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People are talkin', talkin' bout prevention.

As you've heard me mention here before, I'm an only child. And as a result, fortunately and unfortunately, I've been a little spoiled--okay, more than a little--throughout my life. I won't say that I believed money literally grew on trees when I was child or a teenager and young adult, but I will say I acted like it did. Ah, those were the good old days: I could ask morn to buy me a new shirt to replace the one that got a mystery stain, instead of spending hours Googling old wives' tales and pouring everything out of my kitchen cupboards onto my beloved v-neck with my fingers crossed. More importantly, when I was sick, my morn and dad could afford to send me to the doctor or to the ER in an emergency.

Now that I'm an adult, I realize that finances are my responsibility, and they're something of which I'm constantly aware. And we're all thinking about our finances more and more in today's economy. When it comes to financial health and our health, the current buzzword is "prevention," with the idea being that if you put a little money and time into caring for yourself, you might do just that and avoid disease and the costs that go with illness clown the road.

So, we jumped on the buzzword bandwagon for this year's annual Health and Wellness issue to bring you article after article about what you can do to prevent the big, bad stuff, feel better today, and maintain that feeling tomorrow.

Check out "The Power of Perception" on page 6, where Mimi Hernandez spends some time talking about the "s" word: stress. After reading her article, she hopes it will be easier for everyone to see the glass as half-full. In "A Little Maintenance Goes a Long Way," naturopath Glenn Ingram Jr. suggests we care for our bodies more like we care for our cars. Find out just what he means and the four principles he recommends you follow to prevent chronic disease on page 8.

But prevention isn't just an important concept for us, it's important for our animal companions, too. Local author and Humane Society volunteer Barry Silverstein explains that the secret to a healthy pet starts with their skin, which can be affected by everything from the food they eat to the fleas they encounter. Be sure to read his ideas in "Protecting Your Pet Naturally" on page 12.

The prevention theme carries over into many of our departments, too. In Holistic Nutrition Q&A (page 16), Dr. Elizabeth Pavka points out foods with brain-boosting capabilities that may. help ward off Alzheimer's disease, and in Breathe In (page 19) Brian Schwager encourages you to examine your exercise routine to be sure it's not causing you any harm in the long run.

Of course, there's lots more helpful healthful information inside, too-from instructions for making your own herbal tinctures and infusions (page 14) to a refreshing recipe that uses the antioxidant powerhouse matcha green tea (page 34). And, there are green building ideas to get you ready for the coming fall and winter.


If you haven't already, be sure to check out our website for exciting deals and giveaways from us and our advertisers and to participate in our poll. This month, we ask how you stay healthy, naturally. Also, you can now follow us on Twitter at

Here's to a healthy, happy you!

Maggie Cramer, managing editor

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Author:Cramer, Maggie
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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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