Taking Matters into Your Own Hands
REMEMBER THE OLD JANET JACKSON SONG, “What Have You Done for Me Lately”? These days, with so much scientific evidence that much of our health and well-being is in our own hands, it might be time to ask instead, what have you done for yourself lately?
Many of the stories in this issue offer the information you need to be healthier. For instance, did you know that as many as one in 30 people between the ages of 54 and 72 has hepatitis C? Despite that statistic, many people have not been tested. And while hep C is treatable, it can be deadly if left untreated. This is just one of the five tests worth considering that we cover in the article “Be a Proactive Patient,” starting on page 44.
Want to boost your mood? We’ve got 18 research-backed tips that can help you up your happiness quotient. My favorite is No. 16: hire help. I haven’t done it yet, but I like the idea that paying someone to do my cleaning is not an indulgence; it’s therapeutic.
There’s also information on complementary medicine and how it can offer relief for numerous ailments, particularly symptoms related to menopause. Having trouble sleeping? We have professional advice that you can put to use immediately. Interested in meditation? We offer help finding the method that suits your style.
In addition, there are plenty of inspirational stories in these pages. I was particularly awed by the great work the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is doing here in Wisconsin, helping children and adults win their battles with blood cancers.
But going back to the question, sometimes it’s the little things you do for yourself that mean the most. So while I fully intend to take action on many of the ideas I learned about while editing this issue, it’s likely that I’ll start by making the pancake recipe on page 31. The simple pleasure of a tasty breakfast may not make me healthier, but it will definitely help me start the day on a high note.
What about you? If you are spurred to action by something you read here, let me know. In the meantime, I wish you good health and plenty of happiness.