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Letter from Publisher

If 2016 has taught us anything, its greatest lessons may be that we must take responsibility for our own lives and the world we want to create; we must do our own research and look beyond misinformation and limiting views of the world, ourselves and our fellows; we must seek truth and sustainable approaches to living that benefit us all.

As we start a fresh new year with high hopes and lofty ambitions, wholeheartedly believing in our goals and taking the steps to realize them is not easy. Persevering toward any goal, whether purely personal or outwardly active, can be a challenge, especially for individuals who lack support or means. Reaching out to form supportive networks can help us find the collective power and resources to do that which none of us can do alone. Resources like Natural Awakenings magazine are great places to start.

When it comes to personal goals for health, this issue reminds us to move beyond old and limited thinking and search deeper to attain what we desire. For those with a new year’s goal to lose weight, Lisa Marshall gives insights into “Weight Loss Saboteurs,” those often hidden causes of stubborn weight issues. For individuals dedicating this year to feeling their best and committing to long-term holistic health, Meredith Montgomery’s “Affordable Complementary Care: Alternatives to Insurance Cost Less” reveals alternative approaches to make complementary healthcare modalities more affordable and accessible to everyone.

While nobody knows what lies ahead for 2017, one certain thing is that we hold the power to make positive changes for ourselves, our communities, humanity and the environment. Whatever your goals are for the upcoming year, may you be successful in reaching the summit.

Wishing a healthy and peaceful 2017 to all,

Gabriella Buchnik, Publisher

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