Reality Check

Letter from the Editor


“Get the hell off the beach!”

So commanded New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose trademark bluntness was justified as he warned residents to flee Hurricane Irene. Nothing like a disaster to strip our thinking and communication back to the bare essentials.

Health crises do the same. A dire diagnosis very quickly puts one’s personal perspective into sharp focus. We all kid ourselves, of course, until something or someone shakes us into awareness.

Considering the vitriol regularly spewed via anonymous comments on websites, many of us convince ourselves that we have no problem with honesty. But step out from behind Internet anonymity, or speak about something more intimate than politics, and the smoke screen kicks in.

We teach our children to be truthful, but we need to make sure that lesson includes a note about not lying to themselves.

Making a habit of frank self-appraisal is a point driven home in this issue’s stories on addiction.

Lest any of us feel superior to those who struggle, it’s wise to remember that we all delude ourselves in any number of less dramatic ways. Addiction goes by many names: nicotine, texting, salt, shopping, anger, our couches (in combination with the toxic cocktail of food and the glowing television screen).

Why else would so many Americans be overweight? (One clue: The Centers for Disease Control reported in August that half of all Americans consume sugary drinks on any given day.)

Eleven years ago, several Hour Detroit Top Doctors shared their best Rx for good health, simple recommendations that still hold true. They said:

> “Exercise. Diet low in saturated fats, high in low-fat protein, fruits, and vegetables. Smoking is the biggest risk factor that is modifiable.”

> “Exercise. It increases the density of bones, increases the muscles you have, gives you the ability to handle sugar better. It’s good for the brain, the bowels, the lungs, and the heart.”

> “No smoking.”

> “Get rid of alcoholism and drug abuse and you’ll save a lot more lives than you will with technology.”

> “Everything can’t be fixed … life is really finite. The thing is to not look at the end point.”

Interpret the final doctor’s orders as striving to live well. On that note, honesty needn’t be brutal, although the two words are often paired, as if people think we’re frank only when we speak with a sledgehammer.

In the month of Halloween and Sweetest Day (yes, it’s commercial, as are many manmade things we embrace), consider the romantic and tough-love significance of removing our masks and recalling the Elton John lyrics: “How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”

If you enjoy the monthly content in Hour Detroit, "Like" us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Style and the City

Letter from the Editor, November 2018

Doctor's Orders

“Detroit’s Got Soul”

Letter from the Editor, September 2018

This Time, I Really Mean It

Letter from the Editor, August 2018

(Not So) Great Expectations?

Letter from the Editor, July 2018
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Makings of the Shinola Hotel
    When the Detroit brand’s first foray into hospitality opens its doors, it’ll offer customers...
  2. My Two Christmases
    An Armenian-Iranian, Detroit-based writer reflects on transposing the holiday across continents
  3. An Hour with ... Carmen Harlan
    Broadcast journalist and founder of the Carmen Harlan Collection
  4. New Year’s Eve, Brooklyn Style
    Tips for celebrating 2019 from the pros at Brooklyn Outdoor
  5. Hour Detroit and Detroit Home’s Downtown Living Tour 2018
    Hour Detroit and Detroit Home’s third annual Downtown Living Tour took place September 7th-9th....
  6. God-Given Talent
    A local choir sings its way to live television
  7. Cocktail Recipe: Toddy Incarnata
  8. Main Review: SheWolf
    Born in Detroit but inspired by Rome, SheWolf takes diners on a culinary journey
  9. Meet the Makers: Tait Design Co.
    How an after-work hobby ascended to a booming business
  10. Comeback Catering
    Dish, in Detroit, pushes through hard times with consistently delicious food