Letter from Publisher
Dear NA Indy Readers, Follow your heart. Eat your heart out. A heart of gold. Have a heart. The heart of the matter. A change of heart. Knowing in your heart of hearts. Pour your heart out. To know it by heart. Wearing your heart on your sleeve. Take it to heart. Heart and soul.
Love is in the air this month, and at Natural Awakenings we are focused on all matters of the heart, including the one that keeps our physical bodies alive and well. In “Sacred Vessels: The Lifeblood of Heart Health,” writer Julie Peterson examines the crucial role of the vascular system and how simple, natural lifestyle choices can prevent or remediate damage that can result in a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive decline.
Locally, Chef Wendell shares his personal story about heart health and plant-based eating in “The Heart Deserves Love Too.” Laura Baker shares some perspective on the energetics of the heart in “A Lesson in Love: Exercise Your Heart Chakra.”
In “Good Hearts Start Young: Boosting Kids’ Cardiovascular Health,” Ronica A. O’Hara underscores why it is never too early to embark on the path to cardio fitness—beginning in the uterus where maternal choices can set the stage for conditions like high blood pressure in their offspring by the time they’re in grade school.
Julie Peterson explains in “Pain Relief for Pets: Prolotherapy Gives Joints New Life. Veterinarians are treating cats, dogs and even horses with this non-surgical form of self-healing. And of course we top it all off with a large dose of love featuring Scarlett Lewis’s inspiring essay on “Choosing Love: How to Cope With Fearful Times” and a Valentine’s Day Wise Words interview, “Linda Carroll on Skills That Make Love Last.”
From the bottom of my heart, I hope you enjoy this heart-centered issue!
Donna Kirk, Publisher