VOLUME FIVE ISSUE TWO
Karen Smith - Fowls
Kenneth David Fowls
Nicole Anne Weddington
PRESIDENT ADVISORY BOARD
CREATIVE DIRECTOR & DESIGNER
Nancy S. Kurnik - Ardis Advertising & Design
Karen Smith - Fowls
Nicole Weddington, Rick Marschall,
Sophia Bong, Emily McCorkell, Tom Constand,
John Gwynne Prosser II, Therese Leyton,
Tommy Showerman, Debbie Hardy, Kellie Buckley,
Deborah Vance, Kristen Wolosonowich,
Sherry Regiani SHRM- CP, Tami Peterson PHD,
Sarah Sullivan, Amanda Hawley.
Melissa and Randy Withey, Lisa Metropoulos
Zackary Scott, Rachel Williams,
Danny Mun, Lisa Metropoulos
David Fowls, Rachel Williams, Danny Mun
CHECK US OUT ONLINE AT
A SPECIAL THANKS TO
all of our marketing partners and advertisers
that help make this publication possible.
We appreciate your continued support
for our efforts to educate and inform. As
healthcare changes continue to unfold we
will be an advocate and a voice. “Keep
informed for the health of it”
No part of this publication can be reproduced without
the written consent of the publisher. All rights reserved,
we make every effort to ensure accuracy and will be held
harmless of any errors or omissions. All the material in this
issue of Innovative Health Magazine is offered as guide to
further information and assistance, not to be considered
definitive medical advice. We provide helpful lifestyle
information for our readers. We urge you to contact your
physician or healthcare provider on any matters herein. IHM
: from the editor-in-chief
What’s It All About, Alfie?
Some of you might remember that song
title. I am dating myself (which actually is
a useless pastime, dating yourself – you
always wind up with half the food going
cold and saying things you already know)
but it was a movie from 1966.
It is hardly remembered today. It was the film
that made a star out of Michael Caine, and
the first movie to be “Suggested for mature
audiences” by the Motion Picture Association
of America, precursor to a PG rating. Its theme
song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David was sung
by Cher and flopped; a later release by Dionne
Warwick was a hit. The movie was very “Sixties,”
with Caine playing a wastrel and what that age
called a womanizer – #MeToo alert – whose
escapades and affairs led to broken relationships
and abortions. In the end, Alfie is bitter and
alone, very alone, and a swinging theme that
trafficked in glamour ends sadly.
Ironically, the “naughty” and edgy movie
presented a moral. Well, that was the 1960s.
It was the “Me Generation,” in Tom Wolfe’s
phrase, before MeToo… the social chickens
coming home to roost.
As a teen in those years I was familiar with the
movie and indeed the tectonic shifts in society
around all of us. From trivial things like bell
bottoms to substantial factors like relationships,
it’s hard not to notice major changes in society.
… or is it? That song, What’s it all about, Alfie?
went through my mind recently when the
unusual name Alfie popped up in the news. Do
you remember it? In Mercyside, England, home
of the Beatles, Alfie Evans, 23 months old, was
dying of a mysterious nervous ailment. In brief,
the hospital’s doctors judged that he was brain
dead and ordered life-support removed. Since
Alfie responded to stimuli and opened his eyes,
his parents objected. A glimmer of hope!
Lawsuits, appeal after appeal, went to the
High Court, which also ordered that life-support
should end. The parents approached
the Vatican, and the pope made an appeal
for mercy. The Italian government granted
emergency citizenship to little Alfie, that he
might be taken to Italy for treatment. The
British government barred the boy’s travel and
prohibited the parents from attempting any such
In the end, the hospital and the government
prevailed. Life-support was removed. Alfie lived
another five days on his own, and died.
What’s it all about, Alfie? My purpose in this
Letter is not to open a debate in our pages. The
great arguments of our time often center on
health and wellness, whether we quite realize
it or not – government health care; welfare;
catastrophic illness; abortion, insurance reform
and No Fault; death panels; drug policies;
parental rights; mercy killing; single-payer,
individual mandates, and private medical
options. It makes foreign policy and tariffs seem
a million miles away!
The tragedy of little Alfie, to me, is central to the
editorial mission of Innovative Health Magazine.
• Do we all realize the implications of Alfie’s
case (because the same factors are afoot
in America) – the government, instead of
parents, making life-and-death decisions
• If Alfie’s treatment is the wave of the future,
will the government also decide who among
the elderly can live?
• How many of us heard the news during the
torment of Alfie’s parents… and then ignored
the issue as before?
• Are we ready, in America, to surrender our
rights as parents to government bureaucrats?
• Are you comfortable when the state
orders caregivers to act contrary to their
At Innovative Health Magazine, we discuss
(among ourselves and with our readers and
podcast listeners) everything from alternative
medicines, which some of us take; to
experimental treatments, which some of us
practice; to miracles, which some us, including
me, have witnessed. And, of course, innovations
in therapies, medical devices, exercise, nutrition
and recipes, mobility, seniors’ issues, veterans’
We want you to think. We mean for you to make
decisions about your health, your well-being.
Our goal focuses on your health and well being.
So that some day you will report to us about how
you think, how you decide, and how you have
improved your health and well-being.
That’s what Innovative Health Magazine is about,
every article, every partner’s ad page, every
What’s it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What’s it all about when you
sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more
than we give?