Letter from Publisher
This month’s Natural Awakenings brings health news underscoring the importance of paying attention to little things in our self-care routines, like teeth and gums. Our feature, “Mouth Matters: A Holistic Approach to Oral Health” (page 24), delves into mounting evidence that this “doorway to the body” can usher in heart issues, inflammatory response and even Alzheimer’s if not well maintained. Denver-based natural health writer Ronica O’Hara details the growing body of less invasive and less toxic approaches to dental care.
In keeping with this inside-out, whole-body approach, writer Marlaina Donato offers insight into ways one region of the body might affect a seemingly unrelated area, in “Spinal Solutions: Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results” (page 34). Chiropractors can offer patients relief for a host of conditions, from asthma and digestion to headaches and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).
Meantime, educators throughout the world are focusing on the mind-body connection with curriculum aimed at bringing mindfulness to the classroom. Studies show the results are calmer, happier, more focused kids. Learn more in “Mindfulness in the Classroom: Meditative Training Helps Kids Thrive” (page 40).
October is national Shelter Pet month. Remember, there are thousands of loving, healthy cats and dogs waiting to bring joy, companionship and yes, wellness, into our homes. Julie Peterson presents solid research in “Pet Peeve” (page 48) on the many benefits of the human-animal bond and why pets adopted from shelters can be the most devoted of all.
As always, with an open heart and mind, read on.