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n Maya Angelou’s wonderful poem “Phenomenal Woman,” she artfully describes her “mystery” as a woman: “…the stride of my step… the curl of my lips…the fire in my eyes…the flash of my teeth...” The very simplicity of the poem describes the incredible complexity that women possess. Her power, pride and confidence are on display. Those three terms on the front cover - Strong, Beautiful, Sexy – embodies the inherent nature of women. We hope that within the pages of our Women’s Wellness issue you will find ways to make yourself stronger, sexier and more beautiful – inside and out. The story “Literacy and Hope” on page 13 is a true testament to one local woman’s power and how she is changing people’s lives through reading. Alyse will tell you herself she’s an “average” woman, yet she has taken her strength and focused it into a few places that she knows will make a difference to many. We love her philosophy: “What You Can. Where You Are. Every Day.” She is an inspiration, just as Maya Angelou’s poem, to the power that a woman holds. There are certain elements of the woman’s experience that only other women can understand, even if we have supportive, wonderful men in our lives. The balance between being “feminine” at home and being “masculine” at work, the monthly changes in our bodies or the permanent change of life, pregnancy and childbirth… it’s a blessing to have good friends, and a Mom, to talk to. A Happy Mothers’ Day to all mothers, or women who act as mothers, everywhere. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

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newsbriefs YOGA ROCKS THE PARK Starts 2013 Season


oga Rocks the Park (YRP) begins its sixth season Sunday, May 26 at Sunken Gardens Park in Denver, with Boulder’s YRP beginning June 16th. It has grown to more than 9 cities around the US and includes local ‘rock star’ yoga teachers, music, vendors and Camp Yoga Rock for kids 3-10 years. “Yoga Rocks the Park is not just a weekly event, it’s a movement to bring a sense of peace and joy to communities throughout the country. We want to off-set what people see on the news and celebrate communities that are thriving in a unified sense of family and wellness, and are having fun doing it,” says Vienneau. This year’s line-up includes teachers such as Tina Porter, Justin Kaliszewski, John Friend, Laura Wade Jaster and Patrick Harrington as well as music from nationally recognized artists such as Shaman’s Dream, Derek Beres, conscious hiphop act The Luminaries and DubSutra. YRP also donates 10% of net profits from ticket sales to local charities such as the Give Back Yoga Foundation, Urban Peak and Project Angel Heart. For Tickets-$12/advance, $15/day of, directions and schedule at See ad page 29.

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onsumer groups like the Environmental Working Group have been sounding the alarm on perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is found in non-stick cookware, food packaging and clothing, claiming that it worsens cancer risk and negatively effects immune and hormone function. Copper, aluminum and iron have all been found to ‘leach’ into our food from our cookware, especially at high temperatures. In response, Essenergy is launching their new VitaClay Smart Organic Multicooker, a lead-free, aluminum-free, and non-stick chemical-free clay slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer and yogurt maker. Michelle Liu, Vice President of Essenergy, explains, “What sets the VitaClay line apart is the all-natural liner made of unglazed Zisha clay. Not only does it enhance the full flavor and texture of food, it helps retain juices and nutrients and is free of the metals and chemicals typically found in glazes and non-stick coatings.” VitaClay was recently voted “Top Kitchen Pick” from Weight Watchers and “Top Rated Slow Cooker” by Good Housekeeping. See ad page 17.

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newsbriefs Wise Woman Wellness Grand Opening


Blueberry Wheels Janet Oh A painter for more than 20 years, Janet Oh first parlayed her degree in fine art and design into a career as an awardwinning 3-D artist in the video game industry. After the birth of her second child, she decided to focus on her art and family. Blueberry Wheels was inspired by Oh’s bike rides around Lady Bird Lake, in Austin, Texas, and depicts the city’s skyline in the bright palette of bold colors favored by the artist. “I’ve been called a free spirit by my friends and family, and this painting reflects that side of me,” says Oh. “When I’m on my bicycle, I can let go of everything that might hold me back.” Oh, whose art is exhibited in local galleries and held in private collections, is currently working on a series of paintings called Healing Shamans, inspired by the towering bald cypress trees of Caddo Lake State Park, in Jefferson, Texas. “Art is like a dear old friend—mostly predictable, but occasionally containing a surprise for me,” she says. “It has led my spiritual growth.” View the artist’s portfolio at


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ise Woman Wellness Retreat & Learning Center’s Grand Opening takes place Mother’s Day Weekend, Friday May 10th, Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12 at their new 5-acre campus at 26591 Thunder Ridge Road in Conifer. Drop-in hours are 10am to 6pm over the weekend when spa packages, massage and aromatherapy sessions will be given away. They will also offer discounts on hand-crafted gift shop items, labyrinth walks, hand-mixed herbal teas, wet steams and more. “Wise Woman Wellness is dedicated to the empowerment of women through a traditional whole healing approach-one which meets the holistic healing needs within all phases of a woman’s life,” says founder Rev. Ann Rene. Find coupon at See ad page 11.

Collision Center Opens


im Linan of Affordable Quality Refinishing & Collision Center (AQRCC), 7000 Raleigh St., Unit #G in Westminster is now open for all your collision and refinishing needs. Linan has long enjoyed the trust of dealerships and fleet managers for the quality of his work and now wants to expand to serve the public. Linan works with insurance companies, even waiving deductibles and helping with a rental car in most cases. “Whether it’s a dent or ding… or something worse, call someone who is eager to help you out and do a great job fixing your car or truck,” says Linan. Tim Linan of AQRCC can be reached at 720- 280-7620. See ad page 37.

Clinical Herbalism Open House


he Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism is hosting an Open House Sunday, May 19, from Noon to 5:30pm. The afternoon of free classes includes: plant walks; how to make gluten/dairy-free treat, flower essences and herbal body-care products; and how to use kitchen herbs for natural health. The School is dedicated to a comprehensive education in Traditional Western Herbalism, Vitalist Nature Cure, Integrated Vitalist Nutrition and Flower Essences Therapy. The Evergreen Center at CSCH is a public clinic that offers confidential, comprehensive Natural Wellness Consultations on a sliding scale. Learn more at 720-406-8609 or visit See ad page 11.

Sustain Arvada May 11


he 1st Annual Sustain Arvada Festival will be held Saturday, May 11 from 10am - 4pm in Olde Town Arvada at 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. Focused on living sustainably, the festival includes exhibits, adult’s and children’s activities, food, lively music, and informative presentations – all based on learning fun and easy ways to conserve resources and enjoy living sustainably through earth-friendly practices.

Seeking “Front Range Woman”


inda Crane, a North Carolina-based writer, is working on a literary project “intended to reverse the degenerating state of human civilization and planet earth with twelve short stories…” says Crane. She is searching for an “exemplary Front Range Woman to interview and photograph.” If you know a woman who awakened to a “greater calling” as a result of facing and overcoming adversity, a woman who transformed personal tragedy or challenge into a “making the world a better place” triumph, submit the following info to Linda Crane at name, description of her challenge/accomplishment, phone number, email address and photograph (if available). Please write “Front Range Woman” in the subject line of the email.

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briefbriefs Healthsource Moves to New Location: On May 2, HealthSource of Lakewood with Dr Steve Tashiro, DC, MS, will be open at 12051 W. Alameda Pkwy., Unit D-4, Lakewood. Tashiro offers free thyroid disorder seminars each month; see ad page 5. Emergence Care Workshop: Emergence Care developer Dr. Steven Teagarden presents a one-day workshop, “The Practice of Presence” on Saturday, May 18th at the Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St., Denver.

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More Sleep Helps Shed Pounds


njoying more zzz’s is not usually associated with weight loss, but a growing number of epidemiological studies suggest that insufficient sleep may be linked to a greater risk of weight gain. The latest results from a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior points out that sleep behavior influences body weight by affecting not only how many calories we consume, but also how much energy we expend. When researchers at Tübingen and Lübeck universities, in Germany, and Uppsala University, in Sweden, investigated the effect of short-term sleep deprivation on hunger, physical activity and energy levels, they discovered that insufficient sleep increased the participants’ sensations of hunger by raising the level of the “hunger hormone”, ghrelin. The less sleep a person had, the hungrier they felt. After only one night of disrupted sleep, the volunteers moved around less and burned off fewer calories in their resting state than their counterparts that enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

Yoga Reduces Depression in Pregnant Women


regnancy hormones are known to cause myriad physical and emotional symptoms, including unexplainable mood swings. The fluctuations are more serious for one in five expectant moms because they also experience major depression. Now, a groundbreaking study by the University of Michigan offers new hope. Pregnant women identified as psychiatrically high-risk that participated in a 10-week mindfulness yoga intervention experienced significant reductions in their depressive symptoms. Mothers-to-be also reported stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.



ne of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause may respond positively to a simple, no-cost measure. Health researchers at Penn State report that menopausal women that exercise may experience fewer hot flashes in the 24 hours following physical activity. In this first-time study of objective versus subjective, or self-reported, hot flashes, the Pennsylvania researchers studied 92 menopausal women for 15 days.


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ometimes referred to as the aristocrat of vegetables, asparagus has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It was prized by ancient Greeks and Romans for its taste and reputed medicinal qualities, and 19th-century French bridegrooms, believing it was an aphrodisiac, frequently ate several helpings on the eve of their nuptials. The crop reaches its peak during April and May. Packing a fiber-filled punch of vitamins A and C, this princely veggie also delivers significant helpings of folate and rutin, which help to strengthen blood vessels. Its delicate flavor is best preserved by stir-frying or light steaming. Source:



aking a brisk walk or bike ride may stave off cognitive decline better than reaching for the daily crossword puzzle, says a new study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh reviewed the medical records of more than 600 Scots born in 1936 that were given MRI scans at age 73. “People in their 70s that participated in more physical exercise, including walking several times a week, had less brain shrinkage and other signs of aging in the brain than those that were less physically active,” says study author Alan J. Gow, Ph.D. Surprisingly, the study showed that participating in mentally and socially stimulating activities, such as visiting family and friends, reading or even learning a new language, did little to ward off the symptoms of an aging brain. Study participants will undergo a second MRI scan at age 76, and researchers plan to compare the two scans to see if the links between exercise and better brain health hold up.

Fewer Scans May Lower Breast Cancer Risk


hile screening for breast cancer is important, women should avoid unnecessary medical imaging, according to a recent report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) which identified two factors that increased the risk for the disease: post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy and radiation exposure from medical imaging. Physician Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California-San Francisco, who contributed to the IOM report, notes that CT scans and other forms of medical imaging have revolutionized medicine and can be lifesaving. However, she recommends that women engage their doctors in the decision-making process and discuss the necessity and safety of all potential radiological scans. To understand the risks and benefits, it’s suggested women ask their doctor: “Is this scan absolutely essential? Is it necessary to do it now? Are there other, alternative tests [such as thermography]? How can I be sure the test will be done in the safest way possible? Will having the scan information change the management of my disease? Can I wait until after seeing a specialist before getting the scan?”



omen that receive care at midwife-led birth centers incur lower medical costs and are less likely to have Caesarean births than women that give birth at hospitals, according to new findings by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC). The rising number of Cesarean births in the United States (32 percent in 2010, according to the National Centers for Disease Control National Vital Statistics Report) has generated concern due to short- and long-term health implications for women, their newborns and future pregnancies. The AABC study, which included more than 15,500 women that received care in 79 midwife-led birth centers in 33 states from 2007 through 2010, found that fewer than 6 percent of the participants required a Caesarean birth, compared to nearly 24 percent similarly low-risk women cared for in a hospital setting. Birth centers—homelike facilities functioning within the health care system—are based on a wellness model of pregnancy and birth personalized to individual needs. “They are uniquely positioned to provide healthy women and their newborns with maternity care, avoiding unnecessary Caesarean births,” advises AABC President-Elect Lesley Rathbun, a certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner. “Americans need to learn about the high-quality care that midwifeled birth centers offer.” Source: American College of Nurse-Midwives

SRI SRI SRI SHIVABALAYOGI MAHARAJ Sri Shivabalayogi, lovingly called Swamiji by thousands of devotees around the world, is a true Yogi, a God-realized master from India.

“To be with Sri Swamiji is to experience the reality of the divine spiritual presence.”

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Contacts: Bruce: 303-884-3541 • Wade: 303-917-7873

The United Methodist Church of Evergreen 3757 S Ponderosa Drive, (across from Safeway), Evergreen

Sri Swamiji has come to help us on the path of meditation. He does not give lectures. He silently teaches Dhyan meditation.

His blessings serve to deepen whatever spiritual path one has undertaken.

Sri Swamiji’s programs are always free and open to all. They include an introduction, one hour of meditation, singing traditional Indian spiritual songs called bhajans, arthi, and an opportunity to speak with Sri Swamiji individually and receive his blessings and guidance.

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Energetic Grounding for Women I

n the modern society of individualism and achievement, competition is encouraged relating to appearances, jobs and even children’s achievements. This energy is challenging for women who naturally gravitate towards nurturance and cooperation. When one’s energy is constantly stressed, comparing and keeping score, the emotions are stretched thin and thoughts of “not good enough” arise. Focus is on the external world where there is always someone ‘better’ or who has ‘more.’ But if one’s energy is grounded, emotions can stabilize, allowing one to stay in touch with their intrinsic value and magnificence. Managing one’s energy can benefit physical and mental health. Grounding is a method for managing one’s energy and one useful tool is called a Grounding Cord. From a seated position, focus on your tailbone (base of the spine where the first chakra is located.) Imagine a tail sprouting (it can be anything you like-tree trunk, beam of light, a vine or root), growing downwards through the chair, the floor, into the Earth. It continues until it reaches the very core of the planet. Now you have a Grounding Cord reaching to the center of the earth and you can imagine worry, comparisons, stress and unhealthy emotions running like liquid in a straw down to the center of the earth. Use this tool anywhere, anytime to unload toxic stress and allow your authentic, unique energy to shine. Enjoy a sense of freedom and confidence as you embrace life’s adventure. Lauren Skye & Penni Louise are with The Inner Connection Institute, offering classes in meditation, energy healing and more. See ad page 7.


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yurveda considers digestion to be of extreme importance in the overall health of the individual. Proper digestion keeps tissues nourished while inhibiting the buildup of toxins (Ama). Ama is a whitish-yellow, badsmelling, sticky paste of waste and partially digested food that blocks channels and disturbs the tissues, organs, mind and emotions. Strong, healthy digestion produces Ojas (vital energy) which stimulates and vitalizes the entire system-physical, mental and emotional. Pancha Karma (PK) or “five actions” is a powerful tool to balance digestion and remove Ama. This ancient detoxification system helps to: eliminate toxic conditions from your body and mind; restore constitutional balance; strengthen the immune system; reverse the effects of stress and slow the aging process; enhance self-reliance, strength, energy, vitality and mental clarity; create deep relaxation and a sense of well-being. Ayurveda recommends PK twice per year at major seasonal change; winter to spring and summer to fall. In nature the doshas become fluid during these periods, thus allowing a deeper movement of toxins. An Ayurvedic assessment will determine if one is ready for PK. Contraindications exist for each of the five cleansing actions and not everyone needs to do all five. Devon Beninga is owner of Ananda Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy LLC in Golden. See ad page 11.

Whole Grains… A Beauty or a Beast?


he USDA Food Pyramid advises 6-11 servings of breads, cereals, rice and pasta a day. Yet, low- and no-carb, glutenfree and Paleolithic diets seek to curb grain intake. Should we keep grains in the diet or should we avoid them? With proper preparation, grains can be a very good source of minerals, B Vitamins and dietary fiber despite their anti-nutrients that greatly impede digestion. Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins that bind to the sugars in the cells of the intestinal wall, inhibiting nutrient absorption and leading to intestinal discomfort and gut dysbiosis. Phytic Acid, the main store of phosphorus in the bran and seeds, requires the enzyme phytase to digest. Humans, lacking phytase, experience reduced absorption of calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium when eating grains. To reduce the effects of these anti-nutrients, use enough warm water to cover the grains, add a tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar (freshwater kefir or even a little fresh lemon or lime juice will work too.) Soak in a covered glass or ceramic bowl for 8-12 hours, then drain. The grains will require less water and time for preparation after soaking. Then cover them with about a half an inch of liquid above the grains as you begin cooking, keeping some hot water on hand to add as needed. Sarica Cernohous, L.Ac., MSTOM, BSBA is the author of “The Funky Kitchen: A Compilation of One Soccer Mom’s Favorite Traditional Food Techniques and Recipes.” Visit her blog at

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

Suspect Sniffs Pleasing Aromas Harbor Hidden Dangers A special aroma may be pleasing to the senses and psyche, but some perfume fragrances contain dangerous synthetic and toxic ingredients that can enter the body through the skin and lungs. Scientists at the Hospital General Universitario de Valencia, in Spain, found that about one in every 10 people will consequently suffer allergic reactions that include itchy, scaly, discolored, painful skin and asthma attacks. The European Union Scientific Committee on Cosmetic and Non-Food Products warns against their damage to the immune and endocrine systems, and Greenpeace cautions that the harmful ingredients can enter ecosystems. Consumers should check labels and avoid sulfates, phthalates, parabens, neomycin, galaxolide, limonene, linalool, bacitracin, cobalt chloride, tolu balsam (myroxylon pereirae), petrochemicals and propylene glycol, as well as anything referred to as “synthetic” or “artificial” fragrance. Instead, the Natural Perfumers Guild (NPG) promotes plant-based raw materials such as herbs, flowers, spices, leaves, bark and seeds; minerals, such as amber; essential oils; and tincture of vanilla. However, even excessive concentrations of natural ingredients like tea tree, lavender and citrus peel oils may trigger allergic reactions, according to the Environmental Working Group. Moderation is suggested. Look for makers that are members of the NPG or carry the Natural Products Association seal or organic certification by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or nonprofit NSF International. Learn more at or


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Honoring Veterans Helping Troops Return Home to Meaningful Work Colin and Karen Archipley, owners of Archi’s Acres, in Escondido, California, daily honor contributions by America’s armed forces by helping combat vets return home to a fresh start doing meaningful work through their Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Established in 2007, they can now list 160 ongoing agribusinesses nationwide led by program graduates. “This instills confidence in the veterans as together, we tap into their abilities to adapt and overcome, to take on a challenge and to know themselves and seek improvement,” says Colin, who served with the Marine Corps. This year, the couple is expanding the program by launching 10 one-acre certified-organic hydroponic greenhouses as incubators sparking future VSAT-graduate businesses. For more information, call 800-9335234, email or visit

Pill Chill Birth Control Meds Foul Global Waters After ethinylestradiol (EE2), the active ingredient in most birth control pills, has done its duty in preventing pregnancy, it can begin a second life as a pollutant that harms wildlife, creating “intersex” fish and amphibians, and is difficult and costly to remove from wastewater streams that carry it into natural waterways. EE2 is only one of many synthetic hormones that humans excrete into wastewater. The European Union wants to upgrade 1,360 wastewater treatment plants to utilize necessary charcoal-filtering technology to tackle EE2 contamination across England and Wales. Meeting proposed limits will require expenditures of $41 billion to $47 billion, according to Richard Owen, a professor at the University of Exeter, in the UK. In the journal Nature, Owen and Susan Jobling, Ph.D., an ecotoxicologist at London’s Brunel University, write that more public debate on EE2 regulation is needed. “Animals are exquisitely sensitive to it,” observes Jobling. Owen queries: “Are we willing to pay this cost as a society or would we prefer to live with the environmental impact?” Source:

A Story of Literacy and Hope By Terry Chriswell

library to Allen, South Dakota for the American Horse School on the Pine Ridge Reservation. There are five more schools with empty shelves. Alyse hopes to make five more “little” trips. Literacy and Hope stands as proof that a single person can affect change in their community with just a little extra effort. Their motto -“What you can. Where you are. Every day” encourages others to take action in their own communities using personal, manageable ideas. The list is growing at where Alyse has started “365 Days of Literacy and Hope” ideas you might want to check out. off your unwanted books: Denise Irby, owner 1. Drop of Always Clean in Denver, is sponsoring Alyse’s efforts by offering her storefront to collect books. 4307 Tennyson St., 303-431-9808. Call ahead. Space: do you have a garage, storage unit or 2. Storage other area that could house a few hundred books? It Forward: bundle your gently-used books, 3. Pay and leave it with a friendly note for a stranger who might not otherwise have reading material. Ask them to pay it forward too.


or 3 years now the organizer of the Golden chapter of the Pulpwood Queens book club, Alyse Urice, has been telling us about her “little project” of leaving small bundles of used books at bus stops, unemployment offices, grocery stores and other unlikely places. Her project has blossomed into a home-based, not-for-profit organization, Literacy and Hope. Locally, besides distributing bundles of “pre-loved books” to low-income folks, she has stocked empty bookshelves for a low-income apartment complex in Arvada and put authordonated books into the hands of The Homecoming Queens, a monthly book group for women in transitional housing through the Lakewood-based non-profit, STRIDE. Beyond the immediate community, Alyse and her family drove a truck filled with enough books to create a school

Gas money is needed to get school 4.Transportation: library books to the reservation schools. Authors: Do you have a published book that you 5. could give several copies to the Homecoming Queens, American Horse School and/or the donation program? and Hope will host a World Book Night 6. Literacy event for seniors in a Denver retirement village and is looking for large print books. For more information or to donate, go to

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ccording to the most recent data from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons there were 11.5 million aesthetic procedures performed in 2005, including 3.3 million Botox injections and 455,000 liposuctions. Americans spent $12.4 billion on procedures to look ‘good’ in 2005. And 7-15% of Americans can be diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder due to their dysfunctional obsession with their body image. While cosmetic procedures have advanced, recovery times have shortened and beauty is increasingly affordable, many seek more ‘natural’ alternatives to look their best. Cosmetic acupuncture is used with a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners’ diagnosis and differentiation that emphasizes the anti-aging properties of Chinese medicine. Skin structure is analyzed from both Eastern and Western perspectives and food choices are examined for their nutritive and energetic properties. Then, a specific protocol and needling technique geared towards cosmetic effect is used. Aside from balancing a patient’s energy, the needling causes micro-traumas that stimulate fibroblasts to form new collagen and elastin fibers. The Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported in 1996 that the effects could be expected to last 3-5 years and are enhanced with healthy lifestyle habits. Patient reported benefits include: firmer skin and jaw line; reduced and softened wrinkles; more even skin tone; reduction of acne and rosacea; increased sense of well being; reduction of hot flashes; improved digestion; better sleep. Cosmetic acupuncture is not a facelift, it leaves no scars or rearranged tissue. It can be repeated after significant illness or stressful periods in life. It is NOT surgery and cannot correct a deviated septum, reshape boney structures nor accomplish breast reduction. The most significant risk is bruising and a very slight risk of numbness or nerve damage. When considering cosmetic acupuncture, look for specialists well-versed in plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures as well as cosmetic acupuncture. They should discuss the benefits and risks, as well as long-term effects and goals. Then the patient can make an informed decision. Cosmetic Acupuncture is part of a larger commitment to a healthy lifestyle. It’s for the person who isn’t afraid to be their age, but wants to look fantastic doing it. Denise Ellinger, L.Ac., founder of the Cosmetic Rejuvenation Acupuncture System, is an instructor at the Colorado School for Traditional Chinese Medicine.


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Calm Restless Legs Naturally by Steven Frank


estless Legs Syndrome (RLS) can wake both sufferers and their partners at night, and more people suffer than realize it. Even when both continue to doze through a bout of restlessness, it hampers the quality of sleep and can cause them to begin the day fatigued. Some people only notice that a problem exists by its absence when a vacation or business trip prompts sleeping in separate beds, the calmer partner will enjoy deeper, more restful sleep. Other problems can follow if the syndrome is left untreated. A 2011 study by the Interdisciplinary Pain Centre at University Medical Centre, in Freiburg, Germany, reported that untreated RLS patients exhibited depression, anxiety, compulsivity and other impaired behaviors. With topical application of appropriate herbs, oversensitive nerves in legs can be settled and the muscles can be made less responsive to such stimulation. Cramp bark, St. John’s wort and wild yam have been used for centuries to relax oversensitive nerves and relieve residual tension in skeletal muscles. Sage also has a history of medicinal use, including modern-day application as an antispasmodic. Rosemary, another essential herb, is used to increase circulation and help flush toxins built up in stagnant muscle fibers. The journal International Clinical Psychopharmacology also recently reported that peppermint and lavender work to naturally relax the body. Combining all of these plants can prove an advantageous herbal treatment for RLS. Place a tablespoon of each herb in a cup of hot (not boiling) water to produce a decoction that can be spread or rolled on the legs. The liquid will be absorbed into the skin within a few minutes and leg restlessness will subside and motion will cease. Steven Frank is an innovative Herbalist and owner of See ad page 19.

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he practice of earth acupuncture has many similarities with human acupuncture. Just as a weakness may develop in one of our organs, leading to illness, natural weaknesses occur in the earth. Geopathic stress may be caused by concentrated minerals, rock strata, radon and geothermal water. Additionally, polarized ley lines form a natural, worldwide grid carrying positive/negative charges. Positive intersections create ‘vortexes’ where people often locate sacred places while negative intersections create stressful energy fields. Man-made technologies such as electric power lines, electric motors, cell phones/towers and WiFi also create stressful electromagnetic fields (EMF). Earth Acupuncture seeks to map these stress points and to mitigate them using special tools such as unique copper rods. The potential dangers of these negative electrical and EMF stresses are still being debated, but the public is increasingly warned about using a cel phone near the head (or in a front pocket!) or living too close to power lines. Since the human body runs on chemical electricity, it’s no wonder these stresses have been linked to allergies, sleep problems, depression/anxiety, illness and auto-immune conditions. The ancient art of dowsing, or ‘divining,’ dates back 150,000 years according to cave drawings. The trained dowser uses the familiar forked branch, pendulum or L-shaped rods to access the subconscious, innate wisdom in order to ‘feel’ a yes/+ or no/- answer to questions. Dowsing is still used in the pharmaceutical, mining, oil and gas industries, as well as by builders, construction companies and the military. Master Dowser Karen Rice King uses dowsing to locate geopathic and man-made stresses on the land. She dowses for negative stress lines from all four directions. Normally 8’ to 10’ apart, these lines are as close as 2’ in metro Denver and 3’-4’ in the mountains. At each stress point she buries a pair of copper-clad steel rods that are bent in the shape of an L. She then has an independent dowser confirm the elimination of negative stress lines. Just like an acupuncturist locates meridians of stress on the body and inserts needles along meridians to balance the chi, or life force, King’s rods mitigate stress points and restore balance, hence “Earth Acupuncture.” Recipients report improvements in mood, sleep and medical conditions. King is currently working with a pair of Ph.D’s to scientifically validate the positive effects of Earth Acupuncture on adults with sleep issues. Karen Rice King has taught dowsing, psychic development, spirituality and Shamanism classes for 30 years. For more information on dowsing and the sleep study see

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The varied points of view include: NO KILL OPEN ADMISSION Shelters, TRADITIONAL OPEN ADMISSION Shelters and NO KILL LIMITED ADMISSION Shelters (see Attribute Chart*). • Any shelter or group can call themselves No Kill just as any person can call himself a doctor. • These declarations always warrant further investigation to reveal the truth! Language Problems – What Does No Kill Mean? NO KILL OPEN ADMISSION – No Kill succinctly and precisely describes the goal of not killing shelter animals. There are no deceptive or placating euphemisms. TRADITIONAL OPEN ADMISSION– No Kill suggests that shelters who euthanize are ’kill’ shelters which creates an unfair perception and an antagonistic relationship. NO KILL LIMITED ADMISSION – No Kill means shelters do not kill animals except in extreme cases.

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am a No Kill Open Admission Shelter Advocate, co-founder and vice president of No Kill Colorado. I believe we owe it to our shelter animals to find a united way to follow the quickest, most effective programs to save their lives. I am convinced that the nationwide successes of the No Kill Equation* can provide that path for Colorado. But like any true animal advocate, I am willing to investigate and accept whatever plan is most successful. • Over 31,000 animals were destroyed in Colorado’s shelter system in 2011. • Time is of the essence for each and every animal. No Kill Colorado was created to bring together a coalition of all rescues and shelters, individuals, businesses and organizations who envision a shelter system with measurable goals, open admission and saving a minimum of 90 out of every 100 animals. Animals would not be killed for any reason except euthanasia which means gently ending a life of unbearable suffering or of aggression truly beyond rehabilitation. • The first No Kill shelter was created in San Francisco in 1994. • Rural Tompkins County, New York became the second No Kill shelter in 2002. • Today there are 89 No Kill communities encompassing over 300 cities and towns.


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• Nationally, per capita (per individual animal) funding ranged from $1.50 to about $6.30. • Save rates ranged from 35% ($2.00 per capita) to 90% ($1.50 per capita), but their lifesaving rates did not follow any predictable pattern. There were shelters with an 87% rate of lifesaving spending only $2.80 per capita, and shelters with a 42% rate (less than half of the former) spending more than double that (at $5.80 per capita) Find the full article, No Kill Equation, Attribute Chart, how to join the No Kill Colorado Coalition, where to sign the petition for Just One Day June 11 and the shelters and rescues who have signed on to be a part of No Kill Colorado on

Missing Pets Hopefully, your pet will never go missing, but if it does, here are some tips: • Make laminated signs, large print so people can see them clearly driving by. Put a photo on the sign, showing unique markings/features of your pet. Include your phone number, the pet’s name, and where they were last seen. Offer a reward. Place posters in the area where the pet was lost that say REWARD and your phone number with a good description. Many people do not want to drop the animal at a local pound and will go back to check for a sign that an owner is looking; • Alert your microchip company, and be sure your microchip is registered with your current information! It doesn’t just happen automatically when it is implanted, you have to mail in the form the vet gave you. Call Home Again (micro chip ID registration company) with your dog’s micro chip ID number to flag the dog’s account; • Visit each shelter and animal control each day. This is necessary as shelters are unable and/or unwilling to identify your pet over the telephone; File a LOST report with each shelter which will accept one; You can find your local shelter, animal control and rescue groups at by entering your zip code. Shelters are only required to hold lost pets for 5 days for the owner. After that, they may adopt them out, transfer them, or euthanize them. It is 100% the owner‘s responsibility to reclaim the pet by acting thoroughly and quickly. Even though your pet is chipped, the shelters will still recommend you come in and look at the missing pets. Microchips can move and may not be caught in the first scan. Don’t assume the chip will be found; • Alert all local veterinarians; • Ads in the local newspaper can sometimes be placed for free; place yours in LOST, and check for ones placed in FOUND; Post your LOST animal, and search the FOUND animals on Craig’s List; • Send out emails with a recent photo, description and your contact phone numbers to your entire email list and ask them to forward to their lists; • Keep looking! Walk where your pet would go, daily, and follow every lead! • Keep the community, and your neighbors, aware. Compiled by Carrie Sowiak, an animal lover and an Elite Personal Trainer and YogaFit Instructor, and Misha May Foundation Dog Rescue and Training, a non-profit dog (and cat) rescue and training organization.


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Seeking Soulmates Online Coach Evan Marc Katz’s Advice for Internet Dating by Kim Childs


atural Awakenings recently launched its own online dating site, which got us wondering… what does it take to find that ideal someone? We decided to call on dating coach Evan Marc Katz, author of I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book: A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating, for advice. Katz, who calls himself a personal trainer for love, coaches successful women in the art of successful dating. He says that while online dating simply makes sense in today’s world, it’s important to do it wisely.

Online dating is nearly the norm these days. What has changed? It’s a perfect marriage of technology and opportunity. There are about 100 million singles in the United States, and everyone has a personal computer and a phone, which allows us to connect immediately with people we’d never meet in the course of our day-to-day life. Think about a woman in her 40s that wants to date and lives in a suburb with kids, has a full-time job and whose friends are all married; it can be hard for someone like that to meet

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men. Online dating allows her to essentially create a love life from scratch. The problem is that most people think they can just go online and succeed, without realizing that there’s an actual skill to it. You can’t just shop for a partner the way you can order up other things on the Internet.

Can you share some tips for singles just starting out? I created an audio series called Finding the One Online, in which I share best practices and some key mistakes to avoid. For example, people sign up for online dating for a month and expect to fall in love in 30 days. That’s like being 50 pounds overweight, signing up for a one-month gym membership and quitting after only losing three pounds because you didn’t meet your goal. The process of finding a good match is more like training for a marathon— you can’t log on and manifest a partner right away by talking to everyone on the site in a month’s time. That’s completely unrealistic, and yet it’s the number one reason people fail, because they expect too much too soon

and don’t stick around long enough to learn how to use the system.

it’s comfortable and actually feels like a second date. I encourage my clients to go on real dates, not interviews.

What are some best practices once you commit to the process? Don’t write an online profile that’s full of adjectives, activities and clichés. Telling a story that illustrates who you are is much more enticing. Post a picture taken within the past year, have a clever user name and write initial emails that are funny and confident. I like the idea of flirting with a potentially special someone online, moving from email to the phone and making plans for a real-life date over the course of about a week. That’s a good, organic process. My preference is to meet for drinks on a Saturday night, but it doesn’t have to be cocktails if that’s not your scene. I just like the romantic atmosphere of meeting for drinks because dinner dates tend to be too static and coffee dates are too casual. The goal is not to meet tons of people as quickly as possible. The goal is to build up trust and rapport via email and phone communications, so that when you do go on a first date,

Many people make a list of qualities they desire in a partner. What do you think should top that list? The things that sustain a marriage are kindness, consistency, compromise, laughter, shared values and trust. Those should be at the top of your list, instead of height, weight, age or income. The problem is that such qualities may not appear in someone’s online profile or even on the first date. Too many couples make decisions based on chemistry, and that can be a terrible predictor of success for a lasting romantic relationship. Connect with a health conscious, environmentally aware, spiritually evolved friend and mate at Reach Evan Marc Katz at Kim Childs is a writer and creativity coach in Boston. Visit


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Aging Gracefully It’s No Mystery: We Now Know How by Kathleen Barnes


ost of us like to think that we’ll be vibrant, energetic, smart and yes, gorgeous, until the end of our lives. This isn’t an unattainable fantasy— even if past poor lifestyle choices may have tarnished some much-anticipated Golden Years. Fortunately, it’s never too late (or too early) to make key small changes that will immediately and profoundly influence our ability to live long and healthy lives. Experts recommend that a handful of simple, scientifically validated health strategies will help us age gracefully and beautifully. “Most of us are living longer, but not necessarily better,” advises Dr. Arlene Noodleman, medical co-director of Age Defy Dermatology and Wellness, in Campbell, California. “Many people face decades of chronic debilitating disease, but you can minimize or even eliminate that period of life and maximize health. It’s all about your lifestyle.”

Rules to Live By Whether the goal is disease prevention, retaining a sharp mind, weight control, balancing hormones, maintaining good posture or supporting glowing skin, all the experts Natural Awakenings asked agree on a core strategy that can extend life and improve its quality in later years:


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Take a walk. Or, undertake another enjoyable form of outdoor exercise for about 30 minutes a day. Greet the sun. Exposing bare skin to sunlight for 15 minutes three times a week allows natural production of vitamin D. Researchers at Boston University, Harvard University and others attest that sufficient doses of the vitamin help prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, relieve menopausal symptoms and support longevity. Drink plenty of water. Hydration is key to cell health and overall proper body functions. Aim for consuming one ounce of water every day for every two pounds of body weight. Eat a healthy diet. This means lots of vegetables and fish, some lean meats and poultry and moderate amounts of fruits and grains for weight control; abundant antioxidants to prevent deterioration that leads to chronic disease; and vital nutrients to support and extend life. Avoid sugars in all forms, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and for many, wheat and wheat gluten, especially for those with excess abdominal fat. Get a good night’s sleep. Eight hours is more than beauty sleep. Studies consistently report that it’s essential for energy and the prevention of a host of diseases, including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer (Nurses’ Health Study; plus UK research in Diabetes Care, the European Heart Journal and British Journal of Cancer). Regular turning in and waking times, plus sleeping in a dark room, are important to optimize melatonin production; it is not true that we need less sleep as we age. Use the right supplements. Take a high-quality multivitamin every day, preferably an organic product based on whole foods for optimum nutrition. Fish oil is also essential for nearly everyone for heart, brain and joint health. Vitamin D is critical, especially in the winter months and for darker-skinned people that need greater sun exposure to manufacture it. Also add curcumin; according to

numerous clinical studies, including those from Baylor University and the University of California-Los Angeles, it can help prevent and even reverse cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, skin diseases and digestive disorders.

active social life and getting regular exercise are all related to maintaining optimum brain health. “People who age gracefully are physically and mentally active,” adds Noodleman.

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Caregivers for parents or other relatives with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are often concerned about experiencing such regression themselves. “There is some evidence that a tendency to memory loss can be inherited, but in any case, there are things you can do to prevent and even possibly reverse memory loss,” counsels Noodleman. Reducing stress is the best way to keep a sharp mind, she says. “Chronic stress inhibits the cerebral cortex (the brain’s gray matter, responsible for higher mind function, including memory), resulting in a lack of judgment and other impaired brain function. So, manage stress and memory function will improve.” Deep breathing and increased oxygenation of the blood helps relieve stress and deliver nutrients to brain cells. Practicing yoga postures like the shoulder stand and headstand, or exercises using an inversion table, for just a few minutes a day can improve circulation to the brain and may help keep brain cells intact. “It’s important to keep brain cells healthy and alive by keeping blood sugars and blood pressure under control,” urges Doctor of Osteopathy Lisa Ganghu, an internal medicine specialist and clinical assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, in New York City. High blood pressure and diabetes are risk factors for strokes and mini-strokes that result in brain cell impairment, she says, adding, “Some research even suggests that caffeine may improve memory and focus.” “Use it or lose it,” concludes Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, an integrative medical authority from Kona, Hawaii, and author of Real Cause, Real Cure. Extensive research shows that challenging the brain with puzzles and language courses, having an

A proper diet is a good place to start to take control. Ganghu recommends largely plant-based diets, like the Mediterranean, to keep common repercussions of aging at bay. Teitelbaum contravenes traditional medicine’s stance and says that most people don’t need to worry about salt intake, even if they suffer from high blood pressure, noting, “Research shows that people that follow the national guidelines for salt intake tend to die younger. Instead, it’s important to keep magnesium and potassium levels up by adding 200 milligrams of magnesium and 500 milligrams of potassium to your supplement regimen every day.” To prevent and control diabetes, Teitelbaum emphasizes, “Avoid sugar; it causes premature cell aging that affects all body systems.” He explains that excess sugar and its byproducts age and stiffen cells. Dozens of studies directly link sugar and aging, including a PLoS Genetics study from the University of Montreal. (Also see GlycationExplained.) Reproducing cancer cells typically don’t die as other cells in the human body are programmed to. Recent research by Baylor University and others based on the Human Genome Project strongly suggests that curcumin taken as a dietary supplement (400 mg a day or more) can persuade cancer cells to commit suicide and stop their wild and potentially fatal reproduction. Ganghu further recommends limiting exposure to environmental toxins from sources such as common garden and household chemicals and agricultural spraying (choose organic for safety).

Weight Control A large body of research from institutions such as the National

Institute on Aging and the International Longevity Center shows that avoiding obesity and managing weight is paramount for longevity, as well as for preventing many of the diseases associated with aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 are at an 18 percent higher risk of earlier death from all causes than those that maintain a normal body weight (BMI of 25 or under). Hormones can be a factor in weight gain for perimenopausal and menopausal women, says Ganghu, so it is important to be tested. She also notes, “A loss of muscle mass due to aging can affect weight because muscle tissue is metabolically more active than fat tissue, creating a vicious circle.” She recommends strength training to improve muscle strength and mass. Typically, two 20-minute sessions a week with moderate weights are enough to create “Michelle Obama arms,” says Kathy Smith of Park City, Utah, a DVD fitness entrepreneur and a spokesperson for the International Council on Active Aging.

Good Posture “We spend a lot of time driving, working on computers and other activities with our arms in front of us. This causes chest muscles to contract and become tight as we age, drawing the head forward and rounding the spine, which produces a pronounced slouch,” says Smith, author of Feed Muscle, Shrink Fat Diet. Bending, stretching and strength training strengthens the shoulder and back muscles that help us stay upright. Smith recommends a “walking desk”, essentially a treadmill with a board across the arms where a laptop can rest, and the user walks at only one to two miles per hour. “You’re moving, not sitting, and that is really important,” says Smith. Yoga postures like the cobra and the bow are also helpful, as are visits to a chiropractor or other structural therapist.

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Healthy Skin “Your skin is a roadmap of your overall health,” says Dr. Rick Noodleman, a dermatologist who practices anti-aging medicine in California’s Silicon Valley with his wife. He explains that skin aging is caused by the three D’s: deflation, descent and deterioration. All of them can be reversed. Deflation is the loss of volume and moisture, which can be offset by proper internal hydration, healthy nutrition and good moisturizers. “People can make new collagen well into their 80s and even 90s,” he says. Deterioration is the loss of skin tone and elasticity that can accompany stress, poor diet and lack of exercise.

Noodleman recommends regular exfoliation of skin on the face (an economical home facial with baking soda and water or eggs is high on his list) and dry brushing the whole body. He also notes that new laser treatments, acupressure facelifts

and other spa treatments can help temporarily minimize wrinkles and bring back a youthful glow. It’s not hard to be vibrant, healthy and energetic at any age if one is living a healthy lifestyle. “I feel like I am 30. I expect to feel that way for the rest of my life,” says the 60-something Teitelbaum. “Of course, I’m not at the beach in a Speedo,” he quips. “Who wants to look 20? There is also a certain beauty in age.” Kathleen Barnes is a freelance writer, book author and blogger. Her most recent title is 10 Best Ways to Manage Stress. Learn more at

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Umeboshi Tea Umeboshi plums, termed “the king of alkaline foods”, are a species of apricots from Japan. A pickled fruit, they have a sour and salty flavor. Drinking umeboshi tea alkalizes the blood and works to relieve fatigue, nausea and indigestion while restoring energy. Makes 1 cup. Drink one a day for one month. 1 umeboshi plum, rinse 1 cup purified water ½ tsp Japanese kuzu powder 2 or 3 drops tamari or gluten-free tamari

SPRING DETOX Gentle Natural Cleansing Works Best by Linda Sechrist


o secure optimum performance, maximize lifespan and maintain the warranty of vehicles, knowledgeable drivers follow the regular maintenance needs recommended in the owner’s manual. Similarly, many health practitioners, integrative physicians and chiropractors suggest that periodically cleansing the body’s inside works—flushing toxins and enabling the digestive process and organs like

the liver and kidney to rest and reset—aids in maintaining, restoring and optimizing health. Whether seeking a dramatic cleanup and clearing out or a simple tune-up, a natural, detoxifying cleanse eliminates accumulations of unwanted substances. Doctor of Chiropractic and Nutritionist Linda Berry, of Albany, California, and Brenda Watson, ReNew Life founder and a certified nutritional consultant from

1. Remove seed from the plum. Cut remaining plum into small pieces or mash. 2. Place plum pieces, water and kuzu in a small sauce pan. Stir or whisk to dissolve the powder. It will look like milk with pink bumps. 3. Stir while heating at medium temperature for 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid turns clear and appears a little thicker. Turn off heat. 4. Add tamari drops and stir gently. Drink while hot. Source: Recipe courtesy of Brenda Watson.

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Steps to Detox from Stress • Identify where stress is coming from and manifesting in your life • Add self-reflection and journaling to your daily routine • Meditate daily to shift your brainwave pattern and stress levels • Take time to breathe deeply. • Regular massage reduces stress and tension • Take a break, a “do nothing” day. This is not selfish! • Make movement a part of your daily routine-a 30-min walk, yoga or stretching • Provide your body with the foundational support of proper nutrition, supplements, and diet • Receiving Reiki and/or other vibrational medicines on a regular basis to supports deep relaxation and balance in your Chakras, meridians, energy channels and auric field Rev. Ann Rene is a local certified Herbalist, Nutritionist and Spiritual Practitioner who runs Wise Woman Wellness. See ad page 11.


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Clearwater, Florida, are recognized authorities on the subject. Berry’s Internal Cleansing and Watson’s series of six books on digestive health that began with Renew Your Life stress that the process may be both a missing link in Western nutrition and a key to returning Americans to health. They both believe that specific medical concerns—including allergies, arthritis, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders and body pains—are directly related to toxicity, which responds well to gentle detoxification. Their suggestions for reducing the overload based on 60 years of combined experience include eliminating pro-inflammatory processed foods, alcohol, coffee, refined sugars and bad fats; increasing daily intake of healthy, organic, fiber-rich foods; and gently cleansing at least twice a year, using a natural approach.

How to Begin According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the onset of spring and fall suggest appropriate times for internal cleansing. Although strictly protein drink fasts are not encouraged, a minimum of 20 grams of high-quality protein should be consumed daily. Read labels and pick a sugarless protein powder. A simple one-day, weekend or seven-day cleanse for experienced or inexperienced individuals begins every morning with a total body dry skin brushing prior to showering, and then drinking a minimum of 10, eight-ounce glasses of water throughout the day. This includes a tasty green juice drink, followed

by an eight-ounce glass of water for breakfast, lunch and a healthy afternoon snack. Watson’s favorite green cleansing recipe consists of liquefying one-and-a-half cucumbers, two stalks of celery, half a Granny Smith apple, a handful of spinach or any other type of green vegetable, a few sprigs of parsley and a tiny piece of lemon. Then, an hour after breakfast and lunch, sip a cup of herbal tea, take two or three capsules of spirulina and two capsules of omega-3. For dinner, liquefy one teaspoon of red miso paste in eight ounces of hot water and add five sprigs of wakame seaweed. “To fight hunger during the day, drink more water with lemon or ginger, warm herbal tea or green juices,” advises Watson. To increase fiber intake, Berry suggests placing ingredients in a VitaMix or the more affordable NutriBullet, which pulverizes everything added, even whole flax seeds. Juicers, which are harder to clean after using, separate the liquid from the fibrous pulp, which human intestines need to create at least two daily bowel movements. Add oat or rice bran, citrus pectin or other natural fibers as a bulk agent. A natural, non-chlorinated water enema using simple home apparatus available at local stores can also be incorporated into the regimen, as necessary, “An enema [initially] affects only the intestine’s lower third, so hold in the room-temperature water for five to 15 minutes, if possible,” suggests Berry.

What to Avoid Safe, over-the-counter solutions for colon cleansing generally promote

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colon health and can nicely supplement a fast. Avoid products that contain senna leaf and cascara sagrada, which are potent laxatives. Watson and Berry don’t recommend rigid “crash and burn” cleanses, such as those consisting solely of protein drinks or raw juices or lemon juice and water with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. “It’s better to cleanse gently with fresh green juices with meals consisting of brown rice and either raw, lightly steamed or roasted vegetables,” counsels Watson. “Any detox program, if followed by eating whatever you want, not only doesn’t work, it has consequences,” adds Berry, who strongly advises easing back into a sensible diet after a cleanse. She notes that one client became ill from breaking her detox with a meal of barbeque ribs and beer. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. She writes on why we are better together at


ften thought of as pesky garden weeds, dandelion, purslane and wild mustards are actually great allies for detoxification. Dandelion flowers/ leaves are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidant carotenoids and flavonoids that support the body’s detoxification systems. The roots make a mildly bitter tea that supports the liver in cleaning the blood. Spring dandelion leaves make a lovely addition to salads, green smoothies or soups.

Wild Mustards (same family as broccoli, kale, and brussels sprouts) grow in early Spring. These greens contain sulfur, which optimizes function of the detoxification enzymes in the liver, kidneys and GI tract. Mustard flowers make a lovely garnish for salads and soups, or add some ‘zing’ to smoothies. The leaves can be cooked like domestic mustard greens. These three herbs can be harvested without worries about sustainability. Lisa Ganora is the Director of the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. See ad page 11.

Purslane, abundant in our area, is delicious as a raw snack or salad ingredient. It’s crunchy, slightly tart and mildly mucilaginous(it is sometimes used as a thickener to soups and stews.) It contains betalains (gives beets their red color) which are strongly antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.


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n addition to relieving symptoms of menopause and andropause and helping maintain a normal, balanced hormone system, healthy eating can yield many other benefits. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine research reports, these include weight management, bone health and fertility and natural defenses against breast and prostate cancers and osteoarthritis symptoms. Despite drug-free approaches to hormone health that predate synthesized 20th-century hormone replacement therapy, the pharmaceutical industry has all but vanquished eating appropriately nutritious foods as a means to balancing hormones. Why do people embrace external sourcing when natural internal functioning is the better, less costly and more permanent solution? Even the current bioidentical upgrade of hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may lead to some biological dependency on these substances. Appropriate BHRT should include an analysis of how the individual uniquely metabolizes hormones and functional foods that can help. An edible approach to hormone health provides deep nourishment for glands, enabling increased production of what they lack due to changes associated with age or illness. Healthy eating likewise reduces the activity of excess hormones already in the body, beneficially mimicking their previous function without the unwanted side effects. Here are some leading

food aids to get us there.

Pomegranate The resemblance of the inner topography of a pomegranate to an ovary is more than poetic homage. Pre-Renaissance Western herbalists commonly held that a plant food’s visual similarity to a human organ indicated a positive health correlation. Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology on pomegranates by Japanese scientists revealed that the seeds and fleshy capsules within which they are suspended, called arils, contain estrogens structurally similar to those found in mammals. Preclinical results published in Phytochemistry may explain why extracts of these plant-derived bio-identical hormones mimicking estradiol, estriol and estrone are capable of replacing the function of an ovary. A Japanese study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that female mice whose ovaries had been removed and were later fed pomegranate juice and pomegranate seed extract for two weeks showed reversals in bone loss, uterine weight loss and anxiety.

Broccoli Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, collard and mustard greens and the root vegetables kohlrabi and rutabaga contain gluco-

sinolates, which help protect DNA from damage, according to a study published in Current Science. Also, ever-increasing preclinical and clinical evidence shows that consuming cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of more than 100 health problems, including a wide range of cancers, like those affecting the bladder and breasts.

Flax Unwelcome symptoms of perimenopause (which can last years before the completion of menopause) can be offset through daily ingestion of ground flax, which can be added to cereals, salads and other foods. Ground flaxseed mixed with dried berries is particularly palatable. As the ovarian reserve of naturally manufactured hormones exhausts itself and prompts an imbalance, flaxseed is particularly effective in rebalancing levels of desirable estrogen metabolites, such as breast-friendly 2-hy-

droxyestrone. It contains a fiber, lignan, that upon digestion produces two important phytoestrogens capable of stimulating the body’s natural estrogen receptors in cases of estrogen deficiency and blocking both synthetic and natural estrogen when there is excess (as with estrogen-dominant conditions from puberty to menopause). These properties have been confirmed in human clinical studies performed at the University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Thus, flaxseed may be considered a source of plant “estrogen” capable of prompting regression of estrogen-sensitive cancers, including those of the breast and prostate. Extremely versatile in culinary applications, combining flaxseed with ground cumin provides a medicinally potent homemade seasoning supporting women’s hormonal health.

Cumin Cumin—actually a fruit disguised as a spice—has tremendous hormone-mod-

ulating properties recently confirmed by findings in Experimental Biology and Medicine. Japanese scientists demonstrated that cumin seeds can inhibit loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen in a female rat model of age-associated osteoporosis. They further found that the cumin seeds did not have estrogen’s weight-promoting and possible carcinogenic effects on the uterus. Imagine the potent hormone-balancing properties of a dinner of steamed rutabaga dressed with ground flaxseeds and cumin with a side of mustard greens with olive oil and pomegranate dressing. It beats a serving of Premarin with a serving of unwanted side effects any day. Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMed and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

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“I know how to do this.” When tempted to overthink something we know how to do, try a little therapeutic distraction, such as saying the alphabet backwards when a yoga teacher leads the class into a dreaded handstand. Briefly engaging the mind with something other than the task at hand can leave our instincts free to do their job and enjoy the fulfillment that diligent practice has made possible.



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istening to our instincts can help us stay safe and deal better with life-or-death decisions. Making the most of the wisdom of this inner voice also enables us to live a more satisfying life in the moment. How do we choose which gut feelings to trust? Here are five messages we’ll be glad we paid attention to.

“Something feels wrong in my body.” Listening to our body’s subtle signals is a critical part of exercising an intuitive sense. The body is a powerful intuitive communicator, delivering early warning signs when anything feels off, weak or just not right, so that we can address it sooner, rather than later.

“I’m in danger.” Social conditioning has helped to create unconscious beliefs that can cause flawed first impressions and ill-advised snap decisions; it’s vital that we check our subjective feelings against mental rationalizations. If some person or situation feels untrustworthy, pause to pay attention, even if the feeling might later be proved inaccurate.

“I want to help.” Evolution has inherently enabled us to quickly “read” faces and other emotional signals. For example, the sympathy instinct nudges us to change the subject when wedding talk makes a newly divorced colleague cringe or general conversation about past rough

“This is it!” Most people have a great “I just knew it was right” story. It might be about the time they first spotted their sweetheart or crossed the threshold of their new house. When intuition signals that we’ve found something or someone truly right for us, the choice often becomes easy. It feels healthy and good, without resistance or conflict. Using our instincts helps lead us to smart choices that improve our quality of life. Judith Orloff, M.D., is the author of the international bestseller Second Sight, upon which these tips are based. An assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles, Orloff synthesizes the pearls of traditional medicine with cuttingedge knowledge of intuition and energy medicine. For more inspiration, visit

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 Psychic Experiences Social–6:30-8:30pm. Discuss psychic phenomenon, spirits /ghosts and your experiences. Ask questions and meet the Aspen Program faculty. FREE. Cloisters on Wadsworth, 2103 S Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood. RSVP

THURSDAY, MAY 2 John of God Circle Movie Night–7-9pm. Movie about the healing work of John of God followed by stories from our April trip to Brazil with Q&A. Love Offering. Conference Rm B (basement) 1776 S Jackson St Denver. Susie Verde 303-448-0068 Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine, intelligent, energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain. Experiential and non-denominational. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th Arvada. 303-731-6695.

FRIDAY, MAY 3 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. $20. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th Arvada. 303-731-6695

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Aspen Fundamentals of Psychic Development– 9am-1pm. Psychic development requires a good foundation to effectively access your abilities. We’re frequently asked: “How do I know whether what I’m getting is psychic?” This class answers this and covers 13 steps to a solid, psychic foundation. Learn how your psychic mind works, how to deal with blocks and how to self-assess your abilities. $40. The Cloisters on Wadsworth 2103 S Wadsworth Blvd Lakewood. Karen Fox, Director, Holistic Healing/Psychic/Vendor Fair–Noon-6pm. Explore massage, foot baths, reiki, cord-cutting, healing touch, oils, crystal bowls, bars, palmistry, tarot, astrology, crystals, jewelry, oils and clothing. $20/20mins per healer/reader/vendor. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th Arvada. 303-7316695. Tierro Band & Sea Stars at Sunrise Ranch Dinner–6pm. Concert-7:30pm, Tribal beats & sensual rhythms; Workshop-10am with Sacred Dancer Ixeeya. Sunrise Ranch 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd Loveland. 877-786-0078 Sacred Dance Workshop with Ixeeya–10am-4pm. Sacred Dancer & Shamanic Healer Ixeeya. Dinner & evening concert follows with Tierro Band & Sea Stars. Sunrise Ranch 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd Loveland. 877-786-0078

1st Sunday. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. NEW LOCATION! Rocky Mountain Miracle Center 1939 S. Monroe St Denver. 303-282-9439 or Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Reading from the ECK works, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music and connection. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208 Boulder. 720-466-3322 or Yoga Nidra Workshop for Health and Healing– 2-5:30pm. Yoga Nidra creates a state of deep, conscious relaxation-putting your body in a state of harmony where you can realize intentions to enhance your health, relationships and career. Bill Eager teaches. $54. Harmony Yoga 560 S Holly St Denver. 303-388-8501

MONDAY, MAY 6 Gentle Body-Mind Yoga–7:30-9pm. cont’d May 20. Yoga practice specific for beginners and folks managing chronic pain. Bring a mat, blanket and water. Love Offering. Living Water Spiritual Community 7401 W 59th Ave Arvada. Accelerated Meditation Program–6:30-8:30pm. 3-wk accelerated program explores the benefits of meditation and teaches easy, effective skills to relax/ recharge. Lynn Austin. $120/early $135/door. Inner Connection Institute North Side 4325 Harlan St Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or

TUESDAY, MAY 7 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 303-668-2358

THURSDAY, MAY 9 CCC: Consciousness Creatives Community–6:4510pm. Monthly meetings to share a common desire to raise the consciousness of our planet through presentations, discussion, interaction, and networking. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th Ave Arvada. 303-731-6695.

FRIDAY, MAY 10 Face Yoga–6:30-8:30pm. These exercises target muscles of the neck and face to improve overall appearance naturally. Non-invasive, low-cost, no-risk, natural facelift. $35. PranaYoga 3333 Federal Blvd Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099


Spa Day-Thriving in Menopause–Noon-6pm. Enjoy complimentary chair massage, mini-makeovers, minifacials, symptom help, product samples and $20 in coupons on event day (some limitations apply.) FREE. Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy 645 S Broadway, Boulder. 303-442-0589

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Facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body with channeling, energy readings and intense individual clearings. NEW LOCATION! Rocky Mountain Miracle Center 1939 S Monroe St Denver. 303-282-9439 or Wise Woman Wellness Retreat & Learning Center’s Grand Opening–10am-6pm. Fri-Sun. Nature, labyrinth, meditation, hand-mixed herbal tea, prizes/ giveaways! Wise Woman Wellness Retreat & Learning Center 26591 Thunder Ridge Rd Conifer. Thriving Community Film Festival–thru 5/12. A collection of magnificent short films for you to experience and discuss about Thriving Communities Worldwide! Sunrise Ranch Dome 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd Loveland. 877-786-0078

SATURDAY, MAY 11 Metaphysical Fair–10am-4pm. Body workers, vendors and free workshops. Readings/Healings $1/min, 20min/minimum. Snacks and beverages. Something new for everyone! FREE. Unity Temple of Denver, 1555 Race St., Denver. 303-691-8824 Pet Energy Healings–Noon-3pm. Our pets are wonderful healers in our lives and sometimes they need a healing too. Just like people they can hold on to energy that is no longer beneficial for them. A pet energy healing strengthens the bond between owner/pet as it removes energetic blocks and releases pain. $10. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or

TUESDAY, MAY 14 Treat The Feet! Reflexology–5:30-7:30pm. Reflexology enhances wellbeing, induces relaxation and relieves pain. Learn basic foot reflexology for self care. $20. Karen Kimrey MMT CR. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd #F-1 Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609 John of God Circle of Boulder–7:30-9:30pm. Also on 21st and 28th. Experience the healing power of this community prayer and meditation circle rooted in the work of John of God, hosted by Susie Verde. Love Offering. Vida Yoga Studio 2749 Iris Ave Boulder. Susie Verde 303-448-0068 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 303-668-2358 A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks–7-9pm. Transform your life, create change, meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide, feel positive and healthy. Early/$165, Regular/$180. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 or FREE Intro into your Intuition–7:30-8:45pm. 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 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

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Intutive Insights Class–7-9pm. Live with purpose, achieve your goals and get answers. Intuitive Class and Meditation w/Carol Garton, author, intuitive, spiritual teacher. New topics monthly. Mini-readings. $10. Full Moon Books 9106 W 6th Ave Lakewood. 303-233MOON or

THURSDAY, MAY 16 John of God Circle in Denver–7-9pm. Experience the healing power of this community prayer and meditation circle rooted in the work of John of God, hosted by Susie Verde. Love Offering. Conference Rm B (basement) 1776 S Jackson St Denver. Susie Verde 303-448-0068

FRIDAY, MAY 17 Pregnancy Wellness Center of Parker One-Year Anniversary Celebration–4-8pm. Join us in celebrating our 1-Year Anniversary. Food, promotions and giveaways. Free. Pregnancy Wellness Center of Parker 10964 S Pikes Peak Dr Parker. Nancy Hampton 720-851-4224

SEXY SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT Moon Ceremonies 101: Full Moon (May 22) Unique Journaling - Quirky Focus (May 30) Sex & Relationship Talk (May 4 & June 7) / Sex Magick 101 (June 5) Upcoming classes and discussions offer you a chance to deepen your spirituality through sacred intimacy with your lover (or potential beloved). You can tap into the Ultimate Creative Source and activate your Divine power just by making the decision to take the next step. Classes/talks hosted by Rob and Janelle Alex. RSVP; Events page or

Intro to Emergence Care–7-9pm. Dr. Steven Teagarden, developer of Emergence Care, discusses the origins, practice and benefits of this powerful new healing art. FREE. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center 1939 S Monroe St Denver. Roy Willey ECP 720-295-7265

SATURDAY, MAY 18 Soul Retrieval & Our Energetic System–1-3 pm Presented by Karen Rice King, Shamanic Healer & Teacher for 30 years. Talk and demonstration of chakras and ancient and modern way Soul Retrieval enables us to be whole by “collecting” parts missing from illness or trauma. Adults $20, Children 12-17 $10. Snacks & beverages included. Community Holistic Health Center, 409 S. Public Rd., Lafayette,. For more info call Karen at 303-665-0175 or Weekend Active Meditation Program–6:30-8:30pm. Explore the benefits of meditation and learn effective skills to relax/recharge. Lauren Skye. Fee includes recording of event. $200/early $225/door. Inner Connection Institute Denver location 975 Lincoln St Denver. 303-282-9439 Workshop: The Practice of Presence–9am-8pm. Dr. Steven Teagarden presents a deep, hands-on experience of Emergence Care. Develop an understanding of the unconscious mind and its role in healing. $79. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center 1939 S Monroe St Denver. Roy Willey ECP 720-295-7265 Psychic 101–9am-3pm. Pre-req: Aspen Fundamentals Class. 7 approaches to psychic development. Learn techniques that take just minutes throughout the day. Clairvoyance, clairsentience, psychometry. Games and exercises to take home. $75. The Cloisters on Wadsworth 2103 S. Wadsworth Boulevard Lakewood. Aspen Program for Psychic Development

SUNDAY, MAY 19 Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Denver or Boulder for Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Denver 5800 E Evans Ave Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St #208. 720-466-3322 Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Open House– Noon-5:30pm. Celebrate spring with free classes, plant

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.

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 Be in a State of NO-Time. Learn and practice being present and increased awareness as a way to assist in healing ourselves and others. 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 short Community Herbal Classes. 303-320-4367 or,

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walks, gluten-free treats, flower essences, herbal body products and kitchen herbs for natural health. FREE! Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd #F-1 Boulder. 720-406-8609 Cooking with Ayurveda for Vata Dosha–9:30am1:30pm. Learn to avoid excess Vata dosha (low-back pain, sciatica and sleep problems) with Ayurvedic cooking and enjoy a freshly-prepared, delicious meal. $60. PranaYoga 3333 Federal Blvd Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099 Sukyo Mahikari Monthly Thanks Giving Ceremony-10am. Arrive by 9:45. Purify and revitalize the mind, body and spirit with Sukyo Mahikari, the Art of True Light. We will offer “Light” afterwards. Every 3rd Sunday. Call Christine 303-841-1192 for directions DIY Spa Day–11am-5pm. Learn to make bath salts, scrubs, body butters and aromatherapy massage oil and leave with your very own personalized home spa package! Wise Woman Wellness Retreat & Learning Center 26591 Thunder Ridge Rd Conifer. Intermountain Iyengar Yoga Association Studio Walk–2-3:30pm. 1st annual Studio Walk highlights local Iyengar studios. Join us for these special classes! IMIYA members/Free, non-IMIYA members/$15(supports non-profit IMIYA). Park Hill Yoga 2072 Ash St Denver.

TUESDAY, MAY 21 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,

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Cryslas Singing Bowls and Deeska Blessing– 7-9pm. Experience the waves of crystalline sound and energetic healing of deeska. Bring a mat, blanket and pillow. $10/$15. Living Water Spiritual Community 7401 W 59th Ave Arvada. 720-935-4000 Yogaroma Flow–5:15-6:15pm. 5 wks of Weds. Yoga and Aromatherapy together in this unique and fun mind-body-spirit class. All levels welcome. Bring your own mat. $12/class, $50/series. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd #F-1 Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609

THURSDAY, MAY 23 FREE Intro into your Intuition–Noon-1:30pm. 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 Learn How to Get the Weight Off–6pm. Dr Katia Meier and the Clear Sky Medical Team discuss how advanced testing can tell you your risk for cardiovascular disease, how to get the weight off and improve your overall health. FREE. Clear Sky Medical 9085 E Mineral Circle #260, Centennial. RSVP 303-790-7860 Thyroid Disorder Seminar–5pm. Learn how managing your thyroid can help you lose weight easily, sleep better and gain the energy of your youth with Dr Steve Tashiro. FREE. HealthSource of Lakewood 963 S Kipling Pkwy Lakewood. 303-985-5540

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Self Acupressure and Energy Balancing–11am12:30pm. Learn how to balance your own energy


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with a simple daily routine w/10+ acupuncture points and techniques to DO AT HOME for yourself and family. $15; bring a friend for $5. Heart Of Oneness 720 14th St. Golden. RSVP 303-775-8755 or Full Moon Ceremony with Sacred Sound Concert and Gong Bath–7-9pm. Celebrate the energy of the Full Moon with crystal bowls, drumming and dance. Bring your drum, snack and $20 love offering for the center. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th Arvada. 303-731-6695.

TUESDAY, MAY 28 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 303-668-2358, davids@


Vibrational Transformation into Limitless Living6:30-9:30pm. Join amazing healers Zach Rehder and Maureen McNamara. This class is half facilitation and half group healing. or 303-669-4827

Neale Donald Walsch & Barbara Marx Hubbard– 6-9:30pm. Dinner & Awards Ceremony as Barbara Marx Hubbard is presented Humanity’s Team Spiritual Leadership Award; Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. 877-786-0078. Register at

Easy, Active Yoga of the Mind Meditation–7:308:30pm. Explore meditation using the Yoga of the Mind methods 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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Natural Fermentation–2-4pm. Learn why fermented foods are good for us and how to make them in this 2-hr class with lecture and hands-on demo. $25. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism 2900 Valmont Rd #F-1 Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609

Empowered Goddess Retreat–2pm. 5-day retreat facilitates growth, whole healing, empowerment, selfreflection, confidence, clarity and direction. Replenish and reclaim your sacredness. Wise Woman Wellness Retreat & Learning Center 26591 Thunder Ridge Rd Conifer.

Thyroid Disorder Seminar–10am. Learn how managing your thyroid can help you lose weight easily, sleep better and gain the energy of your youth with Dr Steve Tashiro. FREE. HealthSource of Lakewood 963 S Kipling Pkwy Lakewood. RSVP 303-985-5540

JUNE 2 Drumming & Journey Circle for Adults & Parents with Children–10:30am- Noon. Karen Rice King, Shamanic Healer & Teacher for 30 years, will lead in drumming and experiencing ancient practices of indigenous people. Ongoing group will meet the 1st Sunday of each month. Adults $20, parent + child $30. Snacks & beverages included. Community Holistic Health Center, 409 S. Public Rd, Lafayette. For details call 303-665-0175 or

JUNE 3 Learn to Heal with Angels–5-wk intro course to your Guardian & Healing Angels. Heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early/$185, Regular/$200 Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd Lakewood. Anita Destino 720413-7303 or

JUNE 11 Animal Fair and Adoptathon on “Just One Day Colorado”–Hosted by No Kill Colorado. Shelters and rescues receive a free booth, sign up at All participating rescues and shelters receive a portion of the proceeds. Check time/location. 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

JUNE 27-29 Life Field Conference–5-10pm. Sacred Ceremonialists will gather from around the world to enact indigenous ceremonies from the Americas including sacred dance/drum rituals. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd., Loveland. Rachel Morrison 970-679-4200

JULY 4-7 Sappho’s Retreat–10am-4:30pm. A refreshing outdoor spiritual experience. Choose campsite, bunkhouse or treehouse. Note: this is a lesbian only retreat. Massage/spa packages available. Wise Woman Wellness Retreat & Learning Center 26591 Thunder Ridge Rd Conifer. event/5688484410/eorg

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

AUGUST 15-18 Rocky Mountain Energy Healing Intensive– CE’s for reiki practitioners, massage therapists, energy healers. 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

AUGUST 20-24 Shadowcliff Healing Retreat: Be in a State of NO-Time– Learn and practice being present and increased awareness as a way to assist in healing ourselves and others. 4 nights/5 days. 20 hrs massage CEUs. $625. From Core Star Energy healing School of Kansas City. John at 913-831-4422 or

ongoingevents check dates/times Sustainable Solutions Meetup/Thrive Movement Solutions Group–7-9pm. Working toward the Initiative Process to add mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods to the Colorado ballot in 2014. Journeys for Conscious Living 7401 W 59th Arvada. 303-731-6695. Spiritual Spa Day–A space for women to gather, learn, breathe fresh air and enjoy nature, grow spiritually and be nurtured. Wise Woman Wellness Retreat & Learning Center, 26591 Thunder Ridge Road, Conifer. Eventbrite. com/event/5985624163/eorg

tuesdays Gentle Yoga–10:30-11:30am. Perfect for beginners, seniors and anyone who enjoys a mindful pace. Class ends with a luxurious, guided relaxation. W/ Erin Mathiason, ERYT. $14/drop-in, pkgs available. Dancing the Soul, 950-C Jersey St Denver. Free Healing Clinic–5-6:30pm. Receive a healingbalancing the seven main chakras and cleansing the aura while exploring your spirit work in this body. Free. Psychic Horizons Center 5485 Conestoga Ct #110 Boulder. 303-440-7171. 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 303-668-2358.

wednesdays Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash” that releases negative energy to create the life you desire. Free. Journey Within; Inside Rishi’s Crossing Yoga Studio 2730 S Wadsworth Blvd Lakewood. 720-4137303 or

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–6-7pm. 10-min energy cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Replenish your own positive energy and feel great! FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303530-0920 or Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm. By appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Questions about relationships, career, money, health, etc., are welcome. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St, Boulder. 303-5300920 or Belly Dance Classes–6:30pm-7:30pm. Learn the Art of this exciting and mysterious Ancient dance at Highlands Dance Studio, 3875 Tennyson St, Denver. No exp needed. Classes are for everyone! 401-474-1731 or OM Healing Circle–6-7pm. Group chanting of the Cosmic Sound OM as a healing technique



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fridays Denver Psychic Development Group–79pm. Expand your abilities through classes, message circles and lively discussions geared for all skill levels, from the beginner to the seasoned spiritual explorer. You’ll develop your psychic skills in a supportive and safe environment. Classes are designed to be taken at your own pace. Led by Charles Cox, a Spiritualist Minister with 30+ years experience. $15. Cornerstone Books 3601 S Sherman St Englewood.

saturdays Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic– NEW TIME! 1-2pm. A healing is like a psychic shower, unnecessary energy is cleared-clarity and contentment are restored. Free. Grad-student readings $10/10 mins. Inner Connection Institute North Side 4325 Harlan St Wheat Ridge. 303-257-4797 or Tai Chi Open House–11am-Noon. Learn why this is the perfect practice to strengthen the mind-body connection. Body & Brain 4274 S Chambers Rd Aurora. 303-400-5323 or

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JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 15.

DENTIST AYURVEDA AUROMESA LLC 101 Coyote Loop, Arroyo Hondo, NM 575-776-2212 Taos high desert Ayurvedic clinic offers kindly-priced panchakarmas (seasonal detoxification) and rejuvenating retreats. We specialize in traditional Ayurveda, pranic yoga, and seasonal healthy organic grownon-the-spot food. Friendly, quiet, private, secluded. Located near hot springs on the majestic Hondo Mesa. Come and rejuvenate with us!

BLOGS & WEBSITES BLOGS BY BETH Beth Anderson 720-261-3155 Are you having trouble finding the time to update your Wordpress website? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to have a blog or website but you don’t know where to start? Blogs by Beth helps people bring their passions to the internet through a blog or website at a reasonable price. We also help people with their SEO campaign and social networking.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY WITH DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 25.

DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 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.

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 11.

ESSENTIAL OILS 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.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 28.

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HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 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 28.

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 22.

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 22.

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KIDS: LEARNING/ BEHAVIOR DISORDERS 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 onwith 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 39.

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 body-mind 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!

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!

BALANCE HEALING Esther Yang,, CMT 7007 E Hampden Ave, Ste B, Denver 303-758-1078 Need help with neck pain from sleeping or a car accident? Heal persistent pain, body aches and relax with therapeutic massage, healing foot reflexology and/or acupuncture. Pressure points using acupuncture meridian techniques revitalize the spirit, mind and body. Come and relax with soft music in an atmosphere of true healing. Gift Certificates available. Call for your appointment today at 303-758-1078.

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ORTHO-BIONOMY THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN ORTHO-BIONOMY® 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 28.






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Discovering the Genius Within! Join us on this exciting journey. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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.

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 oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s path, spiritual development, releasing phobias and healing from chronic pain. Individual sessions and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.

PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT THE ASPEN PROGRAM FOR PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT 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.


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 26.

INNER CONNECTION INSTITUTE CHURCH OF INFINITE SPIRIT Main OfďŹ ce: inside Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Ste 202, Denver Denver: 303-282-9439 Wheat Ridge: 303-257-4797

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