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Cotton Hygiene The Missing Link: Inammation Items Contaminated with Monsanto’s and Depression in Women drug use is on the rise, particularGlyphosate Antidepressant ly among women. A report released by Medco Health Solutions analyzed prescription claims data from 2.5 million Americans between 2001 and 2010 and found that 25 percent of women take drugs for a mental health condition. Despite a mainstream medicine notion that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance, medications known by familiar names such as Zoloft and Prozac meant to counter symptoms of such an imbalance may instead be causing a host of known harmful side effects. “In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance,â€? asserts Dr. Kelly Brogan, an integrative physician, women’s health advocate and pioneer in holistic psychiatry. A study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry in 2014 reviewed 10 randomized, placebo-controlled trials to assess the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in adults with symptoms of depression. The researchers from Aarhus University, in Denmark, found that treating inflammation in patients helped decrease their symptoms. Brogan asserts that this approach is the best way to treat depression in women, advocating the use of a holistic anti-inflammation strategy instead of NSAIDs or antidepressants. “A more effective, drug-free approach is to recruit basic lifestyle changes that kick-start the body’s self-healing mechanisms, helping to curtail the symptoms of depression,â€? she claims. Her suggestions include dietary modification; simple breathing and meditation techniques; minimizing exposure to biology-disrupting toxins that include common overthe-counter drugs; sufficient sleep and exercise. “Medical literature has emphasized the role of inflammation in mental illness for more than 20 years, so if you think a chemical pill can save, cure or correct you, think again,â€? says Brogan. “Covering over symptoms is a missed opportunity to resolve the root cause of the problem.â€? For more information, visit


recent study by researchers at the University of La Plata, in Argentina, has found that most of the cotton hygiene products on the market contain the chemical glyphosate, widely used in agriculture as an herbicide. According to a recent World Health Organization statement, glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. The researchers purchased samples of cotton gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products including tampons and sanitary pads from stores in the La Plata area. Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s lead researcher, recounts the results: “Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze, the figure was 100 percent.� Marino adds, “In terms of concentrations, we saw that in raw cotton, AMPA dominates, with 39 parts per billion (PPB), followed by 13 PPB of glyphosate. While AMPA is absent in the gauze, the material contained glyphosate at 17 PPB.� The research was presented at the 2015 national Congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns, in Buenos Aires.

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Fouled Play Toxic GMO Pesticides Drift Near Athletic Fields In an Environmental Working Group (EWG) survey, more than 90 percent of athletic fields and parks in six sample states are within 1,000 feet of a corn or soybean field where two toxic weed killers, glyphosate and 2,4-D, are commonly sprayed on genetically modified (GMO) corn, soybeans and other crops, meaning that nearby athletes are likely to be exposed. More than 56 percent of the facilities in the study were within 200 feet of such farmland. Corn and soybean farmers in at least 15 states now have the option of planting GMO crops that can withstand repeated spraying with Monsanto’s glyphosate and the 2,4-D mixture sold by Dow AgroSciences under the brand name Enlist Duo. Sprayed herbicides readily drift through the air, potentially exposing people and the nearby environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of Enlist Duo for GMO crops shortly before the World Health Organization concluded that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Dow’s 2,4-D also possibly causes cancer, according to leading experts; exposure has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease, hypothyroidism and suppression of the human immune system. Source:

Mm-mm Good Campbell’s Endorses GMO Labeling Campbell Soup Company recently became the first major food corporation to support the mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients and will support the enactment of federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO). A company spokesperson says, “With 92 percent of Americans supporting the labeling of GMO foods, Campbell believes now is the time for the federal government to act quickly to implement a federal solution.” The company says that if a federal solution is not reached, it is prepared to label all of its U.S. products for the presence of ingredients derived from GMOs and seek guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and approval by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The company also has pledged to remove artificial colors and flavors from nearly all of its North American products by July 2018. For more information, visit

Salmon Scam Farmed Fish Mislabeled as Wild-Caught The nonprofit Oceana reveals that salmon, America’s favorite fish, is often mislabeled in restaurants and grocery stores. They collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores between December 2013 and March 2014 and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that the majority of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as a wild-caught product. “Americans might love salmon, but as our study reveals, they may be falling victim to a bait-and-switch,” says Beth Lowell, a senior campaign director with Oceana. “Not only are consumers getting ripped off, but responsible U.S. fishermen are being cheated when fraudulent products lower the price for their hard-won catch.” Kimberly Warner, Ph.D., the report’s author and a senior scientist at Oceana, observes, “While U.S. fishermen catch enough salmon to satisfy 80 percent of our domestic demand, 70 percent of that catch is then exported, instead of going directly to American grocery stores and restaurants.” Source:

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he Oneness University is conducting a two-day course called “The Phenomenon and the Gift,” Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22 at the Omni Interlocken Hotel, 500 Interlocken Blvd in Broomfield. “The Phenomenon and the Gift” is a practical and deep two-day intensive that presents teachings and processes to help participants experience new insights and awareness about themselves, their consciousness, and their connection to what is sacred to them. The teachings aid participants to live their life in a more fulfilling way. The Oneness University is a spiritual university outside of Chennai, India that has been helping children and adults shift into higher states of consciousness

since 1989. The Colorado Oneness community has been providing courses since 1996. Agenda as follows: Friday, May 20: 4pm-7:30pm – Early Registration, Vendors, Dinner (on your own), Welcome Party and Oneness Meditation from 7:30-9pm. Saturday, May 21: 7:30am-8:30am– Registration. 9am - Session begins. 1 hr lunch break and short dinner, with Session ending at 9:30pm. Sunday, May 22: 9am - Session begins. 1 hr lunch break and Session ends at 6pm. According to organizers, “We live in a world that is rapidly changing and we as individuals and as societies find ourselves in conflict and confusion in

all aspects of life. We then respond to our problems from lower levels of consciousness resulting in a crisis in the individual and the world around us. “The Phenomenon and the Gift” weekend will raise the levels of consciousness resulting in experiences of fulfillment and oneness, naturally and effortlessly. The Divine has manifested as “The Phenomenon of the Golden Orb” in response to human prayers and suffering.” “During the course, we were taught by two spiritual teachers who were live-streamed from India, and I was aware of all my defenses falling away as they continued to radiate pure love, wisdom and kindness. They were also so funny and told great stories! Their consciousness felt so vast, it created a spaciousness and safety for me to drop down into my heart, and connect with what is Sacred to me. I felt my heart opening and my awareness growing beyond words. I was aware of having insights I had never had before. When I returned home and back to my life, I noticed that a few of the issues I worked on over the course had already shifted to a better place.” -Anonymous participant. “The Phenomenon and the Gift” weekend will raise your level of consciousness resulting in experiences of fulfillment and oneness, naturally and effortlessly. For more information, please contact Stephanie Barnard at 720-3341081 or See ad page 5.


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ision boards, a powerful tool for transformation, comprise a collage of pictures, phrases, poems and quotes that visually represent what we would like to experience more of in life. Building one works to uncover hidden desires and inner guidance that help clarify the details of a roadmap to our future. Anyone can create one in a few hours. The layout may be intuitive, placing pieces where feelings direct; circles within circles like a mandala; or in titled, pieshaped segments arranged in the form of a wheel. Board basics: Choose a large piece of poster board, corkboard or canvas the size of an unfolded newspaper. Gather pens, scissors, glue or pins, sticky tape and a current selfie. Gather 10 to 20 magazines ranging from women’s and men’s fashion, health and fitness to hobbies, house and garden and travel, including animals representing specific character traits. Pick topics that resonate, uplift and inspire, energize or bring relaxation. Beauty salons, libraries and community centers like to clear out old issues; an alternative is to assemble images by using a computer. Prepare a space: Find a quiet, relaxing spot, free of disturbances and distractions. Mindset magic: Let go of ought-tos, shoulds and musts. Rest assured that feeling the desire to be good, to do good or have something good in our life means we can make it happen, even if we do not yet know how. Flick, snip and stick: Have fun seeing what jumps out and catches your attention while riffling through the magazine pages. Clip and place these images in a pile, and then sort out those that feel really right.

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Arrange: Experiment with the positioning and relationships of words and images until it feels good. Take a photograph as a reference. Affix pieces either so they can be repositioned or permanent, leaving spaces to symbolize an openness to receiving more ideas. Purpose Statement: Play with words that describe desired values and qualities to eventually shape an inspiring affirmation representing cherished personal aspirations for the year ahead. Place this next to the selfie and other key personal photos in the center of the board and reinforce its verity by daily repeating it. Pride of place: Prominently display the board where it will be visible throughout the day. The more time we spend with our board, the more movement we’ll make toward our goals and the faster they’ll become our reality. Activate: Sit with the board and connect with its opportunities. Visualize being, doing, having and experiencing everything shown, as if they are already an intimate part of daily life. This living, breathing idea grows with us, and a companion gratitude journal can support us in acknowledging our progress. Jayne Morris is the author of Burnout to Brilliance: Strategies for Sustainable Success, from which this was adapted. Learn more at

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ision boarding is a form of goal setting in that it declares what is important and provides regular reminders. Reminders are crucial considering we live in a distracting environment. Vision boarding capitalizes on the power of the subconscious to filter out an astounding amount of information every day. We couldn’t possibly attend to all of it. Neurons in the prefrontal cortex have the ability to suppress information that isn’t important, allowing the subconscious to focus on our vision. Vision boarding sometimes means going with the slow. Much of what appears on a vision board is inspired by spirit. This is an expression and holding place for our brightest and most inspired intentions until they can become a reality. Here’s the catch. Bringing them into reality can be slow, overwhelming, and occasionally down right frustrating. The key is to remember that spirit had the true vision and bringing it into reality means working with the needs of our human form. Renee Ellis of Live Your Knowing Counseling can be reached at 720-984-9575. See listing page 31.

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ow is the time for true planetary healing to start. By taking personal responsibility to help heal the planet, our own personal healings will be grounded and effective. When the environment is

toxic, our life force is directed to basic survival and not to awakening our divine potential. But, we are not alone and never have been. Ever. We have always been surrounded by a wise, loving matrix of beings that support our evolution. These entities are from other planets as well as our own earth school. As the drama of life unfolds around us, we are blessed by the emergence of two streams of loving energy – Our own Masters of Wisdom; and Elder Brothers and Sisters from the greater cosmic community. These spiritual forces encourage humanity to change the current course of destruction, including the loss of “right relationship.” Right relationship is love in action. It is seeing the divinity in

all things. Pope Francis stated, “This common home of all men and women must also be built on the understanding of a certain sacredness of created nature. This calls for a higher degree of wisdom, one which accepts self transcendence, rejects the creation of an all powerful elite, and recognizes the full meaning of individual and collective life is found in selfless service and the respectful use of creation for the common good.” It is the “common good” that is slipping away. Our children feel this, nature spirits react to this, and angels weep over this. Maitreya has said, “Your civilization, my friends, is dying – nay, it is already dead. Out of its ashes will grow a new beauty, whose basis is Love, Justice and Sharing. Make these your aims, and know the meaning of God… and a full, happy life.” Ron Liggett, Spiritualist Minister, intuitive counselor, energy worker, gives talks about the emergence of the World Teacher, the Masters of Wisdom and the coming changes. or 303-819-2100. See ad page 12.

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SPARK UP YOUR LOVE LIFE Natural Ways to Boost Libido by Lisa Marshall


nderlying health issues aside, a hectic schedule packed with work deadlines, kids’ sporting events and household chores can leave little time for intimacy. Letting that pattern go on too long can become a problem. “There’s a use-it-or-lose-it phenomenon that occurs,” says Dr. Anita Clayton, a University of Virginia psychiatry professor, neurologist and author of Satisfaction: Women, Sex, and the Quest for Intimacy. Despite what hyper-seductive female media stereotypes suggest we believe, in the real world, 39 percent of women feel they lack sex drive, and nearly half experience some kind of sexual dissatisfaction, according to a survey of 32,000 women published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. About one in eight women are significantly distressed about it. “The truth is, many of us don’t have great sex lives,” confirms Clayton. Sprout Pharmaceuticals introduced Addyi, aka filbanserin, last fall; the first prescription drug to address low libido in women. Some heralded the controversial medication as “the little pink pill,” seeing it as the female version of males’ blue Viagra pill, which a half-million men purchased in its first month on the market in 1998. Yet several months after its launch, only about 1,000 women had tried Addyi and many doctors declined to prescribe it, due to its lack of widespread efficacy and possible adverse side effects, includ-


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ing low blood pressure and fainting when combined with alcohol. “This is a complex problem that requires a complex solution,” says Honolulu-based naturopathic physician Laurie Steelsmith, author of Great Sex Naturally: Every Woman’s Guide to Enhancing Her Sexuality Through the Secrets of Natural Medicine. “For most women, drugs are not the answer.” She notes that for men, boosting libido is largely a matter of boosting circulation and blood flow to the penis. But for women, desire for lovemaking stems from an interplay of emotional, interpersonal, hormonal and anatomical drivers that make lack of desire harder to “treat”. The truth is that many simple, effective, non-drug approaches exist. As

Boulder, Colorado, marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis puts it, “There’s no reason why a woman wanting a more robust sex life cannot have one.”

Overall Health Check The number one culprit for low libido in women is subpar physical health, says Steelsmith. “To be capable of fully enjoying pleasure, you need a healthy body.” Carrying excess weight can both erode self-esteem and lead to reductions in a woman’s natural circulating testosterone, a critical hormone that helps ignite pleasure circuits in the female brain and increase sensitivity in the clitoris. Being underweight can result in fatigue and low sexual energy, diminished production of excitatory brain chemicals and low levels of estrogen, key for keeping a woman moist. Meanwhile, Steelsmith explains, excess stress can prompt the body to “steal” from libido-boosting hormones like progesterone in order to make more of the stress-hormone cortisol. High blood sugar can drive down testosterone, while high cholesterol can clog pelvic blood vessels, dulling sensation. Depression, diabetes and thyroid disorders are other major libido killers, says Clayton. “If you treat them effectively, you may see big improvements.” Women seeking to improve their sexual health should first try to achieve a healthy weight via diet and exercise, Steelsmith says. She recommends an organic diet rich in complex carbohydrates (which keep blood sugar balanced), lean protein (a precursor to desire-related neurotransmitters) and good fats (which help keep vulval tissues lubricated). Exercise—another circulation booster— is also key. Do it before a scheduled hot date

Five Common Libido Killers Birth Control Pills: Oral contraceptives can boost levels of sex hormone-binding globulin, which attaches to desire-promoting testosterone, making it harder for the body to access it. Antidepressants: Numerous antidepressant medications have been shown to decrease libido, but leaving depression untreated can kill sex drive even more; consider natural alternatives. Smoking: It impairs circulation to genitals. Alcohol: Too much alcohol lowers sexual response. Caffeine: Excess caffeine can erode levels of testosterone, which is vital for driving desire. Sources: Laurie Steelsmith, ND, and research studies

the house has to be clean, with the kids asleep and free of distracting noises,” she says. “Sometimes, just do it.”

Nature’s Libido-Enhancers L-arginine: Boosts blood flow to sexual organs. Can be taken in supplement form or applied topically. Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng): Considered a sexual tonic in Chinese medicine for its ability to stabilize sexual energy over time; also used to address vaginal dryness. Epimedium (horny goat weed): Said to stimulate nerves in genitals, support adrenal glands and boost levels of feel-good brain chemicals. Phenylethylamine: Sometimes referred to as the “romance chemical”, this stimulant and mood elevator is naturally released in the brain when we have an orgasm, exercise or eat chocolate; also available in supplement form. Maca: A Peruvian root used for centuries in that country to promote sexual energy, Maca is said to boost production of libido-boosting hormones.

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for even better results. One 2014 study of 52 women found that those that worked out prior to an anticipated romantic encounter had significantly increased sexual desire.

Pamper Femaleness Many women avoid sexual encounters for fear of sparking a urinary tract or vaginal infection. This becomes more common after age 40, as estrogen wanes and pelvic tissue thins and dries, leaving it more vulnerable to microbial invaders. Because semen is alkaline, it changes a woman’s vaginal pH, allowing unfriendly bacteria to thrive, says Steelsmith. Her advice: Always go to the bathroom and urinate after intercourse, and use natural lubricants, like vitamin E. For some women, she also recommends low-dose, prescription estrogen cream or suppositories. If an infection occurs, try to treat it naturally, avoiding antibiotics, which can spark yeast overgrowth. Instead, Steelsmith recommends using tea tree oil, goldenseal, or probiotic douches or suppositories, available online and at health food stores. Kegel exercises are a famous aid, involving clamping down as if interrupting urine flow, before releasing and repeating. This not only help fends off urinary incontinence and infection, it also strengthens and firms pelvic muscles, rendering enhanced enjoyment for both partners.

Make Time for Intimacy Research has shown that over time, frequent lovemaking actually causes structural changes in certain areas of the brain as new connections form and sex-related regions grow stronger. Stop, and those areas atrophy, making physical intimacy feel awkward once it’s resurrected.

A sexless relationship can also be emotionally devastating for the person, often the male, that wants more contact, says Weiner Davis, author of The SexStarved Marriage: Boosting Your Marriage Libido. “For the spouse yearning for touch, it is a huge deal,” she says. “It’s about feeling wanted, attractive and loved.” In her practice, she often sees couples that are mismatched in how they wish to demonstrate and receive love. Often, the woman wants to feel close emotionally before she can feel close physically. For the man, physical intimacy is a conduit for opening up emotionally. When both keep waiting to get what they want, the relationship suffers. She counsels couples to deliberately make time to address both partners’ needs. Schedule a long walk or intimate dinner to talk over feelings; also schedule sex. “Some people say, ‘Oh, but that’s not spontaneous enough,’” says Weiner Davis. “But even if you put it on the calendar, what you do with that time can still be spontaneous and playful.” While most women assume that they need to be in the mood first, research by University of British Columbia Psychiatrist Rosemary Basson suggests that in some women, desire only comes after physical arousal, especially by a loving partner that takes the time to meet her needs. “I wish I had a dollar for each time someone said to me, ‘I’m not in the mood, but once I get into it, I surprise myself, because I have a really good time,’” says Weiner Davis. She’s not advising women to make love when they really don’t want to, but rather to be open to it even when the circumstances aren’t ideal. “A lot of women feel like

Clayton points out that while 42 percent of women experience either low sex drive or satisfaction, fewer than 12 percent are really bothered by it. “Some women experience great grief and loss about this. They say, ‘It used to be a part of my life and now it’s gone.’” For some in this subset that are unable to find relief via lifestyle changes, she would recommend Addyi, said to boost desire by changing brain chemicals. On the other hand, many women don’t need to take any action at all. “If someone has low sex drive and it doesn’t matter to them or their partner, it’s not a problem.” That said, the benefits of attending to an affectionate, healthy sex life can go far beyond the bedroom, improving overall health and strengthening relationships, notes Steelsmith. Sex burns calories, increases circulation, releases calming and painkilling hormones like prolactin and prompts production of the “bonding hormones” vasopressin and oxytocin. “When you are in a loving relationship and you express that love through your body, physiological changes occur that can help you bond more deeply with your partner,” she says. “The more you make love, the more love you make.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Keying in on Iodine by Kathleen Barnes


t seems that a common mineral supplement that costs just pennies per day can stimulate an underactive thyroid, restore metabolism to normal levels, curb excess appetite, banish fatigue and generally improve everyone’s health. Mounting scientific evidence shows that iodine may be an answer to many such health woes, especially for women. “The thyroid acts as a throttle, the gas pedal for all metabolic functions in the human body,” says Dr. Richard Shames, of San Rafael, California, author of Thyroid Mind Power. If the thyroid is a driving force of human physiology, then iodine is its key fuel, says Dr. Robert Thompson, of Soldotna, Alaska, author of What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid. “Every single cell in your body depends on thyroid hormone, and the thyroid depends on iodine for proper functioning.” “Without sufficient thyroid hormone, we have low energy, slower metabolism, lower immunity to illness and impaired repair and maintenance of bones and joints,” explains Shames. After testing thousands of patients in his practice, Thompson estimates that

90 percent of North Americans are iodine deficient, citing what he calls “epidemic proportions” of hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) with symptoms comprising obesity, fatigue, brain fog, irregular or absent menstrual periods, hair loss and heat and cold intolerance.

Major Culprits Estrogen: Hypothyroidism is overwhelmingly a women’s disease, with women five to eight times more likely to suffer from it than men, according to the American Thyroid Association. “Estrogen inhibits the body’s natural ability to absorb and utilize iodine,” says Dr. Jorge Flechas, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, who specializes in thyroid disorders. “We find three periods in life when women need more iodine: at puberty and during both pregnancy and perimenopause or menopause. It’s because estrogen levels tend to fluctuate wildly at those times, neutralizing the ability of iodine gained through select foods to balance thyroid and other hormones.” Flechas prescribes iodine supplements for most women at all three stages of life. Toxic halogens: Iodine belongs to a group of halogens that includes

chlorine, bromine and fluorine, three chemicals that are both toxic to the human body and block its ability to absorb iodine, explains Thompson. “They’re everywhere, in our air, water and food. It’s nearly impossible to avoid them,” reports Shames, a longtime advocate in the movement against the common practice of adding fluoride (a derivative of fluorine) and chlorine to municipal water. Fluoride is also added to many brands of toothpaste. Bromide is part of almost all commercial flour and flour products, as well as soft drinks. Shames offers an historic insight. “Fluoride was once used to slow down an overactive thyroid, as recommended by the physicians’ bible, the Merck Manuals. Now we’re putting it in the water supply and wondering why we have a mushrooming epidemic of low thyroid incidence.” Food: “So-called ‘iodized’ salt doesn’t contain much usable iodine, and neither does pink Himalyan sea salt,” Shames cautions. We’ve known that our soil is deficient in essential minerals such as iodine since at least 1936, when a special U.S. Senate report concluded that

Nine in 10 North Americans may be iodine deficient. ~ Dr. Robert Thompson our soil was already severely depleted. “This simply means that when we grow produce, the plants cannot extract these vital nutrients from the soil for us—including iodine—if those nutrients aren’t there in the first place,” says Thompson. If anything, he adds, U.S. soils have become even more sterile in the 80 years since the report and, “Factory farming and the use of genetically modified (GMO) crops, Roundup herbicide and synthetic chemical fertilizers have undoubtedly worsened the situation.”

Sources of Iodine It’s difficult to include sufficient natural iodine in our daily diet unless we follow a Japanese-style diet that includes lots of seaweed and saltwater fish, says Shames. Other food sources are shellfish, turkey, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cranberries and strawberries. There is little agreement about the optimal levels of iodine people need.

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Symptoms range from extreme fatigue and weight gain to depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, high blood pressure, fibrocystic breasts and skin and hair problems. This lack of essential iodine can also cause infertility, joint pain, heart disease and stroke. Low iodine levels also have been associated with breast and thyroid cancers; and in children, intellectual disability, deafness, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired growth, according to studies by Boston University and the French National Academy of Medicine.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture maintains that we need 150 micrograms a day, but iodine advocates are quick to point out that a person eating a typical Japanese diet (where hypothyroidism, or low thyroid activity, is rare) ingests 12.5 milligrams of iodine each day—83 times the amount recommended by the government. Shames recommends getting an iodine lab test (available without a prescription at to determine exact needs. Thompson recommends potassium iodide and sodium iodide supplements for thyroid health. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including User’s Guide to Thyroid Disorders.

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Bromine/bromide Flour and flour products, except those labeled “unbrominated” Soft drinks Pesticides with methyl bromide Plastics Fire retardants in children’s nightwear and some furniture Spa disinfectants Source: What Doctors Fail to Tell You About Iodine & Your Thyroid, by Dr. Robert Thompson.


The Thyroid/Gut Connection Dr. Ian Hollaman, DC


o, you were diagnosed with a thyroid condition or you suspect thyroid disease because you have constipation; cold feet/hands; hair/skin problems; terrible fatigue and brain fog. Well, join the 40 million Americans who suffer from Hypothyroidism. But is it really just a simple thyroid problem, or is there something more going on below the surface? If you were diagnosed through an elevated Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) blood test or the above symptoms, you most likely have an immune disorder called thyroiditis or Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism. The American Endocrine Society states that 90% of people diagnosed with hypothyroidism suffer from autoimmune thyroid. Like many health problems, we need to look to the gut to understand why our immune system is flared up and attacking our own tissue. Anyone with autoimmunity must have three things: 1) genetic predisposition, 2) a gut environment primed for problems, and 3) a triggering event that turned on their genes to start making antibodies against their own tissue. For example: Mary Lou was born via C-section or didn’t breastfeed very well. She was always taking antibiotics for ear and strep infections; and in doing so, she inadvertently wiped out 80% of her immune system – the healthy bacteria in her gut. After school, career and kids, she began to notice weight gain, gut problems, fatigue, feeling “off”, and wanting to just lay in bed and let the world pass by. Her hair was thinning, she was constipated and she felt foggy-headed. Unfortunately, she exacerbated her depressed immune system with a poor diet of low fiber, processed, sugar and fat-laden foods, that felt “good” in the moment. Her first doctor said, “Your tests only show minor elevations in TSH, there is nothing I can do for you but my friend

the psychiatrist can give you a drug if you’d like.” Another doctor said “Here, take this thyroid hormone the rest of your life, you’ll be fine.” Mary had actually developed Leaky Gut and was suffering miserably with an immune attack against her thyroid. Our immune system recruits “antibodies,” which are lock-and-key proteins that fit around invaders [foods or bacteria] and help to flag and destroy threats to our health. This immune reaction is supposed to be short-term, but with compromised small intestine walls allowing foods and bacteria to pass through, the response becomes chronic. The immune system attacks the tight junctions in the intestine walls that regulate the flow of molecules between cells. This is the first event that begins the spiral towards autoimmune disease. As the process continues, these newly formed “self antibodies” find their way to the thyroid tissue because it ‘looks’ very similar to intestinal junction tissue. In research this is called “molecular mimicry” and in this case, it’s called Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. The immune system is now attacking your own tissue with nothing to stop the process and you begin to notice the same symptoms as Mary Lou! The bad news is this can move on and target other tissue like joints, nerves, skin and even the brain. The good news is functional medicine has a targeted approach to address the underlying cause to get you feeling optimal again! But, this process is not for everyone. It takes a commitment to your health, diet changes and supplementation that helps heal not only the gut, but also the inflamed immune system. By addressing the underlying components of your thyroid condition, you can regain your life and let your health soar! Dr. Ian Hollaman, DC of Red Tail Wellness in Boulder can be reached at 303-882-8447. Call for your free 15-minute consultation. See ad page 3.

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study published in Lasers in Medical Sciences (May 2013) found that those with hypothyroidism may benefit from low-level laser treatment (LLLT).1 All participants had a history with T4 replacement for hypothyroidism, but were taken off this medication for the nine months of the study. Half the group received LLLT and the whole group was followed up at nine months to see how well thyroid was functioning and to assess whether a return to T4 therapy was needed. For the participants undergoing 10 sessions of LLLT, they found that such treatment seemed to decrease the need for T4 therapy while improving markers of a dysfunctional immune response. In fact, 22 of 23 participants receiving LLLT were able to reduce or cease taking T4 therapy and 11 of the 23 were still completely off T4 therapy at nine months! In the control group, every participant went back on T4 therapy with 40% requiring an increased dose. “These findings suggest that LLLT was effective at improving thyroid function, promoting reduced TPOAb-mediated autoimmunity and increasing thyroid echogenicity in patients with CAT hypothyroidism,” according to the authors. 1.

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Christie Brinkley Shares Her Secrets to Lasting Beauty Why She Still Looks Terrific After 40 Years as a Model by Gerry Strauss


upermodel extraordinaire Christie Brinkley looks as amazing in her 60s as she did when she first graced the cover of Sports Illustrated nearly 40 years ago. In a new book, Timeless Beauty, Brinkley reveals her anti-aging secrets, many of which involve reliance on healthful foods, a positive attitude, exercise and good skin care. Much of what she’s learned is reflected in her line of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare. Here, she shares some highlights of how she keeps her mind and body healthy.

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How much of anti-aging do you believe is tied to mental and emotional health? Growing old gracefully is all about the positive energy that you use to power through your day and project to others. Happiness is a youthful quality and a smile is always our best accessory; it’s also been proven to release feel-good endorphins. When you take good care of yourself by eating right and exercising, you naturally feel better about yourself. If we’re feeling down, stressed or depressed, we’re tempted to eliminate exercise, which is the very thing that could lift us up and make us feel better. The more we move, the merrier we are.

Because you also recognize the importance of treating the body well from the outside as well as from the inside, what other practices do you apply?

Why did you become a vegetarian at age 14? When I was 13, I picked up a book from the nightstand in my parents’ bedroom called Miami and the Siege of Chicago by Norman Mailer. I happened to open to a page with a highly graphic description of Midwest slaughterhouses. What I read turned my stomach because I loved animals and wanted no part in this inhumane system. I swore at that moment I would never eat another piece of meat and have not done so since. For the past 49 years I have enjoyed the resulting good karma in the form of healthful benefits from avoiding the antibiotics, growth hormones and fats associated with a carnivorous diet.

salmon I choose and don’t eat other seafood. I’m lucky that as a model, my career has naturally kept me aware of the amount of sugar I consume, limiting its effects on skin and overall health as well as weight.

lot of books to learn how to replace meat protein with healthier choices. Through the early years, as I continued to learn about options, I tried many kinds of vegetarian, macrobiotic and vegan approaches. Once I started modeling in seashore locations, it seemed natural to me to add bits of fresh fish and some dairy; so for the most part I have been a lacto ichthyo variation of vegetarian. I raised my children as vegetarians, and recently my daughter, Sailor, and I took the next step to become mostly vegan. I allow myself a little mozzarella and an occasional salmon dish when my body is craving it, because I think we need to listen to what our body needs. After the environmental disasters of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, made worse by toxic dispersants, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that pumped radioactive isotopes into the Pacific, I am extra-cautious about the

With everything we know about how the sun can damage our skin, it’s crucial to use a moisturizer with a broad ultraviolet spectrum blocker of both UVA and UVB rays to prevent wrinkles and hyperpigmented spots. I created my own skin care line that offers an SPF 30 broad-spectrum moisturizer that also defends against infrared rays [IR], which represent more than half of the sun’s damaging rays that reach Earth. IR emissions also come from manmade objects such as computers and cell phones. Beyond that, I wanted a product that takes advantage of our body’s own circadian rhythms, using special peptides that help the body build collagen and elastin as we sleep and repair. Using a gentle exfoliating scrub is also key, a step many people overlook; I’ve included it in my daily skin care routine for 30 years. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at



Women Empowered YOUR HEALTH by Nature By Susie Kincade


oday’s multi-tasking lifestyles can be taxing on the brain, causing high levels of stress, cortisol, adrenaline, and anxiety. Add in a few cups of coffee throughout the day and, well, you probably recognize the pattern. As a nature-based personal coach, I require my clients to grow a relationship with nature because it makes our work a lot easier. When I finally convince them to unplug completely and take a half hour in the natural world, amazing things happen! Through guided, sensoryexpansion exercises, and Nature’s own magic, creases on the face melt away, breathing slows and deepens, shoulders let go, anger/frustration/ anxiety dissipate, and a sense of calm softens their energy. Just 20 minutes revives, rejuvenates, and reconnects them to their “natural current.” This is Nature AS medicine. In Japan, Forest Bathing or Shinrinyoku, means “taking in the forest atmosphere” and is a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Documented ef-

fects include: boosting the immune system; reduced blood pressure, stress and anxiety; improved mood and ability to focus; increased energy and sense of well-being. According to Michael Jospe, Wilderness Guide of the Earth-Based Institute in Boulder, “There is an electrical frequency to the natural world that our brains tend to resonate or ‘entrain’ with… Consider that our awake, busy brain runs in the Beta electrical frequency at about 12-24 hz. During meditation, the brain slows to the Alpha state, 7-12 hz. In quiet places in nature, the electromagnetic frequency…has been measured at 7.84 hz – close to the meditative Alpha frequency.” The benefits of spending time in nature are continually being documented. Recently, researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School examined the mental health of 10,000 city dwellers, finding that those living near green space had less mental stress. Dr. Eva Shelub and naturopath Alan C. Logan in “Your Brain on Nature,” cite a hospital study showing that more aesthetically pleasing nature views decrease the need for pain medications. Dr. Swartzberg, Chair of the Berkeley Medical Letter cites studies showing that students who walk in nature before a test do better than those who walk in the city. We share with all beings on the planet - the same drinking water, air, and soil necessary for survival. Simply put, nature is us and we are nature. I highly recommend taking 20-30 minutes a day to unplug, go outside and intentionally connect to nature. Your brain, body and spirit with thank you for it! Susie Kincade of Women’s Empowerment Workshop, can be reached at 970-328-5472 or See ad page 9.

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Plant-Based Foods for Women’s Health by Nandini Rossi


ou’ll feel calmer, happier, and more satiated eating fiberrich, wholesome, plant-based foods.1 According to Rachel K. Johnson, Ph.D, “Research has shown that people following vegetarian diets tend to be healthier than meat eaters.”2 Following a vegetarian diet means eating plant-based foods and omitting some or all foods of animal origin. In progressive order, the vegan or total vegetarian diet includes only foods from plants; the lactovegetarian diet adds cheese and other dairy products; the ovo-lactovegetarian (or lactoovovegetarian) diet also includes


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eggs. Semi-vegetarians don’t eat red meat but include chicken and fish with plant foods. “I always ask ‘Where are the colors?’ when I look at a plate,” says Ellie Krieger, R.D., host of Healthy Appetite on the Food Network. “Ideally, there should be a full spectrum, since differently colored produce offers different antioxidants.” Leafy Greens such as kale, spinach, romaine, collards, and cabbage have an abundance of antioxidants, nutrients, iron and magnesium that benefit women’s cycle. Berries benefit estrogen by helping to eliminate harmful, environmental “mock”

estrogens that can mess with the endocrine system. Sweet potatoes keep your skin looking lovely due to their high beta-carotene content. Fiber helps keeps you “regular” by aiding in digestion and preventing constipation while also lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Just one cup of raspberries or green peas contains 8g of fiber. If you’re concerned about Protein intake, don’t be. The following are nutrient-rich and versatile. Lentils, a legume, contain 18g of protein and 7mg of iron per cup; Chickpeas, another legume, supplies 15g protein and 5mg of iron per cup; Almonds hold 8g of protein per quarter cup; Quinoa boast 8g complete protein per cup. For vegans, one cup of Soy Milk supplies 8g complete protein, 300mg calcium and B12. Greek Yogurt contains 18g protein in every 3/4 cup. Tofu, the mighty protein-filled ingredient, has 16g protein per 3/4cup of firm tofu and 300mg calcium.3 As always look for organic and non gmo. Other powerful foods for women include: Organic Non-GMO Tofu, Cashews, Almonds, Coconut, Lentils, Apples, Flax, Chia, Oranges, Lemons, Broccoli, Carrots, and Celery.1 For references contact Nandini Rossi, healthy chef for over 30 years, owner of Govinda’s Garden Café, 1400 Cherry St., in Denver at See ad page 19.



NOTE: All Calendar events must be received by May 10th (for June issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Visit for guidelines and to submit entries. All entries will be edited.

SUN MAY 1 Evolve Expo–10am-4pm. Exhibitors, vendors, and speakers featuring Healthy Food Cooking Stages, Hands on Gardening, Alternative/Complimentary Health , New Energy Technologies & Sustainability, Business & Wealth Building, Positive/Creative Living, and special Kids programs. National Western Complex, Denver. $10, Kids 15 and under FREE. Free Parking. Info 303-731-6695

TUES MAY 3 Learn to Heal with Angels 5-Weeks–7-9pm Tues. Meet your Guardian/Healing Angels. Guided meditations help you heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early $210, Reg $225. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-4137303,

SAT MAY 7 Sacred Sensuality, a Gateway to Vitality–2-4:30pm. Herbal, Nutritional, and Lifestyle discussion. Healing snacks. With Certified Herbalist Jasper Markle. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road Unit F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP Healing Arts Faire–12-5pm. 1st Saturdays. FREE. Practitioners $1/min up to $1.50/min at KCP Gallery, 364 Main St, Longmont. First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. Yoga, sound bath meditation, Intro to HeartMath, EVOX & Biofeedback Demo and much more. $1/min mini services, 20% off products, free prizes, healthy food. FREE. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer 303-816-0429


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Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. 303-668-2358 Learn to Trust your Intuition–1:15-3pm. Learn how following your intuition can help you make better decisions. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP David 303-668-2358 Coloring Meditation–10:45-11:45pm. Color and get the same benefits of meditation. Relief from stress, new inspirations and insights. Our style of meditation requires no particular belief. $10 supplies incl. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP David 303-668-2358

TUES MAY 10 Learn to Trust your Intuition–7:15-9pm. Learn how following your intuition can help you make better decisions. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP David 303-668-2358.

Communicating Your Boundaries Without Starting WWIII–7-9pm. There is something between delivering your boundaries with a sledgehammer and avoiding them all together. Presented by Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author. Free tix/ info Randy 303-989-2605 Shmaya Gathering w/ JoAnne Palladino– 7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within you. $20. First Spiritual Science Church of Denver, 3375 S Dahlia. RSVP 303-263-0679 or Heal Your Life Intro To Self Mastery–7-9pm. Free yourself from the barriers that limit your happiness, health, freedom and success. $25 Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. RSVP/info Jess Bonasso at

FRI MAY 13 Community Drumming Circle–7-9pm. Focus on the balance and positive living. Bring snack to share and drums, rattles, flutes etc for Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 Mantra, Music & Movement with Becky Myers & Richard Ball–7-9pm. Chanting Mantra is an ancient practice. Rediscover healing effects of vibration through body movement and co-creation of a healing energetic field. $15/pp or $40/family. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer 303-816-0429 Taste of Joy of Business–6-9 pm. Joy of Business is about knowing that the choices you make, may or may not work out and yet you are willing to have the COURAGE to MOVE FORWARD and change. Free. Boulder. Heather Nichols 303-478-6845

SAT MAY 14 The Art of Distillation–2-4pm. Steam distillation and storytelling of legendary and historical uses of essential oil. Led by Katherine Buethe, Certified Herbalist. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road Unit F-1, Boulder. Donation. RSVP katherine. Half-Day Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation Retreat with Becky Myers–9am-12pm. A luxurious exploration of the full Ashtanga Primary Series, diving deep into the rich variety of postures that rarely fit into a shorter class. $35/workshop. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer 303-816-0429 Service Circle for Holistic Practitioners with Stephanie Athena-Marie–9-10am, also 4:30-5:30pm on 5/27. Gather with other holistic practitioners to share your personal struggles, challenges, ‘a-ha’ moments, growth & insights. Free. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer. Stephanie 303-483-3815

SUN MAY 15 Blessings: the Near Death Experience Discussion Panel–12:30-2:30pm. NDE panel speakers return with new abilities. Love offering. The First Universalist Church, 4101 E Hampden Ave, Denver. Denver Near Death Studies info J.J. 720-283-3110 or

You must mention Natural Awakenings to receive these freebies and discounts.


10% discount at All Vegan Natural Buffet Wednesday Night Dinner Discount 5:30-9pm. 1400 Cherry Street (enter on 14th) Denver.


20% discount on all services through May 31st. McKinley Dr, Boulder. Sheila Rasmussen, BA, LMT, 720-633-4740 or


20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood. Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 303-988-4338


Free to first time visitors Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Repeats $5/pp. 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303


Free 30-minute phone or Skype consultation available. Littleton office: 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205 or Denver office: 1776 S Jackson St. #1004. Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT, 303-668-0299


No-cost consultation. Littleton Office: 2516 W. Main Street Littleton, DTC Office: 7355 E. Orchard Road, Suite 350, Greenwood Village. Tricia Gast, 303-888-2185 or


Free First Phone Coaching Session. David Bartky, Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach, 973-444-7301 or


Free 30-minute phone or in-person consultation. The Renaissance Center, 427 E Bayaud, Denver. Renee Ellis, MA RMT, 720-984-9575


Special one-time $399 price. Anthony Prichard, 303-994-8612 or


50% off through May. Rev. Natasha Deakins offers readers Energy healing, chakra balancing, & cellular repair. 1800 30th St, Ste 309, Boulder. Contact Natasha at or 720-499-8469


5% off through May. Anna Horst, local Empowerment Coach and Intuitive Healer. Sessions are in Boulder, Denver, Longmont or remotely through Skype or phone. Use promo code NATAWA05 on 720-548-7176

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savethedate NATURE ADVENTURE RETREATS & PERSONAL COACHING THROUGHOUT 2016 Women’s Empowerment Workshop offers Nature Adventure Retreats and life coaching for women and girls that support personal growth, transformation, and self-knowing. Empower your greatest potential through time spent outside – on the river, the rock, the sea, being deeply connected to your inner wisdom, awareness and self-knowing. Workshops, retreats and coaching provide life-long tools for resilience, self-confidence, authenticity and personal power. All ages and abilities. Family, group and rites of passage retreats too! Call Susie Kincade at Women’s Empowerment Workshop at 970-328-5472 or email

LEARN EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE FOR MORE VITALITY, HEALTH & JOY • MAY 14-15 Learn to balance your energies in a fun, supportive small-group setting. Care for self and others. Topics include meridians, aura, stress and pain management, staying grounded, releasing negative emotions, energy testing food and supplements. Lots of “hands-on” and practice. $125/day. 914 E Costilla Ave, Southglenn. RSVP/info Marie Adams 303-668-0299 or

BOULDER PSYCHIC FAIR SATURDAY, MAY 14 • 10:15AM - 5:00PM On the second Saturday of every month, Boulder offers a positive environment to meet local healers, psychic & tarot readers, angel & animal communicators, local artists & spiritual councilors. A great opportunity to balance chakras, get insight & clarity into your everyday life. Free guided meditation @ 10:15am. Psychic Fair from 11am-5pm. Free Aura Healing & $1 a minute readings. 1911 11th St, Boulder. Info/questions contact Natasha or Ivy 303834-5274 or

THE PHENOMENON AND THE GIFT • MAY 2016 20TH – 22ND We live in a world that is rapidly changing; we as individuals and as societies are in conflict and confusion. We respond from lower levels of consciousness, resulting in a crisis in the individual and the world around us. THE PHENOMENON AND THE GIFT weekend will raise the levels of consciousness resulting in experiences of fulfillment and oneness, naturally and effortlessly. The Divine has manifested as “The Phenomenon of the Golden Orb” in response to human prayers and suffering. Tickets available at

SPIRITUAL MEDIUM AUDIENCE READINGS WITH ELISA MALANGONE FRIDAY, MAY 27TH, 7PM-9PM Elisa delivers spiritually selected and divinely guided messages to the audience with contagiously witty, compassionate heart-centered connection to spirit. See how Elisa’s gift of insight and loving connection has brought comfort and healing to many. Enter a drawing for a free Summer Patio Party Reading! $10/advance/door. To order dinner come at least 30 minutes before the Audience Reading begins. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver. Advance purchase

CHANNELING ERIK TOUR OF ENLIGHTENMENT JUNE 24 IN DENVER From the popular Channeling Erik blog comes the Channeling Erik tour! Attendees will have the opportunity to ask Erik questions about the afterlife, witness a live trance channeling of Erik, learn how to channel loved ones, learn the spiritual basis of mental illness, and much more. Starts at $300. For more tour dates, other locations, and contact information go to

ORTHO-BIONOMY PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM STARTS NOVEMBER 7 It is about being inspired. The Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center is now enrolling in their 10 week, 20-month Practitioner Training program. The program will begin in November and finishes September 2018 with ten fascinating weeks of training. This is by far the most cutting edge, science-based training available. For more information on Ortho Bionomy or the Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center explore our website at RMOBCENTER.COM. Embrace change and self-discovery.


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Getting Back to Basics: An Earth-Based Approach to Hair Care–2-4:30pm. Explore the roots of healthy, beautiful hair. Create hair care products that are inexpensive, sustainable, natural, and fun with Certified Herbalist, Jasper Markle Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP S Pearl St Farmers Market–all day. Come get your Bars run at our booth, Access Consciousness The Bars®, join us all summer long! Connor Hill 708-250-2290

MON MAY 16 Four Keys of Living Mindfully 4-Week Online Course–Gain tools and practice integrating concentration, wisdom, values, and an open heart to live mindfully. Info/RSVP Laura 970-633-0163 FREE Vitality Circle–6-8pm. “Whole-person” approach to effortlessly create greater health, well-being and lightness of soul. Simple daily practice. Capitol Hill Healing Center 750 East 9th Ave, Denver. Info Kathy 720-217-5692 or

TUES MAY 17 Power of Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop–7-9pm. Learn about mindfulness and meditation, and practice some techniques leading to a more balanced life. Instructor Tryna Giordano Cooper. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

FRI MAY 20 Rocky Mtn Field Botany Certificate Course–Learn the botanical keying method of plant identification, plant family patterns, ethical and sustainable wildcrafting practices, harvesting methods, and basic medicine-making during 56 hours of hands-on field work, augmented by 12 hours of classroom teaching. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism. Contact Kat Mackinnon or 860-917-9044 Adult Vegan Cooking Class–6-9pm. Come hungry to our hands-on cooking class, you will create a variety of hands-on recipes while learning the benefits of eating a healthy vegan meal and learn tips on shopping and prepare each meal. $65 Centered Cooking + Dance Studio 1050 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood RSVP Dianne 720-519-1962 Heart Centered Leadership Program…How to Bring Out the Best in Others–Learn 21 higher level leadership skills vital to inspiring excellence. Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author. Pre-reg req’d Randy 303-989-2605

SAT MAY 21 Just One Light Gathering–1-2pm.The extraordinary shift in human consciousness can be stressful and isolating. Receive support, explore guidance, build skills and intuition, create connection. Suggested $8. Light snacks. Central Denver. RSVP req’d. Renee Ellis, MA RMT 720-984-9575 Heal Your Life and Set Yourself Free 3-Month Self-Care Immersion–Are you ready to go from stuck to unstoppable? Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. Info Jess Bonasso at The Art of Intuition: Discover Your Intuitive Profile–2:30-4pm. Intuition is the core truth of you, your wisdom and connection. Identify your intuitive profile and understand the nuances and the art of your unique intuition. $45. Central Denver. Space limited, RSVP req’d. Renee Ellis, MA RMT 720-984-9575

Taste of Tarot–10-Noon. Explore the tarot using a special reading mat designed by the instructor. Bring your own cards, the reading mat is an additional $25 if want to take one home. $20. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP Rochelle 303-668-2358.

SUN MAY 22 Journey Theater–10am-6pm. View a specially chosen, evocative film summoning what your psyche is ready to reveal to you. Facilitated by BJ Brown, MSW, CIBP, Shamanic Practitioner, Body-Centered Psychotherapist. In Boulder. $95/$85. Info/RSVP 303-808-4006

WED MAY 25 Shmaya Gathering w/ JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within you. $20. 700 E 9th Ave, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or LCA Intro Evening/Explore the Heart Centered Leadership Program–7-9pm Final evening of workshop and public celebration. Randy Ferguson will inspire your desire to serve others. Free tix/info Randy 303-989-2605

THURS MAY 26 Massive Fundraiser Garage Sale–thru Sunday. Misha May Foundation Dog Training and Rescue annual Garage Sale. Donations and volunteers needed! House of Cards, 1800 W Oxford Ave, #C, Englewood. Info Coloring Meditation–5:45-6:45 pm. Color and get the same benefits of meditation. Relief from stress, new inspirations and insights. Our style of meditation requires no particular belief. $10 supplies incl. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP David 303-668-2358 FREE Thyroid Lecture–6pm. Learn why your thyroid symptoms persist and how to manage them naturally. Red Tail Wellness, 4520 N Broadway C, Boulder . Call to reserve your space - 303-882-8447.

FRI MAY 27 Kids’ PJ Night Out–6-9pm. Come in your PJ’s and come hungry. Kids create a variety of recipes and taste each meal; learn some fun dance moves. $45 Centered Cooking + Dance Studio 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd Unit P, Lakewood. RSVP Dianne

SAT MAY 28 Letting Go Into A Course in Miracles–10:30-12. Looking for a kinder and more loving way to be in the world? Learn how to let go of the blocks to the awareness of love. Love offering/donation. Smithson Clinic, 275 Garrison St, Lakewood. Melanie Smithson, LPC, BC-DMT, Certified Sedona Method Coach, 303762-8994, Learn to Trust your Intuition–10-Noon. Learn how following your intuition can help you make better decisions. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. RSVP David 303-668-2358 Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair–11am-5pm. Variety of healing modalities (massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils); Palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors $20/20 min or per healer/reader/vendor. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

Love is the beauty of the soul. ~Saint Augustine

ongoing daily/weekly Mindful Life Community–Join the Mindful Life Online Community and gain tools, resources and a supportive community to help you fully engage in daily life with attention and intention, and live a meaningful life. Available to anyone, anywhere. From $15/month or save w/ annual membership. Info Laura 970-633-0163. Donation-Based Yoga & Free Meditation Classes–incl Beginner, Power, Ashtanga, Align & Flow and Satori. Yoga/meditation schedule Taspen’s organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-816-0429 or Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism–student practitioner appointments–Holistic wellness consultations working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to educate and empower clients to take charge of your health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., #H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609 3Kis with Tamara Romero–Mons 6:30-8pm, Weds 11-12:30pm & Thurs 7:30-9am. Balancing, energizing and understanding life energy through the 3 fundamentals of Qigong, Taiji and Reiki. Info Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-8160429,

Free Psychic Readings–also on Thursdays. 7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920

wednesdays Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303 All Vegan Natural Buffet Wednesday Night Dinner Discount–5:30-9pm. 10% discount on Denver’s only all you can eat vegan buffet when you mention Natural Awakenings. Govinda’s Garden Cafe 1400 Cherry Street (enter on 14th) Denver.

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10-min cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920


sundays North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118 Online Mindfulness Course: The Four Keys of Mindfulness–10-12pm. Practical, accessible, and universal skills that empowering you to engage with attention and intention supporting you to live a life that is meaningful and to cultivate inner peace and happiness. $125. Info Laura 970-6330163.

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-6682358,

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

saturdays Sound Bath Meditations with Ana Medina–First 12:45-1:30pm & Third 11am-Noon Saturdays. Achieve total relaxation, clear chakras and more by tuning into frequencies of Tibetan and crystal bowls, etc. $15. Taspen’s Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer 303816-0429,

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Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101

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MindScape Workshop–Access your mind’s full potential; Gain self-confidence, trust your intuition; Enhance creative abilities; Calm bodymind, reduce stress; Increase focus and clarity. $650 before 5/3. Ancient Art Health Center 2516 W. Main St, Littleton. Tricia Gast 303-888-2185

Peace at Home, Success at Work–Two relationship coaches & a business coach guide couples to enhance communication skills for closer connection, conflict resolution, increased productivity. $777/couple, incl. hotel, 4 meals. Aloft Broomfield, 8300 Arista Pl. Info/RSVP Jim 303-796-7004 or

Looking for a way to bring in extra money but don’t want to get “another job”? Need something flexible to fit it into your life? What if you could transform your health and your wealth in the next 90 days by partnering with us? What if you could work a handful of hours each week and bring in a nice side income? We are looking for people who want the above and want to make a difference in the world while having FUN! WHAT IF YOU COULD? Please call for more info @ 303.903.8248

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Start a career you can be passionate about: Publish your own Natural Awakenings magazine. Home based business complete with comprehensive training and support system. New franchises are available or purchase a magazine that is currently publishing. Call 239-530-1377 or visit

SAT JUNE 4 FREE Healing Arts Faire–Noon-5pm. Up to 10 practitioners, varying ea month. Readings, clearings, healings all in one convenient location KCP Gallery, 364 Main St. Longmont. Individual practitioner fees are $1/min up to $1.50/min. Flirt Poles for Dogs: Make and Learn to Use for Exercise and Better Control–2-4pm. The Flirt Pole can be used to exercise your dog in a small area, or if you’re injured or elderly or just don’t have the energy to wear your dog out with a jog or long walk. No dogs. $40 incl materials. Smithson Clinic, 275 Garrison, Lakewood. Info Lorraine Misha May Foundation 303-239-0382 4-week Understanding Dogs–3:15-4:15pm. An integrative, holistic approach to training and behavior including obedience, calming techniques and communication. Receive the equivalent of an in-home private session ($150). Or attend w/o dog to learn more about dog behavior ($75). Smithson Clinic, 275 Garrison, Lakewood. Info Lorraine Misha May Foundation 303-239-0382

THURS JUNE 9 Meditation for Beginners 5-Weeks –7-9pm Thurs. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Early Bird $185, Regular $200. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,

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

SAT, JUNE 25 Holistic Globe Expo Denver–Local Fair & Networking Mixer 1-5pm. Fun, educative and transformational conscious-consumer show created for the entire family, presenting a celebration of spirituality, healthy lifestyles, green living, holistic wellness and sustainability featuring local experts, products and national resources. Denver Marriott City Center 1701 California St.

JULY 16-17 Reiki Master Immersion–Evolve your spiritual healing practice; become a Reiki Master. For self-healing or become a certified practitioner. Early Bird $595. Vali Soul Sanctuary 6717 Valmont Rd, Boulder. RSVP/ info or call Meg 623-229-9505

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Highest Quality Dental Care in Boulder: Your beautiful smile begins with healthy teeth. Dr Judith Timchula and her team provide you the highest quality dental care with a holistic approach, in an environment that is warm and caring. Mercury safe; bio-compatible testing and materials; PACE member to keep Boulder green! Let’s talk about how we can make a difference in your smile. 7490 Clubhouse Rd, Ste 101, Boulder. 303-530-1212. Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338. Ascension Healing: Ascension is about rising up to a level of consciousness that frees you from old patterns that deplete you to a peaceful and mindful way of life. Your ascension session will bring your mind, body and spirit to a higher level that will allow you to SEE BEAUTY IN ALL THINGS especially YOURSELF… REIKI, VIBRATIONAL HEALING & INTUITIVE READING. Special Initial Session $30 off. In person or phone. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Suite 9, Denver. JoAnne Palladino, Reiki Master-Teacher, Channel, & Intuitive. 303-263-0679 or Intuitive Awakening: SHEN-U: Promotes selfhealing. Seeks no followers. Requests nothing. Expects nothing. Shen-U exists to teach self-love. To Learn More Visit:

JOBS AVAILABLE Eden Spa: Hiring happy, talented massage therapists. FT/PT. Room rent available. Call 303-820-3336.

TRAINING Heal Your Life Workshop Leader Training: Looking for a new career with meaning? Become a licensed workshop leader in Louise Hay’s philosophy. Complete manuals and materials provided plus follow-up. Cost includes hotel lodging in San Diego and meals. This training is approved by Louise and Hay House. Oct. 2229.


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Marie Adams EEM-AP, CHT, PT Littleton office: 679 W Littleton Blvd. #205 Denver office: 1776 S Jackson St. #1004 303-668-0299 /

(within Ancient Art Health and Fertile Ground) Tricia Gast, MSPT, AdvCBP Littleton: 2516 W Main St, Littleton DTC: 7355 E Orchard Rd, Ste 350, Greenwood Village 303-888-2185 /

Laura Bartels, Executive Director 520 S. Third St, Ste 28, Carbondale 970-633-0163

Individual sessions and classes in Eden Energy Medicine for increased Joy, Health and Vitality! Balancing nine different energy systems in your body and energy field creates healing at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of your being. Ongoing classes: Daily Energy Routine and other health topics. Free 30-minute phone or Skype consultation available.

HEALING JOANNE PALLADINO 303-263-0679 / Your healing session touches and transforms all aspects of your being. Receive a meaningful intuitive reading to help you expand perspectives; a channeled vibrational language of light presence to attune you to a love frequency; Reiki energy healing to dissolve blocks and promote harmony; and self-awareness practices to shift old patterns so you can live mindfully in the present. Sessions in-person or by phone.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE CENTERED COOKING +DANCE STUDIO Cooking Experience Club, Inc. 1050 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Unit P, Lakewood 720-519-1962 or 561 722-4788 Learn fun creative ways to keep your body fit through dance and healthy eating. Come out to our location and try one of our dance classes: Dance with Me, Bollywood, Dancehall/Reggae or Zumba dance class and also learn to create healthy recipes with fruits, vegetables and natural herbs. Visit our website to view upcoming classes as well as call descriptions and also register on line as space is limited.


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Helping those who suffer from the physical, mental and emotional signs of stress and illness. You will sleep better, heal faster, be mentally sharp, and have a plan to move forward to health. Individual sessions and coaching are available. Modalities include BodyTalk, Clairvoyance and Medical Intuition to facilitate the body’s natural healing. Classes offered on Developing Intuition and performing BodyTalk at home. Contact Tricia for a no-cost consultation.

INTEGRATIVE HEALTH CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICAN or see ad page 2.

LIFE COACH DAVID BARTKY Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach 973-444-7301 / Keep the Law of Attraction working in your favor! It’s always operating in your life, so it’s important to know how it works so you can attract what you want, instead of what you don’t want. All areas of your life improve once you know how to use the Law of Attraction. “I use the processes I find out about in the coaching sessions each day because I find they really are working because I’m attracting more of what I want into my life.” –Janet W. Free First Phone Coaching Session.

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

People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude. ~John C. Maxwell

yourlocalresources PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL Dr. Katia Meier 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 / Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Nutritional Analysis and therapy, medical aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Program, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.

NEW! RELATIONSHIP COACH NANSEA LEE Professional Astrologer Licensed Life Coach 720-887-2919 / Are you single or coupled? Learn how to love fully by creating a solid foundation with new relationship skills and tools. Your unique astrological information is the missing link in understanding your relationship needs and the type of person you would be in harmony with.

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


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Have you forgotten who you really are? As a Spiritual Coach and Healer, I am here to assist you with a sacred remembrance of your Divinity. I am able to energetically clear old wounds around your heart that are keeping you from seeing your worth, value, beauty, and purpose. Are you ready to shift from the limitations of fear to a bountiful life of Love? I work with clients one on one out of my space in Boulder or via Skype.

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



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

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yourlocalresources AUTISM AUTISM: THE SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO INTERVENTION SERVICES Sandra Alexander, M.A. 970-799-4286 Parents and providers: Bring peace into chaos at home and in the classroom for children on the Autism spectrum. Integrate this 4-Step spiritual approach and transform current outcomes into miraculous results! Convenient sessions worldwide by phone or Skype. Connect with Sandra for a no-cost consult, a gift to you and the child in your care. You’ll love how it feels!

STUDIO Z DENTAL Tom Zyvoloski DDS, Jenna Nicolson DDS 818 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 100, Louisville 303-666-7110 If you’re the type of person who cares enough about your body to shop for organic produce, why not give the same thought to your dental health? At Studio Z Dental, we use only the safest, most natural products with each of our clients. Curious about mercury safe dentistry? Check out our videos at


CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 / Discover a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living 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. See ad page 14.


Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11 Lakewood 303-988-4338 Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offering mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Holisticminded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a biocompatibility test to decide which replacement material is best for you. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. See ad page 23.


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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. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote wholebody wellness. See ad page 13.


DOG TRAINING MISHA MAY FOUNDATION DOG TRAINING & RESCUE Lorraine May, Executive Director 303-239-0382 Learn to speak the language of your dog! Misha May Foundation provides inexpensive community classes where you learn invaluable tools to help your dog be more secure and happy, and you too! Classes include Understanding Dogs, with positive reinforcement techniques only, and Dog Trainer Apprentice Programs to become a dog trainer, utilizing behavior science and holistic approaches.

NEW! EMPOWERMENT COACH ANNA HORST Conscious Manifesting Empowerment Coach & Intuitive Healer 720-548-7176 Are you unsatisfied with your current experience? Maybe you’re struggling. Maybe you’re unsure how to create your ideal life. Let’s work together to find inner peace and emotional wellbeing by resolving past traumas, pain, fear, doubt and worry. As an Empowerment Coach & Intuitive Healer, I can assist you in becoming more self-aware, finding authentic bliss and aligning with infinite power within to create the life of your greatest dreams!

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN Anita Destino 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 / A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. $5 per person. Free to first time visitors.

May 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

May 2016 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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