Letter From the Publisher
Apr 30, 2015 10:26AM
It was just about a month ago when I had the privilege to participate in the Holistic Holiday at Sea, a vegan-inspired cruise. It was a life-changing event for both me and husband, as we dined with Dr. T. Colin Campbell, attended classes with the “Healthy Hip Chick” Jessica Porter and danced under the stars with 1,700 committed vegans (and the vegan-curious), including four other Natural Awakenings publishers. Not only was the weather glorious and the time away from all cell phones and computers refreshing, we were encouraged to set aside a lifetime of inaccurate learning about the best foods for our health.
One of the most poignant parts of the cruise was the Recovery Panel, where ordinary people told extraordinary stories of how their shift to a whole-food, plant-based diet saved their lives from breast and pancreatic cancer. We learned how, without medications, blood pressure was lowered and type-2 diabetes was overcome. Amazing stories and amazing people. I feel privileged to have been a part of it.
I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with Nelson Campbell, the son of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, about his new film, PlantPure Nation, which will be showing in a sneak preview and be the focus of a rally downtown on May 9. Not exactly a sequel to the highly successful film, Forks Over Knives, this new documentary reveals the attempts to bring the research to those who need it the most, to the people in the states with the highest rates of health concerns. It is a compelling story and I encourage everyone to come out to the rally at Upper Senate Park and then to the film at Union Market. Other “rock stars” of the movement, including Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn will also be here as part of the day’s events.
Our May themes are women’s health and natural birth. We are blessed in the D.C. area to have so many options for natural childbirth and great support for mothers (and families). Long gone are the days when the laboring mother’s role was to be induced into a temporary medical coma while the business of childbirth happened to her. Now, after the babies are born, there are groups and services to which new (and not so new) mothers and families can engage—to learn and to share in the wonderful journey of raising children.
There is also a new vocabulary in the field of women’s health and better options for diagnosing and treating chronic conditions and illnesses. Dr. Chas Gant offers the latest thinking on the use of hormone replacement therapy, which is of keen interest to most women “of a certain age.”
Our goal each month is to provide our readers with knowledge so they are able to make informed choices for their own health and lifestyle. In so doing, we are hoping to build a community of wellness seekers, so we can share this journey together. I hope from our pages, you learn and grow as we learn and grow alongside you.
Finally, to the mothers and all those who nurture their community, thank you. I was blessed to spend time with my mother and daughter over the past few weeks. I love being a mother as well as a daughter and will take this month to give special thanks for those relationships.