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Letter From Publisher

Oct 08, 2015 04:43PM ● By By Teona Wright

Since 1997, Autumn has been one of the top 100 names for girls in the United States. Clearly, this pause between seasons holds a special place in many hearts, as life and nature harmonize, colorfully transitioning us along life’s path. It’s a natural time to reflect on how our experiences work together, weaving a colorful tapestry. Each year, the designation of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Chiropractic Health Month highlight two themes knitted into my personal tapestry.

Most of us know someone that’s faced a breast cancer diagnosis, which can affect as many as one in 8 women. With early detection, it’s now considered one of the most curable forms of that disease. I’m fortunate to be a long-term survivor and celebrate it with gratitude and recommitment to raising awareness on the value of early detection.

Several years ago my overall health seemed to shift again with a range of troubling symptoms which conventional medicine labeled “normal” for middle age. My medical internist looked to prescribe drugs to alleviate the discomfort. During this time I was also visiting another doctor for more traditional chiropractic care, primarily helpful adjustments.

As my chiropractor became aware of my growing concerns, he took a proactive role in identifying and addressing the root cause of illness in my body. In a relatively short time I began to heal, without the use of prescription drugs or invasive procedures.

The holistic, natural path of treatment most often associated with integrative and functional medicine is also now a well-established part of what I term “the new face of chiropractic care.” Check out the developments and expanded services now available to us in our local feature, “Chiropractic Care Offers Holistic Healing.”

Our editorial theme of Working Together—whether on behalf of addressing individual health concerns, forwarding community initiatives or solving global issues—provides the most effective platform for real change in the world. In Linda Sechrist’s feature article, “Awakening the Global Heart,” we see that by focusing our love, energies and actions, we can make progress in changing anything. Many big shifts start with a few individuals and a community project inspiring a small group of everyday citizens to work together for positive social change.

One such event will take place here when Carmel’s Northview Church celebrates its annual Good Neighbor Weekend. The church is a pioneer in replacing regular church services, this year on October 31 and November 1, with four half-day community service opportunities. In 2014, 4,000 volunteers participated in the weekend, which spanned 120 serving locations in Hamilton and Marion counties.

I love how Mother Teresa frames the big picture: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Collectively, small acts done with great heart do produce massive change.

To Working Together,
Teona Wright, Publisher
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