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Letter from Publisher

May 31, 2017 05:51PM

Chronic Pain Remedies, our national feature article is a big trigger for many this month—including me as I’ve had my share of chronic pain conditions. That’s probably one of the reasons why this article, which touches down on addiction, physical and emotional pain while focusing on natural remedies for pain, really resonated with me.

       Being a lifelong entrepreneur, I can’t help but always want to put a new passion into action. Often, a group of my close friends meet at the beach at our friend’s RV for our “happy hour.” I really believe it would be an interesting reality show as our conversations would resonate with so many others. Our “pot luck” consists of spontaneous combustion of friends, strangers, laughter, happiness, tears, grievances, fun, surfing, paddling, injuries, and, most importantly, the healing of pain. When one of us gets hit by a sting ray, we submerse the wound in warm water and sometimes call for medical attention. When hit with a loved one’s sting and struggles, we surround our friend with love and kindness.

       I’ve been deeply immersed into studying plant medicine. One of the focuses of my publication will be educating you on alternative remedies like Ibogaine that naturally eliminates a person’s physical addiction to opiates and reduces addiction. You might have noticed all of the studies being done on how plant medicines such as psilocybin mushrooms are being used to manage PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. More and more Westerners are being drawn to Ayahuasca to help heal emotional wounds, enhance their well-being, and reconnect to nature while discovering their life’s path.
       These plant medicines are illegal in the U.S. The more I research this, the more I think it’s a shame that our society doesn’t embrace the medicinal benefits of these teacher plants. Meanwhile, alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs, which are legal and lauded by our society, can cause all kinds of issues for people. Did you know that over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction? 

       The medicinal use of psychedelics and the benefits they can naturally provide us cannot be refuted any longer. Plant medicine is coming out of the closet again with a much larger momentum. These healing plants have been used for centuries and it’s about time that we look at them again, and see what we can learn from them with safe, professional guidance.

       Thank you to my Natural Awakenings family and all that we shared at our annual conference. Thank you to my daughter Kathryn, for allowing me the space to feel such immense joy while watching you graduate from college. Thank you to my all of my dear friends, who feel like my soul family, for all your unwavering loyal and loving support.

       May we all feel vast amounts of joy, love and laughter as we welcome summer back this month!



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