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his September, we endured the 30-hr flight to South Africa to witness early Spring in the Kwazulu-Natal area - famous for its game preserves. With aching bodies and intense jet-lag, we grabbed our rental car and headed for adventure, the first of which was Doug learning how to drive on the left, while sitting on the right, and shifting with his left hand! Every day at 5:30am and 3pm, our guide Dion would load us and the group into a rattletrap Toyota HiLux (“the good truck is in the shop, this is the back-up”) and shake our fillings loose, chasing the amazing animals through the Zulu-Nyala preserve. There is truly nothing in the world like seeing wild animals less than 10 feet away, warily eyeing us in our big, green four-wheeled beast. Surrounded by animals up to 19-ft tall (giraffe) or 4 tons (rhino/elephant) on their turf, you feel a palpable sense of NOT being on top of the food chain! The unusual sounds and smells of Africa; the twittering of the weaver birds, the clamorous sounds of the frogs when it rains, the silence on the night drives; the southern night stars – all leave an indelible impression of being in another place and time. After many sightings of Giraffe, Impala, Wildebeest, Rhinos (the newborn was so dang cute), Elephants, Zebra and more (one highlight was walking into the bush and standing 15ft away from a satiated Cheetah), we spent a day touring Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, the historic hunting grounds of King ShakaZulu, where we shared the road with foraging troops of baboons and witnessed an enormous male lion feeding on a recently-killed giraffe. On our last day, we took a trip to the Estuary of St Lucia, an ancient, undeveloped beach where we battled gale-force winds across an enormous sandbar to dip our toes in the Indian Ocean (all while fastidiously watching out for hippos and crocs as noted on the numerous warning signs). Aside from the animals, the SA people are wonderfully warm, so polite and well-dressed! It was interesting to see their villages, seemingly stuck in time, and everyone walking on the sides of the highway as they hitchhiked to school or work, or waited for a ride-share van. Dodging pedestrians on the highway was perhaps more hair-raising than standing 15 ft from a wild cheetah! We enjoyed trying delicious and unusual SA dishes wherever we went and shared our Biltong (jerky) with the locals while waiting out a sudden downpour. As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re so thankful that we were able to have this incredible adventure. We hope you enjoy the golden days of autumn and look forward to a fun-filled winter and holiday season. While we will always cherish our trips away, when we come back to Colorado, we say to each other, “There’s no place like home!”

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he Studio Nova Media and Event Center is now open at 6464 W. 14th Ave, Ste 100 in Lakewood. The Studio Nova’s focus is on practicing and promoting the mindbody approach, with film and video production as the medium used to promote holistic living and businesses. Community classes in personal development and wellness are also hosted onsite. A Holiday Open House is planned for the community on December 14th. Nova Carlton, owner, says, “The Studio Nova has made its home along the West Colfax corridor. The Certified Art District is located along West Colfax Avenue from the Westland Towne Center to Sheridan Blvd. The welcome mat is being dusted off by the 40W Arts District, The Boettcher Foundation, the City of Lakewood and their many partners who are propelling West Colfax toward a beautiful renaissance!” Within the Art District, says Carlton, are public art projects such as Muralfest 2015; a new neighborhood farm; sidewalk and road improvements near the W line depots for a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere with a soon-to-be landmark intersection at W.14th Ave and Lamar St, just a minute’s walk to The Studio Nova. This new roundabout will showcase an impressive sculpture at its center, while safely getting people from the light rail station to the revamped mall on West Colfax. For more information or to register, visit See ad page 21.

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unrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd., in Loveland hosts a Healing Chant retreat December 12-13, featuring melodic and harmonic vocal chant. The workshop teaches participants to use their voice to deepen spiritual communion and develop their understanding of healing chant. Workshops featuring Kirtan, toning and singing bowls have gained in popularity as more people experience the benefits of sound vibration as a healing therapy. In Global Advances in Health and Medicine (March’14 vol3;2) David Muehsam, PhD and Carlo Ventura, MD, PhD, say that “rhythms can communicate bioinformation that governs a wide variety of functions, including that of guiding living beings towards health and well-being.” In other words, sound and rhythm may have a positive influence on healing. One form of sound therapy, called infrasound, uses frequencies below the audible range to imitate the vibrations of healthy cells (Hear Res. Sep 1, 2010; 268(1-2): 12–21.). And a recent study in AAPS PharmSciTech (2014 Aug 26) concluded that a combination of sound waves and antibiotics may function well together as a means of eliminating harmful bacteria. For more information or to register, visit See ad page 15.


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ecent research has found several heavy metals in numerous lipsticks and cosmetics. These include mercury and lead in skinwhitening creams, and chromium, cadmium and lead in lipsticks. Scientists from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine tested 549 cosmetic skin-lightening products manufactured in 32 different countries. The products were purchased online and from stores in the U.S., China, Taiwan, Japan and Sri Lanka. Thirty-three of the products contained more than 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead, and 45 percent of them contained more than 10,000 ppm of lead. Of those purchased in the U.S., 3.3 percent had mercury levels greater than 1,000 ppm. University of California scientists tested 24 lipsticks used frequently by teenagers and purchased at local stores. They found 75 percent contained lead and nearly half exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) maximum acceptable concentration of lead for candy (0.1 ppm). In 2010, the FDA tested 400 lipsticks and found lead in every sample tested— with concentrations ranging from 0.9 to 3.06 ppm. Other studies have confirmed similar findings. They also found significant concentrations of chromium and cadmium among some of the samples. There are currently no concrete international or U.S. standards for safe levels of these heavy metals in cosmetics.

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onventionally grown foods contain pesticide residues that are three to four times higher than those found in organic foods (traces may be due to atmospheric drift from other fields or soils), according to a review of 343 research studies published last June in the British Journal of Nutrition. The review, which included studies of food grown in different regions and seasons, also determined that organic foods contained higher levels of healthy nutrients such as minerals, vitamins and antioxidants (specifically polyphenols), compared to conventional foods, which also contained significantly higher levels of cadmium, a heavy metal toxin. The study’s authors found evidence that the higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations are linked to specific organic growing practices such as avoiding mineral nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, respectively. They commented, “Results indicate that switching from conventional to organic crop consumption would result in a 20 to 40 percent increase in crop-based antioxidant/ polyphenolic intake levels.”

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esearchers from Ethiopia’s University of Gondar College of Medicine have recently found that the use of mixtures of honey and ginger extract can treat drug-resistant bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. They note that further clinical evaluation and pharmacological standardization of the mixtures are needed before they can be used therapeutically. The scientists conducted laboratory testing with clinical isolations of five separate superbugs: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus aureus (non-MRSA), two strains of Escherichia coli plus Klebsiella pneumoniae. The inhibition of all five types of bacteria by three common antibiotics—methicillin, amoxicillin and penicillin—were compared with the antibacterial effects of ginger extract, honey and a combination of the two. The ginger extract and honey combination was found to have the greatest inhibiting effect on the bacteria; however, even the two applied separately were more effective against the bacteria than the antibiotics. Although in vivo studies are needed, the researchers believe that the honey and ginger extract combination is a promising source for treatment of resistant bacterial strains.

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The governments of El Salvador and Costa Rica have successfully resisted demands by the gold mining industry, putting long-term environmental protection ahead of short-term financial gain. El Salvador stopped issuing gold mining permits several years ago, despite high gold prices and the contention by some that exporting gold was one of the country’s few chances to boost economic growth. The majority of its citizens obtain water from one large river system, the Lempa, and gold mining, which uses cyanide as a processing agent, invariably pollutes nearby rivers and watersheds. The government of Costa Rica has said no to open-pit mining, one of the most environmentally destructive mining methods. Popular opposition surged in the wake of a major accident that led to the closure of the Canadian-owned Bellavista open-pit gold mine.

Whales have long been considered too rare to be the focus of overall marine ecological research, with more attention going to much smaller essential organisms like algae and plankton. However, as whales recover from centuries of overhunting that reduced their numbers by twothirds or more, scientists are realizing the important role they play in transferring fertilizers like iron and nitrogen from deep waters to feed plankton near the surface via plumes of fecal matter. A study at the University of Vermont, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, evaluates decades of research on the ecological role of great whales. Lead author Joe Roman says, “Whale recovery could lead to higher rates of productivity where whales aggregate to feed and give birth, supporting more robust fisheries.” It seems that the long-lived whales may even ease the impact of perturbations in climate and buffer marine ecosystems from destabilizing stresses. Roman states, “This warrants a shift in view from whales being positively valued as exploitable goods or negatively valued because they compete with people for marine fish to one what recognizes that these animals play key roles in healthy marine ecosystems, providing services to human societies.”

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Strides Promised in Environmental Protection Following the lead of Jadav “Molai” Payeng, an Indian man who singlehandedly planted 1,360 acres of forest, India’s Rural Development Ministry will plant 2 billion trees along the nation’s 62,137 miles of highways to combat rural poverty and youth unemployment and improve the environment, which suffers from severe air pollution. According to the World Health Organization, India currently has a youth unemployment rate of 10.2 percent and six of the world’s 10 cities with the worst air pollution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also announced a target of spreading electricity to every home by 2019, relying largely on solar power, and the government is furthering plans to clean up the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. Source:

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In most areas of the country, small, locally owned retail businesses are the lifeblood of local economies, but the rising costs of doing business often means they cannot compete with the lower prices of big-box retail giants that negotiate in volume. For several years, the growth and frequency of cash mobs have been breathing new life into struggling mom-and-pop businesses. Like a flash mob performing a dance or social protest, a cash mob gathers people together to have a tremendously positive effect on hometown businesses that may have served them and their families for decades. Most cash mobs agree to meet on a particular day, with each participant committing to spend a specified amount, typically $20 or more. The benefits for local businesses far exceed a one-day influx of cash—new customers are found, previous customers become active ones again and a new appreciation for businesses that fuel a local economy is realized. Participants can also have a little fun while further benefiting their communities as many cash mobs gather with old friends and new after a shopping frenzy at a local establishment for food and drinks.

Because fresh food spoils quickly, many packaging and preservation innovations have helped to extend transportation hardiness and shelf life. Now, a new bioresin made from tomato plant byproducts could make it safer to eat ubiquitous canned goods. Led by the Stazione Sperimentale per l’Industria delle Conserve Alimentari (Experimental Station for the Food Preserving Industry), in Parma, Italy, the BIOCOPAC ( consortium is developing a bio-based thermosetting lacquer. Most metal food packaging has a BPA-filled liner or chemical-based lacquer to prevent corrosion. While these keep the can intact, they have been linked to deleterious effects on the food inside.



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elf-love and discipline are the greatest steps one can take to live a healthy, happy and fulfilled life. Work, appointments and activities can lead to the feeling that life is being directed from the outside. The truth is each of us has been given exactly what we need to direct our days and fulfill our purpose in life. The power is fully within each person to express the gifts we possess and allow that radiance to shine. These five tips can release the brilliance within.


Determine your deepest desires. No goal can be achieved without purpose or direction. All successes achieved have been a result of a belief that it could occur.


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GMO Labeling: A Doctors Opinion By Katia Meier MD

vealed that GMOs are on the market illegally. Steven M. Druker, JD, author of the recently published book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, said that our guaranteed statutory right to not be exposed to potentially dangerous ingredients in foods was violated2. GMO foods were wrongly given the “GRAS” (generally recognized as safe) status, for which a substantial amount of peer-reviewed studies and an overwhelming consensus among the scientific community would have been needed; none of which is or ever was the case for GMOs. Nevertheless, GMOs were approved by the FDA for human consumption3. he American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) recognized the dangers of GMOs, connecting the dots between the dramatic increase in chronic diseases and the release of these untested, harmful organisms on the unsuspecting American public. The AAEM issued a warning to physicians in 2009: “to educate their patients, the medical community and the public-at-large to avoid GMOs and to consider the role of GM foods in their patients’ disease process; and to conduct epidemiological research into the role of GM foods on human health.” Further, they called for a “moratorium on GM food, implementation of immediate long term independent safety testing, and labeling of GM foods, which is necessary for the health and safety of consumers.”4 Overwhelming evidence from over 1300 studies now show how harmful GMOs are for our health; one recently republished, triple peer-reviewed, independent study (which may be the most scrutinized study in human history) came to the same conclusions after it was repeated once more: GMOs increase the rate of organ damage, accelerate aging and death, and dramatically increase the growth of tumors. Gilles-Eric Seralini, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and 15-yr research veteran on GMOs discussed this study as well as risk assessment of GMOs and associated pesticides’ at the Seeds of Doubt conference in Broomfield, Colorado this year.5 GMOs were designed to either produce pesticide or to withstand pesticides/herbicides – increasing the use of both on our foods. GMOs are basically a “pesticide delivery system” as perfectly stated by Zen Honeycutt, founder of Mom’s across America.6 he gluten sensitivity and food allergy endemics are correlated to the increased use of GMOs and its toxic side kick - Glyphosate. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is applied heavily prior to harvest in non-GM wheat fields to dessicate the crop and make harvest easier. Scientists warn that this residual Glyphosate, consumed by an unsuspecting public via wheat products and processed food is “insidious and manifests slowly over time, as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body… it may in fact be the most biologically disruptive chemical in our environment.”7 Despite several studies revealing its toxicity, last year the FDA actually raised the allowable limit for this toxic residue on our produce by “100,000 times the amount needed to induce breast cancer cells.”8 The FDA (which recently banned French gourmet cheeses for containing too many probiotics9; made headlines for harassing raw-milk producers; and threatened jail to those who educate consumers about research proving the health benefits of healthy foods) is completely failing its true mission of protecting Americans from harmful foods.10 And worse, with no “checks or balances”, there is a blatant conflict of interest.


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hen I started in the field of medicine over 20 years ago, food allergies, gluten and multiple chemical sensitivities, gut inflammation, autoimmune diseases and disabling endocrine disorders were rare. Today, these are among the most common patient complaints we deal with on a daily basis in our integrative health care center. Among other therapy options, we always recommend a GMO(genetically modified organism)-free and organic diet to restore health and wellness; we usually don’t see significant improvements without it. When I ask my patients to go GMO-free, they voice the concern that this is really difficult to accomplish due to the lack of labeling, and not everyone has access to nor can afford organic produce. GMOs (foods in which the DNA is altered along with multiple other unforeseen DNA mutations, provoked through the same process) were released on the market without any independent long-term safety studies. To shoot a transgene from one species randomly into another species has highly mutagenic effects since ‘no gene works in isolation’1. The FDA’s own scientists’ warnings were ignored and hidden from public view, making it appear that there were no concerns with GMOs. However, a lawsuit demanding the FDA’s documents release re-


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Michael Taylor, as Monsanto’s lawyer, wrote the original “GRAS” opinion for the FDA in 1992. Monsanto (maker of Roundup and the GM plants it’s used on) rewarded him with a Vice-President position - and paycheck to match. This same Michael Taylor is now the FDA’s ‘food safety czar’, appointed by President Obama who once promised that he would fight for a GMO labeling law.11 onsanto, “despised” by consumers as stated by its own vice president, was found guilty in 2002 of negligence, wantonness, suppression of the truth, nuisance, trespass and outrage (defined as “utterly intolerable to civilized society”). They are currently attempting to re-brand the Biotech as a “life sciences” company, claiming it is about to end world hunger via GMOs.12 Those claims are far from the truth – as failing GMO crops, GMO crosscontamination, and even thousands of farmer suicides in India make headlines.13 The recent development of “demon weeds” and “demon bugs” that have adapted to resist these pesticides/ herbicides, further contribute to yield losses and increase the “need” for ever higher amounts of toxic chemicals which devastate the environment. GMO crops are very likely to increase food costs and render farming completely unsustainable.14 he junk food industry (most of which contain GM ingredients), spent an unprecedented $70 million on misleading propaganda to defeat GMO labeling proposals in California and Oregon last year, violating these state’s campaign finance disclosure laws in the process. This industry claims that mere “labeling” would make foods more expensive, even though they already label their foods for export to other countries – they simply refuse to do so for Americans! Labeling GMOs has not increased food prices in any of the over 64 countries who have had GMO labeling laws for many years, many of which are much less economically stable than the United States.15 Fresh, unprocessed produce is exempt from labeling requirements. abeling GMOs will allow consumers to make healthier, informed food choices, while creating new jobs and new export opportunities. Accord-




ing to The Center for Natural Alliances, unlabeled GMOs will make it impossible for American food producers to compete on a Global market as over 69% of the world’s population live in countries with GMO labeling laws or GMO bans; exports will decline, reducing incomes, jobs and tax revenues. Furthermore, countries with GMO labeling requirements are the most economically productive in the world, accounting for 82% of foreign GDP.16 However, our health should be the most compelling reason for Proposition 105 to succeed; people living in the United States today are exposed to more toxins in their food supply than any other nation, while also suffering the highest cancer rates in the world. Cancer is the leading cause of death for children younger than 15. Metabolic diseases, allergies and cancers reduce the quality of life and their ensuing health care expenses help make the USA the only country in the developed world where medical bills are the number one reason for bankruptcy.17 ecently, Mike Pompeo R-KS, proposed a bill drafted and lobbied by the Grocery Manufacturers of America and Monsanto called “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”. This bill would preemptively prohibit any state from passing GMO labeling laws and gives the FDA the freedom to allow any GMO food onto the market without further safety data. Knowledgeable Americans have dubbed this bill the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act. This bill also protects Monsanto from future lawsuits to the detriment of the American consumer. 18 Could Americans actually have less freedom than the citizens of Saudi Arabia and China where GMOs are labeled? Dave Murphy, founder of Food Democracy Now, claims that “our democracy has been stolen from us.”19 Our “loss of our democracy” was recently confirmed by Princeton and Northwestern University scholars, who examined 1,779 US policies and found that nearly all policy legislation passed between 1981-2002 benefitted the interests of large corporations and/or their wealthiest stockholders. Even when a “vast majority” of Americans clamor for a change, they are impotent in the face of enormously expensive propaganda


campaigns. Researchers called the U.S. an “oligarchy, unworthy of being called a democracy or republic.”20 This November’s election in Colorado might be our last chance to have a labeling law for GMOs in Colorado or anywhere in the U.S. for that matter. GMO labeling has overwhelming support in recent polls and most people agree with what common decency dictates: until GMO’s are unequivocally proven safe, consumers must have the right to be able to avoid them through labeling laws.21 We have been sold-out, deceived and lied to, but finally the time has come for us to put “We the People” back in charge and to have our voices heard in the upcoming November 4 elections by voting YES on Prop 105! Dr. Katia Meier of Clear Sky Medical in Centennial can be reached at 303-7907860. See ad page 2. 1. “Why Genetically Engineered Food Is Dangerous: New Report by Genetic Engineers.”Earthopensource. Earthopensource, 17 June 2012. 2. Druker, Steven. “About Altered Genes, Twisted Truths.” Altered Genes, Twisted Truths. WordPress, 1 Jan. 2014. 3. “An FDA-Created Health Crisis Circles the Globe.” Institute for Responsible Technology. 1 Oct. 2007. 4. Dean, Amy, and Jennifer Armstrong. “Genetically Modified Foods.” AAEM Online. American Academy of Environmental Medicine, 8 May 2009. 5. Dean, Amy. “Press Release: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, 19 May 2009. 21 Oct. 2014. 6. “Moms Across America.” Moms Across America. California State Grange and GMO Free USA. 1 Jan. 2012. 7. Seneff, Stephanie, and Anthony Samsel. “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut Microbiome: Pathways to Modern Diseases.” Entropy 15.4 (2013): 1416-463. 8. Melton, Melissa. “EPA to Raise Allowable Glyphosate Pesticide Levels in Food Crops by 3,000%!” Truthstream Media. Truthstream Media, 28 July 2013. 9. “FDA Bans French Cheeses.” A Campaign for Real Milk. The Weston A. Price Foundation, 13 Sept. 2014. 10. “ANH Sues the FDA Over Health Claims Censorship.” Alliance for Natural Health USA. Alliance for Natural Health USA, 1 Jan. 2013. 11. Smith, Jeffery. “You’re Appointing Who? Please Obama, Say It’s Not So!” Institute for Responsible Technology. WordPress, 23 July 2009. 12. Grunwald, Michael. “Monsanto Held Liable For PCB Dumping.” The Washington Post 23 Feb. 2002. 13. Shiva, Dr. Vandana. “The Seeds Of Suicide: How Monsanto Destroys Farming.” Global Research. The Centre for Research on Globalization, 13 Mar. 2014. 14. Gurian-Sherman, Doug. “Failure to Yield.” (2009). Union of Concerned Scientists. 15. O’Connell, Elizabeth. “64 Countries around the World Label GE Food.” Green America, 6 May 2013. 16. “GMO Labeling= Jobs.” Alliance for Natural Health USA. Alliance for Natural Health USA, 1 Jan. 2013. 17. “Biggest Cause of Personal Bankruptcy: Medical Bills.” Today. NBC News, 25 June 2013. 18. Goad, Benjamin. “Pompeo Reportedly to Push Voluntary GMO Labeling Bill.” The Hill. Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., 1 Apr. 2014. 19. “BREAKING: EPA to Approve Dow’s New “Agent Orange” GMOs Crops - Take a Stand!” Food Democracy Now. 1 Jan. 2014. 20. Gillens, Martin, and Benjamin Page. “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.” Perspectives on Politics 12.3 (2014): 546-81. American Political Science Association. 21. Kopicki, Allison. “Strong Support for Labeling Modified Foods.” New York Times 27 July 2013, Science sec. The New York Times Company.

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can stamp out sleepiness, says Breus, which is much healthier than reaching for a caffeine jolt or sugary snack.


Be a Better Napper A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research suggests that merely falling asleep may initiate memory processing and cognitive consolidation, helping explain why German scientists found even six-minute naps to be rejuvenating. If substantial daytime sleep is needed to overcome a deficit, strive for 90 to 110 minutes, the length of time needed to complete a full sleep cycle. Here are other practical tips. Reflect on the rationale. “Boredom, laziness or avoiding work are the wrong reasons to nap,� says Amanda Chan, managing editor for healthy living at The Huffington Post, which instituted two cozy nap rooms in its New York headquarters after founder Arianna by Lane Vail Huffington collapsed from exhaustion several years ago. A quick pick-me-up leep, along with nutrition and exer- says Dr. Lawrence Epstein, director of to boost mental agility and mood is a cise, shapes the backbone of overall the sleep medicine program at Bosreasonable excuse to snooze. health, yet 40 percent of Americans ton’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Plan a prophylactic nap. Forestall get an insufficient amount, according to Interacting with the circadian rhythm is late afternoon fatigue by napping bea recent Gallup survey, and the potential the homeostatic rhythm, which causes tween 1 and 3 p.m. Waiting until early health risks are considerable. “Sleep degreater sleepiness the longer we’re evening to nap can interfere with nightprivation affects every organ system and awake. Both circadian and homeostatic time sleep, advises Epstein. disease state,� and is associated with sleepiness elevate by mid-afternoon, Embrace darkness, coolness and higher rates of cardiovascular disease, resulting in the familiar 4 p.m. slump. quietude. Melatonin, “the key that diabetes, obesity, cancer and mortality, Siesta cultures split sleep, notes Epstein, starts the engine of sleep,� is suppressed says Michael Breus, Ph.D., a clinical slightly reducing nighttime sleep, but by even the slightest amount of light, so psychologist in Scottsdale, Arizona, and devoting time midday to nap. wear eyeshades, suggests Breus. Keep a founder of “Naps are a double-edged sword,� blanket and earplugs handy. “It’s best to get seven to eight hours observes Epstein. While they help Lie down. If a bed or couch is unof sleep in one big block at nightrelieve short-term sleepiness, poorly available, try napping on a yoga mat time,� counsels Breus. Yet the circadian planned naps can perpetuate an unon the floor. A chair should be reclined rhythm dictates two peaks of sleepiness healthy cycle of daytime sleepiness and to support the lower back and avoid every 24 hours—one in the middle of nighttime wakefulness. Stepping outside straining the neck from “bobblehead� the night and another 12 hours later, for 10 minutes of sunlight and fresh air syndrome, says Breus.

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“Sleep is never a waste of time if it’s helpful.” ~ Dr. Michael Breus Power down. Setting an alarm for 10 to 25 minutes allows time for only the first two sleep stages: falling asleep and light sleep. Breus explains that sleeping longer than 25 minutes triggers deep sleep, from which waking results in sleep inertia, or grogginess, that impairs mood, decision-making and motor skills.

Napping at Work While many progressive businesses such as Google, Apple and Zappos permit or even promote workplace napping, most companies are still skeptical. “We live in a culture that minimizes the importance of sleep,” comments Epstein. “We prize productivity and think it shows worker loyalty to put in excessive amounts of time.” Ironically, mounting research suggests that napping may boost the brainpower needed to function at peak performance. A recent study found that nightshift air-traffic controllers that napped for 19 minutes showed better vigilance and reaction times than non-nappers. Other documented benefits include better concentration, memory and creativity. Seek out a sleep sanctuary at work, such as an office with the door closed and blinds drawn, an unused conference room with a couch, or a first-aid office cot, suggests Chan. Another option is to nap in the car, but Breus insists that nappers tell colleagues where they’re going as a precaution. Better yet, bond with a “nap buddy” willing to read nearby during snooze time. “You’re very vulnerable when you’re asleep,” he says. “Be safe.” If sleeping is not currently condoned in the workplace, consider approaching the human resources department with information on the positive effects of appropriate napping on work performance, says Epstein. Suggest implementing a sleep wellness program, which can offer education on sleep deprivation, techniques to improve sleep and individual screening for sleep disorders. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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Powerful You!

Six Ways to Create the Life You Want by Judith Fertig

and courageously reach for our highest visions,” says Straub. “Start with what’s working already and the vision of what life can be.” She likens self-empowerment to “spiritual surfing, riding the wave where the energy, momentum and passion are.” As workshop leaders, they encourage participants to transform limiting beliefs, determine what is meaningful for them, construct a compelling vision from that insight and then find ways to manifest that vision. They address six key areas in which to become more powerful and realize our personal best: physical health, emotional health, relationships, work, finances and spirituality.

Physical Health


ulitzer Prize winner Anna Quindlen had reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list more than once, yet she relates in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, that she also yearned to be able to do a headstand, but felt she didn’t possess the necessary sense of balance. “That’s just a little story you tell yourself,” advised her personal trainer. Our bodies, Quindlen observes, are major appliances that deliver decades of faithful service with precious little downtime. She admits, “If the human body had a warranty, mine would have run out ages ago.” Still, she clung to a vision: “I want to be strong; strong enough to hike the mountain without getting breathless, strong enough to take a case of wine from the deliveryman and carry it to the kitchen.” Quindlen, who lives in New York City and New England, was also maintain-


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ing an incorrect belief: It wasn’t her sense of balance that was holding her back, it was fear. After two years of trying, she was able to do a headstand. Along with a sense of accomplishment, this quirky achievement was a revelation as she ultimately concluded, “If I can do one thing like that, perhaps there are others.”

First, recognize what we’re already doing right—eating well, perhaps, or exercising—and then add another healthy activity. Cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, director of New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital’s Women and Heart Disease, underscores that much of physical health is within our personal control. “Many lifestyle factors keep us from being physically healthy enough to lead a full life,” she says, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption or drug use, stress and depression. “The good news is that lifestyle factors are within our power to change.” Steinbaum recommends starting small by changing one bad habit and then seeing how we feel. “Quit the diet soda or the sugar-sweetened beverages. Get rid of potato chips. Go for a walk. Put down your smartphone and spend some focused time with your child, a friend or even your pet. Then breathe… and just listen to how you feel.”

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Emotional Health

Personal empowerment is all about taking a stand—developing the vision, countering misguided beliefs, having a plan and then moving forward to be the best version of one’s true self. David Gershon and Gail Straub, of West Hurley, New York, authors of Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life As You Want It, contend that empowerment always starts with a desire for a better life. “We need to learn how to dream, how to boldly

Our emotions can be allies in achieving personal empowerment, advises Straub. For example, fear can alert us to danger; joy can remind us to be grateful. However, when emotions cause pain and threaten derailment, it’s important to understand why, and then work through it. “Uncomfortable emotions let us know there is a problem to attend to, a wound to work on, thus allowing us to see our own truth,” explains

don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., of San Diego, California, author of The Five Levels of Attachment. “With awareness, we can observe our uncomfortable emotions, as they may be showing a belief we are holding that is no longer true for us.” “To work through our emotions, we have to be able to accurately sense what we are feeling and be able to express it in a healthy way,” adds Straub, like expressing anger after a tough commute by punching a designated pillow or shouting into a closet. Furthermore, “We need to change the belief we’ve identified that’s causing the painful emotional response.” Did the guy that cut us off in traffic really do it maliciously? Third, learn to let go of a negative emotion that’s automatically triggered when someone or something presses our “hot button” by immediately considering, “He must have been in a big hurry,” or “She doesn’t realize how offensive that remark could be,” realizing it’s their problem, not ours, and declining to make it ours. Achieving greater emotional calm is a huge step toward personal empowerment.

Relationships Acting on heartfelt emotions can help forge stronger and healthier relationships. “Sometimes, we say yes to a false image of ourselves or hide who we are in order to be accepted,” counsels Ruiz, noting that not presenting our authentic selves in relationships will weaken or replace true intimacy with a sense of loneliness and distance. “Say, ‘I forgive, I accept and I let go.’” This paves the way to being genuine, which naturally leads to greater unconditional love and more fulfilling and honest relationships. In romantic relationships, life coach Martha Beck, Ph.D., author of Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaiming Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want, suggests ditching the image of two people looking soulfully into each other’s eyes. “Realize that you’re both changing all the time,” she says. Instead, envision two people walking side-by-side at the same pace, and a relationship that will continue to refresh and move forward, instead of getting stuck in well-worn patterns.

meditating. “You have to relax to start dissolving the disbelief in the possibility of having what you want,” she says. “Empty out the negative thoughts in order to gain the confidence that abundance is yours.”


Work Capability is one of the new guiding principles for self-empowerment at work, says Haydn Shaughnessy, a fellow at the University of California-Irvine’s Center for Digital Transformation and co-author, with Nicholas Vitalari, of The Elastic Enterprise. “It’s more about a broad-stroke capability,” he claims, such as public speaking, writing or troubleshooting and fixing machinery. Capability means a strong skill that can be fine-tuned for a specific circumstance; a talented generalist, rather than a narrow specialist. Shaughnessy recommends that we recognize and develop our best competencies in order to equip ourselves to both withstand economic adversity and help push our careers forward.

Finances Fiscal self-empowerment involves cultivating the confidence that we will be able to obtain more money when needed. Beck maintains that anyone can create abundance that lasts. “Where people believe they get abundance, they will,” she says, as in friendships or creative problem solving. It’s the mixed internal messages of, “I need more money,” with, “There’s not enough to go around,” that can block the flow of abundance in our lives. Beck, who lives in San Luis Obispo, California, recommends throwing a “neurological toggle switch” to turn off the “lack-and-attack” part of our brains and turn on the “everything-is-goingto-be-all-right” area. This is realized through slowing down, relaxing and

Following all of these first five steps also helps enhance our spirituality. Dennis Merritt Jones, of Simi Valley, California, author of the new book, Your (Re) Defining Moments: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be, calls it “being pulled by vision,” rather than being pushed by pain. The motivational speaker believes that every encounter, event or circumstance is a portal to a redefining moment—a chance to connect with our authentic self. Jones cites seven characteristics of the authentic or timeless self: realizing our oneness in life, reverence for that life, fearlessness because we know we’re part of something bigger, integrity, humility, equanimity and unconditional love. “When these qualities become the norm in our daily lives, we’ll know we are living from the authentic self,” he says. Jones urges us to live “more vertically.” He explains, “We exist on what I call the surface of life, a horizontal pathway where we go about our daily routines. We often don’t hear the siren call from the depths of our being because we are so busy ‘doing’. It’s the authentic self that’s eternally calling us to be who we were born to be.” He describes a “sacred intersection” where we can turn from the horizontal everyday and move in a vertical direction to the depths of our souls or the heights of our imaginations via mindfulness and self-enquiry. Fortunately, every moment of every day offers this opportunity to expand our being. The key question is, “Will we be consciously present enough to recognize the opening and step through the door?” These experts concur there is no finish line for self-empowerment or attaining the perfect place to stay. It’s a “sustainable growth process,” says Gershon, an ideal project for the rest of our lives. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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Eco-Beauty Homemade Shampoos, Lotions and Perfumes Make Great Gifts by Kathleen Barnes

poos, but it gets hair much cleaner,” she advises. Homemade beauty products are a natural outlet for anyone that loves to cook or craft. Make a small batch—experiment with an array of essential oils to create a preferred scent to suit individual tastes, and add or subtract the amounts according to skin and hair types. “Take it a step further and make pretty gift packages with glass bottles, jars or tins embellished with ribbons, personal artwork or anything else that taps into your creative juices,” says Cox. “Your friends and family will be especially happy to receive and use them.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books and publisher at Take Charge Books. Connect at


any of us have grown disenchanted with expensive, commercial beauty products that include toxic and even cancer-causing ingredients. Fortunately, safe, natural and affordable alternatives—including homemade shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, bath salts, body scrubs and butters—are stocked at many natural grocers and health food stores. We all want to avoid phthalates, cetyl alcohol, triclosan, sodium laureth sulfate, parabens and many other poisonous chemicals commonly found in lotions, creams, scrubs, oils, perfumes and makeup products that may not be listed on labels. “You want to know what’s in your product,” says Janice Cox, of Medford, Oregon, the bestselling author of Natural Beauty at Home and Eco-Beauty. “If you’re making your own, you’re in control.” Cox remarks, “Ingredients are absorbed through the skin, our largest organ. It’s why some medicines like birth control, pain relief and nicotine patches are effectively applied externally; it’s also why toxic ingredients placed on our skin can be so harmful.” Her recommended solution is simple: The kitchen cabinet harbors solutions to the dry and dull skin that plagues many this time of year, shampoo residues that result in drab hair,


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and less-than-glowing skin due to a suboptimal holiday diet. “Many products require only one or two ingredients and take minimal time to make,” says Cox. “Plus, they cost only pennies. Who wouldn’t choose that over a $30-an-ounce mysterious chemical soup?” Honey is a Cox favorite for several reasons, including its antimicrobial effects: a dab on a blemish or insect bite can zap it overnight. “Honey has high potassium content, making it almost impossible for bacteria to survive in,” she explains. It’s also a good source of B vitamins thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and pantothenic acid, plus minerals like iron, zinc and manganese. In this case, what’s absorbed through skin is literally nourishing our body’s entire system. Honey is also a powerful humectant, helping to prevent loss of moisture from skin and hair. Cox recommends dropping a tablespoon or two in a warm bath to soothe rough skin without stickiness, a conditioning mixture of honey and olive oil to produce silky hair and an apple-honey toner to facilitate glowing skin. She also recommends an easy shampoo that contains nothing more than natural soap (like Dr. Bronner’s), water and a little vegetable oil for dry hair. “It doesn’t foam up like commercial

Simple Natural Beauty Ingredients Here are a few favorite ingredients for home treatments: Honey is perfect for conditioning dry, damaged hair and rinses out easily. Sour cream makes a great facial mask for softening and cleansing a dull complexion. Green tea is packed with antioxidants and tones skin with no need to rinse off. Oatmeal can be used instead of soap to cleanse all skin types. Pineapple juice soothes tired feet and softens rough patches. Baking soda works head to toe as a hair rinse, facial scrub and bath soak. Olive oil in a nail soak keeps nails clean, flexible and strong.

Muscle-Soothing Bath Salts Yields 24 ounces This is the perfect bath to relax and refresh the whole body. Add a few drops of essential oils to the mixture for scent. 1 cup kosher or sea salt 1 cup baking soda 1 cup Epsom salt Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean, dry container. Pour one cup of the mixture into a warm tub slowly, allowing the salts to dissolve completely. Soak for at least 20 minutes, but no more than 40 minutes.

Raw Sugar Body Scrub Yields 10 ounces Raw sugar is well-suited for freshening skin. Using a body scrub helps rid skin of surface impurities, enabling it to retain more moisture and look healthier. It also boosts circulation, which energizes the whole body. 1 cup raw sugar ½ cup light oil, such as almond or sunflower ½ tsp vitamin E oil Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean container. Massage a tablespoon or two at a time all over the body to gently exfoliate and moisturize skin.

Body Butter Yields 4 ounces This is a rich, buttery cream that makes a wonderful all-over body cream. It contains four well-known skin conditioning oils. ¼ cup grated cocoa butter 1 Tbsp coconut oil 2 Tbsp light sesame oil 1 Tbsp almond oil 1 Tbsp grated beeswax

Combine all the ingredients in a heatresistant container. In the microwave or on the stovetop using a double boiler, gently heat until the mixture just begins to melt. Remove from heat and stir well until the wax and cocoa butter are melted and all ingredients are mixed together. Pour into a clean container and allow it to cool completely. Spread a small amount of the body butter on the skin.

Basic Shampoo

Solid Perfume Yields 1 ounce Solid perfume and scents have always been popular because they are longlasting, easy to carry and discreet—just rub them on—no need to waste them by spraying the air. 1 Tbsp grated beeswax 1 Tbsp almond oil 8 drops essential oil or mixture of oils (peach, orange, sandalwood, vanilla or lavender)

Yields 8 ounces If hair is oily, the optional vegetable oil may be omitted, but if hair is dry or damaged, include it. This is a great shampoo for all hair types because it’s gentle on hair and won’t strip away the natural oils. ½ cup water ½ cup mild natural liquid soap (like Dr. Bronner’s or any Castile soap) ½ tsp light vegetable oil (optional)

In a heat-resistant container or small saucepan, gently heat the beeswax and oil until it melts. Stir in the scented oil, pour into a clean, small container and allow the mixture to cool completely. Rub a finger across the solid perfume and apply the scent to pulse points or anywhere else. Recipes courtesy of Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home, Natural Beauty for All Seasons, Natural Beauty from the Garden and Eco Beauty.

Gently stir all the ingredients together, being careful not to beat the mixture or it will create foam. Pour the shampoo into a clean plastic container. Shampoo as normal, and then rinse well with cool water.

Eau de Cologne Yields 4 ounces Eau de Cologne was originally made by steeping flowers in a jar with alcohol and a small amount of oil. The scented oil was poured off and the alcohol was mixed with water. ¼ cup vodka or witch hazel ¼ cup water 2-3 drops of a favorite essential oil or a mixture of oils (lavender, sandalwood, bergamot, rose, frangipani, ylang-ylang or jasmine) Mix all ingredients together. Pour into a clean spray bottle or splash bottle. Spray or splash the scented cologne onto skin or hair.

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with gluten bread, animal protein and cheese with casein produces a mid-afternoon slump. They are hard to digest together and all at once, taxing body energy,” she explains. “Then, when you feel the inevitable drop in energy, you might turn to caffeine or sugary soda, but that only brings on another slump.”


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Beauty Foods Kimberly Snyder Shows How to Eat for Radiant Skin, Eyes and Hair by Judith Fertig


ise food choices that optimize digestion and promote natural, ongoing detoxification can help us attain red-carpet shape, professes nutritionist and beauty expert Kimberly Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Foods. She aims for optimum health as the basis for achieving a desirable outward glow. Snyder says she once struggled with several beauty issues. In seeking wellness on the way to becoming a nutritionist, she found that her daily energy level improved after she started making shifts in her diet. She then lost weight, her hair got healthier and her formerly troubled facial skin became clear and smooth. Blogging about her gradual transformation and lifestyle philosophies attracted media attention and a celebrity clientele by word of mouth. “I never looked for clients; they found me,” she says. Today, Snyder counts entertainers Fergie and her actor-husband Josh Duhamel, Kerry Washington, Channing Tatum and Drew Barrymore among the many celebrities she has helped get into better camera-ready shape. Early into her personal transformation, Snyder realized that digestion holds the key. “I never linked my constipation issues with my acne,” she says. “It’s a tremendous amount of work to digest food. It’s no wonder that eating a fast-food sandwich


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Snyder, who is now a vegan, suggests simplifying meals and starting them with whole, raw, plant-based foods like salads. She advises her clients to start the day with lemon juice in warm water. If they don’t feel like breakfast, she advises, “Don’t force yourself. Listen to your body, it knows best.” When hunger hits, Snyder blends a Glowing Green Smoothie—what she calls, “the star of the whole Beauty Detox program,” in her book. A batch of three to four servings requires seven cups of chopped spinach; six cups of chopped romaine lettuce; one-and-a-half cups of chopped celery; one banana; an apple and a pear, both peeled, cored and chopped; two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and two cups of filtered water. She claims that drinking this smoothie can make a difference in just three days. She also lists 50 plant-based foods for specific body benefits because they are naturally alkaline-forming during digestion and assimilate more effectively than acid-forming animal protein, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and sugar. By improving digestion, we end up feeling more energetic.

Timely Eating Carefully timed consumption is another key in Snyder’s beauty regimen. She recommends starting the day with a light smoothie, eating foods based on whole plants throughout the day, and then eating a raw salad and a vegetarian meal or some animal protein as an earlier dinner. Eating fruit by itself on an empty stomach helps it digest better than when combined with other foods that take longer to process. On hungrier days, Snyder suggests turning to whole grains such as oats or quinoa, which are high in fiber and lower in fat, or fibrous chia seeds. When energy is low, she advocates supplementing with bee pollen or a protein smoothie. She stresses, “Progress, not perfection,” as her mantra, advising that it’s better to take small steps and keep moving forward rather than try to change everything all at once. She believes that experiencing higher energy and beauty benefits provides effective incentives to continue instead of trying to stick to a strict, numbersbased plan that doesn’t take into account energy or digestion.

Ongoing Cleansing “The metaphor I use for healthy digestion is a waterfall versus a stagnant pond,” says Snyder. “You want your system to be moving, dynamic.” To keep digestive “sludge” out of our body’s systems, Snyder recommends a proven detox approach of drinking liquid only between meals to help foods digest easier. She particularly recommends her own Probiotic & Enzyme Salad, made with four cups of shredded cabbage; one inch of fresh ginger, cut into strips; one teaspoon of caraway seeds; and cold, filtered water, all left to naturally ferment in a jar at room temperature for about five days—or refrigerated

raw sauerkraut from a health food store—to help flush out toxins. She also emphasizes supplementing with probiotics, such as her unique formula made from soil-based organisms. Infrared sauna treatments can also help leach heavy metals out of body fat and decrease cellulite. “These techniques have been around for a long time because they work,” says Snyder. “As I always say, outer beauty is a reflection of inner health.” Connect at Judith Fertig blogs at from Overland Park, KS.

Top 50 Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snyder These foods work to improve specific body areas while promoting whole-body wellness. Such plant-based foods also improve digestion and raise energy levels.

For Beautiful Skin Youthful Red bell peppers Coconut (fresh, milk, oil) Avocados Spinach

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Growing Up with Wayne Dyer

What is the greatest lesson you learned? Thus far, it is knowing that we are the creators of our destiny—the masters of our fate. I wholeheartedly believe that we sign up for the experiences we have in this lifetime, as they are part of our soul’s desire to grow and expand. When we make the choice to view life as not happening to us, but responding to us, we become more consciously aware of how much our thoughts affect our daily experience. I am so grateful my parents taught me this at a young age because I have learned to choose my thoughts carefully.

Serena Dyer Reflects on Her Spiritual Upbringing by Lindsay McGinty

What was it like to grow up with Wayne Dyer as your father? Growing up, my seven siblings and I were exposed to a lot of ideas that were different than what my friends heard. We were taught that within each of us is a purpose, a passion that we call dharma, and that dharma is what we are incarnated here to do. We were taught that the most important thing you could do in your life was to follow that dharma, and in doing so, you would be serving God.


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I often joke that my childhood was filled with unconditional love and security, but also a lot of weirdness! Not many kids learn transcendental meditation at the age of 5 and count monks as friends.

What is the greatest gift your parents have given you?



erena Dyer had a unique childhood being raised by spiritually progressive parents, including her bestselling celebrity dad, Wayne Dyer, Ph.D., who would write her notes on personal stationery printed with the motto, “Be realistic. Expect miracles!” It’s not a message her peers likely heard at home. Now 29, Serena shares her point of view in Don’t Die with Your Music Still in You: My Experience Growing Up with Spiritual Parents, co-authored with her father. The title reflects her parents’ key lesson for their children: Pursue the life you are born to live. Some missteps along the journey to her true calling included enrolling in law school to maintain her student identity, but her upbringing served as a light guiding her home to herself. She wrote the book after dropping out of law school, a big step toward her dream of inspiring others to live authentically.

Were there any downsides to being raised by spiritual parents? I like to think that while there weren’t any real downsides, there were certainly challenges. For example, in a more traditional household, when someone gets the flu, their parents probably tell them that it’s flu season and it’s just going around. In my household, when one of us would get the flu, we were told that we aligned with it and allowed it in. In other words, part of the challenge of having spiritually progressive parents is that they make sure you are

It’s not something they did for me; it was how they lived their lives in front of me. My parents did not encourage me to follow my dreams and then sacrifice theirs in order to raise me. My parents followed their dreams and in watching them do so, I felt safe to go after mine, as well. They taught me that there is no honor in sacrificing yourself or your dreams for anyone else, and demonstrated that the only time you have to make your life the way you want it is now. I am grateful to them for living their lives this way, which has allowed me to feel safe living my life this way, as well.

What advice would you give to people that wish they were raised in a more spiritual manner? I tell people that it doesn’t really matter what kind of parents you had, it matters how you feel about yourself. Everything in life starts with the self. If you don’t have love and acceptance and forgiveness for yourself, you won’t have these things to give to other people either. I was taught that we can’t give what we don’t have. When we learn to love and treasure every part of ourselves, we also have love to give to others. Contributor Lindsay McGinty lives in Orange County, CA.



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nsightly cellulite, which is comprised of fat deposits just beneath the skin, appears as lumps or dimples, usually near the buttocks and upper thighs, and is most common in women. Building muscle can make cellulite harder to notice and help burn more calories. While cellulite deposits might not be eliminated, burning body fat will make them shrink and be less visible. Here are five top exercises to blast stubborn cellulite.

Cardiovascular Exercise As long as we’re expending more calories than we’re taking in, we will begin burning the body’s fat deposits. As cardio workouts burn calories, they can reduce overall body fat, which also makes cellulite harder to see. Any exercise such as walking, running, hiking or cycling can help in the overall battle to burn calories and blast cellulite.

Lie on the floor on your side, placing one elbow on the ground and prop your head up with that same hand. Place the other hand on the floor beside your waist. With legs straight and toes pointed, lift the top leg up as far as it will go, then slowly lower it back down. Do 10 to 15 reps, and then turn over and work the other leg.

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Leg Lifts Janet Wallace, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at Indiana University-Bloomington, advises that leg lifts are the best exercise for toning the outer thighs.

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Stair climbing burns at least 10 calories a minute, according to the nonprofit National Wellness Institute, that promotes healthy lifestyles worldwide. Plus, stair climbing has the added benefit of working all the muscle areas that tend to get hit with the greatest amounts of cellulite.

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An MSNBC health segment recommended this fat-busting move to target all the areas that are most susceptible to cellulite. While kneeling on hands and knees, lift a leg up behind you until it’s pointed upward at a 45-degree angle. Slowly bring the leg back down and repeat the movement with the other leg. Start with 15 reps and work up from there.

Stand comfortably with feet about a foot apart. Slowly bend the knees to lower your body until both thighs are parallel to the floor. Then gradually stand back up, squeezing gluteal and back-of-the-thigh muscles as you rise. If performed consistently, this exercise will increase muscle strength in the thighs and buttocks, which also helps burn fat, according to the Mayo Clinic. Less fat equals less noticeable cellulite. As with the other exercises, start with 15 repetitions per session and work up to more.

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Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation Northwest Denver/Arvada–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation for each receiving individual. Suggested $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Denver Meditation and Metaphysics Meetup Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm Different presenters bring his/her personal approach to metaphysics w/correlating meditation. $5. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.


Energize your Brain, Energize your Life–1-2pm. Learn how to shift limiting patterns and beliefs and live a more rewarding and fulfilling life! Free. ISIS Books and Gifts,2775 S. Broadway, Englewood. Lucy 720-339-3990 or

FREE Community Yoga Class with Meditation–5:30-6:45pm. Intermediate/advanced Vinyasa flow class full of movement and breath for the first 55 minutes preparing you to quiet the mind for the last 20 minutes. Info

Non-Denominational Church Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Margaret Johnson, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or


Reiki Level 1–12:30-6:30pm. Learn about the Chakra system, nutrition, meditation, how to use a pendulum, breathing techniques, qi gong exercises, how to protect your own energy field, how to treat yourself/pets/ plants etc., attunements received. $180, no pre-reqs! Info

MONDAY, NOV 3 Creating an Herbal Spa at Home–5:30-7pm Treat yourself like royalty while improving health! Leave with recipes to inspire you, new self-care techniques; keep you feeling your best! Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $30 incl materials. RSVP Timeless Wisdom Group–6:30-8pm. Timeless Wisdom Study Group’s Intention is to read and study and share the wisdom of great writers and thinkers. In this group we will study great thinkers and share our insights. Free. More info 720-514-0623 RSVP via

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SATURDAY, NOV 8 Destiny, Meaning and Evolution–Join Bernie Prior, creator of The Form Reality Practice™, in a special twohour evening event that will unveil your true power and meaning. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. Register at


Veterans Day Healing Food Cravings with Angels–7-8pm. Powerful guided healing with Angels to help heal your food cravings, emotional eating and more. Pre-pay $10, $12 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720413-7303, Handcraft your own smudge-stick–1-3pm.Discuss smudging history & uses across cultures. Discuss favorite plants to smudge. Take home your own smudge-stick! Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Ste F-1, Boulder. $20 incl materials. RSVP

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Higher Brain Living Presentation-6:30pm. As seen on Gaiam TV; easily and quickly change your patterns - and make it last. Trigger a natural energy surge, release the grip of the primal “stress� brain, and allow your true potential, health and energy emerge! Free. AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, 2100 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton. 303-907-3468 or Kirtan with Tom Fuhrman–7:30pm. Join us for devotional call and response chanting known as Bhakti Yoga, which connects us in divine love and invokes an overwhelming sense of joy! Floor seating/chairs, byo. $12 Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.


Make Refreshing, fizzy beverages–6-8pm. Rediscover the roots of sodas as therapeutic tonics/elixirs. Learn to brew your own herbal soda. Taste different sodas; leave with recipes and starter culture. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism,2900 Valmont Rd, Ste. F-1, Boulder. $25. RSVP


Trance Medium Healing Clinic–Now By Appt – No More Waiting! Healings facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Involves channeling, energy readings, and intense clearing. Bring questions. 25 min, $20. Appts begin 7:05 pm. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. RSVP 303-282-9439 or Marmani and Ayurveda Massage–6pm. Learn more how marma stimulation through Ayurveda massage techniques can assist in bringing harmony and balance to the body. $40 PranaYoga,3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099 or Community Drum Circle–7-9pm. Bring food to share and your instruments for an evening of Loving Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or Sol Sista Dance–7:15-8:15pm. Dance your Sol Sista! Embrace Your Body & Unveil Your Spirit while you Meditate, Breath, and Dance to Music from all over the world! $10. Sol Shine, 1501 Boulder St, Denver. Sol Shine 303-955-7743

SATURDAY, NOV 15 Pet Energy Healings–12-3pm. Just like people, they can hold on to energy that is no longer beneficial for them. Bring your pet or photo. $10/pet. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303,

SUNDAY, NOV 16 Jin Shin Jyutsu Class–9:30am-4:30pm. Learn the ancient Japanese healing art of harmonizing your body using energy flow patterns and points to alleviate discomfort and pain. $150 incl book/lunch. Info/ RSVP Kathie Brown 303-796-0999


Higher Brain Living Presentation-6:30pm. As seen on Gaiam TV; easily and quickly change your patterns and make it last. Trigger a natural energy surge, release the grip of the primal “stress” brain, and allow your true potential, health and energy emerge! Free. AWAKEN Higher Brain Living, 2100 W Littleton Blvd, Littleton 303-907-3468 or

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Denver Meditation and Metaphysics Meetup Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm Different presenters bring his/her personal approach to metaphysics w/correlating meditation. $5. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 19 The Art of Intuition–6-8pm.Intuition is your knowing. It is subtle and it is invaluable! Identify your intuitive profile and refine your unique guidance system. Understand the nuances and the art of intuition. $45. Space limited. RSVP req’d. Info 720-984-9575 or Offered by Renee Ellis, MA CMT at the Renaissance Center 427 E. Bayaud, Denver.


Gourmet Gifts from the Kitchen–6-8pm. Learn how to create easy, delectable culinary delights for unique gift giving. $49/non-memb; $44/memb. Denver Botanic Gardens,1007 York Street, Denver. Registrar: 720-865-3580 or Explore the Mystical Universe with Master Shaman Hamilton Souther–7-9pm. Experience a Mystical Journey into the Universe of Love. Suggested Donation. Conscious Boulder, 1637 28th St, Boulder. Matt Toussaint matt@ or


Inspired Movie Night–Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm. FREE screening! The Studio Nova hosts The Keeper of the Keys! Come out for community and inspirational film! Discussion follows. RSVP 303-747-7871 or


Empowerment Through Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping)–11:30am-1:00pm. Learn this magical technique at the Body Mind Energy Center taught by Dena Gould, certified in EFT since 2003 and also provides energy balancing. $25. RSVP/info


Food for Your Face–1-3pm. Learn about inexpensive pantry items and simple recipes that feed your face. Nourishment, moisture, luxurious softness! Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Ste. F-1, Boulder. $25. RSVP Ayurvedic Cooking–2-6pm. Learn techniques to prepare a balanced Indian meal for health and wellness. Enjoy the meal you prepare that day! $72 PranaYoga, 3333 Federal Blvd, Denver. Hansa 303-432-8099

MONDAY, NOV 24 A Channeled Healing with Archangel Michael– 7-8pm. In a group setting, there will be opportunity to ask Archangel Michael for communication and a healing on any issue. Archangel Michael helps with physical healings, direction in your life/life’s purpose, courage, strength and protection. Just being in the room is a healing itself. Pre-pay $10, $12 Door. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303,


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ongoing 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. Always free. Lon 303-746-7118 Service in the Dome—11am-12:15pm. Followed by an Attunement circle and lunch in the Pavilion dining room. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. More info


Evening Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens–6-7 pm. A great practice (in a beautiful setting) for anyone looking to connect the mind with the body. $10/members; $12/non-members. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street. Denver. Registrar: 720/865.3580 Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is like an “energy car wash” that releases negative energy to create the life you desire. Free. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303


Hatha Yoga–7-8pm. Begin your week with intention. Center and stretch into your best yet! Nancy Zevely offers gentle, diverse experience to all levels. First class FREE! Drop in $15 or 5/$65 at TheStudioNova. com, 6464 W. 14th Ave, Lakewood. 303-747-7871

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wednesdays Living from the Heart Study Group–6:308:30pm. Led by two spiritual luminaries who experienced a profound spiritual awakening, the study group is a discourse on how living from the heart can unfold your own inner awareness of “who I am” and the deeper the meaning of life. Love offering. Location: A Mission meeting room, Denver. Info Val at 303-339-0807 or

Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920.

saturdays Beginner Yoga–8:30-9:30am. Designed for the interested and curious. Start at the very beginning with others brand new to Yoga! Join Nova Carlton for this confidence building class. First class FREE!, 6464 W. 14th Ave, Lakewood. 303-747-7871 Dance Like A Star–6-7:30pm. NEW Social Dance series! Learn four Country-flavored dances over five sessions. Ballroom and Club/Mix series to follow! Tarry Cowan instructs at, 6464 W. 14th Ave, Lakewood. 303-747-7871

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CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 24.

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


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DENTIST SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL Scott Stewart, DDS & Certified Naturopathic Dentist 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. Numerous studies have found amalgam (50% mercury) to be a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor, which has potentially hazardous side effects to your health. Holistic-minded individuals should consider the safe removal and handling of any silver fillings. We offer a bio-compatibility 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. Call today for a radical improvement in your health. See ad page 23.

ENERGY HEALING/ MEDITATION JOURNEY WITHIN with ANITA DESTINO Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 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 Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Reconnective Healing with Mary Beth Kennedy. Transform your body, mind and soul! See full listing under Consciousness Shift.

STUDIO Z DENTAL Tom Zyvoloski DDS Aesthetic Excellence and Holistic Family Care 818 W South Boulder Rd, Suite 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 www.

VIBRANCE DENTISTRY with DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 11.

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

FAMILY PRACTICE ROOTS MEDICAL with TRACY WOLFE Family Nurse Practitioner 8801 E Hampden Ave, Ste 110, Denver / 303-481-8079 If you are looking for a personalized healthcare program that uses a combination of holistic and traditional care, you will love Tracy Wolfe. She is approachable and trustworthy and helps to educate you to take charge of your health by identifying lifestyle factors that are helping and hurting you. Then you both devise a plan based on those findings and you decide what works for you. See ad page 9.

CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with Dr. Katia Meier. Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine and specialty trained in BioIdentical Hormone Therapy and Functional medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.

HEALING CRYSTALS SOLDIS - HEALING CRYSTALS 1470 S. Santa Fe Drive, Suite 104B, Denver 303-317-6634 / / Here at Soldis, we believe healing can be done naturally. Not only do we offer healing crystals, but we work hard at trying to incorporate healing crystals into every item we have. Are you a novice at healing crystals, and don’t know what to do with it? We can help you. All the bath products are handmade. Try our healing soaps and bath products. At Soldis, we strive to make our customer’s lives better than when they walked in.

HEALTHY AGING CLEAR SKY MEDICAL KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best at any age with Katia Meier, MD, Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine, Specialty trained in Bio-identical Hormone Therapy, Holistic and Naturopathic medicine in Europe and certified in laser and injectable aesthetic dermatology. Specializing in whole body health with customized approaches to Healthy Aging, BHRT, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men & women. All ages; most insurance welcome. Set up your appointment today. See ad page 2.

LIGHTWORKERS ONLINE DIRECTORY LIGHTWORKERLOCATOR.COM The Premier Online Directory for Spiritual Healers, Readers & Practitioners Search on www.lightworkerlocator. com, the premier online directory for Spiritual Healers, Readers & Practitioners, to find complete listings from people dedicated to your healing and growth. List and share your spiritual and healing gifts on the site to gain exposure and get your own mini-website for promoting your work. Visit or call 303-519-0355 for more information.


November Spotlight INTEGRATIVE HEALTH DR. ROB SMIGELSKI, DC BioTransformational Institute Lafayette and Denver 720-381-8561 / 1 in 8 people over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s. Over 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. You shouldn’t have to live in fear of your body, mind and spirit degenerating as you grow older. Dr. Smigelski specializes in addressing brain health and autoimmune conditions by using an integrated approach of chiropractic, functional medicine, and Chinese medicine concepts. Are you experiencing brain fog, fatigue, temporary memory loss, cold hands and feet? Call today to set up an appointment, or for a free 20 minute consultation.

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

GIFTED INTUITIVE JOSIE ROASE By appointment in person or phone 303-968-9438 / Josie has documented successes for 30+ years as a, Mystic and Medium, Healer and Spiritual Counselor; known for accuracy and results. Certifications: Facilitator in The Reconnection®, Advanced Psych-K®, Reiki Master and Pranic Healing. Since childhood Josie has proved an accurate Psychic for people and their pets, strongly based in Spiritual Integrity. Her NDE makes her a compassionate and clear channel for Spirit and life transitions. Cancer Support through healing modalities effective!! See ad page 8.

PHYSICIAN: BOARD CERTIFIED HOLISTIC CLEAR SKY MEDICAL with KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860 Feel and look your best with Dr Katia Meier, Board Certified Holistic MD specializing in whole body health for children and adults. Customized approaches to Healthy Aging, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement therapy, Nutritional analysis and Therapy, Medical Aesthetics and non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, Homeopathy, Herbology, Naturopathic Medicine, Personalized Detoxification Programs, Medical Weight Loss for men and women. Treating all ages and most insurance welcomed. Make your appointment today. See ad page 2.

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


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

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

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