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FINANCIAL HEALTH It Starts with Trusting Your Intuition


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In honor of Mother’s Day, our theme this month is Women’s Health. As a woman, I love the articles’ attention to gender-specific concerns; as a human being, I sense the larger messages that will resonate with male readers, too. For example, "A Woman’s Guide to Financial Health," on page 16, certainly addresses a few issues unique to women, such as the income gap and additional household responsibilities; but what speaks to all of us are these questions therein: What are we passionate about? What lights us up? What doesn’t feel like work? Is there a way to make a living at it? Are there simple changes we can make that will dramatically change our financial circumstances? Female or male, each of us can benefit from creating a life map, having a plan, spending our resources according to our personal values. Likewise, on page 22, Dr. Christiane Northrup ‘s discussion—"Finding More Pleasure in Life"—with local writer Ellen Mahoney addresses an aim men and women share. While Northrup is a well-known expert on women’s health, her insights—paying attention to what feels good, coming home to yourself and enjoying the journey—are good advice for anyone. So, in my mind, this month’s theme is really less about women and more about creating a life we love—whether by living on less (see the "Power of Half," on page 13), enjoying the bounty of the garden or farmers’ market (see "Heirloom Tomatoes," on page 20), or finding our passion and being unashamed to seek and enjoy what’s pleasurable. May you enjoy all the pleasures of this month!

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newsbriefs Door to Door Organics Introduces Local Farm Box


oor to Door Organics supports local farmers whenever possible—and as much as possible. Although Colorado’s growing season averages only 180 days per year, 80–90% of Door to Door Organics’ produce is sourced from local farmers in the peak of the growing season. To further support one’s commitment to eating locally, Door to Door Organics will be offering a “Local Farm Box� from June through October, with 100% Colorado-grown produce. This year, they expect to offer corn and summer squash from Full Circle Farms in Longmont, peaches and cherries from First Fruits in Paonia, and spinach and other greens from Lippis Farms in Florence. “Local Farm Boxes allow us to offer local food, convenience and flexibility at a fair price,� says president Chad Arnold. “It’s a great way to continue to eat healthfully while feeling good about supporting sustainable food systems.� Although the Local Farm Box weekly produce menu will be 100% local, customers will retain the flexible benefits of setting preferences (what produce they do and do not want), making substitutions to planned menus, and adding extra organic items. Customers can shop for such groceries as organic grass-fed beef, chocolate, and coffee, as well as produce not grown in Colorado, such as bananas and avocados. The Local Farm Box is available in two sizes: the Bitty, perfect for one to two people per week; and the Small, a good size for two to four. The price includes delivery to most of the Front Range from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, and west to Eagle and Steamboat Springs. Door to Door Organics seeks ways to re-envision the produce supply chain, connect customers with local farmers, offer a rich variety of healthy, organic food, and give customers the information to make good food choices. For more information, visit Colorado.DoortoDoorOrganics. com.

Register Now for Venus de Miles


egister now for the 3rd annual Venus de Miles, Colorado’s first and only all-women bike ride, to be held on Sunday, August 29, in Boulder County. Venus de Miles is a Greenhouse Scholars Experience: the money raised helps send Colorado’s most deserving and promising young women to college, giving them the chance to fulfill their extraordinary potential. Drawing on the success and strong attendance of last year’s event, the ride’s organizers anticipate as many as 3,000 participants. “It’s truly a unique, one-of-a-kind event,� says Teresa Robbins, Priestess of Venus de Miles. “We’re thrilled to provide women with a safe, noncompetitive cycling experience in an atmosphere that’s supportive, friendly, beneficial to the community, and, most important, fun.� Venus de Miles is open to women of all ages and ability

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newsbriefs levels, from accomplished cyclists to new riders. Participants choose from one of three course options (33, 51, or 67 miles), all winding through the beautiful Boulder foothills and fully supported with aid stations, mechanical assistance, and entertainment-fueled rest stops. After the ride, the celebration continues at Prospect Park in Longmont, with a community festival featuring gourmet food, beer provided by Left Hand Brewery, cocktails, live music by Elephant Revival, and a Wellness Station offering massage, mini-facials, and other rejuvenating treatments. Event sponsors and community partners will be on-site, with great product giveaways and special sales.

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New Guide for Alternative Health Practitioners


he R.O.P.E.: A Practical Guide on Responsibilities, Obligations and Practitioner Ethics provides essential tools for all practitioners of alternative modalities to elevate their practice to a professional level. Author Denice Davis, a seasoned practitioner, combines her many years of experience in corporate business and her solid background in dealing with the medical profession to create a standard platform for all modalities and help practitioners establish themselves in a way that will attract—and keep—new clients. With such topics as appointment and fee scheduling, marketing tools, and client/practitioner relationships, this book is a must-have for any new practitioner. Says Davis, “If it’s your intention to build a practice and be revered as someone people can trust, you must establish yourself as a professional. This book will help you do just that.” The R.O.P.E. can be purchased online at TrySomethingObvious. com. for immediate e-book download. To reserve your paperback copy, contact Denice at

Professional Grant Writing Seminar


onprofits and educational institutions are often confronted with the need to acquire outside funding, a major source of which can be generated from solid grant writing. On Tuesday, May 25, at 6:30 PM, join the Boulder Writers Alliance at their monthly meeting featuring guest speaker Christine MacDonald, from CU’s Program for Writing and Rhetoric, for “Grant Writing: Approaches to Getting Started for the Writing Professional.” Geared toward writing professionals who are beginner or newbie grant writers, Dr. MacDonald’s presentation will give an overview of grant types and cover such topics as working with


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This free event will be held at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research), 1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder. For more information, visit

Revive Your Goddess Self ometimes our connection to the Sacred becomes cloudy or needs a recharge. Reconnecting with the Divine Feminine, we remember we are here to give something majestic to the world. Just as we all have different personalities and gifts, we have specific Goddesses unique to us.  Clairvoyant and shaman Andye Murphy offers Goddess Guidance sessions to acquaint you with your Divine Mother, whose nurturance will reignite your heart flame and allow you to feel your full confidence, radiance and love. An author, energy worker and shaman, Andye has been asked by the Goddesses to remind women of their inherent beauty and power. She says, “As tireless mothers, partners, and daughters, we owe it to ourselves and to our own nurturing mama, Mother Earth, to feel as brilliant as the work we do for our families and communities!” To honor all women—not just Mothers—during the month of May, Andye is offering $25 off Goddess Guidance sessions. For more information, visit or call 970-5873357.

23rd Annual Boulder Creek Festival


or over twenty years, the Boulder Creek Festival has been the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. Widely considered Boulder County’s favorite event, this festival includes three days of festivities, over Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31, featuring a wide variety of activities, food, and entertainment unique to the Boulder community. Free to the public, the Boulder Creek Festival offers something for everyone: 10 separate event areas, with 500 vendors showcasing everything from community arts and crafts to health alternatives and technology, and five performance stages providing a spectrum of music and dance. The festival also features carnival rides, food and beverage vendors, and the signature event—the Great Rubber Duck Race! For more information, visit

Holistic Nurses Conference in Colorado Springs


he 30th annual conference of the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)—“Re-Visioning Environment: Creating a Habitat for Healing”—will be held from Thursday, June 3 through Sunday, June 6, at the Crowne Plaza in Colorado Springs. This conference will explore personal, communal and global environments as a means for creating an emerging healing framework that incorporates inner peace and hope. Through workshops about holistic health therapies and reflective practice, presentations by nursing and health experts, exhibits, and fellowship, attendees can deepen their awareness of our internal and external environments and heighten their commitment to our collective voice for healing. Keynote speakers include Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN- BC, FAAN, founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado, the Watson Caring Science Institute, and the International Caritas Consortium, a network of systems using caring theory to transform practitioners and systems; and Janet F. Quinn, PhD, RN, FAAN, an InterSpiritual guide in private practice, the director of the Touching Body, Tending Soul™ program and Haelan Works, and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Nursing. Attendees can earn up to 24.5 contact hours and may also participate in an auction, a Masked Banquet, and such early-morning activities as yoga and Qigong. Come experience the healing value of holistic community, networks, sharing circles, and mentorship!

Life Mastery Through Martial Arts


he Ninja of ancient Japan were martial-arts wizards who unlocked the secrets of nature in order to protect their family and friends. Nine families through time have passed down these lessons to our generation. Imagine the wonder of visionary secrets that would allow you to deal with dangerous personal-security issues decisively and powerfully, while feeling safe to be heroically kind, benevolent, and helpful. To-Shin Do ninjutsu was developed as a way to increase one’s peace, security, and well-being, without encouraging more violence. On Wednesdays from 1:00–2:00 PM, the Boulder Quest Center offers all-level To-Shin Do classes to teach adults how to keep themselves safe from violence. Try the first class for free! Recent studies from the National Institute of Health show that women who fight back by yelling, punching, and running are 85% less likely to be victimized. For more information, visit BoulderQuest. com or call 303-440-3647.

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Fat Country

America Moves to Overturn Obesity Epidemic The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States during the past 20 years (cdc. gov/obesity/data/trends.html). In 2008, only one state (Colorado) had a prevalence of obesity less than 20 percent. Thirty-two states had a prevalence equal to or greater than 25 percent. Awareness of the vital need to counter this trend along with the wide range of associated health risks is on the rise thanks to educational efforts Jamie Oliver on many fronts. Here are some of the latest. This February, First Lady Michelle Obama launched her national “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign to end what she calls “the epidemic of childhood obesity” in a single generation. Her campaign is set to engage children, parents, governors, mayors, educators, school nutrition leaders and food manufacturers. In March and April, ABC-TV created a stir with Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, a special series covering a case study bent on changing eating habits in the Huntington, West Virginia, metropolitan area. The tri-state region was labeled the unhealthiest place in the country in 2006, based on health habits and U.S. government statistics. Oliver has succeeded in transforming the school lunch system in Britain for the better; now he’s taking on America. “One thing I learned here in the States is that once you get in people’s homes, there’s a yearning for information and help,” says Oliver. “It’s as consistent as clockwork.” He says he’s never worked with a family of four that live on junk food that don’t end up spending less eating fresh. In his experience, “they save an average $100-$150 a week.” Now, Hunter Lussi, 15, the world’s youngest certified Olympic-distance triathlete, is challenging Americans to train this summer to establish a new record for the largest group ever to participate in a triathlon. He’s challenging Americans young and old to complete the equivalent of his first triathlon (at age 6) by attempting, as individuals or in a relay team, a 500-yard swim/paddle/float, 10-mile bike/spin/roll and 2.5-mile run/walk/roll this coming Labor Day and every Labor Day. “If I can go from being a chubby kid to where I am now, anyone can do this,” says Lussi. Sign up at

Native Tongues

Newborn Cries Don’t All Sound Alike From their very first days, the cries of newborns already bear the mark of the primary language their parents speak, according to research from the University of Würzburg, Germany, published in Current Biology. For example, French newborns tend to cry with rising melody patterns, slowly increasing in pitch, whereas German newborns seem to prefer falling melody patterns. The findings, which studied 60 newborns, are consistent with the differences between the two languages. 8

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Shopping Tip

Decline Unnecessary Receipts Shoppers need to be wary of receipts that come on thermal imaging paper, the kind of coated paper that faxes used to arrive on and some cash registers still routinely spit out. Many of these types of receipts are laced with bisphenol A (BPA), the estrogen-mimicking chemical present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s. The amount the receipts carry isn’t trivial. “When people talk about polycarbonate bottles, they talk about nanogram quantities of BPA [leaching out],” says John C. Warner, co-founder of the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Industry. “The average cash register receipt that uses the BPA technology will have 60 to 100 milligrams of free BPA.” (This means it’s not bound into a polymer, as in polycarbonates, he explains, but is just loose molecules ready for uptake.) In Warner’s opinion, when it comes to BPA in the urban environment, “the biggest exposure will be these cash register receipts.” Once on the fingers, BPA can be transferred to foods. A 2010 Food and Drug Administration update supports U.S. industry’s actions to stop producing BPA-containing baby bottles and feeding cups and to find alternatives for infant formula cans. The best bet for now is to minimize acceptance of such receipts, keep them out of kids’ hands and wash hands after touching one. Store them in a separate, zipped plastic bag away from the kitchen and not in a wallet. According to, such receipts are non-recyclable; check with the local municipality for exceptions.

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Wilderness Vigil

Americans Benefit from Elders’ Conservation Efforts Great Old Broads for Wilderness, a nonprofit, public lands organization based in Durango, Colorado, leverages the voices and activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. The

group’s forte is raising public awareness of the importance of wilderness and alerting the public to inappropriate development and management decisions affecting it. When its members talk with the conviction of life experience, people tend to listen, says Veronica Egan, executive director since 1992. Established in 1989 on the 25th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act, these old broads are on a mission to preserve public lands, the places they love to hike, for their grandchildren. Broads in 22 local chapters, or Broadbands, in 18 states join with other environmental groups to preserve national forests, grasslands, monuments and parks. Most of the land they monitor is in the American West, with its vast roadless areas. The most common impacts are on archaeological sites and riparian lands that contain irreplaceable biological diversity. The women are vigilant about monitoring, documenting and reporting unauthorized activities. Wally White, a county commissioner of La Plata, Colorado, considers Egan’s work “unsurpassed.” She reminds him of the tradition of Native Americans, who have always relied on elders for guidance and leadership. For more information visit

New research reveals that many modern dolphin brains are significantly larger than our own and second in mass to the human brain when corrected for body size. “Dolphins are sophisticated, self-aware, highly intelligent beings with individual personalities, autonomy and an inner life,” said Lori Marino, an Emory University neuroscientist at a recent American Association for the Advancement of Science conference. Marino and other experts are concerned by, among other things, the growing industry of capturing and confining dolphins, and then having them perform in marine parks or to swim with tourists at resorts. The approach is misinformed and needs to be reconsidered, she says, as “Dolphins are vulnerable to tremendous suffering and psychological trauma.” An earlier study indicated that dolphins’ selfawareness is similar to that in higher primates and elephants. The recent Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove, addresses the extremes human disregard for dolphin populations can reach if left unchecked. Take Action by petitioning leaders in the U.S. and Japan to protect the world’s dolphins at

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Christian Spirituality and Medicine

Free as a Bird by Robert Duncan Wyoming’s wide-open spaces lassoed Robert Duncan’s imagination as a boy and never let go. Though he grew up in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, he spent cherished summers on his grandparents’ ranch, where his grandmother gifted him with his first set of oil paints. Today, his light-filled canvases portray the rural scenes and simpler way of life of the American West. Realistic and respectful of nature, indigenous cultures and the pioneer spirit that still permeate parts of the West, Duncan’s art gives visual testament to the quiet peace and beauty of rural living. “We all need nature in our lives,” Duncan believes. “The family farm is disappearing at an alarming rate. “I want my grandchildren to be able to walk through a field and hear a meadowlark’s song,” he says. He sees his paintings as a call to think about the things that touch our lives. “We don’t all have to live on a farm, but to pass by and see the cows grazing, or just to know that there are wild places being kept wild makes our lives better.”

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A recent annual International Christian Medical Conference welcomed 400 doctors and other medical professionals from 30 countries who all believe in praying for their sick patients—with their permission, of course. They also believe that divine healing should be provable, which is why several presented their supporting medical data. “Despite the advancement of medicine, many people are still suffering from diseases… so many incurable and fatal diseases,” observes Rev. Dr. Vitality Fishbert, a physician from the Republic of Moldova, who now practices in New York City. “But there is one way where every kind of disease can be healed… that is when you meet the Almighty God. He can heal any kind of diseases that cannot be cured with science and medicines.” Source: ASSIST News Service

Perfect Storm

More Corporations are Catering to Green Moms Thanks to the blogosphere, interactive group websites and online social media, women are becoming increasingly educated about how to avoid what may be harmful to their families as well as how to lessen their family’s negative impact on the environment in which they live. They are vocal about their need for sustainable products at affordable prices, and companies are responding to meet the demand. “Green sensibilities are trickling down to the general market,” observes Wendy Goldman Scherer, a partner at the Social Studies Group, commenting on the group’s new report, Green Mom Eco-cosm. The researchers concluded that while loyalty to classic brands remains, more moms are sacrificing brand preference for environmental considerations. Find the full report at

healthbriefs Acupuncture Relieves Depression During Pregnancy


new study presented at this year’s Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting showed that acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment for depression during pregnancy. This is especially good news because expectant women are naturally reluctant to take medications and understand that the use of antidepressants during gestation poses risks for the developing fetus. About 10 percent of pregnant women meet criteria for major depression and almost 20 percent report increased symptoms of depression during pregnancy. The eight-week study involved 150 participants, in which half received depression-specific acupuncture treatments.

Allergy Prevention Tips


hen pollen counts and other allergy risks are high, these prevention tips can help. Avoid using lipstick, perfume or any scented product that may irritate eyes; get plenty of rest, when the body replenishes natural cortisone, its own anti-inflammatory; avoid iced beverages and instead drink lots of warm liquids to stimulate nasal cilia, especially hot green tea, because it’s high in antioxidants that can help reduce allergy symptoms; blow the nose gently, so as not to force mucus into healthy sinuses and ear canals; and keep a sweater or jacket handy to avoid getting chilled, which can contribute to allergy flare-ups. Source: Dr. Murray Grossan, consulting physician, department of otolaryngology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Cruciferous Veggies Help With Cystic Fibrosis


cientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Health System discovered that a dietary antioxidant found in vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower helps protect cells from damage caused by chemicals generated during the body’s inflammatory response to infection and injury. The finding has implications for inflammationbased disorders including cystic fibrosis, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegeneration.

Yoga May Decrease Dowager’s Hump


ew research suggests that, for those prone to contracting it, dowager’s hump (hyperkyphosis) “is not a fait accompli,” advises Dr. Gail Greendale, a physician who specializes in women’s health with an interest in alternative and complementary therapies. Results of a pilot study she led at the University of California, Los Angeles, showed that elderly participants who practiced yoga for six months saw their upper spine curvature lowered by about 5 percent, compared to those who did not. Those with greater spinal flexibility at the start showed a 6 percent improvement. More than 100 otherwise healthy individuals with indicators of moderate hyperkyphosis participated. The study group was 81 percent female, with an average age of 75 years. During the six-month study period, the yoga group also showed significant relief from upper back pain, were less likely to report early wakening or insomnia and needed less time to stand up from a chair. Many members of the control group experienced increases in the curvature of their spines during the same period. Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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Aromatherapy Spices Kitchen Duty


regano, allspice and garlic have multiple uses in any kitchen; now, research published in the Journal of Food Science reveals that when they are used as essential oils (commonly known as aromatherapy oils) they also serve as powerful natural barriers against harmful bacteria. Investigating the effectiveness of these oils by testing lab samples, the

scientists discovered that oregano oil consistently inhibited the growth of E. coli, salmonella and listeria; garlic was most effective against listeria; and allspice displayed antimicrobial action against E. coli and salmonella. A separate study by the same researchers showed that cinnamon also offered protection against all three types of bacteria. Many essential oils are safe to use in the kitchen as flavoring agents, but because of their potency, they should be used with care. To learn more about the uses and safety of essential oils, consult with a qualified aromatherapist. Source: Institute of Food Technologists

Cautionary Note on Low-Carb Diets


ome people swear by a low-carbohydrate diet, but what about the long-term effects? A first-time study by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has now revealed that following a low-carb diet for three months or more may increase atherosclerosis, a leading cause of heart attacks and stroke. Mice placed on a 12-week, low-carbohydrate/high-protein diet showed a significant increase (15.3 percent) in plaque in their hearts’ arteries and a decreased ability to form new blood vessels in tissue deprived of blood flow, as might occur during a heart attack. Interestingly, the study also found that standard markers of cardiovascular risk, such as cholesterol levels, were unchanged in the animals fed the low-carb diet. The researchers suggest that even if low-carb/high protein diets have proven successful in helping individuals rapidly lose weight, a more balanced approach to weight management, such as moderate, balanced food intake, coupled with exercise, is probably best for our heart and overall health. Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Exercising Benefits Expectant Mothers and Babies


ontrary to more conservative customs, exercising up to the end of pregnancy has no harmful effect on the weight or size of the baby, suggests new research from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology. On the contrary, formerly sedentary women who began an exercise program that continued throughout their pregnancy gave birth to babies of a healthier birth weight, while maintaining a healthier weight themselves. Source: 12

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hen it comes to healing, boosting immunity and keeping our DNA intact, zinc is a star. A new study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology reports that it may be the basis for future therapies for fighting infection, because the mineral supports healthy immune function by increasing activation of specific immune cells (T cells) capable of destroying viruses and bacteria. Zinc supplementation, for instance, has been shown to significantly reduce the duration and severity of childhood diarrhea and to lower the incidence and severity of respiratory infections. Furthermore, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, zinc is essential for people of all ages because it protects against oxidative stress and helps repair DNA. The institute also reports that zinc deficiency is common in the United States, especially among the elderly, due to their lower absorption of the mineral and often inadequate diet. A well-balanced diet that includes pumpkin seeds, chick peas, almonds, eggs, chicken, turkey, beef and shellfish such as oysters can supply zinc. Taking a daily multivitamin containing about eight milligrams of zinc also ensures that our needs are met. Additional sources: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology and


The Power of Half by Hannah Salwen

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Salwen’s awakening to the urgent need for social justice led to a unanimous family decision to dramatically change the focus of all of their lives. They sold their huge historic house, moved into a more modest home and gave half of the sale price to charity. In The Power of Half, co-authored with her father, Hannah describes how the project connected her family and lays out how others can undertake their own project (of any size). Hannah’s work inspires us all to take another look at our own relationships and our ability to make a difference in the world.


s the British philosopher Edmund Burke said, “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” I know exactly what he was talking about. Before our family Power of Half project, I kept telling myself that no matter how hard I tried or how much money I gave to causes, I would never be able to fully solve any of the world’s big problems. When I worked at Café 458, the Atlanta restaurant for homeless men and women, I saw dozens of people come in looking depressed and lonely. I didn’t see them as individuals, but instead as a group called “the homeless.” One day, I heard two homeless men talking about a college basketball game that I had watched with my dad the night before. I snapped to the realization that these are people, and not just some anonymous group. How stupid and rude I had been to see them as different from me. Having that epiphany was a big step for me. In that split second of comprehension, I switched to seeing people in need as individuals; the problem of homelessness and hunger seemed smaller and I felt like I could

make more of a difference. I also started believing that I could help because I was aware of their problem on a personal level. I believe that no matter how little you have, it’s worth parting with half of something in order to make a difference. Sometimes giving time is better than giving away money or clothes. The point is not as much about personal sacrifice as it is realizing how much you have available to give in time,

talent and treasure to improve someone else’s life. Excerpted from “Hannah’s Take” in The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back,” by Kevin Salwen and Hannah Salwen, © 2010. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Find more information on creating your own project via the family’s CD, blog and study guide; visit

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Common Sense Defenses Against Seasonal Allergies Tips to Help Children Breathe Easier by Bevin Wallace


or one in seven U.S. children, spring brings the start of seasonal allergies that can last through the fall. Seasonal allergies such as hay fever and allergic rhinitis occur when an airborne allergen comes into contact with nasal membranes, triggering the release of inflammatory histamines. The result can be sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, coughing and runny nose. While not life threatening, these symptoms tend to interrupt a youngster’s sleep, weaken concentration and keep him or her from participating fully in play and school. Over-the-counter allergy medications can bring relief, but like other conventional drugs, they are not without drawbacks. “I don’t think decongestants and antihistamines are appropriate for kids, period,” states Randall Neustaedter, a doctor of Oriental medicine and a homeopathic pediatrician. “They tend to make kids tired, and they don’t really address the problem. They’re like putting a Band-Aid on the symptoms. It’s more important to build up immune system function, which these medications do not do.” Long-term use of antihistamines also has been linked to depression, anxiety and impaired thinking. A better approach is to gently and naturally reduce a child’s contact with allergic substances while boosting the immune system. Here’s how.


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Steps for Prevention 1. Clean inside air.

Install a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which removes pollen and dust from indoor air, and keep it running in the child’s bedroom 24 hours a day. The portable models work fine in smaller rooms and cost less than $100. On windy days and while the child is sleeping, keep the windows shut. If possible; remove old carpeting and cover air vents with filters; vacuum frequently when children are not in the room; avoid using ceiling fans; and wash all bedding and stuffed animals once a week.

2. Keep the nose clean.

It might take some getting used to, but rinsing the sinuses with a warm saline solution (salt water) is an excellent, age-old, natural remedy that helps reduce contact with pollen and lessens allergy symptoms. Sinus rinse kits are available in stores and online for about $15. A cleansing device of Indian origin called the neti pot is another affordable alternative.

3. Provide a low-inflammation diet. Many children who have food

sensitivities don’t know it. Foods such as dairy and wheat can promote the formation of mucus and inflammation that create an imbalance in immune system function, advises Neustaedter. Consider limiting these foods before and during allergy season. He also suggests using nutritional supplements to build up the small-intestine lining, which helps balance immune system function. For example, glutamine is an amino acid linked to improved intestinal-lining maintenance. Also add more antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory foods such as nuts, fish, grapes, oranges, apples and tomatoes to family meals. Because they fight free-radical cell damage (which interferes with the immune system), antioxidants can help boost immunity.

4. Try natural medicines.

When allergy symptoms flare up, Neustaedter recommends trying Chinese herbal formulas with Xanthium, which relieves symptoms by acting like an antihistamine. Recent studies also attest to the helpfulness of rosemary, which is deemed safe, even for children. The idea is to deliver “the most help with the least intervention,� Neustaedter says. Always consult an experienced herbalist or holistic doctor before giving any herbs to children; some can be toxic if taken improperly.

5. Consider allergy-soothing teas.

Warm liquids soothe the throat and nasal passages, and there are several teas created specifically for allergy sufferers. Natural tea sweeteners include honey and stevia.

Other Factors While a genetic predisposition is often a factor, recent studies also suggest that oversensitivity to allergens might be linked to antibiotic overuse, which might explain why allergies have been on the rise for the past 40 years. “Antibiotics kill off not only disease-causing bacteria, but also health-promoting bacteria,� explains Gary B. Huffnagle, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan. In his new book, The Holistic Baby Guide, Neustaedter also cites research that links allergies to vaccines. “Some researchers think that vaccination of children tends to create an imbalance in the immune responses, making children more prone to allergic responses,� he notes. The most common hay fever triggers are plant pollens. Flower pollen is usually carried by bees, so it isn’t windblown and rarely gets into people’s noses. More than 1,000 varieties of grass grow in North America, but only Kentucky bluegrass and a few others produce allergic pollen. The most prolific culprits are weeds such as ragweed, sagebrush and thistle. Trees with the highest pollen counts include oak, ash, elm, hickory, pecan, box elder and mountain cedar.

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HEALTH It Starts with Trusting Your Intuition

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ne midnight, serving behind the counter of a Dunkin’ Donuts, Jen Smith could see the future—and it terrified her. She was working the graveyard shift at a job she hated, living in a cramped apartment and knew nothing about entrepreneurship or investment strategies. When a homeless woman clad in rags wandered in for a warm cup of coffee, Smith shivered. “The only thing standing between her and me was one paycheck and that counter,” recalls Smith, 45, of Fort Collins, Colorado. “I realized that I was in a vulnerable spot, with no backup plan.” Fast forward two decades to today; Smith now boasts a $2 million net worth and the financial independence to work only when she wants to. When you ask for her secret, she makes little mention of how to create a winning stock portfolio. Instead, she says, her decisions about how to earn and how to spend have come from a deeper, more esoteric source. Says Smith: “I asked myself: ‘What is it that I love to do?’” Then she went to 16

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“A wealthy woman absolutely has money, but she also has happiness, courage, balance and harmony. A wealthy woman is generous, clean, wise and therefore, beautiful. It’s my wish that you will carry these eight qualities within you wherever you go and that they will serve as your guideposts to make sure you are always walking toward wealth, rather than walking away from it.” ~ Suze Orman work investing in herself and a succession of six small businesses, starting with $1,500 per bootstrap operation. Initially, she earned her way working with animals while investing her dollars with an eye toward environmental stewardship. In 2007, she founded a personal finance blog, Along the way, she discovered that, “Mindfully identifying what truly makes you tick, and then aligning your decisions with your own personal values, is key to financial well-being.” Smith is among a growing number

of women looking beyond the traditional world of personal finance to summon emotions, spirituality, intuition and personal values in the pursuit of economic abundance. Many books, blogs and magazines, too, have begun to explore the unlikely intersection of right-brain, inner voice consciousness and personal finance. “Our culture has always been very much focused on facts and research, but people are starting to realize we can’t just continue to rely solely on what we have relied on before, because

it doesn’t work,” remarks Lynn Robinson, a Massachusettsbased “business intuitive” who advises executives on how to use their intuition to make better business decisions. “We are all looking for a deeper knowledge base, and that means looking within.”

Setting the Stage The shift comes at a time when, according to national statistics, women are facing unprecedented financial responsibility. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2010 marked the first time in U. S. history that women comprised more than half (50.3 percent) of the workforce. Fifty-seven percent of all current college students are women, according to the American Council on Education. Thirty-eight percent of all working wives earn as much or more than their husbands, as of the 2009 Shriver Report. Nearly 16 percent of wives are the sole family breadwinners. Meanwhile, women continue to do the bulk of the housework (97 minutes per day for married women, versus 29 minutes per day for married men, according to a 2009 study by Vanderbilt University). Despite these employment trends, women still make roughly 80 percent of what men do for the same work. Complicating the situation, when it comes to making financial decisions, many females still tend to be fearful, naïve and disempowered, according to financial health guru Suze Orman. “Women have been thrust into an entirely new relationship with money that is profoundly different than anything we have ever encountered before… Yet when it comes to navigating the financial ramifications of this new world, they are using old maps that don’t get them where they want to go,” writes Orman, in Women and Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny. Orman notes that only 12 percent of women feel confident about retirement and many continue to either leave their financial decisions in the hands of a male or ignore them altogether. This may be due to feeling embarrassed about their lack of knowledge, or a sheer lack of time. New female graduates are facing a brutal job market; many laid-off women find themselves in a mid-career job search and widows and divorceés are facing retirement with a smaller-than-expected nest egg. All these women want to know, “How can I confidently embrace my new role in the evolving economy in a way that leads to financial independence?”

givers, picking up the tab at group events in an effort to feed a need to be liked. Others—perhaps those who grew up in poverty—are hoarders, holding on so tightly to their money that they cease to enjoy it or make it grow via sound investments. Recognizing which type we are, and when our emotions are sabotaging good financial decisions, is an important first step to attracting wealth. A tip for spenders and givers, who both tend to end up carrying debt, is to cut up credit cards and start using cash. “There is no emotional connection with sliding a debit or credit card, but when you physically hand over $200 in cash, you feel that,” says Casserly.

Create a Life Map With her Dunkin’ Donuts job behind her and a blank slate ahead, Smith took a serious self-inventory. When she concluded that she wanted to work with animals, she called a kennel and agreed to groom dogs a few hours each day in exchange for an education in dog training. Within a few years, she owned a lucrative dog training and boarding business. “Our lives are the stories we narrate for ourselves,” she says. “If we don’t like the story our life has become, we can tell our self a better one… and act on it.” Smith recommends making a “Treasure Map to a Rich Life” out of poster board as a visual reminder of what’s important to us (e.g., travel,



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TEN STEPS TO FINANCIAL SUCCESS Set a goal: Ask yourself what financial independence means to you and determine your “enough” point. If you’ve already reached it and continue to work long hours to buy more stuff, it may be time to re-evaluate your priorities. Keep good records: Balance your checkbook every month and use that account only for ready cash and bills (the rest goes into savings). Create a bill file and pay them on time. Knowing how much money is coming in and out is critical to relieving anxiety and will save on fees and fines. Save: Every woman needs a safety net in the form of her own savings account. Remember that on average, half of all marriages end in divorce, women tend to outlive their husbands and other relationships often end. Ultimately, you should have living expenses for six to eight months saved. Put something in the account each month, even if it means making a lower payment on a household credit card. Get out of debt: Pay off the highest interest rate credit card first; once it’s at a zero balance, shift all that money to another one. To avoid racking up debt again, envision what you would do if you didn’t have that monthly payment and put a picture depicting it on your refrigerator or stick a Post-it note describing it on your credit card as a reminder. Spend thoughtfully: Consider money spent as “life energy.” Every time you spend, ask yourself: Is it worth the life energy (or time spent working) it will take to earn this amount back? Open a retirement account early: As with savings, many women tend to leave the couple’s retirement account up to their husband, but you need


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your own. Start today by socking away a reasonable portion of your income each month. Depending on the investments you choose and what the market does in coming decades, that could amount to a nice nest egg by retirement age. Invest wisely: Be prudent, but not too prudent. If you’re young, invest the bulk of your retirement in stocks, which tend to outperform bonds. If you are closer to retirement, shift to stable-value funds. Consider joining or starting an investment club. These meet regularly, pool $25 to $100 per member per month, discuss investment strategies and collectively choose stocks to invest in as a group. Of the 8,600 clubs in the United States, about one-quarter are womenonly, according to the nonprofit Better Investing. Learn more at BetterInvesting. org or Think in thirds: Think of your money in three segments: “past, present and future.” Spend some of it paying for the past (getting out of debt), use some to treat yourself in the present (to keep yourself from feeling deprived) and invest some for the future. Show gratitude: It is interesting what begins to happen when you start to say “Thankyou,” to people, observes financial advisor and workshop leader

Rosemary Williams. Your employees work harder. Your banker might waive a fee or make a courtesy call to let you know an overdraft is pending. More importantly, it forces you to take stock of what you do have right now—and appreciate it. Trust your instincts: If it doesn’t feel right, whether it’s an investment or a new business partnership, don’t do it. If it does feel right, do your homework first before making a decision. Sources: Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin, Women and Money, by Suze Orman, and Rosemary Williams, author of The Women’s Book of Money & Spiritual Vision

family, a career in a specific field). When life circumstances derail those aspirations, which often happens, we can take a reminder peek. Say our leading aspiration is getting out of debt. Imagine what the day would look, feel and taste like absent that nagging credit card bill. Would we start saving for a son or daughter to go to college or quit that second job? Write it all down and post the intention in full view. “Surround yourself with all the things you are trying to create,” advises Casserly. “Persistently replace any shame, blame and guilt with dreams and desires.”

For the first time, half of all U.S. workers are women, and that changes everything. Not just for women, but also for spouses, families, bosses, coworkers and society. This is a permanent change in our culture that’s affecting nearly every aspect of our lives—how we work and play and care for one another. ~ The Shriver Report

when we choose jobs we are passionate about, and that when we invest in things contrary to our beliefs, they are never as satisfying. “Part of what the chaos of the current economy is bringing up for people is the question, ‘What am I here to do and what calling do I have?’” says Robinson, noting that the root of the word enthusiasm is entheos, or “God within,” in Greek. “Try to figure out what it is that enthuses you,” she counsels, “and then ask, ‘How can I make a living at this?’ at least part of the time.”

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As Rosemary Williams, founder of Women’s Perspective (, puts it: “Spirituality and money come together easily when we realize that we cannot live a satisfactory life when we don’t engage our own spirits or when we operate against our soul’s purpose.” No one would argue that we all tend to do our best work

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Whether deciding in which stock to invest or whether to trust a potential business partner, the power of intuition cannot be understated, advises Robinson. Some view a gut instinct as the subconscious synthesis of past knowledge that rises to the surface when our brain needs it. Others see it as a manifestation of a Higher Power. Either way, it’s worth listening to, as a critical adjunct. A good way to start each day is with a 10-minute prayer/meditation, asking that inner voice to provide three ways to help advance our financial health, and staying alert the rest of the day to listen for the answer, which can come when we least expect it. “I often find that when a woman asks these questions, it primes the pump, and when she is walking the dog or doing the laundry, she may hear an inner voice speaking,” Robinson says. “Pay attention.”

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how does this serve them?’” Robin recommends viewing money as “life energy” and assigning value as such to each purchase we make. Is that high-end haircut and coloring really worth the stress or time away from family for what it costs? What is worth that much to us? Once we start aligning our spending with that inner conversation, we will inevitably spend less, which results in less debt, more savings and ultimately, more freedom, she says. Smith agrees. With the money she made working with animals, she invested first in real estate, and then in stocks. When she acknowledged her four-bedroom, three-bath home didn’t jive with her Earth-conscious values, she downsized. She still drives a 12-year-old car, frequents Craigslist and sticks with a frugal but gratifying “values-based budget.” The payoff for her, her husband and her young daughter has been huge. “We spend very little on housing or transportation, but we buy organic food. We travel when we want to, we homeschool our daughter and we spend as much time as we want together,” she smiles. “Probably the biggest thing this has all bought us is time.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance writer who lives in Lyons, Colorado. Contact her at

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e marvel at the more than 100 varieties of enticing heirloom tomatoes and feast our eyes and palates on nature’s delicious harvest, reveling in their names: Black Brandywine, Goliath, Sun Gold, Black Plum, Marianna’s Peace, German Giant, Banana Legs, Big Rainbow, Aunt Gertie’s Gold, Box Car Willie, Daydream, Louisiana Pink and Missouri Pink Love Apple. Such signatures tell tales of their origins and of those who delighted in growing them. Their seeds have been handed down through generations of tomato growers whose love for these varieties has been shared with their neighbors and communities. To be certified as heirloom, a tomato must be grown from seed that has produced the same variety for at least 50 years; plus, it must be certified organic by a recognized U.S. Department of Agriculture organization. An heirloom cannot be a hybrid—a product of cross-pollination used for store-bought varieties to toughen them against susceptibility to parasites and lengthen their shelf life. Rather, they must be grown outdoors and naturally pollinated. The popularity of old-fashioned tomatoes has blossomed in recent years, not only due to their refreshing flavors, textures and crazy colors, but also because of their organic origins. Although heirloom tomatoes may blemish and spoil more quickly than factory-produced hybrids, they are worth the effort. Every bite of the delicious fruit speaks for itself. As a rule of thumb, the redder the tomato, the sweeter it is. Darker varieties, such as the purple and black, generally offer a nice mixture of sweet and tart; the green and white tend to be more bitter. All are prized for their plentiful disease-fighting antioxidants 20

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Preparation Tips Here are some easy ways to prepare some of the most popular varieties of heirloom tomatoes: Cherokee Purple: This sweet heirloom tomato, reportedly enjoyed by the Cherokee people, has a rich, smoky taste. For an impromptu Mexican pico de gallo party salsa, chop up a couple of Cherokee Purples with half a chopped jalapeño pepper, a couple of spoons of chopped onion, fresh coriander, a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of natural salt. Great White: This sweet and juicy yellow tomato exhibits low acidity levels. Slice and serve with a little ground sea salt and fresh pepper. Green Zebra: When ripe, this green tomato has yellow stripes. It’s sweet, yet a bit tart at the same time. When preparing a pasta dish, toss together the sauce and/ or vegetables directly in the pan with the cooked pasta, and then add chopped tomatoes just before serving.

Nebraska Wedding: This large, orange meaty tomato is sweet enough to be perfect on its own with fresh pepper and drizzled olive oil. Snow White Cherry: Similar in flavor to other good cherry

tomatoes, this sweet yellow cherry tomato perfectly complements a tossed salad. A final tip: Enjoy heirloom tomatoes within a few days of purchase. They lose their flavors when stored in the refrigerator, so put them in a dry place on the counter, out of direct sunlight.

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How do we enhance our pleasure in life at any age? One of the biggest keys to enhancing your pleasure is to pay attention to what feels good. This is your vital guiding factor. Simple things, like enjoying a bouquet of flowers, are important. Pleasure begins with awakening the senses. I also recommend that you start to appreciate your skin, as well as the other parts of your body that serve you well. One of my older patients told me, “I’m no longer concerned with how my legs look. What I love is that when I get up in the morning, my knees work.” I hold the position that pleasure and happiness are actually the only things that work for us and are sustainable.  What is the relationship of pleasure to the health-enhancing effects of nitric oxide? Nitric oxide is an odorless, colorless gas that’s produced by the lining of every blood vessel in the body. It passes through cell walls instantaneously and

can simultaneously boost circulation. It’s also the über neurotransmitter that signals all body cells to balance out levels of serotonin, dopamine and betaendorphins, which produce feelings of well-being. Nitric oxide is not stored in the body, so exercise, especially aerobics, helps raise its levels in the body at any age. When someone wins an Olympic gold medal, you can be sure he or she is at the height of a nitric oxide burst. Why do you believe that “life has just begun” after menopause? When you are in midlife, you obviously have the same soul as when you were 12. However, if you have negotiated midlife skillfully by getting rid of excess baggage, thinking positively, moving into relationships that support you and making peace with those that haven’t— then you have access to the dictates of your soul.  Menopause is a wakeup call. We’re waking up to who we are and to what we love. You find that you don’t care what other people think nearly as

much as you used to, and yet you are able to better appreciate others because you appreciate yourself. Now that I’m over 50, everything I’m drawn to and everything my body wants to do brings me more pleasure. This goes against everything we’ve been taught—that we’re designed to disintegrate with age, get osteoporosis and decline into chronic degenerative diseases. As of midlife, I feel like I’ve come home to myself. For example, I’ve been dancing Argentine tango for a year and loving it. I’m also happy to report that my daughters have come home to themselves more quickly than I have. I would like to egg all women on with this concluding thought: A woman’s body is designed for pleasure, and when we invite it into our own lives, we are a gift to the world.   For more information, visit DrNorthrup. com. Ellen Mahoney teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Email

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reactions with one another. For example, combining bleach and ammonia creates deadly chloramine fumes. Use less toxic products. Avoid products marked “Danger” and “Poison,” and reduce the use of those labeled “Caution.” • Avoid products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), especially if anyone in the home has asthma. Aerosol sprays, cleaners and disinfectants, moth repellents and air fresheners are likely to contain VOCs.

The Dirt on Cleaning Choose to Have a Green, Clean, Toxin-free Home by Erin Switalski


The Environmental gredients. To safely espite what power through our mothWorking Group’s analysis household dirt and ers told us, of 20 common cleaning bacteria without a clean home isn’t products used in California using questionalways a healthy able chemicals, try one. The laundry schools found hundreds WVE’s green cleandetergents, tub and of airborne contaminants ing tips. tile sprays, air freshnot listed as ingredients by eners, drain cleaners and antibacterial manufacturers. A test that Use fewer products. An all-purpose soaps that promise chose three green-certified cleaner can handle “fresh and clean” classroom cleaners versus many cleaning jobs may hide unseen and undisclosed three common conventional around the house. It is not necessary dangers. cleaners cut the total to use a different According to number of air contaminants product for each Women’s Voices for room (bathroom the Earth (WVE), a detected from 66 to 15. cleaner, kitchen national women’s cleaner, etc.). environmental Check out the National Geographic organization, there are some 85,000 Green Guide list of all-purpose cleanchemicals contained in products in the consumer marketplace, and only a frac- ers at have been tested for their impact guide/all-purpose-cleaners. on human health. Labeling on cleaning products is not regulated, and not every Never mix products. Chemicals in manufacturer voluntarily discloses incleaning products can have dangerous 24

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• Avoid chemicals linked to reproductive harm. Products that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as butoxyethanol and other glycol ethers include: all-purpose, glass, oven, tub/ tile, carpet and floor cleaners; degreasers; stain removers; floor strippers; and metal polishes. The surfactant alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APE) is found primarily in: laundry detergents; non-chlorine sanitizers; deodorizers; floor care products; and multi-purpose, carpet and toilet bowl cleaners. • Seek products that have been certified by an independent institution such as Green Seal ( or EcoLogo ( Avoid air fresheners. They contain fragrances and other irritants associated with watery eyes, headaches, skin and respiratory irritations, asthma and allergic reactions. They may also contain VOCs and the known carcinogens, benzene and formaldehyde. Reduce the use of disinfectants. Exposure to antimicrobial chemicals has been linked to potential health impacts, and their overuse has contributed to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or “superbugs.” Scientists agree that soap and water are effective for most routine cleaning jobs, and research has demonstrated that safer alternatives, such as vinegar and borax, have antibacterial properties. Two simple solutions to prevent bacteria growth on sponges and cloths are microwaving sponges for one minute and regularly laundering washcloths.

Non-toxic Cleaning Recipes ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER Suggested uses: hard surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors, windows and mirrors. 2 cups white distilled vinegar 2 cups water 20-30 or more drops of essential oil (optional) Tip: Warm in microwave until barely hot to boost cleaning power for tough jobs. (Only microwave in a glass container.) CREAMY SOFT SCRUB Suggested uses: kitchen counters, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc. 2 cups baking soda ½ cup liquid Castile soap* 4 tsp vegetable glycerin (acts as a preservative) 5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, rosemary or any other scent preferred (optional). Mix together and store in a sealed glass jar; shelf life is two years. Tip: For exceptionally tough jobs, spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted, scented—let sit and follow with scrub. *WVE recommends using a liquid Castile soap that does not contain sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate (SLS) or diethanolamine (DEA), which may have harmful side effects. TOILET BOWL CLEANER Option 1 – Sprinkle toilet bowl with baking soda, drizzle with vinegar, let soak for at least 30 minutes, then scrub with toilet brush. Option 2 – Put ¼ cup borax in toilet bowl and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Swish with a toilet brush, then scrub. Add a few

drops of pine oil to increase disinfecting. (Note: Some people are allergic to pine oil.) Tip: Let ingredients soak longer for even easier scrubbing, especially on persistent stains like toilet bowl rings. DRAIN OPENER ½ cup baking soda ½ cup vinegar Pour baking soda down the drain and follow with vinegar. Cover and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Flush with boiling water. Tip: Prevent the shower from clogging by using a drain trap to catch hairs. LAUNDRY DETERGENT 1 cup soap flakes ½ cup washing soda ½ cup borax Make soap flakes by using a cheese grater to grate a favorite pure vegetable soap. Mix ingredients together and store in a glass container. Use 1 tablespoon per load (2 for heavily soiled laundry) and wash in warm or cold water. Adjust for soft water by using 1 cup soap flakes, ¼ cup washing soda and ½ cup borax. For hard water, use 1 cup soap flakes, 1 cup washing soda and 1 cup borax. Tips: Add ½ cup white distilled vinegar to the rinse as a fabric softener. For a whitener, use hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. Soak dingy white clothes for 30 minutes in the washer with ½ cup of 20 percent peroxide. Launder as usual. Source: WomenAndEnviron; for additional recipes, visit live_nontoxic_solutions.htm

Make nontoxic cleaning products. Simple and inexpensive ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and borax can be used in many different ways for effective cleaning. Adding essential oils such as lavender or rosemary infuses a fresh scent and boosts antibacterial properties. Have fun learning to make natural cleaning products by buying ingredients in bulk and throwing a green cleaning party with friends (free Green Cleaning Party Kit at Women Finally, WVE suggests we buy products from manufacturers that disclose ingredients on the label. If the ingredients aren’t listed, call the product’s customer service number and ask the company to disclose them. It’s a good way to ensure that our homes stay clean—and healthy. Download a free Safer Cleaning Products fact sheet at cleaningproducts.pdf. Erin Switalski is the executive director of Women’s Voices for the Earth ( WVE’s Safe Cleaning Products Initiative is a national effort intended to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in cleaning products. Sign the petition at http:// For more information on chemical policy reform, visit

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Saturday, May 8

NOTE: All Calendar events must be received by May 12th (for the June issue) and adhere to our guidelines. Email Calendar@NaturalAwakenings for guidelines and to submit entries.

Coming Together: A Community Dance Event – 7-11pm. Fundraiser for Surfing the Creative: Rites of Passage for youth from our community and around the world. Festive Attire. Sliding Scale $15-$50. Tickets available at Movement Mass or at the door. or 303-415-0272

Sunday, May 9 Mother’s Day Brunch – 9am-1pm. Bring Mom to a Mother’s Day Brunch. Menu includes omelets to order, Various Egg and Veggie Benedicts, Crème Brulee, French Toas, Muffins, Potatoes O’Brian, Steel Cut Oatmeal Bar, Seasonal Fruit, and more. Whole Foods Market- Superior. Adults: $11.99; Children (4-10) $5.99.

Saturday, May 1 Parent-Daughter Service Project – All day. Spend the day together outside as you work on a service project to help better your community. Cost $175 per pair. Women’s Wilderness Institute. Info 303-939-9191 Longmont Farmer’s Market – 8am-2pm. Opening day 2010! Locally grown vegetables, meats, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and wines, Boulder County Fairgrounds. Ellie’s Grand Re-Opening – 10am-7pm. Ellie’s Eco Home Store, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Dynamite Divas Women’s Spring Expo – 10am4pm. Over 70 exhibitors, fashion show, speakers and fun. $12 at door, $10 advance. Aloft Hotel, Broomfield. or 303-413-6025. Saturday Market to Table Tour – 1:30-4pm. Begin at Boulder Farmer’s Market and continue to a selection of restaurants, sampling signature dishes using locally grown ingredients. $50.

Zumba – 6-7:30pm. 5/4-6/8. The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away.$95. Community Montessori School, Boulder. Register early at

Wednesday, May 5 BGBG Commercial Brown Bag Series: Applying the Triple Bottom Line to Commercial Real Estate – 11:30am-1:30pm. RSVP, Free Members, $20 Non-Members. REI Community Room, 1789 28th St Boulder. Boulder Farmer’s Market – 4pm-8pm. First Wednesday market of 2010. Locally grown vegetables, meats, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and wines, 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe. Cinco de Mayo: A Celebration of Music and Dance – 5pm. Central Park Bandshell. Donations benefit The Children’s Foundation. Info

Sound Circle – 7pm. Broomfield Auditorium. $20/$15. Tickets 1-800-838-3006. Info (303) 4734525 or

Basic Bouldering – 5:30-7pm. May 5-19. Learn the art of rock climbing-This introductory class establishes a foundation of movement and technique.  $129.  The Spot Gym.  Register early at

Sunday, May 2

Self Defense for Grown-Ups – 1-2pm. Also, May 12,19 and 26th. To-Shin Do teaches the visionary secrets to deal with dangerous personal security issues decisively, powerfully.1st time free. Boulder Quest. 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18, Boulder. 303-4403647,

Dream Your Way Home to God – 10:30-11:30am. An uplifting setting to deepen our understanding of how Divine Spirit works in our lives. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Boulder Valley, Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St. Suite 208, Boulder. 303-4431610, Movement Mass: Align with the Divine – 10:45noon. Join together in Celebratory Communication through dance. Circus Center, 4747 N. 26th St., Boulder. $12-$15 Sliding Scale or 303-415-0272 Sound Circle – 1 and 5pm. Broomfield Auditorium. $20/$15. Tickets 1-800-838-3006. Info (303) 4734525 or

Tuesday, May 4 Seasonal Allergies: Why You Don’t Have To Suffer Every Year – 6pm. A frank and thorough discussion on allergies, the immune system, and what you can do to enjoy the great outdoors again! Free. Lafayette Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

Monday, May 10 Supple Spine – 7:45-8:30. Learn to generate power in martial arts with Supple Spine ™ movement taught by 5th degree black belt Tori Myotoshi Eldridge. $25, pre-registration required. Boulder Quest. 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18, Boulder. 303-4403647,

Tuesday, May 11 Using the Earth to Heat and Cool Your Home – 11:30am-1:30pm. BGBG Residential Brown Bag Series: All about Geothermal Heat Pump Systems . RSVP, Free Members, $20 Non-Members. REI Community Room, 1789 28th St Boulder.

Wednesday, May 12 2010 Naturally Boulder Spring Fling – 5:30pm. Celebrate the natural products community here in Boulder at the Naturally Boulder Spring Fling, the premier natural products party, featuring UNFI Founder, Michael Funk! CU Wolf Law. MEMBERS or GUESTS ONLY $55. Info

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Thursday, May 6

Awakening Gatherings – 6:30-8p. Thursdays, on-going. Connect with others who are ready for awakening through this inspirational supportive 9 part series including...awakening teachings, soul writing, deep silence, inner listening  & focused presence. $20 per group. North Boulder Location: RSVP 303-545-5485

Introduction to Hydroponic Gardening – 6-9pm. Why wait until summer to plant? Hydroponic gardening is a great way to grow fresh produce and plants all year round. $45.  Arapahoe Campus, Boulder.  Register early through BVSD Lifelong Learning at

Healing Meditation: Setting Porous Boundaries – 7-8:30pm. Like the walls of a cell we need to let some things in, while keeping others out. Explore how this is done. $10 suggested donation. 1800 30th St. Suite 307, Boulder. 303-545-5562.

Building Bridges – 6-9pm. An Evening to support Friendship Bridge’s Microcredit Programs in GuatemalaElegant tapas, the debut of our powerful new video, auctions, music and more. Denver Design Center. Tickets/info or 303-674-0717

Saturday, May 15 Saturday Market to Table Tour – 1:30-4pm. Begin at the Boulder Farmer’s Market and continue to a selection of restaurants, sampling signature dishes using locally grown ingredients. $50.

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Sunday, May 16 Awakening To The Secret Code of Your Mind, The 1-2-3 PLAN –10am -5pm. Forever change the way you perceive yourself and the world we are all a part of …a world of infinite possibilities. $125 plus $15 for organic lunch (optional), Lafayette, Register by May 10. Gail Keeler, 303-956-2382, Movement Mass: Align with the Divine – 10:45noon. Join together in Celebratory Communication through dance. Circus Center, 4747 N. 26th St., Boulder. $12-$15 Sliding Scale. or 303-415-0272 Conversations with/in Nature – 1:30-4pm.  Walk easy trail--connect with nature--share in circle: for the Earth.  Free.  RSVP: 303-273-5582.Location: mile 6 Magnolia Road, West of  Boulder.  International AIDS Candlelight Vigil – 6-7:30pm. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is one of today’s largest grassroots movements against the disease, spreading hope, developing leaders, and uniting communities. BCAP honors this memorial with a walk from the BCAP house to the AIDS Memorial on Boulder Creek. 303-444-6121

Wednesday, May 19 Ninja Philosophy – 7-8:30pm Learn the secrets behind the ninja’s 14-point code of mindful action. Suggested donation $10. Boulder Quest. 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18, Boulder. 303-440-3647, How to Survive Spiritually in Our Times – 7pm. Uplifting video by Harold Klemp, the Spiritual Leader of ECKANKAR will be shown. Free. ECKANKAR Center of Boulder Valley, Crossroads Gardens, 1800 30th St. Suite 208, Boulder. 303-4431610,

Thursday, May 20 Atomic Circus Third Thursdays Salon Series – 7-9pm. “Good Taste,” featuring Michael deBoer, chef-owner of Camp Culinary; Stephen Shern, food photographer; Allan Parr, food writer; Gerry Leary, master coffee roaster; and Ricardo Olivas, food scientist. Atomic love donation. Free wine and snacks. Boulder Center for Conscious Living, 1637 28th St., Boulder.

Mind, Body & Soul Open Day – 10am-3pm. Body Stress Release practitioners invite you to see our new space, find treasures crafted by local artisans, and learn about the body’s self healing capacity. Free. 210 W 9th Ave., Longmont.  303–521–6456 Saturday Market to Table Tour – 1:30-4pm. We will begin at the largest farmer’s market in Colorado, and continue to a selection of restaurants, sampling signature dishes using locally grown ingredients. $50.

Sunday, May 23 Movement Mass: Align with the Divine – 10:45noon. Join together in Celebratory Communication through dance. Circus Center, 4747 N. 26th St., Boulder. $12-$15 Sliding Scale. or 303-415-0272

Green Drinks Boulder – 5:30pm. Enjoy sustainable libations with green thinking professionals. For details join our Facebook group.

Sunday, May 30

Grant Writing – 6:30-8:30pm. Boulder Writers Alliance meeting geared to writing professionals who are beginning grant writers or who have not written grants before. Free. NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Info

Boulder Creek Fest – 10am-7pm. A large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment. Ten separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from community arts and crafts to health alternatives, technology and carnival rides while five performance stages feature a spectrum of music and dance. Free.

Wednesday, May 26

BolderBOULDER SportsEXHIBIT – 10am-6pm. The only place participants can pick-up a packet or register over the weekend. Entertainment, a variety of vendors, delicious food and the latest and greatest in the sports and outdoor arena. Pearl Street Mall.

Bauman College’s Kidz for Health Booth – 5-7pm. At Boulder Farmers’ Market for “hands-on” familyoriented nutrition activities featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables complete with child-friendly recipes. Free. Road Divas – 5:30-7:30pm. Join local professionals on an introduction to group road riding around Boulder. Drafting skills, pace setting and group riding tactics will be covered. Finish the ride with a nice glass of vino, raffle prizes and a chance to talk shop with some bike techs. $25.

Thursday, May 27

Mind, Body & Soul Open Day – 5-9pm. Body Stress Release practitioners invite you to see our new space, find treasures crafted by local artisans, and learn about the body’s self healing capacity. Free. 210 W 9th Ave., Longmont.  303–521–6456.

Healing Meditation: Tuning Your Personal Power – 7-8:30pm. Tuning to your soul song you find your power and effectiveness in the world. $10 donation. 1800 30th St. Suite 307, Boulder. 303-545-5562.

PujaGroove – 7-9:30pm. Tantra meets Dance. Come integrate conscious open hearted intimacy with free form rhythmic movement. $15. Solstice Institute,302 Pearl St. 303-530-0920

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BolderBOULDER SportsEXHIBIT – 10am-6pm. The only place participants can pick-up a packet or register over the weekend. Entertainment, a variety of vendors, delicious food and the latest and greatest in the sports and outdoor arena. Pearl Street Mall.

Tuesday, May 25

Friday, May 21

Mother Mary Channeling & Healing – 10am1pm. Learn about the true meaning of virgin and how that applies to your spiritual development. $50.  303-530-0920

Saturday, May 29

Boulder Creek Fest – 10am-7pm. A large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment. Ten separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from community arts and crafts to health alternatives, technology and carnival rides while five performance stages feature a spectrum of music and dance. Free.

Full Moon Hike – 6:30pm Break from your usual routine and connect with the world around you. Easy to moderate difficulty, locations vary. Free. Hikes led by a wellness coach and outdoor enthusiast! Info/RSVP 303-642-0428

Saturday, May 22

SpiritTalk: The Dance of Relationship – 7-9pm.  Individuation and union, learning about who we are and are not, we grow and return home. $15 tickets, admit 2. Advance discount. The Bead Lounge 320 Main St., Longmont. 303-545-5562.

Superior Morgul Classic – May 28-30. 3 Days of Bike Racing, Sustainability Pavilion, Wellness Festival, Sports Expo, Food Showcase, Art Show, Bike-In Movie night, Live Entertainment, and Family Activities. Info Martial Arts Demonstrations – 6-8pm. See the martial art of To-Shin Do as students of all levels test for new belts and show off their skills. Free. Boulder Quest. 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18, Boulder. 303-440-3647,

Monday, May 31 BolderBoulder – 7am. Each Memorial Day over 50,000 competitors run or walk this exciting 10K race, another 80,000 people come to watch. Participate in the race yourself or cheer on some of the world’s elite runners as they compete. Beginning at 30th Street & Iris Avenue; ending in Folsom Field. BolderBOULDER Race Day Expo – 7am-1pm. More than 75 vendors and sponsors sampling, selling and introducing you to the latest and greatest products in the industry. Also purchase Official Race Merchandise. South of CUs Folsom Stadium. Boulder Creek Fest – 11am-7pm. Events, activities, food and entertainment. Ten separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from community arts and crafts to health alternatives, technology and carnival rides while five performance stages feature a spectrum of music and dance. Monday is the Great Rubber Duck Race! Free.

Thursday, June 3 American Holistic Nurses Association 30th Annual Conference – June 3-6. Re-Visioning Environment: Creating a Habitat for Healing. Discover unique ways to enrich your practice, teaching & life through the creation of caring/ healing environments. You are invited to collaborate with hundreds of holistic nurses. Colorado Springs.

Monday, June 7 Psychic Tools for Beginners – 7-9pm. Learn how to heal yourself and develop your psychic abilities in this 8 week course. First night free. 303.530.0920.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR July 30-August 1st

Men’s Spiritual Warfare Effectiveness Training Based on The Art of War by Sun Tzu

Free Aura & Chakra Healings – 6-7pm, drop in. Clear foreign energy from your space and feel great! Free. Contact Boulder Psychic Institute at 303-530-0920. Yoga For Conditioning and Restoring – 9-10:15am. Vinyasa flow, all levels. $15 ($12 3 or more classes). The Nook, 985 Westview Dr. Boulder.

Ninja Fit – 6-6:45pm. 45 minutes of ab busting, glute toning strength and flexibility training. 1st class free. Boulder Quest Center, 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18. 303-440-3647.

Lunch-time Laughter Club – 12-12:45pm. Laughter Yoga. All levels. Dispels stress and worry. Rejuvenates. Free. Unitarian University Fellowship,1241 Ceres Dr, Lafayette.

Free Psychic Readings – 7-8:30pm. Discover your past lives and the colors of your aura. Free. 4887 Kings Ridge Blvd, Boulder. Schedule 303530-0920.

Level 1 & 2 Yoga Class – 12-1pm. Flow sequence. $12. Vida Yoga Studio, Boulder. 303-447-9642

School of the Blues – 7:30-10pm. Live music. Boulder Outlook Hotel, 800 28th Street, Boulder.

Tribal Belly Dance – 6pm. American Tribal Style with Jennifer Goran. Boulder Quest Center, 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18. 303-440-3647

Open Mic Night – 8pm. Poetry, spoken word, musicians (acoustic set) all are welcome. Folsom Street Coffee, 1795 Folsom St, Boulder. 303-440-8808

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Planetary Healing, World Harmony Meditations Teleclass – 8-9am. Guided Meditations and Self Mastery tools that assist to clear ourselves and the planet of our unconsious fears. Info 720-301-3993 Sunday Meditation – 9am. Service to follow at 10:30am. Unity Center, 505 Main St, Longmont. 720-251-1419 or Awakening Women – 6:30pm. Warm, supportive environment to release inner struggle by focusing on your most important relationship-Self. $20 sliding scale. 4500 19th St. Boulder. RSVP Andrea 303-545-5485 Satsang at Sacred Mountain Ashram – 7pm. Kirtan, satsang and meditation, all are welcome. 10668 Gold Hill Road, Boulder. 303-447-1637 Jazz or Blues Jam – 7:30-10pm. Players welcome. Boulder Outlook Hotel. 800 28th Street.

Level 1 & 2 Yoga Class – 9:15-10:45am. Flow sequence. $15/drop in. One Boulder Fitness, Boulder. 303-447-9642 Kids Story Time for Preschoolers – 9am. Come enjoy time with your little one. Each week will feature a new story and a few yoga poses to go along. $3/child. Space is limited. Register 303-421-4131.  

Healing Space – 12-2pm. 15 minute energy clearings or healings. Free/donation. 1800 30th St. Ste 307 Boulder. 303-545-5562.

Level 1 Yoga Class – 9:15-10:20am. Flow sequence. $15. One Boulder Fitness. 303-447-9642

Self Defense for Grown-Ups – 1-2pm. 1st time free. Boulder Quest. 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18. 303-440-3647

Level 1 & 2 Yoga Class – 4-5:15pm. Flow sequence. $15. One Boulder Fitness. 303-447-9642

Business Wo m e n ’s N e t wo r k M e e t i n g – 1-2:15pm. Enhancing the growth of members’ businesses. $10/month. Remax Alliance Office 4770 Baseline Ave., Suite 200 Boulder. 303-4805838.

Friday Downtown Table Tour – 3-6pm. Downtown Tours feature some of Boulder’s most creative, award winning chefs. Thoughtfully selected wine and beverage pairings complement the gourmet Front Range Cuisine featured at these restaurants. $65.

Boulder Farmer’s Market – 4pm-8pm. Locally grown vegetables, meats, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and wines, 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe. Level 1 & 2 Yoga Class – 4-5pm. Flow sequence $15. Yo Mama Yoga Studio, 29th and Baseline, Boulder. 303-447-9642

Live Music at Boulder Outlook Hotel – 8-10:30pm. 800 28th Street, Boulder.

What Is Coaching and How Can It Benefit You – 5pm. Free teleseminar. 218-862-6420, access code 1124051. Live weekly call answers questions, free coaching demo. Weekly Healing Meditation Service – 7pm. A free healing and meditation service. Open to the public. Unity of Boulder. 303-442-1411 or

Boulder Farmer’s Market – 8am-2pm. Locally grown vegetables, meats, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and more. 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe.

Heart Mastery Class – 7-8:30pm. Experience how to release the love of power and become powerfully loving. $20. Info 720-301-3993

Longmont Farmer’s Market – 8am-2pm. Locally grown vegetables, meats, fruits, flowers, plants, gourmet cheeses and more. Boulder County Fairgrounds.

Qi Gong for Beginners – 7-8pm. 1800 30th St, Boulder. Crossroads Gardens, Ste 201. First visit free. David Moore, 303 917-3318. Live Interactive Audio Event – 7:30pm. A modern mystic’s profound journey into Infinity. You will be stunned with insights and experience a transmission of cosmic energy.

Level 3 Yoga Class – 8-9:30am. Flow sequence. $12. Vida Yoga Studio, Boulder. 303-447-9642 Cosmetic Acupuncture Special – 9am-2pm. Reduce fine lines, scars, and wrinkles. Sliding scale $25-45. Limited to 12 participants, register early.3405 Penrose Place, Suite 202, Boulder. 303875-2896, Cardio Sword –11:45am. Like cardio kickboxing only you use a sword on the bags. 1st class free. Boulder Quest Center, 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18. 303-440-3647

Cardio Kickboxing – 6:15-7pm. Get in shape and reduce stress. 1st class free. Boulder Quest Center, 1501 Lee Hill Rd #18. 303-440-3647 Embracing Loss – 7pm. Have you lived thru an incomprehensible loss? Weekly small group sessions to heal your heart and to move forward in your life. $20 /wk. 344 Main St, Longmont. Info 720-301-3993

Live Music at Folsom Street – 8pm. Folsom Street Coffee, 1795 Folsom St, Boulder. 303-440-8808.

Conscious Core Conditioning: Pilates Fitball & Weights – 9-10am. Core integration, spine stabilization, conditioning and balance. All levels. $18/$15. The Nook, 985 Westview Dr. Boulder. Pre-reg required

Live music – 8pm. At Boulder’s zero waste, ecofriendly coffee shop. Folsom Street Coffee, 1795 Folsom St, Boulder. 303-440-8808. Live Music at Boulder Outlook Hotel – 8-10:30pm. 800 28th Street, Boulder.

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Healing your digestive tract is essential to achieving optimal health. The gentle process of colon hydrotherapy along with probiotics, detoxification programs, proper hydration and an alkaline diet will help you dramatically reach new levels of physical and emotional wellness. My expertise in colon health empowers my clients towards well-being in a peaceful and safe environment. See coupon page 26.


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