Tak­ing Mat­ters into Your Own Hands

Milwaukee Health - - DEPARTMENTS - Ca­role Nicksin ca­role@mil­wau­keemag.com @CaroleNicksin

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.

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