Spring­time Op­ti­mism

Alternative Medicine - - Publisher’s Letter -

n the Up­per Mid­west, late win­ter is a time for cabin fever, char­ac­ter­ized by a long pe­riod of re­lent­less cold or snow-filled days. Many of us won­der whether we’ll ever be able to en­joy the out­doors again. But thank­fully, we are now past those long stretches of sub­zero tem­per­a­tures, we no longer leave work in late-af­ter­noon dark­ness, and we’re start­ing to see signs of spring. We north­ern­ers look back and say, with pride, that we sur­vived yet an­other win­ter while we look for­ward to what spring and sum­mer hold.

For those who are most rest­less among us, a late win­ter trip to a sunny des­ti­na­tion quickly builds an­tic­i­pa­tion for spring­time at home. A trip down south to soak in some vi­ta­min D is a sure cure for even the worst cases of cabin fever. This time of year is also great for plan­ning a back­yard gar­den, pos­si­bly start­ing some plants in­doors, or scour­ing seed cat­a­logs for the best va­ri­eties of veg­eta­bles. Even if your sum­mer gar­den con­sists of only a few tomato plants in pots on your pa­tio, it’s worth it—be­cause the taste of fresh-grown veg­gies is dif­fi­cult to beat!

I hope you en­joy this month’s is­sue of Al­ter­na­tive Medicine. If you took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Chal­lenge last year, you should find our story about ALS re­search ef­forts an in­ter­est­ing read. And, if you are look­ing to shed some win­ter pounds, you’ll find our spring de­tox ar­ti­cle help­ful. In ad­di­tion, our quick nu­tri­tion fea­ture this month of­fers gluten­free recipe ideas. Re­mem­ber, you don’t need to have celiac dis­ease to ben­e­fit from a gluten-free diet. From blue­berry muffins to pizza crust, our ed­i­tors share plenty of ideas in this is­sue and on our web­site.

I also want to in­vite you to fol­low us on Face­book and visit our re­cently re­vised web­site. You’ll find more con­tent, an­swers to health ques­tions, and an op­por­tu­nity to share your thoughts in the com­ments sec­tion. We also have op­tions for read­ing Al­ter­na­tive Medicine on your note­book or tablet, so take a mo­ment to check us out at al­ter­na­tivemedicine .com.

Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port!

Dick Ben­son

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