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IN THIS ISSUE: January 2020

Read the issue in full here or separate articles below.

Welcome to a new year and a new decade of opportunities and challenges in our pursuit of a healthy and greener future. 

Legendary journalist Bill Moyers (page 19) discusses how we, the media and its readers, can make a critical difference when it comes to climate change. Natural Awakenings has accepted his challenge to join a global media project called Covering Climate Now to spread awareness of the urgency of this issue. Visit for the latest on how we can all shrink our carbon footprint.

We explore the latest on living longer lives and living them well. Writer Melinda Hemmelgarn’s January feature (page 16) looks at the role of genes, environment and lifestyle factors; she offers age-defying strategies—from diet, exercise and sleep, to protecting our telomeres and adjusting our attitudes. Local experts like Denise Lin Allen and Donald Kipp weigh in as w
Our Plant-Based Medicine section (page 20) delivers with writer Ronica A. O’Hara’s take on “Eco-Therapy: Beyond the Nature Cure.” New studies suggest that nature-based interventions may serve as effective alternative treatments for a range of emotional and mental health issues. And Julie Peterson focuses on the nutritional factors (and recipes) to staying healthy in “Gut Check: Feeding the Immune System” (page 22).

Learn how to find the right workout balance for you in “When Workouts Don’t Work: Why Less Is Sometimes More,” (page 26) where writer Marlaina Donato explains how stress-free exercise
can deliver better results. 

Lastly, to start your New Year off right, you can find plenty of advice on avoiding the flu (page 13), making this your favorite year (page 14) and renewing your bucket list (page 15).

Here’s to a prosperous, happy and healthy New Year!

Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Chinese New Year

Join Debra Lin Allen and friends at Chi Wellness, 4155 East Jewell Av., Suite 104 in Denver, on Thursday, January 23rd from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Read More » 


Gregg Braden in Denver January 3

Gregg Braden in Denver January 3

Althea Center for Engaged Spirituality, 1400 Williams Street, Denver, presents a day with Gregg Braden, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 3. Begin your new year bridging science, spiritual... Read More » 


Aligning Hair and Spirit with Dreadlocks

Aligning Hair and Spirit with Dreadlocks

The natural and primal beauty of dreadlocks has attracted us for ages. They often signify a connection, a personal transition or a fresh start. Sometimes, they simply are a practical hair... Read More » 


Skip the Flu This Season

Skip the Flu This Season!

The mainstream media and the CDC focus primarily on the flu shot to prevent flu during the winter season, but last year, vaccine effectiveness was 14 percent for 50-64 yr-olds Read More » 


Happiness Corner Recovering from a Bad Day

Happiness Corner: Recovering from a Bad Day

Who hasn’t has a bad day? After one of my own recently, which included teeth-gnashing, swearing and yes, a few tears, I wrote up this list of what I did to get back into my happy zone. Read More » 


Make This Your New Favorite Year

Make This Your New Favorite Year!

At the beginning of each New Year, we make resolutions and goals to be better this year than in years past. But, research by Foursquare found a “fall off the wagon day” that consistently ... Read More » 



Tidying Up The Bucket List: Deciding What We Really Want

Many people have a bucket list of things they want to make sure they experience. Tidying up that bucket list when it no longer reflects a person’s values and deepest desires makes sense. Read More » 


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Living Long and Well: Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth

Researchers have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life, concluding that longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck. Read More » 


Releasing Pain to Defy Age

Releasing Pain to Defy Age

A new study by the University of Florida Institute of Aging found that chronic pain in older adults correlates with accelerated brain age – an average of two years. Read More » 


Qigong for Longevity

Qigong for Longevity

Qigong is anchored in the timeless wisdom of Wu Wei, the Taoist lifestyle of aligning thoughts and behaviors with the flow of life. Exercise, nutrition and conscious awareness refine ou... Read More » 



Cloth Versus Disposable Diapers: The Bottom Line on Eco-Friendly Baby Care

Save money, the environment and your baby's skin by choosing sustainable cloth diapers over disposable versions. Here's how to get started and other tips for parents. Read More » 


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Bill Moyers on Covering Climate Now

Bill Moyers, an icon of broadcast journalism, is calling upon reporters and news outlets to join the Covering Climate Now project to push a cohesive message of science and truth. Read More » 



Green Therapy: Ecopsychology and the Nature Cure

Ecotherapy, green therapy or nature-based therapy, all branches of ecopsychology, is helping to connect people with nature as a means of healing physical and mental health. Read More » 



Gut Check: Feeding the Immune System

Nutrition is key in building up a strong immune system. How to foster healthy gut bacteria plus immune-boosting recipes for Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup and Lentil Stew. Read More » 



When Workouts Don’t Work: Why Less Is Sometimes More

Exercise is a proven component in losing weight and preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but working out can serve as a physical stressor. Here's how to find an optimal balance. Read More » 


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