Letter From the Publisher
Dec 31, 2015 09:19AM
Now that the holidays are over and 2016 has launched, it is the perfect time to cast our gaze in a different direction. With the start of a new year comes the opportunity to start fresh, to look at areas of growth and change and to consider new ways of thinking. Since launching Natural Awakenings Washington, D.C. in 2103, I have come to understand that there is great wisdom emerging in all realms of human existence. Every day I am astounded to learn of advances being made in medicine, personal growth and our understanding of our world and that which is beyond us in the universe.
With this in mind, we have dual purposes for our January edition. First, we have designated this issue to serve as a Natural Living Directory, which, we hope, will be kept and treasured throughout the year as a resource for the growing community who seek natural and healthy ways to live. To help educate you, dear friends, we have included a comprehensive glossary of many terms that are commonly used by practitioners of natural health methods. We hope that this will be a helpful guide to those who seek to gain knowledge about their own health. This edition will be distributed at many of the events we attend throughout the year.
Second, our general theme this month is a broad look at the future of medical care and looking at the potential that precision medicine holds for all humanity. The White House launched the Precision Medicine Initiative, with the stated purpose to “pioneer a new model of patient-powered research that promises to accelerate biomedical discoveries and provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge and therapies to select which treatments will work best for which patients.” Local practitioners are already leading the community in providing a fresh look at working with their patients through the lens of precision medicine. In fact, Dr. Gant will be offering a free live-seminar and webinar on using Precision Medicine as a way to overcome nicotine addiction. You can read an interview with him on this topic this month and then join us on January 24 for a live event.
January is also a great time to expand your own learning at our upcoming event, HealthFest 2016 (HealthFest.info), which is a celebration of International Integrative Health Day. The world over, Integrative Health Day is celebrated with health screenings events, talks, gatherings and helpful demonstrations. Our event, which is free to the community, will be all of these things, plus events for children. Partnering with FitDC, the Maryland University for Integrative Health, AIM and local medical students from Georgetown, Howard and George Washington Universities, this event will be a full day of opportunities to learn from community practitioners and business leaders about your health. There is plenty more information about the event in this month’s Event Spotlight. If you sign up and attend, you have the chance to win some fabulous raffle prizes.
To health in the year ahead!