Metro Area Creative

metro-webWith a backdrop as majestic as the Rockies, it’s no wonder there is no shortage of creative inspiration in and around the Denver area. We are lucky to live in an area with such a wealth of artistic talent as well as such a rich history with strong ties to the many cultural influences of the area. We could fill the entire magazine with listings of gems of the metro area Art & Culture community and we’d still never be able to list them all. Here are just a few of the gems in the Denver Metro area.

 

 

Molly Brown House Museum
Denver

Don’t miss an opportunity to visit one of the most frequented historic sites in Colorado and one of just a few dedicated to telling the story of an amazing woman. Many people have heard of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” but few know the extent of her influence throughout her lifetime.
www.mollybrown.org

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
Golden

Owned and operated by the City of Denver, this museum exists to preserve the memory of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody by collecting, caring for and interpreting artifacts associated with his life and recording his influence on American Culture.
www.buffalobill.org

Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation
Sedalia

Not only committed to preserving the 3100 acres but repurposing one of our historic structures and providing educational opportunities relating to our western heritage, preservation, wildlife and the arts. It also serves and a breathtaking backdrop for special events and weddings.

Upcoming events include a lecture on the great gardens of Europe, Lincoln’s Civil War Presidency and Emancipation Proclamation: An Evening with Colorado Lincoln – Presenter John Voehl, and Castle Teas every other Wednesday and Saturday. A Special Royalty Tea is scheduled for March 1st.
http://www.cherokeeranch.org

History Colorado Center
Denver

Connecting what was to what’s next with their hands on, high tech exhibits. Upcoming Living West, Food: Our Global Kitchen, RACE: Are We So Different? The Denver 1860 Diorama, and the incredibly popular Destination Colorado – designed specifically for families to experience life as a resident in the town of Keota almost 100 years ago. Ride a Model T, sell and buy goods at the general store
www.historycoloradocenter.org

MCA Denver
Denver

Interactive school tours for K-5, Failure Lab – the MCA’s Teen Program, is an internship for high school students, named for the belief that risking failure is an integral element of creativity. Fox Family Idea Box on the top floor offers families an opportunity to relax, hang out or get creative and make art together.

Art Fitness Training (through March 29th), Rashid Johnson: New Growth (2/21-6/15), Critical Focus: Ian Fisher (through 4/13), Joel Swanson: Left to Right, Top to Bottom (through March 30th.)
www.mcadenver.org

Littleton Museum
Littleton

With almost 32,000 square feet of galleries, classrooms, offices, a lecture hall and research center as well as two living history farms; the Littleton Museum is
It’s one of only 700 museums fully accredited by the American Association of Museums and the only Colorado Museum represented in the 140 member group of the Smithsonian Affiliates.
www.littletongov.org

Colorado Ballet
Denver

For over 53 years, the Colorado Ballet has been a fixture in the arts here in the Denver Metro Area. Each and every year, breathtaking performances leave audiences spellbound and encourage future dancers to dream of being on stage. This year, the CO Ballet will be moving to a new home at 11th and Santa Fe. This new building will allow the Company and the Academy to continue to grow and help dance flourish in Colorado by training the next generation of dancers.

This year, be sure to catch Cinderella, running through the 23rd of February, as well as the Ballet Director’s Choice the end of March and April 5th.
www.coloradoballet.org

Museum of Outdoor Arts
Englewood

The Museum of Outdoor Arts focuses on site specific sculpture in Colorado. Collections are located in various locations around the Metro area. The Museum headquarters and indoor galleries are located in Englewood and other collections can be seen in parks, gardens and buildings all around town. Guided and self-paced tours are available of the outdoor collection and indoor gallery; you can download a brochure for the walking tour to view the permanent collection at your own pace.
www.moaonline.org

Colorado Symphony
Denver

This isn’t your grandmother’s symphony! The Colorado Symphony is a dynamic part of the arts in Denver. If you don’t have plans for the 14th yet, check out Denver’s Biggest Date Night – A Valentine’s Day Party in the Rings at Boettcher Concert Hall. Friday the 14th from 6-7pm, tickets are only $15 per person and include a glass of wine, chocolate and a red rose for your Valentine. In addition to special events, the Symphony has more than 150 concerts throughout the year.

No matter your taste in music, the Symphony offers something for everyone; including their Classic Rock Concerts, Pops Concerts and Family series that literally brings the music to life. Engagements with violinist Itzhak Perlman and Grammy Award-winner Chris Botti are also on tap this year.
www.coloradosymphony.org

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

For many, this museum is at the top of the list of “must see” attractions in the Denver area. If for some reason you haven’t yet made it over to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, make a point to do so, and soon! Their newest attraction, Maya Hidden Words Revealed begins its six month run on February 14th. Along with world class exhibits, the museum also houses a planetarium, an IMAX theater and countless educational programs for students of all ages. Adults can get in on the fun as well with programs like Art and Archaeology on the Green River and Paleontology Certification classes. It’s impossible to NOT find something amazing to see or do at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
www.dmns.org

Local Parker Creative

Have you ever been curious about the various arts and culture organizations around Parker?  We are lucky to have so many great groups providing a wide variety of artistic endeavors. Here are a few amazing organizations serving Parker and our cultural community.

Parker Arts Council
www.ParkerArtsCouncil.org
The Parker Arts Council has produced at least two theatrical productions each year and instituted an internship program for high school and college students, produced events which celebrate the unique cultures of other nations like the Parker Oktoberfest, the most traditional Oktoberfest in the Front Range. The Parker Arts Council continually researches new event ideas to offer various avenues to the community for experiencing a multitude of cultural activities. It has developed excellent partnerships with local businesses and has received generous amounts of In-Kind contributions. The Parker Arts Council plans to continue these alliances and develop new relationships with businesses in the future.

Parker Artists Guild
www.ParkerArtistGuild.com

The Parker Artists Guild is made up of a wide variety of artists living in and around the Douglas County and Denver Metro areas. We participate in a variety of Art Shows during the year, have Workshops for our members, and try to increase appreciation for arts of all styles. The mission of the Parker Artist Guild is to advance the development of fine arts in the community. To accomplish this, the Guild offers instructional demonstrations, workshops and opportunities to promote all forms of fine art.

Parker Symphony Orchestra
www.ParkerSymphony.org

The Parker Symphony Orchestra was established in 1994. Their mission is to perform orchestra music that will educate, entertain and inspire the people of Parker, Colorado and the surrounding communities. As An all volunteer orchestra, the PSO auditions new musicians in the summer and throughout the year. Each of their seventy five performers is dedicated to continual excellence and growth as a musician. Their goal is to offer interesting and entertaining performances with a wide variety of musical genres to tempt everyone’s musical palate.

Parker Chorale
www.ParkerChorale.org

The Parker Chorale is an adult community choir committed to fostering the arts in Parker and Douglas County. Founded in 2010 by Alicia Pope and conducted by Paul Smith, the group has grown to a full time membership of 100. In addition to enriching the newly designated Parker Creative District through performance, the group supports Vocal Music Education in Parker with it’s Parker Chorale Music Grant. Past recipients of this grant include Ponderosa and Chaparral High Schools. They host the annual “A Classic Parker Holiday” concert at PACE with the Parker Symphony Orchestra in which funds to support the Parker Task Force are raised through donations and a Silent Auction.

Parker Theater Productions
www.ParkerTheaterProductions.com

The creative genius behind Parker Theatre Productions is Kimberly Moore, a Parker fixture for over 20 years and the artistic force behind Parker Theatre Academy. After producing some of the PACE Center’s most successful summer productions that raised over $20,000 for the Parker Task Force in the last 2 years, she along with her husband Brown looked to the community to find other like minded folks to be a part of this new and exciting part of the emerging arts district in Parker Colorado. The result is the creation of Parker Theatre Productions (PTP). The group has a very clear mission to provide performance opportunities to creative folks of all ages, assist the community in the enrichment of its artistic identity and support local charities to the maximum extent possible.

Local Authors Spotlight

la-webConfessions of a Mediocre Widow by Catherine Tidd

“I spent my 11th wedding anniversary planning my husband’s funeral. If I could just figure out how to make that rhyme, it would be the beginning of a great country song.”

And so begins Catherine Tidd’s journey into widowhood at the age of thirty-one. Left with three small children to raise after her husband dies from injuries he sustains in an accident on his way to work, Catherine struggles to find the “right way” to grieve and put the pieces of her life back together again.

“My goal with Confessions of a Mediocre Widow was to be the voice I was looking for years ago when my husband died,” says Tidd. “I wanted a book that would help me laugh at my grief and something that I could relate to as a young widow with children. I needed a ‘friend on a page’ who understood what I was going through. And after years of searching for that book and not finding it, I decided to write it myself.”

In Confessions, Catherine talks about widowhood in a way that allows others who have walked a similar path to know that they’re not alone…and gives those who have not experienced such a significant loss a glimpse into how much it changes everything in life. From getting through the first set of milestones to going out on her first date, Catherine tells her story – including all of her successes and mistakes – in a way that will have you crying on one page and laughing the next.

“If there is anything that we all have in common it’s that life very rarely turns out how we pictured it when we were young,” says Tidd. “It’s how we deal with the situations that are beyond our control that truly determines the life we are meant to lead.”

Catherine Tidd has been published in several anthologies about grief and is a regular contributor to The Denver Post’s Mile High Mama’s. For more information about Catherine, visit www.catherinetidd.com.

The Bookends: Dr. Sleep by Stephen King

bookends-webHave you ever wondered what happened to Dan Torrance, the little boy from The Shining? In Doctor Sleep we meet him again when he is eight years old and living with his mother….and a few reminders of his year at the Outlook Hotel in Colorado. As he matures he is haunted by his past and becomes an alcoholic drifting from one place to another. He finds a home in a small New Hampshire town, commits to AA and has a decent job at a nursing home where he is known as Doctor Sleep. With his psychic ability, called the shining, he helps patients move to the other side. The quiet life that he has recently found will soon become complicated again as he is contacted by Abra Stone. She too has a shining but it is much stronger than Dan’s and is desired by a group of people called the True Knot that need Abra’s shining to continue existing. Dan and Abra are about to unite and go to war against this evil force that travels the country in RV’s.

BECKY: The Shining is a classic thriller so although I haven’t read a Stephen King book in years I had to know what happened to the little boy from the Outlook Hotel. Did this spooky tale grab your attention right away?

PAM: This book grabbed me right away and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I have seen the movie, but never read the book. However, after reading Dr. Sleep I plan to go back and read The Shining. Were you pulled into the book from the start as well?

BECKY: The writing style did not flow well for me so that was a bit frustrating. The Shining was written quite some time ago and I expected more reflections on the past characters than I found at the beginning of this story. Once I identified with the various characters I enjoyed the book much more but still felt that the story was missing depth. Do you think that it has potential to become a movie?

PAM: I wouldn’t be surprised at all if this book eventually became a movie, especially since some of his other books have ended up that way. King is known for his paranormal topics. Did you enjoy this about the book or did you find it too far fetched?

BECKY: There are some parts that I found interesting but some of it was too much for me. I do believe that there are people that have a unique ability to communicate on a different plane and this book has multiple people that have that talent. What piqued my curiosity the most was the concept that when someone dies a mist or steam is released. The True Knot in this story is fueled by this steam. During this story there is a boy that is kidnapped and killed for his steam which is more valuable to the True Knot because of his Shining. I found this not only interesting but a disturbing way to explain missing children. While I didn’t necessarily find this book to be scary, I certainly had some odd dreams during my time reading it. Were you able to embrace the paranormal characters and situations in this book?

PAM: I was able to embrace many of the characters, but not all. I did like the main character, although his struggles with addiction at the beginning of the book were sad and I had a hard time connecting with him at that point of the book. I also enjoyed a child that he connected with later in the story. However, the true knot group was hard to grasp. The idea of them was very abstract and a little scary. I agree that this brought a very disturbing twist to missing children. However, it was an intriguing way to incorporate these far-fetched characters into a real life situation. Did you find that the author tried to encourage sympathy for the members of the true knot? Did you find yourself feeing that way?

BECKY: That is always interesting when an author can create sympathy for the antagonist in the story. That exact thought did not cross my mind but I’m sure that there are some readers out there that might connect with those characters and they possibly felt an affinity towards this group during the story. I was thinking that the author was trying to humanize the characters that were paranormal. At the beginning of the book we meet Andrea whom has led a hard life. She becomes part of the True Knot family and I enjoyed the author’s direction here. Andrea was a loner but now had a “family” to call her own and in an odd way that was endearing. The character that I enjoyed most was Abra. I pictured her as a young Dakota Fanning and enjoyed her spirit. Who do you think is the stronger character in this story, Abra or Dan?

PAM: I felt that Abra was definitely the stronger character. Her Personality and paranormal power were very strong. Although Dan was a strong character in his own way, he didn’t have the same passion and confidence that Abra possessed. However, he found himself thrust into the role of mentor with the young girl. What did you think of that aspect of the story?

BECKY: Abra started to contact Dan when she was just a baby. At the time he didn’t know who she was or how she would impact his life. It was random thoughts and small messages. He was just starting his journey in AA so he was busy trying to control his addiction issues but overall, he was on a good path when Abra became a larger presence in his life. I thought that they had an interesting partnership. We have a young, naive girl and a recovering addict as partners. He wasn’t a typical hero or someone that you would want around your young daughter and the extreme difference made it hard for me to embrace. Stephen King has experienced addiction issues in his past. Do you think that the True Knot or Abra represents something or someone from that time in his life?

PAM: interesting! I did not know that about Stephen King. I imagine there are deeper meanings to the two opposing forces for Stephen King. They could certainly represent the struggles of addiction and the hope and healing of the process of recovery. That would be such a great question to ask him…I wonder if he has done interviews about that time and the impact on his writing. Do you feel that the True Knot and Abra symbolize his struggles?

BECKY: I haven’t read any interviews about Mr. King but I did feel like it was an interesting character combination and maybe there was more to it than just writing a story. Who knows what runs through the mind of someone who can come up with stories like Carrie, Salem’s Lot, Misery and Cujo. It’s time to say good bye to this paranormal tale. Please tell us where we are heading next month.

PAM: Next month we will go in a very different direction and discuss A Tale for the Time Being: A Novel by Ruth Ozeki.

Treatment Options for Lumbar Disc Herniations

pa_webby Scott Stanley, MD

There are many potential causes for back pain, but one of the more frequent diagnoses is a herniated disc. The spine is made up of a series of connected bones called “vertebrae.” The disc is a combination of strong connective tissues that hold one vertebra to the next, and acts as a cushion between the vertebrae. The disc is made of a tough outer layer called the “annulus fibrosus” and a gel-like center called the “nucleus pulposus.” As you get older, the center of the disc may start to lose water content, making the disc less effective as a cushion. This may cause a displacement of the disc’s center (called a herniated or ruptured disc) through a crack in the outer layer. Most disc herniations occur in the bottom two discs of the lumbar spine, at and just below the waist. A herniated lumbar disc can press on the nerves in the spine and may cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness of the leg called “sciatica.”

Eighty to NINETY percent of patients with an acute lumbar disc herniation will improve without surgery.

Non-surgical treatments may include a short period of rest, anti-inflammatory medications (to reduce the swelling), analgesic drugs to control the pain, physical therapy, exercise or epidural steroid injection therapy. The goals of nonsurgical treatment are to reduce the irritation of the nerve and disc and to improve the physical condition of the patient to protect the spine and increase overall function.

Medication and Pain Management
Epidural injections or “blocks” may be recommended if you have severe leg pain. These are injections of corticosteroid into the epidural space (the area around the spinal nerves). The purpose of the injection is to reduce inflammation of the nerve and the disc.

Surgical Treatment
Surgical treatment usually entails a common outpatient procedure called a “microdiscectomy” in which part of the herniated disc is removed. Under anesthesia, a small incision is made in the skin over the herniated disc and the herniated disc and any loose pieces are removed until they are no longer pressing on the nerve. Any bone spurs are also taken out to make sure that the nerve is free of pressure. Once home, patients are instructed to avoid excessive lifting and bending forward for the first four weeks. Most patients can return to work within a week.

Eighty to 90 percent of patients with an acute lumbar disc herniation will improve without surgery. However, if pain keeps you from your normal lifestyle after completing non-surgical treatment, your health care provider might recommend surgery. Surgery results in a 90 percent success rate for relief of leg pain, but is less effective in relieving back pain.

If you are suffering from back pain, a spine specialist may be able to recommend the treatment that is best for you.

Scott Stanley, MD is a fellowship trained spine surgeon on staff at Parker Adventist Hospital. For more information visit www.parkerhospital.org.

Restaurant Review – We Deliver Parker

RESTREVIEW_WEDELIVER_WEBBy Mike Waid

We are so fortunate to live in Parker. Not only is Parker an amazing town, but we have some really great restaurants to enjoy. In fact, it is not uncommon for my family and I to have a hard time deciding where we want to go eat. What’s even more difficult is when we want to eat out but for some reason must be at home. That limits our choices to only a narrow group of delivery places in Parker. That was until we found out about “We Deliver Parker” and how they can deliver our favorite restaurants to us.

Recently, my family and I decided to give them a try. The process could not have been simpler. We jumped on our computer and went to www.WeDeliverParker.com to check them out. On the left side of the screen is a list of all the restaurants in Parker they can deliver from. Frankly, I was shocked and impressed with how many restaurants were listed and not just the national chains either. Many locally owned establishments are represented, which is an awesome way to support locally owned businesses.

Once you decide on a place, you click it and their entire menu opens up on your screen. At this point you just click on the items you want to order and they are added to your shopping cart at the top of the screen. If there are options for the meal, you are presented with them and make your choices. It really is that simple.

Two things that I really liked about the service are the security they have and the estimated time of arrival display. For security, they ask you to call them after you place your first order…to make sure you are not a prankster trying to send meals to someone’s house. This is a pretty cool way to make sure you don’t get 25 meals you didn’t order at your doorstep one night. The estimated time of arrival is great too. Our food arrived within 5 minutes of the time the website gave us.

It was delivered fresh, hot and when they said it would be. What a great service. I highly recommend trying them out today. The website is www.WeDeliverParker.com and they are a locally owned small business, too! You can’t bet that.

Happy Mood Year!

HAPPYMOODYEAR_WEBBy Darci Steiner

Food affects mood. Good nutrition and supplementation can help correct or enhance mind, mood, memory and behavior. The foods we eat trigger chemical reactions that occur throughout the brain and body. Whole foods eaten in balance with one another are designed to help us feel well naturally.

The brain’s 100 billion cells are in constant need of being fed; it is the busiest organ in the body, yet the most undernourished. The brain controls every cell in the body and is responsible for all thought, behavior, movement, sensation, memory, heartbeat and breath. Our brain uses 20% of the body’s total energy supply, so energy must be supplied constantly. The quality of nutrition defines energy output and the quality of the brain’s health and functioning.

The late Carl Pfeiffer, M.D., Ph.D. is well known for his research in orthomolecular therapy as a means of supplying body and brain cells with the right mixture of nutrients. Dr. Pfeiffer stated, “Many diseases are known to be the wrong balance of essential amino acids and nutrients in the body. Adjusting the diet, eliminating junk food and ingesting the proper doses of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids, can correct the chemical imbalance of disease.”

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and are used to make neurotransmitters in the brain; neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers that regulate physical and emotional processes by firing information from one nerve cell to another. Some of the more commonly known neurotransmitters are serotonin, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinepherine, all of which help regulate mood.

People with low levels of serotonin and endorphins often experience cravings for simple carbohydrates like bread, pasta or sugary foods, according to Henry Emmons, M.D., author of “The Chemistry of Joy.” These foods cause a spike in the body’s production of endorphins and serotonin, yet also result in their rapid depletion. During times of stress and fatigue the brain desires nutrients to help calm it down, not simple sugars (cakes, candies, pastries, sugary drinks) that trigger insulin release and increase stress. Overconsumption of junk foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol can cause neurotransmitter deficiencies, which contribute to blood sugar and hormonal imbalances, adrenal dysfunction, food and chemical allergies, insomnia, thyroid imbalance, memory problems, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, chronic pain, migraine headaches, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ADHD, panic attacks and depression.

Consuming protein at each snack and each meal helps provide the body with amino acids the brain craves to feel well and balance blood sugar spikes. Quality protein foods include dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans, lean meats, fish, soy, Greek yogurt, poultry, quinoa and oatmeal. Since different foods contain different combinations of amino acids, it’s important to eat a variety. This does not mean, however, that eating a diet containing huge amounts of protein is the answer to correcting amino acid imbalances. Excess protein intake puts stress on the liver and kidneys which then struggle to process all the waste products of protein metabolism, most notably, ammonia.

The key is to eat a diet balanced in complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables and grains), healthy fats (nuts, seeds, cold-water fish, olives and olive oil, flax, avocado and dairy) and a variety of proteins.

As we head into 2014 many of us have resolved to make it a healthy year. We have resolved to exercise more and ‘eat better’. If you’re looking to improve your mood naturally, eating a balanced diet with good quality whole foods is a great way to start! Whole foods are biochemically perfect for your body and brain, containing vitamins, minerals, amino acids and neurotransmitters that can help heal the brain and body. Here’s to a healthy and happy new year!

Darci Steiner is nutritionist and owner of Attainable Nutrition in Parker, Colorado. For more information or to schedule a nutritional consultation please call 303-618-7899 or visit www.attainablenutrition.com

Are You Hearing All The BUZZ About Yoga?

YOGABUZZ_WEBBy Elizabeth Meier

More and more yoga classes are being held at athletic clubs, community centers, churches, and of course yoga studios. While yoga is gaining in popularity, there still are some misconceptions about yoga. Here is a top ten list of yoga myths.

1. Only flexible people do yoga. Increasing flexibility is one of the most important benefits of yoga. Even if you’re inflexible in the beginning you will improve rapidly. Increasing your flexibility will help you move better and reduce pain. For runners, cyclists, golfers, tennis players and others, stretching helps you avoid injuries and improve your game.

2. Yoga is only for women. Typically more women practice yoga than men. However this is changing. Men are realizing the wonderful benefits that yoga brings them in terms of increased strength, flexibility, and stress-relief.

3. Yoga is only for young people. A lot of “glitzy” advertising depicts young people doing sweaty yoga workouts. However, there are many forms of yoga that are ideally suited for middle aged and seniors. Yoga is absolutely the best self-care program for anyone middle aged and beyond.

4. Yoga is not a physical workout. There are many forms of yoga and many levels from gentle to rigorous. If you’re looking to build strength, tone your muscles, lose weight, and look better, active styles of yoga can give you these benefits.

5. Yoga is a religion. Yoga can be thought of as a blueprint for healthy living. It doesn’t insist on a belief system or identification with a guru. You can do yoga to get in better shape, strengthen your immune system, and reduce your risk of injury. Breath work and meditation are an optional part of yoga. These practices bring increased attention, present moment awareness, and relaxation in the midst of our fast-paced society.

6. Yoga is only for fit, thin people. Yoga is a diverse practice. The many styles of yoga allow people of all body types and health conditions to participate. When first starting out, ask a lot of questions so you attend a class that is a good fit for you. If your first class didn’t feel quite right, try a different style. Yoga is for everyone, but not everyone will like every style of yoga.

7. All Yogis are vegetarian. Some are. Some aren’t. Being vegetarian is not a requirement for the practice of yoga.

8. Yoga classes take too long. While some yoga classes can take up to two hours, you can do an effective yoga session at home in ten minutes. Consistency is the most important aspect of any self-improvement program. Finding a way to do even just a few minutes of yoga frequently helps much more than doing one long class occasionally.

9. Yoga is too expensive. Here is another question to ask yourself, how much does illness and disease cost? While it does cost money to attend yoga classes, the amount of money you can save by keeping yourself healthy is much greater than the cost of taking yoga classes at your favorite yoga studio.

10. You should not do yoga if you are injured. To the contrary, yoga can be a great way to heal your body as long as you are careful and choose the correct form of yoga. Yoga therapy is a highly structured and beneficial method for healing the body. Yoga therapists help their clients to align, move, and strengthen their bodies, which in turn, relieves pain and brings healing. Gentle yoga classes also are a great option. Tell your yoga instructor about your injury and she/he will suggest modifications to keep you safe.

Treat your body and your mind this New Year to the practice of yoga. You may enjoy it so much you will want to immerse yourself in a teacher training program or you may decide to start attending regular yoga classes with a friend or family member!

Elizabeth Meier is the owner of iThrive Yoga in Parker. Please visit their website at www. ithriveyoga.com for more information or give them a call at 303-840-5454.

Speeding Up Wound Healing

WOUNDHEALING_WEBHyperbaric medicine has been most commonly used to help scuba divers recover from the decompression sickness (the bends). It has also been found to help wound healing, carbon monoxide poisoning, skin grafts, and thermal burns. Michael Bertocchi, MD, general surgeon and medical director of the Wound Care Center at Parker Adventist Hospital, is excited about the opportunity to use this technology to provide comprehensive care to patients suffering from chronic wounds.

The Wound Care Center at Parker Adventist Hospital, which recently opened, is a joint effort between Parker Hospital and Healogics, a national corporation that runs over 500 wound centers nationwide. One of the big attractions of the Center is the addition of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Through hyperbaric oxygen therapy, “a patient is pressurized in an atmosphere of 100% oxygen,” says Bertocchi. “And what that does is allow oxygen to diffuse directly into the injured tissue and increase the oxygen tension at that level. This markedly improves the ability of compromised tissue (the wound) to heal — and that’s pretty impressive.”

The treatment takes place in a cylindrical chamber that is constructed of steel and clear acrylic so that the patient can see his or her surroundings during the entire treatment. “It’s similar to the effect of diving in the ocean anywhere from 30 to 60 feet in depth,” says Bertocchi. The sensation might take a little getting used to, especially the pressure changes in the ears. But, prior to treatment, patients are taught how to relieve any discomfort. To ensure safety, all Wound Care Center personnel undergo an intensive hyperbaric education and credentialing process.

Typically, hyperbaric medicine patients will receive 20 to 30 treatments, sometimes more. Conditions typically treated by this therapy include osteomyelitis (bone infection), diabetic foot ulcer, complications of radiation therapy, compromised surgical grafting, and severe skin and muscle infections.

The most common side effects include earaches, claustrophobia and, in diabetics, hypoglycemia. But the vast majority of patients, Bertocchi says, are able to tolerate the treatment very well.

“Treating a chronic wound can be a prolonged and frustrating endeavor for many practicing physicians,” Bertocchi explains. “Having a comprehensive center where we can dedicate specialized treatments within evidence based algorithms will ensure superior healing and limb salvage rates.” Phone: 303-269-2310.

5 Quick & Easy Ways to Get Healthy

FIVEHEALTHY_V1_WEBBy Dr. Matthew Derry, DC

As 2013 has come and gone, we welcome in 2014. If you are like the majority of the population, we look to improve our health and wellness in the New Year. Most of us set New Year’s resolutions, but the reality is most of them fall flat after a few months. Many researchers would suggest that this can be attributed to setting unreal expectations and not having a plan to be successful. If we intend to achieve better health and wellness, set some goals that are attainable!

Everyone knows that we should drink more water, eat more veggies and exercise more. The problem is because these seem so simple, how could they have such a profound effect on our health? Let me tell you that consistency and goal setting can help you take small changes and turn them into profound health benefits. Let’s discuss 5 simple things you can start today to improve your health.

1. Introduce a fruit and vegetable smoothie in the morning as a meal replacement. Many of us fall into the same breakfast routine. Maybe it’s eating a bagel from Panera, drinking a Grande mocha latte, or skipping breakfast all together. The reality is that our bodies need something that can balance our blood sugar, provide necessary antioxidants and provide ample amount of vitamins and phytonutrients. Green shakes are a fun and easy way to do that. Try this recipe: 1-2 handfuls of spinach or kale, ½ frozen banana, ½ cup of frozen berries, ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt, ice cubes and water to achieve your desired consistency.

2. Add a daily Probiotic supplement to your diet. Probiotics are the good bacteria found in our intestinal tract. They improve digestion, decrease inflammation and boost your immune system. Research suggests that 70% of our immune function takes place in the intestinal tract. You should look to purchase a high quality supplement that has over 30 billion CFU’s, or Colony Forming Units. Typically these types of Probiotics are only available through health care providers, so ask yours which they recommend.

3. Decrease or eliminate boxed food items from your pantry. This is a hard one to do completely. Many of the side items that we eat come in the dreaded cardboard box. The problem is that those foods are typically highly processed and cause many problems to our health. Think about it for a minute. Many of those products can sit on the shelf for weeks, if not months without spoiling! Try shopping the perimeter of the store and stay away from the shelves in the middle.

4. Write down 10 things you are grateful for. It has been well researched that gratitude offers many health benefits, including decreased depression, aggression and anxiety. Try starting a gratitude journal and keeping it somewhere easily accessible and using it daily or weekly.

5. Do crossword or Sudoku puzzles to improve brain function. These types of puzzles will work the language and memory parts of the brain. Doing daily puzzles will keep these areas of your brain functioning at a higher level and help fight anxiety, depression and forgetfulness.

There are tons of fun and easy ways to improve your health this year. Remember to find the ones that work for you. Create a plan, set some goals and let 2014 be you’re best yet!

Matthew T Derry, DC and Tanja S Derry, DC have been practicing chiropractic and functional nutrition in Parker for over 5 years and have helped patients and their families reach their health and wellness goals. For more information, they can be reached at (720)851-7400 or by visiting their website at www.backtowellnessnow.com.