August heats everything up around here. I left a fresh apple in the car one morning. When I later opened the car door, the smell of freshly baked pie greeted my nostrils. If you’ve lived in Florida for a while, I’m sure you can imagine that scenario. It was a memorable teaching moment.
As we at Natural Awakenings present information to our readers, it’s important to remember to be mindful of the similarities and the differences between us.

I encourage each and every one of us to remember that we are in the driver’s seat for our own health and well-being. I have my team of advisors for various aspects of my life: nutritional, medical, spiritual, financial and business. You get the idea. I believe that even when seeking advice, it’s up to me to make the final call, to decide what’s best for me in any given moment.
We touch on some hot topics this month, like cancer and the research for treatments and prevention. Ideas are constantly changing. We as a society have teaching moments, too.
The other day I was talking to a friend about being gluten-free. She cited a study that said it’s not a good idea to go gluten-free. Instead of taking it as absolute truth, I asked why and made a note of the article she was referencing to read for myself later. What the article stated was that some people who go gluten-free run the risk of not having enough fiber in their diet and thus create other health-related issues. The underlying message seemed more about promoting grain as fiber. I know what I eat, and I believe that I take in plenty of fiber with the variety of vegetables and beans I love to eat. I could dig deeper, finding out who wrote the article, and what their affiliations are, if any, to the food industry.
I’m not out there telling others to go gluten-free—that’s not the point. The point is that I need to be mindful of my own body and my reaction to the consumption of various types of food. When I was recently in Rome, I ate foods that I do not typically include in my diet. The European nations have a ban on GMOs (genetically modified organisms), consequently I felt more comfortable enjoying sweet pastries and amazing pasta dishes while there.
Self-responsibility is the key to living honestly. Question everything. My current read: Originals, How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant.
It’s extremely sad to think how seemingly normal it is to discuss cancerous diseases. Where along the way did we lose track that we are powerful beings—that our genes and our history don’t need to be the guideposts for our reality? Scientists are dispelling that fact with new research.
Yes, the water we drink, the air we breathe and much of the food we are offered is compromised by decades of industrial pollution. We can mitigate this to some degree.
It’s exciting to see the seeds of change with choices we can make on a personal level. How about growing organic on our balconies, window shelves or, if allowed by local communities, front lawns and backyards, better utilizing those spaces for food production. When I had a garden in my backyard up north, there seemed to be more than we could personally consume.
Lovingly share your thoughts and perhaps some homegrown produce; plan on it.
SusieQ Wood
Publishing Editor