PUBLICATION DATE: AUGUST 20, 2024

The next issue will be printed August 20; copies will be distributed that day and all distribution sites will have copies within one week. High-traffic locations will be restocked weekly throughout the two-month publication cycle to ensure everyday circulation.

FEATURE TOPIC: Silent Diseases, Hidden Threats

In vast numbers, people of all ages walk around with serious diseases that are too often lethal and eventually debilitating, but are “silent”—offering few or no symptoms.

Among classic silent diseases that attack swarms of people in virtually all settings are heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, obesity, and—what is now recognized as a major silent killer—stress.

In the August edition of Health&Healing, we will ask local practitioners to share their experiences when they confront the challenge of treating patients with “silent diseases”—challenges that may be and often are diagnostic as well as therapeutic.

We will also explore a topic of equal concern: the many invisible or unexpected threats to our health from drug side effects, or from toxic substances in our water, soil, and food.

Heart disease, hands down, is the number one silent killer disease, often linked to hypertension, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle. Close behind is cancer, now claiming over six million lives a year—out-numbering deaths from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. And there are an estimated 246 million people in the world with diabetes, with deaths from the condition exceeding three million annually.

Here’s a startling item: The American Diabetes Association estimates that one out of every three children born after 2000 in the United States will be directly affected by diabetes. The same report notes that North Carolinians are increasingly feeling the effects of diabetes as thousands of people suffer from the disease, and many others have diabetes that is yet to be diagnosed.

It’s a stealthy endeavor: discovering the presence of silent diseases, identifying environmental threats to our health, and treating these health problems effectively. We sincerely hope you will join the 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.

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.

Many of the most prominent “silent killers”—heart disease, diabetes, obesity,  stress—are conditions that can be addressed with lifestyle changes. So among the “voices” we hope to include in this issue are those of practitioners who work with patients and clients to change diets, help with weight loss, and address stress reduction.

Do you specialize in treating patients with eating disorders, depression, weight problems, trauma? Your insights may make a valuable contribution to the conversation.

August’s issue will also address the challenging problem of “hidden threats” to health: toxins in our environments, side effects of medications and supplements, nutrient deficiencies in our food. Too often the sources of our health problems are hard to determine, requiring skilled detective work on the part of health care providers. If you have such experiences to share, and wish to be part of 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 AUGUST 2024 ISSUE

The following are reservation deadlines to guarantee space in the August 2024 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 July20
  • Reserve display ad space by July 31
  • Other Voices, Other Choices articles due August 5
  • Reserve classified Health Services Directory space by August 9
  • Camera-ready display ads due August 9