JUNE 23, 2017

The June 2017 issue will be printed June 23; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by June 28. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.


Practitioners who contribute to Health&Healing see patients/clients every day who are seeking both understanding of and relief from their relentless pain—physical, mental, emotional—and the traumatic life events that contribute to that pain. We will ask them to share their observations and experiences in the June 2017 edition of the publication, when we explore The Consequences of Trauma.

We increasingly understand that exploring and dissecting trauma is a multi-layer undertaking. Trauma, in fact, takes many forms, and the consequences of traumatic events—whether physical, emotional, or psychological—can be far-reaching. We associate PTSD—post-traumatic stress disorder—with combat veterans, but it can also affect rape or accident victims, or a child who witnessed a parent’s death. PTSD sufferers experience a wide range of real and devastating physical problems as a consequence of trauma, from depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders to GI problems, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and chronic pain.

For example, Dr. Michael Sharp, a Health&Healing columnist, has been writing about ACEs for some years. ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences, a long-term study by the CDC and Kaiser Health Plan’s Department of Preventative Medicine, involving the life experiences of 17,000+ individuals. Carefully, over time, the study has established the long-term health consequences of such childhood events as recurrent physical and emotional abuse, contact sexual abuse, exposure to an alcohol and/or drug abuser in the household, a critically ill household member, and a good deal more.

The study claims two major findings. First, ACEs are much more common than anticipated; and second, ACEs have a powerful correlation to health outcomes for children later in life. The higher the ACEs score, the greater the risk of heart and lung disease, suicide, HIV, STDs, and more.

Some traumas—such as injuries from an accident—may be physical, rather than emotional or psychological, but they, too, often have broader health consequences. These range from merely the difficult challenges of rehabilitation to long-term or permanent disabilities, as well as psychological consequences.

Over the past few decades a new “trauma theory” has emerged—reflecting a fundamental shift in thinking from the idea that those who have experienced psychological trauma are either “sick” or deficient in moral character to an understanding that they are “injured” and in need of healing.

In the June issue of Health&Healing, we will ask our experts to link their expertise and their experiences with the treatment of traumatic life events, to explore both the traumatic roots of illness and injury as well as the processes they engage in to heal these injuries.


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.

“Trauma” takes many, many forms. It may be physical, psychological, or emotional. It may result from repeated abuses—physical or verbal—from bullying; from accumulated combat experiences. Or it may result from a single event: an automobile accident, severe burn injury, rape, the loss of a child or spouse. And the consequences of trauma are likewise varied and complex—impacting mental and physical health in many ways.

In the June issue of Health&Healing, we invite the many practitioners who assist trauma victims to regain health and well-being to share their perspectives. These include mental health professionals, physical therapists, massage therapists, hypnotherapists, specialists in treating PTSD, coaches.

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 June 2017 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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