Letter from the Publisher, November 2017

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass;
it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, I’m internalizing some hearty lessons about loss, gratitude, resilience and transcendence.

The chasm between the nightly news and my own life closed the night that Hurricane Maria destroyed the town where my colleagues, Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico publishers Luis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, have built a vibrant, thriving holistic health community over the past 15 years.

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Beyond Maria: Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

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Luis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.”

Mendez and Sallaberry are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast.

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Delaware Valley Functional Forum Meetup Presents Daila Pravs, M.D.

The event promises to be an evening of education, inspiration, connection and community with the medical and wellness professionals that are advancing the functional and integrative medicine movement within the Delaware Valley.

Local integrative health professionals are invited to the next Delaware Valley Functional Forum Meetup event from 6 to 9 p.m., November 7. The meetup will feature local guest speaker Daila Pravs, M.D., physician at Montgomery Integrative Health Group, in Wyndmoor. Dinner will be provided, with time for Q&A, large and small group discussion and networking.

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Organic Conference in Harrisburg

Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms 2017 annual conference will take place from 7 a.m., December 12, to 4 p.m., December 13, at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel to support Northeast and Mid-Atlantic organic farms by presenting information and discussions on the best available organic farming practices. Presenters will focus on advanced organic production practices for beginning and transitional organic farmers, and address current organic farming issues.

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The Inner Light Expo Celebrates Abundance and Awakening, Freely

“Our mission is to create an army of light workers to help change the world to a loving and healing planet. As each person awakens, our world becomes brighter. We work together instead of fighting one another. That is why we are here. That’s the premise for the Inner Light Holistic Expo—community and awakening,” adds Leeson.

Find your ambition, explore new methods of healing and connect with like-minded people at the Inner Light Expo, held annually in Pottstown. Facilitators from Inner Light Holistic Center will offer healing services, joined by other vendors that will provide opportunities to come together for learning and spiritual growth.

The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 11, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 12, at Coventry Mall, 351 West Schuylkill Road, in Pottstown. Admission, lectures and parking are all free.

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Warrington Chiropractor Donates Coats, Care

LifeAligned Upper Cervical Chiropractic, in Warrington, is hosting a winter coat drive for the month of November.

Through its “give and receive” offer, anyone can donate a new or slightly used winter coat at the LifeAligned office, and in return for their generosity receive $250 in services, to include a doctor consultation, examination, upper cervical X-ray study and a report of findings. Readers should call in advance to schedule their appointment.

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Diabetes Understood: Mechanics, Symptoms and the Importance of Proactive Teamwork

One of the most important public health problems in America is the dramatic increase in the incidence of Type II diabetes mellitus. This disease can cause short-term severe health problems, but more often results in severe long-term health risks. When diabetes affects the kidneys, the eyes, the heart, the blood vessels and the brain, often these events will cause permanent organ damage.

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Managing Diabetes in Pets through Holistic Therapies

With the right treatment and consistent monitoring, diabetes is a controllable disease. Especially with cats, normalizing weight and focusing on the correct macronutrient balance can result in resolution of this disease.

It is estimated that one in every 10 Americans over the age of 20 has diabetes. While the situation is not quite so dire for pets, there still has been a threefold increase in diabetes in the last 30 years in dogs and cats. Some cases of juvenile-onset diabetes are largely genetically influenced, but obesity—and therefore diet and exercise—play integral roles in the development of this disease in adult pets.

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The Benefits of Cocoa for Type 2 Diabetes

An article published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggests that specific compounds in cocoa may help with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers from Brigham Young University and Virginia Tech fed animals a high-fat diet, combined with cocoa and found the animals had decreased obesity and a greater ability to handle high blood sugar levels.

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Learn Healing Touch, Earn CE Credits from a Local, Certified Instructor

Jean M. White, founder of Pennsylvania Healing Touch, in Langhorne, will be teaching Healing Touch Level 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., November 11 and 12, at Holy Redeemer HomeCare, in Philadelphia. The two-day course includes 16 continuing education contact hours of instruction for nurses and massage therapists, and is ideal for those professions as well as anyone interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of this energy-based healing modality.

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