Letter From the Publisher May 2018
Kendra & Jacqueline, Co-Publishers
Nature versus nurture remains central to the enigma of development, aging and ultimately the course of life. How exactly are we so wonderfully and beautifully made? Which practices and beliefs most influence longevity and still honor our humanity? These inquiries can help guide an engaged and satisfying existence, granting perspective on the intersection of lifestyle and the unique language of DNA.
Personal choice is a gift, and in the case of our own individual health, often becomes a mixture of education, responsibility and initiative in seeking out trusted sources of treatment. The autonomy we all would hope for can blur in the interpretation of so many options, yet the importance of heeding that inner voice and remaining comfortable with decisions is imperative to a sense of dignity in the healing process. A path that is less invasive, less toxic and that risks less side effects, has become a directive for those interested in addressing core issues and restoring energetic reserves. But what happens in the face of life-changing diagnoses and unknowns?
Master plans require strategy and this focus to maximize quality of life was highlighted in a recent local lecture by renowned author, researcher and surgeon, Atul Gawande. His message and vision was well-received years ago in the best seller, “Being Mortal”, in which he also offered the simple act of communication as a profound solution for moving forward. One conversation can bridge the gap, bringing our basic right to choose directly to the forefront. Naming and claiming what is most important in any circumstance, brings meaning and equanimity to our sense of self and uplifts the soul.
Self advocacy and awareness can buffer the irony of certain gaps in a system that has undergone enormous advances, and which can appear to lose perspective in the details. Intentionally partnering with practitioners that understand the importance of accountability is possible, within a conventional medical model that is in such transition. Revolutions begin with individuals and in this case, the paradigm of healthcare is shifting to celebrate the freedom of creative enterprise in managing our own well-being.
Compassionate, progressive innovation is the foundation upon which an integrative approach to treating the whole person is built. The crucial component is that person. A more cohesive context of healing has expanded to cover our priorities of time, faith and community, and goals of care are realigning across specialties to include body, mind and most importantly spirit. It is a healthcare growing in respect, reclaiming fundamental values of listening and being present with what is.
Sweet, brisk and buoyant winds of change carry the season forward, and our May issue is an invitation to examine beliefs regarding natural and less conventional sources of treatment. We trust you will find gems of inspiration in our pages, and joy in the sounds and sights of spring.
~Jacqueline & Kendra, Co-Publishers