Editor’s Note: May 2007
By David Stubbs
By David Stubbs
According to Time magazine’s April 9 issue, 2006 was the hottest year on record
According to Time magazine’s April 9 issue, 2006 was the hottest year on record, prompting the compilation of 51 things people can do to make a difference in regard to global warming. The last suggestion could have been drawn from Zen Buddhism: “Consume less, share more, live simply.”
Wal-Mart, the retail giant, has invited its suppliers to join in an effort to reduce waste, and asked employees to participate in a voluntary Personal Sustainability Project that will enhance their health and wellness as well as aid the environment. Andy Reuben, vice-president for corporate strategy and sustainability at Wal-Mart, in a press release said the program is “about making and sustaining one simple change in life that you can be passionate about – anything from riding a bike to work or using eco-friendly household cleaning products, to eating healthy meals instead of fast-food, or recycling at home.” By the end of this year, the project will be implemented in all of the company’s U.S. outlets, where staff members will set individual goals to quit smoking, attend group fitness classes, or maybe turn off the television in order to spend more time with friends and family … and perhaps discover in the process that there is greater joy to be unleashed in living.
Is chiropractic ready for the seismic shift taking place as corporate culture embraces wellness?
Though the quintessential definition remains elusive, the state of wellness encompasses not only proper nutrition and adequate exercise, but also healthy finances, sufficient sleep, psychological well-being, mental alacrity, happiness, and – especially if you live in Okinawa, one of the spots on earth where some folks live to a ripe old age – ikigai. That is the Japanese word describing a sense of purpose.
In a recent TV special and new book of the same name, Chasing Life author Sanjay Gupta, MD, started out to explore immortality. It became apparent to him that there is no single key to longevity … and people don’t necessarily want to live longer anyway. It’s about “healthspan,” says Gupta, not lifespan. The CNN senior medical correspondent found that the desire of many is to “burn brightly until they suddenly go out – no flickering at the end.”
In April, chiropractors gathered in Montreal to pay their respects to a man whose light had burned brightly during the two decades, up until recently, that he championed the Quebec chiropractic profession.
Ikigai was displayed in the professional life of Dr. Normand Danis, as substantiated in the moving tributes we have collected from just some of his colleagues.
This issue is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Danis, in appreciation for his exemplary leadership and his remarkable legacy.