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PUBLICATION DATE:
FEBRUARY 16, 2018

The February 2018 issue will be printed February 16; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by February 21. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.

FEATURE TOPIC:
“OUR SELF-INFLICTED HEALTH PROBLEMS: HOW WE’RE AFFECTED AND HOW WE HEAL”

Obesity, smoking, and substance abuse—three principal contributors to the majority of health– and life-threatening issues facing Americans. And they are three health problems that are self-inflicted. We might well ask ourselves a critical question: What are the  best understood causes of our astounding level of self-abuse? And if we discover good, useful, practical answers to that question, how and when will we apply this knowledge to healing and preventing further self-abuse? Exploring those queries is our task in the February 2018 edition of Health&Healing in the Triangle.

OBESITY

Perhaps we will begin with a discussion of fat: what it is, and how to pare it down. The CDC informs us that one-third of US adults are obese—one-third of us—and of course obesity plays a key role in causing and/or exacerbating heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other causes of preventable death. For some, it may, to some degree,  simply be a dollars-and-sense issue. The annual medical costs of obesity in the U.S. is about $147 billion dollars—and it is about $1,500 higher each year than for those of normal weight. The question we pose to area health care providers: Are there highly effective ways to guide patients to shed weight in healthy, long-term ways?

SMOKING

As we shed weight, we would be well-advised to permanently retire all remnants of a yearning for tobacco in its many forms. Nearly 40 million adults still smoke cigarettes, and thousands of young people start smoking cigarettes every day. And the simple fact is Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE

We’ll complete our health triad with comments and recommendations about the prescription opioid use disorders that have become a major health issue. One expert in the field noted that “the last decade has been a time of rapidly growing numbers of people dying from opioid overdose, but the ability of the health system to detect and provide timely access to treatment” is lagging behind.

Experts note that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers—such as OxyContin and Percocet—has reached epidemic levels, and overdose deaths involving prescription opioids continues to be a serious health concern, which will be discussed in the February edition of Health&Healing. You are invited to share your expertise in this conversation.

OTHER VOICES, OTHER CHOICES ARTICLES

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.

While the health problems associated with obesity, smoking, and substance abuse are most often self-inflicted, they’re not often easily “self-healed.” The path to creating these problems is often long, and reversing these problems can be very, very hard—especially without help.

It takes much more than willpower. Those choosing to reverse long-held habits need guidance: about what to eat, how to exercise, how to pace themselves, and what therapies and treatments are needed to treat the problems caused by those habits. Most of all, they need support.

The good news is that there are many healers who specialize in helping others to repair the damage caused by obesity, smoking, substance abuse, and other unhealthy habits and choices. They include coaches and counselors, those offering weight-loss programs, fitness trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, and substance abuse specialists. And there are many healers and teachers who provide supportive therapies—techniques and treatments that address stress and balance. These include yoga and tai chi instructors, dance and exercise instructors and trainers.

If you are among these many healers, we invite you to add your voice to the conversation in the February 2018 issue of Health&Healing.

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.

DEADLINES FOR INCLUSION
IN THE FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE

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