JANUARY 9, 2019

The January 2019 issue will be printed January 9; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by January 16. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.


As Health, it is clear, involves the balancing of our inextricable physical, mental, emotional, and energetic selves. And healing—addressing the imbalances that manifest as pain and illness—must necessarily be holistic. In the December/January issue of Health&Healing, we will ask area health care providers how they address the whole patient in the healing process. Among the topics we will explore:

“Whole” Healing

While medical specialists necessarily focus their training and attention on a specific area of physical health, increasingly, their practice embraces a broad range of factors influencing their patients’ health. Allergists, dermatologists, and cardiologists, for example, appreciate the powerful role that stress, anxiety, and depression play in conditions from eczema to asthma to heart disease. Dentists observe the connections between tooth decay or jaw alignment and sleep problems or systemic infections. And research reveals the powerful connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)—such as abuse and neglect—and lifelong health problems.

Significantly, medical practice appears to be moving beyond the idea that “mind” and “body” are two separate energetic systems that need to be brought together. Instead, there is an appreciation of how mind, body, and spirit are wholly interconnected in each of us, and understanding the impossibility of dealing effectively with a single physical problem or symptom.

The Patient’s Role

Further, a holistic approach to healing also acknowledges the essential role of the patient and the power of the patient’s beliefs. Healing, in short, isn’t something that is “done” to the patient; rather, patients and healers are partners in the healing process. That understanding also reflects the importance of “individualized” patient care. Medical practice based on what works for “most people” is yielding to treatment programs that rely on genetic testing, functional testing, and other methods of determining the best approach for a single patient.

The Power of Belief

The placebo effect is the classic example of the power of belief. Biofeedback and hypnotherapy rely solely on the power of the mind to effect healing. In other cases, the connection is more subtle but no less fascinating: eczema and psoriasis are exquisitely sensitive to increases in stress. Asthma seems to thrive on psychological distress. Infertility is often intertwined with powerful emotional issues. And it’s inescapably true that the quality of our thoughts greatly influences the quality of our lives.

In this issue, we’ll ask: What do we believe about our health? How do those beliefs influence our health and our ability to heal? And how do healers take those beliefs into account when prescribing and treating?

In the next edition of Health&Healing we will invite our gifted practitioners to share their experiences and wisdom in these pages about: the inextricable connection between mental, physical, emotional, and energetic health; the role and power of our beliefs; and the importance of patient involvement in the healing process. Join us!


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.

Integrative medicine practitioners epitomize the holistic approach to healing—bringing together multiple disciplines and perspectives in their work with individual patients. But there are many traditional disciplines that take a holistic approach to healing and contribute to an understanding of “whole healing.” We invite these healers—including acupuncturists, yoga therapists, psychotherapists, nutritionists, energy healers, massage therapists, and coaches—to offer their perspectives on how mind, body, and spirit work together to heal.

To join the conversation, 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 January 2019 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.

  • Reserve article space by December 1
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  • Other Voices, Other Choices articles due December 11
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