Welcome to our first issue of Okanagan Health & Wellness for 2017! With the beginning of each new year, we here at the magazine have an additional reason for celebration, as the timing coincides with the anniversary of our publication’s inception.
When we started out, we modelled our themes around the Six Dimensions of Wellness, developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, one of the most highly respected health and wellness organizations in North America. These six dimensions are physical health, social health, intellectual health, spiritual health, emotional health, and occupational health—areas that impact every person’s overall wellbeing. Now going into our fifth year, we still hold fast to this model.
We continue to source articles and information from local experts in the health and wellness field so that our readers can have access to a wide variety of topics in one publication. These articles provide food for thought, lead to lively discussion, and, perhaps most important of all, encourage readers to be proactive when it comes to their own wellness.
Very few examples underscore the importance of being proactive than that of Peter Catt, featured in our cover story “It Will Never Happen to Me.” Peter’s widow, Rhonda, is sharing her very personal account of this heartbreaking situation with as many people as possible in order to raise awareness of heart disease and the need to pay attention to troublesome symptoms even in the absence of major risk factors. We all owe it to ourselves—and our loved ones—to read and heed Rhonda’s sobering message.
In this issue you will find help for headache sufferers and help for the core. We have articles addressing alkaline water and alkaline diets. Three articles focus on fat: banishing unsightly belly fat, freezing away fat cells, and taking a progressive approach to healthy living for fat loss. We hear about the difference between hearing loop technology and Bluetooth™ hearing aid accessories. We examine the beneficial approach of prevention versus treatment; and we look at reducing or eliminating pain through working on balance and alignment. We present a delightful account of one woman’s farming background and garden experience that led to the creation of an Okanagan business; this article emphasizes the importance of supporting our local farmers as part of a healthy lifestyle.
One writer explains why natural remedies are critical for optimal mental health; another writer asks three critical questions to help us understand our belief system, which is the key to our thoughts. Speaking of questions, how much do you know about osteopathy, a holistic form of manual therapy? How much do you know about whole body vibration, a form of exercise that is rapidly gaining popularity?
As we celebrate the start of a new year, another anniversary, and a new issue, we salute our contributors and advertisers and we also celebrate you, our readers. The generosity of support, whether it be financial, through the submission of articles, or with feedback and encouragement, is what helps us to continue doing what we do with renewed passion and vision. We are truly grateful and we thank you all!