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Natural Awakenings Jacksonville-St. Augustine

Connection is Essential to Our Happiness

Welcome to our June edition. We have enjoyed one of the longest spring seasons on record. Mild temperatures coupled with a constant breeze has kept humidity low and biting bugs to a minimum. Mosquitos will be on the scene soon enough, as temperatures and humidity rise. Do you know that genetically modified mosquitoes are being released in our Florida Keys this spring and summer, funded by Bill Gates? A total of 750 million mosquitos will be released in this genetic experiment, without even a vote or notification to residents of the keys. Read about it on page 25, and research for yourself online. This type of geoengineering has gone solar, as Gates and a group of private donors funded Harvard University’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program. This controversial experiment to study the efficacy of blocking sunlight from reaching the earth’s surface was halted in April for ethical reasons and in response to concerned groups seeking a clearer understanding of consequences. You can learn more about this initiative in the April edition of Popular Mechanics.

Men’s health is on tap this month, with a focus on integrative healthcare. Some of the most common health issues affecting men are discussed, with natural approaches to maintain vitality. Summer is here, and road tripping brings challenges for those on a limited diet. Our conscious eating article offers tips for vegan travelers and some easy recipes.  Helping our children to relax is essential to their development, especially after the major changes they have endured during the pandemic. Learn easy techniques in our healthy kids section. Calling all holistic moms, our wise words article features Andria Somers, executive director of the Holistic Moms Network, which connects families interested in positive, holistic parenting, health and green living.

What we eat has never been more important than in these post-Covid days. Eating clean and healthy food improves mood and so much more. Nourishing food combined with exercise may reduce symptoms of depression and increase endorphins. Few activities are more satisfying than growing your own food. Backyard workouts in the garden are the focus of our fit body section. Plants and exercise paths are important to our canine friends. Learn how to create a dog-friendly yard in the natural pet section.

We’re pleased to see more in-person events this month. Check out our calendar section and make plans to enjoy the company of like-minded people. Connection is so essential to our happiness, and we all have lots of catching up.

Enjoy this June edition, and we’ll see you next month.

Rebecca Young, Publisher