JUNE 15, 2018

The June 2018 issue will be printed June 15; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies by June 21. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.


Regardless of one’s specialty, practitioners of 21st Century health care require rigorous, comprehensive education and training. And that process does not end with a credential, but is a demanding, ongoing part of the practice of health care.
In the June issue of Health&Healing, we will explore the issues and challenges related to the training of health care practitioners.

The conversation begins with an understanding of the formal training and credentials required for the wide variety of healing specialties: what do these many credentials mean and how do they shape the individual provider’s practice? In addition, we’ll be exploring two factors having a profound impact on the nature of health care in the 21st Century and on the training of its providers: an increasingly integrative approach to health care and the information age.

Integrative Health Care: The practice of health care today reflects a growing understanding of the complex, integrated nature of healing—of the interconnection of biochemical, energetic, and emotional factors influencing our health. Dermatologists understand the powerful impact of emotions on skin health; psychiatrists know the value of exercise for their patients; dentists see the impact of sleep problems in their patients’ mouths; meditation, stress reduction, hypnosis, and biofeedback are powerful influences in treating health problems. And this understanding is reflected in the training of contemporary health care practitioners—where, for example, physicians and chiropractors may also be acupuncturists, pharmacists may also be nutritionists; and holistic practitioners have expertise in multiple specialized therapies.

Often, “basic training” for healers has expanded to include therapies and practices that used to be “complementary” or “alternative.” At the very least, practitioners are aware of the wide variety of healing practices available to them and know when to refer patients for complementary care. In this issue, we’ll ask practitioners how their training needs and interests have expanded in this era of integrative care.

Health Care in the Information Age: We live in an extraordinary time—the “information age,” doesn’t come close to describing the scope and impact of our Internet-connected world. And that reality has perhaps a greater influence than any other factor on the training of healers.

In June, we will ask area practitioners to share their views on how this information revolution has shaped the way they practice—and particularly how it relates to the training they received and the ongoing education and training they now require.

Most importantly, we’ll ask how they keep up: with the science, the technological advances in diagnosis and treatment, and with the ever-changing options in pharmaceutical medicine.

You are invited to join 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.

It certainly is true that any health care provider has much to say about the specific training and credentials required for their practice specialty. But, in the June issue, we are particularly interested in hearing from healers whose areas of expertise—and the training required—is unfamiliar to readers. What training and experience, for example, are required for nurse practitioners, acupuncture, life and health coaching, craniosacral therapy, physicians' assistant, reflexology, hypnotherapy, or Ayurveda.

We invite all area healers to share information with our readers about the training required for your specialty in the June 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.


The following are reservation deadlines to guarantee space in the June 2018 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 18
  • Reserve display ad space by May 29
  • Other Voices, Other Choices articles due May 29
  • Reserve classified Health Services Directory
    space by June 4
  • Camera-ready display ads due June 4