Addiction proliferates behind walls. It feeds off the delusion of our separateness. We suffer in silence and too often recover in a shroud of secrecy. Although I would never judge any teacher who is unwilling to sacrifice anonymity in order to tell their story of recovery, I also think it's necessary to be honest with ourselves about what keeps us from sharing more often. I think we'd be pleasantly surprised to see how much our students would gain when we stop obsessing so much about what we might lose.

While many of the health effects of binge eating on veterans are similar to what has been found in civilian populations, it is clear that the disorder doesn't affect them exactly the same.

Robin M. Masheb

research scientist at Yale School of Medicine and VA Connecticut, and associate director, Program for Obesity, Weight and Eating Research at Yale. She is a public voices fellow with the Op-Ed Project.

If we've read evidence supporting our management decisions, let's own it by truly referring to the literature. But if we are only vaguely aware of research that supports a questioned decision, without first taking time to read the evidence and/or supporting editorials and guidelines, let us not sugar-coat our lack of due diligence.

Some of my friends brag about how little sleep they get, as if depriving oneself of the ability to function fully is something to be proud of. Perhaps I could survive without my meds, but would I have been able to graduate college? I don't just want to survive, I want to thrive.

Trust me, no one wants to feel as miserable as this, especially not during what should be one of the most joyous times of life. I am a survivor and my children are too, and while HG is robbing me of life right now, I know in the end we will come out strong.

This is a manageable public health crisis that we know how to solve, but doing so requires our focus, our attention, our resolve and our resources, tools that only the United States has.

While the environment can be powerful, its negative effects are primarily man-made. Everything we put in the environment impacts our surroundings and inevitably, human health.

Eating more seafood can be surprisingly simple. To eat fish and seafood twice a week, consider these tips.

Sylvia E. MelÚndez-Klinger

Registered dietitian, certified personal trainer, nutritional consultant and founder of Hispanic Food Communications

Don't drink everything in sight. Those volunteers holding tiny dentist cups of Gatorade seem like angels from above when you are parched and sweaty, but resist temptation.

Shanelle Kaul

Works as a television broadcast journalist in the Canadian prairies, and enjoys travel, photography and telling stories.

The day when we all eventually do age is real, is out there, is waiting for each and every one of us. It comes even when you feel younger than your years, even when you truly believe that age is just a number and that you are only as old as you feel.

I think that is the confounding thing about depression that is not situational, that just comes and goes with nary a reason -- I don't understand it either, and I always have this underlying feeling when it is happening that this just isn't me.

You want to make a change, but don't know how to do it. You want to reach out and expand your social circle, but are worried about the comments from the people you're typically around and can't begin to imagine how to get started anyway.

Susie Wolbe

Experienced educator/presenter focusing on mindfulness, parenting, stress reduction, building balanced lives, and study-organization skills

Unfortunately, it is too late for Jenny. I hope it's not too late for someone else who happens to read this letter. I don't want to lose another child, friend, family member or stranger to the pain of hopelessness.

A review of the medical literature shows why colonoscopy has been considered the gold standard for colorectal cancer screening and why it should be recommended for all patients eligible to undergo the test.

It's OK that I'm not where I want to be with my business. It's OK that I hide like a coward from taking that bigger step. It's OK that I still occasionally believe the crappy thoughts I think about myself and others. I am where I am, I'm on my way. I'm noticing. I'm realizing my self.

Linda Ford

A master coach and writer who has a soft spot for people who are not thriving despite their hard work. Personally trained by Martha Beck.

I am honored to have worked with these families, and to have been able to take their journey with them, out of the darkness and back into the light.

Today, we give priority to discussing suicide after tragedy strikes, but then we yank it away weeks later. The light fades and progress goes on the back burner until next time. I can't be the only one to recognize this pattern.

Wendy K. Williamson

Author of Two Bipolar Chicks Guide to Survival: Tips for Living with Bipolar Disorder - with co-author Honora Rose

If the words internal cleanse have you anticipating a week of ingesting bottles of cayenne pepper, lemon and maple syrup, and it gives you the dreads, then read on.

Lee Holmes

Author of Supercharged Food, Heal Your Gut and Eat Yourself Beautiful, Holistic Health Coach, Hatha Yoga Teacher and Whole Foods Chef