Welcome to your October edition! An abundance of information is packed into this issue, with a focus on surprising connections. Sometimes the cause and effect of a physical or emotional condition isn’t a clean, linear path. Issues that seem unrelated end up being closely intertwined. Such is the case with the doorway to our body, and the beginning of our digestive system. Your oral health affects the heart, lungs, kidneys and even your brain. Holistic dentistry is getting a fresh look for its whole-body approach. Writer Ronica O’Hara details the growing body of less invasive and less toxic approaches to dental care. Learn how to have dialogue with your dentist, whether holistic or not, before your next cleaning by reading Mouth Matters.

In keeping with this inside-out, whole-body approach, writer Marlaina Donato offers insights into how one region of the body might affect a seemingly unrelated area in Spinal Solutions: Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results. Optimal chiropractic care treats the whole person from the inside-out. Regular spinal adjustments can affect seemingly unrelated conditions, from asthma and digestive issues to headaches and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ). After a chiropractic adjustment I notice subtle but important changes in the way I feel, from head to toe. Regular adjustments are a crucial part of my self-care routine.



The connection between what we eat and how we feel isn’t always subtle. Our busy lifestyle promotes fast eating. There’s a growing global movement taking root called Slow Food. Food writer April Thompson presents a primer on the movement that’s gaining momentum as it satisfies foodies’ hunger for a deeper appreciation and understanding of their meal’s origins, from farm to fork. It’s a return to the roots of agriculture and appreciation for farmers. Your food choices affect far more than your own body. Eating has become a political act.


Don’t forget that October is national Shelter Pet Month, and there are thousands of loving, healthy cats and dogs waiting to bring joy, companionship and yes, wellness, into your home. There’s solid research on the many benefits of the human-animal bond—and why pets adopted from shelters can be the most devoted of all. My devoted rescue dog’s regular reminders to get outside and walk during days spent on the computer alternate with her nudges to be playful or to just be still in her presence.


That’s just a taste of what you’ll find in this month’s issue of Natural Awakenings.


Onward to October!