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Natural Awakenings San Diego

August 2013 Publisher Letter

Me and Tristram C. Conley, Operations Director at Sanoviv Medical Institute.

Rethinking and rebooting is essential to our health. This month’s editorial theme “Rethinking Cancer” is so important to all of us. Did you know that about 50 percent of all the men and 33 percent of the women we know in our lifetime will have some form of cancer? I am delivering this news as a wakeup call. An abundance of passion, research and knowledge was used to create this issue and I urge you to share it with everyone you know. “Rethinking Cancer” is the major message but it contains smaller inherent messages. While putting this issue together, a longtime dear friend, medical professional and idolized family man was diagnosed with cancer, taking my passion to even greater heights. Cancer remedies and prevention are available to us. You will read about professionals in this issue who have devoted their lives to researching and rethinking cancer.

Rethinking is the main theme. All of us need to rethink, not over think. There is quite a distinction. Stress is a trigger and underlying cause to many of our problems. Make a list of all the things in your life that you are not happy or comfortable with and you will find that many of them can be eliminated. Then, make a list of all the things and people that bring joy to your life and make more time for them.

Marriage, family, relationships, work, leisure, friends, the food we eat and health issues are just some of the items we need to rethink and revisit. How are they working for us? We do have the choice to eliminate toxicity. Be honest with yourself. Your body, mind and spirit will know if you are being true. Learn to listen to your body. It is talking to you.

I recently went through some emotional stress and suffered from diverticulitis. Instead of going to the emergency room and stressing myself out further with medical tests and medical bills, I sought Ayurvedic care with Dave Lesinski. Together we deleted the associated painful symptoms. I now carry the appropriate tools to detect, prevent and cure my digestive issues. I had to rethink my diet and lifestyle. I added meditation as a daiy practice. But most importantly, I had to learn to be true to my heart. I have increased clarity, spirituality, fun activities and friendships while reducing inflammation, toxicity and stress.

Last year I spent several days at Sanoviv Institute in Mexico with our senior editor Linda Sechrist. It reinforced the need to seek alternative care and the need to blend both Western and Eastern medicine. It is my passion and my job as the publisher to continue to deliver updated information and resources for a longer, healthier life. It is your job to educate, teach and feed yourself healthy thoughts and food. Take control of your own health and happiness. Avoid toxicity and invite well-being. Watch it grow within and around you. Good health is contagious.

Smiles to open hearts and minds,

Elaine Russo Natural Awakenings San Diego