Our first speaker today was Dr. Erin Foley, of Mountain Lifestyles Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center in Golden, Colorado. Dr. Foley has been practicing for 24 years, working with her clients to relieve pain without drugs. Dr. Erin Foley is licensed to practice acupuncture by the Colorado Board of Chiropractic Examiners. She is also nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In the office of Dr. Foley she uses disposable and sterile needles – the acupuncture treatments are a very comfortable and relaxing experience. She works with her clients to combine the use of acupuncture with chiropractic adjustments, thus enhancing the healing and reduce recovery time. Treatments are cumulative, so with some clients she may set up 2 appointments a week at first, but as the treatments move forward Dr. Foley consults with her clients to reduce the number of treatments as the need requires. The healing art of acupuncture has been utilized for over 2000 years. It is based on the Chinese medicine theory of “meridians”, which are pathways of energy which flow through the body connecting the organs and tissues through out your body. The use of acupuncture treatments at Mountain Lifestyles Chiropractic are used for pain relief, the treatment of acute conditions such as sprains or strains, as well as the treatment of chronic conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia. Acupuncture achieves these results by opening up blocked or stagnant meridian and has been proven through research to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms, as well as to release powerful pain relieving hormones called endorphins. Through her years of training Dr. Foley uses acupuncture to treat the following conditions:
Lower back pain and sciatica – working with the meridian energy of the kidney
Neck pain – working with the meridian energy of the lung
Migraine and tension headaches – working with the meridian energy of the liver
Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain – working with the energy of the triple burner meridian
Knee, leg and ankle pain – working with the meridian energy of the spleen
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome and Trigger thumb – working with the meridian energy of the lung
Fibromyalgia – with the meridian energy of the stomach
Arthritis and joint pain – working with the meridian energy of the gall bladder
Mid back and shoulder – working with the energy of the governing meridian
Menopause, hot flashes and insomnia – working with the meridian energy of the spleen
Allergies and sinus problems – working with the energy of the governing meridian
Keep in mind that for treatment many of the conditions require energy work on more than just one meridian.
Dr. Foley was asked a question about working with weight loss and smoking cessation – she commented that these acupuncture treatments use a different methodology that she has not been trained in and does not offer these services in her office.
Our second speaker today was Juli Parrott of Table Mountain Travel in Lakewood, Colorado. Juli started off her life as a French teacher and moved into the travel business in 1977 and starting Table Mountain Travel in 1987, giving her a wide range of experiences in the travel industry! Juli wanted to talk to us today about the UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world this was brought on by her latest trip to Croatia, which enabled her to visit several UNESCO sites. UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. A site that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site can be a forest, lake, desert, monument, city, building or complex that is determined to have special cultural or physical significance to history. This list is managed by the International World Heritage Program and administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that is composed of 21 state parties. The program was founded in 1972 for cataloging and conserving cultural and natural sites around the world, these sites receive funds from the World Heritage Funds to maintain and preserve the area for future generations. Right now there are 911 sites listed as UNESCO sites – 704 cultural, such as Memphis and its Necropolis this includes the Pyramids of Giza, 180 natural, like the Mesa Verde National Park, 27 mixed properties, like Stonehenge –which has both natural and cultural significance. To have a site nominated a country must take an inventory of its cultural and natural properties, this is called a tentative list, this is an important step because a country may not nominate a site that is not on its tentative list. The list will be evaluated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites along with the World Conservation Union. They will make recommendations to the World Heritage Committee which meets once a year to determine whether or not if these sites will be placed on the World Heritage List. There are six criteria that are used for the cultural sites – 1) Representing a masterpiece of human creative genius. 2) Exhibiting an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world. 3) Bearing a unique testimony to a cultural tradition or civilization which still exists or has disappeared. 4) Outstanding example of a type of building, architecture or technological ensemble or landscape which shows a significant stage in human history. 5) An outstanding example of traditional human settlement, whether land or sea use, being representative of a culture, or human interaction with the environment. 6) Directly associated with events, living traditions, ideas, beliefs, artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. There are only four criteria for the Natural Sites. 1) Contains extraordinary natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance. 2) Being an outstanding example representing major stages of Earth’s history. 3) Represents significant on-going ecological and biological processes. 4) Contains important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those areas that contain threatened species. The UNESCO Sites in the United States include a variety of natural sites like the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde National Park and Chaco Culture National Historic Park and cultural sites such as The Statue of Liberty, Monticello & the University of Virginia and Independence Hall. If you want to see any of these spectacular sites whether in the states or abroad, Juli Parrott with Table Mountain Travel can get you there with ease!