Letter from the Publisher
May 31, 2015 10:01PM
This month, it’s mostly (but not completely) about men. It is not a surprise that a majority of our readers, about 83 percent according to our research, are women. But nearly 100 percent of our readers have a man or two in their life who they want to get or keep healthy. Nor do we want to forget about the 17 percent of our male readers who buck the trends by reading materials on what helps to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
In my family, the men are just as interested in health as the women. They work out, they eat healthy foods (most of them anyway), they work at achieving a sustainable work-life balance, they meditate and they are curious to learn more. My husband, John, was a high school and college athlete, and has grown with me to learn about new ways of thinking about caring for bodies and souls. It has been glorious to watch him grow in his knowledge and share that with our children and friends.
I have read studies about the differences between men and women in maintaining health, primarily as it pertains to seeking outside assistance from a doctor or other medical practitioner. The studies normally show that men are much more resistant to go to the doctor, and in some cases, won’t go at all unless there something is broken or bleeding incessantly. My son, Aaron, once worked with his youth group in the Caribbean for a week with a broken collarbone. He didn’t want to make a fuss. Needless to say, we went straight from the airport to the emergency room.
The situation, I am coming to understand, is not because men don’t want to be healthy. They want to possess that vitality that they had when they were young. My theory is that men don’t go to the doctor because they think that the pill that they will be prescribed will become their new lifestyle. For example, my husband, who is in excellent health, went for a checkup. A family member had been diagnosed with some genetic conditions and John wanted to find out if he carried the genes. Thankfully he is clear of those conditions but in the meantime, it was suggested to go on three different medications, instructed to take a battery of tests and scheduled for a host of additional appointments. The first option was not a lifestyle choice but a lifelong dependency on pharmaceuticals. As he said, “No wonder men won’t go to the doctor.”
As the goal of Natural Awakenings magazine is to bring the entire community to natural and healthy living, we provide some tools this month for men, as well as women. Our other feature article this month focuses on healing addictions. This piece is complemented by the work of Dr. Chas Gant, who looks specifically at the spiritual dimensions of addiction recovery.
Finally, June promises to be a busy, busy month. The Green Festival is back for three full days from June 5 to 7. Stop by our booth or better yet, check out our website for discounted tickets. The following weekend, you will find us at BuddhaFest at the Artisphere in Arlington. Finally, on June 20, Natural Awakenings and Central Farm Markets have teamed up to bring you Healthy Living Day at Pike Central Farmers’ Market. It is morning to meet with practitioners, learn about green businesses and purchase organic products and foods. You can even get your weekly grocery shopping done that with the terrific vendors who regularly come out to Pike Central and hundreds of your Montgomery County neighbors. All are invited to this free event. There will be raffles and giveaways throughout the morning.