In Fo­cus: Food and Fam­ily

Alternative Medicine - - Publisher’s Letter -

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!

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