October’s Colors and Slow Medicine

By October 12, 2017Editor's Notebook

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October and its glorious oranges, garnets and golds are being painted across the Carolina Sandhills, little by little, every day. The beauty of this new season is one I never want to take for granted as the gradual color changes reach their peak.

Much like the gradual changes of the season, our theme this month is “Slow Medicine,” a concept that considers multiple facets of playing a more active role in your own health, depending less on prescription medications and more on lifestyle changes with a holistic approach to natural healing.

With that idea in mind, we look at five complementary medicine alternatives—massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, Reiki and hypnotherapy—and how each offers real quality of life impact from flexibility to pain relief.

We delve into the aromatic and healthful benefits essential oils can provide to you and your home. Special thanks to Nikki Lienhard and Diana Matthews for helping the editor create some beautiful scenes and one of the sweetest-smelling photo shoots.

Spending time in nature, whether it is walking among fall flowers or sitting by the fire pit in your back yard, has its own health benefits, too. We learn about some easy-to-grow plant and herb options from local experts, so you can add them to your garden and then to an herbal brew or recipe.

Speaking of recipes, this month’s Cooking Simple features ruby red cabbage, which tastes as good as it looks and is a beauty to adorn your fall dinner table.

October also brings Judson Theatre Company back to the Sandhills for its latest production, “The Sunshine Boys.” I was fortunate enough to catch up with lead actors, Don Most of “Happy Days” fame, and Robert Wuhl, who has numerous credits but you might remember from “Bull Durham” or “Arliss,” for our Carolina Conversations. The two are excited to work together and bring Neil Simon’s comedy to life this month, Oct. 19-22, at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst.

As always, this issue is packed with ways to age with success from caregiving and long-term care tips, to improving your cognitive reserve.

Thank you so much for turning pages with us! Co-editor Jeeves is anxiously awaiting his treats, before answering the call to come back inside for the evening. Until next month…


–Carrie Frye, Editor