JUNE 7, 2022

The next issue will be printed June 7; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by June 15. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.


For many health care providers, each day—and sometimes each patient—offers daunting challenges on the path to good health. In the June edition of Health&Healing, we invite local experts to share their experiences with challenging health conditions, especially noting positive outcomes and lessons learned.

Often the challenges are from patients who present unusual symptoms or whose “routine” condition doesn’t respond to routine treatment. But it’s also true that some health conditions are themselves especially challenging. And practitioners who specialize in treating eating disorders, for example, or chronic pain, are challenged every day to think beyond “routine” care.

Complex diseases, observe many practitioners, are among the most challenging. These could also be considered “multi-layered” diseases, where a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors produce not just one, but several serious health problems that are hard to isolate and challenging to treat. Such complex diseases include Alzheimer’s disease, scleroderma, asthma, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Lyme Disease, fibromyalgia, and hormonal imbalances.

Diseases such as TMJD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) present special challenges, since their symptoms often mimic those of quiet different problems, making accurate diagnosis difficult. Additional problems arise when treatments for one disease produce other problems. This can often occur when patients take many medications—known as polypharmacy. Side effects and interactions between medications may lessen the medications’ effectiveness, create additional health problems, or complicate accurate diagnoses.

Complex health problems also involve not just physical problems, but mental, emotional, and spiritual components. Understanding that is key to solving these challenging cases. In June, our goal is to explore the nature and power of healing in the context of working with patients who present unusual and truly challenging conditions. What are the outcomes of such an experience for the patient? For the practitioner?

We welcome your participation in this 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.

Every healer can certainly point to especially challenging cases—to patients whose problems probably began as mysteries, and where innovative, even unusual treatments were needed restore their health.

That said, certain health problems are by definition complex and challenging. And the practitioners who specialize in treating these problems have valuable perspectives to share. Chronic pain, eating disorders, fibromyalgia, depression, addiction, and Lyme Disease are among many especially challenging health problems—conditions that demand holistic, multi-layered treatments.

In the June issue, we welcome the “voices” of practitioners who work regularly with patients suffering from these and other challenging health problems. 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 June 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.

  • Reserve article space by May 6
  • Reserve display ad space by May 20
  • Other Voices, Other Choices articles due May 24
  • Reserve classified Health Services Directory
    space by May 27
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