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Women’s Wellness Living Intuitively Trust Your Gut

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The Miracles of Massage Gabby Reece on Balancing Life

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The Hidden Dangers May 2014


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Turning Back the Clock


ost women who come to my office tell me the only thing they regret is that they did not come in earlier. I see it over and over again; women sometimes put themselves last; taking care of family, kids and spouse often takes priority and does not leave much time to address their own wellness issues. A lot of women also take it as a given that with age their body won’t function and look as well as it used to, and don’t even consider that there are solutions to their problems. Most don’t know that it is easy to actually feel and look fantastic after 40! At Clear Sky Medical, we specialize in finding the answers to optimizing your Health, your Wellness and your Looks. Utilizing bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, thyroid optimization, nutritional optimization, medical weight loss as well as nonsurgical aesthetics will maintain the healthy look outside you feel like inside!

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letterfrompublishers On Health and Happiness Consciously striving to be happier is a healthy goal. It’s worth working for, sweating over and crawling out of your comfort zone. In a review of dozens of human and animal studies, Illinois professor emeritus of psychology Ed Diener, who is also a senior scientist for the Gallup Organization, found that “the overwhelming majority of studies support the conclusion that happiness is associated with health and longevity,” according to the Illinois News in 2011. “We reviewed eight different types of studies,” said Diener, “and the general conclusion from each type of study is that your subjective well-being – that is, feeling positive about your life, not stressed out, not depressed – contributes to both longevity and better health among healthy populations.” Wow. Reminds me of getting the green light to indulge in dark chocolate! Makes me happy and healthy! If being happier correlates to being healthier, why wouldn’t we place a greater daily emphasis on our happiness? In turn, you can increase the happiness and health levels of everyone around you. After all, as the adage goes, make yourself happy and everyone around you will be happier – and healthier – too. Just as you can make choices about your clothing, you have the same choices about life issues that aren’t making you happy. It’s time to drop the old rationalizations and discover a new YOU – stronger, confident, wiser and definitely happier and healthier. Foster a vision of your happiest, most amazing life. Set goals to take the first steps. Reach out for support, find positive resources and new, inspiring connections. Decide what you are willing to give up to make this life happen. Any fear of an uncertain future will be replaced by faith and joy with each new step you take, and overcoming your challenges will make life more meaningful. Whether being happier means moving to the ocean, gaining or losing weight, learning a foreign language or writing the book you’ve always wanted to write, when you live fully to the happiest extent possible, you are answering the call of Source to enjoy the gift of life. You also reap the rewards of better health!

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newsbriefs Local Business Wins Award


ob Bolak and his Louisville-based Sandler Training Center was named Sandler’s Global Rookie of the Year for 2013. “In a very short amount of time, Bob Bolak has embraced the Sandler Training methodology and led his clients to impressive sales success. Bob is a skilled sales strategist who applies the power of reinforcement in his own business while impressing the same practices on his clients. Bob is more than deserving of this award and we’re fortunate to have him in the Sandler Training network,” said CEO of Sandler Training, David Mattson. Bolak attributes his Sandler business success to several factors: “First, I love to teach, coach and help others to achieve their goals…(and) we have a talented team of administrative and marketing professionals that work every day to provide the highest level of client service possible. This award is every bit their award as well! Behavior drives everything. If you just come in every day and do the things you need to do to grow your business, magical things happen. Our first 12-months in business, I made 5,742 cold calls that resulted in 229 unique conversations and led to face-to-face visits with 53 new prospective clients,” said Bolak. Bob Bolak can be reached at 303-579-1939 or ®

VegFest Colorado July 5-6


egFest Colorado holds its annual event, July 5-6, from 10am-6pm both days at the Exhibit Hall at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 W 6th Ave., Golden. VegFest Colorado is a health and environmental fair supporting a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Attendees will learn from experts on health, diet, environmental issues, and the advantages of a compassionate, cruelty-free, plant-based lifestyle. Expert chefs and dozens of vendors ensure no one leaves hungry! See ad page 7.


elissa Joy, President of Matrix Energetics, will lead a seminar June 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza Denver International Airport, 15500 E 40th Ave., Denver. The M-Joy of Being (Women) seminar offers women the chance to discover and embody True Authentic Self as a direct extension of universal consciousness and infinite potential, say organizers. This course specifically addresses patterns that hinder women from embodying their true selves as limitless beings. Specific applications will be shared, demonstrated and practiced, leading participants to access more joy, flow, integrity and personal fulfillment. Areas of focus include • Heart-Centered Awareness to open into greater receptivity; • Universal Consciousness, Intuitive Awareness, and Grace; • Integrity with True Self and Others; • Relationship with True Self and Others; • Comparing and Competing to Compassion and Completion;• Sacred feminine and masculine integration. Melissa Joy, founder and instructor of the “M-Joy of Being” (Women) seminar, has been teaching Matrix Energetics seminars since 2008. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and completed graduate studies at Pepperdine University’s Graziado School of Business and Management. After 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry, she now has a career she loves. For more information, 800-269-9513 or See ad page 13.

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newsbriefs Natural Recovery from Incontinence, Pelvic Prolapse and Pain

Eco-Dentistry Certification


tudio Z Dental, a family-friendly general dental practice in Louisville, is currently obtaining their Eco-Dentistry Certification which would be a first along the Front Range says owner Dr. Tom Zyvoloski. To become a GreenDOCTM dental office, they are required to comply with a long list of eco-friendly dentistry practices that focus on: Sustainable Location, Waste Reduction, Pollution Prevention, Energy Conservation, Water Conservation, Patient Care, Workplace Policies & Community Contribution, Leadership and Innovation. Moving office locations gave Dr. Zyvoloski a chance to address all those areas. “When we moved our dental office it was an easy choice to look at every material that was used in the construction process, to make sure it was the most eco-friendly and patient-friendly material we could find.” Studio Z Dental continues to offer mercury-safe (IAOMT) dentistry, along with cutting-edge equipment such as the Swiss IQ Air purification system for mercury-safe silver amalgam filling removal in order to protect the health and safety of their clients and staff. Studio Z Dental, 818 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 100, Louisville. 303-802-4313. See listing page 29.


atural health practitioner Dr. Sandy Bevacqua introduces an online course to help women recover from bladder issues, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain and organ prolapse. The six-month Pelvic Health Transformation Program begins May 9, 3pm EST. “More than half of all women, including those in their 20s and 30s, have pelvic floor issues,” explains Bevacqua, whose office is in Arizona. “Many take meds or elect surgery in seeking relief but pelvic floor issues can be successfully addressed using natural methods.” With a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology, “Dr. Sandy” is known as an expert in nutrition, genetic engineering and human biology. She also had her own healing journey with pelvic damage from the traumatic birth of her son. The new online program combines lessons learned in both her personal and professional experience to guide women in regaining a completely healthy pelvic floor and organs. Participants receive bimonthly calls and personal support from her and her team of women’s health care specialists plus bonus classes on female sexual health and recovery from childbirth. Meet Dr. Sandy at; register at See ad, page 27.

Aspen Program Moves to New Location


he Aspen Program for Psychic Development is now located at The Aspen Program Learning Center, 7350 E. Progress Place, Suite 100, Greenwood Village. Entering its 5th year, the Aspen Program offers a wide variety of classes and certifications to help people use the full capacities of their mind to make better decisions in their personal and professional lives. Says owner Karen Fox, “Psychic abilities are like muscles – the more you use them, the stronger they will be. The Aspen Program is a skills-based program with tools, methods and lots of practice designed to provide the most well-rounded, practical education possible.” See the calendar for classes or email See listing page 31.

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valid signatures are needed to place Genetically Modified Organism(GMO) labeling on Colorado’s ballot this fall. Right To Know (RTK) Colorado is now training “petition circulators” to legally collect signatures around the state. According to RTK Colorado founder Tryna Cooper, US Representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association of America are actively trying to circumvent states rights to demand labeling by supporting H.R. 4432. Officially titled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” it is nicknamed “Denying Americans Right

to Know (DARK) Act” by pro-GMO labeling groups. This bill would supersede states rights to enact their own laws and instead allow manufacturers to voluntarily label GMO’s… or not. The Center for Food Safety posts various surveys (New York Times, Reuters, Consumer Reports, etc) on their website, indicating that over 90% of Americans want GMOs labeled. Yet, big corporate spending has managed to thwart the majority thus far. More than 60 countries currently require labeling including China, Russia and Saudia Arabia. Initiative proponents Larry Cooper and Cheryl Gray say, “This will be a powerful campaign and no doubt, an exhilarating one! We are eager and excited to work with all of you because healthy food is worth it. This is a non-partisan effort and it will take everyone’s help to make GMO labeling a reality in Colorado!” To learn more and get involved, contact Tryna@ or natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Health and Lifestyle Coach Walks the Walk


ocal resident Carly Williams is now accepting new clients for The Sideways Approach, her health and lifestyle coaching business based in Golden. Williams conducts coaching sessions via skype, email and phone, but also holds classes and group sessions at the Well Being Collective in Golden. “I want to encourage women to find more health and happiness through positive, manageable lifestyle changes. I help clients find balance in all areas of life from eating well to having an active lifestyle and job they love to having healthy relationships, while possibly finding a spiritual practice and discovering new ways to manage stress,” says Williams. The Sideways Approach offers several personal coaching programs (Introductory, Progression and Perfect Balance Programs) and also explores various topics with group sessions such as The Desire Map Support System meets Book Club, 14-Day Spring Celebration Cleanse and The Happiness Project. Since graduating from Colorado State University with a BA in Marketing, Williams says, “I decided to start eliminating parts of my life that were not supporting my overall health and well-being and instead incorporate new ways of living. Now everything I do and the choices I make are dictated by my new lifestyle and an endless pursuit of adventure.” Williams is currently studying more than 100 dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Contact Carly Williams at See listing page 30.


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Sampsons Announces “No Product Change!”


ccording to Sampsons All Natural company president Pete Sampson, “The Marisol family of moisturizing products is made entirely with natural ingredients. None of the products contain perfume, chemicals, dyes, preservatives or other synthetic additives. Each ingredient is carefully chosen for its potential benefit to skin.” This is in direct contrast to a Johnson & Johnson announcement published in the New York Times Jan 17 that its baby shampoo would no longer contain the known carcinogens, formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane. J&J’s VP of research and development Cathy Salerno gets frustrated at critics who promote the idea that natural ingredients are inherently better. “I like to remind people that poison ivy is natural,” Salerno said. Sampson explains, “Our idea of a preservative is vitamin E.” He goes on, “All the words in our ingredients list are pronounceable…all the scents are from essential oils, extracted from natural sources and not concocted in a laboratory. And our products do not contain water because once water is added to the moisturizing oils, two or more additional ingredients are needed – emulsifiers to stop the water and the oil from separating, and preservatives to discourage the growth of harmful bacteria.” For more information visit See ad on page 7.

Weekend of Ayurveda


he Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association (COLORAMA) and Friends of Ayurveda present a weekend with renowned Ayurvedic teacher Vasant Lad BAM&S, MASc May 30-June 1 at several Foothills locations. The weekend kicks off Friday night in Broomfield with the lecture, “Detoxifying with Ayurveda: Improving Human Health”; continues Saturday in Boulder with “Rejuvenation: Secrets for a Long and Vital Life” and “Kirtan” in the evening; and finishes Sunday in Denver with a more advanced workshop for students and association members. Friday and Saturday’s events are open to the public and are suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their exploration of Ayurveda. According to organizers, this is a joint fundraiser to further COLORAMA’s mission “to protect and promote the interests of participants, educators and practitioners of Ayurveda in the State of Colorado” and to assist Friends of Ayurveda in equipping the Vasant Institute of Ayurveda’s teaching and pancha karma facility in India. To learn more, contact Heidi Nordlund at 303-678-7657 or See ad page 23.

briefbriefs Local Authors, New Books Award-winning author Donna DeNomme offers her new book, 8 Keys to Wholeness: Tools for Hope-Filled Healing. Sharing what she has learned from a lifetime of service helping others with their healing, as well as personal insights from her own childhood abuse, Donna provides practical and powerful, natural strategies for moving toward wholeness. Support your local independent bookstore by asking for 8 Keys to Wholeness or contact donna@ See listing page 31. Local practitioner Melanie Smithson announces Stress Free in 30 Seconds: A Slightly Irreverent Approach to Navigating Life’s Challenges, teaching you how to flow with life, negotiate thinking and play with opportunity. You will find daily living strategies to handle situations as they arise, preventive measures to create your own stress free zone, step-bystep guidelines for handling frequently encountered stressors, and play breaks to help you put theory into practice. And most of the interventions can be done in 30 seconds or less! Available on or email Melanie at


Natural Treatment Option for Respiratory Infections A

ccording to the National Institutes of Health, lower respiratory infections are more prevalent worldwide than HIV, malaria, cancer and heart attacks. Those that suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis or asthma are especially prone, reports the journal PLOS Medicine. Treatment can be especially difficult when it’s unclear if the cause is a virus, bacterium or fungus. In typical Western medicine, pills spread pharmaceutics throughout the body instead of targeting the air-side of the lungs, where the problem lies. A study in the European Journal of Clinical Micriobiology & Infectious Diseases suggests delivering a fine-droplet mist from a nebulizer directly atop the invading pathogens and replenishing often to keep the area moist with antimicrobials. This can achieve far greater local dosing with far lower systemic

penetration. Choose an antimicrobial that kills all three potential types of pathogens so the physician won’t need to guess the proper drug or try them sequentially.

A natural option that eschews drugs was studied by the Klearsen Corpora-

tion and the National Jewish Hospital. They found success by nebulizing an enhanced aqueous colloid of silver for even the most stubborn pathogens. Plus, it has no adverse side effects. The suggested protocol called for nebulizing a liquid silver colloid (50 parts per million) of 3mL, 3 times/day. For acute infections, the three-milliliter dose can be administered every two waking hours. Using a nebulizer is essential to achieve the effective microdroplets required to reach all areas of the lungs. Vaporizers are not suitable as the heated steam will leave the active ingredients behind. Inhaling the nebulized mist deep into the lungs will coat the invading pathogens. Steven Frank of has researched respiratory infection therapies for 15 years and holds three related patents. Study sites include the Institute for Tuberculosis Research, National Jewish Hospital and Klearsen Corporation. He presented Respiratory Clinical Trial results to the American Naturopathic Medical Association in 2006. He can be reached at See ad, page 21.

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Energy Medicine for Endocrine Health


he endocrine system is the collection of glands, each of which secretes different types of hormones, that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood, among others. The word endocrine derives from the Greek words “endo,” meaning within, and “crinis,” meaning secrete, according to When disrupted, everything from the immune system to the reproductive system can malfunction. Signs of endocrine system disruption include ADHD, thyroid problems and prostate cancer, says Dr. Joseph Mercola. To keep our system balanced, Dr. Oz recommends avoiding hormone-disruptors like pesticides, parabens (found in deodorant, sunscreen and makeup) and Bisphenol A (BPA) among others. Limiting exposure is helpful, but energy practices like Attunement may make a positive difference. Attunement is an energy medicine practice that stimulates the body’s energetic flow to support the endocrine system and facilitate internal healing. The healee sits or lies on a table while the practitioner moves their hands, without touching the recipient, to the different endocrine glands around the body for about 20 minutes. Those experiencing Attunement often report feelings of well-being, reduced stress and faster healing times. Sunrise Ranch offers Attunement on a donation basis. Call 970-679-4200 or visit See ad page 12.

Reduce Recurrences of Urinary Tract Infections S

ince the 1940’s, antibiotics have been the primary treatment for eliminating bacterial infections. However, antibiotics don’t necessarily prevent bacterial infections from returning. A Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) can cause frequent urges to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, back pain, abdominal pain and/or cloudy, dark urine. According to Chinese Medicine and acupuncture theory, two reasons you may experience frequent recurrences: Your diet and lifestyle may promote infection; bacteria may adapt and repopulate. When acupuncturists diagnose recurrent UTI, they offer suggestions regarding diet and lifestyle modifications, but they also treat for an adapted strain of UTI called a Non-Infection UTI. According to the Mayo Clinic, Non-Infection UTI commonly affects: the elderly; those with recurrent UTI infections; and women more often than men. It can become chronic, causing mild discomfort to severe pain as a result of bladder pressure and pelvic pain. Symptomology and severity can vary greatly and, with no detectable bacteria, Western medicine has no cure. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, a Non-Infection UTI is referred to as IC/ PBS (combination of Interstitial Cystitis and Painful Bladder Syndrome) because it covers any and all symptoms of a Non-Infection UTI. Chinese Medicine uses the term IC/PBS as a reference to both the inflammation of the Lower Burner System (kidneys, ureter, bladder, and urethra) and the pattern of unsuccessful and painful excretion of urine from the body. Chinese acupuncture recognizes that most symptoms of IC/PBS are a result of underlying health problems; therefore, a comprehensive diagnosis is compiled and takes into account the individual’s body, mind and spirit with the purpose of building the body’s immune system. By inserting thin, sterile, stainless steel needles, acupuncturists also re-organize pathways of energy (Meridians). As a result, your body’s natural immune response is mobilized and YOU will be capable of living with a much more consistent quality of life! Dr. Shwu-Yar Tsai, Ph.D. and Acupuncturist is with The Wellness Center. 303-357-9355.


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Jumping for Change


id you know that resisting a necessary change can compromise your wellness? Sometimes we feel stuck, hide in our life or fear these changes, but a step-by-step process can take you beyond the fear. Each step is geared toward helping you make a thorough, healthy shift that will improve the quality of your life on all levels. Step 1: Admit to yourself what you already know. Truth-telling: the primary stepping-stone to true freedom. Step 2: Tell the truth to someone safe. Sharing with the right person opens you up to healing. Step 3: Imagine yourself free. Set the stage for freedom by first making it real in your imagination. Step 4: Make one different choice – do one thing differently. The results from one small change may surprise you. Step 5: Set your new boundaries. Don’t worry—you’ll be ready for this when you get here. Step 6: Ask for help. It’s wonderful for both parties when you allow yourself to receive. Step 7: Honor your resistance. It will tell you that you can not, must not, will not jump. Fear not! You will. Step 8: Jump! With preparation, you can land on softer clouds in a healthier place. Step 9: Exit gracefully Step 10: Say Yes … And Then Say It Again … And Again: Living your new, best life after the jump. I used these steps throughout my divorce and they translate to any kind of change: changing jobs or careers, moving to a different part of the world, setting boundaries with others in your life, doing something new that you’ve hesitated to try, increasing your capacity for self-love, or simply moving out of fear into profound courage and love. Nancy Levin, a Boulder-based Life Coach and author of “Jump … And Your Life Will Appear: An Inch-by-inch Guide to Making a Major Change” can be reached at



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Activist Turns City Food Waste into Rural Soil

Small, Simple, Sustainable

Jeremy Brosowsky had an epiphany at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, greenhouse a few years ago that set him on a more sustainable path: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” He was in the Midwest to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen, and was considering starting a rooftop agriculture business. Allen’s emphasis on the importance and elusiveness of fertile soil intrigued him. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky realized. His solution was to create Compost Cab (, a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up and delivers urban food waste to local farms for composting. Nearly 100 cities already divert food waste from landfills, but Brosowsky emphasizes, “Composting is not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production, education, jobs and creating social benefits.” He hopes to roll out Compost Cabs in other cities.

Every couple wants their wedding to reflect their values. Concern for the environment prompts planning that supports eco-friendly local businesses and avoids generating the considerable waste and carbon footprints of traditional events. Veteran green wedding planner and environmentalist Kate Harrison, author of The Green Bride Guide, who blogs at, assists couples through the process. “I advise couples to look at simple substitutions in line with their style and budget,” says Harrison. “Every choice adds up.” By invitation only. Digital invitations cost just pennies apiece; options like offer the appearance of a paper invitation, arriving in an envelope that “opens” on the screen. Also consider elegant renditions of more conventional invitations made of recycled, upcycled or organic papers. For the invite that keeps on growing, try seed-studded paper creations that guests can plant in their backyards. Where the guests are. Selecting a location central to most of the guests minimizes the celebration’s carbon footprint, reduces travel expenses and maximizes attendance. “Consider picking a venue with natural beauty already present, such as a beautiful garden or ballroom,” advises Harrison. “You’ll cut down on the amount and cost of décor you’re buying just for the wedding.” Let them eat cake. Food and flowers are among the most costly components of a wedding, yet sustainable options can be just a worthy fraction more. A cake made with organic flour, a natural sweetener and local cage-free eggs, for example, can cost just $5 more. The key is finding a vendor willing to work with the couple’s values, says Harrison. Simple gifts. Americans spend an estimated $20 billion annually on wedding gifts, a high-impact opportunity to support local green economies. Harrison recommends establishing registries for experiences, charities and products (select sustainable options like recycled glass dishes or organic linens). Consider a local, seasonable wedding favor that guests can eat or reuse, such as maple syrup for a fall wedding in Vermont. Generally, keep all elements small, simple and local—and your own—for an occasion that truly cherishes both loved ones and our planet.

Sinking Reptiles World Turtle Day Sounds Alarm Since 2000, people around the globe have celebrated World Turtle Day, held this year on May 23, to increase respect for and knowledge of the world’s oldest creatures. Susan Tellem, co-founder with Marshall Thompson of American Turtle Rescue (ATR), states, “These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.” They believe that turtles may be extinct within 50 years and suggest ways to increase their chances for survival for future generations: n Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop; it increases demand from the wild. n Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. n If a tortoise is crossing a street, pick it up and gently place it on the other side in the same direction it was headed. n Write legislators about keeping sensitive habitats preserved. n Report cruelty or illegal sales to a local animal control shelter. n Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise less than four inches long, which is illegal throughout the U.S. For more information, visit or

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Autoimmunity and Women’s Health


he National Institute of Health has named autoimmune disease a major women’s health issue. Of the 50 million Americans suffering from autoimmune disease, 30 million are women. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, autoimmune diseases represent the fourth largest cause of disability among American women. The immune system protects us from foreign invaders, i.e. bacteria, viruses, and parasites. B cells and T cells are constantly searching for anything that is not our “self.” They destroy foreign


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microbes while forming antibodies which allow for quicker, more efficient immune response to this microbe in the future. Specific receptor sites allow B and T cells to recognize our own healthy tissues, preserving them. In an autoimmune disease, these ‘killer’ cells attack specific tissues or organs, confusing them for foreign invaders. They create antibodies and continually attempt to destroy our own, healthy tissue. Once an antibody is formed, it cannot be turned off. While there is no clear cut answer as to why this happens, research has focused on two areas: genetics and environment. (Note; the emerging field of epigenetics looks at the interplay of the two - ED) In terms of autoimmune disease, genetics are not the cause like sickle-cell anemia or cystic fibrosis. Rather, several genes may enhance susceptibility to acquiring an autoimmune disease. The specific presentation of disease depends on which genes are “turned on” or up-regulated, and which are “turned off” or down-regulated. Searching your family history may reveal a family member with

rheumatoid arthritis, another with celiac disease and another with thyroid problems. Autoimmune diseases affect different tissues in different people. The other major factor is environmental triggers such as drugs, pollutants, certain foods and stress. As the body struggles with toxic loads and less than ideal nutrition, it can cause chronic inflammation which further burdens the immune system. It’s why autoimmune diseases are rising at such an alarming rate in the past 20 years. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association(AARDA), there are 80 different autoimmune diseases with an additional 40 having an autoimmune basis. Initial symptoms may be intermittent and vague causing “over 45% of patients with autoimmune disease (to be) labeled chronic complainers in the earliest stages of their illness.” Another survey by the AARDA found it takes most patients four years and five doctors until they are properly diagnosed. Make sure you consult a health care professional with knowledge of autoimmune diseases that will really listen to you and to what you are going through. Autoimmune diseases can be devastating, but it is not hopeless, and there is proper help out there. Dr Rob Smigelski, DC, of BioTransformational Institute in Lafayette and Denver can be reached at 720-3818561 or See listing page 30.

A Lifetime of Breast Health


woman’s breasts are a key part of her experience of herself. More than just mammary glands, they are also a secondary sexual characteristic which contributes to her beauty, self-esteem and to her sexual arousal. Yet, according to A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, close to 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in America annually. A woman’s breasts may also be perceived as a threat. Breast health begins in early childhood, before the onset of puberty. According to Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism 20.5 (2009), childhood obesity in girls contributes to early menarche and thus to an increased lifetime risk of breast cancer. However, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol 54, reports that a vegetarian diet high in fiber slows the onset of puberty, contributing to future breast health. As breast buds begin to develop Ayurveda suggests use of supportive herbs such as Shatavari. Roast 1oz of Shatavari with 1 or 2 tbsps ghee in a cast iron pan until light brown, adding 2 tbsp turbinado sugar, 2 pinches saffron and a pinch of cardamom. A teaspoon of this recipe can be taken twice daily to support healthy breast development. During the reproductive years, the breasts undergo cyclical changes, increasing in size during the second half of the cycle. To help prevent fibrocystic breast disease and breast cancer, the Journal of Applied Nutrition 1995, vol47, suggests it is best to avoid tight bras or underwires and to select only natural fibers such as cotton. Research in European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Jan 1994, found that daily breast massage with strokes towards the axilla increases blood flow, stimulates lymphatic drainage and enhances oxytocin production. A mixture of castor, coconut and flax oil is ideal for massaging tender or lumpy breasts, while shatavari ghee breast massage is traditionally used to increase breast size. Pregnant and nursing mothers should avoid using soap on the nipples as this will destroy the natural antibacterial secretions of the Montgomery Glands. During the post-menopausal years, the breasts gradually undergo regression. ‘Enjoy them while you’ve got them,’ said one 85-year-old! Continue daily breast massage and also take rejuvenative herbs to support breast health such as Energy Balls – made from tahini, almond butter, honey, Shatavari and Viadari rolled in coconut flakes. A feature of the special genius of Ayurveda is the use of diet, lifestyle and herbs not only to manage diseases but also to support health throughout all the stages of life. Alakananda Ma, with the Alandi Ayurveda Clinic in Boulder can be reached at 303-786-7437.

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women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

Filches Vitamins

Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added


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all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” [It should be noted that ALL the hormones studied that caused cancer were synthetic pharmaceuticals – NOT bio-identical hormones. -Ed.] Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British

“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked

Nutrients Women on The Pill Need q BHRT* q Chrysin q Coenzyme Q10 q DHEA q Folic acid q L-methlyfolate q Magnesium

q Melatonin q Natural progesterone q Nettle root q Omega-3 oils q Probiotics q Selenium q Tyrosine

q Vitamin B2 q Vitamin B6 q Vitamin B12 q Vitamin C q Zinc

* Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (for perimenopausal and menopausal women) Source: Ross Pelton,

to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton. Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire

n Depression n Fatigue, low energy and anemia n Fluid retention and weight gain n Heart attack n High blood pressure n Migraine

n Osteoporosis n Sleep disorders n Stroke n Vaginal yeast infections n Weakened immune system

Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia

Natural Contraceptives

Although no natural forms of estrogen are suited for birth control, safe and effective natural forms exist, advises women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective.

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restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments. “Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes.

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

Changing Directions

For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates Teague. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” pushed Teague to close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my


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The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As the director of education of the Amrit Method of Yoga, in Silver Springs, Florida, Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identified as prana, which she characterizes as “the energy that enlivens and carries out all balancing and lifegiving processes in nature.” Quieting the mind and strengthening the directives of prana through meditation, yoga and being in nature moves us away from what we tell ourselves and back to directly responding to its promptings. “Absorbed in the present moment and bodily sensations, we connect with inner guidance,” explains Desai. “With practice, our mind becomes a servant to inner intelligence. It can both direct our lives and make us sensitive to early symptoms suggesting oncoming illness,” she adds. “There is growing interest in energy medicine and developing a deeper connection to the body’s intelligence through yoga and energy practices like qigong and tai chi because people are tired of taking medications that don’t heal the root cause of health problems,” according to Dr. Sue Morter, founder of Morter Health Center, in Indiana. Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. For Hall, heeding inner guidance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuition and distracting chatter.

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ody Wisdom is one tool that puts us in touch with the body’s basic needs and the heart’s deepest longings. We just need to pause and listen. Focus on breathing in and out, gently and fully. Slow your breathing for three or four minutes. Start from the very top of your head and move down with your awareness: • How does the top of your head feel? Your temples? Your brow? • Notice any discomfort or pain. • Let go of tension or tightness as you breathe into each place. • Pause for a moment and just BE in each part of your body... how often do you do this?

Fearlessly following our intuition frees us to fully live an authentic and satisfying life. “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity and pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive guidance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall believes in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the body allows us to love fully. She finds, “It brings healing, wisdom and freedom.” Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, Ph.D., medical intuitive and co-author of All is Well, notes that everyone has a connection to intuition. “We get a gut feeling and sadness in our heart from our inner intelligence that we don’t know what to do with. While some individuals consult a practitioner, others listen to their body’s intuitive language and reflect on their insights and dreams—the language of soul,” says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly through symptoms,” she observes. “Eventually, when disregarded, it can become a full-blown illness.” Biochemist and author of Secrets of Our Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular intelligence. “Our cells are invisible, so we don’t think of ourselves as cellular beings. However, a deeper understanding of our constitution and that our cells speak to each other and collaborate harmoniously could inspire us to befriend our body’s intelligence for life,” she says. “We might shift from wanting to fix an ache or pain to understanding that our cells are warning us of something.” Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored

• Move slowly and attentively down as you “visit” each part of you It is in these times of mindful attention that our physical beings will communicate with us. There is no need for questioning or prodding. Just breathe . . . notice any pain, discomfort, or tension and spend the time to breathe healing Life Force Energy into those areas. Listen to words, pictures or any subtle sense that comes to mind. Intuition often communicates symbolically. Donna DeNomme, psychotherapist, licensed spiritual coach, reiki master and intuitive counselor can be reached at 303-271-0510. See listing page 31.

Imagery Promotes Intuition


lthough intuition is present in everyone, some have trouble sensing it. Fortunately, this skill can be practiced and expanded and imagery can help quiet the thinking, linear mind while expanding the intuition. Seena Frost, M. Div., MA Psychology, created the process of SoulCollage® which leverages the intuitive accessing quality of images to connect people with their own intuition. SoulCollage creates personalized, 5”x 8” cards of collected images that grow to become a deck. They represent aspects of your life, universal energies and internal energies. Intuition is a vital part of the process in selecting the images. The images are then spoken as if the speaker is the image. For example, instead of saying there is a young girl twirling in a field, the person would say, “I am a young girl feeling free, full of summer and joy.” Speaking from images has an amazing power to access inner feelings and insight. Then, the cards are used to access intuition regarding personal questions or issues. With an open-ended question in mind, cards are blindly chosen and placed face down. One at a time they are turned over and read with an “I am one who” statement. This provides insight from within. SoulCollage allows nonverbal access to intuition in a simple way that requires no special skills. The process is simple; but the experience is powerful! Marcia Chadly with the Creative Life Center in Boulder/Louisville, offers SoulCollage workshops. 303-635-0691 or See listing page 30.

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several books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is authentic and true for us so that we won’t be tugged and pulled in different directions when we make decisions.” Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxing and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her with a message of informationladen energy: “I am enough. We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book celebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand Plan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to life,” says McCammon.

Learning to trust our gut more than the opinions of others turns up the volume on whispers of intuition. Awakening to our gut feelings, personal power and self-love restores the wholeness left behind in pursuit of external sources of happiness. Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what can heal our life, body and mind.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.


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With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape?

Volleying Life

I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.

Gabrielle Reece on Her Balancing Act by Christine MacDonald


abrielle Reece has been called one of the world’s most influential women in sports and one of its most beautiful athletes. In her 20s, she built a career as both a fiercely competitive pro volleyball player and a fashion model. Since then, she’s written books and become an expert on women’s peak fitness and overall well-being, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton. Plus, she volunteers for environmental organizations such as the National Resources Defense Council and RainCatcher, a nonprofit bringing safe drinking water to people in need.

How do you find time for and balance all the roles you play in life—athlete, spouse, parent, businesswoman and volunteer? Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will

How do you choose to expend your volunteer efforts?

take your kids and you’ll take theirs. I think that is an underutilized tool. I always encourage women to approach life with a strategy and use each other to help navigate it, because that makes it a little easier.

Which role is most important to you and where does selfcare fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.

Laird and I are usually quick to be on board with anything that involves the environment and people. These causes are near and dear to everybody, but make special sense for us, given the amount of time we have lived and worked outside.

As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors. It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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Sciences showed that aromatherapy massage significantly reduced psychological stress among elderly nursing home residents.

Reduces Depression

The Healing Power of Massage

From Body Repair to Reversing the Blues by Case Adams


n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last few years, massage therapy research has been focusing more on the mech-


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anisms by which the potential health benefits may be occurring—looking at the response of the brain, the immune system and the mechanisms of repair inside of muscle cells themselves.”

Relieves Stress

An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery among 152 cardiac surgery patients. A study from Japan’s Toho University School of Pharmaceutical

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

Relieves Pain

Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropeptide] which causes pain, and that it increases serotonin, the body’s natural pain killer. We also know that deep sleep is critical

to lowering substance P, increasing serotonin and reducing pain.”

Expands Acceptance

Lucy Liben, dean of massage therapy at the Swedish Institute, affirms the recent research as evidence documenting the numerous health benefits of massage therapy. “More and more consumers are seeking massage therapy for help with a variety of medical issues and conditions. Doctors are increasingly referring patients for such treatment and hospitals are enlisting more therapists to provide care for patients,” says Liben. “Perhaps most importantly,” she adds, “research is offering us guidance in our work as massage therapists in how to provide the most effective care for chronic pain or musculoskeletal problems, during cancer treatment, during the changes of pregnancy or for any number of other health-related issues.” Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

More Benefits to Massage Therapy


ccording to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage is now being used in hospitals as a part of the rehab process after surgery, on burn patients, premature infants, and even helps calm children with Autism. The National Institute of Health (NIH) research shows therapeutic massage reduces heart rate, lowers blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increase endorphins. It also stimulates weak, inactive muscles and has been proven to hasten recovery time from exercise or injury. According to the AMTA, “Stressrelated disorders make up between 8090 percent of the ailments that bring people to family-practice physicians.” Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to address soft tissue problems including deep tissue manipulation, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular re-education, sports massage and myofascial release to knead, stretch and lengthen irritated muscles and connective tissue. These

techniques promote the removal of waste products and brings nutrients to the tissues, thus reducing painful swelling and inflammation. By fostering healing, massage therapy is beneficial for overall health and well-being. It can aid rehabilitation after injury and improve postural-related distortions. It works well with physically therapy and chiropractic care. And, according to, addressing pain with multiple modalities allows recovery to faster and more complete. Jamie Lynn Owens, LMT, is the Director of Students at the Academy of Natural Therapy in Greeley. Reach her at 970-352-1181 ext.107 or See ad page 13.

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Research and Massage Breast Cancer: A French study of 129 breast cancer patients found massage generally reduced lymphedema, a swelling of the lymphatic system, following treatments. The total reduction of lymphedema volume was 33 percent among those receiving massages, according to Gynecologic Oncology. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Thirty minutes of massage with trigger point reduced symptoms and improved function in a study of 21 carpal tunnel patients (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies). Constipation: Massage therapy increased the average number of bowel movements among 33 hospitalized Korean children, as reported in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. Dementia: Research from Spain’s Extremadura University on 120 institutionalized elderly adults diagnosed with dementia found massage therapy generally helped improve behavior and sleep. Migraines: Craniosacral massage reduced migraine occurrence in a study of 20 migraine sufferers from Iceland’s University of Akureyri, as published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Osteoporosis: A study of 48 postmenopausal women receiving traditional Thai massage showed increased bone formation after just four weeks. The massage group’s serum P1NP levels—which assesses bone formation—increased by 15 percent, while the control group saw no increases (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine). Stroke: Massage therapy tended to speed rehabilitation after strokes for 45 Russian patients in a study published in Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult.


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omen’s Empowerment Workshop (WEW), founded in Vail three years ago with its four-day “Awaken in Nature” retreat, has blossomed into an international retreat provider with offerings ranging from day-long workshops to a week in Bali. “Combining personal life-coaching with nature adventure in an intimate, small group environment simply works!” explained founder, Susie Kincade. “It is not only fun, it’s enlightening and brings people back to their deepest self. Guiding in nature accelerates the process of leading a person to their own wisdom. Our brains slow down and can actually enter into a meditative state. From that place, insights come more easily as we allow information to flow.” Kincade, a personal Coach and Transformational Wilderness Guide, uses nature as the basis for guiding clients to their strength, confidence, self-awareness and most authentic life. A lifelong whitewater rafter, hiker, outdoor adventurer and former Olympic contender in diving, Kincade designs custom retreats for small groups or families as well as personal coaching clients.

Don’t miss one of the remaining 2014 WEW Events: June 13-15: Heart 2 Heart, MotherDaughter retreat, Eagle, CO. Bond, heal, laugh, and play together, while you build trust through a rock climbing adventure for all ages and abilities. Explore communication and deep listening skills and enjoy relaxing time in nature. June 23-28: Chrysalis Circle, Nature Adventure Empowerment Day Camp for Girls, Eagle, CO. Middle- and High-School girls explore the woman blossoming within through rafting, rock climbing, horses and hiking. They also learn life-long skills of communication, leadership and emotional discernment. July 2-7: River Wisdom: Navigating Change in the Feminine Way. Green River through Dinosaur National Monument, CO/Utah. Learn the ancient wisdom of the River and how to apply it to your life.  Transform your relationship with Change as you learn to navigate your own Life Journey with joy and grace. July 25-27: Awaken in Nature, Nature Adventure & Empowerment for women, Eagle, CO. Go outward into nature to go deeply inward in a profound journey of self-discovery, authenticity and awakening to true purpose. Life coaches and wilderness guides deftly weave the mind-bodyspirit connection in this exhilarating nature adventure retreat.

Sept. 14-20: Awaken in Bali! This all-inclusive retreat combines selfdiscovery, interactive life coaching and deep connections with Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Love as cornerstones of your adventure. Includes sacred waterfalls, learning the art of batik, yoga, hiking a volcano, experiencing the gentle spirit of the Balinese people, a one-on-one visit with a village Brahmana, ocean excursions with dolphins and powerful life coaching. Oct. 3-5: Earth Wisdom & Adventure, Maclean, New South Wales, Australia. Aboriginal earth wisdom combined with personal embodiment of the earth, the ocean and her gifts make this retreat an exceptional inward bound adventure. Includes surfing, kayaking, climbing, sacred sites and Aboriginal wisdom for holding the earth in a sacred manner. Contact Susie Kincade at 970-3285472 or See ad page 24.

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FRIDAY, MAY 2 Night of Art–5-8pm. First Fridays with Academy of Massage Therapy. Include: Free Chair Massages. Contact Jennifer or Melissa or 970-352-1181.

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Fool Your Kids into Eating Healthy–10-11:30am. Parents and kids learn the truth behind unhealthy foods that are marketed towards kids and give them ideas of healthy foods to eat instead. Make healthy recipes! Free. Natural Grocers 6475 S Kipling Littleton Confronting Stress: Taking Our Power Back–24pm. In acceptance and safety, Carolyn Jennings teaches Journal to the Self® techniques. Leave w/new perspective on emotions;tools for future self-care. $30. Creative Life Center@St Ambrose Episcopal Church, Boulder. Prereg req’d

SUNDAY MAY 4 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 Street, Denver. 303282-9439 or Automatic Writing–noon-3pm. Access wisdom, insight, & communication from spirit. Get answers to your questions about your life. Anyone can learn

automatic, channeled writing. $50. I-25 & Belleview. Instructor Marcia Stanfield. Register BodyTalk Access Seminar – $100, 9am-5pm. BodyTalk Access is a wellness routine composed of 5 simple techniques to help you and your family improve your health, manage stress and your overall well-being. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr #3, Conifer. RSVP req’d. 303-808-5121 or


Happy Cinco De Mayo! Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–6:30-7:15pm. Unnecessary energy cleared and clarity and contentment restored. Free. Grad student readings avail other Mondays, $40. Inner Connection Institute Denver location, inside the Balanced Body Center 975 Lincoln St, Denver. 303-282-9439 or

TUESDAY, MAY 6 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. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David 303-668-2358, davids@

Live Awake: Honor & Enhance Your Psychic Awareness–5:45-8pm. 1st & 3rd Weds. Explore /enhance your awareness by clearing, grounding and centering your energy. $100/mo 2 classes. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, #3, Conifer. RSVP req’d Abby Rosan 303-919-0349 or

THURSDAY, MAY 8 Esoteric Evening: Provocative Answers to Your Deepest Questions About Life–6:15-8:30pm. Expose ideological beliefs which are the fabric of our self identity so they can be transcended. Led by two spiritual luminaries. Free. 303-339-0807,

FRIDAY MAY 9 Guided Meditation w/Singing Bowls & Gong–6:307:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fridays. Chakra-clearing, guided meditation w/peaceful vibrations of gong and singing bowls. $10. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr, #3, Conifer. RSVP 303638-3374, Trance Medium Healing Clinic–7pm. Open Channeling 7-7:30ish. Free. Healings following $10. Facilitating realignment and cleansing of spiritual body. Channeling, energy readings, and intense individual clearings. Rocky Mountain Miracle Center, 1939 S. Monroe Street, Denver. 303-282-9439 or Community Drum Circle–7-9pm. Bring food to share for potluck and your drums, rattles, flutes and other instruments for Loving Shamanic Sound and Vibrational Expansion. $10 donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 Personal Book of Inspiration–9:30am-4:30pm. Create a path to your contemplative center by making a personal

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Happy Mother’s Day! FREE Class Trust Your Intuition–1:45-3pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? David Stevens 303-668-2358, at Intro to your Intuition Free Energy Clearings– Noon-1:30pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove non-useful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David 303-668-2358, Mothering for everyone on Mother’s Day! Special rates to treat yourself to a relaxing body-balancing session, supportive coaching session, or intuitive empowerment reading (by appt). Donna DeNomme has assisted others with healing, life enrichment, and spiritual development since 1987. 303-271-0510

savethedate PET ENERGY HEALINGS • SATURDAY, MAY 10, 12-3PM Our pets are wonderful healers in our lives and sometimes they need a healing too. Just like people, they can hold on to energy that is no longer beneficial for them. Whether your pet is healthy or ill, a pet energy healing has many benefits for both pet and owner; strengthen bonds, removes energetic blocks, release pain or discomfort. Bring your pet or a photo. $10/pet. Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Schedule your appointment with Anita Destino, 720-413-730.

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT RETREATS Heart2Heart Mother/Daughter Adventure Retreat June 13-16 River Wisdom Adventure Retreat July 2-7 Heart2Heart: Celebrate and enrich your relationship with a weekend of adventure and deepening in Vail. Daughters age 14+; spirit moms/daughters/sisters too). Bond, heal, laugh and play together. River Wisdom: Embrace change in a fearless, positive, authentic way by learning the ancient wisdom of the river and how to apply it in your life. Green River, Vernal UT. Register and info Susie Kincade or under Retreats.

TUESDAY, MAY 13 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. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David 303-668-2358, 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 biz cards, snack to share. $10 donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th Ave, Arvada. 303-731-6695. FREE Class Trust Your Intuition–7:15-8:30pm. Get ready to relieve stress; achieve your goals with less effort and have an overall calmer lifestyle? David 303-668-2358, Register Intro to your Intuition

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Free Date Night for Soulful Couples–7-8:45pm. Bring alive your romance, sparkle and soulful connection. Bring a healthy colorful dish to share. See our Meetup group to find out about the monthly topic., 303 796 7004, Create Energy Boundaries Grounding and Centering Workshop–6:30-8:30pm. Also on 5/21. Eliminate worry and stress for people with “busy minds” and for intense people professions. $39 Yoga of the Mind, 8 E. First Avenue, #103, Denver. David 303-668-2358. Register Grounding and Centering. Drumming/Journey Circle–join the MEETUP GROUP, Spirit Earth Medicine Wheel, for announcements about this circle and any shamanic trainings. Contact or call 303-665-0175.

THURSDAY, MAY 15 Just For Men Meditation Program 6-Weeks–7-9pm. Manage the energy of the male standard; learn how to manage your energy around the high vibration of female energy. Early/$165, Regular/$180. Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza, 777 S Wadsworth Blvd Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-4137303

CROSS-CULTURAL SHAMANIC CONFERENCE (Boulder) June 13-15 “Step into Ceremony: Finding the Sacred Space Within,” 2nd Annual Cross-cultural Shamanic Conference, brings together healers, shamans and indigenous medicine men and women from a wide range of cultures and traditions, including Tibetan, Himalayan, Andean, Curanderismo, Native American, Siberian, Celtic and more, for interactive sessions, presentations, ceremony, healing and journey work. All traditions welcome. Location: Boulder Marriott. Opening Night screening of “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino,” at eTown Hall. Registration and details

AMMA JUNE 15 – JUNE 18 IN SANTA FE, NM June 15: 2 free programs 10am & 7pm. Numbered tokens distributed at 8:30am and 5:45pm. June 16-18: Retreat. Pre-registration required. June 18: Free public program begins at 7pm; numbered tokens distributed at 5:30pm. Meet Mata Amritanandamayi, renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader. Millions worldwide have been comforted by Amma’s “hug” and inspired by her vast charitable activities, as well as her message of selfless service and equality for all. You are warmly invited to meet Amma and receive her individual, loving embrace. Hilton Buffalo Thunder Resort, 30 Buffalo Thunder Trail, Santa Fe, NM. 505-982-9801.


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Health and environmental fair supporting a plant-based diet and lifestyle features expert chefs demonstrating healthful vegan dishes and renowned speakers on health, diet and environmental issues. Food sampling, restaurants, commercial exhibitors, free movies, fun for the kids and more. 10am-6pm. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden. Early $7/door $10.

FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDICAL HERBALISM PROGRAM NOW ENROLLING • August 4 – December 1 Introductory level training in Medical Herbalism and Clinical Nutrition for students who intend to work in the herb or health foods industry or pursue further advanced studies. Introductory Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Botany and Plant Identification, Medicine Making, and Materia Medica. Class Schedule: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, 10am-5pm. $2,600. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism, 2900 Valmont Road, Unit F-1, Boulder. For inquiries, please contact Lisa Ganora at 720-722-4372 or Download our Catalog at

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A Simpler Way to Reading the Tarot–1:30-4:30pm 4 wks. Learn how to use the reading mat, review suites and court cards, explore variety of reading. Tarot reading mat incl. Bring own tarot cards or purchase a Rider Waite deck for optional materials fee. $111. RSVP David 303-668-2358,

Academy of Massage Therapy Classes Start– Contact Jennifer Mongan or Melissa Burrows or 970.352.1181 for info on enrollment.

Holistic Healing/Intuitive/Vendor Fair–11am6pm. Gifts and complimentary healing modalities including massage, shamanic, foot baths, reiki, sound healing, healing touch, oils, crystal bowls. Readers; crystals, jewelry, oils, clothing. $20/20 min or as offered. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

TUESDAY, JUNE 10 Learn to Heal with Angels–7-9pm 5-wk course introduces you to Archangels & Healing Angels to heal, release grief, guilt, addictions and habits to create the life you desire. Early/$185, Regular/$200 Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2 #108, Lakewood. Anita 720-413-7303

JUNE 13-15 “Secrets of a Soulful Marriage” Retreat–Take time to “retreat” with your beloved at Iron Horse Resort in Winter Park. Enjoy the benefits of creating and sustaining a Soulful Marriage. $597 incl lodging; 2 meals., 303-796-7004 or

JUNE 13-16 Heart2Heart Mother/Daughter Adventure Retreat–Celebrate and enrich your relationship with a weekend of adventure and deepening in Vail. Daughters age 14+; spirit moms/daughters/sisters too). Bond, heal, laugh and play together. Register/ info Susie Kincade or under Retreats.


River Wisdom Adventure Retreat–Embrace change in a fearless, positive, authentic way by learning the ancient wisdom of the river and how to apply it in your life. Green River, Vernal UT. Register/info Susie Kincade Susie@ or under Retreats.

JULY 5-6 VegFest Colorado–10am-6pm. Health and environmental fair supporting a plant-based diet and lifestyle features expert chefs demonstrating healthful vegan dishes and renowned speakers who will speak on health, diet and environmental issues. Food sampling, restaurants, commercial exhibitors, free movies, fun for the kids and more. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue, Golden. Early $7/door $10.

JULY 25-27 & AUG. 1-3 Awaken in Nature–Nature Adventure & Empowerment for women, Eagle, CO. Go deeply inward in a profound journey of self-discovery, authenticity and awakening to true purpose. Life coaches, wilderness therapists and nature guides. Register/ info Susie Kincade or under Retreats.

SEPTEMBER 14-20 Awaken in Bali–All-inclusive retreat combines self-discovery, interactive life coaching and deep connections with Earth, Air, Water, Fire and Love as cornerstones of your adventure. Includes sacred waterfalls, learning the art of batik, yoga, hiking a volcano, one-on-one visit with a village Brahmana, ocean excursions, life coaching. Register/ info Susie Kincade or under Retreats.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Metaphysical Fair–10am-5pm.Readers, healers, body workers, food, gifts and fun! Practitioners work on a $20/20 min basis. All welcome. FREE. Unity Temple of Denver 1555 Race St. Denver Sheila Gaylord or Enneamotion, Parts 1 and 2: Thriving Relationships–also on 5/31. Explore gifts/challenges of different personality types using the Enneagram model while learning techniques to help grow your relationships. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. RSVP 970-679-4200. Aura Painting–11am-5pm. Tons of fun playing with watercolors while learning to sense a person’s energy field. No previous art/psychic talent req’d! Take home 3 paintings! $100. At I-25 & Belleview. Instructor: Lisa Lanyon Register

SUNDAY, MAY 18TH Aura Clearing/Chakra Balancing Healing Clinic–1-2pm. Unnecessary energy is cleared and clarity and contentment restored. Inner Connection Institute, inside Cactus Sport and Spine, 8000 South Lincoln, #6, Littleton. 303-282-9439 or How to Run a Business as a Professional Psychic–10am-4pm. Being a Good Psychic isn’t enough to be successful at being a professional psychic. You also need to know what it takes to run an independent business. Learn everything you need to know to get started: How to build a client base, market yourself in a professional manner, everyday administrative matters, financial accounting, and record keeping. No prerequisites. $90. Interstate-25 & Belleview. Instructor: Marcia Stanfield. Register

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Oneness Blessing Deeksha and Meditation–7-9pm. Deeksha is a Divine intelligent energy transfer that causes a neurobiological transformation within the brain of each receiving individual. $10 donation. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

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key role in creating an enlightened society. Sunrise Ranch, 100 Sunrise Ranch Rd, Loveland. Call 970679-4200 to register.



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An Evening With Shmaya, Channeled Language of Light–7-8:30pm. Shmaya is a collective consciousness that channels through JoAnne Palladino. The sound and vibration of the words transmit healing. $15. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695.

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Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1 st Ave., #103 Denver. David 303-6682358,

SATURDAY, MAY 24TH ReMINDing Education with Kim Smith–10am2:00pm. Attend this workshop to ReMind yourself. Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. Tapping Your Intuition–4-6:30pm.Licensed Spiritual coach and Master Success specialist leads you through a series of techniques guaranteed to open your senses and heighten your awareness. Listen to the voice that counts most – your own! $35. 303271-0510


Happy Memorial Day! TUESDAY, MAY 27 Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Free! Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David 303668-2358,

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 New Moon Sacred Sound Spiral - Meditations are FREE (Donations are optional), 7pm Energetic, Sonic & Vocal Meditation guided by John ‘Tone’. Taspen’s Organics & Holistic Wellness Center 12424 Big Timber Dr. #3, Conifer. RSVP or call 303-587-2022.

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FOR RENT Furnished office available part-time at Natal to Nest in Highlands Ranch. Great opportunity for practitioners building or expanding their practice. Contact Stacey at 303-221-6378 or staceymelito@ .

HEALTHY PRODUCTS/SERVICES Food Allergy Testing: Food Allergy Testing using FDA registered biofeedback, 160 foods, Immediate Results Non Invasive $145 Call Trish 303-257-0058 Crowdfunding: Should health insurance cover holistic methods? Integrity is trying to bridge the gap between health insurance and holistic health. We need your help. Check out our website. #myholistic #holistic 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. 720-381-8561 or 30 Day Colon Cleanse–Gain energy, improve hormone balance and mental clarity while reaching your ideal weight. Gentle, effective 4-part system includes weekly support, recipes and dietary guidelines. $152+S&H+tax for supplements. Holistic Weight Loss–$200/mo includes supplements, weekly support, recipes, wellness evaluation and diet assessment. Allana McKinnon with Radiant Living 303-859-4927 or

GET INVOLVED Right To Know Colorado - GMO Labeling Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup – Check dates; 7-9pm. The Initiative Movement is underway and Petitions are being circulated! This group is meeting to pursue the Initiative Process to add state legislation to the Colorado ballot in 2014 that requires mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) in Colorado. Anyone interested in becoming involved is invited to attend. Go to for training or petition information. For meetings, Thrive Sustainable Solutions Meetup or Journeys For Conscious Living, 7401 West 59th, Arvada. 303-731-6695. 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.


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ongoing mondays We Are Change Colorado Meeting/Non-GMO Potluck–7-9pm. Non-partisan activist group hosts weekly GMO-free potluck and grassroots community meeting. Free. We Are Change Colorado Community Center, 8646 W. Colfax Avenue, Lakewood.

tuesdays Free Energy Clearings–5:30-6:45pm. 15-min Energy Clearing & Chakra tuning. Remove nonuseful energy to feel relaxed, light and positive. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga of the Mind Classroom, 8 E 1st Ave., #103 Denver. David Stevens 303668-2358, or Atma Kriya Yoga Denver: Real Happy Hour– Every Tues-Thurs. Group mantra chanting – 6:30pm followed by group Meditating in the Heart 7:45pm. FREE. Capital Hill, Mark Twain Bldg., 1035 Sherman St, Ste. 301, Denver. Meetup. com/Atma-Kriya-Yoga-Denver-Meetup or Vidyavani 303-517-889.

wednesdays Free Energy Healings; Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing–6-7pm. Release negative energy to create the life you desire. Journey Within; Inside Irongate Executive Plaza 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood. Anita 720-413-7303

thursdays Aura and Chakra Healings–Drop-In between 6-7pm. Receive a 10 minute cleanse and release negative

thoughts, emotions, pain and fear. Get replenished with positive energy and feel great. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-530-0920. Psychic Readings–7-8:30pm by appt. Learn about your soul essence, past lives, and aura. Ask questions about relationships, career, money, and health. FREE. 1332 Pearl St. Boulder. 303-5300920. 

saturdays Atma Kriya Yoga Denver: OM Healing Circle– 11am. Group sound-healing technique needs ONLY your own voice chanting OM. Free. Capital Hill, Mark Twain Bldg., 1035 Sherman St, Ste. 301, Denver. or Vidyavani 303-517-8890 Lotus Laser/Unfold Your Healing Potential– 2-3:30pm. Live life with more vitality and less pain. Discover Advanced Laser Therapy and effective healing. Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-692-8655 or Tapping to the Top–3:30-4:30pm. Stuck? Need more money? EFT-Emotional Freedom TechniqueBig names use this to win (Jack Canfield, Joe Vitale). Free. Transformational Health Center, 4105 E. Florida Ave #207, Denver. RSVP 303-692-8655 or

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CONSCIOUS EVENTS AND SPEAKERS JOURNEYS FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING 7401 West 59th Ave., Arvada 303-731-6695 Discover and develop a life of passion, purpose and contribution. Journeys for Conscious Living (J4CL) is an organization leading the world in conscious living, hosting world class events, speakers and event center (space rental) to empower people to create thoughtful changes in living their lives every day, thus creating the space and energy to stay centered and expand the community. J4CL invites you to co-create opportunities, collaboration and communities for individuals and businesses to reach their full, highest potential, while experiencing love, joy and transformation. See ad page 26.






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

Inside Irongate Execute Plaza, Belmar area 777 S Wadsworth Blvd. Bldg 2-108, Lakewood 720-413-7303 A safe place for people interested in creating change in their lives, Journey Within helps you focus on spiritual growth, developing your intuition and personal development. Give to yourself with Free Energy Healings, Angel Healings, Guided Meditations, Meditation Classes, Workshops and Intuitive Readings/Healings. Join us for a Free Aura Clearing and Chakra Balancing held every Wednesday from 6-7 pm, open to everyone.

FAMILY PRACTITIONER VIBRANCE DENTISTRY with DR. CATE VIEREGGER 7400 E Crestline Circle, Ste 230, Greenwood Village 303-770-1116 Whether your goal is to encourage a healthy attitude towards oral health in your children or ease your own anxiety about dental procedures, our friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere will change the way you approach dental care. At Vibrance Dentistry, we believe that oral healthcare should be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Our state-of-the-art equipment and spa-like amenities allow us to offer services that transcend traditional dentistry and promote whole-body wellness. See ad page 5.


Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ~Lucille Ball


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.


1470 S. Santa Fe Drive, Suite 104B, Denver 303-317-6634 / / Healing Crystals, Glass Pipes, Hookahs, Spiritual Jewelry, Vintage Jewelry, Vinyl Albums and transfers onto your IPods, MP3, Pendulums, Pyramids, Angel Items, Spheres & Eggs, Merkabahs, Gem Essences with/without cannabis vibration, Water Enhancement Products, Color Therapy, Chakra Products, Wiccan, Buddha, Hindu, Beads Sold Individually and So Much More! Artisans-We Welcome Your Products To The Store! 10% discount for New Customers



KATIA I. MEIER, M.D. Panorama Falls 9085 E Mineral Circle, #260, Centennial 303-790-7860

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.

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.

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When nature

has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


1113 Washington Ave., Suite 110, Golden 720-839-5550 Carly inspires and encourages passionate women to take an interest in their health, feel more energetic, look great, connect with others and find overall balance. By participating in group workshops and private coaching sessions women will be supported in finding a new approach through an active lifestyle, eating well, mindfulness practice and designing a life worth loving.


Marcia Chadly and Eva Morrell Boulder/Louisville 303-635-0691 Find the “You” you love! Renew spirit, body, and life while enjoying the community at Creative Life Center classes and events. Enjoy Inner Growth through: Contemplative Art, SoulCollage®, Mindfulness and Meditation, Journaling, Spring Awakening, Confronting Stress, Creating Your Own Inspirational Book and More. Visit our website to register.


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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 Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy and Functional Medicine. See full listing under PHYSICIAN or see ad page 2.


The Premier Online Directory for Spiritual Healers, Readers & Practitioners Search on, 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.

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MASSAGE SCHOOL ACADEMY OF NATURAL THERAPY 625 8th Avenue, Greeley, CO 970-352-1181 / When you are a massage therapist, every day is rewarding! The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Massage Therapist employment growth of 20.1% by 2020. The Academy of Natural Therapy (ANT) has a long tradition of graduating the finest students, produced through a combination of hands-on, one on one instruction, excellent instructors and a real world atmosphere with over 300 hours in fully equipped facilities - the Student Clinic and the Natural Therapy Health Center. 1000 Hour Massage Therapy Program accredited by the Commission of Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). Financial aid available. See ad page 13.

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.


Whole Body Health, Weight Loss and Access Consciousness 303-859-4827 What if YOU were vibrantly healthy, at peace with your food, in Love with your body, living your purpose, wildly successful and mentally at ease? I offer holistic weight loss, nutritional counseling specializing in Celiac Disease and allergen-free diets, lifestyle counseling, detoxification, and Bars Access Consciousness. Children and adults. In person and phone consultations.




Psychotherapist, Licensed Spiritual Coach, Reiki Master, Intuitive Counselor, Shamanic Healer, Ceremonial Facilitator 303-271-0510

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.


Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ~Lucille Ball



RECONNECTIVE HEALING 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.

Tap unrealized potential for health, wealth, and happiness. Move past stifling limitations, heal wounds, and embrace your greater yet-to-be. Awaken a masterful life with Donna DeNomme—conscious energy teacher, licensed spiritual coach, and ceremonial leader. In private practice since 1987, Donna was voted Colorado’s “Spiritual Health Guru” by the prestigious 5280 Magazine for her unique combination of innovative therapeutic techniques. She is the award-winning, internationally-published author of Turtle Wisdom and Ophelia’s Oracle.


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.

SUNRISE RANCH 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 350-acre organic farm and ranch; & connection with like-minded people in this multifaceted spiritual community. See the Calendar for events. See ad page 12.


Stay calm and aggressive. ~Gabrielle Reece


TRANSFORMATION 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 gentletouch 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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May 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...

May 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...