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Publisher's Letter: At the heart of what matters

It’s not often you get an intimate glimpse into an iconic screen idol’s family life and get to know her on a personal level, but that’s exactly what we were treated to at the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation (NCHF) Golden Heart Luncheon. Through the eyes of her adoring husband, musician Josh Kelley, we peered into the soul of his famous wife, actress Katherine Heigl, as he gushed about their amazing love story and their three children. Fulfilling her lifelong dream of adoption, she recounted the day she first became a mother, her most cherished role to date, and the immediate, unconditional love she felt. This miracle baby had undergone heart surgery in her birthplace of South Korea before her adoption and is now a perfectly healthy 10-year-old. This success story is what NCHF lives for; it’s their global mission, and they proudly celebrate 15 years of providing world-class services to our community—they truly are healing hearts around the world.

World-class care abounds in the Palm Beaches and we’re fortunate to have amazing health care providers and top-notch hospitals to care for us. Every year, we bring you the list of Top Docs as chosen and vetted from Castle Connolly Ltd. See page 57 for 184 physicians in 38 specialties to serve your health care needs. Our own Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter is at the forefront of futuristic treatment to combat the worst drug crisis in American history—the opioid epidemic. This past year alone, there were more than 400,000 opioid related deaths with South Florida at its epicenter. The Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in 2017, after the statistics showed opioid related deaths more than doubled in the past decade. Researchers, scientists and policymakers are scrambling to come up with alternatives for pain management and to effect change before 20 more people in Florida alone die each day.

Katherine Heigl
Josh Kelley, Donna Lewis and Katherine Heigl

Innovative, new stem cell treatment centers, claiming to cure everything from chronic pain to diseased cells, are popping up like mushrooms, but are in jeopardy of being shut down. Proponents argue there are published studies showing tremendous success, as the body can convert stem cells to other cells, growing tissue and repairing damaged cells. Some clinics show 99 percent efficacy. Opponents claim it’s unregulated and untested. Scripps is once again stepping in to help regulate the treatment, saying not all stem cells are equal and selective harvesting from the right area of your body is the key. At $5,000 to $8,000 out of pocket, per injection, it’s a pricey gamble, but for those whose lives have been improved and/or saved by stem cell research, it’s a small price to pay. Paying for aging parents’ health care can be cost-prohibitive, and many relatives are thrust into the role of full-time caregiver. Navigate this plausible scenario in “Prepare to Care” on page 93, as many of us are now, or will be soon dealing with elder care. Health is wealth, and this issue is chock full of medical information and advice to assist you in living your best life. Here’s to good health!