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October 2014 | Denver/Boulder Edition |

Katia I. Meier, MD and The Clear Sky Medical Team



What You Need to Know


ou may have heard recently that there is a proposition on the ballot this election to vote for GMOs to be labeled, called Proposition 105.


What You Need to Know

“Genetic Roulette” Screening

I have recommended to all of my patients for years to go GMO-free, and have often heard the questions, “What are GMOs and why are they so unhealthy?”

October 23rd at 7pm

If you are not quite sure what to think about GMOs and want more information, or just plain want to come out for a movie night and fun meeting people to talk about GMOs, bring a friend and join us at the conference room at Panorama Falls building at 7 pm on October 23rd. We will have a free screening of the movie Genetic Roulette and free snacks and beverages for you…all GMO free of course! Dr. Katia Meier will give a brief overview of GMOs, what they are, what science has to say about them, and will be answering questions after the screening of the movie for those who want to stay around for a lively discussion.

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hen Abraham Lincoln said, “…this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” he was describing the theory of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy in which government policy reflects the preferences of the average citizen. Despite Gallup Poll results showing that 93% of Americans favor GMO labeling, the battle seems incredibly uphill. California labeling initiatives were defeated in 2012 after no-label interests outspent the pro-label faction $47 million to $7 million. That just doesn’t feel like democracy. According to authors Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page in “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” from Perspectives on Politics12.03 (Sept ’14): 564-581, “…These results suggest that reality is… both individual economic elites and organized interest groups (including corporations, largely owned and controlled by wealthy elites) play a substantial part in affecting public policy, but the general public has little or no independent influence. Clearly… it makes very little difference what the general public thinks.” The authors reviewed 1,779 policy issues from 1981 to 2002 that included poll data and income levels of respondents. They found “…that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.” And, “The chief predictions of pure theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy can be decisively rejected. Not only do ordinary citizens not have uniquely substantial power over policy decisions; they have little or no independent influence on policy at all.” There you have it. We don’t actually live in a Democracy. A recent quote from my neighbor sums up the ‘anti-labeling’ crowd, “I’ve studied both sides of this issue and you can’t have this stuff labeled! All the idiots out there will refuse to buy it because they think it’s so bad for them!” Uh, yeah. That’s the point. I have found that anti-labelers are the folks that abhor any change, OR, they have swallowed the corporate Kool-Aid marketing hype. EVERY single slice of pro-GMO marketing hype has been disproven by quality research. The FACTS show that GMOs increase pesticide and herbicide use; do NOT increase yields nor solve hunger; contribute to resistant weed and pest growth; and destroy the health of kidneys, livers, and reproductive organs in animals by the third generation. The anti-labelers call us un-American for ‘going along’ with the other 64 countries that have actually banned GMOs. That we are somehow going to hurt America. Well, who’s going to protect all 300 million of us when Monsanto, Dupont, Cargill, Dow, Bayer, BASF, etc. can collude with our regulatory agencies to poison the U.S. population in order to earn a profit?! So, be an American! Demand your Democracy! Vote YES! On Prop 105 and keep voting with your dollars by spending them on products and companies that you support! And know that this “nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” does not just apply to the wealthy elites and their special interest groups, but also to you and every American!! God Bless America and ALL her citizens.


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Andrew Medana Gabbard Paintings that tell a story of simpler times in bygone days aptly describes the work of artist Medana Gabbard. This selftaught American folk art painter relies primarily on oils and acrylics and fondly speaks of her cover image, Andrew: “It’s a proud, early morning rooster I named after my father-in-law, posing with bright autumn pumpkins.” The opportunity to tell a story is what she enjoys most about the artistic process. Her penchant for vibrant color in general, and the large orange winter squash in particular, is evident. “I put pumpkins in almost every one of my paintings,” she says. Gabbard’s inspiration comes from all folk artists, past and present. She was greatly influenced by her father, Edward Galda, and brother, Ed Galda, both of whom she deems accomplished artists. “In such a family,” she notes, “my favorite childhood Christmas gifts were always coloring books and crayons.” The artist was raised in the desert of Arizona and now splits her time between her home studio there and her studiogallery in Brandon, Vermont. The Vermont landscape and simple way of life she enjoys there is another popular theme in her art. “People are surprised when they learn I’m not a Vermont native,” she says. View the artist’s portfolio at

roposition 105 is a Coloradoan grassroots movement to require products containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled as such. Multiple studies worldwide raise grave concerns for GMO crops and their impacts on human, animal and environmental health. Labeling GMO foods simply gives Coloradoans the basic democratic right to know what they are being fed – a freedom that residents of over 64 other less democratic countries have been enjoying for years. Here is why Prop 105 should succeed and why you should vote YES on Prop 105:


Democracy should not be for sale. It is our undeniable democratic right to know what we, and our children, are exposed to in our food. How can more than 90% of the American people desire such labeling (according to Gallup polls), yet it is so difficult to accomplish? The answer is because our government is acting only in the ‘best interests’ of the wealthy corporate interests and their “connections.”


GMOs are known to cause severe health problems in animal studies and most likely also in humans. Since NO safety data was required when the FDA approved GMOs for U.S. consumption, many Americans may want to ‘play it safe’ by avoiding these foods. This can be very difficult without a labeling law.


GMO foods are created to withstand greater applications of the herbicide Glyphosate (RoundUp) and so GMOs create MORE exposure to humans and environment. (Yes, Monsanto makes both products!) Other GMOs create their own internal pesticide that can NEVER be washed off. Glyphosate has been banned in many countries for severe health and environmental concerns. Labeling GMOs make it easier to avoid Glyphosate.


The argument that GMOs ‘feed the world’ is not based on any facts. In reality, many countries have already recognized

that crop yields and crop health are better without GMOs (this is supported by the data). These countries reject GMOs imported as food and as seed. Twentythree countries outright ban GMOs. Further, GMOs are responsible (welldocumented) for economic losses to third-world farmers: failing yields; rise of resistant super weeds and super bugs; livestock loss; and more. Farmers become indentured to Monsanto, forced to re-buy the GM seeds, and to buy even more toxic chemicals to keep the super weed and super bugs at bay.


It is very hard to contain GM seeds. Once they are released into nature, they contaminate neighboring fields and these non-GM products are then rejected for export due to this contamination, causing financial hardship for farmers.

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Most food manufacturers already label GM foods for the other 69% of the world population without increasing food prices – if they can do it for them, why not for us? This might be your last chance to get your voice counted to label GMOs; there is a new bill introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) titled “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” which is being called “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or DARK Act. If passed, this bill would prohibit any state or locality from passing a law requiring genetically engineered (GE) foods to be labeled, and it prevents the FDA from passing any requirements for GE foods. It allows foods labeled as “natural” to contain GE ingredients, and it would permit meat, milk, eggs and dairy from animals fed GE-based food to be labeled GMO-free.


There is no logical reason and no argument of any merit to not label GMO foods, so let’s do itVote Yes on Prop 105! Dr. Katia Meier, M.D., received medical training in Germany and the U.S., giving her an international perspective on health topics like these. She can be reached at (303) 790-7860.

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he third “Seeds of Doubt Conference” takes place October 11th, 8am-6pm at the Omni Interlocken Resort & Spa, 500 Interlocken Blvd., in Broomfield. The Conference brings together many of the World’s top researchers and activists regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to present and discuss their findings regarding GMOs’ impact on our health and environment. The lineup of speakers includes: Jeffrey M. Smith, best-selling author of “Seeds of Deception” and “Genetic Roulette”; Don Huber, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology, Purdue University; Michael Antoniou, Ph.D., of the department of Medical and Molecular Genetics Kings College School of Medicine, London and co-author of “GMO Myths & Truths”; Gilles-Eric Séralini P.hD., Molecular Biology Professor at Caen University, France; Dave Murphy, founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now; and Robyn O’Brien, Steven Druker, Dr. Jill Carnahan, and Mike Callicrate. The goals of the Conference are to: Offer information on how to keep your family safe from GMOs; to encourage and promote truth in labeling and advertising; to present unbiased scientific research on personal, environmental and agricultural impacts of GMOs; and to discuss the political and economic influences surrounding the GMO issue. Space is limited, contact Cheryl Gray 303-875-8658 or See ad page 13.


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enver-based Roots Medical is pleased to announce they now accept most major insurances. And, if you don’t have insurance, Roots also offers patient-friendly pricing. Roots Medical is a preventative healthcare and wellness clinic which believes good care means more than getting you healthy. They give you approachable, accessible practitioners, knowledgeable medical care and thorough and efficient customer service where your email questions will be answered within 24 hours, 24/7. “We respect our patients’ time and money, so we offer one comprehensive visit instead of 3 or 4 a month,” Tracy Wolfe, Family Nurse Practitioner says. “We want to get you back to healthy and happy as quickly as possible so you can go back to enjoying your life to the fullest.” Roots Medical is located at 8801 E Hampden Ave, Ste 110 in Denver and can be reached at or 303-481-8079. See ad page 10.

Panache Desai in Fort Collins


anache Desai, sometimes referred to as “heir apparent” to Deepak Chopra, has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday TV series, contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, and has become a sought-after international speaker and workshop facilitator. He’ll be in Fort Collins Oct 24-25 at the Masonic Temple to lead a workshop based on his book “Discovering Your Soul Signature: A 33-Day Path to Purpose, Passion and Joy.” Desai’s own journey began in his early 20’s when he experienced a life-changing shift that put him in touch with his own purpose and set him on his current path. Says Desai, “my purpose is to remind us of who we truly are by inviting us to live lives of authenticity, purpose, passion and… infinite possibility.” Info and tickets at See ad page 14. natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Sensitivities Lecture “A Moment for Mutts” Food aVive Health & Vitality and Susan Drake, M.S., R.D.N., discuss food Rsensitivities and how they impact your health October 7, 5:30-7:30pm at Fundraiser


n Sunday, October 26, Misha May Foundation invites all animal lovers to a fun fundraiser “A Moment for Mutts” at the D Note in Arvada from 1-4 p.m. The afternoon includes live music by The Acousticators, Q&A with animal law attorneys and a special slideshow celebrating Champ’s release from the shelter. Misha May Foundation was recently voted Denver’s Best Dog Training by Denver’s A*List for the 3rd year in a row. The Foundation rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes dogs (and some cats) at risk, regardless of breed or mix, behavioral or medical issue. Misha May offers dog training and behavior classes throughout the area with free spots for foster dogs from any rescue or shelter.   Included in the event are door prizes, fun games, silent and live auctions including an affordable South Africa safari. Food and beverages can be purchased for minimal cost from the D Note menu. For more information,call 303-239-0382, email or see

19641 E. Parker Square Dr., Suite H, in Parker. Discussion centers on which foods, chemicals and molds contribute to obesity, aches, pains and intestinal issues. Attendees will learn about the latest advances in allergy testing that provide much more detailed analysis than the old-school immunoglobulin tests. Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Testing (ALCAT) is able to challenge immuno cells in a different way that does not simply rely on the volume of immune response, but also the specific quality of the immune response. This provides detailed information about foods and substances that may only cause a low-grade response so that one may be more focused creating their own healthy diet. Healthy snacks will be served and all attendees will receive a copy of the book, “Are Your Hidden Food Allergies Making You Fat?” RSVP 303-840-0474. See ad page 11.

Local Metamorphosis Sessions


usanne Hoogwater is now offering Metamorphosis sessions in Denver and Littleton. According to Hoogwater, Metamorphosis “offers a set of principles with an insightful perspective on relationships and well-being. The gentle hands-on practice helps you let go of deep and chronic tension. Metamorphosis is a journey of easing tension and inviting more peace and harmony into your everyday living. This is achieved by specific touch to reflex points on the head, hands, feet and spine.” She is currently the only practitioner in Colorado. Susanne Hoogwater can be reached at 720-324-3555 or

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n intentional community is a group of people living together with a common objective, such as spirituality or sustainability. Eco-villages, spiritual communities and community houses where people live and work together cooperatively exist in places like Iceland, Bali, Puerto Rico and Tonga, and the U.S. Often, these people dedicate themselves to a holistic lifestyle – growing food in a sustainable way; caring for the land; and forming healthy, trustworthy relationships with other members. Creativity is encouraged and innovative ideas are necessary in every area from building structures and cooking meals to resolving conflicts. Intentional community members developing meaningful friendships and create a safe environment for everyone – walking alone at night becomes a non-issue for women. Sharing resources is another perk of community life. Rather than four people owning four lawnmowers, a single mower is shared between multiple families. When people work together toward a common goal, they discover strengths and gifts in each other and in themselves. Those strengths and gifts are put to good use through service. Sunrise Ranch is an intentional, spiritual community west of Loveland. Learn more about them and their programs at See ad page 25.

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esearch published in the British Journal of Nutrition discovered that the risk of breast cancer decreases with increased consumption of specific dietary carotenoids, the pigments in some vegetables and fruits. The research was based on five years of tracking 1,122 women in Guangdong, China; half of them had been diagnosed with breast cancer and the other half were healthy. Dietary intake information was collected through face-to-face interviews. The women that consumed more beta-carotene in their diet showed a 46 percent lower risk of breast cancer, while those that consumed more alpha-carotene had a 39 percent reduced incidence. The individuals that consumed more foods containing beta-cryptoxanthin had a 62 percent reduced risk; those with diets higher in luteins and zeaxanthins had a 51 percent reduction in breast cancer risk.

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All Holistic and health-minded individuals should demand the safe removal, handling, and disposal of silver fillings. *from Boyd Haley, Ph.D, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at University of Kentucky

n extensive review of research from the UK’s University of Kent has concluded that fluoridation of municipal water supplies may be more harmful than helpful, because the reduction in dental cavities from fluoride is due primarily from its topical application instead of ingestion. Published in the Scientific World Journal earlier this year, the review, which covered 92 studies and scientific papers, concludes that early research showing a reduction of children’s tooth decay from municipal water fluoridation may have been flawed and hadn’t adequately measured the potential harm from higher fluoride consumption. The researchers note that total fluoride intake from most municipalities can significantly exceed the daily recommended intake of four milligrams per day, and that overconsumption is associated with cognitive impairment, thyroid issues, higher fracture risk, dental fluorosis (mottling of enamel) and enzyme disruption. The researchers also found clear evidence for increased risk of uterine and bladder cancers in areas where municipal water was fluoridated.

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Energy Efficiency Improves Family Health


esearch from Columbia, Maryland’s National Center for Healthy Housing suggests that adding insulation and more efficient heating systems can significantly increase the health of household residents. The researchers studied 248 households in New York City, Boston and Chicago that underwent energy conservation improvements by trained energy efficiency professionals, including installing insulation and heating equipment and improving ventilation. After the improvements, subjects reported reductions in sinusitis (5 percent), hypertension (14 percent) and obesity (11 percent). Although a 20 percent reduction in asthma medication use was reported, two measures of asthma severity worsened; the scientists called for further study of the asthma-related outcomes. A similar study from New Zealand’s University of Otago examined 409 households that installed energy-efficient heating systems. Children in these homes experienced fewer illnesses, better sleep, better allergy and wheezing symptoms and fewer overall sick days. In examining 1,350 older homes where insulation was installed, the research also found improvements in health among family residents.

A Halloween Séance


o Spirits or Ghosts try to reach us and communicate especially on October 31st? Yes, if your attention on Halloween is heartfelt and the intention is to contact a departed loved one, then they will be drawn to you. They are often aware of you anyway since multi-tasking is a trait of multi-dimensional light beings. For a séance, gather a group who are lovingly and spiritually connected to the departed person or pet and who truly want this reunion. I always begin with prayer for sanctifying and purifying our space and each other. Choose an experienced facilitator who knows the difference between authentic or disingenuous energy as there are earthbound entities that suffer pain or disillusionment and may wish to mislead you. You may see colors or Spirit, or hear with your intuition. If not, rely on your facilitator. The messages I receive usually make sense to the intended listener even if I do not understand them. You will recognize the tone, humor or shared experiences of your loved one and feel them in your heart. You will know the connection is real. Enjoy your October 31st festivities whatever they may be! Josie Roase, Intuitive, can be reached at 303-968-9438 or See ad page 28.

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The Danger of Silver Fillings A

malgams, or silver fillings, have been used in the U.S. since 1830. Despite mercury’s known neurotoxicity, amalgams containing 50% mercury are still in use today. Numerous studies have found that amalgams are a substantial source of exposure to mercury vapor especially when consuming hot foods or beverages. According to, exposure to vaporized mercury can lead to symptoms such as: mood swings, nervousness, irritability and other emotional changes; insomnia; headache; abnormal sensations; muscle twitching; tremors; weakness; muscle atrophy; decreased cognitive functions; kidney malfunction; respiratory failure; and death. With the high-quality, durable, non-mercury materials available to dentists today, why would anyone choose riskier amalgams? Mercury-free dentistry is safer for you, your family and for future generations. Choose a dentist skilled and certified as mercury-safe since improper removal of amalgams can release harmful mercury vapor. Only proper disposal with a mercury-safe dental practice can ensure that air, water and environment are not contaminated. Dr Scott Stewart, DDS, of South Lakewood Dental, a mercury-free and mercurysafe dental practice, located at 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd in Lakewood. See ad page 9.

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hen I first met Michael Reynolds outside Taos, New Mexico, I was blown away. In the late 70’s and early 80’s I visited his Earthship community and had a great laugh about this genius creator whose phone only rang when the wind was blowing. According to Reynolds’, an Earthship is a building that will take care of you, while still being sustainable, affordable, strong and meeting your local building codes. Earthship is defined by the following six principles: thermal/solar heating & cooling; solar & wind electricity; contained sewage treatment; built with natural & recycled materials; water harvesting; and food production. In Colorado, several groups are forming Earthship communities. Earthship Village Colorado, Damanhur, and an unnamed group near Boulder are moving toward this uber-sustainable lifestyle. I personally support this visionary movement and see the need to take it another step utilizing Earth Acupuncture to create positive energy flow around these communities. I’ve had the pleasure to work with others who incorporate many of the sustainable designs used in Earthships to make ‘normal’ homes much more efficient, beautiful and comfortable. One such example in Pagosa Springs had a live tree going through the home and a unique “old mine shaft’ look that was beautiful and unique. Modern science, engineering and art are coming together like never before to create homes that exist in harmony with their natural environment and are capable of reducing costs and pollution to nearly nothing. Whether you fully commit by living in an Earthship community or just utilize the most useful principles in your existing home, you can make a positive difference in our World. Karen Rice King is a Master Dowser Energy Worker and practices Earth Acupuncture. She is conducting sleep studies and has classes on a variety of topics. Contact or call 303-665-0175. See Classifieds and Calendars. natural awakenings

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Stanford University researchers, led by civil engineer Mark Jacobson, have developed detailed plans for each U.S. state to attain 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050 using currently available technology. The plan, presented at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Chicago, also forms the basis for the Solutions Project nonprofit. “The greatest barriers to a conversion are neither technical nor economic. They are social and political,” the AAAS paper concludes. The proposal is to eliminate dirty and inefficient fossil fuel combustion as an energy source. All vehicles would be powered by electric batteries or by hydrogen produced by electrolysis, rather than natural gas. High-temperature industrial processes would also use electricity or hydrogen combustion. Transmission lines carrying energy between states or countries will prove one of the greatest challenges. With natural energy sources, electricity needs to be more mobile, so that when there’s no sun or wind, a city or country can import the energy it needs. The biggest problem is which companies should pay to build and maintain the lines. Source:

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States Move Against Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Products This year, at least 33 states are taking steps to address the untested and toxic chemicals in everyday products. Many toys, clothes, bedding items and baby shampoos contain chemicals toxic to the brain and body. The federal 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act has become outdated, allowing untested chemicals and known carcinogens, hormone disruptors, heavy metals and other toxins to be ingredients in commonly used products. Wise new policies would change labeling and disclosure rules for manufacturers so that concerned consumers know what chemicals products contain and/or completely phase out the use of chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA) in infant formula cans, food packaging and receipt paper; formaldehyde in children’s personal care products; chlorinated tris (hydroxymethylaminomethane) in toxic flame retardants and other consumer products; phthalates, lead and/or cadmium in children’s products; and mercury. View the entire report at


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Fracking Flub Methane Dangers May Be Three Times the Estimate Results of a meta-analysis of 20 years worth of scientific studies published in Science magazine conclude that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has underestimated the natural gas industry’s climate impact by 25 to 75 percent by not including methane leakage from fracking, gas drilling operations and pipelines. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researcher Gabrielle Petron voices concern with the discrepancies because, “Emission estimates, or ‘inventories’, are the primary tool that policy makers and regulators use to evaluate air quality and climate impacts.” For a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, researchers flew aircraft over a heavily fracked region in northeastern Colorado and concluded that emissions from drilling operations were nearly three times higher than an hourly emission estimate published by the EPA.

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Don Huber, PhD,

Emeritus Professor of Plant Pathology, Purdue University

Robin O’Brien,

best-selling author of The Unhealthy Truth, public speaker, strategist and mother of four

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Dept of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Kings College School of Medicine, London

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Molecular Biology Professor, University of Caen, France

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FlatIron Functional Medicine, Boulder CO

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e live in a demanding and complex world that exceeds the capacity of our primitive, lower brain’s processing system – resulting in stress, anxiety, foreboding and apathy in our daily lives. Researchers tell us that rampant stress shortens our lives. New-age gurus tell us to change our thoughts to be fulfilled. Yet, a July 2013 Harris Interactive poll found that only 33% of Americans are very happy. This is tragic. It’s tragic in light of modern neuroscience and researchers like Dr. Paul McLean who has identified the ‘angel lobes’ of our newly-evolved brain structures that are associated with higher consciousness, deeper meaning, joy, spiritual connection and purpose. When engaged and energized these dormant brain areas lead to a profoundly enhanced way to experience the world. If modern humans have a brain designed for transcendence, joy and meaning, then why aren’t we happier? Alexandrian philosopher, Plotinus stated, “Mankind is poised midway between the gods and the beast.” I think modern neuroscience confirms it. The lower, survival-based brain evolved when the environment was predator-rich and is thus primitive and outmoded. The fear-based lower brain influences our lives by arresting forward momentum and cycling us back to familiar habits (i.e., sameness equals safety). In our 21st  century lives, the lower brain and higher brain are at odds. We see glimpses of our transcendence and yet are pulled back into old, familiar patterns. We live from a state of fear, sameness, stress, anxiety and apathy – instead of joy, purpose, passion and meaning. Imagine a world

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TRICK & TREAT Host a Halloween that’s Natural, Healthy and Cost-Conscious by Avery Mack

Slipping masks, sagging costumes and sugar hits can all contribute to cranky kids at Halloween. Healthier, greener and safer options will up the ongoing fun factor.

Neat Costumes

Hooray! Princesses and superheroes are more popular than witches and devils these days. With encouragement from parents, kids can enjoy a greener Halloween with tiaras, wands and capes made from recycled cardboard and hobby shop items. Thrift stores offer up hats and jewelry for added bling. The Internet overflows with inspiration. Also, many public libraries host costume swaps this month; find other swap locations at

Colorful Disguises

Consider inexpensive temporary hair coloring instead of wigs. Mix three packets of sugar-free drink mix or one box of sugar-free gelatin dessert mix (because sugar makes hair sticky), a few drops of both water and a conditioner into a paste. Apply cocoa butter at the hairline to prevent color from running down the face. Use a paintbrush to apply it to the hair, topped by a shower cap for a steeping period of as long as youthful patience allows before shampooing. Homemade face paint is a fun and healthy alternative to sweaty masks. (Commercial face paint can contain

lead and other undesirables.) A moisturizer with sunscreen, unscented lotion or cocoa butter acts as the base. “UVA/ UVB rays are present year-round,” says Dermatologist Michael Taylor, in Portland, Maine. “Use zinc- or titanium-based products, free from fragrance, para-aminobenzoic acid, parabens, bisphenol A, phthalates and other harmful ingredients.” Natural food coloring, spices or other pantry items provide colorants. Turmeric makes a bright yellow; raspberry, blackberry or beet juice yields pink or red; mashed avocado and spirulina show up green; blueberry juice is naturally purple; and cocoa powder makes a great brown, according to

Age-Perfect Parties For the youngest treaters, hold an afternoon party with games and an outdoor wildlife/leaf hunt. “Plan a scavenger hunt or arrange stuffed toys to be knocked over with balls,” suggests Pamela Layton McMurtry, author of A Harvest and Halloween Handbook, and mother of seven in Kaysville, Utah. “Older kids will love a block party. Solar twinkle lights can mark the perimeters. Plan for a potluck and emphasize healthy choices. Games

with prizes like wooden toys, juices, raisins or gluten-free crispy rice cakes take the focus off of candy. Tweens like progressive parties: appetizers at one house, dessert at another and music or scary movies at a third.” “Disguise healthy snacks as scary, gross foods,” suggests Rosie Pope, a parenting style leader and former reality TV personality in Ridgewood, New Jersey. “Homemade grape or orange juice popsicles with a small gummy worm inside are popular.” Pope likes to decorate cucumber and apple slices with raisins, dried cranberries, blueberries and pretzels adhered with organic peanut butter to mimic crawly creatures. Black spaghetti colored with squid ink can simulate boiled witch’s hair. Spinach linguini masquerades as swamp grass. Look for gluten-free varieties. Prepare peeled grapes for green eyeballs. “Cover party tables with a patchwork of fabric remnants,” advises McMurtry. She also suggests a DIY taco area or catand-scarecrow-shaped pizzas. Use sliced olive or cherry tomato eyes, shredded cheese hair and a red pepper smile. Prepare a cheesy fondue with whole-grain bread. Individually wrapped popcorn balls studded with bits of fruit can be great take-home desserts for guests.

Harvest Décor In addition to the usual farmers’ market gourds, Indian corn and pumpkins, “Oranges, tangerines and apples covered with cloth and tied with orange or black yarn or ribbon hung as miniature ghosts in the kitchen and doorways add a spooky touch,” adds Pope. “After the holiday, the fruit returns to the table as a snack.” Pope’s children also like to draw Halloween murals on windows using water-based markers. Traditional tricks and treats are easily improved upon with mindful shopping and imagination. The calorie counts are lower, environmental impacts are lighter and the feel-good fun factor soars. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via


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CITYSCAPES Urban America is Going Green in a Big Way by Christine MacDonald


oday, buzzwords like “sustainability” and “green building” dominate discussions on how to overcome the unhealthful effects of climate change, extreme local weather events and pervasive pollution. Now, a growing body of research indicates an unexpected upside of living greener; it not only makes us healthier, but happier, too. It’s all helping to spread the “green neighborhood” idea across the U.S., from pioneering metropolises like New York, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon, to urban centers like Cincinnati, Detroit and Oakland, California.

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cities, developers also are striving to replace hard-luck industrial pasts and turn problems such as depopulated urban cores into opportunities for fresh approaches. “We are having a major rethink about urban development,” says Rob Bennett, founding CEO of EcoDistricts (, a Portland-based nonprofit skilled in developing protocols for establishing modern and sustainable city neighborhoods. The group has recently extended help to seven other cities, including Boston, Denver and Los Angeles, applying innovations to everything from streetscapes to stormwater infrastructure. “The failures of the old, decaying urban and suburban models are evident,” says Bennett. “We’re now learning how to do it well and create environmentally sustainable, people-centered districts.”

The concept of home is undergoing a radical makeover. From villages of “smallest houses” (usually no bigger than 350 square feet), to low-income urban housing complexes, people interested in smaller, more self-sufficient homes represent a fast-growing, increasingly influential segment of today’s housing market, according to experts such as Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big House. Google reports that Internet searches for information on “tiny houses” has spiked recently. Economic freedom is one factor motivating many to radically downsize, according to Bloomberg News (Tinyurl. com/TinyHouseDemand). Cities nationwide have overhauled their building codes. Cincinnati, for example, has moved to the forefront of the eco-redevelopment trend with its emphasis on revamping instead of demolishing existing buildings. Private sector leaders are on board as well; a transition to buildings as sustainable ecosystems keeps gaining ground through certification programs such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and the “living building” movement begun by Seattle’s Cascadia Green Building Council has gone international.

Friendly Neighborhoods

Walkability is “in” these days, along with bike paths, locavore shopping and dining and expansion of public destinations, all of which draw residents out to meet their neighbors. This “new urbanism” is evident in places like Albuquerque’s emerging Mesa del Sol community and Florida’s proposed Babcock Ranch solar-powered city. While public and private sectors are involved, residents are the catalysts for much of the current metamorphoses. Whether it’s a guerrilla gardener movement—volunteers turning vacant lots and other eyesores into flowering oases—creative bartering services or nanny shares, people-helping-people approaches are gaining momentum.

Upgraded Transportation Urban planners in most larger U.S. cities are overseeing the expansion of subway and light rail systems,

revamped street car In the past several Waste Reduction New York City systems and even ferry years, microgrids have While cities nationwide have long been residents taking proliferated at hospiand water taxi services working to augment their recycling and in some places. Meantals, military bases and find more markets for residents’ castoffs, an urban walking while, electric vehicles universities from Fort many are becoming more sophisticated tour rated the (EV) got a boost from Bragg, in North Caroin repurposing what was formerly confour New England lina, to the University of sidered trash. Reclaimed wood flooring experience better states, plus Maryland, California at San Diego. in new homes and urban compostand more exciting These electrical systems sharing services are just two examples New York, Texas and Oregon, which have characterizing the evolution in how we when it included can operate in tandem joined California in with utility companies or dispose of and even think about waste. an urban garden. as self-sufficient electri- Stormwater runoff is a pervasive issue building networks of EV charging stations, cal islands that protect facing older cities. Many are now taking ~ Charles Montgomery, against power outages funding fleets of no- or a green approach to supplementing—if low-emission governand increase energy efHappy City not totally supplanting —old-fashioned ment cars and making ficiency, sometimes even underground sewage systems. Along green options clearer for consumers. If generating revenue by selling unused with creating new parks and public all goes as planned, the nine states eselectricity to the grid. While still costly spaces, current public spaces are often timate that 3.3 million plug-in automo- and complicated to install, “Those barri- reconfigured and required to do more. biles could hit the streets by 2025. ers are likely to fall as more companies, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Mass transit, biking and walking are communities and institutions adopt Portland, among others, are instituting often quicker and cheaper ways to get microgrids,” says Ryan Franks, technicarefully planned and built green spaces around in densely populated urban cen- cal program manager with the National to soak up rainwater and cut down on ters. Car sharing, bike taxis and online Electrical Manufacturers Association. runoff into sewer drains—taking motor app-centric taxi services are popular oil and other pollutants with it. Using with increasingly car-free urban youth. Local Food revamped sidewalk, parking lot and roof Boston’s Hubway bike-sharing program What started with a few farmers’ markets designs, plus rain gardens designed to addresses affordability with a $5 annual feeding urban foodies has given way to filter rainwater back into the ground, membership for low-income residents. a growing local food movement that’s municipalities are even successfully re One common denominator of the new beginning to also reach into low-income ducing the need for costly underground urbanism is an amplification of what’s neighborhoods through mobile markets, sewer system overhauls. considered to be in the public welfare. a kind of farmers’ market on wheels, and The proliferation of rooftop gardens an explosion of urban gardens and city Washington, D.C., has made sidein places including Chicago, Brooklyn farms. Ohio City Farm ( walk construction integral to the and Washington, D.C., and new green grows food for in-need residents on six overhaul of its automobile-centric roof incentives in many cities nationacres overlooking the Cleveland skyline. wide further exemplify how what’s downtown area. Memphis recently added two lanes for bikes and pedestri- In Greenville, South Carolina, the Judson considered livable space is expandCommunity Garden is one of more than ans along Riverside Drive overlooking ing. Altogether, eco-cities’ new green 100 gardens in the downtown area, the Mississippi River, while Detroit’s infrastructure is saving cities billions of notes Andrew Ratchford, who helped HealthPark initiative has many of the dollars and improving the quality of life establish it in a neighborhood four miles for residents by adding and enhancing city’s public parks serving as sites for from the nearest supermarket. farm stands, mobile health clinics and public parklands and open spaces, a Giving residents an alternative to free exercise classes. happy benefit for everyone. unhealthy convenience store fare Christine MacDonald is a freelance Clean Energy is just one of the garden’s benefits, journalist in Washington, D.C., whose Ratchford says. “We’re seeing neighThe ways we make and use energy are specialties include health and science. bors reestablish that relationship just currently being re-envisioned on both Visit by gardening together.” large and small scales. Solar cooperatives have neighbors banding together to purchase solar panels at wholesale The benefits of urban agriculture are not limited to prices. Startup companies using computer algorithms map the solar produc- the provision of food, with many advocates citing tion potential of virtually every rooftop community empowerment, environmental justice, public in the country. However, while solar panels and wind turbines are rapidly health, and education and training as primary goals. becoming part of the new normal, they are only part of the energy revolution ~ Columbia University just getting started. natural awakenings

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HAPPINESS GOES VIRAL by Christine MacDonald

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Since the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan first came up with the idea of ditching standard measures of prosperity for a more inclusive Gross National Happiness (GNH) about a decade ago (, it has spread around the world. After gaining a U.S. foothold in Seattle, dozens of American cities and institutions have adopted the central tenets—the idea that the time has come to rethink our concept of well-being. Today, the nonprofit Happiness Alliance ( supports grassroots activists that are challenging the idea that economic activity always leads to happiness and is pioneering new ways to think about and measure life satisfaction, resilience and sustainability. GNH proponents from around the country came together in Vermont last May for their fifth North American conference. Alliance Executive Director Laura Musikanski says that more than 50,000 people and 100 municipalities, college campuses and businesses have been using the GNH Index, developed to more accurately gauge a community’s happiness, and the group expects to see even more growth as its expanding website tools allow more people to connect online. “Economic success in terms of money only correlates with happiness up to a certain point,” she remarks. “After you meet your basic needs, the biggest things determining your happiness are community and feeling that you can trust the people around you and the democratic process.” While faith may be in short supply when it comes to community and politics today, Musikanski thinks there’s cause for optimism, because happiness is a core value in this country. “We believe in the Declaration of Independence and ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ These are truly American values.”


BRINGING MORE THAN HOMEWORK HOME By Ryan Hogan It’s that time of year when we’re sending our kids back to school. Unfortunately, while schools are good places to learn they are great places to catch a disease. In fact, children’s Upper respiratory illnesses (URI’s) cause more doctor visits and missed school days than any other illness in the US. Luckily, there are a few things you can do at home to help reduce the chances of your child getting sick at school this year.

sanitizer before eating snacks, lunch and after using a shared computer mouse, pencil sharpener, water fountain or other community objects. Now, most people know we need to wash our hands, but one thing most people don’t really relate their health to is nasal hygiene. Using a saline spray with xylitol, such as Xlear Nasal Spray, is safe for all ages. Research has shown this natural sweetener is useful in preventing bacterial otitis media (ear infections), among other upper respiratory problems that are most likely to occur in fall and winter months. Additional xylitol studies have also shown a significant reduction in asthma attacks when a xylitol nasal spray is used on a daily basis. Xylitol affects nose and throat bacteria in two ways:

HOW? Before we talk prevention, we need to know how infection spreads. Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses and bacteria that are transferred from person to person. URI’s increase in fall and winter as we spend more time crowded indoors. All it takes is one sick child, going to school for the spread to begin. Small droplets from a child’s cough or sneeze travel through the air and land on surfaces like desks, doorknobs and people. These germs are easily spread when someone touches the contaminated object and then proceeds to touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Children’s immune systems are less mature than those of adults, so they’re more vulnerable to these germs. Washing your hands and your nasal passages and also keeping their hands away from their nose, eyes and mouth are the most preventative habits to form at a young age.

Decreases the adherence of harmful bacteria on their surface cells.

Stimulates the body’s own natural defense system

Since the average American child has six to ten colds a year, using a xylitol nasal spray is a safe and effective way to promote better upper respiratory health, year round. FINAL HEALTHY TIPS In addition to frequent hand-washing, teach your child some other school health basics: •

Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

Give your child a package of tissues to keep in his or her desk.

Encourage your child not to share water bottles, food or other personal items.

Ask your child’s teacher to include hand-washing time before lunch or snacks.

Have your whole family practice nasal hygiene and the use of xylitol saline spray like Xlear.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Our best defense is to stop cold germs where they breed. Good hand-washing is the most effective way to prevent bacteria and viruses from spreading. Wash your hands after using the bathroom, blowing your nose, handling trash and prior to touching food to help eliminate germs. Soap and water should be used for 20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice). Using alcohol-based hand cleaners is also effective. Remind your child to use the

Even with all of these tips, your kids are bound to come down with something over the course of the school year. We all get sick at some point or another, forming healthier habits and maintaining a positive attitude is all we can do as parents. For more information, please visit

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The Sun’s Electrifying Future Solar Power is a Worldwide Eco-Goldmine by Linda Sechrist

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Just 15 minutes of sunshine could power the world for a year. Following the invention of the solar collector in 1767, a slow, yet steady evolution of other breakthroughs in the quest have included the photovoltaic (PV) effect, observed in 1839, invention of the first solar cell in 1954 and a solar-powered communications satellite in 1958. Solar summits in 1973 and 1977 led to the inception of the Solar Energy Research Institute (now the National Renewable Energy Laboratory), part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act signed by then-President Jimmy Carter. Pioneering companies have produced technological advancements and reduced manufacturing costs that expand the sun’s services to the world. Today, thanks to solar power, many of the remotest villages in developing countries have electricity. “Without solar photovoltaics on satellites and those powering associated equipment on the ground, the isolated residents of developing countries can’t join the modern world,” explains Neville Williams, author of the recently released book, Sun Power: How the Energy from the Sun is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet.

As founder of the guerilla nonprofit Solar Electric Light Fund (, Williams led the charge for electrifying households in 12 developing countries for 17 years, beginning in 1990, using solar panels and systems funded by grants. “While we were cost-effective and decisive, the results were due to the honest, hardworking and dedicated people we found there,” he advises. Williams initiated his pioneering advocacy of solar energy as a media specialist with the DOE during the Carter administration and served as the national media director for Greenpeace, in Washington, D.C. In 1997, he cofounded the solar installation company SELCO-India, which has supplied solar home systems to more than 150,000 families in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam and South Africa.

Economic Engine

The U.S. currently has an operating capacity of 13,000-plus megawatts of cumulative solar electricity—enough to power more than 2.2 million average American homes. As the industry grows, so does its impact. The Solar Foundation’s Solar Job Census 2013 reported nearly 143,000 solar workers in the U.S.—a 20 percent increase over 2012—at 6,100 businesses in 7,800 locations encompassing every state.

According to Yergin and Williams, the increasing value of nationwide solar installations has “electrified” the U.S. economy. In 2013, domestic solar electric installations were valued at $13.7 billion, compared to $11.5 billion in 2012 and $8.6 billion in 2011. The top 10 states for annual additions of photovoltaic capacity in residential and commercial applications are California, Arizona, New Jersey, North Carolina, Nevada, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Colorado, New York and New Mexico. Currently, there are more than 550 major solar projects underway nationally. Under the Obama administration, 16 of these have been permitted on federal lands and will provide 6,058 megawatts of generating capacity. Experts expect solar energy to be a major catalyst of global political and economic change. Williams contends that now is the time to fully access this cheapest form of unlimited energy. “If millions of poor families in developing countries can get their electricity from the sun, why can’t Americans do the same?” he queries. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for Neville Williams’ recorded interview.

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ere in Colorado, voters approved a Clean Energy requirement for major utilities in 2005, creating wind power partnerships and a strong solar rebate program. When the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit was uncapped in 2009, it encouraged many homeowners to install solar. Another step was taken in 2010 when utilities were forced to allow leasing of solar installations to homeowners by third parties. This accelerated the adoption of solar by Coloradoans dramatically, by removing the barrier of initial investment. The financial crisis of 2008 hurt many industries, but these savings helped the solar industry grow year over year in volume, employment and accessibility. Going solar is the single biggest environmental impact most families can make. It reduces carbon emissions; mercury, sulfur and particulate pollution; and needless consumption of potable water. And it saves you money! Solar also creates employment opportunities for many Americans, like me. The lasting environmental benefits and sound financial solution of solar makes my work deeply meaningful to my family. I guest lecture at my son’s school, Mackintosh Academy, when the children learn about energy. Last year, the 6th graders wrote a grant proposal and learned September 11th that their school won the grant!! State Farm Insurance will award $94,000 to pay for solar installation, producing financial, environmental and educational benefits for the Littleton community for decades! Andrew Ehrnstein is Senior Energy Consultant & Mentor at SolaCity, and has helped over 550 families go solar. He can be reached at 720.626.3990 or See ad page 20.

Attainable Solar by Neville Williams n The cost of solar photovoltaics has dropped 75 percent in the past four years, thanks to China. n Solar electricity is now the least expensive energy source in many markets, overcoming for the first time the economic argument that it’s too expensive. n Innovative partnerships like that formed by green energy provider Viridian with large, fullservice solar provider SolarCity lease solar panels to homeowners and businesses that significantly reduce upfront costs. Installation costs, which once averaged more than $20,000, can now amount to just hundreds of dollars. n Solar is disrupting the century-old central power generation model, and the challenge is to get the utility industry to change and adopt distributed solar. Utility companies that previously ignored solar energy now fear it might threaten their bottom line if they don’t get with the program. n While the next big obstacle is energy storage, which allows the use of sun power at night, well-financed new “smart grid” technologies are rapidly emerging. n The impending showdown will be between corporate power and people power, comprised of homeowners and businesses producing their own electricity. The politics of energy is central to our national future. The question is, Can we change? Learn more at natural awakenings

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ize the air before it reaches the lungs,” says Lee. Visualize the breath filling the body like a bell, with the flared bottom expanding completely around the waistline. Pause momentarily and exhale through the nose or mouth for three seconds, gently contracting the abdomen to help expel the air. Practice this whenever needed to ease stress or for five minutes daily to establish a slower, deeper breathing pattern.


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Breath-Taking Wisdom Six Ways to Inhale Energy and Exhale Stress by Lane Vail


e draw an astounding 22,000 breaths daily, but because breathing is involuntary, we often take it for granted. Transforming breathing into a conscious activity can provide amazing energy, awareness and control, and dramatically improve our mental, physical and creative performances, according to Al Lee, co-author of Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time. That’s 22,000 opportunities to choose health and wisdom every single day.

Everyday Ease

Lee paints a picture of perfect breathing: “Watch a baby breathe; it looks like there’s a balloon in the stomach that inflates and falls back down. This is belly breathing—pleasant, enjoyable and natural.” During inhalation, the diaphragm pulls down under the lungs, allowing them to expand with air and displace space in the abdomen. However, “Breathing can fall victim to the same movement dysfunction as any other skill, like running or walking,” says Nick Winkelman, director of movement and education at EXOS, an


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elite athletic training facility in Phoenix, Arizona. He points to “shoulder breathing”, characterized by a lifting of the shoulders with each shallow sip of air, as a common dysfunction perpetuated by too much sitting. “Hunching over the laptop or sitting in the car binds up the abdominal region and reduces the possibility of expansion there, so the breath moves higher into the chest cavity,” Lee explains. Replacing shoulder breathing with belly breathing “creates a cascade of positive effects,” says Lee, including lowering blood pressure and boosting the immune system. Deep breathing also clarifies the mind and is used in nearly every spiritual tradition to achieve deeper states of prayer, meditation and contemplation, he notes. Try these six healing techniques.

Six-Second Breath

Lee’s six-second breath is a simple prescription for stress that can be used anytime, anywhere. Relax the abdominal muscles and inhale for three seconds, breathing through the nose to “disinfect, filter, condition and

The yoga breath ujjayi, or oceansounding breath, is achieved by slightly constricting the throat muscles and gently lifting the glottis, so that a soothing hiss is produced when the breath is drawn in through the nose. Dr. Richard Brown, an integrative psychiatrist, associate professor at New York’s Columbia University and co-author of The Healing Power of the Breath, explains the benefits. “Ujjayi creates resistance to air flow, triggering receptors deep within the lungs’ alveoli, which allows more oxygen to be delivered to the cells. It also stimulates the vagus nerve input to the brain, which promotes calmness and clear thinking.”

Target Breathing

A recent study from the journal Pain Medicine found that deep, slow breathing, combined with relaxation, effectively diminishes pain. “The nervous system represents a physical or emotional trauma in an unregulated pattern of signals,” says Brown. “But the mind and breath can wash away and rewire that pattern.” Practice target breathing, a technique derived from qigong, by inhaling deeply into the belly and visualizing the breath as a ball of energy which upon exhaling can flow to the place in the body needing healing, advises Lee.

Bellows Breath

Brown has co-authored a review in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine describing the neurophysiological basis and clinical benefits of yogic breathing on depression and post-traumatic stress. Bhastrika, or bellows breath, is a mood-lifting technique wherein one inhales vigorously through the nose while raising the arms

above the head, fingers extended, and then forcibly exhales through the nose while pulling the elbows down alongside the ribs with fingers closing gently. Avoid overdoing it, instructs Brown; three rounds of 15 to 20 breaths are sufficient for healthy individuals.

4-2-10 Breathing

Anxiety attacks often generate feelings of breathlessness, and fixating on each inadequate inhalation reinforces panic. Winkelman recommends 4-2-10 breathing, a technique that emphasizes elongating exhalations. Inhale through the nose for four seconds, hold for two, and then slowly release the breath for up to 10 seconds. Lee explains that after several breaths, the brain will start to shift from reactive emotional thinking to rational problem solving. “Concentrating on the breath makes it hard to think about the future or rummage around in the past,” says Lee. “It keeps you in the moment, intimately in touch with the mind, body and emotions.” Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at

An Athlete’s Advantage by Lane Vail “Many disciplines, from Eastern arts to performing arts and athletics, rely on breathing as the foundation for eliciting the most from the mind and body,” says fitness writer Al Lee. Effective breathing optimizes the delivery of air into the lungs and extraction of oxygen into the bloodstream, both critical for improving athletic efforts. Deep breathing also enhances and balances the autonomic nervous system, inducing a “relaxed state of readiness,” adds Arizona fitness consultant Al Winkelman. When an athlete breathes into the belly, the shoulders remain relaxed, the spine neutral and the ribs positioned over the hips. “This is a great biomechanical position to move and take an impact,” says Winkelman, adding that a shallow breather, with lifted shoulders and arched back, not only recovers oxygenation

slower, but also increases vulnerability to injury. For rhythmic sports like running, cycling and swimming, Winkelman recommends relaxing into the synchronization of breath and movement. “Tension restricts muscles’ ability to shorten or lengthen, but relaxation allows them to naturally release stored energy. Correct breathing is one of the most important mechanisms by which athletes can unlock tension and relax.” For sports that require striking a ball or exerting a kick or punch, like tennis, soccer, martial arts and golf, the athlete inhales during the windup and momentarily holds the breath as the wind-up peaks. “The exhalation happens during the transition and upon impact, the breath is held again, muscles are tensed up and force is delivered,” says Winkelman. “Breathe in, hold, release, hold.”

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Live Your True Self Four Tools Guide Us on Our Life Journey

by Indira Dyal-Dominguez


tarting today, we can experience life as a naturally unfolding expression of our vision and realize the contribution we are here to make. Living a truly good and purposeful life becomes as natural as breathing as we shift into a new paradigm based on the four tools of connect, listen, trust and act. In most people’s current paradigm, the limited and limiting human mind will shape and drive our day-to-day actions whenever we allow it to. When we buy into it, it becomes our automatic truth, organizing our energy around fears for survival. Everything changes when we stop focusing primarily on what we need to do in order to function and survive. Instead, by realizing that our essence is energy, we gain powerful access to our ability to separate the human mind’s chatter from our higher consciousness, shifting us into a new relationship with who we are. That’s where we can now go for the answers that are unique to us and aligned with our true journey and purpose. Connect. The initiating step of seeing our real self as an eternal energetic force of higher consciousness activates our alignment with the universal vibrational force of all creation. This energy frequency becomes real and available to us. Listen. By learning to distinguish between the mind’s busyness and intuited messages of our true self, we come to

thing else, not doing it fully or create circumstances that make it tough to act from an authentic place. Now we can release such mind suggestions and choose what supports our true journey. We are here to experience our own magnificence as we walk our journey on Earth. In acting, we are saying, “I am not my mind; I am a wellspring of divine truth.” We are claiming our eternal identity. Indira Dyal-Dominguez’s new book, YOU: A Spiritual Being on a Spiritual Journey, is based on 15 years of personal experience using the four tools and living from the spirit within while developing and sharing programs that guide others to connect with their true self. Access free tools at


more consistently align our actions with our highest being. As a result, we naturally walk a path of honoring both our highest self and others. Trust. The inner guidance we discern often defies logic, but we begin to trust that it knows best. The beauty is that because everything is in relationship with everything else, when one piece of our life changes or moves forward it shifts the entire energy and relationship with everything else, allowing for a new relationship and a new result. Such trust goes deep, activating our inner knowing of who we are; not from the basis of a thought or concept, but as our new reality. We are listening to and heeding our most authentic self. Act. Be aware that when we honor our higher self, transcending the human mind’s control, the ego will fight for its survival. It may argue for doing some-

nergy healing is another tool to live your true self. It can provide greater clarity regarding life purpose and peace of mind. It can help heal diseases such as cancer, autoimmune-related diseases, cerebral palsy, bone deformities, arthritis, asthma, addiction and joint pain. Look for expansive techniques that interact with the full spectrum of frequencies of energy, light and information. Energy is our very essence and makes up our physical body. It is not intention-based, but attentionbased. Unlike a cure, a healing is not a result-oriented experience. Instead, it is an opening to clarity and transformation on mental, spiritual, emotional and physical levels that provides what we need, rather than what we think we want. Mary Beth Kennedy is a Practitioner of Reconnective Healing. See listing page 29.

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ealities for Children Boulder County (RFCBC) is a unique non-profit which forwards 100% of all donations to support youth facing abuse and neglect. Aside from its own programs, RFCBC also assists 10 other area youth-serving agencies.

According to RFCBC Executive Director Eric Schulz, “For mental health afflictions, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, childhood abuse/ neglect, and foster care issues, the best intervention is prevention through education, vocational support and collaboration among nonprofit service

agencies…RFCBC provides that and a great deal more.” RFCBC’s flagship program, the Triumph Scholarship Awards, provides college scholarships to youth who have overcome significant adversity. This year, RFCBC partnered with the Colorado University (CU) Guardians Scholarship program and business underwriter, Health Images, to award its first, full, four-year degree scholarship ($100,000 value) to Hayley Hunt of Longmont. Hunt moved into a dorm and started classes at CU in August and is thoroughly enjoying her college experience. Additionally, RFCBC holds bikecollection drives for the Bikes for Tykes program; hosts events such as the Hero Awards Luncheon; and operates the Polaris House, a transitional-living program for youth who have aged-out of foster care and also attend local colleges or vo-tech schools. Local business membership offers a positive-cause marketing platform, special intra-member discounts, shared bidding for goods and services, and exclusive member networking events. These dues underwrite RFCBC’s expenses. RFCBC is actively seeking new member businesses who would like to make a positive difference in the lives of our local, at-risk youth. To learn more, visit

Opportunities for community living

Sunrise Ranch, a teaching and demonstration site for practical spirituality, conscious land stewardship and community living, is offering three 7-month educational opportunities starting mid-April 2015:  Full Self Emergence is a residential internship focused on practical spirituality and enlightened living within a supportive community atmosphere.  A Farm/Garden Internship allows agriculture enthusiasts to practice holistic pasture and livestock management, as well as cultivate vegetables in organic gardens and greenhouses.  Culinary Academy students learn farm-to-table practices and nutritional theory. They develop basic cooking skills and prepare delicious whole food cuisine from scratch. Accepting applications year round! Acceptance letters sent out as early as Feb. 2015. To apply for a 7-month program, visit For additional residential opportunities, visit

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

GET INVOLVED Sleep Study: Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, is conducting a scientific sleep study to determine whether Earth Acupuncture can reduce the stress that causes sleep disturbances. Just as medical acupuncture balances your body’s meridians, Earth Acupuncture balances your property and home. To find out if you qualify to participate in this study, contact or call 303-665-0175.

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/ SERVICES Remove Toxic Amalgam (Silver) Fillings: Denver’s first holistic, naturopathic dentist offers 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. SOUTH LAKEWOOD DENTAL, Scott Stewart, DDS & Naturopathic Physician, 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Ste 11, Lakewood, 303-988-4338. Energy-Based Chiropractor: Dr Rob Smigelski, DC, focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection and specializes in helping patients with autoimmune and brain-based difficulties. Symptoms of these difficulties can include brain fog, memory loss, low energy, insomnia, chronic pain and poor concentration. No painful popping/ cracking; health and holistic wellness from an integrated approach. Lafayette and Denver. 720381-8561 or Fight Infectious Diseases Naturally: Fight today’s infectious diseases with therapeutic essential oils known for their anti-viral/bacterial properties. The Home Defense Kit contains 10 different oils. or 504-475-3754.

SPACE FOR RENT Quiet, professional furnished space available, full or part-time. Reasonable rates. Private suite option available.  Includes utilities, a/c, reception area, closet.  One room w/ bathroom plumbed for closed-system colonics. Wellness Spa on 5th Ave, Denver. 303-777-2555.   


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WEDNESDAY, OCT 1 Living from the Heart Study Group–6:308:30pm. Also on 10/15. Living from the heart changed my life! Denver’s Living from the Heart Study Group: First and Third Wednesday Evenings of Each Month 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. Free. Living-From-The-Heart-Study-Group


Alfalfa’s Wellness Wednesday:Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Lymphedema care for breast cancer–6:30-8pm. Health benefits of manual lymphatic drainage and application for the treatment of Lymphedema caused by breast cancer. Love Offering. Alfalfa’s, 1651 Broadway, Boulder. Info


Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism–Our newest students provide holistic wellness consultations – working with herbs, nutrition and lifestyle to empower clients to take charge of their health. Faculty oversight. Sliding scale. Confidential. 2900 Valmont Rd., #H-1, Boulder. 720-406-8609

Mindfulness and Yoga Retreat at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch–thru 10/12. Transform your life with the Mindful Life Program (MLP) mindfulness course, meditation and yoga in the wonderful setting of Waunita Hot Springs Ranch east of Gunnison. Incl use of hot springs, vegetarian meals and lodging. Led by John Bruna and Sherrill Stenson. Single $495. Shared $425. Commuter $350 (incl meals/hot springs). Waunita Hot Springs Ranch, 8007 County Road 887, Waunita Hot Springs. Laura Bartels 970-633-0163



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First Saturdays Wellness Fair–10am-4pm.Stop by and enjoy our beautiful log cabin in the mountains! We are excited to celebrate our expansion with all of you in the community! We will be selling and offering healthy, delicious food, drinks and mini versions of all our services. Quantum Resonance Crystal Bed, BodyTalk, AnimalTalk, Thai Massage, Chair Massage, Herbal Consultations, Sound Healing, Facials and more. FREE Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer 303-816-0429


History of Spirit Communication–10am-2pm. Seances in the White House? Have you heard of The Witch of Endor, Edgar Cayce, or physical mediumship? Discover the long and varied history of spirit communication around the world. $60 Register Non-Denominational Church Service–1:30pm. Meditation and a spiritual message on 1st Sunday ea month. Free aura healing/chakra balancing clinic. Rev. Lauren Skye, Officiating Minister. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S Monroe St, Denver. 303-2829439 or Eckankar Worship Service–10:30-11:30am. Understand how Divine Spirit (the ECK) works in our lives. Reading from ECK works, HU Song, quiet contemplation, music and connection. Free. Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St., #208 Boulder. 720-466-3322 or

TUESDAY, OCT 7 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.

Roots of Chinese Medicine–4-6pm. Discover western herbs that are part of the ancient teachings in Chinese Medicine and explore varied uses. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $25. RSVP Info 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 Chakra-Clearing/Sound-Healing Meditation with Crystal Singing Bowls and Gongs–Also on 10/24. 6:30-7:30pm. Meditative experience w/discussion of chakras and energy system. Then into sound healing experience. Suggested $10. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center,12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer. Ananda 303-816-0429 or


The Ancient Art of Wild Fermentation–10am12pm. Learn the beautiful and transformative art of wild fermentation, to preserve and enhance your fall harvest. $28/members; $32/non-members. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver. 720-8653580 or Pendulum Dowsing & Earth Acupuncture–thru 10/12.10am -5pm, STEAMBOAT SPRINGS. Learn how to dowse the property and install copper L-rods to reduce stressful energy fields, resulting in greater health and well-being. $390 single or $340 couple. Cost includes tools to dowse and cure your home, training manual, pendulum, and book “In the Mind of a Master,” by Anderson and Spurling. Instructor Karen Rice King, Master Dowser, 303-665-0175. More info Holistic Moms Network monthly meeting: Holistic Nutrition speaker–1:30-3:30pm. Holistic Nutrition speaker on protecting ourselves from the winter “sugar” season and protecting our immune systems. FREE. Vitamin Cottage meeting room, 1433 Washington, Denver.


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Kirtan with Tom Fuhrman–7:30pm. Join us for devotional call and response chanting known as Bhakti Yoga that connects us in divine love. Floor seating and chairs, BYO. $12. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

TUESDAY, OCT 14 Higher Brain Living Presentation–6:30-7:30pm. Learn how a new discovery can change the physiology of the brain, allowing us to live with more purpose, passion and joy! Free. AWAKEN Higher Brain Living UHills. 2696 S Colorado Blvd, #440, Denver. 720-339-3990 or Evolution Series–6:45-9pm. Monthly gathering exploring evolutionary and cutting edge concepts, tools and technologies that expand human consciousness and support healthy sustainable living. Bring business cards, snack to share. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

FRIDAY, OCT 17 Ghosts in the Gardens–9-11pm. Also on 10/18, 24 and 25. Hear haunting stories of the Gardens one hundred years of history and discover points of interest what used to be called “The Boneyard”. $23/memb; $27/nonmemb. Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St, Denver 720-865-3580 or


Grounding, Guidance, Strength and Love: 4-wk meditation program–Saturdays 10/18-11/8, 1011:30am. Learn 4 powerful meditations to support you in life’s challenges. Gain peace of mind and insight. $95. Renaissance Center, Denver. RSVP req’d Renee Ellis, MA 720-984-9575 or


Community HU Song–10:30-11am. Denver or Boulder. Community HU song, an ancient name for God sung for spiritual upliftment. Free. Eckankar Center of Denver 5800 E Evans Ave., Eckankar Center of Boulder Valley 1800 30th St, #208. 720-466-3322 or Chakra Bootcamp–9am-2pm. Learn the basics about chakras; what they mean, how to read them, how to tell if they are out of balance. Lots of practice using techniques to balance chakra energy in you & others. $75 Register

WEDNESDAY, OCT 22 New Moon Gathering–Drumming/Journey Circle meets 4th Wednesday evening of the month in Lafayette. Join the MEETUP GROUP, SPIRIT EARTH MEDICINE WHEEL for announcements about this circle and shamanic trainings. Contact or call 303-665-0175.

THURSDAY, OCT 23 A Basic Meditation 5-Weeks–7-9pm. Meet your Guardian Angel or Spirit Guide. Learn an easy way to let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early $165, Regular $180. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303, journeywithin@ or

savethedate LEARN HOW TO AWAKEN AND IGNITE THE BRAIN’S POTENTIAL October 13 in Colorado Springs; November 24 in Golden Get trained in this breakthrough technique. Higher Brain Living® creates an energy surge to the Higher Brain, opening a gateway to expansive higher living like no other! Learn to activate this by attending a LIVE, mind-blowing demo. Free is pre-registered. Details: In Colorado Springs at the Doubletree, 1775 East Cheyenne Mountain Blvd; see In Golden at the Marriott, 1717 Denver West Blvd; see

INSPIRED MOVIE NIGHT October 25, Doors 6:30pm, Show Time 7pm Join us for a FREE community screening of “FED UP” at The Studio Nova! This film is designed to inform the public on how our current food consumption model is affecting our health. Decide for yourself if the food industry is acting in a nutritionally sound and supportive way. Following the movie, there’ll be a discussion facilitated by Beth Oden, Nutritional Coach. Donations accepted. Hosted by The Studio Nova, 6464 W. 14th Ave, Ste 100, Lakewood. Space is limited. Secure your seat and RSVP at 303-747-7871 or

SPIRIT GALLERY READINGS - THE VEIL IS THIN October 25, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm It’s All Hallow’s Eve, and the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. Traditionally, this is a time for honoring and communicating with loved ones who have passed. This is an annual ISIS Books event where Karen gives spirit messages to as many attendees as possible. Karen Fox is a professional psychic medium and is the Director of the Aspen Program for Psychic Development. Donation suggested $10 to $30. ISIS Books & Gifts, 2775 S. Broadway, Englewood. Registration Required:

LIFE DESTINY IMMERSION October 31–November 1 at Sunrise Ranch Life Destiny Immersion is based on this simple, yet profound idea: that we can live our lives according to what we value most. Participants find the tools to bring this passion to their family, their work, their love life, and their service to others. This workshop takes you on an inspiring personal journey that leads to renewed life experiences. Join us for this day-long opportunity to immerse yourself in the creative rediscovery of your life destiny. For more information or to register, go to or call 970-679-4200.

BECOME AN ORTHO-BIONOMY PRACTITIONER Training Starts November 2014 in Denver The Rocky Mountain Ortho Bionomy Center is offering an entirely new program with courses in philosophy, theory and applied techniques to become a Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy. For bodyworkers or massage therapists as an invaluable addition to your training and skills. For laypersons drawn to the healing arts as a powerful entry portal to help yourself and others live more mobile, pain free lives. RMOBC offers courses that stand on their own, or can be taken sequentially to become certified Practitioners of Ortho-Bionomy through the Society of Ortho-Bionomy International (SOBI). Registration/information, contact Sheri Covey at or 970-209-9400.

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New Moon Sacred Sound Spiral–7-8:30pm. Using the Power of Energetic, Sonic & Vocal Meditations, we ground our entire being, clear our energetic centers and channels and more! Suggested $11. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer 303-816-0429


Panache Desai in Fort Collins–7pm Discovering Your Soul Signature: Experience vibrational transformation at the deepest part of your being and change the way you see yourself forever. $40. or 970-443-0732


Transforming Burnout to Bliss Workshop– 10am-5pm. With Kimberly Smith, M.A. ED, RSCP and author of ReMINDing Education. Love offering. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 RSVP . Panache Desai in Fort Collins–9:30am4:30pm.Panache’s interactive workshop provides the foundation to move out of judgments and limiting beliefs and into the fullness of your birthright—an infinite flow of possibilities. $199 970-443-0732 BodyTalk Access–9am-5pm. Wellness routine composed of 5 simple techniques to help your family improve their health and well-being while managing stress. $150 Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer. Heather 303-816-0429 or


Clean the Cobwebs Out of Your Cupboard–6-8pm. Learn about hidden foods, buying/storing techniques, healthy pantry. Leave with secrets, handouts, yummy recipe! Info Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd., Ste. F-1, Boulder. $20. RSVP





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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

tuesdays 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. Always free. Connie 720494-0368 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. Always free. Tim 303-239-8101

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. Journey Within; 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita Destino, 720-413-7303 or


Thursday, Nov 6 John Holland: Spirit Whisperer–7pm. Fort Collins. Do you yearn to receive a message from a loved one who has passed? See one of the most popular Psychic Mediums in the country. $49. 970-443-0732 or

Saturday, Nov 8 John Holland: Spirit Whisperer–2pm Denver. Do you yearn to receive a message from a loved one who has passed? See one of the most popular Psychic Mediums in the country. $49. 970-443-0732 or

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,

Gifted Intuitive: Josie Roase Josie has been a conduit for SPIRIT COMMUNICATIONS since childhood. The light speaks to Josie and she conveys your answers. Josie has been called a Mystic, Medium, Healer and Spiritual Teacher and is known for her accuracy and results. Certifications include Reiki Master, Advanced Psych-K® Practitioner, Facilitator for The Reconnection® and Reconnective Healing in addition to her natural healing abilities.

• Individual Mentoring for Spiritual Development available • Relationship Manifesting and Counseling Services / 303.968.9438 / By appointment in person or phone Denver/Boulder Mile High Edition



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Gentle Bhakti Yoga Flow–9:30-11:00am.The class blends lecture, mantra, asana and meditation to deepen your understanding of the spiritual path of the yogi. First Class: $6, Drop-In: $12 (Pkgs available). Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr., Conifer, Taspen’s Organics 303-816-0429 Restorative Storytime Yoga–6-7pm. Ideal for those suffering anxiety, insomnia, PTSD or depression. Find peace in beautiful stories, sacred teachings, lullabies, mantra and poetry. First Class: $6, Drop-in: $12 (Pkgs avail.) Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center, 12424 Big Timber Dr, Conifer. Taspen’s Organics 303-816-0429 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.  303-5300920.  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. 


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 cocreate opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 28.

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.


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 9.


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


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 8.

Reconnective Healing with Mary Beth Kennedy. Transform your body, mind and soul! See full listing under Consciousness Shift.


October Spotlight ROOTS MEDICAL

with TRACY WOLFE Family Nurse Practitioner 8801 E Hamden 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 10.

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


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with DIANE HENRY Medical Nutritional Therapist 8801 E Hamden Ave, Ste 110, Denver / 303-481-8079

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.


If you are dealing with the symptoms of diabetes, insulin resistance, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, food allergies, inflammatory disorders or weight management issues, Diane is committed to helping you regain your health. She can also help if you are seeking information about nutrition for vegans or information about hot topics like GMOs. She keeps up with advances in nutritional research and takes into consideration factors such as environmental pollution, metal toxicity, micro-organisms imbalances and food sensitivity when recommending a nutritional program. See ad page 10.




Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303

1470 S. Santa Fe Drive, Suite 104B, Denver 303-317-6634 / /

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.

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.

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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.


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.


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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.

NUTRITION/NUTRITIONAL COUNSELING 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.


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.


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.


My aim is to achieve sustainable change, not just make a cute little makeover. ~Jamie Oliver



RENEE ELLIS, MA RMT Psychotherapy, Intuitive Counseling Past Life Therapy, Energy Healing, Classes Located in Central Denver 720-984-9575 Are you dealing with challenges in your relationships, career or health, loss of a loved one, or finding and following your life path?  Renee specializes  in helping women find the clarity, freedom and intuitive perspective to gracefully move through life transitions to a more joyful experience.  She weaves traditional counseling techniques with intuitive abilities, energy healing, personalized Bach Flower Essence formulas and past life therapy without regression.  Individual sessions, programs and classes. Free 30-minute consultation.


100 Sunrise Ranch Road, Loveland 970-679-4200 Home for leaders & people who are committed to the spiritual regeneration of humanity. Our programs & events are meeting the evolving needs of our world and empower personal transformation. Concert venue & conference facilities for leadingedge organizations; opportunities to participate in our 350acre organic farm and ranch; & connection with like-minded people in this multifaceted spiritual community. See the Calendar for events. See ad page 25.


October Spotlight AWAKEN HIGHER BRAIN LIVING SE DENVER with Lucy Wirth 2696 S. Colorado Blvd, Ste 440, Denver 720-339-3990 A New Brain…A New Beginning! Learn how to transform your brain and awaken to a lifetime of Joy, Passion and Confidence. This revolutionary and trans-formational system creates a surge of energy to the prefrontal cortex, releasing stress, fear and limiting beliefs, and allows for the discovery of a life filled with new possibilities. This physiological change in the Brain has been the missing link! Call me or email today to learn how you can achieve the Life of Your Dreams!

AWAKEN HIGHER BRAIN LIVING® CENTER-LITTLETON with Kent Johnson / 303-907-3468 2100 W Littleton Blvd, #248, Littleton

NEW IN COLORADO: From your first session, you experience an energy surge through the connective tissue of your body, loosening the grip of your fear-based “survival” brain as this energy shifts into your prefrontal cortex. As your stress plunges, you rediscover your inner Joy, Passion and Purpose - YOUR intended purpose! This gentle-touch technique is so consistent and predictable that we guarantee it. 1st step: See a LIVE demonstration - email for a video clip and schedule.

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natural awakenings

October 2014


October 2014 Mile High Natural Awakenings  

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

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