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Organic Farmers Growing America’s Health

Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn When searching online for images of scientists, pictures of men and women in white lab coats peering into microscopes fill the screen. What’s missing are farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our ... Read More »

Better Options than Opioids

Natural Ways to Reduce Pain by Kathleen Barnes Chronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving ... Read More »

The Joy of Dirt

Gardening Connects Kids to Nature by Barbara Pleasant Children benefit from a close connection with nature, and there’s no better place to learn about plants and soil than a garden. Families don’t need lots of space, as even a small collection of potted plants holds fascination for youngsters. The first step is to understand a garden as seen by a ... Read More »

Gary Griggs on the Perils Facing Our Coasts

by Randy Kambic While Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for ... Read More »

Planning an Anti-Inflammatory Cookout

by Elizabeth McMillan Summer barbecues and cookouts are a hallmark of American tradition, filled with a glorious spread of foods. The classic summer foods like burgers, brats and macaroni salad can easily tip the scale the next morning, which leads to the constant question—how does one day of “bad” eating lead to a weight gain. The answer is commonly inflammation ... Read More »

Join the Peace Ride

Looking for a way show your commitment to promote compassion, prevent violence, while pedaling for peace throughout Washington, D.C.? Join the 2018 Peace Ride from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 29. This community event is hosted by One Common Unity (OCU), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to break the cycles of violence and build compassionate, healthy ... Read More »

Webinar on Dealing with Digestive Disorders Naturally

The human digestive system provides nutrition for every cell in our body and plays a critical role in our immune system. Yet, so many people suffer from a compromised digestive system, which results in an increase in chronic and degenerative diseases and a steady decline of health and well-being. Dr. Sushma Hirani will be offering a free, live webinar at ... Read More »

Illuminate Festival Coming to Fairfax

Ever been curious?  Go ahead and try it. The team that brings Illuminate Festivals to cities across the country is bringing their first festival to northern Virginia. The Fairfax Mind-Body-Spirit Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 15 at the Tysons Corner Marriott. This is just the place to sample reiki, acupuncture, massage, healing crystals, intuitive readings, astrology, ... Read More »

Curious about Going Raw?

A growing trend in nutrition, and good eating, is catching on among many people who are concerned about the sources and preparation of their food in order to maintain the highest nutritional levels. The choice that they have been making is to go raw. That is, to eat foods that have not been contaminated by heat or preservation processes. A ... Read More »

Letter From the Publisher

Dear Readers, Summer has arrived, and for so many here in the Washington, D.C. metro area, it’s that special time of year when being outside adds enormously to the enjoyment of life. Our feature article discusses livable communities that are not only good for people, but also good for the planet. One highlighted organization based in the District describes these ... Read More »