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Letter from Publisher

Donna Kirk

Dear Readers,

Happy Fall Greetings to you! For me, October has always brought such fun. It’s my birthday month, and on a quirky note, my younger brother and I were born on the very same date late in October exactly two years apart. I married my hubby in October, my parents’ anniversary is in October, and Halloween is my favorite holiday! With October comes cooler temperatures, football, hoodies, pots of chili, falling leaves, and crackling fires.

October’s issue brings readers an abundance of health news that underscores the importance of paying attention to the little things—like teeth and gums. I can personally attest to the undeniable connection between the whole body and dental health.Our feature, “Mouth Matters: A Holistic Approach to Oral Health,” delves into the mounting evidence that this “doorway to the body” can usher in heart issues,inflammatory response and even Alzheimer’s if not well maintained. Writer Ronica O’Hara details the growing body of less invasive and less toxic approaches to dental care, while Jenn Willhite covers local holistic dentists.
In keeping with this inside-out, whole-body approach, writer Marlaina Donato offers insights into how one region of the body might affect a seemingly unrelated area in “Spinal Solutions: Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results.” Thus,chiropractors can offer patients relief for a host of conditions, from asthma and digestion to headaches and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).

Meantime, educators all over the world are starting to focus on the mind-body connection with curriculum aimed at bringing mindfulness to the classroom. I’m always thrilled to see my daughters’ school incorporating mindfulness in their elementary classrooms. Studies show the result is calmer, happier, more focused kids. Read all about it in “Mindfulness in the Classroom: Meditative Training Helps Kids Thrive.”

Don’t forget that October is National Shelter Pet month and there are thousands of loving, healthy cats and dogs waiting to bring joy, companionship and yes, wellness,into your home. Local writer Jenn Willhite contributes a roundup of local pet shelters in the Indianapolis area. And Julie Peterson presents solid research on the many benefits of the human-animal bond—and why pets adopted from shelters can be the most devoted of all. All of my own pets have come from shelters or rescues,and I truly believe adopted pets “know.” Please adopt, don’t shop.

It’s been a long time coming, but our COMPLETELY new website is live! Check it out at and see this month’s News Brief for more information.

That’s just a taste of what you’ll find in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings Indy. Thank you, and onward to October!
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