From the Publisher Wellness 2018 Spring


Happy Spring!

Have we ever been more ready for warm weather? This time of year, everyone is thinking about getting outdoors to let the sunshine lift our mood and renew our minds and bodies after a long winter.

If you’re a runner or thinking about starting, we’ve got a story about the CrimFit Training Program – the largest of its kind in the country – and two local women whose lives have been transformed by becoming runners. Pretty inspiring!

From the inspiring to the disturbing – we also offer a piece about the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax. It’s the single most prescribed psychiatric drug in the U.S. – termed by some as “the crack of psychiatry.” Read an expert’s view of this national health crisis.

Along those lines, we offer a look inside the Genesee County Prevention Coalition, a group of people devoted to providing resources for those in need of help with substance abuse. They’re addressing many needs of area residents with a mission to create drug-free communities and targeting our youth by reaching out to the schools, as well.

My City is known for compelling local human-interest stories, and we have two in this issue: both are about families who are tackling serious challenges with their children’s health and finding that people are willing to step up and help them. Read “Team Nicky” and “Warrior of DIPG.” Great stuff.

Add to these the variety of topics found in our regular contributed pieces by local health professionals: chiropractic care, a theory on Alzheimer’s disease, part two of our “Obesity in America” series, and the new bariatric center available at Genesys Regional Medical Center. And, I was privileged to observe another interesting and common surgical procedure done by Dr. Michael Kia at McLaren Flint for our “Inside the O.R.” series – my personal favorite. And, you might enjoy reading about one doctor’s theory that cursing just might be healthy.

Enjoy this issue, and be well!


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