Congratulations! You are now the proud raid leader of a group of people, some of whom are very likely healers! Some of these healers are probably priests, while others may be paladins, shamans, and druids.
It’s very important to care for your healers properly, as burnout and irritation may cause them to lose interest in raiding, wither, have attention problems, pick up strange diseases like “altitis” and “real life”, and potentially, in extreme cases, disappear altogether. Supplying them with tasty food and a comfortable environment are the two best ways to care for your newly acquired healers.
Remember, though, that each healer will have his or her own preferences for food. Some healers like blackened sporefish, while others prefer golden fish sticks. Still others, usually of the paladin persuasion, prefer the much more expensive Skullfish Soup. If you are the caretaker of a large group of paladins, you may want to reserve the more rare Skullfish Soup for treats and special occasions, providing the more readily available sporefish and fish sticks for everyday raid food.
Generally, it’s best to feed your healers on a steady diet of any of the above fish species – the fish is good for them, being high in protein and low in fat, and supports a strong constitution for resistance against wipes, people with addons calling out for healing, and rogues that pull aggro*.
The high concentration of healthful fatty acids, like omega-3, found in fish oils are especially good for shaman healers, who use the oils to help keep their friends heart-healthy and foot-light, especially over water and when swimming. All healers benefit from these fish oils though, as it helps to prevent heart attacks and high blood pressure caused by tanks who are not yet uncrushable*.
Should one of your healers seem to be having problems with near death experiences, you may wish to provide them with some Spicy Crawdads or perhaps a Fisherman’s Feast. Both of these tasty seafood delights have good effects on healer survivability.
Remember always to get your fish from a sustainable and reputable source. Though not possible for all raids, fishing these tasty morsels up yourselves is both practical and environmentally friendly. It provides an opportunity for socialization and team-building, as well as taking away some of the market for the mass-fishing operations (or worse, fish farms) usually sold in auction houses and various trading venues.
These mass fishing operations are prone to high levels of undesirable metals which, if consumed over an extended period of time, may cause healing performance to decrease*. Overfishing by these operations is also detrimental to the natural environments of these fish, and they often have sat in the storehouses for longer than is optimal for consumption. Fresh fish is best!
We here at the Too Many Annas healer care department hope that you find nothing but raiding success, good LootFu, and strong, competent healers through good care and conscientious leadership.
*these statements not confirmed by the Azerothian Food and Drug Administration; No healthcare regimens should be undertaken without the care of a properly trained dietary specialist or physician.
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