Confession: I like to have a tan.
Now, I realize the stigma attached to tanning is akin to admitting you smoke, but hear me out. I'm no "tanorexic." I'm religious about applying sunscreen and I try not to overdo being out in the sun for long periods of time. Still, tans do happen and, like many people, I feel I look better with a little color. We all have our weaknesses.
But after talking to Dr. Victoria Negrete this month for our cover feature, I am resolving to be even more sun smart. Skin cancer cases are on the increase and while survival rates also increase when the skin cancer is detected early, I don't want to be another statistic. Another part of it is, frankly, vanity. At my age, there's no reason to tempt fate in terms of wrinkles, sun spots and the like. Be sure to read our feature article and all the great sun-smart tips Dr. Negrete has to offer. They're easy to do and they could save your life.
Of course, there are tons of other great articles in this month's issue of Nature's Pathways:
Think your dog or cat can communicate with humans? Then check out Average Jane's recounting of the exchange between her dogs and a respected animal communicator.
Do you equate childhood obesity with child abuse? If you see a child who's severely overweight, does it anger you? Make you sad? Make you blame the child's parents for supporting unhealthy eating habits and an inactive lifestyle? Or is it none of your business? It's a compelling subject that Tony Bednarowski addresses this month. Let us know what you think.
Do you have arthritis? Even if you don't, you probably know someone who's affected by it. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, as designated by The Arthritis Foundation, the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. Contributors Lani Herner and Jane Hestness offer their perspectives on the subject.
These are just a handful of the many articles that we have for you this month.