Home' Nova National : March 2010 Contents 'L ife, the Universe and everything.'
As our friends in The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy understood
in their own zany way, the mystery
of life is what makes us want to get up in
the morning. If it were all completely
predictable, why would we bother?
Unfortunately it's gone a little too far
the other way of late -- these days nothing
is predictable! So we've tried in this, our
birthday issue for the start of our 17th year,
to fathom some of the mystery for you and
hopefully give you a laugh as well.
We delve into the Celtic world, explore the
Universe, search for the secret to happiness,
undergo some mind expansion of the yogic
kind, dwell with death in that compassionate
Buddhist way, even entertain the notion that
mermaids really existed!
As well, of course, we bring you all our
usual natural health features to encourage us
all to take responsibility for our own health
and not leave it in the hands of an over
stretched medical system or, even worse, a
"one size fits all" pill. Our medical professionals
are invariably caring and well meaning, the
purveyors of pills rather less so I think.
Peter Dingle, a passionate supporter of
taking that personal responsibility, provides
yet another thoroughly researched and
thought provoking article to follow on from
his recent pieces on cholesterol and Vitamin
D. This month, he's looking at multiple
sclerosis, another disease that's increasing at
a frightening rate in our own country. And,
yet again, he suggests woeful Western diets
are contributing, together with inadequate
Regular readers will know that eating
fresh, natural, seasonal, preferably organic
wholefoods is one of NOVA's consistent
messages over the years. Surely, by now,
no one could argue against the wealth of
evidence stacking up to support the role of
a great diet in maintaining our health and
vigour. It's just such a joy to eat nourishing,
delicious, brightly coloured fruit and vegies
with all their lifeforce boosting our flagging
How disturbing then to find out so much
of our produce is coming from countries where
environmental controls are a meaningless
concept. We've heard recently that imports
of fruit and veg from China have more than
doubled in just four years and any day now,
Chinese apples will land on our shores. Of
course, they're cheaper but what's the real
cost?Spare a thought for those local suppliers,
and our friends across the Tasman whose
produce is synonymous with quality, who see
their markets being eaten away. Just like a big
juicy bite into an apple. Choice and quality in
the future depends on where we choose to
spend our money now. Please, give it a second
thought when you opt for cheap in your
Anyway back to Mystery. And as a Piscean,
I'm lapping up Daniel Sowelu's predictions
for this month of Pisces, with benevolent
Jupiter striding through my sign this year.
Thank you Daniel, sounds fabulous!
And just to remind you it's NOVA's
birthday as well. We're setting out on
the planetary journey of our 17th year as
Australia's longest running free holistic
publication. We love having you on board.
And if you can't grab your hardcopy
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6 HAPPINESS IN OUR GRASP
The secret of happiness? Nicola Silva learns from a
8 THE CASE FOR MERMAIDS
Jo Buchanan finds some fascinating evidence
14 LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING
Eric Harrison ponder s some big questions
22 PRECIOUS TIME
Helen Patrice asks where does a day go?
32 STEPPING THROUGH THE VEILS
Celtic shaman Jasmin O'Hara explains the Celtic
10 MOTHER LOVE
Amma shares her love and guidance on the eve of her
Australian visit. Stor y by Margaret Evans
24 MS -- A PREVENTABLE DISEASE
Poor diet and lack of sunlight are implicated in
Multiple Sclerosis, says Dr Peter Dingle PhD. And it's
on the increase.
26 POTS AND PANS
We've got to get the basics right, says wholefood
cook Jude Blereau
27 KEEP THAT GLOW
Naturopath Jeremy Hill says healthy skin tells much
28 LIVING IN THE PRESENT
Olivier Lejus continues his look at Buddhism's
approach to death
30 SAINTS AND SIDDHIS
Yoga can take us into new dimensions, says
42 A DEEPER CONNECTION
James May realises the healing energy of connecting.
18 MYSTERY OF THE ORBS
Jeremy Ball looks to 2013 and beyond.
20 HOLD THE WONDER
There are lessons for the future in ancient wonders,
says environmental writer Adrian Glamorgan
33 THE SYSTEM OF KINGS
Juliana Abram traces the history of Feng Shui
40 BOOK & MUSIC REVIEWS
41 FILM REVIEWS
41 FREE TICKETS
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