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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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e like to explore current, controversial issues such as Vaccinations, Water Fluoridation and Genetically Modified Organisms with the goal of stimulating our readers to search for information to make their own choices. The ‘conservative’ arguments (per Merriam Webster’s definition: dislike of change or new ideas in a particular area; belief in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society; tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change) seem to center on “How long we’ve done it this way,” and “The medical/scientific consensus supports this.” Lest we forget, the “scientific consensus” has looked like: The American Medical Association endorsing smoking from 1933 until 1964 even though the data on its deleterious effects was irrefutable for most of that time; Lead has been used in paints since the 4th century B.C., but is finally banned in many countries today due to its neurotoxicity; Flat earth maps have been sold as recently as 1883; Galileo Galilei spent his final nine years imprisoned for proving the Earth orbits the Sun and the Universe does not revolve around the Earth. So, you’ll just have to excuse us if we don’t blindly accept the opinions of the ‘experts.’ Not only do we want to know what information they base their opinions on, we also want to know if there is another agenda, financial or otherwise; and what new, scientifically-relevant information is current on the subject that “somehow” has been left out of the debate. History, common sense, and today’s whistleblowers teach us that our government makes policy decisions favoring wealthy elites over and above the health or well-being of the general population. (See “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens” in Perspectives on Politics Sept ’14. Or, search for how the Food Industry has shaped the food pyramid.) We think YOU should decide if Hydrofluorosilicic Acid (not sodium fluoride or stannous fluoride) is added to public drinking water out of true concern for the oral health of citizens, rather than for the profit of the phosphate mining industry which otherwise has to pay to dispose of this extremely toxic and corrosive chemical byproduct. We’d rather be insulted for being Free Thinkers than become mindless sheep doing what we’re told. Sometimes, we imagine our future selves looking back on the issues of today and wonder which ones will elicit the biggest “Look how ridiculously we clung to that obviously incorrect idea!” Just like we laugh about flat Earth adherents, or “More Doctors Smoke Camels!” After all, progress doesn’t mean to do MORE of what we are already doing (maximizing corporate profits at the expense of citizens and environment); it is about the willingness to explore new ideas and solutions that can maximize benefit to the human race. “A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.” -Edward Abbey



Carbondale’s Sacred Fest September 12


he second annual Sacred Fest – A Conscious Celebration of Life takes place in Carbondale Saturday, September 12, at True Nature. Sacred Fest is a transformational gathering with activities for adults and children including; yoga, drum circle, African dance performance, mud puppet show, Betty Hoops, wellness village, high prana food, labyrinth and reflexology walks, kids activities, tea tasting, workshops, and four popular kirtan bands playing call and response chant music. C.C. White & Soul Kirtan, known as the Queen of Soul Kirtan music, headlines the event. Also featured are Ajeet Kaur, Scott and Shanti Medina and the Pushpams. True Nature is a world-class, inspirational environment featuring a yoga studio, petit spa, high prana food kitchen, boutique and peace garden. Sacred Fest will run from noon – 10 p.m., with tickets ranging from $25-$45. Kids under 12 are free. Some events and programs require pre-registration. For tickets/info 970-963-9900 or

Healthy Meals for Families Class


andice Marley, founder of Raw Vitality, teaches how to make quick, fresh, healthy family meals September 26 in Arvada from 11-2 p.m. According to Marly, “These meals are delicious and nutrient dense, helping your family improve their health in all key areas. We will also show you how to create healthy on-the-go snacks for kids, moms and dads. Learn to prepare fresh, healthy packed lunches. Class is taught hands-on style in a teaching kitchen. This is a great class for parents and kids to come learn and have some fun together.” Marley is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist, Master Herbalist & Wellness Coach. Family discount available. Class size is limited. RSVP Candice 720-277-9124. See ad page 11.


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Everything is energy. This program, based on Dr. Shealy’s book of the same name, will give you practical, readily applied guidance on creating a life filled with greater health, energy, and vitality. C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, is founder and CEO of the National Institute of Holistic Medicine and president of Shealy Wellness, LLC and Holos Energy Medicine Education. He was founding president of the American Holistic Medical Association in 1978, and Holos University Graduate Seminary, and is now Professor Emeritus of Energy Medicine.

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U, a locally-owned blog that lists up-to-date information on free and donation-based yoga classes, will now include classes in Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, and Louisville in addition to Denver. A website and Sunday email newsletter contain information on 120+ free and donation-based yoga classes happening in the Denver area each month. Lynn Koves, founder, said, “ was created to be a resource for yogis, individuals new to yoga, and people new to the Denver/Boulder area find the yoga studios and classes right for them.” and

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The Aspen Program Moves


fter six years in Colorado, The Aspen Program for Psychic Development is moving to Washington, DC. Founder Karen Fox says, “I look forward to sharing this unique program with Washingtonians and am grateful to the many people who have contributed their talents and passion for psychic development to the Aspen Program in Colorado. The students, teachers, volunteer clients, and Aspen Coaches have made the program a success.” The Aspen program will start in DC sometime in 2016. Coloradans can still get readings from Karen via phone. Karen Fox can be reached at 303-942-0646. See listing page 32. natural awakenings

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enowned spiritual teacher and award-winning author Gangaji will be in Boulder throughout September. An open meeting occurs at Unity Church of Boulder, 2855 Folsom St., September 17 at 7:30 p.m. According to organizers, “It is an opportunity to gather and closely investigate the truth underlying our daily life experience. We will begin with a period of silence, following which Gangaji will share her essential experience and invite reports and questions from members of the audience.” The Weekend of Inquiry at the Boulder Mariott is September 19-20. “Weekends are a potent environment for self-discovery with Gangaji. Over a two-day period, we willingly ask our deepest questions and commit to facing what arises, whatever that may be. Each full weekend day consists of two meetings with Gangaji, and may also include a video program.” Gangaji’s message is simple, “This is an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being.” For more information, visit

World Storytelling Record Attempt


pellbinders will shoot for a world record of the Longest Continuous Storytelling Event starting October 2, 4:25p.m. at Union Station in Denver. The story will conclude 25 hours later at 5:25p.m. October 3. Spellbinders trains individuals over 60 in the art of oral storytelling, and places these individuals as volunteer storytellers in schools. Volunteers return to the same classrooms each month throughout the school year, forming strong and caring connections with the school children.

Mas Sajady Healing in Boulder & Denver


as Sajady comes to the Nomad Theater in Boulder September 17-19 where he offers group healings, seminars, transformation intensives, lectures and guided meditations, personalized messages and frequency alignments. He debuts in Denver September 20 at First Unitarian Society, 1400 Lafayette St. Once an “ordinary” computer programmer, he says, Mas Sajady was gifted with extraordinary abilities of healing after two near-death experiences. According to Sajady, he acts as the conduit to manifest healing from a higher energy field by changing your frequency. He helps relieve persistent health issues; supercharge finances and business; heighten relationships; rise to true spirituality; sharpen intuition; and accelerate learning and success.

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ance Arts Studio, 555 Burbank St., Broomfield presents Celebrate Dance Sunday September 20th 5-7p.m. at Community Park. Charlotte’s Web is performed by the Children’s Dance Theater Sunday September 27, 2p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium. According to Artistic Director Heidi Thomas, Dance Arts Studio is a non-profit studio spreading the love of dance and promoting self-confidence and expression in kids. They focus on having fun, while providing students with professional quality education in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, HipHop, Modern/Lyrical, Pointe and Pilates in an artistic environment. For more information, 303-466-3212 or

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he Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) will present Dr. Norm Shealy in a workshop entitled, “Energy Medicine: Practical Applications and Proof” on October 3 at First Universalist Church of Denver, 4101 E. Hampden Ave., Denver. Drawing on his lifetime of experience as a medical doctor and holistic practitioner, Dr. Shealy will take you on a journey into the world of energy medicine, where you will learn to balance your own physical and psychological states to create healing and wholeness. The full day seminar runs from 9am to 4:30pm and will give you practical, readily applied guidance on creating a life filled with greater health, energy, and vitality. You will explore some of these tools that you can use for yourself and others: Working with universal life force; tapping as tools for self healing; Bioenergetic medicine; The body-mind connection and mind as the builder; Body therapies; Music as vibrational energy healing; Spiritual healing and the power of prayer; The interface of quantum physics, new science, and mysticism. C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, is founder and CEO of the National Institute of Holistic Medicine and president of Shealy Wellness, LLC and Holos Energy Medicine Education, as well as Professor Emeritus of Energy Medicine at Holos University Graduate Seminary. A.R.E. Member or Senior (62+) $74 ea./$94 at-door; Nonmembers $84 ea./$104 at-door. For more information, call Darlene Bodnar at 303-637-7107 or Register fieldconferences or A.R.E. at 800-333-4499 with Natural Awakenings code FE157542. See ad page 7.

Elder-Corps Wisdom Series Comes to Lakewood


he Enlivened Living Conference comes to Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave., October 9-10. According to organizers, participants will learn to: improve health and vitality; reconnect with their creativity and dreams; develop fulfilling personal relationships and a sense of community; explore un-retirement; be more resilient; improve their diet, nutrition and “brain coherence”; leave a legacy of genuine hope and value. “The two highly innovative, interactive and inspiring days of Enlivened Living will provide a 360-degree opportunity to celebrate one’s life, reinvigorate health and reach one’s highest potential—no matter what stage in life,” say organizers George and Sedena Cappannelli. The conference includes: music, videos and entertainment; a product/services exposition; well-known speakers such as Joan Borysenko, Mark Nepo, Amit Goswami, Dannion and Kathryn Brinkley, Carol Flake, Howard Martin, Kelly Sullivan Walden, Chris Farrell, Marilyn Schlitz, Dr Norm Shealy, and Randy Hayes. For Information/Registration, 505-982-5754 or See ad page 3.

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Chronic Headaches, Migraines, or TMJ?


esearch has shown that 15-45 million people have some sort of TMJ/headache or teethgrinding problem. Experts estimate that 80% of patient headache symptoms could be dentalforce related within the muscles, tendons, nerves and joints. Many people don’t know why they are in pain or have been unable to find longterm relief. Trauma such as whiplash, motor vehicle accidents, falls, and other injuries can exacerbate pain. “We are taking a different approach by combining sports medicine, physical therapy and dentistry techniques to provide relief from the symptoms that trigger repeated episodes of headaches,” said Dr. Stewart. “Our team of trained dentists and therapists are committed to improving the quality of life for patients who suffer from what can be debilitating headaches, migraines, and TMJ related problems.” Dr. Stewart uses TruDenta, a comprehensive drugless, no-needle system that utilizes therapy, education, technology and training. They test range of motion of the jaw and neck; include ultrasound treatment, low level laser therapy, and micro-current nerve stimulation. These techniques have been used for years to treat athletes and improve their recovery from many force-related sport injuries. According to Stewart, benefits include: less frequent, less intense or eliminated headaches and/or migraines; better sleep; reduced teeth grinding; reduced snoring; and less soreness, popping or clicking of the jaw. Dr Scott Stewart of Lakewood Headache Center and South Lakewood Dental at 2525 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood can be reached at 855-233-0023. See ad page 8.


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esearch published this year in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has determined that just 30 minutes of exercise, six days a week, can result in a reduced risk of early death by 40 percent, regardless of the intensity of the exercise. The researchers followed nearly 15,000 men born between 1923 and 1932. The men’s exercise and sedentary levels were measured along with the number of deaths that occurred during two 12-year study periods. In the second 12-year period, the researchers followed almost 6,000 of the surviving men. The researchers compared those men that were sedentary with those that exercised either moderately or intensely and found that moderate to intense exercise increased their average lifespan by five years. This improvement was comparable to the difference between smoking and non-smoking, according to the researchers. The data comes from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, in Oslo. The scientists’ finding confirms that public health practices for elderly men should include efforts to increase physical activity, along with efforts to reduce smoking.


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hronic pain can make even the youngest at heart feel old and tired. Prescription opiates increase the risk of injury and death according to the Centers for Disease Control. “Every day 44 people in the U. S. die from prescription painkillers.” Drugs & Aging Journal reported in 2012 that falls continue to be a leading cause of injury in the elderly, and that many medications, including opiates, increase the risk for falls. Six years ago, I was not very educated on the science or the benefits of medical cannabis, but a 93-year-old woman with arthritis got my attention. With a vibrant smile and clarity, she told me how a few drops of a cannabis tincture three times daily had drastically improved her quality of life and eliminated her need for several prescriptions that she had never wanted to take in the first place. This natural, yet frequently-demonized plant had changed her life. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) statistics show that 33% of all medical marijuana (MMJ) card holders in Colorado are over the age of 50 and that the most frequently reason for obtaining a card is for severe pain. Further, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported November 2014 that there has been a 24.8% lower annual opioid overdose death rate in states that have medicinal marijuana. It is important to find a health care provider that is willing to learn about the most recent scientific data available on cannabinoids and their possible health benefits. You could decrease your need for opiates, feel less drugged and more energetic within the first week of starting your new regimen. Marcie Cooper is a Registered Nurse and Advanced Holistic Nurse, Board Certified who is available for patient consults as well as medical staff education. Contact her at 720-333-1022 or See listing page 32.

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esearch published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research has found a new mechanism that may provide the key to why some foods are particularly healthy. The researchers found that epigallocatechin gallates, a class of polyphenols contained in green tea, apples, cocoa and other herbs and foods, blocks vascular endothelial growth factor, or VEGF, which is implicated in the buildup of plaque in the arteries, as well as cancer growth. Blocking VEGF helps prevent angiogenesis—when tumors form new blood vessels that help them grow. The researchers, from the Institute of Food Research, in Norwich, in the United Kingdom, tested the polyphenols, as well as human cells, in the laboratory.

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Integrative Healthcare Gets a Push from the People


ave you ever wished that your acupuncture, massage therapy or naturopathic treatments were covered by health insurance? Section 2706 of the Affordable Care Act(ACA) covers “Non-discrimination in healthcare.� “A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall not discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope that provider’s license or certification under the application state law.� The idea here is to correct “imbalances in the health insurance marketplace�; notably that insurance companies (and their state regulators) ignore the demand for holistic and integrative services. Nationwide, 30 million adults use some form of alternative treatments, yet these licensed providers remain outside the insurers’ networks. New revisions directed by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, chair of the Senate Appropriations committee, were released May 2015 to honor the section’s original intent. States such as Oregon, Rhode Island, California, Hawaii, and Minnesota have implemented their own legislation. At, we are tracking this movement and constantly looking for the advocates – patients, practitioners and consumers -- like those in the states above who are working to make access to integrative healthcare providers far easier and more affordable in their own states. In Colorado, we sorely need to hear from you so we can fill out the Colorado page on the site and let others around the country know about your efforts and progress. If you live in Colorado and have a story about discrimination from insurance companies providing for your alternative care, or are a health care provider experiencing discrimination, please send info to TaylorWalsh is the project director for, a project of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium. Info/details can be found at or

Chamomile Tea Helps Us Live Longer


n a study of 1,677 Mexican-American men and women over the age of 65 from the Southwestern U.S., researchers have found that drinking chamomile tea decreases the risk of earlier mortality by an average of 29 percent. Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch followed the study population for seven years. Among those tested, 14 percent drank chamomile tea regularly. These were primarily women, and those women that drank chamomile tea experienced a 33 percent reduced mortality during the study period. The small group of men that drank the chamomile tea regularly did not register a significant difference in mortality. Chamomile also has a long history of use in folk medicine and is primarily used to settle digestion and calm the mind. It is a leading natural herbal tea in many countries and contains no caffeine. While various species may be used, chamomile tea is traditionally made by infusing the flowers of either German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) or Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) into hot water. In Spanish-speaking regions, chamomile tea is often referred to as manzanilla tea—consumed in Mexico and other Spanish cultures for centuries.

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eptember is not a normal harvest month – there are two eclipses and a Mercury Retrograde mid-month. Eclipses will pull the rug out of egoic endeavors, and if something is in alignment with the divine, this power will support it. The earlier the better--with any kind of harvest, and preparation and intuition are your best friends this month. Think early and think “back-up plan” for success in crazy chaotic times! The first is a new moon solar eclipse on September 13th which is visible in S. Africa, S. India and Antarctica. Expect those places to come up in the news. The second eclipse is a full moon lunar eclipse in early Aries, on September 27th at 8:48 pm MT. This is a radical death/birth energy. Eclipses are always paired and usually we have two per year. Eclipses are times of extremes. They are times of great power that comes to “set things right,” and they are great testing zones, as well as entry and exit zone for life and death. Mercury goes retrograde on September 17th for three weeks, coming out on October 9th at zero degrees Libra. This Mercury Retrograde is asking us to re-vision, re-set, and re-zone partnership and relationships in our lives. We can return our relationship slate to zero and start again! This aspect may cause chaos in meeting times or other partnership areas, so be prepared and allow a lot of space for miscommunication. Partner dancing that requires flexibility, working together and taking a few steps back is a great idea. Eclipses are said from ancient times to “cause earthquakes and the death of kings,” which is the “death of our ego,” and also a “shaking up” of things, so they can come to deeper alignment when they “fall” back into place. Azlan White, Astrologist can be reached at 303-444-0823. See Save the Date page 26 for her upcoming Astrology School dates.


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ody Mind Spirit Celebration Fair returns to the Denver Mart Sept 11-13 with presentations, exhibitors and entertainment to help you grow personally. According to organizers, the Fair features 250 intriguing exhibitors, the ever-popular readings - $20/20 minutes, and the latest findings in natural health, personal growth, and metaphysics. The lecture halls will host 50 presenters and authors such as: Bill Foss, author of “The Secrets of Spiritual Success”; Denver’s own Kim Moore will do gallery-style readings; Rose Red Elk Feather Woman will share spiritual, healing stories from the ancestors; Ginger Ravencroft demonstrates organic essential oils. Organizers hope you’ll be inspired and ready to accelerate toward a glorious and graceful awakening in 2015! Admission is $7/day and includes free parking. Hours: Friday 1-9pm; Saturday 10am-7pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Call 541-482-3722 ext 1 or visit See ad page 3.

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Bottomless Well De-Salting Water Could Help Drought-Stricken Areas A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Jain Irrigation Systems has devised a method of turning brackish water into drinking water using renewable energy. This solar-powered machine is able to pull salt out of water and disinfect it with ultraviolet rays, making it suitable for both irrigation and drinking. Electrodialysis works by passing a stream of water between two electrodes with opposite charges. Because the salt dissolved in water consists of positive and negative ions, the electrodes pull the ions out of the water, leaving fresher water at the center of the flow. A series of membranes separate the freshwater stream from increasingly salty ones. The photovoltaic-powered electrodialysis reversal system recently won the top $140,000 Desal Prize from the U.S. Department of Interior. “This technology has the potential to bring agriculture to vast barren lands using brackish water,” says Richard Restuccia, Jain’s vice president of landscape solutions. The prize was developed to supply catalytic funding to capture and support innovative ideas and new technologies that could have a significant impact on resolving global water demand. Among 13 desalination projects under consideration along the California coast, the Carlsbad Desalination Project will be the largest in the Western Hemisphere once it is completed in the fall. Source:

Fossil Free China Tests Hydrogen-Powered Mass Transit China has started testing the world’s first hydrogen-powered tram. Although hydrogen fuel cells have been around for a while and are currently being used and tested in a variety of vehicles, including buses, the country is the first to master the technology for trams. Hydrogen is extremely abundant and can be extracted from a variety of sources, both renewable and non-renewable. Hydrogen-fuel cell vehicles produce zero emissions, only water. One tank lasts for about 60 miles and takes three minutes to refuel. See the vehicle in action at

Secular Socialization Today’s Young Adults Are the Least Religious Ever Researchers led by San Diego State University Psychology Professor Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., found that millennials are the least religious generation of the last six decades, and possibly in the nation’s history. They analyzed data from 11.2 million respondents from four nationally representative surveys of U.S. adolescents ages 13 to 18 taken between 1966 and 2014. Results published in the journal PLOS One conclude that recent adolescents are less likely to say that religion is important in their lives, report less approval of religious organizations and find themselves feeling less spiritual and spending less time praying or meditating. “Unlike previous studies, ours is able to show that millennials’ lower religious involvement is due to cultural change, not to their being young and unsettled,” says Twenge, who is also the author of Generation Me. “Millennial adolescents are less religious than Boomers and GenXers were at the same ages,” she notes. “We also looked at younger ages than the previous studies. More of today’s adolescents are abandoning religion before they reach adulthood, with an increasing number not raised with religion at all.”

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Connecticut has introduced the nation’s first-ever mattress recycling program to get old beds off the curb and into the renewable waste stream via Park City Green, a cavernous warehouse in Bridgeport where mattresses go to die and get reborn. One of only two mattress recycling facilities in the state, it employs workers that manually break down bedding parts, separating the materials into giant piles of foam, mounds of cotton and tall stacks of metal springs. All this gets shipped off to junk dealers to be recycled and reclaimed for later use in the metal industry or as backing for carpets. The city had been paying hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to pick up mattresses on trash day and break them apart for disposal, but that figure is expected to drop to zero and create jobs at the same time. Connecticut’s program is voluntary, so municipalities don’t have to participate. But because it’s already being paid for by consumers and the mattress industry, state officials expect the program to grow. Already, more than 60 Connecticut communities are participating.


n July, the House of Representatives passed H.R.1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act – otherwise known as Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. The bill heads to the Senate where it could be introduced in September or October if it has support. The controversial bill creates federal guidelines for companies to voluntarily disclose their genetically modified ingredients (GMOs). It also redefines ‘natural’ to include GMO’s – even though GMOs are patented (a product must be significantly different to receive patent protection) and could not happen in nature. The bill also preempts state’s rights, barring them from enacting their own labeling laws. Citizens For GMO Labeling do not seek to deny anyone access to GMOs if they so choose to consume them, rather they seek mandatory labeling (U.S. companies already label their products with GMOs in 160 countries that require it) so that Americans can make such a choice. Right to Know Colorado is encouraging citizens to contact their U.S. Senators by phone, fax, or letter and let them know that the citizens want mandatory labeling of GMOs and states’ rights. Michael F. Bennet (D-CO) 1127 Sherman St., Ste 150 Denver, CO 80203; 303-455-7600 Cory Gardner (R-CO) 999 18th St., Ste 1525 Denver, CO 80202; 303-391-5777 Contact Tryna Cooper at or Right to Know Colorado’s Kia Ruiz at

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AGELESS BEING Staying Vibrant in Mind, Body and Spirit by Kathleen Barnes

Agelessness: Engaging in and experiencing life without fear of falling, failing or falling apart.


n a nutshell, that’s the philosophy of visionary women’s health expert Dr. Christiane Northrup, of Yarmouth, Maine, as explored in her latest book, Goddesses Never Age. “We’re long overdue for a paradigm shift about how we feel about growing older,” says Northrup. “You can change your future by adopting a new, ageless attitude that will help you flourish physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We don’t have to buy into modern medicine’s promotion of the idea of the pathology of aging.” One of Northrup’s primary admonitions: “Don’t tell anyone how old you are. Another birthday means nothing.”

Maintain a Sound Mind Our Western society fosters a belief system that we will become decrepit, frail and mentally feeble at a certain age. “When my mother turned 50, her mailbox suddenly filled with ads for adult diapers, walkers and longterm care insurance,” Northrup quips.


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The point is well taken. Think vibrant, healthy, gorgeous and yes, sexy Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, Chris Rock and Brooke Shields—all 50 or older—as the targets of ads for Depend. We’re living and working longer, and many of us are feeling, looking and staying young longer. So is 60 the new 40? Yes, say State University of New York at Stony Brook researchers, and further note that we’re generally leading longer and healthier lives. Centenarians are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In the 2010 census, 53,364 people had surpassed their 100th year, an increase of 40 percent over the 1980 census, and more than 80 percent of them are women. The National Institute on Aging projects that this number could increase tenfold or more by 2050. What we think of as “old” has changed. Many baby boomers refuse to buy into the mythology of aging, bristle at being called senior citizens and especially dislike being called elderly. Their

position is backed by science. Stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of Biology of Belief and currently a visiting professor at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, in Auckland, is best known for promoting the concept that DNA can be changed by belief, for good or ill. Lipton explains that we all have billions of stem cells designed to repair or replace damaged—and aging—tissues and organs. “[These cells] are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment,” Lipton explains. “Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline.” “Yes, we are destined to grow older, but decrepitude and what we call aging is an optional state,” Northrup adds. “Our genes, nutrition and environment are under our control far more than we may have thought.” More, she says, “Words are powerful. Don’t talk yourself into believing your brain is turning to mush just because you are over 40.”

Take Control of the Body “Manage the four horsemen of the aging apocalypse,” encourages nutrition and longevity expert Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., a Los Angeles board-certified nutritionist and author of The Most Effective Ways to Live Longer. He says the aging process, including disease, loss of physical or mental function and the general breakdown of systems, is caused by one or more of four factors: oxidative damage (literally rusty cells); inflammation; glycation (excess sugar, metabolic syndrome); and stress. “Collectively, they damage cells and DNA, wear down organs and systems, deeply damage the vascular pathways that deliver blood and oxygen to the entire body, and even shrink brain size,” explains Bowden. While it may seem like a tall order to make lifestyle changes that vanquish these four horsemen, Bowden says they can be broken into manageable elements by employing an arsenal of healthful weapons: whole foods, nutrients, stressreduction techniques, exercise, detoxification and relationship improvement. “All of these actually do double duty, battling more than one of the four processes that can effectively shorten your life,” he reports, based on his 25 years of study.

Oxidative Damage Consider what rust does to metal. That’s what free radical oxygen molecules do to cells. Over time, they damage them and cause aging from within. “Oxidative damage plays a major role in virtually every degenerative disease of aging, from Alzheimer’s to cancer to heart disease and diabetes, even immune dysfunction,” says Bowden. His recommended key to destroying free radicals is a diet rich in antioxidants, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats, nuts, grass-fed meats and organic dairy products. Avoid environmental free radicals that show up in toxic chemicals by eating as much organic food as possible and avidly avoiding residues of the poisonous pesticides and herbicides sprayed on crops eaten by people and livestock.

Inflammation Long-term inflammation is a silent killer because it operates beneath the radar, often unnoticed, damaging blood vessel walls. Like oxidative damage, inflammation is a factor in all the degenerative diseases associated with aging, says Bowden. His suggestion: First, get a C-reactive protein (CRP) test to determine the levels of inflammation in our body. A CRP level over 3 milligrams/liter indicates a high risk of a heart attack. Anti-inflammatory foods like onions, garlic, leafy greens, tomatoes, beans, nuts and seeds have all been widely scientifically proven to reduce chronic inflammation.

Glycation This is the result of excessive sugar that glues itself to protein or fat molecules, leaving a sticky mess that creates advanced glycation end (AGE) products that damage all body systems and are acknowledged culprits in the dreaded diseases associated with aging. Bowden’s basic answer is to minimize intake of sugar and simple carbs; anything made with white flour or white rice. Also avoid fried dishes and any foods cooked at high temperatures that actually skip the glycation production in the body and deliver harmful AGEs directly from the food. He advises taking 1,000 mg of carnosine (available in health food stores) daily to prevent glycation.

Stress The long-term effects of physical, mental or emotional stress are tremendously damaging to the human physiology. Sustained exposure to the stress hormone cortisol can shrink parts of the brain, damage blood vessels, increase blood sugar levels, heart rate and blood pressure and contribute to chronic inflammation, according to well-established science recorded in the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Bowden warns, “Stress management is not a luxury.” In its many forms, including prayer, meditation and breathing exercises, it should be part of any agelessness program. Deep, restful sleep is as vital a component as ending toxic relationships, having a nurturing circle of friends and doing familiar, gentle exercise such as yoga or tai chi. Overall, Bowden adds, “Rather than thinking of such endeavors as anti-aging, I strive to embody the concept of age independence. I admire former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who resigned from the court when he reached age 90 because he wanted to play more tennis.” Bowden recommends embracing the concept of “squaring the curve”, meaning that instead of anticipating and experiencing a long downhill slope of poor health leading to death, “I look at a long plateau of health, with a steep drop-off at the end.”

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Wellness guru Dr. Michael Roizen, chair of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, contends that although our chronological age can’t be changed, “Your ‘real age’ [calculated from data he collected from 60 million people] is the result of a wide variety of factors that are within your control. Dietary choices alone can make you 13 years younger or older than your actual age.” Roizen adds uncontrolled portion sizes, tobacco use and physical inactivity to the list of life-shortening lifestyle options.

Align with Spirit “If you don’t have some kind of spiritual foundation, literally, God help you,” says Northrup. “God isn’t confined to a book or a church, mosque or synagogue. Divinity is the creative loving, vital flow of life force that we’re all part of and connected to. Our bodies are exquisite expressions meant to embody, not deny our spirits.” Touch, pleasure and sex can be part of it, too. Individuals that have the most fulfilling sex lives live the longest, according to researchers conducting the University of California, Riverside’s Longevity Project. “Pleasure comes in infinite forms,” says Northrup. “It can mean the exquisite taste of a pear or the sound of an angelic symphony, the kiss of sun on skin, the laughter of a child, spending time with friends

or creating a pastel landscape. When you experience pleasure, God comes through and you become aware of your divine nature. You’ll find that joy comes in ways that are unique to you.” Connection with the natural world is an essential element of agelessness, says Northrup. “The human body evolved to walk on the Earth, drinking its water, breathing its air and basking in its sunlight.” The bottom line is, “Agelessness is all about vitality. Taking all the right supplements and pills, or getting the right procedure isn’t the prescription for anti-aging,” says this renowned physician. “It’s ageless living that brings back a sense of vibrancy and youthfulness.” We could live to be well over 100 years old and, as Northrup likes to paraphrase Abraham Hicks, of The Law of Attraction fame, “Wouldn’t you rather have your life end something like this: ‘Happy-healthy, happy-healthy, happy-healthy, dead.’ Isn’t that a lot better than suffering sickness, decrepitude and frailty for years?”

Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, her latest being Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at Join George & Sedena Cappannelli in creating an age-friendly world, celebrating the wisdom of elders and supporting people of all ages in living the lives we were born to live at The First Annual Elder-Corps Wisdom Series: The Enlivened Living Conference October 9-10 at Mile Hi Church, 9077 Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood. Two highly innovative, interactive and inspiring days include international bestselling authors and experts Joan Borysenko, Mark Nepo, Amit Goswami, Dannion and Kathryn Brinkley, Carol Flake, George and Sedena Cappannelli, Howard Martin, Kelly Sullivan Walden, Chris Farrell, Marilyn Schlitz, Dr. Norm Shealy, and Randy Hayes. Many more speakers offer valuable lifestyle strategies and real-time solutions that offer a greater sense of meaning and purpose, ways to stay younger, and the means to live more passionately and thrive in our challenging and sometimes confusing world. For more information on the event, visit See ad page 3.

Live Consciously and Age Wisely W e are in the early stages of a demographic revolution that will see half the population in every industrial county in the world 50 and older for the first time in history. This means that there will be more chances and choices available for all of us to live lives of greater meaning and purpose, greater health and vitality, and greater contribution. It also means we can focus some of our hard-won experience and skills on ensuring that the world ahead will be saner, more sustainable, and more human and compassionate than the one we are now living in. We have the choice to turn toward the gift of enlivened aging. We are meant to bring together all the experiences and wisdom into a rich unfolding of our best selves in the second half of our lives. If we reach out and share this


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wisdom and experience with each other, we can encourage ourselves and others to live the dream we are born to live. As on all good adventures, passion and commitment need to fuel us. Indeed, if we follow our passion, we remember that it is never too late or too soon to live our dream. This is what Enlivened Living means to us. We have unswerving faith in the fact that when each of us turns away from the outside noise and inward to where our truth can be found; the result will not just be a joyful melody, but a magnificent resonance that will change the world. More and more of us are putting limited beliefs behind and taking our rite of passage into the second half of life seriously. We are going for it, as we choose to pursue our cherished dreams rather than dance to tunes composed by others. As poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “In

deep and lasting ways, when we heal ourselves, we heal the world.” We celebrate your commitment to this unique adventure of enlivened living and aging consciously and wisely. We honor your courage in dropping doubts and moving past the myth of youth and its restrictions. We hope you will remember that it is never too late nor too soon to live the life you were born to live. In this way you will bless our planet and those who will come after you. George and Sedena Cappannelli are co-authors of Do Not Go Quietly, A Guide to Living Consciously and Aging Wisely and The Best is Yet to Be, and co-founders of AgeNation, a digital media company dedicated to informing, inspiring and engaging Boomers and elders. For more information, see See ad page 3.

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Paleo: The Anti-Aging Diet Because the Paleo diet is an anti-inflammatory diet, it is a great way to start your anti-aging lifestyle. The Paleo diet is high in fat, low in Omega-6 fatty acids, low in processed vegetable oils, rich in anti-oxidants, high in vitamins minerals and low in sugar. It also utilizes fermented foods to aid in gut health.

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Bone Broth made from pastured animals offers collagen and minerals like phosphorus, calcium and magnesium.

Offal is the liver, kidneys, tripe, brains, heart and tongue of pastured animals. It is much less expensive than muscle meat and it offers great benefits.

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Fatty Fish like Salmon and Sardines are high in Omega-3 fatty acids which protect against heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s. Organic Berries/Avocado are full of antioxidants, while Avocados are high in glutathione, the master antioxidant.

Shellfish including oysters, scallops, mussels, shrimp, crab, lobster and clams, are full of zinc.

Sea Vegetables are full of healthy minerals like iodine, which is great for thyroid health. Kelp noodles are great as a base for pasta, stir fries and casseroles.


Fermented Food like natto, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso and lactofermented vegetables can be bought or made at home. Keeping your gut microbiome healthy is imperative to combating premature aging.


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Yoga Enters the Medical Mainstream Research Proves its Health Benefits by Meredith Montgomery


fter practicing internal medicine for 10 years in Boston, Dr. Timothy McCall became a full-time writer, exploring the health benefits of yoga. As the medical editor of Yoga Journal and the author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing, he says, “In the late 90s, the conveyor belt of patient care continued to speed up and I got frustrated. There was less time to form relationships with patients, which is essential to providing quality care without excessive tests and drugs.” Initially, McCall found that most of the documented research on yoga was from India, and notes it was low in quality from a Western perspective (though it is now excellent). In the West, the first notable scientific yoga article was published in 1973 in The Lancet on combining yoga and biofeedback to manage hypertension. According to the International Journal of Yoga, the surge in yoga’s popularity here finally gained academic interest in 2007, and there are now more than

2,000 yoga titles in the National Institutes of Health database, with 200 added annually. Initially, yoga teacher and economist Rajan Narayanan, Ph.D., founded the nonprofit Life in Yoga Foundation and Institute to offer free teacher training. Within a couple of years, the foundation’s focus shifted to integrating yoga into the mainstream healthcare system. “We realized that to make a real difference, we needed to teach doctors about yoga and its scientifically proven effects,” he says. Medical providers can earn credits to keep their licenses current by attending courses by Life in Yoga, the only yoga institution independently certified by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Currently, even if physicians don’t practice yoga, it’s likely that many of their patients do. “You now see it everywhere from major medical centers to mainstream advertising,” says McCall, who notes an increase in doctors, nurses and therapists attending the

Yoga as Medicine seminars he and his wife Eliana teach internationally and from their Simply Yoga Institute studio, in Summit, New Jersey.

Mounting Evidence “Yoga may help prevent diseases across the board because the root cause of 70 to 90 percent of all disorders is stress,” says Narayanan. Yoga increases the body’s ability to successfully respond to stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows the heart and lowers blood pressure. That in turn suppresses sympathetic activity, reducing the amount of stress hormones in the body. Studies collected on demonstrate that yoga has been found to help manage hypertension, osteoporosis, body weight, physical fitness, anxiety, depression, diabetes, reproductive functions and pregnancy, among other issues. Studies at California’s Preventive Medicine Research Institute have tracked amelioration of heart disease. A growing body of research is validating yoga’s benefits for cancer patients, including at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. A small study at Norway’s University of Oslo suggests that yoga even alters gene expression, indicating it may induce health benefits on a molecular level.

Cultural Challenges “For yoga to be effective, a regular practice must be implemented, which is challenging in a culture where people can’t sit for long without an electronic device. It’s more than just

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popping pills,” says Narayanan. McCall says, “Even if people can commit to just a few minutes of yoga practice a day, if they keep it up the benefits can be enormous.” “There are no sales reps telling doctors to use yoga therapy like there are for pharmaceuticals,” remarks Narayanan, and until yoga is funded by health insurance, it will be challenging to gain full acceptance in mainstream medicine. Another barrier is certification standards. The International Association of Yoga Therapists ( and the Council for Yoga Accreditation International ( are both beginning to offer certifications for therapy training programs and therapists. Narayanan is hopeful that certification could lead to yoga being covered by insurance. Medical school curricula have started shifting to embrace complementary approaches to wellness, with many textbooks now including information on mind/body therapies. The Principles and Practices of Yoga in Healthcare, co-edited by Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, McCall and Shirley Telles and due out in 2016, is the first professional-level, medical textbook on yoga therapy. “Yoga has been proven to treat many conditions, yet yoga teachers don’t treat conditions, we treat individuals,” says McCall. “Yoga therapy is not a one-size-fits-all prescription because different bodies and minds, with different abilities and weaknesses, require individualized approaches.” While medical research is working to grant yoga more legitimacy among doctors, policymakers and the public, McCall says, “I believe these studies are systematically underestimating how powerful yoga can be. Science may tell us that it decreases systolic blood pressure and cortisol secretion and increases lung capacity and serotonin levels, but that doesn’t begin to capture the totality of what yoga is.” Meredith Montgomery, a registered yoga teacher, publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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oga Nidra, an ancient tantric practice, does not entail physical yoga poses. While Nidra means sleep, the intent is to stay awake through the practice. As a deep-heart meditation, it is a systematic process of creating physical, mental, and emotion relaxation while maintaining a state of undisturbed awareness. Typically lasting 30 minutes, it is done lying down, although a person could sit. The foundations of the practice are: rotation of consciousness, where the teacher focuses students’ attention on various points of the body; an emphasis on breath awareness; an experience of opposite sensations and emotions; and ample time to process the experience. The benefits of Yoga Nidra include: decreasing heart rate; lowering blood pressure; improved digestion; and overall relaxation. A single session creates better sleep for that night while consistent practice leads to increased calmness in our everyday lives. While gaining in popularity, you may need to search for a qualified instructor. The benefits of relaxation, a sense of well-being, and deep surrender is like an oasis in our busy, hurried lives. Sandy Kline, experienced Yoga Nidra teacher, can be reached at s.kline@yahoo. com. On October 23, she is presenting an eight-hour intro yoga nidra class to yoga teachers.

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he state of deep relaxation achieved during Yoga Nidra slows brain waves to alpha and theta states helping participants realize their intentions around life, health, career and relationships. Participants directly connect with their subconscious mind where intentions and affirmations are effortlessly realized, crossing over from the logical left brain to the intuitive right brain. You can achieve tremendous results without doing anything ... except relaxing. Bill Eager, certified Amrit Yoga Nidra facilitator, can be reached at 303-674-2107. He is presenting a Yoga Nidra workshop for the public on October 24 and 25.

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ne of the most painful experiences is a static and unwavering negative perception of self. Sometimes we decide that this is just how we are – selfish, unworthy, mean, or dishonest. Fortunately, this is not the truth. Humans are exceedingly dynamic. We are ever-changing and the yoga mat is an ideal place to experience this. There, we experience vast variation in the ease or difficulty of postures. One day we easily stand solid and balanced in tree pose, imaging our roots anchoring into the earth and reaching joyfully for the sky. Another day has us sway as if enduring significant gusts of wind. Some days, we can’t find a shred of balance, touching a foot to the floor every few seconds in frustration. The poses are never really the same and neither are we. This is an experience of our true nature. We are always changing moment to moment, day to day, and year to year. Yes, parts of us are selfish, unworthy, mean or dishonest AND parts of us are kind, confident, gentle or inspiring. Yoga practice can help us to experience this and change our self-perception to something more balanced and much easier with which to live. Renee Ellis, MA RMT is a counselor and healer. She helps women dealing with life’s challenges to find clarity, movement, freedom, energy and intuitive perspective. Schedule your free 30-minute Clarity Consultation by calling 720-984-9575 or see listing page 32.

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SURF TO TURF U.S. Farmed Seafood That’s Safe and Sustainable by Judith Fertig

Wild-caught fish from pure waters is the gold standard of seafood, but sustainable populations from healthy waters are shrinking. That’s one reason why fish farms are appearing in unusual places—barramundi flourish on a Nebraska cattle ranch, shrimp in chilly Massachusetts and inland tilapia in Southern California.


ith the demand for seafood outpacing what can safely be harvested in the wild, half the seafood we eat comes from aquaculture, says Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Yet, farmed seafood has a reputation for uneven quality and questionable farming practices. A primary reason is that much of what Americans buy comes from Asia, where aquaculture is less stringently managed. Meanwhile, domestic aquaculture provides only about 5 percent of the seafood consumed here, according to NOAA.

Safe Seafood Solutions If we want to eat safer, sustainable, farmed seafood, there are two solutions. One is to purchase farmed fish raised in the U.S., says Sullivan. The agency’s FishWatch consumer information service assures: “If it’s harvested in the United States, it’s inherently sustainable as a result of the rigorous U.S. management process that ensures fisheries are continuously monitored, improved and sustainable.” A second solution is to consult with a trusted fishmonger that has high stan-

dards for flavor, health, safety, sustainability and environmental concerns.

The Green Fish Farmer Chefs like Rick Moonen, who owns RM Seafood, in Las Vegas, are getting behind U.S. aquaculture farms that do it right, raising healthy, sustainable and delicious fish. Moonen recently became a brand ambassador for True North Salmon, a farm system that integrates the way nature keeps fish healthy and fresh. “They have a salmon farm near a mussel farm near a kelp farm, mimicking the way these three species interact in the wild,” says Moonen. The best seafood farms take what geography and climate offer—ocean inlets, a natural spring and a natural depression in the land or indoor controlled freshwater tanks—and use clean feed. With no antibiotics, non-GMO food (free of genetic modification) in the right ratio, good water quality and creative ways to use the effluent, they employ green farming practices to raise fish and shellfish that, in turn, are healthy to eat. True North Salmon follows a threebay system, similar to crop rotation on land. Each bay is designated for a

particular age of fish: young salmon, market-ready fish and a fallow, or empty, bay, breaking the cycle of any naturally occurring diseases and parasites. Robin Hills Farm, near Ann Arbor, Michigan, offers vegetable, meat, egg and fruit community supported agriculture, U-pick fruit and a pair of stocked farm ponds. Farm Manager Mitzi Koors explains that the ponds are a way to leverage natural resources, add another income stream and attract visitors. In northeastern Nebraska, five generations of the Garwood family have traditionally raised cattle and produced corn and tomatoes. To keep the farm thriving and sustainable, they have had to think outside the row crop. Today, they’re growing something new—barramundi, or Australian yellow perch. They built a warehouse that now holds 18, 10,000-gallon fish tanks full of growing fish. A Maryland company provides oldfashioned cow manure and leftover grain sorghum from area ethanol plants to create algae, naturally non-GMO, to use as biofuel and fish food. “People prefer to eat locally raised food, even if it’s fish in Nebraska,” says Scott Garwood. The sophistication of closed containment systems like the Garwoods use means that chefs, too, can raise their own fish, besides growing their own herbs and vegetables. California Chef Adam Navidi, owner of the Oceans & Earth restaurant, in Yorba Linda, also runs nearby Future Foods Farms, encompassing 25 acres of herbs, lettuces, assorted vegetables and tank-raised tilapia. Baby greens, not GMO products, help feed the fish, while nitrates from the ammonia-rich fish waste fertilize the crops. The fish wastewater filters through the crops and returns to the fish tanks in an efficient, conservation-driven system that produces healthy, organic food. “Someday, chefs will be known both by their recipes and the methods used to produce their food,” Navidi predicts. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.


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DECISION By Dr. Katia Meier


enver Water (DW) hosted the first-ever informational panel to discuss the controversial practice of water fluoridation on Wednesday, July 29th.1 It appeared that much of the science behind water fluoridation was new to the DW board members as they have blindly followed the standard recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA) who has recommended adding fluoride to drinking water to help prevent tooth decay. DW has ordered the mass fluoridation of millions of Denver consumers since 1953.2 The ADA recommends fluoride be used to “treat or prevent a disease – dental caries” despite the fact that the FDA has never approved it for this purpose. This amounts to an unsubstantiated medical claim. Unapproved medical claims are illegal, however, the FDA seems to turn a blind eye when it comes to fluoride. Yes, we have come to the point where this important health decision – which should only be between you and your doctor – is up for popular vote by a non-medically trained board, influenced by our governor and government agencies with known ties to the industry. Governor Hickenlooper was quick to announce that everyone should have fluoride in their water. “More than 70 years of research has proven that community water fluoridation is a safe, effective and inexpensive method of improving the oral health of all Coloradans.” He left us in the dark about what research he was referring to – there is not a single, randomized, controlled study that proves the safety nor the effectiveness of fluoride use as a systemic drug


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for the treatment or prevention of caries! In recent studies, Fluoride was implicated in the prevalence of ADD and ADHD, learning difficulties, lowered IQ, and endocrine disruption. It has also been implicated in skeletal fluorosis, which is often misdiagnosed as arthritis. 3,11 The pro-fluoridation presentations were limited to the usual rhetoric, none of which was supported by facts. They merely parroted the consensus of organizations who had erroneously endorsed fluoridation without any scientific grounds. Remember that smoking was also once endorsed by the AMA? Sodium Fluoride can’t be obtained over the counter as a supplement, but must be prescribed by a licensed health professional. It is present in small amounts in most toothpastes, but is required to have a warning label because ingesting an amount larger than a pea requires a call to a poison control center. Do you really want to put something in your child’s mouth that could be that dangerous?! However, what is being added to our water is NOT pharmaceutical grade sodium fluoride, it is Hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFS), a waste byproduct of the fertilizer industry that is so corrosive, it burns a hole into concrete when it is spilled and requires full body Hazmat suits to handle it. 3,4 HFS is also contaminated with other industrial waste such as lead, mercury and arsenic which can amount to as much as 10% of the HFS product added to water. Most of the “evidence” presented from the pro-fluoridation side was limited to hearsay and emotion-laden anecdotal stories of poor children missing school due to cavities. The State Dental Director, Katya Mauritson, showed her daughter’s baby picture and claimed

she was filling her 4-month-old’s bottle with fluoridated tap water. Just because she is this irresponsible with her own daughter, should we be okay doing the same with our own children? In 2010, the CDC and the ADA issued warnings and recommended against using fluoridated water for infant baby formulas. In infants, the blood-brain barrier that protects their neurology from toxins is not fully developed and they are more susceptible to brain damage in their first six months than any other time in their life. A bottle-fed baby gets 250 times more fluoride dosage than a breast fed baby when fluoridated tap water is used. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against using fluoride in infants younger than six months. Fluoride was classified as a developmental neurotoxin in the March 2014 edition of The Lancet Neurology medical journal when Dr Grandjean published findings that show: “even the mildest forms (of fluorosis) that appears as whitish specks on the enamel – showed lower performance on some neuropsychological tests and suggests an average IQ decline of 7 points with exposure to fluoride.”7,8 Dental fluorosis, a permanently disfiguring result of water fluoridation, presents as mottled discoloration of the teeth and affects 40% of American children living in fluoridated areas. The psychological and social impact for children was downplayed by the profluoridation panelists. It was a debate where the antifluoride crowd had detailed questions,

studies and information, but the profluoride side took the stance that “the ADA says we should do it and we’ve been doing it for years.” The pro-fluoride crowd had no real answers to the hundreds of studies that are showing fluoride to cause serious harm. I find some of my patients overestimate the protection of water fluoridation and present with numerous fillings as well as disfiguring dental fluorosis from fluoride toxicity. Dental fluorosis is a visible sign of total-body fluoride overload. Fluoride has been shown in animal studies to accumulate predominantly in the pineal gland, the hippocampus and the bones while over 40 studies show a correlation between low IQ and fluoride exposure, exposing these victims to far reaching negative social implications. 10 The more affluent population can escape the social stigma by getting expensive veneers. While safer, topical fluoride treatments are not very lucrative, veneers generate significant revenue for labs and dentists that is not covered by insurance. When fluoridation was established, dentists believed it was an essential nutrient. Modern science knows that there is not a single biochemical process in the body that requires it. Panelist Biochemist

Jeremy Widmann, Ph.D. explains that fluoride is a highly reactive chemical which disrupts almost every natural biochemical process in the body and is essential for none. Fluoride inhibits 64 enzymes; disrupts G proteins; and destroys hydrogen bonds in the body resulting in a wide range of bio-toxic effects that can also trigger mutations – the beginning of cancer. Dr. Widmann bought an expensive water filtration system after he concluded his research on fluoride to protect him and his family. Many of my patients who have moved here from areas where water fluoridation is not practiced, like Europe or Israel, notice a decline in their health once they are exposed to fluoridated water in America. The oral health of populations that do not fluoridate is better than in places where fluoridation is practiced due to the absence of fluorosis. A decline in caries and cavities in industrialized countries since the 1950’s has been equal regardless of whether the country fluoridates its water or not! Increased education

“We would not purposely add arsenic to the water supply. And we would not purposely add lead. But we do add fluoride. The fact is that fluoride is more toxic than lead and just slightly less toxic than arsenic.” Dr. John Yiamouyiannis

regarding oral hygiene has led to this improvement while water fluoridation confers no additional benefit. Fluoride could be possibly the single most prevalent environmental toxin to which we are all exposed. It may contribute to the epidemic rise in chronic diseases including hypothyroidism, skeletal fluorosis, risk of fractures, arthritis and cancer. Many enlightened health professionals and dentists who reviewed the evidence are starting to recognize the dangers of fluoride and concur that water fluoridation is the biggest mistake of the century and it is past time for it to end!9 Katia Meier can be reached at Denver Water Board 303-628-6663 or See ad page 2. Full bibliography can be found online at


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TUESDAY, SEPT 1 Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Different presenters bring their personal approach to meta-physics. A correlating meditation offered. Socialization/networking. $5. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

SATURDAY, SEPT 5 First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. $1/mini services (crystal bed sessions, ion foot baths, massage and so much more!), 20% off products, free prizes, healthy food. FREE. Pre-bk/info Taspen’s Organics, 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-816-0429

TUESDAY, SEPT 8 FREE Trust Your Intuition class–7:15-9pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Learn how to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-6682358 or

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 9 Back to School: Relationships 101–7-9pm. We will discuss primers for a healthy, enriched relationship. Koelbel Library. $15/couple. RSVP From Resistance to Radiance: Learning to Feel Beautiful as You Age–6-8:30pm. Also on 9/24. Come join us for this experiential free workshop where you will learn to feel beautiful, worthy and radiant just as you are. Free. Longmont. Info/rsvp Marlene 720-7711257

THURSDAY, SEPT 10 Taste of Tarot Class–6:30-9pm. Explore the tarot using a special reading mat designed by the instructor. This reading mat allows you to read like a pro in just two hours. $20. Rochelle Fisher 303-549-65028, Root Flute Sound Journey with Daniel Hansen–7-9pm. Featuring Shamanistic stuccattos, deep soul grooves with melodic builds and twinkling arpeggios. $20 or donation. Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-816-0429,

SATURDAY, SEPT 12 Aspen Psychic Apprenticeship–Learn to be a professional psychic, medium, medical intuitive. Last chance; program moving to D.C. soon. For info & to register Dog Trainer/Behavior Specialist Program–Use Learning Theory and positive reinforcement to teach dogs skills to live in human society. Doggie Delights on Broadway, 1432 S Broadway, Denver. 303-239-0382 or Awakenings from the Light and Manifesting 123 Workshop–9am-6pm. Nancy Rynes shares her remarkable near-death experiences; Ken Elliott discusses practical ways to manifest what you desire. $150pp; $125/ea group rate. Comfort Suites, 7060 E County Line Rd, Highlands Ranch. RSVP Marianne Pestana 303-945-6195

Gems of Excellence Free Demonstration–1-3pm. A brain/mind empowerment course for successful living. Learn tools to minimize stress, improve personal and business relationships and to create the life you want to live! J4CL, 7901 W 59th Ave, Arvada. To register email

SUNDAY, SEPT 13 Embracing the Tiger–12-2pm. Heal the core issues that have run your life with Randy Ferguson, Internationally Acclaimed Transformational Speaker. Unity on the Avenue, 4670 E 17th Ave Pkwy, Denver. $25. 303-322-3901 Free Energy Clearings–Noon-1:15pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome.Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Free Trust Your Intuition Class–1:15-3pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? Come to this FREE class to learn how to easily hear your intuition. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Ho’o’ponopono Ceremony with Alaya Love–1-6:30pm. Ancient Hawaiian Ceremony and powerful tool for transformation clearing our DNA lineage 12 generations back! $150. Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive Conifer 303-816-0429,

MONDAY, SEPT 14 Functional Forum Meet Up–5-8pm. Accelerating the Evolution of Medicine. A monthly meet-up for Integrative and Holistic Health Practitioners and health enthusiasts. Contact Clara Wisner 720-202-2326 or HMN Monthly Meeting: Homeoprophylaxis– 7-8:45pm.Learn what homeoprophylaxis is, the philosophy around it, and when it is useful. Natural Grocers, 1433 Washington, Denver. Holistic Moms Network, Denver Metro Chapter. RSVP Facebook or

TUESDAY, SEPT 15 Denver Meditation and Metaphysics MeetUp Group with Tami Harms–7-9pm. Different presenters bring their personal approach to meta-physics. A correlating meditation offered. Socialization/networking. $5. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 Moon Gathering–Drumming/Journey Circle meets in Boulder area. We encourage you to join Meetup group, Spirit Earth Medicine Wheel for announcements and shamanic trainings. Contact or 303-665-0175

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 16 Miracles + Medicine Workshop–7-8pm FREE. Join us for a workshop with Sylvia Salcedo, L.Ac, on discovering the psychological components of your health. When you heal the body at the emotional & spiritual level you will experience huge transformations in your life. The evening will include, lecture, practice, discussion and sound meditation. Season of Cherry Creek, 3498 E. Ellsworth Ave, Denver. More information: or

THURSDAY, SEPT 17 Gangaji in Boulder–Gangaji is an American born spiritual teacher. Public meeting Sept 17, Unity Church, 2855 Folsom St. $20. Followed by Weekend Intensive Sept 19-20, Boulder Marriott, 2660 Canyon Blvd. $225/$250 at door. Chronic Pain Support Group–6:30-7:30pm. Don’t suffer alone! Join Nurse Marcie as she brings patients together to discuss holistic ways to manage chronic pain including discussions on Essential Oils, Cannabis Regimens, Acupuncture, and more! Free. The Garden, 3435 Albion St, Denver. Info Marcie 720-333-1022

savethedate AROMATHERAPY AND ESSENTIAL OIL DISTILLATION Tuesday, September 15 • 6-8:30pm Come meet Eric Scott Bresselsmith, artisan essential oil distiller from Utah, and explore the connection of herbal distillates to the essential intelligence of the plants: the “Genie in the Bottle.” Eric will share his knowledge of the desert herbs and conifers of the Colorado Plateau. $5-20 sliding scale, includes 2 oz. of hydrosol. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Rd, lower level, Boulder. 720-406-8609 or

FRI, SEPT 18 Spiritual Medium Audience readings with Elisa Malangone–7-9pm. Spiritually selected and divinely guided messages with contagiously witty, compassionate heart-centered connection to spirit. $10/advance; $15/ door. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver. Advance purchase Community Drumming Circle and Sound Celebration– 7-9pm. Honor Summer, share intentions and sacred vibrations. Bring snack to share, drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments. Suggested $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695

SATURDAY, SEPT 19 Purple Stretch Fundraiser–9-3pm. Supporting cancer patients by raising money while practicing a day of donation-based yoga classes, food, fun, wellness and raffle prizes ! Call 303-840-5454 or visit Annual Health Fair–10am-1pm. Enjoy complimentary services, learn about alternative and sports therapies. FREE, Family friendly, food and drinks. RSVP appreciated. Integrative Health, 5191 S. Yosemite St, Greenwood Village. 303-577-9977 or Harvest Festival & Fundraiser for Dance 2B Free–210pm. Join Pachamama Farm & Wellness in Longmont for inspiring local nonprofit, Dance 2B Free, bringing dance to women’s prisons. Visit events for more info

MONDAY, SEPT 21 Dream Interpretation–7-9pm. This class will discuss dream symbolism and interpretation. Instructor: Tryna Giordano Cooper. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

TUES, SEPT 22 Meditation for Beginners 5-Weeks –7-9 pm. Meditation can transformation your life and create change. Let go of negativity and make room for the positive. Early $175, Regular $190. Journey Within,777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita Destino 720-4137303,

FRI, SEPT 25 Love Notes From Heaven Spirit Gallery–7-9pm. Elisa Malangone delivers spiritually selected and divinely guided messages with contagiously witty, gracious charm and compassionate heart- centered connection to spirit. $20/advance $25/door. Fullmoon Books, 9106 W 6th Ave, Lakewood. Info ElisaMalangone/events.

SATURDAY, SEPT 26 Grounding, Guidance, Strength and Love: 6-week Meditation Class–Saturdays 9-10am. Experience a series of powerful meditations that teach you to create the support you need for all of life’s situations. No experience necessary. $145. The Renaissance Center 427 E Bayaud, Denver. Visit or call Renee Ellis 720-984-9575

MAS SAJADY HEALING IN BOULDER & DENVER Boulder: Sept 17-19; Denver Debut Sept 20 After 2 near-death experiences, Mas Sajady was gifted with extraordinary abilities of healing, and will be coming to Boulder & Denver in September to offer spiritual guidance, intensives and healings. In Boulder at the Nomad Theater Sept 17-19, Sajady will offer group healings, seminars, transformation intensives, lectures and guided meditations, personalized messages and frequency alignments. He debuts in Denver Sept 20 at the First Unitarian Society, 1400 Lafayette St in Denver. For information and registration, visit



The Living Tarot is improvisational theater that invites audience members to step into a living oracle, ask a question and watch as The Fool, The High Priestess, The Hermit, The Sun, The Moon and other ancient archetypes act out the “answers”, enhanced by live musical accompaniment. Eclipse and Fall Equinox Dance Party 9-10pm. The Integral Center, 2805 Broadway St, Boulder. Information 800-771-0928 or *Go to to begin your own Soul’s Adventure, by asking a question at the Oracle on Equinox Sunday!

DANCE ARTS STUDIO IN BROOMFIELD PRESENTS “Celebrate Dance” Sept 20 and “Charlotte’s Web” Sept 27 Join Dance Arts Studio in Broomfield for two great events in September! On Sunday Sept 20 “Celebrate Dance” from 5pm to 7pm at Community Park in Broomfield. Bring your own picnic and leave the dessert and dancing to us! On Sept 27, Children’s Dance Theater performs the classic “Charlotte’s Web” at 2pm at the Broomfield Auditorium. Dance Arts Studio, 555 Burbank Street, Unit N, Broomfield. For information, go to, email, or call 303-466-3212.

THE ART OF INTUITION WORKSHOP Saturday, October 17 from 2 - 3:30 pm Intuition is your truth, your wisdom and a part of your connection to something greater. Intuition can be dramatic but much of our experience is subtle and soft. In this workshop you will: Identify your individual intuitive profile; Learn specific techniques to support your profile to achieve clarity and balance; Refine your unique guidance system; Become a master in the art of intuition. Pre-registration required. $45 including materials. The Renaissance Center, 427 E Bayaud, Denver. Visit or call Renee 720-984-9575 for reservation.

INITIATION-ATTUNEMENT TO THE AKASHIC RECORDS LEVELS 1-2-3 Saturday, October 17 • 10am-6pm; Sunday, October 18 • 9:30am-2pm In the Akasha are stored all the memories of your soul. Get to know them with Cristina Vignato, Psychosomatic-holistic counselor & Akashic Records Master, and reconnect to your life purpose. During this seminar you will be guided to tune in and connect to your Akashic channel, receiving messages directly from Masters and Guides. With InitiationTuning you will be able to read your own and for others. Colorado Springs. $380. RSVP/ info contact Clara Salvoni-Young 719-360-0825 or email

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Fresh, Healthy Meals for Families Class–11am2pm. Hands-on demo class; natural health experts will teach you how to make fresh, healthy family meals from scratch in under 30 minutes; create healthy onthe-go snack for kids and moms and dads and how to prepare FRESH healthy packed lunches. Arvada. Discount for families with more then 1 attendee. Class size limited. Info Candice 720-277-9124 Special Movie Screening “The Last Avatar”–79pm.The Last Avatar is a spiritual adventure film -the story is of a young man who leaves Hollywood to find himself. What he finds is beyond his wildest imagination. Info, RSVP, and tickets contact Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Beginning Meditation Workshop–7-9pm. Come learn about meditation and practice some meditation

ongoing mondays Power Vinyasa Flow with Laurie Love–9:30-10:30am. Some yoga asana experience recommended as this practice will be vigorous, flowing and dynamic, connecting breath with movement. Yoga schedule Taspens. com. 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429


techniques. Instructor: Tryna Giordano Cooper. $10. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 or

TUES, SEPT 29 Holistic Healing and Psychic/Intuitive Fair– 11am-5pm. Variety of complimentary healing modalities:massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils, crystal bowls, and bars; readers and more. $20/20 minutes or per healer/reader/vendor as offered. Journeys for Conscious Living, 7401 W 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695 PTSD Group NADA Auricular Acupuncture–6:307:30pm. Join Nurse Marcie for a holistic healing treatment that helps facilitate peace and balance. Take away skills to help you through your daily struggles. Donations gladly accepted, not expected. The Garden, 3435 Albion St, Denver. Info Marcie 720-333-1022 Living from the Heart Work Group–6-8pm. Experiential work group Wednesday nights: The Healing Heart Method is a powerful yet simple process that resolves the issue of suppression and internalization of emotions and gradually unfolds a natural state of inner peace and healing. The Center for Living from the Heart meeting room, Denver. $15. Call Val at 303-339-0807 or visit


Beginner Yoga with Laurie Love–12-1pm. Fudamental Hatha yoga postures, slow vinyasa flow using pranayama (focused breath) and proper body alignment. Yoga schedule 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429

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

Ashtanga Yoga with Becky Potter–Tues & Fri 9:30am; Thurs Noon. Invigorating, athletic practice steeped in tradition. No previous yoga experience req’d. Yoga schedule 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429

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

Align & Flow Yoga with Laurie Love–6:30-7:30pm. Slow-medium paced flow vinyasa class with longer holds focusing on alignment principles to get deeper into mind-body connection. Schedule 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429

Active Group Meditation–5:45-6:45pm. We never ask you to clear your mind of all thoughts; we give your busy mind something relaxing to do. Effortless, easy and requires no particular belief. $6/session w/5-session punch card. Yoga of the Mind, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. Drops in welcome. 303-668-2358.

Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave, Denver. David Stevens 303-668-2358, Longmont Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–7pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Connie 720-494-0368 Wheatridge Spiritual Transformation with Transmission Meditation–6pm. Join us for a group meditation that is a stimulus to our individual development and also a potent form of world service. Free. Tim 303-239-8101

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


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Satori Yoga with Stacey Bickler–10-11:30am. Get in shape physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually; manifest a healthier, happier outer experience. Taspen’s Organics and Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Drive, Conifer. 303-816-0429. Yoga schedule

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

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

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Energy Medicine: Practical Applications and Proof– 9am-4:30pm. Drawing on his lifetime of experience as a medical doctor and holistic practitioner, Dr. Shealy takes you on a journey into the world of energy medicine, where you learn to balance your physical and psychological states to create healing and wholeness. First Universalist Church of Denver, 4101 E. Hampden Ave. Denver. ARE Member/ Senior (62+) $74/$94 door; Nonmembers $84 /$104 door. Info Darlene Bodnar 303-637-7107 or Register at or call A.R.E. at 800-333-4499 with Natural Awakenings code FE157542 First Saturday Wellness Fair–10am-4pm. $1/min services (massage, facials, Reiki, spray tanning, crystal bed sessions, ion foot bath), 20% off products, free prizes, healthy food. FREE. Pre-bk/info Taspens Organics Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr Conifer 303-816-0429

OCTOBER 5-11 Saul David Raye 200hr YTT at Karma Yoga Center– Delve into the teachings of Yoga, Tantra, Bhakti, Ayurveda with International Bhakti Yoga Teacher Saul David Raye. 200hr Certification. Pre-Reg preferred by Sep 5., 303-709-0535

OCTOBER 9-10 The First Annual Elder-Corps Wisdom Series: The Enlivened Living Conference–If you are 50+ and looking to rediscover meaning and purpose and want to hear some of the world’s best speakers. Make the second half of your life rock. Mile Hi Church, 9077 W Alameda Ave, Lakewood. Info email or 505-982-5754

OCTOBER 24-25 Pendulum Dowsing & Earth Acupuncture– $450pp incl meals and snacks; take home pkg to ‘cure’ your own home, value $275 w/training manual and book, prepared rods etc. Boulder area. Space limited. or 303-665-0175.

OCTOBER 31-NOV 2 Yoga, Hiking & Hot Springs–Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. Incl 2 nights hotel, 3 days entrance to the mineral hot springs, 2 yoga classes (all levels), 1 lunch, 1 dinner and welcome reception. Optional escorted hikes. More info Amber 303-359-2140 or

NOVEMBER 4-8 Mexico Mini- Yoga Retreat on the Mayan Riviera–Retreat, rejuvenate and relax in Tulum, Mexico at a private beachside villa. Personal Chef, Daily Yoga, Sacred Ruins, Cenotes, ocean sunrises included., 303-709-0535

JANUARY 11, 2016 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training –Tues/Thursdays; 5:30-9pm.This immersion is for anyone who wants learn more about yoga and advance their practice of yoga. Upon completion, you will be eligible through Yoga Alliance to receive a RYT 200 hour certificate. Details or call 303-840-5454

FEB 6-13, 2016 Legendary Spa & Fitness Resort–Rancho la Puerta, Mexico. Incl 7 nights accommodations, all meals and beverages, access to facilities, programs & fitness classes, San Diego airport transfers, and 50min massage. Pricing and availability contact Amber 303-3592140 or


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