In Focus: Food and Family
Some parts of the dietary supplement industry— government regulations, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare practitioners, etc.—always seem to be under fire. As a result, the debate surrounding the effects of supplements on health rages on.
Even consumers don’t really seem to understand supplements. Many of us see them as silver bullets to make up for bad diets, lack of exercise, or sheer laziness in living a healthy lifestyle. But supplements were never intended to replace food, and who would want to live in a George Jetson–style world in which meals are a handful of pills? The evolving foods that many of us eat require some supplementation, but real food is still nature’s best solution for health and well-being.
Further, food has an important and traditional role in human life. Families use meals to discuss events of the day, share personal stories, and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Much of this changed in the 1950s and 1960s as TV dinners and frozen meals became a staple for dualincome families in which Mom and Dad had full-time jobs and sharing meals seemed like an unnecessary burden. But we too soon forget the joys and benefits of sitting down to dinner with one another. I look forward to Sunday family dinners with a home-cooked meal and multiple generations at the table. In these moments, we not only eat, but also share the events of our lives together.
I hope you find this issue useful as we move into warmer days. We’ve included tips for those of you who suffer from seasonal allergies and strategies to shed a few of those extra winter pounds. For our fitnessfocused readers, we offer natural ways to treat aches and pains resulting from exercise.
We wrap up this issue with the results of a survey on how our readers have been affected by the Affordable Care Act. I would love to hear your comments and ideas on what can be done to ensure we all have access to quality, affordable healthcare.
Thank you for your continued support!