THIS MONTH

Letter From the Publisher

Dear Friends, 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. This month, we want to focus on all that June brings–when fathers are remembered and kids are afoot—as we focus on health and fitness for him and well-being ... Read More »

Brain Power Foods

by Elizabeth McMillan, MS, CNS, LDN The body’s control and command center flows through more than 100,000 miles of blood circulating in the brain. The brain’s job is to process sensory information so that we are aware of our surroundings. It initiates muscle control, hormone secretion, temperature maintenance and much more. Emotionally, the brain is responsible for creating every memory, ... Read More »

Nature’s Toolbox

The Key to Prostate Health by Melanie Laporte The prostate is about the size of a walnut, yet this tiny gland can be the source of major problems for many men. Most potential health risks are preventable and treatable with proper diet, lifestyle changes—and a new array of natural approaches. Holistic and integrative practitioners are looking beyond traditional supplements like ... Read More »

Medicinal Mushrooms

Beyond Buttons and Portabellas by April Thompson A handful of mushrooms a day just might keep the doctor at bay, according to a mounting body of research providing powerful evidence of the fungal kingdom’s abilities to promote health and fight disease. “Mushrooms are pretty spectacular. All edible species benefit the immune system, and together support just about every system in ... Read More »

Pre-Wired for the Future

Transportation Drives Urban Planning by Jim Motavalli The Congress for the New Urbanism, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy nonprofit, has some decisive views about what makes a walkable community: “complete streets” that are designed for bicyclists, pedestrians and transit. What it doesn’t have is cars—at least, not those with tailpipes. City planners are increasingly designing green buildings without parking, and mandating—where ... Read More »

Sanjay Gupta on ‘Chasing Life’

by Jan Hollingsworth During nearly two decades with CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has covered wars, natural disasters and the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Along the way, the Western-trained, practicing neurosurgeon has explored myriad health topics, including the science of alternative medicine and the benefits of medical cannabis, the subject of his CNN docuseries, Weed. ... Read More »

Letter From the Publisher

Dear Friends, Today, most women are looking beyond conventional medicine alone to keep themselves well—by optimizing their health, preventing illness and treating acute and chronic conditions naturally. A holistic approach includes diet, exercise, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, stress reduction and self-care, as well as spiritual renewal. The women in my life remind me that they are becoming more aware that most ... Read More »

Peter Sagal on Running Toward Mindfulness

by Randy Kambic The 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s award-winning weekly broadcast Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as ... Read More »

Vision Quest

Eat a Rainbow of Color for Healthy Eyes by Melinda Hemmelgarn One of the best ways to protect and preserve our precious eyesight is to focus on food. In general, the same plant-based, antioxidant-rich diets that defend against heart disease and cancer also contribute to eye health by reducing the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration—the two most common age-related ... Read More »

Plants Talk

Discover Their Secret Language by April Thompson While flowers are known to lean toward light, a growing body of research is demonstrating plants also respond to sounds and scents—and then herald the news to their neighbors. Far from being passive life forms, members of the plant kingdom are adept at interacting with their environments and with each other. “Plants don’t ... Read More »