Letter from the Publisher

February 2020

Love is in the air this month, and here at Natural Awakenings it’s only natural that we’re focused on matters of the heart—after all, it is what keeps us alive and living and loving well! I hope this letter finds you reveling in many daily experiences that fill your emotional heart center with joy, and that you’ll enjoy this month’s nod to heart health and healing as we enjoy 2020 to the fullest together.

In our feature story, “Sacred Vessels: The Lifeblood of Heart Health,” Julie Peterson examines the crucial role of the vascular system and how simple, natural lifestyle choices can prevent or remediate damage that may result in a heart attack, stroke, vision loss and cognitive decline. It’s easy to take our hearts for granted on a physical level sometimes. Considering the amazing and unconscious actions that are going on from moment to moment does give us pause to honor this sacred process and become conscious of actionable steps through physical movement and healthier food choices to foster improvement system-wide. Are you feeling inspired to make some adjustments?

While lifestyle changes have the power to restore our heart, the field of regenerative medicine is making great strides in rejuvenating joints, ligaments, tendons and tissues by stimulating the body’s natural healing process via a patient’s own blood platelets, growth factors, fat, stem cells and other factors. In our Healing Ways department, we learn there is hope for healing joints from within, As medicine and an understanding of the human body’s overall healing ability continues to evolve, it will be amazing to see future advances in this area too.

In case you’re wondering, regenerative therapy isn’t just for humans, as Peterson explains in “Pain Relief for Pets: Prolotherapy Gives Joints New Life.” Veterinarians are treating cats, dogs and even horses with this non-surgical form of self-healing.

We top it all off with a large dose of love featuring Scarlett Lewis’s inspiring essay, “Choosing Love: How to Cope With Fearful Times,” her insights after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy claimed the life of her son, Jesse. In 2014 I, was fortunate to see Lewis speak in person as a guest of Dr. Wayne Dyer during his NYC visit, and I was incredibly moved by the message that love can be found in even the most difficult experiences. Dyer’s T-shirt that day read simply read the word “Love” (with the period meaning that all we need is love, period). This is surely something to ponder and strive for.

To Living and Loving Well,





Carolyn Coogan, Publisher