My first book Staying Healthy with the Seasons explored the relationship of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Natural therapies in a way that was approachable for a modern audience. I wrote that book in 1981 and I ‘m happy to say that it is still in print. The 5 Elements of Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal plus their corresponding seasons are keys to understanding and applying TCM. The transition periods between them are also important and these are referred to by the term “Doyo.” Therefore the Equinoxes and Solstices are times of special focus and early Autumn so clearly embodies the principle of transition that in the TCM it is it’s own season, a fifth season, which we call Indian Summer related to the element of Earth. Here are my suggestions for Staying healthy at this special time as they appeared in Total health Magazine.