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AP Biology and AP Environmental Explore the Connection between Sustainability and Heath from Amita S. Nathwani, M.A., of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine

AP Biology and AP Environmental students attended a lecture Q&A about Ayurvedic Medicine by Amita S. Nathwani, M.A., Practitioner of Ayurvedic Medicine, Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

Ayurvedic Medicine is a 5000-year-old system of health that emphasizes the profound connection between humans and nature. In Ayurveda, the use of botanicals (plants and herbs) and food as medicine is central, reflecting a deep respect for the natural world and its capacity to heal and nourish the body systemically.

The event was part of the many events celebrating Earth Month, as Ayurveda inherently supports preserving the planet's natural resources by advocating for a lifestyle that is in harmony with the environment. The use of locally sourced, seasonal, and organic foods and herbs in Ayurvedic practice not only minimizes the ecological footprint but also promotes sustainability. This approach encourages individuals to be mindful of where their food and medicine come from, fostering a sense of connection and gratitude towards the Earth.

Amita Nathwani is an accomplished practitioner, teacher, and author in the field of Ayurvedic medicine, dedicated to integrating holistic health practices into daily life. She serves as a faculty member at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, where she imparts her knowledge and enthusiasm for Ayurveda and holistic health to physicians who are incorporating these practices into their clinics. She also collaborates with the University of Arizona School Garden Project, promoting the concept of "Food as Medicine."


During her lecture, Ms. Nathwani explained her vision to help create a future where the local economy and the community's health and well-being flourish together. She emphasized Ayurveda’s focus on the interconnectedness of bodily systems and the maintenance of balance through natural remedies. She also answered student questions about a range of topics, including the interaction of holistic and medical approaches, epigenetics (the impact of behaviors and environment on genes), and the Blue Zones, regions of the world where people live longer than average and maintain good health.

Thank you, Ms. Nathwani, for an informative presentation.

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