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I wanted to thank you for publishing that exceptional interview with Alanis Morissette (July/August). I particularly enjoyed the way she so candidly talked about being highly sensitive. It is said that 15% to 20% of the population is highly sensitive, which means there are roughly 1 billion of us on the planet (47 million in the US). Sensitivity has such a negative connotation in a society that rewards the stoic, and I think the world needs more people like Alanis standing up for it. It is a powerful trait when honed correctly.
I currently work with highly sensitive people who are struggling with addiction, as I believe they cannot truly heal until they are aware of their sensitivity and given the proper tools to thrive with it.
For Sprains, Ice is Nice
Regarding your story on avoiding injuries while lifting weights (June Malady Makeover): To avoid further inflammation, don’t heat a muscle strain immediately after it occurs. The recommendation for strains and sprains is RICE—rest, ice, elevation, compression. Continue icing every three or four hours for several days in the case of a bad sprain, then twice a day for several days.
In addition to using ice, it’s important to follow the entire RICE protocol. That means resting the affected limb for between 24 and 48 hours, wrapping the injury so as to provide gentle compression without cutting circulation and elevating the limb with pillows.
Look for Web Extras
As you read the magazine look for Web Extras, editorial content you can access at www.energytimes.com; this month we feature additional supplements that support male well-
being as well as more smoothie recipes and a back-to-school gift guide. You can also go to our Facebook page to answer questions about your experiences in cooking with kids and how you deal with male pattern baldness.