We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2011 Issue

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What the author failed to research was that having excess weight plays a major role in hormonal imbalance which then plays a larger role in the promotion and development of disease. When a person has properly balanced body weight composition, they are then more apt to be hormonally balanced relative to the hormones affected. Such enzymes and hormones affected are interleukine 6, tumor necrosis factor, insulin, increased free fatty acid activity, leptin, and many others. I am glad to hear the author saying it is important and/or more important to focus on being active however what we put in our mouth plays a direct role in what happens inside the body such as increased inflammation (oxidation of blood and cholesterol), fluid retention (increased blood pressure and kidney stress), increased insulin production (another vascular pro-inflammatory) which is in response to insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar.
The American diet (“nutrition” as I prefer to refer to it) is on average close to 30:1 pro-inflammatory to anti-inflammatory respectively. When we think of “diets” such as the Vegan or the Mediterranean, these are in the 4:1 and 6:1 ratios. When we are eating foods that have a high inflammatory response in the body we are then open for increased disease such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. So no, we shouldn’t “just let our weight fall where it may”! Where it may help to address this issue instead of ignoring it would be the psychology of why people do not continue their nutritional changes when they are successful or even before they have had success and are struggling with weight. The biggest problem is we do not view and assess having excess weight as a health threat until it causes a disease or health condition. Even then, only sometimes does this work.

For instance, if you were diagnosed with cancer, this is a very real threat that will impact your life significantly. Our brain assesses this as an immediate threat and we want to deal with it, as we should. When someone is first diagnosed with elevated blood sugar or an actual diagnosis of diabetes, many more times than not the person dismisses this as something not of a real immediate threat. It is part of the brain that is responsible for this and what will help are more professionals providing scientific evidence into easy to learn education strategies for the public to view conditions such as diabetes as a threat. Once people understand what various chronic diseases are and how they work, they then are able to assess them as a viable threat and then decide to make changes in managing them or preventing them through lifestyle change such as nutritional changes. This is what the Health Belief Model of behavior change is based on and works very well. Education needs to be paired with a strategy that connects the person and their emotions to the problem. Otherwise the education is just information that is discarded by the brain or in the trash. Please address this and set the record straight to prevent those from believing it is just fine to allow increased body weight, particularly central body weight. The waist circumference measure is an easy way to assess individual risk. From belly button around the waist back to the belly button, men should be <40 inches and women <35 inches.
--Ryan Bosch BS, ACSM-CES, CDE
Sanford Health Fargo, ND

I was so inspired by the recent article about you and A Grape in the Fog that I had to write and congratulate you on having the courage to listen to your inner voice. Having recently left my position as manager, strategic communications planning with the American Cancer Society to provide marketing for small nonprofits without a marketing department, I certainly understand how important - and fulfilling - it is to follow your dreams.

Kudos to you and much success for many, many years to come!
--Linette SingletonI frequent my local B&N every weekend. This is the first time I actually picked up your magazine, and it was the last one there! There were your regular Vogue, Glamour and Marie Claire, there but only one of your magazines left. I'm ashamed to admit, I thought it may be too old for me, but I couldn't have been more wrong.

First Published September 26, 2011

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Kiyomi Irihara11.19.2011

THANK YOU for selecting a lovely woman of color as your Grand Prize Beauty Search Winner. She and all the other women exude beauty from within as well. My first More Magazine was purchased from the newstand as I was attracted to the cover picture of Ann Curry. She and I share similar backgrounds and it was great to read about her. What I (and many other of my friends) would like to see is an increased number of women of color on the COVER of your magazine as featured bios. There are a plethora of talented and accomplished women to choose from in the entertainment industry. Be Brave, Lesley, do it! You'll be amazed at the results.
A faithful reader,

Julie Watters10.26.2011

I just received my very first issue of More. I subscribed after hearing several friends speak favorably of the magazine and the fact it's geared towards women my age.
On page 142 of the October 2011 issue, in the article entitled "Death and the Maidens" the author states Rebekah Adams (one of the "Maidens") "studied communications in college and did stints in the air force and the Minnesota Air National Guard..."
As an Air Force daughter,wife and mom, it is important to point out one does not do "stints" in our nation's military. A person takes an oath to uphold our constitution and obey the orders of our President. That same military member, no matter how long or short the time served, is laying his/her life on the line in service for our freedoms. It is disappointing to me More chose to say someone did stints in the military. One does stints working in the service industry, retail, etc. Also, the words Air Force should be capitalized as were Minnesota Air National Guard.
All our service members, past, present and future, as well as our branches of service, rather or not you agree with with the mission, should have our utmost respect.
I thought long and hard about making this comment and have come to the conclusion, in light of our Nation's current situation, it's important my voice is heard.


As much as I usually enjoy reading the articles in MORE, to see the lovely clothes and accessories' descriptions followed by "price available upon request" does NOT make me want to inquire about their(obviously)ridiculously, unrealistic cost.
When did it become accepted practice to fill the pages of magazines with items that perhaps only 10% of the population(if that)could even aspire to purchase?
In today's economy, I think this behavior is beyond
irresponsible...unless your intent is to further depress your over-50 readers, thereby causing them to require even more of the medications produced by the drug makers who provide so many of the ads we must wade through in each issue.
It seems to me that you have lost sight of your target audience: real women OVER 40.
Lets get back to realistic prices, please.

Adele Ellis10.15.2011

I look forward to the diverse issues in each of your magazines. There is always a topic that seems to be a part of my life and appears at the right moment. One of the articles in the October 2011 issue was about the migraine addition link. I have suffered from migraines for many years and finally went to a neurologist last April after begging my PCP to let me go to a specialist. The neurologist did give me a prescription for a triptan drug to stop an attack but what he really gave me that has actually stopped my migraines was a vitamin regime. His office and partnership shares this "cocktail" of vitamins to purchase that for me was a godsend. I was suffering from migraines that lasted at least three days two or three times a month and since April I haven't had one yet (this is mid October.) I maybe "jinxing" myself saying this but having been 6 months migraine free I'm happy enough with that! I am in perimenopause as well and know that the vitamins may be part of the factor as well as my hormone changes but I was curious why this type of solution wasn't mentioned in the article. Is this only offered by few doctors? It's not a cure-all but something certainly worth investigating.

PB Lear10.09.2011

I generally am inspired by the article in MORE magazine, which is why I subscribe; however, I am very disappointed in your Healthy Eating article in the October 2011 issue. It was misleading and full of incongruous statements. For example, the very first paragraph states that the authors of a recent report indicate that “the authors question why doctors and other medical experts routinely counsel overweight people to get rid of extra pounds even though scientists, after decades of intense research, have yet to find a reliable prescription for weight loss”. The idea that medical experts counsel people to lose weight and the idea that scientists haven’t found a reliable method for losing weight have nothing to do with each other. Doctors know that people need to be at a healthy weight to maintain their health, and the solution is actually quite simple - - people need to take responsibility for themselves better by eating right and getting regular exercise.
Being overweight is very problematic, and yet the interview with a purported nutrition professor indicated that it is not nearly as bad as we might think. Wrong! Excess weight leads to a lack of energy, a lack of self-esteem, and a multitude of potential health problems that can be prevented at healthy weights. This is common sense. I have personally been 30 – 40 pounds overweight for at least 10 years, so I know how difficult it is to lose and keep weight off, especially given the temptations in our society and eating habits, but that’s no excuse to encourage people to stay unhealthy.
The article did nothing to encourage healthier eating and/or regular exercise. It didn’t make any constructive suggestions. In my opinion, that article does a disservice to your readers. It should have been better balanced in numerous ways.

AM 10.06.2011

I'm not the biggest fan of your magazine to be honest. I received a subscription as a birthday gift :/ BUT, the article written by Amanda Robb, telling us about her "plastic surgery" and her young daughter telling her it was "about time" was simply offensive. I wish Amanda would have spent her $25,000 on therapy instead of fixing her face. Seems to me she has much bigger problems then not be the prettiest woman around. Her poor daughter is doomed. Shame on you More.

Love your magazine - but what were you all thinking when choosing the photo accompanying the great bit on "Sexist Nostalgia"? Too graphic. I had to rip the photo out of the magazine in order to comfortably focus on the article. Yes, the photo represents the fact that she "thwarts a rapist by stabbing him with her stiletto." Yes, I look to your magazine for the “beauty and brains” features that Lesley Jane Seymour talks about in the Editor’s Letter. However, I’m not looking to your magazine for graphic representation of violence. There are plenty of other media outlets for that.


Enjoyed all the articles in your October issue but none more than 'Big Love". Touching and filled with kindness and compassion, made me weep tears of joy and hope.
Thank you so much for including this lovely story in your magazine. It's timely and very, very important!

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