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contents 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.

13 LOCAL INSIGHTS Do I Have to Give Up Me to be Loved by You? by Suzann Robins

Buying the Healthiest Beef for your Family by Ron Miller

Community Gardening in the Mile High City by Sara McCreery

Eat for Great Skin by Linda Emerson

The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet


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Beyond Cholesterol by James Occhiogrosso


Feeding Ourselves Well by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist




11 Vital Truths by Lynda Bassett

26 ADDRESSING AUTISM: Families Have Reasons for Hope by Brita Belli

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he societal paradigm of food and health in our society has become broken and toxic. We try to ‘fit in’ more fruits and vegetables when that should be nearly all of our diet. We pat ourselves on the back for drinking milk instead of soda, but do we stop to consider that we are the only species on the planet that drinks the breast milk of another species…into adulthood no less? Industrialized milk is full of pus, hormones and pesticides. It is pasteurized and homogenized so it is ‘safe’ to consume.

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In 1900, 64/100,000 Americans died of cancer. By 1990, the American lifespan increased 62% (from 47.3 to 76.7), but the death rate from cancer went up 300%! We have ‘syndromes’ that did not exist 30 years ago-Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, etc. In 1970, there were approximately 500 approved chemical compounds in our food supply. Today there are well over 17,000! First, do no harm. “I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.” Classical Hippocratic Oath. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates. Comedian Louis C.K. sums it up nicely in a ‘bit’ about having a Cinnabon craving as he’s navigating the airport. The employee doesn’t want to sell him the last cinnamon bun because it is old and stale. Louis replies “You can sell it to me now or we can be in tomorrow’s paper.” The real punchline comes as Louis reveals that he is not leaving on a trip, but rather just arrived home! We want to challenge you to shift your paradigm! Cleanse, Heal, Live! Try the Paleo diet with Rob Barber’s help (we did!) (Peak Integrative Health p10). Dr. Ian Hollaman (Red Tail Wellness p25) could coach you on Paleo AND test you for food allergies. Dr Katia Meier (Clear Sky Medical p39) will do the cutting-edge Mediator Release Test for allergies and put you in the hands of Karin Dietrich, a Master Nutritionist. Electro-Lymphatic Massage (Creative Journey Healings p10) is a powerful cleansing tool. Buy from, support and meet your local Farmer’s Market/CSA/Rancher. Check out the Perfect Health-Ayurvedic Lifestyle Program (p34). At least pick a super healthy snack like JEN Bars (p22). Perfect health is yours for the taking. But you don’t have to be perfect, just make the next change. If you’ve never tried avoiding all processed foods, dairy and wheat for 30 days, you would be shocked at how it feels. The benefits include: increased energy, sounder sleep, brighter skin and eyes, clear head, improved sexual performance (men and women), weight loss, no headaches, no energy slumps, fall asleep easier and wake up refreshed, greater optimism, less morning breath and body odor, etc…You will quickly realize why so many spiritual and religious schools use fasting as a tool. It quickens our connection with the Divine!

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ai Maa, a spiritual luminary and master of transformation, is coming to Denver April 5-6 for “Love is the Key” where attendees experience what it is to live a truly powerful life, move through fears, and say YES to what it is you really want. The program is led by special guest Sai Maa and her teachers. Saturday is the Gala Celebration evening; come dressed to the nines and enjoy fine food and company and celebrate with live, interactive entertainment and dancing to the original beats of DJ Sol Rising. Her Holiness Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi is considered a blessed Indian Saint and revered spiritual teacher. Her Holiness was awarded a very rare and significant title, 1008 Mahamandleshwar, which means “Master of Many Ashrams.” Sai Maa is among the few women to ever receive this title. She is the only non-Indian to receive it in the title’s thousands-of-year-old history. The event will be April 5 – 6 at the Denver Sheraton Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver. There is no cost for some of the programs; costs range from $85-$115 for the day program and evening gala. For more information visit

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ore Star Energy Healing School of Kansas City presents two residential events this summer at the beautiful Shadowcliff Lodge in Grand Lake, Aug 15-18 and Aug 20-24. The 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Energy Healing Intensive Aug 15-18 is a great continuing education opportunity for Reiki Practitioners, Massage Therapists, Energy Healers and others. It will focus on building energy healing skills and High Sense Perception abilities. $545 with 24 hrs of Massage CEU’s. The 9th Annual Shadowcliff Healing Retreat - Connecting, Grounding and Soaring Aug 20-24 continues the annual Shadowcliff retreat series. It focuses on connecting to the earth in new ways to ground and express the eternal self while featuring energy healing skills. It is for healers as well as anyone wanting to expand the creative expression of their life. $625 with 20 hrs of Massage CEU’s. For Info/registration John Hoefer 913-831-4422 or See ad page 13.

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ob and Janelle Alex, cocreators of Sexy Challenges, have recently launched local programs for couples to “spice up their sex lives through sexy, spiritual nourishment,” said Janelle. Programs include: free Meetup groups-Sex Talk for Couples and Sex Talk for Singles; coaching programs-Sex Magick for Couples, Attract True Love and Recognize Your Lover. With over 70 eBooks available on iTunes, Amazon and Barnes and Noble, the Alexes’ goal is to help “you transform your relationship, manifest amazing things into your life and take your love and lovemaking to the next level. Sexy Challenges offer the average couple ways to expand their relationship and deepen their bond emotionally, physically and spiritually.” Find out more at See ad page 4.

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ed Tail Wellness Center in Boulder, 4520 N Broadway, welcomes experienced massage therapist Erin Stanley LMT to the practice. “I enjoy promoting the rejuvenating sense of relaxation and wellbeing that massage and Bamboo Fusion create,” says Stanley. “She’s awesome!” says the Drs. Hollaman. Similar to Hot Stone, Bamboo Fusion Massage utilizes heated bamboo tools of various sizes to relieve tension in muscles and tendons, make skin more supple, revitalizing the mind and body and stimulate the flow of blood and lymph. The heat allows for greater circulation and penetration of muscle tissue. Bamboo has long been used for musical instruments, furniture, flooring, etc., but has recently become part of the massage therapy field. Used for its ability to retain heat and strength, bamboo leaves the body rejuvenated and relaxed. Call 303-882-8447 and mention Natural Awakenings to schedule your introductory special 1-hr Hot Bamboo Massage for $49.(expires 3/31/2013). See ad page 25.

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ioVive Medicine has opened a new location in Boulder at 2575 Pearl St #300 to bring Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) to both men and women. Consultations and therapy are being scheduled beginning March 1. “We are excited to bring the latest advances in bioidentical hormone pellet therapy to a community like Boulder which places such an emphasis on fitness and health,” says Dr. Lai. According to Dr. Lai, BHRT carries fewer risks and side effects compared to synthetic hormone therapy. BHRT can: improve energy levels and libido; maintain muscle mass and strength; reduce hot flashes and night sweats; reduce risk of certain cancers; improved cholesterol levels; reduced depression; improve sleep, mood, concentration and memory; and restore bone density. To learn more or schedule an appt, or 720-863-1004. See ad page 8.

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ounds True presents their second annual Wake Up Festival Aug 14-18 in Estes Park, Colorado. Designed to “turbo-charged experiences of initiation, it features 30 presenters over five immersive days in the beautiful Rocky Mountains,” says Tami Simon, Founder and CEO of Sounds True. Adyashanti, Anne Lamott, Jack Kornfield, David Whyte, Snatam Kaur, Seane Corn, Matthew Fox, Sandra Ingerman, Reggie Ray, Ann Marie Chiasson and Mark Nepo are some of the names that will accelerate personal transformation and spiritual awakening at the retreat by focusing on: The Power of Community, Learning from Great Teachers, Transformative Spiritual Practices and Celebration. Pre-Festival Intensives August 12-14. SAVE $200 if you register by May 1st. Information/registration See ad page 2.

briefbriefs LifeSpark Cancer Resources is holding their annual spring fundraising event - an evening of dancing, dinner, cash bar, silent and live auctions and entertainment on April 6 from 6-11pm. LifeSpark is a non-profit that provides Reiki and Healing Touch for men and women living with cancer in Colorado. Colorado residents can enjoy a special free day at Denver Botanic Gardens thanks to funding from the SCFD. Chatfield free day-Friday, March 1. York Street location-Wed, March 27. Shepherd Valley Waldorf School presents Soup, Glorious Soup! A Boulder County Soup Invitational and Benefit Auction on Sat, March 16. Uniting fresh food with a commitment to cultivating a lifelong love of learning, Soup, Glorious Soup! raises funds for Shepherd Valley’s mission of enriching children’s lives through Waldorf education. Calling All Readers-We want to hear from you! Natural Awakenings is running an online National Readership Survey to learn how to better serve its readers. “Your participation takes just two minutes and will give us a better understanding of what you need and how well we’re delivering on your expectations,” says founding CEO Sharon Bruckman. “We’ll use your responses to guide the direction of future development.” The survey is anonymous and will not capture email addresses. Please take a few minutes to visit

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Restaurant Ambiance Affects Diners’ Appetites The mood in a restaurant can help diners enjoy their meals more and eat less, according to study results published in the journal Psychological Reports. After transforming part of a fast food Hardee’s restaurant in Illinois with milder music and lighting, researchers found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than diners in an unmodified seating area. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at Cornell University, in New York, explains, “It didn’t change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier.” Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, asks, “If softer music and softer lighting seem to get people to eat less in a fast food situation, why not try the same thing at home?”

School Safeguard How to Build a Bike Train In 1969, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 48 percent of kids ages 5 to 14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. One major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting kids bicycle around town on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, adding children along the way—can make it easier and safer for kids to get to school. To start a DIY bike train, find a group of interested parents through school and neighborhood message boards and newsletters; assess the area to create routes; distribute flyers and get feedback; determine bike train dates and times; host a community meeting; and post selected routes online. Source: Yes magazine

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Organic Farming Sustains Earth’s Richness Famed as the happiest country on Earth, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is now aiming to become 100 percent organic, phasing out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years. Agence France-Presse reports that Bhutan currently sends rare mushrooms to Japan, vegetables to up-market hotels in Thailand, its highly prized apples to India and red rice to the United States. Jurmi Dorji, of southern Bhutan’s 103-member Daga Shingdrey Pshogpa farmers’ association, says their members are in favor of the policy. “More than a decade ago, people realized that the chemicals were not good for farming,” he says. “I cannot say everyone has stopped using chemicals, but almost 90 percent have.” An international metastudy published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that analyzed 74 studies on soils in fields under organic or conventional farming practices has found that over time, the carbon content in the organic fields significantly increased. For farmers everywhere, that means organic agriculture results in a richer, more productive soil, with plenty of humus, which is conducive to higher yields. Peter Melchett, policy director at Britain’s Organic Soil Association, says a primary benefit of a country becoming 100 percent organic is an assurance of quality to consumers that creates both an international reputation and associated market advantage.

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rmed with the intention of improving your health with essential oils, don’t sabotage yourself with oils that are synthetic, contaminated or altered with ‘fillers.’ Some things to consider when choosing oils are: Therapeutic Grade (TG) oils contain verified elements in the optimal ratio without contaminants. Oils that are ‘Therapeutic grade’ and ‘Certified Pure’ are the highest qualityconsistent and free of foreign contaminants. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) oils must contain aromatic compounds only, processed at a consistent rate, temperature and time for optimal quality. They are verified with Gas Chromatography and Mass spectrometry (GCMS) scanners to insure elements are present in correct ratio with no foreign contaminants. Research your oil choice to make sure they are using: Optimal plant materials, grown in an ideal (native) environment and harvested at optimal potency; Optimal temperatures, steam pressures and cooling rates; tested for purity! Bill Schaefer is a representative for doTerra Essential Oils. See listing page 35.

All Multivitamins are NOT Created Equal Would you take a multivitamin if you knew it contained petroleum and rocks? Coal, petroleum and rocks are common ingredients in synthetic supplements, which make up at least 95% of the nutritional supplement market in North America alone, according to Source Datamonitor (4/29/09). Synthetic vitamins may list: Vitamin C as ascorbic acid; Vitamin D as calciferol; or Vitamin E as dl-alpha tocopherol. Synthetic minerals usually end in: ascorbate, carbonate, citrate or sulfate. Ingredients like these are difficult for the body to absorbed and usually pass through us with no benefit. But they are inexpensive. Plant-Sourced supplements are extracted from foods/plants or are cultured in yeast. Plants use multiple processes to accumulate minerals from the soil, predigest them and then bond them into a food matrix, making them far more bioavailable. Check your supplements and choose nutrients from nature that nourish your body, mind and spirit. Shelli Schilke is a wellness consultant and yoga instructor. Global Health Connections; 303.525.2196 or natural awakenings

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Battle of the Bulge


ccording to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese today, nearly triple the rate in 1963. A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation advises that if adult obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have rates above 60 percent; 39 states above 50 percent; and all 50 states above 44 percent. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity, based on research at 10 universities, points to the use of hormones in factory meat production as a major reason for this trend. Pesticides are another culprit; the average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different types each day via food, beverages and drinking water, and nine of the 10 most commonly used are endocrine disrupters linked to weight gain. Genetically modified U.S. food crops are also sprayed heavily with biocides. Findings presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science linked bisphenol A (BPA)—an industrial chemical contained in plastic soda, drinking and baby bottles—with abnormal estrogen function. To win the battle of the bulge, Americans need to eat balanced diets and exercise regularly, but additional steps can further help: choose organic, grass-fed meat instead of corn-fed; use glass instead of plastic containers for beverages and food storage; avoid canned food unless the label states BPA-free; and consume yogurt daily or take a high-quality probiotic to help restore healthy intestinal flora.

Drinks Tied to Tooth Trouble


hen replacing lost fluids during or after a workout, consider how beverage choices can affect the health of teeth. A recent study published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth, especially among adolescents. A reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens regularly imbibe energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent down at least one sports drink a day. “Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ than soda,” says Associate Professor Poonam Jain, lead author of the study, who serves as director of community and preventive dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that the drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.” In testing the effect of acidity levels on samples of human tooth enamel immersed in 13 sports and nine energy beverages, researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure. Moreover, energy drinks were twice as harmful as sports drinks. “These drinks erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity,” says Jain.


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esearchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a leading global authority on the role of vitamin C in optimum health, forward compelling evidence that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for U.S. adults, up from its current levels of 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. The RDA of vitamin C is less than half of what it should be, scientists argue, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical, nutrient in the same way they do for pharmaceutical drugs, and consequently reach faulty conclusions. The researchers base their recommendations on studies showing that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce chronic health problems including heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as underlying causal issues such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response and atherosclerosis. Even at the current low RDA, U.S. and Canadian studies have found that a quarter to a third of the total population is marginally deficient in vitamin C and up to a fifth of those in such groups as students, smokers and older adults are severely deficient in it.

localinsights “DO I HAVE TO GIVE UP ME TO BE LOVED BY YOU?” by Suzann Robins MA CHT

their preference, they feel annoyed and may not realize how much this bothers them. Sometimes they haven’t had enough experience to know that asking for what they want is fair and appropriate or they feel ashamed or bashful about their simplest desire. Most successful relationships are based on open and honest communication where both parties are willing to ask for 100% of what

they want 100% of the time. They are willing to hear NO for an answer and then negotiate a win-win situation from really listening and hearing the other person’s preference. When we learn to negotiate rather than compromise we create a happier life for ourselves and others. Suzann Robins MA CHT, author of “Exploring Intimacy: Cultivating Healthy Relationships through Insight and Intuition.”


argaret and Paul Jordan wrote that book in 1983 when half of all American marriages were ending in divorce. Their main question was ‘how were women to become self-actualized when their voices weren’t being heard?’ The answer is to learn the difference between compromise and negotiation. Many people avoid emotional intimacy because they fear rejection or feeling ‘dominated’ by the other person. Two keys to successful relationships are: do not take rejection personally; and set appropriate boundaries. Simply complying with other people’s demands to be liked is too high a price to pay to be loved. Once we learn to speak our wishes and desires 100% of the time and to negotiate, we stop allowing others to smother or dominate us. For example, person #1 always likes to eat at their favorite restaurant while person #2 likes to try new places. They enjoy each other’s company and sometimes eat together, so they must learn how to negotiate. Compromise means that person #2 would silently agree to always go to the same restaurant, or that person #1 would “give up” and never go to their preferred place. They both lose. Negotiation means they discuss their differences and agree to sometimes eat at the preferred establishment and other times try someplace new-or get two different takeouts. Now, both people win. When one person always gives up natural awakenings

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eef can be an important part of a healthy diet as it provides iron, zinc, vitamins B, K, A & D, essential amino acids, quality fats and protein and much more. So, what kind of beef is the healthiest choice for your family? Labels include Organic, All Natural, Grain-Fed, GrassFed, Pasture-Raised and more. But what does they all mean? First, Organic encompasses Certified Organic and Raised Organic. Certified Organic is regulated by the USDA’s National Organic Program and means that no hormones, steroids or antibiotics are used in these cattle. Producers qualify if 95% of the product is organic. The undefined 5% could be preservatives added during the packaging process. Certified Organic is a registered trademark with fees for its use that may be prohibitive for the small/mid size

producer. This says nothing about how the animal was raised. Raised Organic is not trademarked nor regulated by any agency. Producers use this as a free alternative to Certified Organic and it generally means the same thing- no hormones, steroids or antibiotics, but it doesn’t address how the animal was raised. By USDA standards, All Natural beef means minimally processed, without flavorings, coloring, preservatives or synthetic additives. But, hormones and antibiotics are allowed and the label doesn’t indicate how the animal was raised or what type of feed it ate.

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Increasingly, consumers are encountering Grass-Fed and Grain-Fed. GrassFed cattle are fed only grass pasture and hay (with some exceptions like distiller’s grains-byproduct of ethanol manufacturing- and soybean meal that no longer classified as grains). Grain-Fed in large operations refers to a slurry of corn and corn byproducts (husks, cobs), soy and soy hulls, spent brewery grain, spent distiller’s grain and other cereals. CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) nutritionists get pretty creative, sometimes including cotton byproducts, old candy (including wrappers), beet and citrus pulp and peanut shells!1 Any animal can be Grain-Finished and this is considered the standard for the industry. At a ranch like the Running M, cattle can be Grass-Fed and GrainFinished depending on the customer. They use a self-feeding system that allows free choice to the pastured animal. While Grass-Fed animals are generally considered higher in nutritional value, American taste is accustomed to the well-marbled beef of a Grain-Fed animal. Grass-Fed, pastured animals ‘finished’ on grain may provide the best of both worlds. Lastly, Pasture-Raised describes how the beef is raised; generally on adequate pasture and never confined into a feedlot feeding system. However, it doesn’t say anything about hormone, steroid or antibiotic use. Now that you know labels only tell part of the story, how do you select the ideal product for your family? Learn who, where and how of your food by building a relationship with a local rancher. Find one that shares your values. Most ranchers appreciate your interest and are proud to share how they raise and care for their cattle and environment. If not, select a different ranch family to work with.

Ron and Laura Miller own and operate Running M Ranch in Beulah, CO. Their genetic-proven, Black Angus cattle are Pasture-raised, All-Natural, Grass-fed and/or Grain-finished. They adhere to Certified Organic guidelines but do not buy the trademark. See ad page 22.



ore people than ever are aware of the benefits of local, organically-grown produce and as interest increases, so do the presence of community gardens. The desire to grow one’s own food and to connect with other like-minded folks has them ‘popping up’ all over Denver. Apartment and condo dwellers, those with HOA restrictions, individuals overwhelmed by going it alone, families looking for healthy activities, seniors looking for community and new gardeners are the people fueling this growth. Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) now has over 125 community gardens, up from 60 in 2008. Plot rental varies, but averages $35/season. These gardens are characterized by fencing, pathways, plots, compost piles, seed exchanges, harvest dinners, group work days, access to water and a tool shed. They exist on city lots, land purchased by DUG, or on Public School grounds. School gardens can provide supplemental food to the school lunch program and supplemental income through summer farmer’s markets.

They provide teachers with a bounty of material for lessons in science, math, art, history, social studies and health. Kids who grow their own food tend to eat more vegetables and take pride in the food they grow. Most school gardens are open to the public, but members must pass a background check. If no community garden exists in your neighborhood, follow the example of Thistle Holly Gardens,

near Monaco and Leetsdale. The lot owner, ‘tired of mowing weeds,’ agreed to work with friends and neighbors, gathered tools, some money, borrowed a rototiller, scheduled a few work days and started the garden. In three years, this small garden has managed to grow literally hundreds of pounds of tomatoes, squash, melons, potatoes, onions, lettuce, even quinoa. Extra produce now feeds the small flock of chickens, which help with pest control and composting, as well as providing fresh eggs and endless entertainment. If you don’t have the time or inclination to grow your own food, but want to support those that do, consider joining a CSA–Community Supported Agriculture. In these groups, one pays a flat fee and everyone shares in the harvest–good or bad. Weekly food shares consist of the freshest harvesting of the week. Community gardeners share the workload, grow healthy food, develop relationships between members, provide quality family time, educate/ entertain children and beautify our neighborhoods. Sara McCreery is a Medical Massage Therapist and Paramedical Aesthetician in Denver, as well as a community gardening enthusiast.


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re you putting your best face forward? The skin is the largest organ and the first thing others notice. It is the outermost manifestation of everything we put into our bodies. Proper nutrition creates radiant, clear, healthy skin and takes years off our appearance. This creates confidence and shortens your morning makeup routine (no need for tons of foundation!). A diet that is largely raw and unprocessed while avoiding gluten, sugar and dairy is directly linked to clear, vibrant skin according to Dr. Jessica Wu, author of “Feed Your Face.” Dr. Wu suggests the two worst foods for your skin are sugar and dairy. Beyond promoting an inflammatory state in general, sugars ‘crosslink’ with proteins in the body (like collagen and elastin of the skin) in a non-reversible process known as glycation (think of a marshmallow left in the fire too long). This leaves the proteins brittle and may also discolor your skin over time, leaving it sallow or yellow. Processed dairy products contain natural hormones that stimulate the sebaceous or oil glands, clogging pores and leading to pimples, acne and blemishes on the face. According to David Katz MD, author of “The Raw Food Diet,” heating food above 105° F destroys all the enzymes, half the protein and 70-90% of the vitamins and minerals. Raw food contains its own enzymes, is easily digested and assimilated and often, nutrient dense. So what raw foods should you eat for great skin? According to Dr. Emilio Ros, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the CA Walnut Commission, eating walnuts regularly leads to smoother skin, healthy hair, brighter eyes, and strong bones due to their plant-based omega-3 fatty acids(ALA), vitamin E and antioxidants. Sunflower seeds provide vitamin E and antioxidants. Raw almonds are packed with vitamin E and Manganese. Sesame seeds regulate genetic activity and balance our carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar, leading to strong collagen and anti-inflammatory properties. Buckwheat is a fruit similar to rhubarb and has rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that extending the action of vitamin C and act as antioxidants. Incorporate more of these foods into your diet and start building beautiful skin from the inside out! Linda Emerson, CEO/CFO of JEN Bars- a raw, whole-food, locally-made natural bar. Use code “GOOD4YOURSKIN” for free shipping with orders of 4 dozen or more. See ad page 22.


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lant-based nutrition is consuming a diet of whole plant foods including whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits to provide the nutritional requirements of: carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, fiber and sufficient calories. This can be a lifestyle choice for health, cultural or ethical reasons. Certain populations such as the Okinawans are known to have extraordinary long, healthy and happy lives. Numerous studies attributed this to low-calorie, plant-based, whole-foods diets. Conversely, the “China Study,” a comprehensive 20-year study of nutrition conducted by T. Colin Campbell PhD, Cornell and Oxford Universities and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, describes how the typical American diet-very high in animal protein and unhealthy fats and low in fiber- promotes substantially more chronic disease and obesity than a more plant-based, wholefoods diet. Here are some of the health benefits of a plant-based diet: Healthy Weight Loss–Achieve your optimal weight while eating whole foods with no calorie-counting or portion control. Just eat what you want because plants are naturally low in fat, no cholesterol or saturated fat. You will experience weight loss at a steady rate. Lower Risk for Disease–A nutrient-dense plantbased diet lowers your risk for stroke, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and certain cancers. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. MD’s 20-yr study showed that a plantbased, oil-free diet can prevent, stop and reverse the progression of heart disease. In 1999, research by Neal Barnard MD reported findings that a low-fat vegetarian diet can reverse some type-2 diabetics (blood sugar normal) within three weeks. A Healthier You–By incorporating more plant foods and skipping the processed fat and sugar you are strengthening your body’s immune system with micronutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Eating a plant-based diet is a healthy lifestyle choice that will not only extend your years but put more life in the years you have! Jerry Casados NTP is plant-based nutrition specialist.


Celebration Fair: Embrace your Spirit; Explore Within


he Celebration Fair returns March 15-17 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. There will be some changes and improvements this year as new ownership puts their own ‘stamp’ on the same great event of years past. Celebration Fair is dedicated to helping you discover the radiant life that surrounds you every moment with a weekend filled with the finest presentations, exhibitors and entertainment; each intentioned to help you grow personally and to show that when you believe, everything becomes possible. According to Darci Lodsin, Event Manager, “You will see changes even before the fair with a new website that lets you find out much more about the readers and vendors you love. New decorations and a re-imagined program guide give the event a new look and feel.” Celebration will have more than 60 free presentations with four rooms of lectures. The keynote presentation by Sunny Dawn Johnson will let you “Invoke the Arch Angels.” Other presenters including Francoise Netter, Michelle Many, Patty Greer and Peter Hughes. Discover 200 of the Nation’s most intriguing exhibitors offering the latest findings in natural health, personal growth and metaphysics. Browse for hours, receive a healing or soothing massage or try the latest new products! Readings and healings cost just $20 for 20 minutes and daily admission stays at the low price of just $5. Weekend admission has actually dropped to just $10. Parking is still free. See ad page 3.

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Beyond Cholesterol

How Triglycerides Take a Toll by James Occhiogrosso


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or many adults, an annual physical involves routine blood tests, followed by a discussion of cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, along with prescribed treatment ranging from improved nutrition and exercise to drugs. Triglycerides tend to be relegated to a minor mention—if they are discussed at all—yet regulating triglyceride levels can improve health.

impaired blood flow associated with cardiovascular disease. (Impaired blood flow also effects male erectile function.) Several recent studies, including one in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also suggest these could instigate the metabolic syndrome associated with the onset of diabetes and atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Why Triglycerides Count

Triglycerides, a normal component of blood, are introduced into the body by the fat in foods. Some are produced in the liver as the body’s response to a diet high in simple sugars or carbohydrates—especially hydrogenated oils and trans-fats. Evidence reported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggests that very high intakes of carbohydrates are accompanied by a rise in triglycerides, noting that, “Carbohydrate intakes should be limited to 60 percent of total calories.” Many research scientists agree that the main cause for high triglyceride

“High triglyceride levels usually accompany low HDL (good) cholesterol levels and often accompany tendencies toward high blood pressure and central (abdominal) obesity. These are the markers of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, very common disorders underlying obesity and increased risks of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes,” explains Dr. Andrew Weil on his website, While high triglyceride levels are not conclusively linked to the development of any specific disease, they are associated with the narrowing of arteries and

What Creates Triglycerides?

levels is the Standard American Diet, notoriously high in sugars and simple carbohydrates, trans-fats and saturated animal fats, and far too low in complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals; specifically, vitamins A, B, C, D and especially E, plus the minerals selenium, magnesium, silicon and chromium. Sugars added to soft drinks and food products, especially those containing high-fructose corn syrup, also raise triglyceride levels significantly. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! and national medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, observes, “The average American gets about 150 pounds of sugar added to his/her diet each year from processed food, causing fatigue, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and a host of other problems.” Animal fats, like those in farm-raised red meats, typically contain a skewed ratio of the fats known as omega-3 and omega-6, with the latter dominating by nearly 20:1; a ratio also found in commercial packaged foods and baked goods. Many studies show such a high omega-6/omega-3 ratio tends to promote disease. Eating oily fish and healthy plant

oils such as cold-pressed virgin olive and coconut oil, nuts, seeds and minimally prepared foods provides a more balanced ratio of omega fatty acids.

Lowering Triglyceride Levels Part of today’s medical paradigm focuses on lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. As a result, many patients and doctors worry about cholesterol levels, but ignore triglycerides. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a triglyceride level of 100 milligrams per deciliter or less; about one-third of the population currently exceeds this. While drugs can help, the AHA does not recommend drug therapy except for people that have severe levels (more than 500mg/dL), which can increase the risk of acute pancreatitis. For those with high, but not severe levels, dietary and other lifestyle changes can be effective in lowering triglyceride levels. Logically, reducing consumption of red meat and processed foods, especially those containing trans-fats, and increasing consumption of complex carbohydrates from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes is recommended. AHA studies further show that daily

supplementation of fish oil and fullspectrum vitamin E can reduce serum triglyceride levels significantly. In one study, fish oil containing at least 1,000 to 3,000 mg of omega-3 decreased such concentrations by 25 to 30 percent. In a 2009 study of a nationally representative group of 5,610 people published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. Earl S. Ford, of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control, found that about one-third had triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dL—considered somewhat high—while almost another 20 percent had high levels of 200-plus mg/dL. Always consult a knowledgeable health practitioner prior to beginning a new regimen. Just as with managing any aspect of health, care is required and knowledge is power. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing. His latest book is Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life. Find relevant articles at Connect at 239-498-1547 or DrJim@Health

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Feeding Ourselves Well

Urban Gardening Takes Root

70 percent of these gardens are in urban or suburban areas. “We’re seeing a new crop of farmers that defy stereotypes,” observes David Tracey, owner of EcoUrbanist environmental design in Vancouver, Canada, and author of Urban Agriculture. “Some are office workers leaving unsatisfying jobs, techie types learning the trade in universities and back-to-the-land folks that happen to live in cities. Others are activists taking on the industrial farm system, folks adopting trends or entrepreneurs that see opportunities in the rising prices of quality food and the proximity of millions of customers.”

Opportunities and Pitfalls

by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


n just one-twelfth of an acre, including lots of paths and a compost heap, our family grows the vast majority of the fresh vegetables we need, plus a decent chunk of our fruits and berries,” says Erica Strauss. “It’s not a huge garden, but we still feel nearly overwhelmed with the harvest in late August.” Her family of four tends a diversity of edibles on their urban lot in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. Word has spread because Strauss writes about her experiences via Northwest Edible Life, a blog about food growing, cooking and urban homesteading. “Every kid on the block has picked an Asian pear off my espalier and munched on raw green beans,” she notes. “Even picky eaters seem pretty interested when they can pick tasty treats right from the tree or vine.” We don’t need to live in a rural area or on a farm to grow our own food. By the close of World War II, nearly 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables supplying Americans stateside were grown in victory gardens in the communities in which they were consumed.


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Today, these small plots are often termed kitchen gardens, comprising parts of household lawns, schoolyards, balconies, patios and rooftops. Fresh taste and the security of local food supplies in case of manmade or natural upheavals are drawing more people to gardening.

Garden Cities “Urbanization, a major demographic trend, has implications for how we grow and consume food,” observes Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. “If we agree that feeding more people fresh, local foods is a priority, we’re going to need to landscape and, in many cases, retrofit urban and suburban areas for increased food production.” Millions of Americans now participate in growing mainstay foods. According to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of all U.S. households grew food for their families in 2008, and more have since the economic downturn. Bruce Butterfield, the association’s research director, estimates that nearly

Urban gardening has unexpected advantages in its use of organic waste like coffee grounds from a local coffee house and rainwater from area rooftops. Converting lawns at schools, churches and empty city lots into community gardens fosters community connections, improves access to affordable nutritious foods and creates employment opportunities. A widespread challenge to the trend is dealing with the quality of urban soil and testing for possible toxins. Often, urban soil must be improved using compost and other nutrients before plants can prosper. A nearby irrigation source is also required. “One potential problem for urban gardeners may be the community reaction to an edible landscape,” admits Strauss. “In some cities, edible gardens in the front yard or even the common parking strip are celebrated and even officially encouraged. But in communities where lawn is still king and city codes regarding vegetation are vague and open to interpretation, one complaint from an anonymous neighbor can become an exhausting political and legal fight.”

Feeding Community Community gardens often transform vacant lots and other marginal land into green growing places. In Chicago, The Peterson Garden Project, an awardwinning nonprofit program, has been turning unsightly empty lots into raisedbeds in which residents learn to grow their own food since 2010. “Nationally, it’s been found that having a community garden on unused

land increases property values, decreases crime and promotes a sense of unity with neighbors and others,” explains LaManda Joy, president and founder of the project. “We work with property owners on the short-term use of their land to enhance the community in which they eventually plan to develop.” “Participating in a community garden serves up a lot of individual victories,” says Joy. “Improved health and nutrition, learning a new skill, teaching kids where food comes from, productive exercise, mental well-being, connecting with others and saving money—community gardens help make all of this possible.”

Being Prepared “How many recalls have we seen because some food item has been contaminated and people have suffered or died as a result? I am concerned about the safety and security of our food supply,” says Wendy Brown, whose family tends a quarter-acre garden with raised and landscaped beds and containers wrapped around their home plus an onsite greenhouse in a beach resort suburb of Portland, Maine. “As a mother, it concerns me that I might feed my children something that will hurt them. High-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered crops and BPA-lined cans

are all making headlines. It just seems smarter to grow it myself; that way, we have more control over what our family is eating.” Brown is one of more than 3 million Americans that are following FEMA recommendations in preparing for any event that might disrupt food supplies. Her book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs, shares everything her family has done to safeguard themselves, including growing produce, caring for animals and canning, freezing, drying, cold storage or fermenting foods for later use. “For me, it’s more about being prepared for the everyday things that are happening, like increases in food and fuel prices or a loss of family income,” Brown says. “If we’re growing at least some of our own food, I have a lot less to worry about when such things happen.” The family also keeps rabbits and ducks, plus egg-laying and meat-providing chickens that can total 40 animals in the summer at their “nanofarm”. These also supply natural fertilizer for the crops. Nearby beehives provide 20 pounds of honey each year. Because the foods they produce are solely for their personal use, the Browns are exempt from regulatory restrictions. “Our neighbors love what we’re doing,” says Brown, whose house is close enough they can chat across their

Helpful Resources Green Restaurant Association, Kitchen Gardeners International, Northwest Edible Life, The Peterson Garden Project, Uncommon Ground, Urban Farm Online, Urban Garden Magazine, Urban Gardens,

front porches. “One says our initiative reminds him of growing up in Maine pretty much self-sufficient. The other tells friends and coworkers they aren’t worried if things really go bad because they have us as neighbors.”

Growing Green Thumbs “With some effort, urban gardeners can grow great vegetables anyplace that affords enough light and warmth,” advises Strauss, who gardens primarily in raised beds in her front and back yards. “I garden on the scale I do because I love it. It’s both relaxing and challenging, and we eat well.” Urban gardening methods are as diverse as the growing conditions, space limitations and financial resources of the gardener. “Lasagna” gardening—layering newspaper or cardboard and other organic materials on top—can be effective in urban areas because it involves no digging or tilling. Just as with making compost, alternate between brown and green layers. Once the materials break down, add plants to the newly created growing bed. Urban dwellers with limited space may employ square-foot gardening, intensively growing plants in raised beds using a growing medium of vermiculite, peat moss and compost. This method can yield fewer weeds and is easier on the back. “It’s an easy concept to grasp for new gardeners,” remarks Joy. “We use it to both maximize output in a small area and ensure healthy, organic, contaminant-free soil.” Rooftop gardens are becoming more common as larger agricultural operations use them to grow income crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers anyone that sells more than $1,000 of produce to neighbors or area restaurants a farmer, rather than a gardener, so regulations may apply. For renters, just a few tomato plants in a well-maintained container on a patio or deck can yield as much as 50 pounds of tomatoes by taking advantage of its microclimate, influenced by wind blocks, heated surfaces and reflected light from windows. Urban gardening is also thriving indoors in terrariums, window boxes and

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With more than 80 percent of Americans currently living in urban and suburban areas, the questionable nutrition of many mass-produced foods, increasing pesticide and herbicide use by non-organic farmers, greenhouse gas emissions from food transport and weather patterns altered by climate change, it’s past time to take back some control. Operating our own gardens and preparing our own meals turns us back into producers, not merely consumers. “For the most part, we’re just average suburbanites,” concludes Brown. “We just choose to have less lawn and more garden. A huge benefit is that we need less income because we’re buying less at the grocery store. Our goal is to semi-retire in our mid-50s— not because we’ve made a bunch of money, but because we’ve needed less money to live along the way.” John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of Farmstead Chef (FarmsteadChef. com), ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, in Browntown, WI. They grow 70 percent of their organic food; the cost savings helped them become mortgage-free in their mid-40s.


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shows. “People can save thousands of dollars by combining five to 10 exercises into a burst-training workout routine,” which will burn calories and increase muscle mass, says Joe Vennare, co-founder of the Hybrid Athlete, a fitness website.

Myth 4: Too Late to Start Many people feel they are too old or out-of-shape to even begin to exercise, or are intimidated by the idea of stepping into a yoga studio or gym. “Stop wasting time reading diet books and use that time to go for a walk,” advises Exercise Physiologist Jason Karp, Ph.D., author of Running for Women and Running a Marathon for Dummies. “In other words, get moving any way you can.”




he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that more than a third of Americans today are overweight. Yet it also reports that at least 30 percent of us don’t exercise at all, perhaps partly due to persistent fitness myths.

Myth 1: Lack of Opportunity Even the busiest person can fit in some exercise by making simple changes in their daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do squats while watching television, deliver a message in person instead of via email, take a desk break to stretch or stand while talking on the phone. Even fidgeting is beneficial. The point is to be as active as possible during otherwise sedentary hours.

Myth 2: No Time The CDC recommends that each week, adults should exercise 150 minutes—the average duration of a movie—but not all at once. To make it easy, break it up into various exercise activities in daily, vigorous, 10-minute chunks.

Myth 3: Unaffordable Activities like walking, bicycling and even jumping rope can be done virtually anywhere, anytime. Individuals can create a basic home fitness center with a jump rope, set of dumbbells and not much more. Borrow an exercise video or DVD from the library or follow one of the many television fitness


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Myth 5: No Pain, No Gain Suffering isn’t required. In fact, feeling pain can indicate possible injury or burnout. Still, consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program. “Do not hurt yourself,” says Charla McMillian, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, attorney and president of FitBoot – Basic Training for Professionals, in San Francisco. “Rather, aim for a point of gentle discomfort,” she advises.

Myth 6: Must Break a Sweat Perspiring is related to the duration and intensity of the exercise, but some people just sweat more than others. “How much (or little) you sweat does not correlate with how many calories you are expending,” assures Jessica Matthews, an experienced registered yoga teacher and an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.

Myth 7: Dieting is Enough Women especially fall prey to the myth that they don’t need to exercise if they are a certain dress size. Even those at a healthy weight can be in greater danger of contracting disease and shortened lifespan than obese individuals that regularly participate in physical activity, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in Bethesda, Maryland. Health experts recommend combining regular activity with consuming lean proteins, healthy fats, limited starches and no added sugars.

Myth 8: Stretch Before Exercising New research from the American Council on Exercise recommends stretching at the end of a workout. “It is safer and more effective to stretch muscles that are properly warmed and more pliable,” says Matthews, who also recommends beginning a workout with simple movements such as arm circles and leg swings. She notes, “Stretching can help to improve posture and flexibility, plus reduce overall stress.”

Myth 9: Crunches Cut Belly Fat There’s no such thing as spot reducing.

While crunches strengthen abdominal muscles, they will not shrink your waistline, says Karp. Instead, try exercises such as squats, lunges and yoga plank holds or kettlebell repetitions to lose stubborn belly fat.

Myth 10: Women Using Weights Get Bulky The truth is that most weightlifting women won’t end up with a big, bulky physique because they have less testosterone, are smaller in size and have less muscle tissue than men, advises Matthews. “Any kind of strength training will help improve bone density, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat in both men and women.”

Myth 11: Exercise is Hard Physical activity should be fun. It’s best to start simply, add a variety of physical activities and challenges and keep at it. Schedule time for exercise and treat it like any other daily appointment; don’t cancel it. Alexander Cortes, a nationally certified strength and conditioning coach with Ultimate Fighting Championship Gym, in Corona, California, concludes, “When health is a priority, exercise is the most important appointment you can keep.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at

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Dietary Turnaround


Addressing Autism Families Have Reasons for Hope by Brita Belli


arents of autistic children are encouraged when they witness improvements after eliminating gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) from their kids’ diets. Now a parental study supports the correlation—for some kids on the autism spectrum, the gluten- and casein-free (GFCF) diet appears to be connected with remarkable changes. Laura Cousino Klein, associate professor of biobehavioral health and human development at the Penn State College of Medicine, helped lead research that surveyed 387 parents or caregivers with affected children. For those diagnosed with combinations of autism and gastrointestinal issues or


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food sensitivities, the GFCF diet brought marked improvements in their autism spectrum disorder (ASD) behaviors— reducing hyperactivity and tantrums; minimizing constipation and seizures; and improving social behaviors. Klein says scientists are still working to understand the interaction between the brain, gut and behaviors, but recent findings suggest that significant links exist. “One hypothesis is that by eliminating dietary triggers in the presence of food allergies or gastrointestinal distress, you’re reducing inflammation or irritability of the immune system, and that’s affecting the way the brain is functioning,” she says.

One Racine, Wisconsin, mom, Cindy Schultz, a tireless advocate for her autistic son, says, “As an infant, he either had constipation or diarrhea. There was never a happy medium.” The GFCF diet has improved his health and his ability to communicate. Shauna Layton, in Clinton, Indiana, says her son experienced similar bowel problems and she also saw a remarkable turnaround in his language abilities and social interactions as they adhered to a GFCF diet and eliminated sugar and yeast. Other parents from her online support group, Together in Autism, report similar success. “Some children have never talked, and now they are saying ‘Mom,’ ‘Dad,’ or ‘I love you,’ for the first time,” Layton says. A definitive gut-brain link with autism has yet to be identified. Some scientists suggest that kids with autism are more likely to have leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability), which allows peptides from gluten and casein to escape from the digestive tract, cross the intestinal membranes, enter the bloodstream and go to the brain, causing the neurobehavioral symptoms known as ASDs, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. While the AAP knows of no scientific proof that a GFCF diet will bring benefits, they note that it’s possible, especially in people suffering from celiac disease. Parents have also observed that food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity in children, a connection unconfirmed by the federal government. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Advisory Committee suggested further testing, while voting against ad-

ditional food labeling requirements for potentially problematic dyes. Meanwhile, some parents affirm that eliminating such dyes has helped them better manage their children’s attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A 2011 study taking into account 35 years of research found that many ADHD children showed significant improvement after eliminating dyes from their diets; it also registered that greater than 70 percent were positively influenced by various dietary changes. The results were promising enough for researchers to conclude, “A trial elimination diet is appropriate for children that have not responded satisfactorily to conventional treatment.”

The Role of Vitamin D A 2012 study in the Journal of Neuroinflammation found that autistic children had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than control subjects. Vitamin D, the study notes, regulates immune function and thus autoimmunity; when the immune system is disrupted and the body attacks itself, it may play a role in the development of autism. Dr. John Cannell, founder of the nonprofit Vitamin D Council, remarks that fear of sun overexposure has led to the deficiencies. “Vitamin D is not a vitamin,” Cannell clarifies. “It’s a steroid hormone system that begins in the skin. If children aren’t getting any

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f the child’s brain is lagging developmentally, they may live in perpetual ‘flight or fight’ mode, thereby decreasing proper digestion. Lack of stomach acids allow foods to putrify, leading to yeast overgrowth, fungus and leaky gut. Once we start maturing the brain of an autistic child, their gut issues improve tremendously: decreased heart rate allows child can ‘rest and digest’; Increased motility (peristalsis) to move/break up foods; Increased HCl and Enzymes to properly break down foods. I recommend parents read the new book from Dr. Melillo, founder of Brain Balance “The Scientific Truth About Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders--and What Parents Can Do Now.” Dr. Tamara Eslich is owner of Brain Balance Achievement Centers of Golden and Highlands Ranch, which offer non-drug, holistic, brain-centered approach to help children with ADHD, academic, social, behavioral and other issues. See ad page 40. photons of UVB light, they’re not making any vitamin D.” He notes that the rise in autism rates during the last 25 years tracks with increases in 50-plus SPF sunscreen use, more time spent indoors and a rise in breastfeeding. Because breast milk contains low amounts of vitamin D, since 2003 the AAP has emphasized the importance of parents giving vitamin D supplement drops to breastfed infants. The same vitamin D study showed that the severity of autism correlated strongly with deficiencies of this vitamin and that the higher the level, the less severe the symptoms. Cannell has witnessed this

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utism is the fastest growing developmental disability with a 10-17% annual growth and costs topping $60 billion annually (Brain, vol.125). With the incidence and increasing at a staggering rate, it is time to take emotion out of the picture and look at what is the cause, solution, and prevention of this condition. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder where functional connectivity in the brain does not occur at the appropriate rate (Melillo). Some of the key features are: repetitive behaviors, social deficits, language deficits, sensory deficits, and motor skill development. Eighty five percent Autism cases are not associated with a genetic disorder. Rather, epigenetic changes seem to be causing

the increase! (Collins, National Human Genome Research Institute). Epigenetics is an emerging science looking at how the environment changes our gene expression. Stress, diet, low vitamin D, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, drugs and hormone balance cause changes that can be expressed as Autism in offspring. Therefore, addressing heath concerns prior to conception is critical for a child’s health (HertzPicciotto, UC Davis MIND Institute). Aside from addressing the brain imbalance in children with Autism, nutritional changes can also lead to improvement. Eliminating allergenic foods (gluten, milk, eggs, soy, and corn) improves neurologic symptoms by decreasing antibody activity affecting the brain (Nutr Neurosci, June 2004).

phenomenon via a clinic hosted by the Vitamin D Council, recommending increases in vitamin D levels for autistic children to “high normal levels” and reducing vitamin A, which blocks the action of vitamin D. “We have children on 5,000 to 10,000 units of vitamin D a day,” Cannell reports. “We see improvements in terms of sleep, meltdowns, eye contact, cognitive capacity, fine motor skills, language and reading—across the spectrum.” Brita Belli is the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates.

Autoimmunity and Autistic symptoms have also been linked to low vitamin D levels, with more severe symptoms correlated with the lowest levels of vitamin D (vitaminDcouncil, 8/17/12). Childhood Developmental Disorders are life-changing conditions. Understanding how to prevent and treat developmental disorders is key to our children’s health. With the proper intervention of diet and brain exercises, they can be improved if not reversed. Seek a functional neurologist for a comprehensive plan of action. Karen Hollaman DC of Red Tail Wellness Centers is a board-certified chiropractor and licensed primary healthcare physicians in the state of Colorado. She specializes in pregnancy and childhood issues. See ad p25.

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savethedate calendarofevents SEXY SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT VIA SEX TALK FOR COUPLES/SINGLES Sunday, Mar 3, 7-8 PM (Cpls) & Friday, Mar 7, 7-8 PM (Sngls) Sunday, Apr 7, 7-8 PM (Cpls) & Friday, Apr 12, 7-8 PM (Sngls) It is not always easy to find a comfortable place to talk about sex and intimacy. Yet, these gatherings offer a wonderful opportunity to talk, ask questions, share and learn in a safe space. Hosted by Rob and Janelle Alex. RSVP via on Events page. Questions? Email

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“High Vibrations” for Body~Mind~Soul Series: Energy Awareness 101–5-7pm. Join us for a better understanding of vibrational energy in these changing energetic times. $22/class. $100/ series of 5. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St., Golden. 303-278-3414,

Oneness Blessing Deeksha –7-9pm. Experience the energy and Sacred Sound of Oneness Deeksha and Meditation. This Divine intelligent energy transfer causes a neurobiological transformation. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-7316695.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 Don’t Just Set Goals, Achieve Them!–10:30-Noon. Tired of sabotaging yourself and your goals? Learn what’s limiting you subconsciously. Let them go using the Sedona Method. $25 advance/$35 door. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Melanie Smithson, LPC, BC-DMT, Certified Sedona Method Coach, 303-762-8994,


Guidance for 2013 Gallery Readings–9-11am. Get psychic insights to help you with your 2013 goals and life direction from Karen Fox, psychic medium and Director of the Aspen Program for Psychic Development. $25. Karen Fox 303-942-0646. Must Pre-Reg at

Movie Friday, March 8 at 6pm; Initiation Saturday March 9


Wings to Freedom: Babaji’s Mystic Revelations, a documentary film of Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath, will premier for free Friday March 8 at Meitreya Sangha, Spirit Bldg, 4665 Nautilus Ct South, Ste 100 in Boulder at 6pm. Initiation offered Saturday, March 9 into Babaji’s Kundalini Kriya Yoga from 9-4pm at the Starhouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon in Boulder. Space is limited. RSVP or call 720-556-2020.

HEALER TRAINING PROGRAM WITH WENDY DE ROSA March 21-23 in Boulder The Healer Training Program has a strong emphasis on self-healing and is a wonderful platform for powerful transformation and self-actualization. The yearlong program consists of four modules with additional conference calls, personal assignments, group support, and supervision outside of the classroom. Course completion affords participants a certificate as a Held in Light Healer Training Program graduate and the possibility to continue with a mentoring program for further


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Non-Denominational Church Service–NEW TIME! 1:30pm. Celebrate the journey of life with meditation and an informative spiritual message on the first Sunday of every month. Includes a free aura healing/ chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. NEW LOCATION! Rocky Mountain Miracle Center 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439. th

Community HU Song–also on the 17 . 10:3011:00am. Experience the spiritual gifts gained by singing “HU” an ancient name for God. All faiths welcome. Free. Denver Eckankar Center, 5800 E Evans Ave., Denver. 303-756-9287 or

TUESDAY, MARCH 5 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or An Evening with White Eagle–7-9pm. Gain a higher perspective; join us for channeled meditation that opens your heart and lifts you from fear. White Eagle channeled by Jonette Crowley. $20. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Oneness Blessing–7-8pm. Experience the grace and divinity of the Oneness Blessing, a non-denominational transfer of energy that awakens the heart. Native American drum, Tibetan singing bowls. Love Offering. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St. Golden. 303278-3414,

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Oneness Blessing–5:30pm. A team of certified blessing givers will be offering Oneness Blessings, a nondenominational benediction that assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave., Lakewood.

Arise the Movie: International Women’s Day– 7-9pm. Award-winning documentary captures the stories of extraordinary women around the world coming together to heal injustices against the earth. $13/students, seniors; $15/adults. The Mayan Theater 110 S Broadway St., Denver. Arisethemoviedenver.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 “High Vibrations” for the Body~Mind~Soul Series: Crystal Singing Bowl Healing Workshop–7:309:30pm. Applied sound techniques & meditations for enhancing one’s well-being & wholeness w/ Stephen Pranger. $22/class. $100/series of 5. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St. Golden. 303-278-3414, Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open channeling 7-7:30/Free. Healings/$10. This dynamic process facilitates re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings and intense individual clearings. No appt nec. NEW LOCATION! Rocky Mountain Miracle Center 1939 S Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Free Babaji Movie Premier–6pm. Wings to Freedom: Babaji’s Mystic Revelations, a documentary film of Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath, will premier for free at Meitreya Sangha, Spirit Bldg, 4665 Nautilus Ct South, #100 Boulder. Initiation Sat 3/9 into Babaji’s Kundalini Kriya Yoga from 9-4pm at the Starhouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon in Boulder. RSVP or call 720-556-2020. ‘Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself’ Progressive Workshop with Dr. Joe Dispenza–9am-5pm. Sat and Sun 3/8-3/9. Two-day retreat from familiar stimuli helps liberate energy stored in the body in the form of self-limiting thoughts, unconscious habits and addictive emotions. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave., Lakewood.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 CHANNELING DEMYSTIFIED–12:30-4:30 p.m. “Channeling” is a generic term used to describe the process of communicating with Spirit. In this class, you’ll learn the differentiating characteristics of channeling types; experience Spirit communication using “automatic writing”; and interact with Spirit through a trance channel. Presented by Eclectic Horizons and The Aspen Program for Psychic Development aspenprogram. com. $55. The Cloisters on Wadsworth in Lakewood. Pre-register at, questions 720-248-8396 or Why do I still have Thyroid Symptoms and Gluten Intolerance?–12-1:30pm. Tired, brain fog, indigestion

and more? We specialize in treating auto-immune issues so you can feel like yourself. FREE, but pre-reg req’d. Smithson Clinic, 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Gail Smithson, LAc, 303-762-8994, Leadership for the 21st Century Workshops–cont’d 3/10; also on 3/23-24. Presented by Power of 3 Leadership Academy, this course includes P3LA Solutions and Guidebook. or Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-7316695. The Harmonizer Workshop–9am-2pm. Discover the World of Energy Medicine! Learn simple energetic corrections and enhancements to restore vitality, release blockages, regenerate and rejuvenate your body’s wisdom and system’s balance. Reg req’d. $45. Quantum Wellness, 620 Miller Ct., Lakewood. Constance Harvey 720-442-5033, Earth Songs Movie and Presentation with Director Brian Luke Seaward–7pm This special screening is followed by a presentation. Director discusses the ‘making of’ and Q/A session. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

savethedate A BASIC MEDITATION 5-WEEKS Starts Tuesday, April 2nd, Evenings 7-9pm Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide to help heal anything that you are ready to release. Learn to protect yourself energetically. Let go of the negativity and make room for the positive. Feel your health improve while in a safe environment. Early Bird $165, Regular Price $180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio, 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303, or

LOVE IS THE KEY: CELEBRATING OUR DIVINE ESSENCE WITH SAI MAA • April 5-6 Experience living powerfully, moving through fear, and saying YES to what you really want. Participate in a variety of programs! Friday 5:30pm: New Participant Introduction. (No Cost); 7pm Darshan with Sai Maa (No Cost); Saturday Day Program ($80) and Evening Gala ($25-$45). Denver Sheraton Hotel. 1550 Court Place, Denver. For More information, visit


Daylight Savings Today! ECKANKAR Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. “The Meaning of Life: Why are we Here?” All are Welcome. Free. Denver ECKANKAR Cnter, 5800 E. Evans Ave, Denver. Denver ECKANKAR Center, 303-756-9287, New Moon Intention Ceremony with Drum Circle–7-9pm. Share in the introspection and new creation energy of the new moon. Bring drums, special intentions and snack to share. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303731-6695. Tea Talks for Women, Your Feminine Side: Do You Honor Her? –Caroline Turner, former attorney and author of Difference Works, discusses feminine vs. masculine in each of us. Learn to express yourself authentically. Mile Hi Church 9077 W Alameda Ave., Lakewood.

MONDAY, MARCH 11 Accelerated Meditation Program–6-8pm. 3-wk, accelerated program explores your spiritual essence and benefits of meditation. Learn the same skill set as our regular series in rapid-fire format. Facilitated by Lynn Austin. $120/pre-paid-$135/door. Inner Connection Institute North Side location: 4325 Harlan St., Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or

PERFECT HEALTH-AYURVEDIC LIFESTYLE PROGRAM Pre-Registration deadline Tues April 9; Workshop Sat & Sun April 20-21 If you are coping with physical illness, emotional upset, chronic pain, job burnout, work-life imbalance or relationship stress, The Chopra Center-Perfect Health Lifestyle Program will help you heal. The program teaches you a powerful regimen of Ayurvedic practices and techniques designed to: *balance the mind-body-spirit *enhance nutrition *reduce emotional turbulence *restore vitality *re-awaken the senses. Ananda Yoga Therapy, Golden. Info or call 303-895-7298. Online registration, under Chopra.

BACH FLOWER ESSENCES CERTIFICATION PROGRAM May 7th- June 6th, Tues/Thurs 6-9pm; Saturday June 1st 10-5pm. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism offering evening training with Deanna Gabriel CCH CN for Bach Flower Essences Certification Program. State Approved program prepares graduate to offer flower essence consultations in retail or clinical settings. Classroom training, field work and clinical case analysis included. Round table meetings SeptMay, 3-5pm first Thursday of each month. 720-406-8609. .

WAKE UP FESTIVAL • August 14-18 The 2nd Annual Wake Up Festival presented by Sounds True is an opportunity for turbo-charged experiences of initiation, featuring more than 30 presenters over the course of 5 immersive days in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Leading spiritual teachers will join together with renowned healers, musicians, poets, yogis, dancers to accelerate personal transformation and spiritual awakening, collectively initiated into greater openness, authenticity, and flow. Pre-Festival Intensives Aug 12-14. Estes Park. Pre-reg by 5/1 SAVE $200.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Intro to your Intuition–7-8:30pm. Relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort; enjoy an overall calmer lifestyle. This free class accesses your intuition through Yoga of the Mind Intuitive Meditation. FREE. David Stevens, 303-668-2358, Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Lecture covers brain function of a child struggling with academics, socialization and behavior. Help your child overcome these issues without meds! FREE. Brain Balance Achievement Center 1970 E County Line Rd., #G, Littleton. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Arise Screening in Honor of International Women’s Day–7-9:30pm. Award-winning documentary captures the stories of extraordinary women around the world coming together to heal the injustices against the earth.

A SUMMER OF HEALING IN GRAND LAKE Rocky Mountain Energy Healing Intensive: Aug 15-18. Great continuing education opportunity for reiki practitioners, massage therapists, energy healers and those interested in energy healing. Focuses on building energy healing skills/high sense perception abilities. 24 hrs massage CEUs. $545. Shadowcliff Healing Retreat: Aug 20-24. Take time to connect to the earth in new ways. Learn and practice energy healing skills for healers and anyone wanting to expand creative expression. 20 hrs massage CEUs. $625. From Core Star Energy healing School of Kansas City. John at 913-831-4422 or

BECOME A MASTER HERBALIST! BEGINS SEPTEMBER 2013 Gain expertise for clinical practice in 500 hour, case-based program. Weekends. Theory, medicine making, herb walks, student clinic. Just for Health School of Reflexology and Healing Arts. State Approved. Check website for Continuing Education classes. 303320-4367 or

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looking ahead 2013 APRIL 5 Darshan with Sai Maa–7:30-9:30pm. Spend an evening with Sai Maa. Maa is a Spiritual Master who provides down-to-earth teachings and tools for powerful, lasting transformation. No Cost. Location: Denver Sheraton Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver. 303-996-0123 or

APRIL 6 Love is the Key: Celebrating our Divine Essence– 10am-3pm. Experience what it is to live a powerful life, move through your own fears, and say YES to what you really want. With special guest Sai Maa. $80. Denver Sheraton Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver. 303-996-0123 or Gala Celebration with Sai Maa–This one-of-a-kind event honors special guest Sai Maa and celebrates our power to live a truly incredible life full of passion, joy and love. Enjoy entertainment and dance to DJ Sol Rising. $25-$45/dinner incl. ($25 if registered for Love is the Key). Denver Sheraton Hotel, 1550 Court Place, Denver. 303-996-123 or

APRIL 9 Perfect Health-Ayurvedic Lifestyle Program– Pre-Reg 4/9; Workshop Sat OR Sun 4/20-21. If you are coping with physical illness, emotional upset, chronic pain, job burnout, work-life imbalance or relationship stress, The Chopra Center-Perfect Health Lifestyle Program will help you heal. Powerful regimen of Ayurvedic practices and techniques designed to: *balance the mind-body-spirit *enhance nutrition *reduce emotional turbulence *restore vitality *re-awaken the senses. Ananda Yoga Therapy, Golden. Info www.anandayt3@ or call 303-895-7298. Online registration, under Chopra.

APRIL 20 Grand Opening Celebration! Brain Balance Achievement Center in Highlands Ranch– FREE. 1970 E County Line Rd., #G, Littleton. RSVP 303278-1780 or

AUGUST 14-18 Wake Up Festival–Join leading spiritual teachers, renowned healers, musicians, poets, yogis, dancers to accelerate personal transformation and spiritual awakening presented by Sounds True. Pre-Festival Intensives Aug 12-14. Estes Park, CO. Pre-reg by 5/1 SAVE $200.

AUG 15-18 Rocky Mountain Energy Healing Intensive–CE’s for reiki practitioners, massage therapists, energy healers or anyone. Build energy healing skills/high sense perception abilities. 3 days/4 nights. 24 hrs massage CEUs. $545. From Core Star Energy healing School of Kansas City. John at 913-831-4422 or

AUG 20-24 Shadowcliff Healing Retreat: Connecting, Grounding, Soaring–Connect to the earth in new ways. Learn and practice energy healing skills for healers and anyone wanting to expand creative expression. 4 nights/5 days. 20 hrs massage CEUs. $625. From Core Star Energy healing School of Kansas City. John at 913831-4422 or


Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition

$15/Adults; $13/students-seniors. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St, Boulder. Lori Joyce 303-437-5536. Active Meditation Program–6:30-8:30pm. 4-wk series to create contentment, empowerment and lasting change. Re-direct your busy mind toward changing your energy and creating what you want, instead of worry and stress. Facilitated by Lauren Skye. $110/4 classes, or $150/4 classes + downloadable recordings. Inner Connection Institute 975 Lincoln St., #202 Denver. 303-282-9439 or Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Improve your Energy Boundaries with Grounding and Centering–6:30-8:30pm. Cont’d 3/20. Eliminate worry and stress in 10 mins/day for people with ‘busy minds’ and people-intense professions. $39. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave., #103, Denver. David Stevens, 303-668-2358 or Beginning Rocky Mountain Gardening–thru 3/27.6-8:30 pm. Annuals, perennials, trees and vegetables for our climate, elevation and varying soils will be discussed. $78/member; $88/nonmember. Denver Botanic Gardens1007 York St, Denver.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Remote Viewing 4 Day Workshop–4-day intensive workshop immerses you in training for remote viewing. 40 students. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or 13th Annual Women’s Spirituality & Wellness Festival–10am-4pm. Health info, healers, readings, books, arts, crafts, jewelry, live performances, workshops, chair massage. FREE. Tivoli Turnhalle on The Auraria campus, 900 Auraria Pkwy, Denver. The Institute for Women’s Studies & Services of MSU Denver. 303-556-8441 or

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Movie & Discussion: From Jesus to Christ (PBS’s Frontline)–6pm. Potluck at 6pm, movie at 7pm, discussion to follow. Child care available. Love Offering. Unity on the Avenue, 4670 E 17th Ave, Denver. 303-322-3901 or “High Vibrations” for the Body~Mind~Soul Series: Flower Essences–Learn vibrational properties of fl ower essences and their natural way of lifting your spirits. Includes customized remedy. $22/class. $100/series of 5. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St. Golden. 303-278-3414,

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Brain Balance Achievement Center Informational Lecture–6:30pm. Lecture covers brain function of a child struggling with academics, socialization and behavior. Help your child overcome these issues without meds! FREE. Brain Balance Achievement Center 1211 Avery St., Golden. RSVP 303-278-1780 or Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358 or

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Oneness Blessing–5:30 p.m. Certified blessinggivers offer Oneness Blessings, a non-denominational benediction that assists the recipient in a more heartfelt experience of Oneness and the Divine. Mile Hi Church 9077 W Alameda Ave., Lakewood or Don’t Just Set Goals, Achieve Them! –6:30-8pm. Tred of sabotaging yourself and your goals? Learn to clear subconscious, limiting beliefs using the Sedona Method. $25/advance-$35/door. Smithson Clinic 2825 Vallejo St., Denver. Melanie Smithson LPC BC-DMT Certified Sedona Method Coach 303-7628994, A Night of Intuition–7-9pm. Learn to listen to your intuition, including a meditation and mini-reading. Full Moon Books, Lakewood. $10. Spring Equinox Sacred Sound Concert and Gong Bath–7-9pm. Celebrate the energy of sacred sound with gongs, crystal bowls, drumming and dance. Bring your pillow and blanket to relax and absorb the sound. $20. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Native American Flute Class–7-9pm. Instructors Ken Kordes and Larry Cooper lead this hands-on beginners class. Fee includes a new High Spirit F-Sharp Flute, CD and Book. Pre-reg req’d. $95. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Optimize Your Natural Healing Power–6pm. Master Nutrition Therapist Karin Dietrich discusses the most potent holistic concepts to stimulate natural healing processes and pathways that create a healthy foundation. FREE. Clear Sky Medical 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303–790–7860 or

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Healer Training Program with Wendy De Rosa– A strong emphasis on self-healing and a wonderful platform for powerful transformation and selfactualization. Boulder.

Let Go, Have More–12-1pm at the Denver Metaphysical Fair. Goals become effortlessly attainable when one is in a relaxed, centered, playful state of being. Learn Sedona Method Releasing. FREE, $5/ fair admin. Denver Merch Mart. 58th and I-25. 303762-8994 or

Vibrational Field Conference–thru 3/24. Experience your harmonic resonance! Healing workshops, sound and chanting, meditative movement and concert Saturday night. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. 877-786-0078.


FRIDAY, MARCH 22 “High Vibrations� for the Body~Mind~Soul Series: Chakras, Color & Nutrition–5-7pm. Learn how the 7 main chakras vibrate to specific colors. Discover oxygen-rich, alkalizing foods full of life-force energy. Chakra elixirs & organic foods served. $22/class. $100/series of 5. Heart of Oneness Center, 720 14th St. Golden. 303-278-3414,

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Psychic Dreaming Workshop–10am-4pm.One of the best sources of psychic information is your dreams. Your dreams are constantly giving you insights and information to assist you with your life. Tips for remembering dreams, quick interpretation techniques, increase psychic dreams, hypnosis recording to Ask Your Dreams a Question. Karen Fox has been working with dreams for 40+ years. She is a psychic and hypnotherapist and Director $75. Aspen Program for Psychic Development Karen Fox 303-942-0646. Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation–11am5pm; Meditation 2-5pm. Uncover hidden beliefs that hinder your progress and then heal and release those blocks. Full day: $110 or $190/2pp; Meditation only: $55 or $95/2pp. Unity on the Avenue 4670 E 17th Ave Pkwy, Denver. or The WooHooo Sessions! A Day of Pain Elimination– 9am-8pm. Suffering from an “itis�, “otis� or “algia�?

Live pain-free-Quantum Energetics clears the root cause of pain. $125. Quantum Wellness Full Spectrum Healing 620 Miller Ct., Lakewood. Constance 720-442-5033. Mushroom Propogation–1-5pm. Propagate gourmet and medicinal mushrooms in your own basement or back yard. Includes a bag of mushroom starter to take home. $50/member; $55/nonmember. Denver Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver. 720-865-3580 or

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 FREE Intro into your Intuition–2-3pm. Ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and overall calmer lifestyle? Come to this FREE class to access your intuition through Yoga of the Mind Intuitive Meditation. David Stevens, 303-668-2358,

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303668-2358 or

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 An Evening with Shmaya-Channeled Language of Light–6:30-8pm. Receive personal guidance/healing from Shmaya that transforms well-being on a deep, profound level. Word vibrations transmit healing. $15. Heart of Oneness Center 720 14th St., Golden. JoAnne Palladino 303-263-0679 or

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 “High VIbrations� for Body~Mind~Soul Series: Aromatherapy & Crystals–6:30-8:30pm. Explore healing frequencies of medicinal grade essential oils & crystals of the earth. They support healing of mind, body and spirit. $22/class. $100/series of 5. Heart of Oneness Center 720 14th St. Golden. 303-278-3414, Thriving Community Program - thru 3/30. Sunrise Ranch Dome, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. 877-786-0078. or


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Easy, Active Yoga of the Mind Meditation–7:158:30pm. Are you ‘no good at meditating?’. Explore Yoga of the Mind meditation with David Stevens. This meditation will fly by so fast you will not believe it! Forget all the stuffy ideas you have about meditation. $10. 303-668-2358,

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check dates Sustainable Solutions Meetup/Thrive Movement Solutions Group–7-9pm. Support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. All interested parties invited. See Sustainable Solutions Meetup or Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Aura clearing/Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358 or

Channeled Healing Meditation–Channeled Healing Meditation assists those present in their transformational process. Presented by Barry Helm-psychic, channeller, bodyworker, healer. Donations Welcom. Boulder. 513-289-3930 or

wednesdays Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash.” Release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. Love offering. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. Anita Destino, Journey Within 720-413-7303 or

daily Tour Church of Scientology* Public Information Center–9am-9:30pm. What is Scientology? Dare to find out for yourself. Self-guided tours daily. All religions and beliefs welcome. 2340 Blake Street, Denver. 303-789-7668. Free Personality Test–9am-10pm. Are you curious about you? What are your strengths? What is holding you back? Find out today! 2340 Blake Str., Denver. 303-789-7668. .

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. Drop-in for a10-min energy cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain, and fear. Get replenished with your own positive energy and feel great! FREE. 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-5300920 or

mondays Find Your Center at Your Center–11am-7pm. The region’s first Young Living Retail & Resource Room. Learn how Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils can transform your life! Exciting information on health benefits, usage and applications. Offering essential oils Massage, Tues-Sat by appt. First-time client pricing. Resource Room also open Sat by appointment.1075 S. Yukon St., #340, Lakewood. 303-518-3515 or

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COUNSELING OPEN SPACE, OPEN MIND CM BROWN Boulder 303-396-9023 Are you confused? Overwhelmed by life? It sometimes helps to sit down and stop analyzing. You already have the answer. You may simply need help allowing what is already present to reveal itself. It is easier than you might imagine. This is not psychotherapy or learning how to cope. Through the Buddhist and Vedantic teachings, uncover a new way of living your life. Private meetings include discussion, reflection, and self inquiry. Discover how thoughts and preconceived notions create unnecessary limitations in the way you approach your life. Don’t approach your life. Live it. Free 30 minute consultation. Reasonable rates. Sliding scale available.

DENTIST VIBRANCE DENTISTRY WITH DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our stateof-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 15.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 39.

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Adopt your best friend today! We rescue dogs and cats and foster them until we find a forever home. Classes in Understanding Dogs with positive reinforcement techniques and Dog Trainer Apprentice to become a dog trainer utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches. Many more classes – see our website for adoptable animals and classes. See ad page 23.

ENERGY HEALING & MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN WITH ANITA DESTINO Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood 720-413-7303 A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

VIBRATIONAL ALIGNMENT HEALING with ZACH REHDER 303-669-4827 Have you tried everything to heal a condition? I specialize in the “stuff” that nobody else can figure out. I have been given a gift that creates space in other’s bodies. Space dissolves the energetic blocks, boundaries, and stagnation in bodies. It goes to the very root cause of a condition. Stress does not exist in space. It creates ease and joy in bodies. It does not function from what can be understood in this reality. See ad page 4.

KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel your best at any age with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Call to set up your appointment today. See ad page 39.

HOLISTIC SKIN CARE NATURAL ACNE CLINIC Jessica Fanning, Esthetician, Acute Homeopath & Laser Specialist 8719 E. Dry Creek Rd, Centennial, CO 80111 773-983-3257 Have you tried everything to clear your acne? Are you looking for a natural approach to eliminate acne from the inside and out? I specialize in teenage, hormonal and adult acne. A customized program of clinical skin care, vitamins, homeopathic remedies and diet changes will be recommended to clear your skin. Currently offering a complimentary 15-minute information session in office or via phone.




dōTERRA WITH BILL SCHAEFER 303-668-7072 Did you know not all brands of essential oils are the same? Some are not pure. And some use synthetics, losing the power of the oil. Learn about essential oils and what they can do for you. Oils can be a safe alternative for “Over the Counter” medications and your health. We offer classes and events to help you have a better understanding of the use of oils for daily living.

Karen Galvin, LPC, CMS, CHt 700 Front St., Suite 103, Louisville 720-208-8170 Licensed Professional Counselor and IBH certified clinical and medical support hypnotherapist. Learn to use your mind and thoughts to manage stress and anxiety, unpleasant physical symptoms, change habits, increase motivation, surgery preparation and accelerated healing. Free consultations. Find out how hypnotherapy can help you.

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INTEGRATIVE HEALTH RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS IAN HOLLAMAN, DC 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 Are you tired, foggy-brained, gaining weight for no reason, have elevated cholesterol and other symptoms of thyroid disease, but your thyroid levels are “normal?” Go beyond the “traditional” standard of care to Ian Hollaman, DC, who focuses on difficult and chronic cases such as elevated glucose and cholesterol, thyroid disorders, and novel solutions to pain and injuries with proficiency in multiple modalities such as Applied Kinesiology, Functional Medicine. Chiropractic and Nutrition. See ad page 25.

RED TAIL WELLNESS CENTERS KAREN HOLLAMAN, DC, LMT 4520 North Broadway, Boulder 303-882-8447 Women, are you looking for a different standard of care for you and your children? I was given a second chance at life because of a holistic chiropractor’s understanding of how the body heals itself when given the proper support. I offer women and children the same hope and care I had been generously given. If you or your family struggles with health issues please contact the Red Tail Wellness Center so I can help you take flight again and let your health soar. See ad page 25.

LIFE COACHING PEARL COACHING WITH BETH ANDERSON 720-261-3155 FREE 30-minute coaching session! Stir your soul to greatness by unrelenting focus and action towards your dream. Life’s journey~create it, live it, love it. Business and life coaching. Beth also tutors and coaches people on blog writing and Wordpress. Her personal blog is

BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS 303-278-1780, Golden 303-800-1625 Highlands Ranch (University and C-470) Ages 4-17 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. Now open in Highlands Ranch. Free 1/2 hour consultation and tour. See ad page 40


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Intuitive Consultant, Life Coach, Hypnotherapist, Energy Healer, Pet Intuitive 720-515-7408 Need to overcome fears or anxiety and gain confidence to create success? Would you like to communicate better and overcome conflict in your relationship? Would you like to learn more about your intuition and have a peaceful and balanced life? These are just a few of the many things I assist people with. Being able to apply my natural gifts with my certified skills allows me to address what’s happening emotionally, physically, and energetically and creates a safe space for complete healing and success. You have all the answers; I just get the honor to help you connect with them.

LIFE GUIDANCE CAREER, RELATIONSHIPS & LIFE PURPOSE INTUITIVE Nancy McCleary 303-519-0355 Get clarity and direction quickly from experiencing the loving intuitive gifts of Nancy McCleary. You will feel confident and content that you have reconnected with your spirit as Nancy shares profound wisdom through her Channeling, Numerology, Cards of Destiny and intuition. You will feel validated; able to make changes in your life, and move through issues that have you feeling stuck. Obtain your highest level of personal fulfillment in any area of your life, including relationships, career and life purpose. Visit her web site to learn more and read client testimonials.

MASSAGE IN TOUCH MASSAGE THERAPY WITH BRENNA WITT, LMT Kittredge Village, 26030 Hwy. 74, Kittredge 303-526-0038 Do you have sore muscles, an injury with persistent pain or just need to relax? Allow your mind and body to melt into my capable hands at In Touch Massage Therapy, located on scenic Hwy 74, just minutes from Evergreen.. Enjoy your fully customized massage with Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue and/or Hot Stone while listening to the soothing sounds of Bear Creek and bird songs outside the window. New client special! $45 for an hour; $65 for 1.5 hours or the package: buy 5 and get the 6th free! Gift Certificates are available. Call or email for your massage today!


CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 39.



Esther Yang,, CMT 7007 E Hampden Ave, Ste B, Denver 303-758-1078

LIFE TRANSFORMATION BJ BROWN, MSW, CIBP Body-Centered Psychotherapist, Shamanic Practitioner, Reiki Master In Boulder 303-808-4006 We create a compassionate and powerful container in which you discover the source of your well being Discover a deeper sense of wholeness, integrity, passion and joy. BJ Brown brings her commitment, presence, humor and expertise in the areas of relationship, trauma, spirituality, life transition, addiction, and bodymind awareness. Retreats, long distance consultations and healings also offered. Read my recently published book, “The Six Gates of Completion - A Companion in Life’s Transitions”, available on my website, Kindle, The Boulder Bookstore, and The Tattered Cover. Begin your life transformation today!

Bring balance, health and happiness to your life. Heal persistent pain, body aches and relax with Balance Healing’s therapeutic massage. This type of massage brings healing to the body by pressure points using acupuncture meridian techniques that revitalize the spirit, mind and body. We also provide acupuncture sessions to help relieve pain and healing foot reflexology. Come and relax with soft music and in an atmosphere of true healing. Gift Certificates available. Call for your appointment today at 303-758-1078.

NATURAL PAIN MANAGEMENT AIM HIGH WELLNESS Denver, Aurora, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge Tired of the PAIN? Our doctors have over 50 years of experience helping thousands get pain free naturally. Helping your hard to treat cases. • Neck, Back, Shoulder, arms pains • Headaches • Car accident injuries • Work and sports injuries. Our caring staff makes the difference! Auto and group insurance accepted, and affordable cash plans. CALL NOW! Free consultation (303) 922-2977

NUTRITION CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 39.

ORTHO-BIONOMY THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ORTHOBIONOMY® CENTER, LLC Sheri Covey, Advanced Instructor 970-209-9400 Next Week of Classes: Feb 11-15 Ortho-Bionomy® is bodywork that engages our self-correcting reflexes from positions of comfort and ease of movement. Based in Osteopathy, “Ortho” is effective in healing acute and chronic pain. Working thru the nervous system, “Ortho” interrupts the pain cycle. Painful tissues can re-organize, repattern and change. RMOBC offers classes in Denver and Grand Junction. Take one class or multiple classes towards a Practitioner’s Certification thru the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International. Bodyworkers and laypersons welcome. New trainings offered monthly.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL WITH KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health inside and out for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 39.




KEYBOARD MAGIC STUDIO Evelyn Billberg 303-629-9209 Discovering the Genius Within! Join us on this exciting journey. We’ll help you find that place within, bursting with music and waiting to be discovered and expressed through the keyboard. Instruction is presented in a manner which will advance the student’s skill and enjoyment as rapidly as possible. This special instruction will help the student understand harmony and theory and use that knowledge to play beautiful music. PIANO MARVEL: This new computer interactive piano course is used for interested students in the Keyboard Magic Studio. It is fun and dynamically instructive.

Explore Your Potential! Karen Fox, Ph.D., Director 303-942-0646 We are all psychic! Improve your innate psychic abilities to make better decisions for your life or to become a professional. Take the classes you are drawn to or get a certificate in Psychic (Clairvoyant, Clairaudient, Claircognizant+), Medical Intuitive, or Spirit Medium. We have a variety of classes and instructors.

PSYCHOLOGY & GROWTH OPENING DOORS COUNSELING Barbara Pettibone, MSW, LCSW Denver 303-862-5712 Identify your core issues and apply your own inner strengths to address them. Specializing in women’s issues, Barbara focuses on depression, anxiety, PTSD, abuse, relationship issues, severe mental illnesses including Schizophrenia & Bipolar Disorder, addiction and life changes. She strongly believes that every client has within themselves the resources to address and resolve conflicts. Fees based on ability to pay/sliding scale. No insurance/ credit cards. Flexible scheduling.

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ROLFING BODY ALIVE ROLFING DENVER WITH ERIN FARLEY 303-915-5274 Discover a new level of healing! Rolfing® Structural Integration is a form of bodywork that can lead to postural improvements, alleviate chronic pain and discomfort, or allow for greater freedom of movement and provide a sense of revitalized energy and bodily well-being. Rolfing works on the seamless network of connective tissue to release, realign and balance the whole structure, with the goal of allowing the body to remain effortlessly upright. Whether you are active or not-soactive, or merely looking for the “next step” ignited by physical transformation, achieve your optimum state of alignment and ease in gravity. Call today. Soul Body Integration clients receive a discount on sessions at Body Alive Rolfing.

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SOLAR GOLDEN SOLAR 614 10th Street, Golden 720-278-5253 A solar system for your home or business has never been so affordable and painless! You know solar is good for the environment, but it’s also great on your wallet! Hedge yourself against ever-increasing electricity rates and inflation. Clean, quiet, maintenance free, reduce pollution and CO2 emissions. Increase your property’s value. Colorado owned and operated with master electricians and professional installers. Respectful, clean and quick work. Solar incentives, tax credits and rebates available – ask us today! Buy or lease options. Installation guaranteed for 10 years. See ad page 7.

SPIRITUAL COUNSELOR RENEE ELLIS, MA CMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575 Release the past, create the future and experience your life from a whole new perspective. Move into a rich and joyful life with guidance and support as you travel through significant life transitions, transform grief, and find clarity about your life path and purpose. Renee is a unique guide who weaves together traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression. Her focus is on grief and loss, life transitions, finding and stepping onto one’s path, spiritual development, releasing phobias and healing from chronic pain. Individual sessions and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH ENERGETIC LIFE STRATEGIES: INFORMATION FOR TRANSFORMATION Rev. Lisa Giroux Reiki Master/Teacher, Certified NOW, Spirit Guide, Akashic Records and Prayer practitioner 719-839-0461 FB/reikiwithlisa Make the shift toward more self awareness and spiritual growth with my private phone coaching programs. Learn simple ways to cultivate more well being and peace of mind with my foundation program “the Simplicity of Spirituality” teachings. Peace on Earth begins with Peace of Mind. Namaste. Book one phone session/get one 1/2 price!


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THE JOHN OF GOD CIRCLE OF BOULDER Meets Tuesdays with Susie Verde 303-448-0068 John of God is known as one of the most powerful healing mediums in the world. At his spiritual hospital in Brazil, he attracts thousands of people from all over the world in search of profound healing. Susie Verde is a native Brazilian official guide with over seven years experience, who regularly brings groups to see John of God and gives public talks at his Center. In service locally, her John of God Circle of Boulder meets most Tuesdays of the year. Come for the community support and immerse yourself in the current of this remarkable healing energy from Brazil. See ad page 16.

INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT Main Office: inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Ste 202, Denver Denver: 303-282-9439 Wheat Ridge: 303-257-4797 Create the life you desire through our easy, effective, supportive techniques. A non-denominational, spiritual sanctuary offering clairvoyant reading and healing services, meditation classes, psychic development programs, ministerial services, and ordination programs. Locations in Denver and Wheat Ridge. Free aura clearing and chakra balancing in Wheat Ridge every Saturday 1:00 - 2:00pm. Free open channel clinic in Denver at the Rocky Mtn Miracle Center on the 2nd Fridays of the month at 7pm. Spiritual Services on 1st Sundays at RMMC, 1:30pm. Everyone Welcome! Call for more information. 303-282-9439. See ad page 17.

WELLNESS CENTER YOUR CENTER MASSAGE & YOUNG LIVING RESOURCE ROOM 1075 S. Yukon St. Suite 340 Lakewood 303-518-3513 Find Your Center at Your Center’s first Young Living Essential Oil Retail & Resource Room. We offer individually tailored wellness plans designed to enhance and transform your life. This unique Center offers exciting health & wellness information as seen in the news, used in hospitals nationwide, and now at your fingertips! Featuring Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils and products. Also offering essential oils Massage Therapy and Reiki energy healing for optimal relaxation and restoration.

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SPIRITUAL RETREAT & CONFERENCE CENTER SUNRISE RANCH 100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland 970-679-4200 Home for leaders & people who are committed to the spiritual regeneration of humanity. Our programs & events are meeting the evolving needs of our world and empower personal transformation. Concert venue & conference facilities for leadingedge organizations; opportunities to participate in our 350-acre organic farm and ranch; & connection with like-minded people in this multifaceted spiritual community. See the Calendar for events. See ad page 26.

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Karin Dietrich, Dr Katia Meier and Tracy Wolfe

Our body has an innate knowledge of what ‘perfect health’ and equilibrium is. However, especially in the case of chronic issues with inflammatory, metabolic and toxic origin, one imbalance leads to another and can manifest in a ‘snowball effect’ where people end up with so many health issues that it may seem impossible to find a way out.

Traditional medicine may employ an ever-increasing number of medications to address the SYMPTOMS of such problems, but it is really a ‘band-aid’ approach and often causes even more side-effects, which then in turn need treatment. At Clear Sky Medical, we practice FUNCTIONAL, INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE, a method that looks deep at the UNDERLYING ISSUES that lie at the root of the health problem. Our multifaceted practice has different holistic health promoting therapies available to help our patients correct those underlying imbalances with natural means whenever possible. At this FREE LECTURE presented by our Master Nutrition Therapist, Karin Dietrich, we will discuss some of the most potent holistic concepts that stimulate the natural healing process and explain the pathways that create a new, healthy foundation, step-by-step. Once you understand the ‘path’, you are empowered to become an active participant and tap into your natural healing power. In our practice, we hope to create a dynamic partnership with our patients, as we show you a new approach to health. Learn more and reserve your spot now for the lecture on March 21st at 6:00 pm in the Clear Sky Medical conference JOIN OUR E-MAIL LIST! room, by calling 303-790-7860. TEXT 22828 TO CSM



Panorama Falls • 9085 East Mineral Circle. #260 • Centennial, CO 80112

FREE MONTHLY SEMINAR Thursday • 6:00 pm March 21st March’s Topic:

OPTIMIZE YOUR NATURAL HEALING POWER Seating is limited and fills up fast! RSVP 303-790-7860.


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March 2013 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

March 2013 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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