Published on February 2nd, 2014 | by Publisher, Natural Awakenings New Mexico0
February 2014 – Publisher’s Letter
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
~ Oscar Wilde
We associate February with Valentine’s Day, kids shyly presenting special cards and candies to classmates and older “kids at heart” enjoying Valentine’s Day with a loved one. Our focus this month looks beyond commercial manifestations of our celebrations, going right to go to the heart of the matter.
Like the brain, the heart is an amazing organ. According to Sara Paddison, author of The Hidden Power of the Heart: Discovering an Unlimited Source of Intelligence, “The heart (is made to work) without interruption for 70 to 80 years, without repair or replacement, day and night. It beats 100,000 times a day, approximately 40 million times a year and pumps blood through a vascular system about 60,000 miles in length— two-and-a-half times the circumference of Earth.”
Pioneering doctors and patients are “Rethinking Heart Health,” the title of Linda Sechrist’s feature article, with a fresh approach. One of them, Dr. James Forleo, who intensively studied the subject, notes that “When our emotions get bottled up, something in our heart or circulation has to give. There are exceptions… but heart problems don’t usually show up unless emotions are involved.”
With heart disease still the number one cause of death in this country, a holistic paradigm for cardiac care can only do our heart good.
Unsurprisingly, a lack of love for oneself manifests in lack of love for others. Even if we’re without immediate family at hand, we can turn a loving circle of friends into a close and caring family. Volunteering is good for the heart, giving and receiving gifts of kind gestures and mutually nourishing experiences. Pets too make lovely companions; they are experts in teaching us how unconditional love looks and feels.
We are happy to share the insights of Dr. Roy Heilbron, one of only five U.S. board-certified holistic cardiologists, who operates the Holistic Medical Doctors Clinic just north Santa Fe with his wife, Dr. Angelique Hart. The clinic offers many of the modalities mentioned in this month’s feature article and is just a heartbeat away.
Wishing you a heart filled with treats, laughter and love,
Andrea Williams, Publisher