The world of healthcare is changing, but one thing remains constant—the power of prevention. Indeed, the best way to stay healthy is to give your mind, body and spirit everything it needs so you can live an amazing life. Sounds easy, right?
If you’ve every actually attempted this balancing act, you’re sure to respond, No! Not easy. Like everyone else, you are being pulled in a million different directions. And most of them are not toward efforts that bring balance to your life. So you experience the effects of dis-ease: your mind, body and spirit telling you (often through pain and suffering) that they are not happy and whole. Something is wrong.
Do you listen? Hopefully, yes. Do you have partners who can help? Absolutely.
Our 7th Annual Health & Wellness Directory, beginning on p. 41, will introduce you to some of our areas brightest healthcare professionals. I encourage you to learn more about them; read their professional, and sometimes personal, stories. You may find the expertise you are looking for to help you through a health challenge.
We are indeed blessed to have a high quality, growing medical center right here in the Bay Area, which is attracting world-class physicians and specialists of the same caliber as those found in the Texas Medical Center. Over the past seven years, as we have created this Health & Wellness issue annually, I have had the privilege of getting to know most of these professionals quite well, and I am grateful they are here for me and my family when we need them.
Over the years I’ve also seen the “tone” of the healthcare message change. In addition to treating symptoms and disease, doctors are fully committed to helping their patients prevent disease. Many are suggesting yoga, relaxation, diet improvements, exercise, deep breathing, nutritional therapies and other “prescriptions.” Patients are learning that they must be proactive and participate fully in the balancing act that brings wellness and vitality to their lives.
Health care is a partnership. Choose wisely—what you eat, the nature of your thoughts, your daily activities—and you may not need much medical care. But when you do, choose your healthcare professional wisely as well. This issue of Change is a great place to get informed.
Wishing you great health, and great health care!
Thanks for reading,