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.
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