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Natural Healing for Pain, PTSD and More

Offered by Jessica Ahmed

According to the US Census, each year there are around 11 million automobile accidents in our country. Thankfully, most are not fatal, but that leaves many people with injuries ranging from mild to severely debilitating.

Acupuncture right after a car accident is the best time to seek care because it restores normal functionality to muscles and other soft tissue, improves circulation to injured areas, and alleviates nerve pain. Sometimes symptoms may not be noticed for days or weeks after the accident, and a few acupuncture sessions right away can save you from needing a longer course of treatment months or years later. I often treat the chronic injuries of people who did not seek care right after an accident, and although acupuncture often still works, progress is typically slower.

Here are some common car accident injuries that may be helped by acupuncture:

  • Whiplash: Neck pain is the most typical symptom of whiplash, but some people also notice headaches, dizziness and pain/numbness in their arms and hands.
  • Back Pain: From upper to lower back pain, acupuncture works by improving blood flow and relaxing the muscles, tendons and fascia.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): It can be scary to get back into your car and drive, especially in situations that remind you of the crash. Acupuncture helps your brain let go of the accident trauma.
  • Anxiety/Depression: Sometimes the emotional effect of a car accident causes additional stress above and beyond PTSD. Acupuncture helps to relax and normalize the nervous system and stress response. bleeding, hair loss, pain.
  • Closed Head Injuries: Acupuncture works to increase blood flow to the head and brain, and can be used to treat mild traumatic brain injuries, such as concussions.

Most Colorado insurance plans provide immediate Med-Pay funds of at least $5000 after a car accident, which can be used to cover the cost of your acupuncture treatments. In the rare case that your plan does not cover acupuncture, you can often have your costs reimbursed during a settlement.

For more information about Brighton Acupuncture, please click here.

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Offered by Dr. Jim Campbell

Do you really enjoy life or does pain you’re experiencing get in your way? Do you have the energy to enjoy your family and friends and the outdoor activities here in Colorado this summer? There are so many things to do and the basic reminders to drink lots of water and get out for fresh air and exercise are always good ideas. I find it very rewarding to help a lot of people get out of pain, but I also find it gratifying to help shift their focus from relief to fixing the problem and then helping them understand the activities and lifestyle choices they need to make to keep their major complaints at bay.

I am privileged to have several wonderful patients who are in their 80’s and 90’s. These folks have experienced the value of periodic Chiropractic care combined with making healthy choices throughout most of their lives. My octogenarians and nonagenarians do have some aches and pains as you would expect but they recognize that chiropractic care helps keep them mobile, active and involved with family and friends. They keep physically active in keeping with their age, pay attention to basic good diet guidelines (including that emphasis on drinking water!) and work to stay mentally alert. Sounds like a plan to me.

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, then maybe it’s time to consider making some changes in what you’re doing. Here at Beyond Basic Health, I integrate chiropractic spinal adjustments with cranial adjusting, cold laser therapy, nutritional support, custom orthotics and common sense to provide relief from chronic pain as well as acute injuries. My practice is a holistic office, meaning a whole body and whole person approach to looking at what ails you. If you need quick relief, we offer that. If you need guidance or a second opinion, we do that too. No two people are the same and rest assured you will be offered choices and treatment options to assist you with your health care needs.

If you are dealing with tough or prolonged pain or discomfort and your goal is a long, active and pain free life, give me a call today. We can explore your options and your path to wellness. The sooner you begin to experience pain free living, the more you can enjoy what Colorado and your life has to offer.

For more information about Beyond Basic Health, please click here!

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Offered by Brighton Criminal Defense Attorney Gregory R. McMahon

It is certainly understandable that if you had never served on jury duty and a summons were to appear in your mailbox, you might not be happy. However, I urge you to see your jury summons in a different light. But first, let me explain how you might be selected.

The state of Colorado website explains: “Each year, the Judicial Branch receives lists of all registered voters and all holders of driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards throughout the state, as well as records from the Colorado Department of Revenue. The lists are merged, duplicates and names of deceased citizens are removed, and the resulting list is divided by county location.” Then, names are randomly selected from the list as needed.

Now to the positive aspects of being a juror. First, it is an educational experience that you might actually enjoy. Prior to attending law school, I served on two juries. Both experiences gave me new insights into how our court system works. Second, jury duty can provide a break from the daily grind. Finally, it is your chance to make certain that the trial is fair, the guilty are convicted, and the innocent are found not guilty. Remember that innocent people are sometimes accused of a crime. It is your duty to weigh both sides and decide. When called to jury duty, you are the most important persons in the court.

Comments or suggestions? Please contact me at, or click here for more information.

The information in this column is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Offered by Tax Smart, LLC

aae_solar_logoHave you ever heard of a Win-Win-Win-Win situation? Well, this is it! Very few people have taken advantage of the HUGE 30% Federal Tax Credit for installing a solar energy system on their home. You may have thought it was too expensive, but the truth is that it is too expensive NOT to install one. A properly installed system can save you thousands of dollars over buying electricity from the power company.

AAE Solar, located in Boulder is offering a high quality system with 0% down that will offset your current electric bill. You’ll also get a 30% tax credit and a rebate from your local power company if installed this year (WIN)! You will actually SAVE money over the life of the system (WIN). It will increase the value of your home (WIN). And the power company is required to buy back any excess energy you create (WIN AGAIN)!

Tax Smart recommends finding out more about this valuable commodity which can help off set your tax liability. Don’t give all your money to the IRS and Power Company.

Call us today to find out more about the tax credits at 303-731-1021 or to find out more about how a solar energy system can save AND make you money, call Nicole Moore at 720-641-3031.

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Offered by Rich Germaine, Owner and President of Joyful Noise Music School, Inc.

Why have your child play a Music Instrument?

  • Unlike competitive team sports, students in school band or orchestra can always participate. No one sits on the bench waiting for a chance to play.
  • Students who participate in school music programs are 52% more likely to go on to college and graduate.
  • According to a recent study .conducted by neurologist Dr. Frank Wilson, when a musician plays, he/she uses approximately 90% of the brain. Wilson could find no other activity that uses the brain to this extent.
  • The study had also shown students who took more than 4 years of music and the other arts scored 34 points better on the verbal portion of the SAT than those who took music for less than a year.
  • A recent Rockefeller Foundation study discovered that music students have the highest rate of admittance to medical schools. Music scholarships are also a great source of funding for a college education.
  • When a child succeeds at the diverse tasks required to play an instrument, self-esteem is enhanced.
  • As a student begins to understand the connection between practice and the quality of performance, self-discipline becomes self-enforcing. It may then be a short jump to making a connection between self-discipline and performance in life.
  • Students in band or orchestra develop higher cognitive skills and increased ability to analyze and evaluate information. They also learn about teamwork and conflict/resolution skills required for success in the modern workplace while enjoying the healthy, positive activity of band and orchestra with friends.

For more information about Joyful Noise Music School, please click here!

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Offered by Jan Giuliano

Summer is in full swing! In fact, later this month children will be going back to school. It’s hard to believe that August is here. But one of the things I love about Brighton is all the wonderful farm fresh produce available this time of year. If you haven’t visited a local farm recently, now is the time to do it! You’ll fi nd many who have been in the area for ages and still providing wonderful produce, great service and super prices. Here’s a short list to some of them:

Berry Patch Farms
13785 Potomac Street, Brighton, CO 80601, 303-659-5050

LuLu’s Farm
14831 Brighton Road, Brighton, CO 80601, 303-659-3300

Palizzi Farm
6th & Bromley Lane, Brighton, CO 80601, 303-659-1970

Palombo Farm
11500 Havana Street, Henderson, CO 80640, 303-287-0134

Petrocco Farm
14110 Brighton Road, Brighton, CO 80601, 303-659-6498

If you’re looking for Raw Milk Dairy Cow Share look no further than Johnson’s Acres located at 16381 York Street, Brighton, CO 80602. Explore your area for more wonderful products! Our thanks and appreciation goes out to all the businesses in Brighton. Call us, Frank and Jan Giuliano, Academy Mortgage for your mortgage needs (303-450-1650).

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Offered by Michael A. Dolan

Bill and Jane’s daughter has struggled since the accident. She was only 13 when it happened, but it was clear she would be disabled for the balance of her life. Now 23, she is dependent upon government assistance for her survival and medical care.

Bill and Jane thought they did not need estate planning. Why not just put everything in joint tenancy, because “it is simple and avoids probate.” Thinking about their disabled daughter, they sought guidance from a counseling-oriented attorney who took time to learn more about them, their estate, and their goals. Their primary objective was to protect their daughter after they died. The attorney worked with them to put together a plan that would place their savings, life insurance and home in a trust for their daughter, following their deaths. This would prevent the assets from disqualifying their daughter from the benefits she is receiving from government programs. As a result, the inheritance can pay for things the government programs do not cover, providing additional comfort to their daughter.

Estate planning can and should be more than avoiding probate and saving taxes. A properly designed estate plan can provide many additional advantages that protect your family. Most of these protections are ignored in cookie-cutter form-driven estate plans. Individuals should look closely at all of the benefits a properly designed estate plan can provide to them while they are alive, and provide to their spouses and their families after their death. Does your estate plan address all of your family’s issues?

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Offered by Melissa Rippy, Rippy Insurance

Allstate-Rippy-InsuranceOur Agency Owner Melissa Rippy is a board member with three of our many local non-profits, one of which is the Brighton Legacy Foundation, a volunteer run board that promotes the spirit of philanthropy while improving the quality of life for all residents in Brighton through awarding annual grants and scholarships. For more information, check out Rippy Insurance was one of the proud sponsors of the Legacy Poker Run with all proceeds to benefit the Brighton Legacy Foundation. This event took place on July 25th, involved five stops and attracted a great turnout and lots of fun prizes.

School will be here before we know it, and as such, we would like to announce that we are teaming up with one of our community partners, the Richard Lambert Foundation, for a BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE during the month of August. We will both be drop locations and collecting new or gently used CLEAN backpacks along with school supplies that will be distributed to children in our community that need our assistance.

The Richard Lambert Foundation ( is a local non-profit family grief and healing center offering individual and family counseling.

Now that school is almost back in session, we will be seeing more of our teens on the road again. If you have not taken the pledge to “X the Txt” and not text and drive, we encourage you and your family members to stop by the Rippy Agency to take the pledge. Whatever you do, please, please don’t text and drive.

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Offered by Hearthside Dentistry

Hearthside DentistryThe Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is pleased to announce that Christina O. McMillon, DMD, FAGD, of Broomfield, CO, received the association’s Fellowship Award during the AGD 2015 annual meeting, which took place June 18 to 21 in San Francisco.

The AGD Fellowship Award is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality dental care by remaining current in their profession. To earn this prestigious honor, Dr. McMillon completed 500 hours of dental continuing education, passed a comprehensive written exam, and fulfilled three years of continuous membership in the AGD.

As a Fellowship Award recipient, Dr. McMillon joins more than 6,600 active AGD Fellows who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health. “We are proud to honor Dr. McMillon for her commitment in reaching this lofty goal,” says AGD Immediate Past President W. Carter Brown, DMD, FAGD. “She has distinguished herself professionally among her peers and is a role model for both her fellow dentists and the Brighton community.”

Dr. McMillon graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2010 and currently practices dentistry in Brighton, CO. She lives in Broomfield, CO with her husband, James, and their 2-year-old daughter, Liliana.

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Offered by Jan Hepp-Struck

Hepp-RealtyWe’ve all seen the signs “For Sale by Owner” or those from DIY online companies. While on the surface it might seem like a good idea, and might even be okay for some, for most, it’s not. In May of 2010, at the forefront of the proliferation of DIY home selling/ buying services, Forbes published a blog article listing five reasons why most people still need a real estate agent. As it turns out, those five reasons are still completely relevant today.

Accessibility/Convenience. Both the Buyer’s and Seller’s Agent are fully focused on the industry and have the necessary connections and knowledge base to develop a solid strategy to streamline the process.

Negotiations. Having an advocate with intricate knowledge of real estate law and negotiation techniques increases your advantage to ensure your best interests are represented and you get the best deal possible.

Contracts/Legalities. A good realtor understands the ins and outs of real estate law and can prevent costly mistakes or omissions.

Accountability. Because they answer to a licensing body, a reputable agent is bound by common law to represent their client’s best interests in a fiduciary relationship, or face professional repercussions.

Costs vs. Savings. Buyers looking to purchase a “by owner” home are most likely looking for a deal, and may expect to benefit from your savings of no realtor’s commission.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340 or click here for more information.