Letter from the Publisher
With the arrival of February 2020, our Gregorian calendar plays catch-up with earth’s natural rhythms by adding a leap year day on the 29th. (Every four years, this extra calendar designation catches up with the actual 365.24 days it takes our planet to circle the sun.) While it’s not celebrated as a “holiday” generally, the unique few born February 29 surely have reason to party to the max.
Hopefully, the exchange of cards and other heartfelt gifts on Valentine’s Day (the 14th) is a reminder to turn loving attention to our own wellness and those we most care about. In keeping with that sentiment, this issue of Natural Awakenings highlights news and views on cardiovascular wellness from leaders in the natural health field.
On page 26, writer Julie Peterson clarifies key connections between the heart and the vascular system. This article, entitled “Sacred Vessels: The Lifeblood of Heart Health”, reveals insight on how to support systematic wellness.
In “Good Hearts Start Young” (page 34), writer Ronica A. O’Hara promotes better understanding of basic, entirely doable paths to cardiovascular wellness in our children. Clearly, significant action taken early on can help reduce future chance of serious heart and circulatory problems.
With respect to the health of planet Earth, in “Disrupting Disposables” (page 36), writer Yvette C. Hammett reveals significant ways to reduce the negative effects of plastics at local, national and worldwide levels.
As always, with an open mind and heart, read on.