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Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley

Publisher Letter

Nov 03, 2011 03:21PM

Reid Boyer, Publisher

Whenever I think of my son Garrett I smile. Raising him for 12 years has taught me the truth of the adage, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Garrett regularly imitates certain mannerisms and dialog he sees in family members and new friends as we tool around the Lehigh Valley. We feel blessed living here, and are both convinced that this is a great place to raise a family.

When we returned to the Lehigh Valley five years ago, we were welcomed with open arms and surrounded with positive influences. I like to think that we have been able to reciprocate the favor by helping to connect members of our local natural living community in equally supportive ways. In that spirit we offer this special issue dedicated to Vibrant Kids and Families.

As parents and citizens, we all want what is best for our kids. We want them to be empowered to make healthy choices, drug-free and happy with their quality of life.

Constitutional lawyer Jonathon Emord is among the watchdogs guarding our own and our children’s freedom to care for ourselves in the way we choose. In our Action Alert on page 24, he describes how certain interests are aggressively working to limit our access to natural health information and nutritional supplements.

Personally, I am concerned at how Americans are losing core rights to control what we put into our own bodies. How absurd it is that the same government that is spending tax dollars to restrict the introduction and use of natural food supplements also authorizes the introduction of fracking water containing known carcinogens into public drinking water.

As a community, we need to let our leaders know how important sensible policies are to us. We can start with the websites listed on page 25.

It will take our whole village standing together to preserve the freedom to live naturally healthy lives now and in future generations. As Henry Ford counseled, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” In the spirit of teamwork,  Reid Boyer, Publisher

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