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Welcome to Our April Issue

Amy Stevenson, Publisher

Amy Stevenson, Publisher

Spring is finally upon us, and this is the time of year that this area truly comes alive. After a long, hard winter, such as the one we are leaving behind, when the buds start to pop up and blossom, so do we! Mother Nature has reared her head a few more times than normal this year, but it is with fondness that we bid winter adieu.

When it starts to get warmer, and we open our windows and let in all of that fresh, crisp air, many of us feel the urge for a deep spring cleaning. In keeping with our natural health mission, this month we bring you a wonderful local article on page 14, titled “Safer Spring Cleaning,” that will give you plenty of tips and tricks on how to spruce up for spring with fewer chemical after-effects. Healthy cleaning is not only safer for the environment, but safer for you and your family as well.

As many of you know, I am a registered sleep technologist, specializing in sleep apnea. It is very important to me that you read the health brief on page 9, “Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk.” REM sleep is essential to proper health, and when your body cannot relax enough to get into that stage of sleep, many negative things can happen. Studies in Australia show a link to dementia when proper REM sleep is not achieved, and this is very concerning. After reading our short health brief, if you feel that you need a sleep study, please don’t hesitate to consult your physician. One night’s sleep study could possibly change your life!

Now that I am three months into my raw vegan journey, I am excited to share with you “Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate,” by Judith Fertig, on page 22. There are so many reasons to eat a more plant-based diet, and this article explains why it is not only important for our own personal health, but also for the health and well-being of our planet. Animal farming harms both the animals and our environment. With a few changes— enjoying a meatless Monday, adding more fruits and vegetables into your meals—we can all make a difference. The ones to benefit the most will be our future generations. As we celebrate Earth Day this month, I hope that all of us can be a little more conscious of our planet, and how we treat it. No matter what country we are from, what nationality we are or what dialect we speak, we all live on the same planet, and share the same space.

I am so happy that spring is finally here, and that we will soon be able to enjoy gardening, tulips, daffodils and baseball. We Chicagoans are fortunate to live in a place where every few months we have a new season to look forward to. Enjoy the lovely pastels of spring as they lead to longer days and warmer weather. Spend time outside, taking care of yourself and your Mother Earth.

Happy Earth Day!

Amy Stevenson, Publisher

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Welcome to Our April Issue

April is a milestone month. For one, it is worth noting that the first Earth Day took place 46 years ago in April 1970. For nearly half a century, people worldwide have recognized the need to preserve our Earth so that future generations can continue to flourish and enjoy its bounty as we have. Be sure to read our feature article, “Step into Sustainability,” which gives practical tips for helping out the planet, as well as our other articles related to green living and sustainability.