As a doctor, nothing about health isembarrassing to me. Not everyone feelsthe same way.
That’s why I’m all for changing thenarrative about health. We need to talkmore openly about our health becausethat’s the only way we can change it.Health, healing, treatment and care allbegin with a conversation. And the moreopen the conversation and the morepeople who join in, the better. That’show you build understanding––andtrust. And it’s also how you maintainand improve personal and communityhealth.
This issue of Apple looks at several
awkward health concerns without
blushing, flinching or judgment. Our
Parents and Kids column on page 16
zeroes in on helping your young child
learn about their emotions. Most parents
can identify with the feeling a spotlight
has been turned on them when their
child’s feelings overflow in publicw.
What’s most important, writes CherylMahaffy, is focusing on your child’ssafety and relationship with you. Howyou react to your child’s emotions is howyour child in turn learns to react.
On page 22, Jennifer Green looksat a minor health problem that canbe a major source of embarrassment:incontinence. For women especially,incontinence is common. The problem ofa leaky bladder also has many solutions,from making lifestyle changes to doingstrengthening exercises.
Our story This is Awkward, on page43, looks at a host of conditions peoplecan find embarrassing to talk about, suchas acne, eczema, snoring, hearing loss,excessive sweating and addictions. Thecentral message, no matter what yourhealth concern: help is available.
And that help begins with aconversation.|a
Nothing to be
Dr. Jason Cabaj is a medical officerof Health for Alberta Health Services’Calgary Zone.
WRITTEN BY DR. JASON CABAJ