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Letter from the Publishers


As I type this letter, it has been a month since everything really changed…social distancing began followed up quickly with stay-at-home orders and mask-wearing. Cindy and I are healthy and safe. It’s a bit surrealistic being out here. We took our basenjis for a walk down our dirt road this morning. The sky is clear blue. It’s cool and breezy and everything smells of wild flowers and new grass. The garden is growing and soon we will have fresh tomatoes to go with all the lettuce and arugula. READ MORE

affirming naturally by Doyle Ward

affirming naturally: 
I use the power of the present moment.

by Doyle Ward

You have more than 55,000 thoughts each day. Many are the same thoughts over and over again. Every single one is an affirmation; this also includes everything that you say. By reducing your negative thoughts and words and increasing the positive ones, you can reshape your life.  Expecting a better day helps to create a better life. The only place we have to take action or make changes is the present moment. This month’s affirmation can help create a better life.  READ MORE


Healing the Immune System: 
autoimmune breakthroughs offer new hope

by April Thompson

Some 23 million Americans suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases—a category comprised of more than 80 conditions, including fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and Type 1 diabetes. These pernicious disorders are notoriously difficult to diagnose, even harder to treat and can be debilitating, diminishing the quality of life for sufferers. READ MORE



Five Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System
By the team at Quantum Nutrition Labs

Toxins in the environment can wreak havoc on our health. Scientific studies demonstrate that the average person receives approximately 100,000 oxidative hits to their DNA (per cell) every single day. Over time, that adds up to a lot of bio-stressors that our cells are exposed to, day in and day out. Typical environmental stressors include pollution, unsafe food production, and global electromagnetic technology. Being constantly exposed to these toxins can threaten the body’s immune health. 

In times of environmental stress, supporting the body’s immune system is critical. And there’s no better place to look than nature to provide comprehensive immune support. The natural world is filled with immune supporting botanicals that can recharge the immune system and boost the body’s natural defenses against environmental toxins. 

Here are five of the most beneficial immune support agents provided by Mother Nature.  READ MORE


Virus Fighters
Essential Oils for Challenging Times

In these coronavirus days, an essential oil mixture with legendary origins in the Bubonic Plague offers soothing scents for the homebound and might well add some viral protection.  

The mixture of five oils: eucalyptus, clove, cinnamon, lemon and rosemary―is known as Thieves. As the story goes, in the 1500s, as the Black Death decimated Europe,. When four unemployed spice merchants that turned to robbing the bodies and homes of the dead were captured and threatened with being burned alive, they confessed to the judge their secret to avoiding infection―the spice blend that they rubbed on their hands, ears, feet and temples. READ MORE


Finding Calm
During Trying Times

From the moment we wake up and log on to our day, we are flooded with news about people whose days started off much the same, with an expectation of going from point A to point B, to
lunch, to point C and then back home.


Eye Care for Kids
A Clear Path to Healthy Vision

by Ronica A. O’Hara

The blurry distant vision of myopia is a worldwide epidemic. Nearsightedness has doubled in the U.S. since 1971 to 42 percent, and in some Asian countries it affects 90 percent of teens and adults, reports the American Academy of Ophthamology. Eye doctors say the key time to pay attention is during childhood, because myopia and other eye and vision problems can be reversed or stabilized if addressed at an early age. READ MORE


Getting to the Root of Plant Medicine

by Jeffrey Green

It’s been months since Natural Awakenings debuted the Plant Medicine section. In just that short amount of time, plant medicine has become more visible and certainly more popular. Each day brings new discoveries of how plants are becoming the new pharmaceuticals. Natural Awakenings remains focused on educating its readers about alternatives to pills, tablets or capsules and helping them notice the medicine cabinet that is Mother Nature.  READ MORE



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Meatless Makeover 
A Plant-Based Spin on Classic Dishes

by April Thompson

When contemplating a shift toward a plant-based diet, some may prematurely mourn the loss of their favorite meaty classics. Luckily, enterprising vegan chefs have experimented with flavors and textures that will lure almost any palate into loving a plant-based version of their favorite dishes without resorting to processed foods. READ MORE


Eating Greener
Tips for Plant-Based Living

Eating more fruits and vegetables as part of a plant-based diet is catching on. In 2019, more than one third of Americans said they plan to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets to achieve their wellness resolutions, according to data company YouGov. For those new to “green eating”—and even for veggie-minded veterans—lots of helpful information is available now on what to consider in buying, preparing, re-using and discarding food.  READ MORE


Vegan Fitness
A Healthy Choice for Body and Planet

by Marlaina Donato

Tennis champion Venus Williams and New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady are among the athletes that opt for healthy, plant-dominant diets to reach their personal best, a trend that belies some misconceptions about what it means to be vegan. “Going vegan implies a larger, lifestyle choice based on personal ethics, but athletes report that they just feel better,” says Brenda Carey, editor-in-chief of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine. “They’re also surprised at how well they put on muscle after making this dietary change.”  READ MORE


Hemp Gets Hot
Meet the Hardest Working Plant on the Planet

by Julie Peterson

A crop that was illegal in U.S. soil for more than half a century is now reaching for the sun. Industrial hemp, the low- or no-THC cousin to marijuana, has created high hopes among farmers, agricultural researchers, manufacturers and consumers. By 2019, America had become the world’s third-largest producer, behind Canada and China, where it’s been cultivated for 8,500 years. READ MORE


Natural Remedies for Kids

by Ronica O’Hara

March brings us the first whiffs of fragrant spring air, along with a heightened chance of runny noses, coughs, sore throats and congestion in our youngsters. The spring and fall months are the most likely times to catch a cold because seasonal allergens inflame nostrils, making it easier for cold viruses to have their way. Although many worried parents reach for cold and cough medicines, antihistamines or even antibiotics, there is little evidence that these ease symptoms or hasten recovery, and they may even cause harm, according to reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  READ MORE


Kibble Quandary
A Fresh Look at Pet Food

by Julie Peterson

Eating healthy is a family affair, and that includes the family pet. However, what works for humans may be less than optimal for Fluffy or Fido, as each requires a species-specific, nutritionally balanced regimen. Most pet parents opt for commercial dog or cat food that comes in a bag or a can, but many are beginning to consider more natural options. “Kibble is often the most economical way to feed your pet. But its processed state makes it the least optimal,” says Angie Krause, DVM, at Boulder Holistic Vet, in Colorado. READ MORE


Ronnie Cummins on Growing a Movement

by Elizabeth Greene

For five decades, human rights activist, journalist and author Ronnie Cummins has campaigned for natural health and the environment. Since he co-founded the Organic Consumers Association in 1998, the nonprofit has grown to a network that’s 2 million people strong, dedicated to promoting organic food, regenerative farming and commerce through global initiatives that integrate public education, marketplace pressure, media outreach, litigation and grassroots lobbying.  READ MORE

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