THIS MONTH

Don’t Sweat It! The Health Benefits of Sauna

Sauna has been a beloved and persistent tradition in cultures across the globe for many years and there is good reason—it has innumerable health benefits. Not only is a sauna a great way to relieve stress, it can also flush toxins from the body. The deep sweating that is experienced in a sauna can release toxins from deep in the tissue, including copper, lead, mercury ... Read More »

Letter From the Publisher

Dear Friends, April is an appropriate month to observe Earth Day as the ground thaws, tress come back to life and wildlife begins to shake off the winter. As a third generation Washingtonian, I’m forever amazed at nature’s offerings in our area—from the Chesapeake Bay as the largest estuary in the United States, the glorious mountains throughout Maryland and Virginia, ... Read More »

What’s Your Ayurveda Type?

by Laina Poulakos Ayurveda is a 5000-year-old philosophy, based on the belief that humans are all made of one of three prime energies. We are born with one prime energy at birth—prakruti, but we will have a bit of the other elements through different times, as we face our journeys through life. Keeping these elements in balance will help the ... Read More »

Rose Wellness Provides a Fully Integrative Approach to Wellness and Healing

Sushma Hirani, M.D., a family medicine practitioner, has been practicing integrative medicine using the best of conventional and alternative medicine techniques for the past 11 years. When a patient has what Hirani refers to as their “Aha! moment”—the moment they finally start to understand why their body is behaving the way it is—the healing process begins automatically because they not ... Read More »

Paul Hawken Shares a Plan to Reverse Global Warming

by Linda Sechrist For author Paul Hawken, a leading environmental entrepreneur working with a coalition of research fellows, advisors and expert reviewers, the climate goal is drawdown, or reversing global warming—the point in atmospheric time when the concentration of greenhouse gases peaks and begins to decline on a year-to-year basis. Hawken edited Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to ... Read More »

Thermography for Breast Health

by Donna Marie Scippa Thermography or Medical Infrared Imaging, is a painless, non-invasive and inexpensive breast scan approved by the Food and Drug Administration for women of any age. Research suggests that breast cancer survival rests upon the earliest possible detection. When discovered early, 95 percent cure rates are possible, making breast thermography an essential part of risk assessment and ... Read More »

Indigenous Wisdom

Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life by Anita Sanchez First, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, ... Read More »

Candida, The Silent Epidemic

by Dr. Isabel Sharkar The overgrowth of Candida albicans is the silent epidemic in the United States. This rampant yeast affecting 70 percent of Americans runs havoc on the immune system. Naturally, a very small amount of candida lives in our mouth and small intestines, aiding digestion and nutrient absorption. However, a diet full of sugar, highly refined carbohydrates and gluten, alcohol ... Read More »

Staying Healthy in a Toxic World

by Allan Tomson, D.C. Let’s face it, eating well is challenging. While a small sector of our food supply is improving, more often we have to “beware” of the toxic elements that aren’t good for you. Even “healthy” grocery stores sell plenty of excessive sugary and chemical-laden products. It takes time to shop healthy and requires reading glasses. In the ... Read More »

Introducing Ashwagandha

By Laina Poulakos Though many people do not know much about it, ashwagandha is a powerful and useful herb and has been used in ayurvedic medicine for more than 3000 years. Ashwagandha has an amazing effect to help lower cortisol, which can help reduce stress and anxiety. This potent herb is also known to help those suffering with depression. Additionally, ... Read More »