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Mindful : August 2019
By Sara Altshul Inflammation. Since the early 1990s, when researchers began con- necting the dots between a plethora of chronic illnesses and a previously unrecognized form of inflammation—properly called “metainflamma- tion”—it’s been identified as a glaring health concern, a subcategory of wellness unto itself, about which headlines are made and books are written. Since then, doctors and healers of all stripes have advised countless (often questionable) treatments to fight inflammation, from diet changes and exercise to drugs, herbs, and supple- Cooling the Flames of Inflammation Complex and far-reaching, inflammation has been identified as the “slow burn” that fuels disease. And meditation may be one key to putting out the flame. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Sara Altshul is an award-winning journalist who has covered natural and alternative healing for over 20 years. Her articles have appeared in magazines including Prevention, AARP, Arthritis Today, and Health. She is the author of Kitchen Cabinet Cures. ments. Clearly inflamma- tion is a battle we have yet to win. Yet in this still-new ter- rain, researchers have also sussed out a possible com- mon denominator in this complex condition: stress. And meditation is showing promise as an accessible and effective way to combat it. → 20 mindful August 2019 mindful health ILLUSTRATIONBYANNA&ELENABALBOSSA