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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Publisher's Letter for June 2022

Jun 01, 2022 08:48PM ● By Dana Boulanger
Happy June! This month we focus on men—their health, happiness, healing and well-being. For those who think men don’t pay attention to their health, I beg to differ. I know many men who want to feel good and who strive to make healthier choices. Can they use some improvement? Sure, but can’t we all? No matter who you are, your wellness begins with self-awareness and self-care. Small but positive actions can add up to make significant differences in your life. So if you are able take a walk outside and fill your lungs with fresh air, do it.

Of course sometimes you need to go a little further, like taking a deep dive into your emotions to see how your journey has impacted your body. That’s the topic of our feature article, “The Healing of Modern Man” (page 28), and our Healing Ways article, “Healing Trauma” (page 32 ). Both describe how our emotions and past trauma impact us physically and psychologically.

Luckily, we have wonderful local practitioners and resources that address mind-body wellness. We are grateful to be able to interview five of them for this issue of Natural Awakenings. George Gertner, D.C., owner and director of SoftWave Therapy of New York, offers a new way to relieve pain and help heal your body (page 12). Laurie R. Mallis, M.D., founder of SearchLight Medical, specializes in various approaches to healing and releasing emotional issues, which she has found to be a major cause of her patients’ physical illnesses (page 14). Marcie Manfredonia, owner of CBD Live Natural, tells us her life was changed by the benefits of CBD, driving her passion to spread the word and share those benefits with others (page 16). New to our area is Christine Jordan, Ph.D., a minister holistic practitioner and doctor of naturology who offers customized solutions for healing journeys (page 18). And we’re happy to share some good news: Sandra Marinelli, owner of Brooklyn Organic Kitchen, in Mahopac, has added a grab-and-go location in Mount Kisco, making healthier eating on the go even easier. Find out more on page 24.   

June will be remarkably busy for me this year, so I’m thankful for longer daylight hours  allowing for more outdoor fun! I plan to kick off the month with a week of adventure in the Adirondacks; I cannot wait to unplug and retreat to the woods with my love. We have so much fun enjoying and exploring acres of woods during the day and stargazing by the fire at night—and I cherish a mug of fresh-perked coffee on the front porch each morning, truly bliss. I also plan to celebrate this wonderful man of mine, who appreciates and loves the woods as much as I do. Happy birthday and happy Father’s Day, Mike! I’m looking forward to a much-anticipated family reunion toward the end of the month, when we’ll celebrate my mother and honor all the wonderful dads in our family. Happy birthday, Mom, and happy Father’s Day to the loving and caring men in our family and yours. 

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