Avoiding and Treating Gum Disease

by Hyo Lim

Gum disease—one of the most common oral diseases in the world—is caused by the infection of the gum tissues by bacteria and other pathogens. Even in this country, with the ready access to dental care and oral hygiene products, gum disease affects a majority of the population. The reason for this situation is that in the beginning stages there may be no noticeable symptoms. However, periodontal disease—the medical term for gum disease—left unchecked and untreated, can lead to pain, impaired oral function and possible problems in other parts of the body. A brief discussion of this common disease and the current treatment options may help reduce the fairly high risk.
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Wellness in a Winter Wonderland

by Priscilla Selgas

No matter how much we moisturize our skin in the winter, it still feels dry. We experiment with a variety of lotions, creams and ointments but they do little to change skin. Frustratingly, even the more expensive moisturizers don’t work the way we expect. When skin is dry and scaly, it makes it difficult for oils and lotions to penetrate. Exfoliating skin is a great way to remove that superficial layer of dead skin and allows new skin cells to surface so they can actually absorb hydrating moisturizers.
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Look and Feel Your Best—Naturally

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz Talks Platelet Rich Plasma

by Phil Gutis

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz, M.D., has practiced as a highly specialized board certified diagnostic and interventional radiologist for nearly 10 years, with advanced training in minimally invasive procedures, age management, hormone replacement, aesthetic and regenerative medicine. Lebowitz and his World Wellness Health Institute in Bala Cynwyd excel in evaluating medical imaging to diagnose anatomically based diseases. Lebowitz offers innovative and exclusive procedures to help patients look and feel their best at any age. In a recent interview with Natural Awakenings, he discussed platelet rich plasma injections and how they can help us look and feel our best.
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Tending to the Inner Landscape

Seasonal Reflections

by John Muraco

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
~Albert Camus

We all deal with the changing seasons differently. As it stands true with life’s challenges and changes, ups and downs and ebb and flow, people have very unique and important ways in which they meet the changing of the seasons. As we leave summer behind and replace the warm weather with cooler and more biting air, each one of us has a different approach toward this change. Perhaps merely reading this article creates some angst for some as we delve more deeply into fall and the beginning of winter. At the same time, others may be ecstatic knowing that they get to pull the sweater out of the closet and enjoy warming drinks, rich and filling foods, and more time indoors.
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Recipe: Perfect Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten-free
YIELDS: 6 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup organic maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

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Recipe: Spicy Sweet Potato Hash

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free
YIELDS: 5 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 8 slices nitrate-free bacon
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

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Listening–and Giving–With Your Heart

by Michael J. Formica

Central to every relationship is communication, and genuine communication relies on listening. Not just listening to the words spoken, but listening wholeheartedly to every aspect of the conversation taking place.
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Refresh with a Lymphatic Drainage Treatment

by Barbara Meza

Our bodies depend on two circulatory systems. Most people know about the one that carries blood and oxygen throughout the body. The second and equally vital system, however, is a mystery to most.
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Local Shop Offers Medicinal Soaps from the Rainforest of Ecuador

The indigenous community of Rio Blanco is applying a new twist to its ancient, ancestral traditions. In the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, this indigenous Kichwa community is creating soaps utilizing the healing properties of the native medicinal plants of the forest.

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Queen’s Health Centers Celebrates 20 Years with Healthy Living Expert Speakers

As part of a month-long celebration of serving the community for 20 years, Queen’s Health Centers—a wellness center in Souderton providing natural, effective health education—will host multiple experts in the field of healthy living throughout the month of January.
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Natural Awakenings BuxMont’s 5th Anniversary Issue Coming Soon

In February, Natural Awakenings of Bucks, Montgomery and the Main Line will celebrate its fifth anniversary. To celebrate, the magazine is looking for local businesses and organizations interested in being part of this special issue.
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