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f you read last month’s Publishers’ Letter, at the time we were reeling from the news that a close friend had been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. Only a week and a half later, our beloved Larry Levine, President of Natural Awakenings, passed. We were honored to know his beautiful spirit.

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Founder and CEO Sharon Bruckman honors Larry, saying, “Our home office and publishers are truly saddened to lose the beautifully loving, guiding light that Larry generously shared with us throughout the past 12 years. His impact on our lives and Natural Awakenings‘ success will continue to bless our readers. We will miss him dearly.” It’s November now, and the month we are reminded to be thankful for the many wonderful people and circumstances in our lives. Thanksgiving was originally celebrated as a day of appreciation for the blessing of a fruitful harvest. Today, a fruitful harvest could be a metaphor for health for you and loved ones, a roof over your head, food on the table and a general sense of happiness for a life well-lived. Our Mental Health issue has many ideas and local resources for help you might need during the holidays. We wish you all a gratitude-filled holiday season! “November is auspicious in so many parts of the country: the rice harvest is already in, the weather starts to cool, and the festive glow which precedes Christmas has begun to brighten the landscape.” -writer F. Sionil Jose

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he Nutritional Therapy Association is offering two separate, nine-month, blended online and in-person nutritional therapist certification programs with new venues in Denver, Herndon, Minneapolis, New York City, Toronto and other cities. Enrollment for the winter courses are open until February 6, with classes starting February 13. The course, based on the teachings of Dr. Weston A. Price and Dr. Francis Pottenger, instructs students in how to conduct a five-step client consultation process. Highlights include a hands-on functional assessment tool to identify nutritional weaknesses and effectively manage wellness goals. “Since 1997, our mission has been to be the transformative educator of nutritional therapy, reconnecting people to healing foods and vibrant health,” says Executive Director Eric Bowman. “Our values are rooted in the innate ability to heal, respect for bio-individuality, a foundational approach to nutrition and health and unwavering commitment to a nutrient-dense, whole food diet.” For more information, call 800-918-9798 or email See ad page 9.

Angel Intuitive is Back


ong-time Colorado angel intuitive Catherine Morgan reopened her office, Messages from the Angels, at 679 W. Littleton Blvd., #204 near downtown Littleton. “I’m back to hosting small angel meditation groups - my favorite thing to do because I always learn so much. I’m also seeing amazing clients committed to being the best they can be with their angels’ guidance,” she said. Catherine has been channeling messages from the angels for 25 years. She is the author of “The Messages of Azrael: The Archangel’s Teachings on Death, Dying and Living Well,” sold on Amazon. Contact Catherine Morgan at 720-290-4902 or See listing page 32.

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ellnessWorks has moved from the Renaissance Center in Denver to Creekside at Highline Office Park, 1211 S Parker Road in Denver. “The new office offers the gentle support of nature right outside my window with a babbling brook and beautiful foliage,” Renee Ellis, owner, says. “Clients are enjoying coming to counseling and healing sessions in this relaxing setting nestled right next to the Highline Canal Trail. I am offering walking counseling sessions now, weather and content permitting. This location also includes a much larger space for classes and workshops which is inspiring new offerings for the end of 2016/2017.” Renee is a counselor, instructor and healer with a passion for uplifting and inspiring others to live better lives. She is a professional in Wellness and Psychology with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology; a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor; certified smoking cessation counselor; and registered massage therapist. Contact Renee at 720-984-9575 or See listing page 21.



hen our intrinsic healing mechanism, or Vital Force, becomes weakened or out of balance, it send messengers to produce symptoms - physical, mental or emotional. In the same way, we test homeopathic remedies on healthy people. They ingest certain natural substances, called “provings”, which show a pattern of symptoms. That same substance is then prepared homeopathically (by serial dilution and succession), and given to a sick person manifesting the same symptoms the proving elicited. Clients suffering with anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts can be treated with a homeopathic remedy that is UNIQUE to their constellation of symptoms. Not everyone who complains of anxiety will need the same remedy; there are approximately 900 remedies to relieve anxiety. Choosing the right remedy requires a homeopath to take a detailed history and “match” symptoms. However, there are some remedies that are helpful in certain situations. GELSEMIUM SEMPERVIRENS is helpful for STAGE FRIGHT or TEST ANXIETY. ACONITUM NAPELLUS is helpful for people with ANXIETY AFTER SHOCK or a NEAR DEATH experience. PULSATILLA NIGRICANS is often indicated for people with depression who WEEP CONSTANTLY and feel worse when they are alone. The beauty of homeopathy is that there is a unique remedy that restores the Vital Force to a state of health, thus relieving all symptoms WITHOUT PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS.

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ecca Williams is introducing cannabis ceremonies that pair cannabis (using various strains and types, based on an individual’s desire and experience) with other ancient Eastern practices employing vigorous esoteric body and breathe movement beginning in November. Cannabis has been used since ancient times to expand consciousness and promote deep emotional healing. It holds a sacred place in the holy Vedas, the world’s earliest scriptures where the 5,000-year-old medical text describes the plant’s effects, “to those who regularly use it begets joy and destroys every anxiety.” As explained in Ayurvedic medicine, this work engages meridians and other energy channels to rewire patterns in your brain. During the course of a cannabis ceremony, participants are guided to safely uncover and release destructive and self-defeating feelings. This opens the door to deeper awareness that can replace difficult feelings with centeredness and serenity. The more frequently these techniques are practiced, the more healing can occur. Contact Becca at for more information, dates and cost.

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he Hypnotherapy Academy in Albuquerque has trained attendees from 26 countries and all 50 states to become Hypnotherapists. Our state-licensed hypnosis courses and clinical hypnotherapy training have led the field for almost 30 years. The 500-hour accelerated certification course is held three times per year and is taught in two-week modules,” says Academy Director Tim Simmerman Sierra. After completing the first 300 hours (Modules 1-3), students are eligible for certification as hypnotherapists with the International Board of Hypnotherapy. By also completing Module 4 for 400 hours which covers pain management techniques and accelerated healing, students are eligible for the professional designation of Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Medical Support Clinical Hypnotherapist. Module 5 is an elective which covers natal regression and past life therapy, for 500 hours. 2132 Osuna Rd., NE, Ste. B, Albuquerque. To register call 505-767-8030 or toll free at 877-983-1515. See ad page 18.

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he Trinity Table is a unique tool that creates a celestial star gate opening to dimensional realms where each participant has a unique experience. The table rotates counterclockwise at a gentle rate of four turns per minute. Many attain Alpha, Theta and even a Delta state, within minutes, allowing for a deep sense of relaxation, rejuvenation, emotional release and spiritual connection,” says Lea Renay of Rising Harmonics. Inventor Jim Harmon built a device to introduce euphoric states for the purpose of helping those struggling with alcohol and drug dependency. His original concept incorporated movements similar to devices used by the NASA space program. He introduced his Trinity Table to the public in 1996. Only 25 tables were originally made by the inventor. After years of exploration into the “realms of the unexplained,” Harmon reached the conclusion that “all is connected and that the esoteric intangible truly exists.” The Trinity aligns physical, mental, emotional and spiritual domains. Using the Trinity in a group setting seems to increase its effect, which participants describe as: “I felt like I was floating,” “I was at total peace,” “I had an out of body experience,” or “Blissful, meditative, joyful, heavenly, journeying, traveling, dreaming but awake!” According to the inventor, “The Trinity Table is very simple in concept. It could be thought of as a sacred object and a vehicle to assist in producing an enhanced environment for spiritual energy facilitation. It is what is referred to as a passive motion table, providing a gentle rocking motion and a slow rotation. It is hand-constructed of wood and driven hydraulically... When used with the proper intent it serves to readily open the consciousness and the connection with the Universal Energy,” said Harmon. The Trinity Table is one part of the circuit used at Rising Harmonics in Wheat Ridge. To learn more, contact Lea Renay at 720-515-4076 or See listing page 32.

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Personal growth counseling is education for living. We take all kinds of classes in school and are trained for our jobs, but where do we learn: to be a good parent to a tiny human being; how to deal with anger & conflict in our relationships; how to manage high octane anxiety, mind-numbing depression or persistent grief when we go through life transitions?


The healthiest people get personal growth counseling. Often people begin counseling thinking they are the “craziest” one in their family – only to find out that the opposite is true.


Being “strong” and being an “adult” does not mean going it alone and trying to be fiercely self-sufficient. Real strength is being vulnerable with the people close to us, and using the resources in our life when we need them.


Few people grew up in ideal families (forget perfect) but it is our responsibility to learn what we need to learn in life to be happier and healthier adults, parents, partners, and friends.

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he human body was not designed to be hunched for hours in the same position, whether at a computer at work or watching TV at home. This static position develops poor posture that can cause as much trouble as repetitive motions that strain muscles. When we sit for long periods, the resulting shape gets locked in the body’s fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, like vacuum packing. In sitting, the hip flexors are shortened, the spine is often compressed, and if we are at a desk, our head is likely thrust forward, weighing on the neck and back. When locked in place by a habitual posture, the fascia loses its resilience and we feel trapped in a pattern that stresses our muscles, joints and nerves, causing discomfort, pain and ongoing poor posture. Stretching or other exercise is not always a practical solution. A great way to jump-start a positive change is a series of Rolfing Structural Integration sessions. In this hands-on method, a Certified Advanced Rolfer evaluates the body’s alignment—identifying how the fascia is restricted, causing pain and posture problems—and frees it to sculpt the body back into its natural state of balance and ease, mainly using hands and forearms. These experts also advise patients on better sitting posture and more efficient body movement. Anne F. Hoff is a faculty member of Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in Boulder. For more information, call the Rolf Institute at 303-449-5903. See ad, page 10.

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study published in the Journal for Bone and Mineral Research this summer suggests that excessive TV watching during childhood may be associated with lower bone mineral content in young adulthood. The researchers followed 1,181 children over time and measured their weekly hours of TV watching at ages 5, 8, 10, 14, 17 and 20. The bone mineral content (BMC) of each was measured at age 20. The study found that individuals that routinely watched more than 14 hours a week had lower BMC for their whole body and in their arms than those that watched less. Higher BMC helps protect the body against osteoporosis later in life. While all screen time should be monitored in children, TV appears to be the most harmful medium. A report published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine studied 111 children between the ages of 3 and 8 and measured their TV viewing and other screen time, as well as their blood pressure levels. The study linked higher blood pressure with excessive TV viewing, but did not find the same link between the condition and computer usage.

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he human brain does not function optimally in society’s noise-filled environment. The brain, like the body, needs rest to function, and that comes with silence. A recent study in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discovered that the brain is able to integrate both internal and external information into a “conscious workspace” when resting. Constant distractions and noises can detract from the brain’s ability to process critical information. Noise also elevates stress hormone levels within the brain. Research published earlier in Psychological Science examined the effects that the relocation of the main Munich airport, in Germany, had on children’s health and cognition. Gary W. Evans, researcher and professor of human ecology at Cornell University, notes that when exposed to constant noise, children develop a stress response that causes them to ignore it. The study’s subjects tuned out both harmful sounds and stimuli that they should be paying attention to, including speech. Silence has the opposite effect, releasing tension in brain and body. Exposure to chronic noise can also hinder children’s cognitive development, according to a study from the World Health Organization and the European Commission Joint Research Centre; this includes language skills and reading ability. To help counter modern noise pollution, attention restoration theory suggests that individuals placed in environments with lower levels of sensory input can recover some of the cognitive abilities they have lost.




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Gut Bacteria Linked to Toddler Temperament


hio State University researchers have discovered a correlation between bacteria in the gut and behavior in toddlers. Scientists studied the bacterial microbes in stool samples from 77 girls and boys between the ages of 18 months and 27 months, while mothers filled out a questionnaire describing their children’s level of emotional reactivity. The study found that positive behavioral traits occurred more frequently in children with the most diverse types of gut bacteria. These included mood, curiosity, sociability and impulsivity. The correlation was particularly strong in boys. Lisa Christian, Ph.D., a researcher with the Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine research, and her co-author, Microbiologist Michael Bailey, Ph.D., plan to use the information to help uncover some mysteries related to the origin of chronic illness. “There is substantial evidence that intestinal bacteria interact with stress hormones; the same hormones that have been implicated in chronic illnesses like obesity and asthma,” explains Christian. “A toddler’s temperament gives us a good idea of how they react to stress. This information, combined with an analysis of their gut microbiome, could ultimately help us to detect and prevent chronic health issues [from developing] earlier.” Pressmaster/

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Bleep Cheap The temptation to buy inexpensive clothes whispers, “It’s smart to trend with the latest fad,” or “Disposable wear can be tossed if it gets stained,” or “I can wear this outfit only once for a special event.” The lure to buy future throwaways seems especially prevalent during the holiday season of gifting and gatherings. Consumers can fall into the cycle of buying from inexpensive chain stores, wearing items a few times and then discarding them during spring cleaning purges. According to The Atlantic magazine, Americans now buy five times as much clothing annually as they did in 1980, yet recycle or donate only 15 percent of it. They simply discard 10 million tons as waste, reports the Huffington Post. Conscious consumers consider the extended consequences of their purchases. The production and transporting of an average shirt, for example, can deliver about nine pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, reports Eve Andrews, culture editor for She offers five tips: buy less; shop smarter and only for what’s truly needed; look for durability and design that won’t fall apart or look dated in a few months; decrease frequency of laundering to increase the life of the garment; and donate what no longer works. Buying items that are durable, timeless and made under fair labor conditions from selected organic, resale and outlet stores that sell high-end clothing that lasts at reduced prices will save money over time and reduce resource abuse and waste. Five top outlet chains for superior and lasting value per a 2016 Consumer Reports readers survey are Bon Worth, L.L. Bean, Haggar, OshKosh B’gosh and Izod. Quality labels are welcomed by consignment stores, so the wearer can even retrieve some of the purchase price for gently-used classics. Giving used threads to thrift shops, churches, The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries is another way to extend the life of items, help others and save landfill space. Another option is to cut up portions of clothing earmarked for disposal so they can live on as cleaning rags for home and vehicles.

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Thanksgiving Lite Turning the Tide for Turkeys

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Turkeys and Thanksgiving go together for 88 percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation. Each year, more than 46 million turkeys provide the entrée for gatherings, yielding leftovers for sandwiches, stew, chili, casseroles and turkey burgers. In 2011, 736 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S., while a few lucky birds avoided the chopping block. The pardoning of a White House turkey began in 1863 when President Lincoln’s son, Tad, interceded on behalf of the bird and its life was spared. Now a tradition, two dressed birds and one live turkey are delivered to the White House each year. The live bird is “pardoned” and lives out its life on a historical farm. At the Farm Sanctuary, turkeys get sponsored or adopted instead of eaten. “Turkeys are friendly and follow you around like puppy dogs. They’ll try to sit on your lap to be petted,” says Gene Baur, president and co-founder of the sanctuary’s New York and two California locations. “At our Celebration for the Turkeys, we feed them cranberries, pumpkin pie and squash. People visit to see them enjoy it. Guests’ snacks are vegan.” Hundreds of turkeys have been adopted and given a lifelong home since the program’s inception in 1986. More than 8,000 people pledged to sponsor a turkey living at the sanctuary in a recent year, proving it’s not necessary to be a president to pardon a turkey. Source:

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Carbon Dioxide Passes Climate-Warming Threshold

Record carbon dioxide levels will surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will likely never fall below it again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published recently in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings highlight urgent concerns about global efforts to curb climate change as outlined in the Paris agreement negotiated last December and signed in April by nearly 170 nations. Carbon concentrations have passed the 400 ppm limit before, but never permanently. The authors state, “In the longer term, a reduction in CO2 concentration would require substantial and sustained cuts in anthropogenic [humanly influenced] emissions to near zero.” The determined safe level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a maximum of around 350 ppm, according to climate advocates. Source:


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Stoned Doggies Dangers vs. Benefits of Pet Marijuana As of June, half of the states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of medical marijuana for humans. People wonder if it’s also suited for pets, too, and need to investigate the parameters and consequences carefully. “It’s not legal in any state for veterinarians to prescribe or recommend medical marijuana,” says Dr. Carol Osborne, owner of Ohio’s Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic. “Done properly, it could have applications, but it’s not standardized, dosage amounts are unknown and without U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation, there’s no guarantee what you think you’re buying is what you get. “Dogs that get into the stash or sneak-eat marijuana-laced food can experience wobbling when walking, trembling and potential seizures,” Osborne notes. “I haven’t heard of any cases of death, but as with any prescription drug, practice responsible ownership by keeping it out of the reach of curious children and pets.” “THC [tetrahydrocannabinol] in marijuana produces the high,” explains Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Robert Silver, author of Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide. “Dogs are extremely sensitive to THC, much more so than any other species studied.” Silver believes there are uses for cannabinoid oil, derived from hemp, which has very low levels of THC; pet owners in an end-of-life situation with no hope of recovery have used it to ease pain, stimulate appetite and add quality to final days. Reference: MarijuanaGuide

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slow descent into dementia seemed inevitable for a 66-yearold man that had been misplacing his keys, missing appointments and struggling at work. He failed doctor-administered cognitive quizzes and tested positive for a gene variant linked to an exponentially higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A brain scan revealed scattered clusters of sticky, amyloid plaque—a hallmark of the disease. His hippocampus, or memory center, had shrunk to rank in the lowest 17 percent of men his age. Told there wasn’t much that could be done, he sought the help of University of California, Los Angeles Alzheimer’s researcher Dale Bredesen, a neurologist and founding president of the independent Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He recommended a personalized, 36-point plan, including

a high-fat/low-carb diet, intermittent fasting, strict sleep schedule, select dietary supplements and other lifestyle changes. Within three months, family members reported marked improvements in his memory. At 10 months, brain scans revealed his hippocampus had grown 12 percent. “Such improvements are unprecedented,” says Bredesen, who described this and nine other hopeful cases in a provocative paper published in June in the journal Aging. “These are the first examples of a reversal of cognitive decline in pre- and early Alzheimer’s patients.”

Addressing the Sources Bredesen is among a small but growing group of researchers, physicians, caregivers and patients challenging the conventional wisdom that the road

to dementia goes one way, with no cure or repair of damage done. They argue that the key to both prevention and reversal, at least in early stages, is to pinpoint its numerous drivers—from nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and exposure to infection to environmental toxins and harmful drugs—and attack them simultaneously. It’s a stark departure from the classic, often unsuccessful, one-pill treatment approach. Of the 244 clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs between 2002 and 2012, all but one failed. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole. You still have 35 leaks,” says Bredesen, who believes his synergistic approach—the Bredesen Protocol—can likely make Alzheimer’s drugs work better or render them unnecessary. Skeptical colleagues point out that Bredesen’s paper described only 10 case studies, not a clinical trial. “It is intriguing, but not enough to make recommendations to physicians or patients,” says Keith Fargo, Ph.D., director of scientific programs and outreach for the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association. “The current consensus in the scientific community is that we do not have a way to reverse dementia.” While agreeing that a larger study is needed, Neurologist David Perlmutter, of Naples, Florida, whose bestsellers Brain Maker and Grain Brain promote nutritional changes for supporting brain health, considers Bredesen’s study revolutionary. “To reverse Alzheimer’s in one patient is monumental, much less 10,” says Perlmutter. They recently presented together at a conference organized by Sharp Again Naturally, a New York nonprofit that educates patients and caregivers about natural means of slowing and reversing cognitive decline. After losing her mother to Alzheimer’s, the nonprofit’s co-founder, Jacqui Bishop, 74, stopped her own frightening decline by changing her diet and getting her thyroid hormone levels under control via supplements. Now she’s helping others do the same. She says, “We are trying to change the conversation from one of despair to one of hope.”

Mending Body and Brain Key to Bredesen’s approach is the notion that instead of being one disease, Alzheimer’s consists of three sub-types with distinct drivers: inflammation or infection; harmful environmental exposures; and/or lack of neuronnurturing hormones. To determine which one to target, he tests patients for blood-sugar, inflammation and hormone levels, heavy metals and critical nutrients such as D and B vitamins. Then he crafts a personalized plan. He notes that the 10 years it can take to progress from subtle decline to full-blown Alzheimer’s provides a huge opportunity. “Ideally, we want people to come in when they have mild impairment or are asymptomatic,” says Bredesen, advising that tests be done for the APOE4, or “Alzheimer’s gene” in one’s 40s. “People have not wanted to know in the past because they’ve been told there is nothing they can do about it. We completely disagree.” One way to stay cognitively sharp is to eat fewer carbs (which boost blood sugar) and eat more fat, says Perlmutter. “There is a clear relationship between elevated levels of blood sugar and increased risk of Alzheimer’s.” One study, published in 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked 2,067 healthy adults for seven years and found that the higher their average glucose level, even if they weren’t diabetic, the more likely they were to develop dementia. For instance, those with a level of 115 milligrams per deciliter were 18 percent more at risk than those measuring 100 milligrams per deciliter. A 2012 study published in Neurology followed 266 adults for four years and found that those with higher blood sugar saw certain areas of the brain shrink 6 to 10 percent more than those with lower blood sugar. Gluten can also be problematic, advises Perlmutter, when it’s inflammatory and driving brain degeneration. In contrast, good fat, like that in avocados, fatty fish, coconut oil and walnuts, serves as a foundation for neurons and an efficient, cleanburning fuel source for the brain. This is particularly helpful in someone


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Lifestyle changes can prevent and slow cognitive decline. Some say they also reverse it. with early-stage Alzheimer’s, says Bredesen, because the disease can make it harder for the brain to use sugar for fuel. In some cases, both doctors recommend an extremely low-carb, or “ketogenic” diet (fewer than 60 grams of carbs per day). Starved of carbohydrates, the liver produces fat-like compounds called ketones, a brain-fuel source shown to stimulate growth of new neural networks. Bredesen also recommends 12 hours of fasting each night, with zero food intake within three hours of going to sleep. Fasting promotes a process called autophagy, by which the brain essentially cleans itself of damaged cellular material. Eight hours of sleep is also vital. According to University of Rochester research, the space between brain cells opens up during sleep, allowing cleansing channels of fluid to flow more freely. “If you were operating your house 24/7 with no time to rest or clean, it would be disastrous,” says Bredesen. “The same is true of your brain.” Also, they say, keep teeth clean because bacterial infections, including those in the gums, have been shown to hasten formation of neuron-killing plaque. Also critically examine the prescription drugs being ingested. A recent study of 74,000 people published in JAMA Neurology found that regular use of heartburn drugs like Prilosec and Nexium increased dementia risk by 42 to 52 percent. Meanwhile, anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl and statin drugs prescribed to manage cholesterol have also been linked to increased dementia. “We see ‘statin brain’ all the time,” observes Perlmutter, who says once patients go off the drugs, they tend to get better.

False Hope or Sound Advice Fargo says researchers are keenly interested in many of the ideas in Bredesen’s paper. Although it’s too early to endorse them, numerous studies are underway. But he wonders if some patients that assert that they’ve reversed dementia actually suffered from something else, like sleep apnea or depression. Bredesen stands by his research, asserting that the 10 patients in his paper had all been formally diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or its precursors. One 69-year-old entrepreneur that was planning to close his business after 11 years of mental decline is now expanding it. A 49-year-old woman that scored poorly on neuropsychological tests showed no signs of cognitive decline when she was tested again nine months later. In all, more than 100 people have participated in the program. “We have people that are four-and-a-half years out and doing very well,” he says, noting that such strategies aren’t likely to work for someone with advanced Alzheimer’s.


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In some cases, the results may be more subtle, but for those caring for a sick loved one, any positive progress means a lot. Paul Tramontozzi knows. After his father, then 75, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, the New York City financial advisor attended a Sharp Again Naturally meeting seeking advice. “I was skeptical, but when the answer you get from everyone else is, ‘There’s nothing you can do,’ you become more willing to listen.” He took his father off his cholesterol medication, fed him spoonfuls of coconut oil daily and put him on a specific supplement regimen. His balance improved and he could participate in family outings again. “If you had told me a few years ago we’d be able to take Dad to a restaurant for his 80th birthday, I would have said, ‘No way.’ But we did.” Tramontozzi says his father isn’t cured, but the advice he obtained facilitated more time together and insights on how to avoid a similar fate. “These are all things a healthy 37-yearold should be doing right now anyway. I just wish we’d found out earlier.”

rotransmitters and the brain-derived neurotrophic factor brain growth hormone. Look for supplements or foods containing Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Bifidobacterium lactis and Bifidobacterium longum. B vitamins: High levels of the amino acid homocysteine have long been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease; have levels checked and if they’re elevated, B6 and B12 can reduce them. Source: David Perlmutter

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ntegrative medical doctor Kelly Brogan, a women’s health psychiatrist and author of A Mind of Your Own, has turned the world of neuropsychiatry on its head by revealing that depression can be reversed without a single prescription drug. She asserts that depression is not caused by imbalanced brain chemistry, but by lifestyle choices that unbalance the entire human physiology. That’s why conventional antidepressants generally don’t work. She instead prescribes eliminating foods that trigger inflammation in order to rebalance all body systems. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, depression annually affects 15.7 million adult Americans, or about 8.3 percent of the population.

What’s your stand on the illness model of medicine and how you arrived there? My training as a conventional doctor was predicated on a disease care model that offers patients only one solution—a prescription. We have never had a shot at true wellness, having handed over our health to corporations loyal to their shareholders, rather than to us. Conventional medicine is based on the notion that we are born broken and need chemicals to feel better; the body is a machine that needs recalibration; and doctors always know what they are doing. After investing thousands of hours researching what would aid my own journey back from health challenges, I saw how we have been duped. Health is our natural state, and we can restore it by natural means. The way to prevent and reverse illness is to communicate with the body in a language it

understands. It’s so simple, yet society considers it an act of rebellion to consider this kind of lifestyle.

Which science supports your conclusion that antidepressant drugs don’t work for most patients? Taking an antidepressant for depression is like taking a Tylenol for a shard of glass in your foot. Wouldn’t you rather just remove it? Antidepressants don’t work the way we think they do and come with risks, including impulsive violence and debilitating withdrawal. They also can distract from an opportunity to identify the real cause of symptoms, one that is entirely reversible, in my experience. Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro are commonly prescribed to treat depression by boosting serotonin levels. There are many studies debunking their use and effectiveness. The 2012 Ottawa Hospital Research Institute study led by Paul Albert, Ph.D., concluded, “Direct serotonin-enhancing effects of antidepressants disturb energy homeostasis and worsen symptoms.” As far back as 1998, Irving Kirsch, Ph.D., an expert on the placebo effect at Harvard Medical School, published a meta-analysis of the treatment of 3,000 patients, finding that drugs improved depression in only 27 percent of the cases.

What’s the link between women, high blood sugar, diabetes, obesity and depression? When I meet a patient that complains about irritability, anxiety, foggy thinking, fatigue and insomnia, I visually plot her day-to-day symptoms on a mental

graph. I find that the sugar rollercoaster accounts for the vast majority of diabetes, obesity, depression and other symptoms troubling my patients, especially women. Sugar disturbs mental health in at least three ways: It starves the brain by causing blood sugar highs and lows that can eventually cause insulin resistance, diabetes and even Alzheimer’s disease; promotes inflammation, which is closely linked to depression; and derails hormones by raising levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body’s effort to balance blood sugars. Depression also has roots in thyroid imbalances, which are common in women more than 40 years old, and in food intolerances, especially to gluten, soy and corn, that can affect the brain in unpredictable ways.

Is there a general protocol that seems to work best? While there are no quick fixes, I see turnarounds every week because I help my patients see the benefits of simple choices like avoiding wheat and wheat products. You need a month of serious commitment to quit sugar, alcohol, coffee, wheat and dairy. Then you discover you aren’t an irritable, tired, forgetful person, which is its own incentive toward feeling better. It’s the basis to make choices with your own fully informed consent. Applying such information leads to long-term change and healing. Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous natural health books, including Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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new research study linking birth control usage to a significantly higher risk of clinical depression, especially in teens, appears in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. The study seems to confirm what many women have suspected for years – “I’m not crazy and these pills are making me sad!” One of the commonly listed side effects on birth control package inserts is depression. Researchers studied over one million women from 1995 to 2013 and found all forms of birth control hormones increased the risk of depression and the use of anti-depressants. Surprisingly, the pill combination of estrogen and progestin had the lowest risk, increasing the likelihood of antidepressant use 23%, but the risk grows from there for progestin-only pills, hormone patch, hormone IUDs, and vaginal rings. Researchers found that teens age 15-19 had an 80% greater chance of using anti-depressants if they also took combined oral contraceptives. Women have many reasons to use contraception. Some use it as a form of birth control, while others use it to regulate their cycle, address acne, and help with mood. The method you choose depends on your goal and the potential side effects. Hopefully, understanding that clinical depression could be a side effect may cause some women to look into abstinence, natural family planning, or the copper IUD for birth control. Whatever the method, women are finally being recognized that “it’s not in my head” and getting the vindication for experiencing depression from hormonal birth control. For my patients who use hormonal contraception, I recommend a high potency multivitamin as B vitamins appear to be used at a higher rate. Also, fish oils have been shown through research to have a mood stabilizing effect. EPA/DHA 1-2 grams taken three times daily is an effective mood-stabilizing dose. Also, monitor vitamin D levels as they can drop after discontinuing birth control and multiple studies indicate mood stabilization with the proper amounts of our sunshine hormone. Whatever you choose, do so with an educated practitioner who can help you navigate the pitfalls of hormonal contraception and will help you find the best choice for your life! Dr. Ian Hollaman, DC, MSc, IFMCP of Red Tail Wellness in Boulder can be reached at 303-882-8447. See ad page 3.


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Homeopathy? By Dr Kathi Fry

omeopathy is a form of alternative healing that stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself without drugs by strengthening the Vital Force. The Vital Force is the unseen, energetic power that guides every physiologic function of living beings.


that “Like Heals Like.” This means that a substance given to healthy people induces a set of symptoms in a process called a proving. When those same set of symptoms are recognized in a sick person, that substance can be used to heal the illness.



The principles of homeopathy were discovered and codified by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a physician who lived and worked in Germany at the end of the 18th century. In those days, what passed for conventional medicine included such brutal treatments as blood-letting and inducing vomiting, sweating and purging with caustic compounds like Arsenic and Mercury. Dr. Hahnemann became disillusioned with such “cures” that were worse than the disease. So he stopped the practice of medicine and supported his family by translating ancient medical texts from the Greek and Latin into German. Through his studies of the writings of Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus, he discovered the underlying principle


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Homeopathic remedies are made in a special way in licensed homeopathic pharmacies by diluting and shaking, or succussing, a concentrated “mother tincture” of any natural substance. As the tincture is repeatedly diluted and shaken, the physical characteristics of the substance lessen as the energetic or healing properties are increased. In this way, substances such as snake venom or other poisons can be safely used to stimulate the Vital Force. The diluted substance is then poured onto milk sugar tablets, which act as a carrier for the energy released during the process of dilution and succussion. Thus, a 6c potency has been diluted 6 times in 100 drops of water; a 30c potency has been diluted 30 times. The higher the dilution, the more potent the remedy.

In order to determine what remedy is needed, a trained homeopath “takes the case” by listening carefully to the patient’s life story. This includes information about the mental, emotional & physical conditions that surrounded the onset of the illness. By matching those symptoms and conditions with the information codified in all the provings of over 5,000 remedies tested on human volunteers, a homeopath chooses the “similimum,” the one remedy that will stimulate the Vital Force to restore the patient to health.

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Festive Sips and Nibbles Holiday Treats that Everyone Loves by Judith Fertig


or those that like to eat plant-based meals most of the time, the holidays can present a challenge. Social occasions from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day abound, including multi-course dinners and potlucks; tree-trimming and baking parties; neighborly hospitality; nibbling on treats while wrapping gifts; and gathering to watch a holiday movie. Because so much is happening in such a short period of time, people often revert to serving traditional foods such as Aunt Mary’s cheese ball or Grandma Daisy’s three-layer chocolate bars. These vintage recipes, however, can be laden with processed ingredients. Foods that signaled holiday cheer ages ago need a tweak or two to satisfy today’s health-minded friends and family members. With traditional flavors of the season like aromatic spices, fresh rosemary and chocolate, plus a plantbased philosophy, family favorites can get a new twist. Natural Awakenings asked cookbook authors, chefs and bloggers from around the country to help us celebrate wonderful holiday moments, big and small. Adding a plant-based nibble or sip not only helps party hosts stay on track, it also helps keep guests from over-indulging, so that everyone ends up enjoying themselves even more.

Addictive Nibbles American-born Sandra Gutierrez grew up in Guatemala and now lives in Cary, North Carolina. As the author of The New Southern Latino Table and Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America, she shows how fresh, seasonal, Latino foods can add grace and flavor to any table. “In the South, appetizers can be as simple as shelled pecans tossed with spices,” she says. She applies the same easy treatment to pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, tossing them with ancho chile powder, cumin, coriander and other flavorings to bake in the oven until crunchy. “These take only minutes to make and will keep for a few weeks if stored in an airtight container.” Then, when people drop by, she has a readymade, plant-based, delicious nibble to offer with drinks. Brother chefs Chad and Derek Sarno, of Austin, Texas, are the co-founders of, a website devoted to plant-based eating habits. Chad has co-authored (with Chris Karr) Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution. Derek is the former global executive chef for Whole Foods Market. “Shoot for 80 percent healthy and 20 percent wicked, and you’ll be 100 percent sexy,” they advise with a wink.

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic and non-GMO (genetically modified) ingredients whenever possible.


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A little indulgence is fine during the holidays, they say. “For vegans and vegetarians, think of your 20 percent as a chance to let loose every now and again and enjoy whatever makes you feel a bit wicked—fats, sugars, salts, beer; you get the idea—unless you’re following doctor’s orders. We want you to eat for health, and as chefs, we want eating healthy to taste great.” For the holidays, they like to have easy, yet big-flavor nibbles on hand such as homemade popcorn flavored with fresh rosemary and truffle oil, or crunchy, roasted chickpeas that pack a little heat from sriracha, a homemade or bottled hot sauce.

Celebratory Sips Sophia DeSantis, of Carlsbad, California, changed to a vegan diet because of her husband’s health issues several years ago. “We ate plant-based for one month and just kept on going,” she says. “Within three months, he was off all meds and hasn’t needed them since.” That victory made her an impassioned vegan cook for their three children, as well. Whether preparing food for family or guests, she says, “I don’t even mention the type of food, because I simply make delicious dishes that just happen to be plantbased. There are a million and one ways to redo traditional favorites.” DeSantis makes her own pistachio milk for a special hot chocolate she serves during the holidays; she blogs her recipes at Other options for plant-based sips include chilled, dairy-free eggnog, perhaps topped with coconut creamer and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg. Mulled cider or pomegranate juice, warmed in a stove pot with whole spices like cinnamon and cloves, plus slices of citrus fruits, add holiday flavors and aromas. Having already prepared nibbles and sips handy in the pantry, freezer or refrigerator makes both planned and spontaneous hosting easier, as well as providing ready-made goodies to bring to other gatherings. “Then, there’s always something available you can enjoy,” says DeSantis. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

Cocoa ½ to ¾ cup unsweetened baking cocoa or cacao powder ¼ to ½ cup date paste 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Dash Himalayan pink salt

Tasty Holiday Recipes Truffle Spiced Popcorn This wicked, fresh, piping-hot popcorn is kissed with a simple blend of rosemary, onion and truffle oil.

For the pistachio milk, soak the nuts overnight in a bowl of water.

Yields: 9 cups 2½ Tbsp grapeseed oil A bit less than ½ cup popcorn kernels 1 Tbsp truffle oil 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast ½ Tbsp onion granules ½ tsp fresh rosemary, minced Sea salt to taste On medium heat, warm the oil in a large saucepan with a lid. Remove from the stove and add all kernels in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Cover for 20 seconds to allow all the kernels to become coated and reach equal temperature so they all pop at once. Place the covered pan back on the heat and shake it while it’s on the burner. The kernels will slowly begin to pop; once they start, crack the lid slightly to let out a bit of steam. Continue shaking the pan over heat until the popping stops. Remove from the stovetop immediately and pour all popcorn into a large bowl. Drizzle with truffle oil, nutritional yeast, onion granules, minced rosemary and sea salt. Shake and mix well before serving. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,

Rinse before placing them into a highspeed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend until the mixture is completely puréed and milky.

Beer-Miso-Sriracha Roasted Chickpeas

Strain mixture through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth; then add the nut milk back into the blender.

Any favorite beer will work. Yields: 2 to 4 servings 1 (15½ oz) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained and set aside 1 Tbsp sriracha 1 Tbsp organic miso paste (any color) 1 /3 bottle of beer Black and white sesame seeds Dried chili to taste Smoked salt for garnish to taste Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Add all other ingredients and blend at a high speed until thick. Note: If using a regular, slower blender, re-warm the hot chocolate on the stove top. It may not be as thick and frothy but will taste good. Courtesy of Sophia DeSantis,

Whisk wet ingredients until mixed well. Toss mixture with chickpeas. Place mixture on baking pan and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, shaking and stirring periodically until mixture is evaporated and chickpeas begin to get color; beware of burning. Garnish with sesame seeds and dried chili, maybe a little smoked salt. Courtesy of Chad and Derek Sarno,

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The Art of Blessing Sanctifying Everyday Life by Dennis Merritt Jones


ost blessings are done quietly, in the silence of one’s own mind and heart; most often others don’t even know about it. How a blessing is done is not as important as the fact that it’s done mindfully. There is nothing magical or mystical about conferring a blessing—it’s simply confirming the presence of God, divine Spirit, at the center of that which is being blessed. Masters, teachers, sages and saints from every spiritual tradition

have used blessings as a way to consecrate, sanctify, purify and heal. Wedding ceremonies, memorial services, christenings and everything in-between have at one time or another been blessed. Anyone can offer a blessing. Ernest Holmes, author of Science of Mind, defined a blessing as constructive thought directed toward anyone or any condition. He says, “You bless a man when you recognize the divinity in him.”

When things are good, it can seem easy to neglect the practice of blessing ourselves and others. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting—a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.” We can always bless what’s good in our lives, but blessings can become even more meaningful if we remember to bless the bad times as well, when we most need to remember the truth that good is present then and there, too. Getting in the habit of embracing daily blessings is a good spiritual practice as we evolve and go forth and bless our world as we have been blessed. It’s a matter of remembering that the real blessing has already been bestowed; the gift of life itself. Take a moment to contemplate this and seal it in consciousness by silently affirming, “I am blessed and I am a blessing.” I Am is a name of God. In the words of Mary Baker Eddy in introducing her seminal work, Science & Health, “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, today is big with blessings.” Dennis Merritt Jones, D.D., of St. Petersburg Beach, FL, is the author of Your (Re)Defining Moments, The Art of Uncertainty and The Art of Being, the source of this essay. He has contributed to the human potential movement and field of spirituality for 30 years (

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FREE AURA CLEARING AND CHAKRA BALANCING FOR FIRST-TIMERS Each Wednesday 6-7 pm, open to everyone. Repeats $5/pp. Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd., Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303.

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TUES NOV 1 Eat Right Vegetarian/Vegan–6:30-8:30pm. Aspiring vegan/vegetarian? Learn how to balance nutrients and the animal industry. $20 or donation. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. Register 720-840-4702,

WED NOV 2 LCA Intro Evening; Explore the Heart Centered Leadership Program –7-9pm. Final evening of workshop and public celebration. Randy Ferguson, acclaimed speaker/author will inspire your desire to serve others. Free tix/info 303-989-2605 FREE Lecture: Natural Functional Medicine approach for Healing Leaky Gut–Red Tail Wellness Centers, Boulder. Call 303-882-8447 to reserve your seat, as space is limited.

FRI NOV 4 Community Sacred Drumming Circle–7-9pm. Share intentions and sacred vibrations of the Drum Circle. Bring snack to share and instruments for an evening of Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. Suggested $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Elders & Natural Health–6-8pm. Care for yourself and your loved ones during the later chapters of life with nutrition, herbs, and more. Donation. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609 or Emmy.Huddleston@


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SAT NOV 5 2-Day Class on Chakras and Auras–12-6pm, SatSun. Learn about your Chakras and how they coincide with our Aura; clean and align your Chakras; easy technique to set energetic boundaries. Early/$185 Reg/$200 Journey Within, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303, Create Your Own Essential Oil Pharmacy–11am4pm. Methods of use, safety factors, and proper dilutions of essential oils. Incorporate EO in everyday life to support health. $75. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP Inviting Aphrodite–10:30am-4:30pm. Playshop invites you to be more confident and comfortable in your own skin. We will dive deep into the very core essence and definition of Feminine Power Embodied. Discounts available; info Tracy Revell 303-525-7058

Non-Denominational Spiritual Service–1:30pm. Meditation and spiritual message 1st Sun ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Inner Connection Institute at Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-282-9439

MON NOV 7 Herbal Therapeutics for Chicken Pox, Shingles, Herpes–5:30-7pm. Learn what these viruses have in common and how to care for them naturally. $10. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609 or Candace.


Election Day Learn To Trust Your Intuition–7:15-9pm. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. RSVP David/ Rochelle 303-668-2358. Follow Your Gut: Body, Mind, Spirit of The Digestive System–6-8pm. Anatomy and physiology behind leaky gut; emotional and spiritual implications; healthy digestion, more balance and vitality. $5. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-4068609 or

WED NOV 9 An Evening of Fermentation-6-8pm. Learn basics of one of the oldest, most effective ways of preserving food; sauerkraut, cashew cheese, and the principals of fermentation. $10-20 donation. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-4068609 or Thriving through the Holidays: 5 Bulletproof Steps to Look and Feel your Best–6:30-8pm. Simple ways to stress less, kick-start your immune system and uplevel your energy. Free. Englewood Library. Kathy Basel, The Vitality Code, 720-3794671

FRI NOV 11 Near Death Experience Seminar–7-9pm. Discussion of Near Death experiences and applications for daily life. Donations welcome for Dharma Cloud Monastery. Full Moon Books 9106 W. 6th Ave., Lakewood. Jill Lowy, Compassionate Dharma Cloud Monastery

SAT NOV 12 Trance Medium Healing Clinic–Healings facilitate re-alignment and cleansing of the spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense clearing. Bring questions. 25 min/$20. Appts begin 1pm. Schedule 303-282-9439. Inner Connection Institute at Cactus Sport & Spine, 8000 S Lincoln St, Littleton.


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Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. RSVP David/Rochelle 303-668-2358.

Anxiety Management in Ayurveda–2-3:30pm. Learn how to Manage Anxiety through the ancient science of Ayurveda. Ayurvedic daily routine helps balance our mind, body & spirit. Donation. Heartland Wellness, 12157 W Cedar Dr, Ste 200, Lakewood. Info Sujatha Reddy 303-325-5617 or

Active Meditation–10:45-11:45pm. Enjoy the benefits of 3 15-minute long meditations that will include energy work for yourself. Relief from stress, new inspirations, and insights. $5. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. RSVP David/ Rochelle 303-668-2358.


Learn To Trust Your Intuition–1:15-3pm. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. RSVP David/ Rochelle 303-668-2358.

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Eating with Intention–6-8pm. Discover ways to help establish a positive relationship with food by learning mindful eating practices. $10 materials fee. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F1, Boulder. RSVP 720-406-8609 or haley. Live Audience Readings w/Spirit Medium, Psychic Heather Hunter–7-9pm. Heather Hunter will be delivering messages to random audience members as Spirit steps forward. Info/tix Tickets avail at door. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Five Secrets to Sustained Self-Motivation–7-9pm. Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/ Author, explains if you are really serious about attaining your dreams, isn’t it vital that you learn the secrets of consistent self-motivation? Free tickets/ info 303-989-2605.

WED NOV 16 Women’s Self Care–5:30-7pm. Aspects of women’s health and how to better care for our bodies with the support of clean foods, herbs, flower essences and simple practices. $20. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, Unit F-1, Boulder. RSVP 720-4068609 or

THURS NOV 17 Free Lecture: Natural Functional Medicine approach to managing Thyroid health–Red Tail Wellness Centers, Boulder. Call 303-882-8447 to reserve your seat, as space is limited.

FRI NOV 18 Meditation with the Angels–7-8:30pm. Catherine Morgan, following the angels’ guidance, leads the guided meditations that connects us with our angels in amazing ways. $20. 679 W. Littleton Blvd., #204, Littleton. Limit 12. RSVP

SAT NOV 19 Systemic Inflammation, Food Intolerance & Autoimmunity–10am-4pm Sat-Sun. Current science

Appreciation, Breath, Mindfulness & Meditation– 7-9pm. Explore “Appreciation” and the use of breath & meditation as a way to bring more peace and harmony into your life. $10. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.


Holiday Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair–11am-5pm. Variety of gifts and healing modalities- massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils; Palmistry, tarot, intuitive, astrological and vendors $20/20 min or per healer/ reader/vendor. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

This 2½-day non-residential retreat, facilitated by JoAnne Palladino and Coly Vulpiani, allows you to explore and engage areas of your life keeping you from loving and accepting yourself unconditionally. Intimately connect with your personality/ego to expand your level of consciousness; Engage in life from a broader perspective to choose love vs. fear; Receive Reiki and Vibrational Energy Healing to dissolve energy blockages; Learn self-awareness practices that will shift old patterns no longer serving you. $575. 11/4: 6-8:30pm; 11/5-6: 9am-5pm.700 E. Ninth Ave., Ste 9, Denver. RSVP/Info JoAnne 303-263-0679 or

Learn to Trust Your Intuition–10-12pm. Foundational tools to start hearing and following your intuition more in your daily life. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. RSVP David/Rochelle 303-668-2358.



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MON NOV 28 We Are Change Open Mic Night–6-10pm. Share the power of uniting our local grassroots activist community for an evening of food, music, interviews, headliners, poetry and dancing. Perform your songs and poems! Details Facebook We Are Change Colorado

TUES NOV 29 Shmaya Gathering w/JoAnne Palladino–7-8:30pm. Experience Shmaya, an illumined, channeled presence that attunes you to the love and light within. $20. 700 E. Ninth Ave., Ste 9, Denver. RSVP 303-263-0679 or

WED NOV 30 Wednesday Morning with the Angels–10-11:30am. We call in sacred space, pull angel cards, and into guided meditation with our angels for healing and messages. $20. 679 W. Littleton Blvd., #204, Littleton. Led by angel intuitive Catherine Morgan. RSVP info@ or 720-290-4902 (call/text).

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OPEN HOUSE HOLIDAY CELEBRATION SATURDAY, DEC 17TH 6 - 9PM Lea Renay of Rising Harmonics in Wheat Ridge opens her center in celebration of community and creativity, with unique items and holistic products and services for sale. 7pm Love Meditation. Receive a tour of Rising Harmonics, which offers a circuit of three rooms with different energy modalities to help you heal on every level. Using crystals, sound, touch and light, you are guided through inner discoveries, breakthroughs and profound healing, as “a unique adventure to your inner wisdom and higher self,” says Lea. 4465 Kipling St., #301, Wheat Ridge. RSVP Lea 720-515-4076 or

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ongoing daily Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism Student Clinical Herbalists Holistic Wellness consultations–thru May 2017. Working with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle to educate and empower to take charge of your own health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609

sundays North Boulder Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Lon 303-746-7118

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45 pm. 15-min Chakra & Energy Clearing. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. 303-668-2358 Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101 Free Psychic Readings–Tues and Thurs. 7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. Boulder Psychic Institute 1332 Pearl St. 303-530-0920

wednesdays Energy Healings/Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. A healing is an energy clearing, release negative energy blocking growth and create the life you desire. $5/healing. Free for first timers. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-413-7303

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

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


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DEC 6 Laughing All the Way…Thriving (not just surviving) the Holidays–7-9pm. What difference would it make if we could get our joy back? How would it feel if this holiday season was the best ever? Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Speaker/Author. Free tickets/info 303-989-2605

JAN 13-15 + 7 WKS Love, Courage & Achievement (LCA) Weekend and 7-wk Course–Regain personal power; heal relationships with self and others; Clarify your core issues holding you back; discover solutions for your situation; regain enthusiasm and hope that you haven’t felt in years. Info Randy Ferguson 303-989-2605

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Highest Quality Dental Care in Boulder: Your beautiful smile begins with healthy teeth. Dr Judith Timchula and her team provide you the highest quality dental care with a holistic approach, in an environment that is warm and caring. Mercury safe; bio-compatible testing and materials; PACE member to keep Boulder green! Let’s talk about how we can make a difference in your smile. 7490 Clubhouse Rd, Ste 101, Boulder. 303-530-1212. Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers mercury free AND mercury safe amalgam (silver filling) removal. Financing available. 20% off new patient exam and x-rays when you mention Natural Awakenings. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338.

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