Oct 01, 2013 03:03PM
It’s fall in the Sarasota/Bradenton area, and the change of seasons is certainly in the air. This issue of Natural Awakenings celebrates the season with articles that will get your blood pumping and offer suggestions on exercise, diet and contemplative meditation, as well as some timely advice for proactively addressing climate change.
I am very excited about the 2013 Natural Awakenings Chiropractic Guide, which serves as the centerpiece of this edition, beginning on page 54 As a Chiropractic Physician I find that many people have questions about some of the chiropractic lingo and the specific techniques within chiropractic. My hope is that this guide will make it easier to explore this essential area of health, as it truly is a part of holistic healing that marries well with traditional practice.
Linda Sechrist, a frequent contributor to this magazine, adds to that courtship of Eastern and Western medical practice with her article on energy healing. I hope you will find it as inspirational as I did. The concept offers another dimension in holistic medical approaches to pain and disease. Right along with the healing aspects of chiropractic are diet and exercise, and the article by Sayer Ji and Tania Melkonian on the Paleo diet, page 74, will provide some provocative ideas about incorporating these basic elements into your daily lifestyle. I’m certain that you’ll enjoy the slow-cooker recipe for chicken and veggies, and can use the suggestions for meat and grain choices as you plan your daily and weekly menus.
Finding personal growth is not always easy, but Sarah Todd offers trekking, or long-distance walking, as a way to commune with nature, your inner self, and sometimes others as a group adventure. She calls it a “pilgrimage,” and I agree that it’s an apt analogy. Read more on page 72. We can’t forget our furry – or in this case, feathered – friends as we enter the fall season. Sandy Lender shares ways to incorporate the wild into domesticated birds on page 76.
Our Community Spotlight this month, written by Maxine Renee’, is on the Silverstein Institute and the future of hearing technology. The gift of sound is something most of us take for granted, but when it’s taken away, through age, illness or injury, the loss is far greater than hearing. The sense of community and the ability to effectively communicate are also lost. The article is timely and significant to many in our communities. The article begins on page 52. Christine MacDonald gives us two articles this month that deal with the environment, particularly global warming, and how we as individuals (and collectively as communities) can address this imminent threat to our planet. Read more at pages 62 and 70.
And, as always, peruse the news briefs and calendar of events. There’s a lot going on in the Sarasota/Bradenton area this month. Get out there, enjoy the fall air, learn something new and celebrate the beauty of life. Our fall season doesn’t last long. Relish it while the beaches are relatively empty, the traffic is moderated, people aren’t in a rush, tables are available at your favorite restaurants, and the air has just the sweetest nip of coolness. It’s the season to enjoy life to its fullest in Southwest Florida.