents and even the way it is assembled. Naya Devi and Kitty Edwards, experienced shamanic practitioners, will teach participants three traditional despachos: an Ayni Despacho, for celebrating balance, harmony and right relationship; a Kutti Despacho, for times of great transition and that which needs to be turned over; and an Aya Despacho, celebrating and bringing to energetic closure the life of someone dying or recently passed. Therese Wells of Indigenous Alchemy can be reached at indigenous. alchemy@gmail.com. See Save the Date page 25.

New Online Directory for Lightworkers

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ightworkerlocator.com is a new online directory dedicated to the community of lightworkers and their gift of uplifting humanity, explains Nancy McCleary, creator. “This will be the world’s premier online directory for lightworkers. Colorado is the launch pad and our mission is to list every single lightworker in Colorado and help them be more successful reaching their customer base.”  Lightworkerlocator.com is a resource that people seeking spiritual and/or healing practitioners can trust to provide them with a wide variety of modalities to help move them forward on their life journey. Lightworkers can create their own personal mini-website with detailed information about what they do, as well as add pictures, videos, post events and more. Info Nancy McCleary 303-519-0355. See listing page 30.

Network of Resources for Medical Cannabis

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annabis Patient Network Institute (CPNI) was founded by Mark Pedersen and Regina Nelson in order to provide science-based education to the general public about the medical uses of cannabis and to help patients, advocates and caregivers connect with services and professionals to receive treatment and further education. Based in Thornton, they are awaiting approval of their Colorado Non-Profit status (501c3), but are actively seeking volunteers and donations to support education and research. Nelson points out that cannabis holds great promise as understanding of the Endocannabinoid System grows. Researchers are currently looking at cannabis for treating a wide range of conditions and diseases - inflammation, analgesia, neurotoxicity, appetite, blood pressure, bone formation, body temperature, gastrointestinal functioning and both physical and psychological responses to stress and trauma. Additionally, she says, researchers are exploring the use of cannabis as an exit drug to help patients with alcohol, cocaine, heroin and prescription drug dependencies improve recidivism. For more information, contact ReginaNelson.CPN@gmail.com.

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Movie Debut: “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino”

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he movie debuts in the U.S. March 20-22 at the Unity Church in Boulder. Additional screenings take place March 27-28 in Denver at the Sie Film Center. According to the film promoters, “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino” is a profound and powerful eco-spiritual journey into the heart of the Altomisayocs of the high mountains of Peru, an ancient lineage of shamans seldom seen and rarely filmed. Shot entirely on location in the Peruvian highlands in the Paqos native Quechua language, this unprecedented film takes us on a captivating journey into the heart of an ancient earthkeeping culture to experience a way of life that is at once practical and mystical. The footage is visually stunning and the content is intimate, energetic, thought-provoking and deeply moving. All screenings will be followed by a live Q&A and discussion with the filmmaker. Therese Wells can be reached at therese@paqoandino.com.

Sleep Study Participants Needed

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aster Dowser Karen Rice King is sponsoring a sleep study for adults to test whether Earth Acupuncture can relieve their sleep issues. Homeowners interested in entering the study will work with King over a six month period and receive a 35% discount on having their property dowsed and “cured” with the installation of specially designed rods in the ground. King has worked closely with two Ph.D. scientists to design a sleep study intake form and software for tracking the conclusions. Contact Karen@karenriceking.com or call 303-665-0175.

Fearless Life Workshop Helps You Live Best Life

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andi Racenstein, Certified Fearless Living Coach and Licensed Social Worker, is offering a Fearless Life Workshop beginning April 8. According to Racenstein, a coach for 9 years, the Fearless Life Workshop is an eighthour workshop over 4 weeks that helps identify the thoughts, feelings and actions keeping you from living the life you want. Based on the bestselling book, Fearless Living by Rhonda Britten, the workshop format is interactive, experiential, thought-provoking and practical. Participants learn how their emotional fear keeps them stuck—and how to master fear to create a life with less stress, more abundance, better relationships and more fulfilling careers. You will learn how to raise your selfconfidence, release expectations, eliminate excuses, master the power of intention, and find purpose and passion. For more information and to register, contact Randi at 516-526-9750 or e-mail RandiRacenstein@FearlessLiving.org. April 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 6:30pm until 8:30pm in Louisville. Pre-Registration required. Randiracenstein.com. See ad page 9.

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Transformational Health Center Dr. Lawrence Quell, D.C. 4105 E. Florida Ave #207 Denver, Colorado • 303-692-8655

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newsbriefs 6-Day Amanae Intensive Workshop April 21 in Minneapolis

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manae™ is a heart-based, bodywork technique designed to facilitate the release of deeply held emotions and clear the way for profound healing and personal discovery. The technique is based on the activation and opening of “doorways” throughout the body, allowing the body to release unexpressed fear, grief, anger, shame, guilt, love and joy. David Elron, intuitive life and wellness coach and certified Amanae and Frequencies of Brilliance™ practitioner, says, “In this workshop you will be skillfully guided through your inner landscape, supported in the discovery of internal parts, such as your inner child, that may be suppressed, over-amplified, or in shadow. Through the depths of this exploration, you will allow and open to a new and profound sense of internal freedom. An Amanae workshop is an enthralling, fascinating, and expansive journey of self-discovery on multilevels and multi-dimensions.” Information/registration 612-751-2170 or patburdy@hotmail.com. See ad page 26.

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Prajna Yoga presents “The Architecture of Yoga”

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oin Prajna Yoga and instructor Tias Little March 7-9 at the Highlands Masonic Temple in Denver for a weekend of classes looking at asana from the head to the toes. Classes include Twist for the Spine and Internal Organs; Rotator Cuff Blues; Healing the Shoulder; Yoga for the Face, Eyes, Ears and Jaw, The Feet, Ankles, Knees; The Walls: The Side Body; The Center Column: The Spine and The Roof: The Cranium. Classes can be attended as a series or a la carte. Call 505-988-5248. See ad page 26.

International Women’s Day Celebration

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he 2014 theme for International Women’s Day, March 8th, is “Inspiring Change.” This global celebration of the achievements of women throughout history was first celebrated in 1911 and is now recognized in over 25 countries. Events are held throughout the world to inspire, recognize and celebrate women. One such event occurs Saturday, March 8 from 7-9pm at the Creative Life Center in Boulder. A Celebration of Women and You offers interactive reading, conversation, writing, music and movement to treasure your birthright and support other women in treasuring theirs. Information/ registration at info@CreativeLifeCenter.org . See listing page 30.

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Protect Your Smile while Eating Healthy

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s people incorporate more fruits and citrus into a healthy diet, we see a rise in tooth enamel erosion due to high acid. One healthy practice is to start the day with warm water combined with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. This practice helps boost metabolism and alkalize the body, but can be highly destructive for teeth. The high acidity dissolves the minerals in the enamel and in a relatively short time can cause temperature sensitivity and severe wear and enamel loss. Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is popular and can incorporate high levels of acid as well. Other sources of high acid foods are coffee, tea, alcoholic drinks and many energy drinks. Sstrategies that can protect your teeth are: Use a straw to drink high-acid beverages, helping the liquid to bypass the teeth; and use a protective, prescription re-mineralizing dental paste such as MI Paste or Clinpro. These toothpastes contain amorphous calcium phosphate which works in conjunction with the minerals found naturally in the saliva to strengthen the enamel and protect it from some of the harmful effects of a high acid diet. Patients have their choice of pastes without fluoride or with prescription level fluoride to boost the effectiveness of the enamel protection. These products can protect against cavities and root sensitivity. Cate Vieregger DDS of Vibrance Comprehensive Dentistry can be reached at 303-770-1116. See ad page 23.

Legumes Improve Blood Sugar, Blood Pressure

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cup of beans a day may keep the doctor away. In a randomized trial published in the Archives of Internal Medicine of 121 participants diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, daily consumption of approximately one cup of legumes (peas and beans) was found to improve glycemic control and reduce systolic blood pressure and heart rate, thereby reducing participants’ calculated risk score for coronary heart disease (CHD). Body weight, waist circumference and fasting blood glucose and triglyceride levels also decreased on the legume diet. Legumes appear to make dietary carbohydrates digest more slowly and with a lower glycemic index, which has been associated with reduced hypertension and fewer CHD events in pre-diabetic individuals.

Coconut Oil Manages Cholesterol, Shrinks Waistlines

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educed physical activity and increased consumption of carbohydrates and saturated fats fuel increased rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, plus abnormal lipid content in the blood. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, its chemical composition appears to prevent it from generating negative effects on lipid profiles, according to a growing body of research. In an earlier study published in Lipids, women that exhibited abdominal obesity consumed supplements of either coconut oil or soybean oil. Throughout the 12-week trial, both groups followed the same weight-loss diet. At the end, the coconut oil group presented a higher level of highdensity lipoprotein (HDL), or protective cholesterol, and smaller waistlines, while the soybean oil group showed lower HDL levels and an increase in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) plus a less desirable LDL-to-HDL ratio. In a later study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of coconut oil was again associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women. Researchers that conducted a concurrent pilot study with male and female subjects found that men also experienced shrinking waistlines when supplementing with coconut oil. They explain that coconut oil contains mainly medium-chain fatty acids, which rapidly convert into energy, thereby circumventing the cycle that makes cholesterol and stores fat (Pharmacology).

Fearless Life Workshop Tuesdays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in Louisville Learn how to: Investment: • Raise your self-confidence $15pe0rso.0n.0 • Release expectations per • Eliminate excuses • Master the power of intention • Find purpose and passion

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Silver Colloids Support Sinus Health Naturally

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or people with sensitive sinuses, life can seem like a contest between breathing more freely and staying off of steroid sprays and antibiotics, because using them regularly in a preventative manner can lead to serious health consequences. Naturally maintaining sinus health requires an antimicrobial agent that kills offending microbes, yet is harmless enough to use several times a day indefinitely. A natural protocol that uses an enhanced aqueous silver colloid of greater than 30 parts per million is now being used to relieve the burden on the immune system and prevent chronic irritation of sinus passageways. One crucial function our sinuses perform is filtering the air we breathe, which is filled with viruses, bacteria and fungi. The easiest way to maintain sinus health is to kill these pathogens before their numbers become large. Silver colloids, delivered through the nose with either a neti pot or nasal spray bottle are one way to do this, according to Steven Frank, author of Managing Sinus Health: Clearing Sinus Infections Without Antibiotics. For the remedy to work, it is important to blow the nose prior to use and then coat the tissues of the nasal passageways, allowing the liquid to remain there as long as possible. Then a second, similar spray application can follow after a few minutes, avoiding blowing the nose in the interval. Steve Frank is the founder of Nature’s Rite and chief technical officer at Klearsen Corporation—two companies that research and develop herbal formulations and natural health products. He holds numerous patents on antimicrobial colloids and respiratory infection therapies. For more information, email SteveF@NaturesRiteRemedies.com or visit MyNaturesRite.com. See ad page 21.

Vitamin E Hope for Cancer Care

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lusive anti-cancer elements of vitamin E, natural tocopherols, have been identified by researchers at Ohio State University as being able to deactivate an enzyme essential for cancer cell survival. Although both alpha and gamma forms of natural tocopherols worked, the gamma was the most potent in shutting down the troublesome enzyme. Through manipulating the structure of the gamma molecule, the scientists were able to create an agent 20 times more effective than the original vitamin. In mice, this agent reduced the size of prostate cancer tumors. Over-the-counter vitamin E supplements are limited because many use synthetic forms that do not contain the natural gamma tocopherols. The study’s authors, led by Ching-Shih Chen, Ph.D., note that the human body cannot absorb the high dosages of natural vitamin E required to achieve the anti-cancer effect; their goal is to develop a safe pill that could be taken daily for cancer prevention.

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ith spring and summer quickly approaching, here are some tips to keep you on track with healthy eating while facing graduation parties, weddings, picnics and Easter candy. Keep Your Body Fueled.  A healthy snack prior to any event allows you to avoid the hunger and low blood sugar that cause you to crave an instant hit of sugar. An apple with some peanut butter, a handful of grapes with some cheese, a protein bar, or even a small salad with a hard-boiled egg - will keep your hunger and blood sugar levels steady and even. Bring Your Own Options.  Offer to make something and bring it yourself. Do you have a work BBQ to attend? Offer to make a salad.  Headed to your neighbor’s graduation party?  Tell them you’ll bring a healthy vegetable casserole If you eat it, enjoy it. Once you decide to hit up the dessert tray, savor the flavor and texture of that homemade pie or cookie. Taking pleasure in the food you are eating will result in much more satisfaction which equals less overeating. Cut Yourself Some Slack.  If you eat too many cookies one night, let it go. Tomorrow is a new day. Make up for it by going for a walk or run. Eat a healthy breakfast the next morning to kickstart your day.  Get outside and get active.  Be kind to yourself.  Criticizing yourself for the extra five cookies you ate will do nothing but hinder your goal to eat better the next meal. 

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Farm Relief

News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Small farms, farmers’ markets, local food processors and community food banks have been given a reprieve, because on December 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take a second look at proposed new laws that would have put many of them out of business. The new rules, proposed under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), came under fire from consumers, farmers and others with voices that were heard. The FDA said its “thinking has evolved,” and “…significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms.”

FDA Wakens to Local Needs

Looming Law

International Pact Could Lower Food Protections The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the largest global trade pact to be negotiated since the inception of the World Trade Organization. Many details remain a mystery and negotiations are being conducted in secret. Leaked drafts of its provisions indicate that the TPP would give multinational corporations the power to sue countries, states, counties or cities in order to negate laws specifically designed to protect citizens, such as bans on growing genetically modified organisms (GMO). Corporations would be allowed to resolve trade disputes in special international tribunals, effectively wiping out hundreds of domestic and international food sovereignty laws. The TPP would require countries to accept food that meets only the lowest safety standards of the collective participants. If enacted, consumers could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don’t meet basic U.S. food safety standards, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be powerless to stop imports of such unsafe foods or ingredients. Plus, the labeling of products as fair trade, organic, country-of-origin, animal welfare-approved or GMO-free could be challenged as barriers to trade. Opposition has grown, thanks to petitions by members of the Organic Consumers Association and other groups. More than 400 organizations, representing 15 million Americans, have petitioned Congress to do away with accelerated acceptance of the measure without full debate.

Source: TheDailyGreen.com

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For more information, visit OrganicConsumers.org and search TPP.

City Voters Reject Fluoridation Again

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Creative Paths for Local Food Sourcing Entrepreneurs are creating novel ways to circumvent the commercial food system that ships food, in or out of season, for hundreds or thousands of miles at the cost of quality and too often, accountability. Re:farm Denver, in Colorado, for example, supplies families with everything they need for backyard gardens, from irrigation systems to seeds. In 2013, 200 families participated. Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy and other foods made in home kitchens. While specific restrictions vary, 42 states have some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz, who bakes sweets in her New Hampshire kitchen, says, “It gives me the option to be independent and self-employed at 66.” At the Community Thanksgiving Potluck, in Laguna Beach, California, dinner is shared, not served. For 25 years, those with homes and without, single people, families, city council members and the jobless have gathered to share food and community for the holiday. “It’s a wonderful chaos,” says Dawn Price, executive director of the nonprofit Friendship Shelter. At Bottles Liquor, in West Oakland, California, a banner reads “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Here.” Bottles is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, an effort of the nonprofit Mandela Marketplace to bring pesticidefree produce to corner stores throughout the neighborhood. Source: Yes magazine

Portland, Oregon, residents have rejected a plan to fluoridate city water for the fourth time since 1956, making it the largest city (pop. 900,000) in the United States without fluoride in its water supply. In the 1950s, cities throughout the U.S. championed water fluoridation as a way of fighting tooth decay, but the effort backfired when a condition called fluorosis emerged, which ironically is characterized by tooth enamel discoloration and erosion. Anti-fluoride forces say that water treatment is not the key to better dental health for children. Fluoride Action Network Executive Director Paul Connett, Ph.D., has a better idea. “We urge the legalization of dental therapists in Oregon who will treat the low-income children dentists refuse to treat.”

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Coffee and Comfrey ~ After a cup of morning coffee, pour the used grounds directly on the soil around young plants. The nitrogen in the grounds seeps into the soil when watered and lowers the pH level, thus making it more fertile for developing plant growth. Or, roughly chop fresh comfrey leaves; then place in a bucket of water and let steep for two weeks, stirring once daily. Strain the “tea” and dilute it further with five parts water, one part tea. This solution is high in micronutrients and is a highly effective fertilizer for garden and house plants.

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and tricks from Sunrise Ranch for a thriving food experience. Get Fresh ~ Nutrients in vegetables naturally reduce over time after harvest. “The fresher, the better” is a good rule of thumb for nutritious produce. Shop farmers markets, find a local CSA or grow your own vegetables. Lettuce, spinach, carrots, zucchini, cherry tomatoes and basil are a few simple suggestions for a first-year gardener. Cardboard Garden ~ Place seeds and soil in cardboard boxes without ink, plastic or wax coating; then place directly in the garden where the plant can take root. Not only will the cardboard biodegrade and rejuvenate the soil, but it will greatly reduce the need for weeding.

Flavor Cubes ~ Freeze nutrientdense stock in ice cube trays for use in making soups and sauces or to add minerals and flavor to almost any dish. Puree avocados with butter and freeze in trays; a cube can be thrown into a smoothie, used in a dressing or as a flavor enhancer. Try this idea also with fresh herbs and olive oil—great for cooking! Fresh basil pureed with oil makes pesto cubes. Gary Goodhue with Sunrise Ranch and Culinary Academy. For more information, gary@sunriseranch.org or 970-587-3807. See ad page 15.

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he farm-to-table movement calls for people to renew their relationship with food by becoming more aware of food sustainability and by making healthier food choices. This means stepping away from the preservative-laden, processed foods of the industrialized food system and back to nature. Real food comes from the ground and the land, not from boxes. Here in Colorado, Sunrise Ranch near Loveland is one of the oldest intentional communities in the country, and offers a teaching and demonstration site for farm-to-table practices. With a Culinary Academy focused on scratch cooking and a holistic farm and garden program, they cover both ends of the spectrum. Here are a few at-home tips

Bulk Up ~ Buying good food in bulk is an investment that saves money and promotes wellness. Breaking down a whole chicken or turkey costs less for the meat, and the bones and carcass make for a nutrient-rich flavorful stock. Buy more seasonal produce at harvest and local, organic raw food on sale to process and preserve at home for future use.

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GLUTEN-FREE You Can Take It with You

ON THE GO Safe Eating Away from Home by Judith Fertig

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lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications as contributors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

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Our experts suggest delicious, nutritious choices for gluten-free eating at work, play or anywhere we wander. For food safety, keep foods that need to be kept hot and cold in separate thermal containers. q Asian stir-fry with rice q Baked egg frittata or baked egg “muffins” q Baked falafel q Baked polenta “fries” q Baked sweet potato chips q Certified gluten-free instant oatmeal, unsweetened q Cheese on rice crackers with olive tapenade (purée) q Corn tortillas with fresh fillings q Fresh fruits q Fresh salads, dressing on the side q Gluten-free granola or granola bars q Nori (seaweed) wraps q Precooked quinoa with dried fruit and rice milk

q Smoked fish q Stew, gumbo or vegetable sautés packed with cooked rice on top q Vegetable soups with beans or rice q Vietnamese pho (soup) with rice stick noodles

Jules Shepard, a mother of two in Washington, D.C., and author of Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy who also shares recipes at Blog.JulesGlutenFree.com, remembers when going out for a gluten-free lunch was difficult. “The friendly lunch spots

my coworkers and I used to enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in the office. But it isolated me socially from my colleagues and deprived me of a much-needed midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts or lunches for office meetings also presented difficulties. Shepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites include fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car year-round, so I’m never bored with my choices.” “Gluten-free instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises

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Shepard. She never leaves home without it, regardless of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling water. Be sure to buy certified gluten-free oats, because regular oats can be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a glutenfree diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

On the Road In Los Angeles, California, Kristine Kidd, former food editor at Bon Appétit, has recently returned to glutenfree eating. On her menu-planning and recipe blog, KristineKidd.com, and in her cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, she recommends whole, fresh foods from farmers’ markets that are naturally gluten-free. When she and her husband hike the Sierra Mountains, she carries homemade, high-fiber, gluten-free cookies to eat on the way up and packs gluten-free soups such as butternut squash and black bean, corn tortillas with fresh fillings, and fruit for a delicious lunch upon reaching the peak. Some gluten-free snacks can contain as many empty calories as other types of junk food, notes Registered Dietitian Katharine Tallmadge. “Many ‘glutenfree’ products are made with refined, unenriched grains and starches, which contain plenty of calories, but few vitamins or minerals.” She agrees with Kidd and others that choosing whole, natural, fresh foods, which are naturally gluten-free, makes for healthy eating wherever we go. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd Lifestyle.blogspot.com from Overland Park, KS.

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Powerhouse Herbs Four Plants that Protect Against Disease by Kathleen Barnes

Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door.

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erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the headclearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra sinica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an array of medical properties, according to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal Remedies MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol,


a natural form of vitamin E and beta carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including oftenfatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says

Herb: A plant or a part of a plant that is used as medicine or to give flavor to food. ~ Merriam Webster Jan McBarron, a medical and naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Primarily used for its considerable anti-inflammatory properties, ginger makes a delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! The health benefits of these four vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements. Kathleen Barnes is the author of Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com. Note: For referenced studies, check the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

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Fresh Food Trends Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible.

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here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuel-guzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.

Foraging

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souri to palmetto berries in Florida and seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and even shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, NussiMileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

now notes, “You never know what you might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at WildmanSteveBrill.com. “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.

Fermentation

Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.” Subsequently, Katz has become an international expert on the art and science of fermentation from wine to brine and beyond, collecting recipes and wisdom from past generations (WildFermentation. com). He observes, “Every single culture enjoys fermented foods.” Increasing respect and reverence for fermented foods and related communities of beneficial microorganisms is a new frontier in nutrition and medical sciences. For example, several research-


ers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting last fall in Houston, Texas, described the connections between the trillions of bacteria living in the human gut, known as the “microbiota”, and mental and physical health. Kelly Tappenden, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology with the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, explained that gut bacteria play a variety of roles, including assisting in the digestion and absorption of nutrients; influencing gene expression; supporting the immune system; and affecting body weight and susceptibility to chronic disease.

Feed Matters

The popular adage, “We are what we eat,” applies to animals, as well. New research from Washington State University shows that organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows contains 62 percent higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally requires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time

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Local Food Trends • According to the National Restaurant Association (Restaurant.org), the top food trends of 2014 revolve around local and hyperlocal (produced on site) meats and produce. • Locally, these trends are reflected in organizations that support urban gardening - DUG, The Grow Haus and Growing Gardens. The site LocalFoodShift.com offers a wealth of information on food initiatives in your neighborhood. Even some farmers markets are extending their season through winter as seen in Ft. Collins.  • The farm-to-table (FTT) movement is another trend that is well-represented locally. Root Down located in DIA, Old Major in the Lower Highlands and Black Cat on the Pearl Street mall in Boulder serve up local and hyperlocal cuisine. The cows spend on high-quality pasture, which includes grass, legumes and hay, the more beneficial the fats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed to graze on pasture, are fed a steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and meat contain less beneficial fat. According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, American diets have become deficient in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. Coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines provide excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, dairy and meat from animals raised on pasture can improve our intake, as well.

Faith

How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Cen-

Culinary Academy at Sunrise Ranch near Loveland offers a full FTT education to budding chefs. Other trendsetters offer FTT bike tours (AweStruck) and mobile farm-totruck options (Heirloom). • You’ll also help fulfill Denver’s Sustainability Goals of locally growing and processing 20% of the food purchased in Denver from within Colorado by 2020. • The perks of local food span environmental, social and economic arenas. Decreased transportation means a smaller carbon footprint, maximum nutritional value, increased strength in the local community’s economy and a healthier family! Jennifer Klafin of CorpCROP LLC can be reached at 415-710-7092 or jen@corpcrop.com. tral and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality

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Food Corps is a national nonprofit with a mission to improve school food and thus children’s health and lifelong potential. Active in 15 states, it places teams of young teachers in limited-resource communities to establish school gardens, provide food-based nutrition education and supplement school meals with garden fresh produce. Visit FoodCorps.org. with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.” Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities—Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish— to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at KOPN.org, in Columbia, MO (FoodSleuth@gmail.com). She advocates for organic farmers at Enduring-Image.blogspot.com.

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wisewords From “Why Me?” to “Thank You!”

Wayne Dyer on the Value of Hard Lessons by Linda Sechrist

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fter four decades teaching selfdevelopment and empowerment and authoring more than 30 bestselling books, Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., shares dozens of events from his life in his latest work, I Can See Clearly Now. In unflinching detail, he relates vivid impressions of encountering many forks in the road, from his youth in Detroit to the present day, and reflects on these events from his current perspective, noting what lessons he ultimately learned.

this happening to me?” shift instead to the awareness that all experiences, no matter what, are gifts.

What can you see clearly about your role as a parent? I’ve watched my eight children show up from birth with their unique personalities and blossom into their own awakenings. I know for certain that the one Divine mind that is responsible for all of creation has a hand in this engaging mystery. Same parents, same environment, same culture and yet eight individuals, with their own distinctive character traits. Khalil Gibran stated it perfectly in The Prophet: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Each of my children had their blueprint from God. My job has been to guide, then step aside and let whatever is inside them that is their own uniqueness steer the course of their lives.

What has writing this book taught you and how can it help others better understand their own lives? My biggest lesson was that our whole life is like a checkerboard. When I looked back on my life, I began to realize this and gained an awareness of the fact that there’s something else moving all of the pieces around. The key to attracting this mystical guidance into your life is to start with awareness that all things are possible and to forget about yourself. When you get your ego out of the picture, your inner mantra isn’t, “What’s in it for me? and “How much more can I get?” Instead, when your inner mantra is, “How may I serve or what may I do for you?” and you practice consistently living this way, you attract this mystical guidance. I have found that the more I do this, the more these miracles show up. There are 60 chapters in the book. Every time I finished one, I would think: “Now I can see clearly why I had to go through all of these experiences and learn all these lessons.” As a result, I suggest that whenever something happens that leads you to ask, “Why is

self-sufficiency? Now that I know that every encounter, challenge and situation is a spectacular thread in a tapestry, and that each represents and defines my life, I am deeply grateful for them all. Each of us has a mission of some kind to fulfill at the moment we make the shift from nowhere to now here, from spirit to form. I’ve seen firsthand how this universe has a creative source of energy supporting it that is literally the matrix of all matter. Nothing occurs by happenstance anywhere, because this universal mind is perpetually on call, going about its miraculous ways in terms of infinite possibilities.

You describe the influential patterns and motivators in your life as diamonds and stones; how would you characterize your childhood years in foster homes?

What has your life taught you about prayer?

I can now see that spending the better part of my first decade in a series of foster homes was all a part of God’s infallible plan for me. I believe I was in a type of training camp for becoming a teacher of higher spiritual and commonsense principles. If I was going to spend my adult life teaching, lecturing and writing on self-reliance, then I obviously needed to learn to rely upon myself and be in a position to never be dissuaded from this awareness. What better training ground for teaching this than an early childhood that required a sense of independence and need for

I feel that the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi says it best: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is darkness, let me bring light. Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.” The masters I’ve studied pray to become more godly, more like where we originally came from. My prayer is always, “Help me to remind myself to get rid of this ego and to be like You are. Help me to be my highest self, the place within that is God.” Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the extended interview.

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Food Revolution in a Tank Aquaponics Offers Year-Round Homegrown Fish and Veggies by Avery Mack

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icture a salad of mixed lettuces or romaine accented with microgreens and ripe, red tomatoes alongside an entrée of tilapia, complemented by a dessert of fresh strawberries—all organic, eco-friendly and freshly harvested, even in the middle of winter. The ingredients for this meal don’t have to travel many miles to reach the table—they can be found just several feet away, thanks to aquaponics. “Aquaculture is fish farming, hydroponics is soilless gardening,” explains Becca Self, executive director of educational nonprofit FoodChain, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. “Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial blend of the two. Our indoor aquaponics system produces about 150 pounds of fresh tilapia every month, plus nearly 200 pounds of lettuces, herbs and microgreens.” FoodChain, which shares production space in a former bread factory with Smithtown Seafood and West Sixth Brewing, hosted 2,000 guests and was the destination for 54 field trips last year by farmers, church groups, Rotary clubs and students of all grade levels. The seafood restaurant’s website notes, “We can step outside our back door

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into the farm for our superfood salad greens, herbs and tilapia.” FoodChain is also finding a way to use waste grain from the microbrewery as fish food. According to brewmaster Robin Sither, the grain is free of genetic engineering, but not organic. He notes that it’s rare for a brewery to use organic grain. The general hydroponics concept dates back to ancient practices in Chinese rice fields, Egyptian bottomlands flooded by the Nile River and Aztec floating gardens perched on low rafts layered with rich bottom muck. By the early 20th century, chemists had identified solutions of 13 specific nutrients which, added to water, could entirely substitute for fertile soil. That’s when William F. Gericke, Ph.D., of the University of California-Berkeley, took the science of hydroponics into commercial production. “In today’s space-efficient, closed, recirculating aquaponic systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs, fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water for fish,” says Gina Cavaliero, owner of Green Acre Aquaponics, in Brooksville, MileHighNaturalAwakenings.com

Florida. The 2013 Aquaponics Association Conference, in Tucson, Arizona, reported that aquaponic plants grow faster and offer higher yields, plus the sustainable technology recycles 90 percent of the water. In Denver, JD Sawyer, president of Colorado Aquaponics, operates a 3,000-square-foot farm in a food desert neighborhood (without easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food). Koi, tilapia and hybrid striped bass fertilize romaine, bib lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, chives and strawberries. Other crops include tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash and root vegetables like beets and carrots. Tilapia and bass sell to the community and restaurants; koi are used in livestock ponds. Sawyer remarks, “An aquaponics system can be indoors or out, depending on the climate, for commercial use or in the home. The basement, garage or a spare room is ideal for growing your own food.” Home garden sizes range from a 20-gallon aquarium to a 10-by-20-foot area. Avery Ellis, an ecological designer and permaculture specialist in Boulder, Colorado, builds dynamic, living, nonconventional systems. “The temperature in most homes is near 70 degrees, an ideal temperature for a tropical fish like tilapia,” he says. “A 50-gallon fish tank, a 50-gallon storage bin and a timer to feed the fish automatically and supply light can be a self-sustaining system.” Outdoors, a greenhouse or geodesic dome can house the system. “A harmonious balance maintains itself, and we enjoy maximum yields from little labor,” says Ellis. He reflects that the solutions for feeding the world exist if we just open our eyes to what needs to be done. For those that don’t care to harvest and clean fish, decorative koi species work well. Erik Oberholtzer, founder and owner of Tender Greens restaurants, which sources from nearby southern California farms and is exploring ways to install an aquaponics system in each of its restaurants, explains, “The world is suffering from a loss of growing habitat, genetically modified seeds and global warming. Aquaponics enables growers to stay ahead of climate change, making it the future of sustainable farming.


“We like to use heirloom varieties; we don’t want just pretty plants that have diluted flavor. Butter lettuce is the tilapia of plants—it’s easy to grow for a good yield.” ~ Erik Oberholtzer, Tender Greens restaurants It’s an ethical way to make quality food healthy, affordable and profitable.” Aquaponics methods deliver fish free of mercury and genetically modified fish food, plus the freshest vegetables possible, all without the worry of weeds, rabbits, insects, suspect fertilizers, toxic herbicides and pesticides. A home aquaponics system can be one of the best green investments to make in 2014. According to Oberholtzer, “Eating this way should not be a luxury.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@ mindspring.com.

Aquaponics Advantages t Enthusiasts can start small t No soil is needed t No fertilizer is needed (provided by the fish) t No toxic pesticides t Uses 90 percent less water than conventional methods t Plants help filter indoor air t Pests and diseases are easier to spot for treatment t Growing basil helps repel pests t Operator controls nutrition levels at less cost and waste t No nutrients pollute the larger environment t Stable, high yields of organic produce and safe-fed fish t Year-round production from indoor systems t Easy to harvest; fish harvesting is optional t Aesthetic enjoyment

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n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, California, office. Dairy and wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, plus genetically modified ingredients. Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can cause long-term tissue damage, warns Sears, author of The NDD Book, which addresses what he calls nutrient deficit disorder without resorting to drugs. Increasingly, kids are developing formerly adultonset diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says. If it seems that a child is having a dietary reaction, first look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess conditions and find solutions.

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Suspects: Intolerance to casein—a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula—tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman.

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Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) daily of probiotic bacteria, mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on food.

Chronic Diarrhea

Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminat-


Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.

ing problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says.

Hyperactivity

Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt, which have low lactose levels; cream dairy products may also test OK.

Chronic Ear Infections

Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients. Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

Itchy Skin

Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple.

Suspects: Sensitivity to artificial colors or sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, including artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Action: When possible, buy organic foods certified to contain no artificial colors. Otherwise, scrutinize food labels for the nine petroleum-based synthetic dyes in U.S. foods: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup—all added sugars.

Crankiness

Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss. Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly

signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

Stunted Growth

Suspects: Gluten sensitivity or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size—height or weight—is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” Dorfman advises. Zinc could be another factor; it normalizes appetite and through its relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are too low, growth will be abnormally stunted. In such cases, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater or complain that food smells or tastes funny, Dorfman says. Action: Eliminate gluten consumption for a month. A blood test by a pediatrician can determine serum zinc levels, or buy a zinc sulfate taste test online. After sipping a zinc sulfate solution, the child will report either tasting nothing (indicating deficiency) or a bad flavor (no deficiency). Zinc-rich foods include beef, chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chickpeas. To counter a deficiency, ask a family healthcare provider for an age-appropriate supplement dose. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser.

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New Born Baby Herbals–6-8pm. We will provide evidence-based herbal medicine information to help you support your baby’s health. $20 Holistic Pathways, 3521 South Logan Street. Laura Matthews 720-570-2454 or lhgdurango@aol.com. Holistic-pathways.com

APRIL 3 A Basic Meditation-5 Weeks–7-9pm. Thursdays. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early $165/Reg $180. Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or journeywithin@hotmail.com. Gangaji - Public meeting in Boulder–7:30-9pm. Gangaji offers a public meeting at Nevei Kodesh, 19th/ Glenwood, Boulder. Begins with a period of silence, and then Gangaji welcomes your questions. $20. Info Gangaji Foundation, info@gangaji.org, 800-267-9205.

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Gangaji Weekend Intensive in Boulder–9:30am5:30pm. Gangaji offers a weekend intensive at Boulder Marriott, 2660 Canyon Blvd (at 28th). Pre-reg req’d. $225. Begins with period of silence, then Gangaji answers your questions. Info Gangaji Foundation, info@gangaji.org, 800-267-9205.

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Grounding, Guidance, Strength and Love: 4-week meditation program in Denver–9-10:30am. Saturdays. Learn powerful meditations that teach you to create the support you need for all of life’s situations. Pre-reg req’d. $99. Renee Ellis, MA RMT Counselor and Healer 720-984-9575. 

APRIL 7

And Beyond: Inner Journey of Lent–6:30-9pm. Step out of your Lent Journey transformed by your own inner wisdom, accessed with the labyrinth and SoulCollage® card reading. $35+Materials $3. Creative Life Center at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church 7520 S Boulder Rd Boulder. RSVP req’d marcia@creativelifecenter.org.

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SUNDAY MARCH 2

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

MONDAY MARCH 3

Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–6:30-7:15pm. A healing is like an energy shower, where unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Free. Inner Connection Institute Denver location, inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org.

TUESDAY MARCH 4

Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation Northwest Denver/Arvada –7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. Sugg $10 Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 5

Wednesday Meditations–7-8:30pm. Learn to meditate! Everyone welcome to these practical meditation classes, consisting of a talk and relaxing mindfulness meditation. $10; $7/students; Free/members. Kadampa Meditation Center CO 1081 Marion St., Denver. 303-813-9551 or info@meditationincolorado.org.

Sitar Bliss: Restorative Yoga with Live Sitar Accompaniment–6-9pm. Restorative yoga accompanied by master sitarist Will Marsh at 6pm, followed by a concert of ragas with tabla accompaniment at 7:30pm. Donations welcome. 750 E 9th Ave, Denver. astopp68@gmail.com. Dances of Universal Peace–7:45-9:45pm. Also on 3/21. House of Light, Love and Healing presents live music w/songs, chants and dances ranging from deeply contemplative to festive! No experience nec. Lead by Timothy Dobson. $10. Harmony Yoga 560 S Poplar St #203 Denver. RSVP Houseoflightdenver. com or call 720-985-6327

SATURDAY MARCH 8

Raw Foods Class/Lecture–10-2pm. Wondering about living food? Puzzled by what Raw Food means? Looking to regain your health after a setback? Seeking more energy? Diane Henry, $45 incl food/ materials. Clear Sky Medical 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303-790-7860. 6-week Canine Good Citizen Certification– 11:15am-12:15pm. This is a wonderful certification for renters, vacationers, as a step toward therapy dog and as a bonding experience for handler and dog. Dogs should have attended a basic obedience class already and be able to follow basic commands. Doggie Delights, 1432 S Broadway, Denver. $125.

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Introduction to Maya Abdominal Massage– 6-7:30pm. Ancient therapeutic technique that focuses on the health of the digestive system, the reproductive system and spiritual health. Free. Holistic Pathways, 3521 South Logan Street, Englewood. Laura Matthews 720-570-2454 lhgdurango@aol.com. Holistic-pathways.com

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Certification test is extra on a date TBD. Registration req’d: mishamayfoundation@gmail.com or 303-239-0382 Spirit Journey, Levels 1 & 2 combined, 10 am5pm, The Dome in east Boulder. Learn practices and origins of core shamanism from Karen Rice King, one of Sandra Ingerman’s Global Teachers. Practice journeying in all Worlds, working with Teachers and Power Animals. Level 1 students, $150 includes beginner’s book, CD, and kit for sacred space. Level 2 students, $125 includes advanced book and CD. Credit cards accepted. Contact Karen@karenriceking. com, 303-665-0175 or see Meetup.com/Spirit-EarthMedicine-Wheel.com. A Celebration of Women and You–7-9pm. Celebrate International Women’s Day by grounding yourself in community with other women. $30/bring a friend for free. Creative Life Center at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church 7520 S Boulder Rd Boulder. RSVP marcia.chadly@gmail.com.

SUNDAY MARCH 9

Sitar Bliss–7-9pm. Master sitarist Will Marsh with tabla accompaniment. Sacred vibrations bring healing, renewal and connection with the divine source within. Donations welcome. 1919 Spruce St, Boulder. 303-449-5030 or astopp68@gmail.com.

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Make Your Own Herb-infused Oils–2-4pm. Learn to make herbal-infused oils and several extraction techniques. Discuss appropriate herbs. Take home healthy-skin salve, recipes and instructions. $15. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd #F-1 Boulder. RSVP fannabeluthar@gmail.com.

MONDAY MARCH 10

Healing Fibromyalgia: Where There is No Free Flow, There is Pain–6-7pm. Discussion on how acupuncture and Chinese nutrition can help resolve fibromyalgia pain. Free. Shen Dao Acupuncture, LLC, 6565 W Jewell Ave #4B-2 Lakewood. RSVP to 720-670-0098. Stepping In: Inner Journey of Lent–6:30-9pm. Journey into your inner wilderness to connect with the Divine using the labyrinth and SoulCollage cards. $35+Materials $3. Creative Life Center at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church 7520 S Boulder Rd Boulder. RSVP req’d marcia@creativelifecenter.org.

TUESDAY MARCH 11

Meet Your Match: Singles+Numerology=Finding “The One”–7-9pm. Use Numerology basics to uncover your most compatible match! Fun and interactive. Bring a friend. Shine Restaurant, 2027 13th St, Boulder. $10. RSVP Numerologymixer.eventbrite.com. Evolution Series–6:45-9pm. Monthly gathering exploring evolutionary and cutting edge concepts, tools, and technologies that expand human consciousness and support healthy sustainable living. Features Ed Oakley w/Enlightened Leadership. Bring biz cards, snack to share. Suggested $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com. GMO Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup–7-9pm. Pursue the Initiative Process to add state legislation to the

savethedate PRAJNA YOGA PRESENTS “THE ARCHITECTURE OF YOGA” MARCH 7-9 at the Highlands Masonic Temple, Denver Join Prajna Yoga and instructor Tias Little for a weekend of classes looking at asana from the head to the toes! Classes include Twist for the Spine and Internal Organs; Rotator Cuff Blues; Healing the Shoulder; Yoga for the Face, Eyes, Ears and Jaw, The Feet, Ankles, Knees; The Walls: The Side Body; The Center Column: The Spine and The Roof: The Cranium. Purchase the 7 class package or individually. Information or register 505-988-5248 or Prajnayoga.net.

GANGAJI IN BOULDER APRIL 3-6, 7:30-9PM Gangaji, an American born spiritual teacher and author, is offering a public meeting on Thursday April 3 at Nevei Kodesh, 1925 Glenwood (Glenwood & 19th St.), Boulder, 7:30-9pm, $20. This is followed by a weekend intensive April 5-6, Boulder Marriott, 2660 Canyon Blvd., $225, 9:30am-5pm. Pre-registration required for intensive. Meetings with Gangaji are an opportunity to closely investigate the truth underlying our daily life experience. The meetings begin with a period of silence and then Gangaji welcomes your questions. For info, contact Gangaji Foundation, info@gangaji.org or 800-267-9205. Gangaji.org

DESPACHO WORKSHOP: STEP IN CEREMONY APRIL 5 In the indigenous cultures of Peru and the High Andes, a Despacho Ceremony is an ancient, sacred practice of offering prayers to the mountains, the heavens, Mother Earth and the spirits of nature in reciprocity, right relationship and gratitude. Participants in this hands-on, one-day workshop will participate in learning to build three traditional despachos. No previous experience required. Cost for the day-long workshop, including materials and supplies, is $125. Event produced by Indigenous Alchemy. More info and to register: Indigenous-alchemy.com or indigenous.alchemy@gmail.com

6-DAY INTENSIVE AMANAE WORKSHOP APRIL 21-26, MINNEAPOLIS, MN AMANAE™ is a heart-based bodywork technique to facilitate the release of deeply held emotions and clear the way for profound healing and personal discovery. The technique is based on the activation and opening points or ‘doorways’ throughout the body, which holds lifetimes of unexpressed fear, grief, anger, shame, guilt, and even love and joy. In this 6-day workshop, all of the doorways are opened. Benefits include improvement in physical and emotional health; release of chronic pains, phobias, fatigue, depression, addictions and neuroses; increased self-expression, intimacy and clarity in career and relationships and more. Information/registration patburdy@hotmail. com, 612-751-2170 / 612-978-1011 or www.amanaefob.com.

CROSS-CULTURAL SHAMANIC CONFERENCE June 13-15 “Step into Ceremony: Finding the Sacred Space Within” 2nd Annual Crosscultural Shamanic Conference brings together healers, shamans and indigenous medicine men and women from a wide range of cultures and traditions, including Tibetan, Himalayan, Andean, Curanderismo, Native American, Siberian, Western Core Shamanism and more, for interactive sessions, presentations, ceremony, healing and journey work. All traditions welcome. Location: Boulder Marriott. Opening Night screening of “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino” at eTown Hall. Registration and details: Indigenous-alchemy.com or indigenous.alchemy@gmail.com

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Colorado ballot in 2014 that requires mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup or Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 12

4-week Series; Meditation for Living Program– 10am. Explore benefits of meditation and learn easy, effective skills to relax/recharge and manage energy. Margaret Johnson. Incl audio! $125/early; $135/ door. Inner Connection Institute south Cactus Sport & Spine, 8000 S Lincoln #6, Littleton. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Community Drum Circle– 6:30-9pm. Bring food to share and your drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments for an evening of Loving Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Love offering/$10 donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

THURSDAY MARCH 13

Open House Brain Balance Centers–4-6pm. Learn about holistic, non-drug approaches to your child’s dyslexia, ADHD, learning disorders and/or communicator or sensory issues. Receive ½ off an assessment! 1211 Avery St #101 Golden and 1970 E County Line Littleton/Highlands Ranch RSVP 303-388-5861. Parent/Educator Lecture–6:30pm. Learn about holistic, non-drug approaches to your child/student’s dyslexia, ADHD, learning disorders and/or communicator or sensory issues. Receive ½ off an assessment! 1211 Avery St Ste 101 Golden and 1970 E County Line Littleton/Highlands Ranch RSVP 303-388-5861. Esoteric Evening: Provocative Answers to Your Deepest Questions about Life–6:15-8:30pm. Expose ideological beliefs which are the fabric of our self identity so they can be transcended. Led by two

spiritual luminaries. Free. A Mission meeting rm. 303-339-0807.

FRIDAY MARCH 14

Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish. Free. Followed by Healings $10. Facilitating re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body via channeling, readings and intense individual clearings. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org.

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SATURDAY MARCH 15

Soul to Soul Workshop–Noon-4pm. Explore soul contracts-the agreements made with others about the parts we play in each other’s lives. Enhance your relationships. $60. Aspen Program Learning Center 7350 E Progress Place #100 Greenwood Village. Aspenprogram@yahoo.com. Goddess Reiki Share–6-9pm. Just for Goddesses! This is a special Reiki Share where women can gather, heal and focus Reiki with other like-minded and likeintentioned. $10. Kelly Big Blue Barn 1360 Sumac Ave, Boulder. RSVP megginomorrow@gmail.com. 4 week My Dog is Scared and Scary–1:45am2:45pm. Small class w/individualized assistance. We

provide the tools and environment to help you and your dog to relax and create positive associations in the presence of other dogs. There will be barriers for safety, management for calm and many tools for changing behaviors. Doggie Delights, 1432 S Broadway, Denver. $150/dog – all family members encouraged to attend. Registration req’d mishamayfoundation@ gmail.com or 303-239-0382.

SUNDAY MARCH 16

Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–1-2pm. A healing is like an energy shower, where unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment are restored. Donation. Inner Connection Institute, new south location Cactus Sport and Spine, 8000 S Lincoln, #6, Littleton. 303-282-9439 or InnerConnection.org. Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Denver or Boulder for Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Denver 5800 E Evans Ave., Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St, #208. 720-466-3322.

TUESDAY MARCH 18

Series of four Advanced Reiki Workshops–7-9pm. Donna DeNomme has studied and practiced this ancient healing art since 1986. All Reiki II students welcome. 303-271-0510. Wildsuccess4you.com An Evening With Shmaya–7-9pm. Spend the evening with a special event - An Evening with Shmaya - A Channeled Language of Light. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 19

Ancient Wisdom, Modern Miracles - A New Kind of Discussion Group–6-8pm. Open to patients and

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THURSDAY MARCH 20

Open House Brain Balance Centers–11am-1pm. Learn about holistic, non-drug approaches to your child’s dyslexia, ADHD, learning disorders and/or communicator or sensory issues and schedule a ½ price assessment! 1211 Avery St #101 Golden and 1970 E County Line Littleton/Highlands Ranch RSVP 303-388-5861. Lecture: The Islamic Garden–7-9pm. Explore gorgeous Islamic gardens and distinguish the features that make these gardens so beautiful. $22/member; $25/non-member. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St Denver. 720-865-3580 or Registrar@BotanicGardens.org. Film Screening: Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino– 7pm.Also on 21st and 22nd. Inspirational documentary exploring the heart-centered, celestially-guided lifeways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition of Peru. Filmmaker Q&A. $12.50. Boulder Unity Church 2855 Folsom St Boulder. Therese@paqoandino.com 30 Day Spring Cleanse–conf call 7-7:30pm. Cleanse for Spring and enjoy more energy, a clear mind and deep connection. Gentle and effective 4-part system with weekly guidance/support/healthy recipes. $152. Radiant Living with Allana McKinnon 303-859-4827 or powerfulchoices2012@gmail.com. Holistic Weight Loss Program–conf call 8-8:30pm. Lose weight for good, get rid of visceral fat, balance your blood sugar and boost your metabolism.Weekly guidance/ support/recipes. $160/mo + S&H + tax incl supplements, wellness eval. Radiant Living with Allana McKinnon 303859-4827, powerfulchoices2012@gmail.com Herbal Spring Detox–6-8pm. Focuses on each organ system and appropriate herbal remedies that detoxify and rejuvenate. Herbal teas and tinctures made in class. $20. Holistic Pathways, 3521 S. Logan St., Englewood. Laura Matthews (720-570-2454, lhgdurango@aol.com. Holistic-pathways.com

SATURDAY MARCH 22

Whole in Your Soul Workshop–Noon-4pm. Call your power home to you. Let go of what you’re carrying & maintain well-being of your soul. Marcia Stanfield. $60. Aspen Program Learning Center 7350 E Progress Place #100 Greenwood Village. RSVP Aspenprogram@yahoo.com. Spring Equinox Celebration–1-3pm in a little cottage backing onto Open Space just outside of Golden. Shamanic Healer Donna DeNomme facilitates an interactive ceremony to engage natural energies. 303-271-0510. Wildsuccess4you.com Spiritual Cinema–7:30-10:30pm. House of Light, Love and Healing presents Dr.Wayne Dyer exploring the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. Bring a dish to share! $5. Harmony Yoga, 560 S. Poplar st.#203, Denver. RSVP Houseoflightdenver.com or 720-985-6327

TUESDAY MARCH 25 Women Making Graceful Life Transitions: 6-week group in Denver–5:30-7pm. Tuesdays 3/ 25 – 4/29. Gain the knowledge, support, coaching, tools and clarity to ease difficult transitions and pave the way to the possibility. Pre-registration req’d. $149. Renee Ellis, MA RMT Counselor and Healer 720-984-9575.

THURSDAY MARCH 27 Film Screening: Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino– 7:30pm. Also on 28th. Inspirational documentary exploring the heart-centered, celestially-guided lifeways of the Andean Holy Mountain Tradition of Peru. Filmmaker Q&A. $12.50. Sie Film Center 2510 E Colfax Denver. therese@paqoandino.com or therese@ayni-communications.com.

FRIDAY MARCH 28 I Can Do It Conference-3/28-3/30. Presented by Hay House. Colorado Convention Center. 800654-5126 or Hayhouse.com/events Soulful Marriage Retreat–Give yourself and your partner the gift of a weekend devoted to celebrating and enhancing your relationship. Register Energyforlife.us/event/soulful-marriage-retreat-ghostranch. $300 Plus lodging Ghost Ranch, HC 77 Box 11, Abiquiu, NM. Ruth/Jim Sharon 303-796-7004, jim@energyforlife.

SATURDAY MARCH 29 Backyard Goat Keeping–9am-Noon. An accessible introduction for anyone who is interested in raising backyard dwarf dairy goats. $35. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St Denver. 720-8653580 or Registrar@BotanicGardens.org Cosmic Shower of Sound Event and Gong Bath–7-9pm. Special sound celebration with Gary Fishman, Al & Aurelia, Larry & Tryna, and Medicine Jack. Bring drum, snack and sugg $20 love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. J4CL.com.

Business Opportunities Looking for a way to bring in extra money? Maybe even a second income? Come change the world with us - one child at a time! We are looking for health-minded people who have a heart for helping others. If you like to educate others, believe in the power of whole food nutrition, and want to make a difference, this might be a fit for you. Please contact Heather @ 303-753-2665 for details and questions. Have a healthy, happy day!

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Food Allergy Testing: Food Allergy Testing using FDA registered biofeedback, 160 foods, Immediate Results Non Invasive $145 Call Trish 303-257-0058 ThePhysicsofHealth.com Massage and CranioSacral Therapy: Enjoy a massage and/or CranioSacral therapy session from a skilled and licensed therapist. Centrally located in Denver.Ask about discount on first visit. Contact: healingpathmassage22@gmail.com Looking to transform your relationship to food, weight, body, and eating? 1:1 coaching for women struggling with weight obsession, food issues, and disordered eating. Transform your life today! Visit JennHand.com or email info@jennhand.com for more information. Throw a Feng Shui Party! Choose a room, invite friends, bring floor plans. Make the room feel better, learn something new and have fun! Feng Shui Concepts with Valerie Althoff 704-502-8814. Fengshuiconcepts.net Crowdfunding: Should health insurance cover holistic methods? Integrity is trying to bridge the gap between health insurance and holistic health. We need your help. Check out our website. MyHolisticApproach.com

MONDAY, MARCH 31 My Dog has Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD–6-7:30pm. Prepare your dog for thunderstorms and fireworks, and address general anxieties and fears. Protocols, natural aids and equipment can help. These conditions generally worsen over time and do not go away. Kriser’s, 14710 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood, Promenade at Denver West mall. $25 or see multiple class discount. Registration req’d mishamayfoundation@gmail.com or 303-239-0382

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES Clear Sky Medical, a leading edge preventive and functional medicine clinic is looking for a Physician Assistant. This person should be willing to actively engage and participate in a busy practice with different providers, be highly professional with patients, be a good team player and be coachable. Knowledge/interest in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and anti-aging medicine and in a combination of holistic/ functional medicine is highly preferred. Position may be part or full time. A minimum of two years’ experience the field as a Physician assistant and basic computer skills are necessary. Eligible applicants may send an application letter, CV and two reference letters to betterhealth@clearskymedical.com

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To the Center: Inner Journey of Lent–6:30-9pm. Journey into your internal wilderness &show up transformed at the spring of new life using the labyrinth and making SoulCollage® cards. Class $35 Materials $3. Creative Life Center, St. Ambrose Episcopal Church, 7520 S Boulder Rd, Boulder. Pre-reg req’d CreativeLifeCenter.org

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Lotus Laser/Unfold Your Healing Potential–6:307:30pm. Live life with more vitality, less pain. Discover Advanced Laser Therapy and the effective healing it offers our cells. Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-692-8655.

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Aura and Chakra Healings Drop-In–6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute energy cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear while replenishing your own positive energy. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St Boulder. 303-530-0920 or carolinegarhart@gmail.com. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money and health. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920 or carolinegarhart@ gmail.com.

saturdays Lotus Laser/Unfold Your Healing Potential– 2-3:30pm. Live life with more vitality and less pain. Discover Advanced Laser Therapy and the effective healing it offers our cells. Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E. Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-692-8655. Tapping to the Top–3:30-4:30pm. Stuck? Need more money? EFT-Emotional Freedom TechniqueBig names use this to win (Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale, Bob Proctor of The Secret). Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-692-8655.


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ACUPUNCTURE SHEN DAO ACUPUNCTURE, LLC Maria Mandarino, LAc, DipAc (NCCAOM), RMT, NCTMB 6565 West Jewell Avenue, Suite 4B-2, Lakewood 720-670-0098 MariaMandarino.com Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, and natural approach to treating pain and illness, or for just keeping healthy. We can help you with pain, autoimmune disorders, fertility, allergies, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, migraines, anxiety, depression, PMS, and more. We also specialize in Craniosacral Therapy, AMMA Therapy, John Barnes Myofascial Release and individualized Bach Flower formulas. Located in the Bear Creek section of southwest Denver, adjacent to Lakewood and Littleton.

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Claudia Reiche, MA, NCC Office Locations: Longmont and Boulder E-mail and Skype counseling from the comfort of your home 303-332-2900 Coloradoetherapy@safe-mail.net Coloradoetherapy.com Why can’t I feel happy? Will I be DEPRESSED for the rest of my life? I hate feeling so ANXIOUS and WORRYING about every little thing. How can I get out of this difficult situation? If this sounds familiar, let’s meet. I am a registered psychotherapist and National Certified Counselor, and I can help you via e-mail, Skype, and in-person counseling. Specialty services are available including counseling for INTROVERTS, LIFE TRANSITIONS, TINNITUS, HEARING LOSS, STRESS MANAGEMENT and more. Please e-mail me for a free consultation.

TRANSFORMATIONAL HEALTH CENTER Dr. Lawrence Quell, D.C. featuring Scalar WaveLaser Technology 4105 E. Florida Ave #207, Denver 303-692-8655 Drquell.com When your body heals itself, it’s the kind of healing that lasts. Alignment is everything, whether it’s your spine & body or your life’s goals. To be Peaceful, Powerful and Successful, all aspects of your life must be balanced regularly. We offer a wholistic approach to achieving alignment using lasting, progressive holistic techniques and technologies. Effective, Nurturing ScalarWave Lasers offers your cells regenerative energy for healing. Schedule a free consultation today. See ad page 7.

CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 J4CL.com Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 12.

COUNSELING/ PSYCHOTHERAPY ENRICH YOUR LIFE, LLC

Pamela Silsby, MA, LPC, NCC Cherry Creek 121 South Madison Street, Suite B 720-432-1034 Lifecoachingandcounseling.org I believe that we are all “works in progress” and that we can greatly benefit from professional guidance to help us realize our hidden potential. I use a variety of techniques including talk therapy, EFT/tapping, and Law of Attraction Life Coaching to empower my clients to uncover their best selves.

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

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

A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 3.

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HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL

KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, BHRT, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men & women. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 3.

HOLISTIC GROWTH CREATIVE LIFE CENTER

Marcia Chadly and Eva Morrell Boulder/Louisville 303-635-0691 info@CreativeLifeCenter.org CreativeLifeCenter.org Find the “You” you love! Renew spirit, body, and life while enjoying the community at Creative Life Center classes and events. Explore: Expressive Art, SoulCollage®, Mindfulness and Meditation, Journaling, Celebration of International Women’s Day, Inner Lent Journey, Spring Awakening, Confronting Stress and More.  Visit our website for more information and to register.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in BioIdentical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 3.

KIDS: Learning/ Behavior Disorders BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS Golden & Highlands Ranch (University and C-470) 303-388-5861 Ages 4-17 BrainBalanceCenters.com A learning disorder is like a weed, you have to get to the root of the matter! At Brain Balance Centers, we tackle your child’s learning, behavioral or developmental challenge head on- with a unique, drug-free, whole-child approach that goes beyond symptoms to address root causes. Whether it’s reading, writing, math or just a problem of focus....every child deserves the opportunity to reach their fullest academic and social potential. Stop in or call to learn more about how the Brain Balance Program can help your child succeed. Free 1/2 hour consultation and tour. See ad page 2.

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NUTRITION/NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier and staff offers Certified Nutrition therapists, specializing in the food-brain connection, nutrition for cancer prevention, autoimmune diseases, food sensitivities/allergies, elimination diets and medically supervised weight loss. See listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 3.

RADIANT LIVING with ALLANA MCKINNON Whole Body Health, Weight Loss and Access Consciousness 303-859-4827 Facebook.com/TheRadiantLife What if YOU were vibrantly healthy, at peace with your food, in Love with your body, living your purpose, wildly successful and mentally at ease? I offer holistic weight loss, nutritional counseling specializing in Celiac Disease and allergen-free diets, lifestyle counseling, detoxification, and Bars Access Consciousness. Children and adults. In person and phone consultations.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 ClearSkyMedical.com Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and nonsurgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 3.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT

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

RECONNECTIVE HEALING MARY BETH KENNEDY, MA

1637 28th St, Boulder 303-589-8006 Marybethkennedy.com Reconnective Healing transcends the limitations of human ability and imagination. By opening to it, we are able to restore balance and harmony in our lives and transform our bodies, minds and souls in ways that otherwise may seem impossible. Mary Beth has been a practitioner, mentor and coach for 14 years. One of the most experienced Reconnection Practitioners in the world, she travels with Eric Pearl and the Reconnection Teaching Team in addition to her practice in Boulder.

SELF-DISCOVERY & SUCCESS DONNA DENOMME, MA

Psychotherapist, Licensed Spiritual Coach, Reiki Master, Intuitive Counselor, Shamanic Healer, Ceremonial Facilitator 303-271-0510 Wildsuccess4you.com Tap unrealized potential for health, wealth, and happiness. Move past stifling limitations, heal wounds, and embrace your greater yet-tobe. Awaken a masterful life with Donna DeNomme—conscious energy teacher, licensed spiritual coach, and ceremonial leader. In private practice since 1987, Donna was voted Colorado’s “Spiritual Health Guru” by the prestigious 5280 Magazine for her unique combination of innovative therapeutic techniques. She is the award-winning, internationally-published author of Turtle Wisdom and Ophelia’s Oracle.

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Nancy accesses your Higher Self, guides and angels. From there she channels loving and compassionate wisdom that provides you with guidance in any area of your life. Readings are conducted over the phone. Other services include Aura Photography, Cards of Destiny & Career Life Purpose Readings. Visit her website for testimonials and more information.

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Are you dealing with challenges in your relationships, career or health, loss of a loved one, or finding and following your life path? Renee specializes in helping women find the clarity, freedom and intuitive perspective to gracefully move through life transitions to a more joyful experience.  She weaves traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression.  Individual sessions, programs and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.


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