SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

The next issue will be printed September 30; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by October 7. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.


Among the many health challenges we face, perhaps the greatest is the context in which we seek to address health issues. Simply put: we live in a toxic world.

Over the past century, we have dramatically altered our environment through the chemical by-products of modern agriculture, industry, power generation, and transportation. Pollution exists everywhere on Earth, from the largest cities to the remotest part of Antarctica.

On the micro-level, it’s inescapable that all health care providers are witness to, and asked to help overcome, the consequences of toxic overloads—inhaled or ingested— whatever the source. Food, water, paint, carpets, bedding, packaging, noise—it’s hard to find any part of our lives that might not be “polluted” and therefore potentially harmful to our health.

The damage these toxins cause is profound: affecting our immune systems (causing infections, allergies, and cancer); affecting our endocrine systems (causing thyroid and adrenal disease, and diabetes); affecting our nervous systems (causing learning and behavior problems); and affecting our reproductive systems (causing major sexual difficulties and changes).

Many Kinds of “Toxins”

In terms of contemporary, every-day issues, we have also come to understand that toxins take many forms—beyond air, water, and soil pollution.

For many, taking medicines can itself be hazardous to health. Adverse interaction of drugs is a critical health issue. “Medical mistakes”—most often related to medication cocktails that become toxic nightmares—take more than 700,000 lives each year.

And there are toxic social issues, as well: Internet bullying, over-exposure to electronic media; peer pressure leading to eating disorders, and such critical issues as a toxic political system affecting all parts of our lives. And high doses of stress, fear, anxiety, and chronic worrying are among the most toxic “substances” of all.

In the August issue of Health&Healing, we will ask local experts to discuss the challenges of maintaining health and healing disease in a toxic world. How do they advise avoiding, mitigating, and countering the toxins prevalent in our lives? What new diagnostic tools, treatments, and technologies help them to address the diseases emanating from environmental hazards— allergies, cancer; thyroid and adrenal disease; diabetes; etc.? And what about healing environments? What are the treatment practices, spaces, and policies that make for positive and effective healing environments?

We invite you to be part of the conversation.


A special section of the publication—Other Voices, Other Choices—provides a forum for area practitioners to submit articles related to the feature topic. In this section, we invite health care/health service providers who have a special connection to the feature topic to write articles about their work.

Toxicity takes many forms, as do responses to it. And we look forward to hearing the voices of the specialists who tackle the various problems arising in our toxic world.

Allergists have a special role to play—helping patients identify and treat allergic responses to the increasing number and variety of toxins encountered in our world. Businesses that help to evaluate and identify toxins in our living and working environments—including mold and chemicals— provide invaluable services. We hope to include as well the mental health care providers who help their clients deal with the mental and emotional toxins: Internet bullying, over-exposure to electronic/social media, and severe peer pressure so prevalent in our digital age. Excessive stress—surely the hallmark of the last couple of years—is another “toxin” not to be ignored. Dietitians and nutritional consultants help us navigate the complex choices involved in “eating well” in a polluted world.

There’s little question that such things as exercise and meditation, for example, can help to mitigate the toxic impact of stress, so we’ll welcome the perspectives of physical therapists, trainers, coaches, and yoga teachers, among others.

If your healing work helps to “detoxify” your clients, we look forward to including your voice in the next issue of Health&Healing. To contribute, see information about the Other Voices, Other Choices section in Advertising in Health&Healing, and contact us at 919-967-6802.


The following are reservation deadlines to guarantee space in the September 2022 issue; advertisements may be included after these dates on a space available basis. To reserve space, a reservation contract must be submitted by the appropriate deadline. Contact us for information or a reservation contract.

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