Category: Health

Sleep Disorders

According to Statistics Canada, one in seven Canadians have insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep, or experience restorative sleep. Possible Causes of Insomnia There are many possible causes of insomnia including the following: Psychological conditions – Sleep disturbance is a common feature of emotional disorders. For example, 90% of depressed people have insomnia. However, insomnia is also a major risk factor for depression. It is often unclear which condition triggers the other. Gut-brain inflammation – Anxiety and depression are common causes of insomnia, and new research shows a direct link between gut microbiota and mental health disorders...

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Cold & Flu Quashers

REGULAR HANDWASHING greatly reduces the transmission of viruses. No special antimicrobial cleansers are needed, just plenty of plain old soap and warm water. REFINED SUGAR CONSUMPTION depresses the number and activity of the body’s white blood cells. Eliminate refined sugar from the diet to bolster immunity and improve your resistance to circulating viruses. GETTING ADEQUATE SLEEP is critical to general health and immunity, in particular. Studies show that subjects deprived of sleep are more susceptible to developing upper respiratory illnesses like the common cold. In addition to avoiding sugar, maintaining a healthy diet is essential to boost immunity. INCREASE...

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Reset Your Understanding of Weight Set Point

Just how much control do we have over our weight? If you’ve been following weight loss science for a while, you may think “not much.” Two or three decades ago, there came on the weight loss scene a finding that many found discouraging: that our bodies have a “set point,” a weight that our bodies will fight to maintain. In general, the term means we inherit our body type genetically. For example, because my heritage is German, I and others in my family seem pre-destined to be thick and sturdy, like my ancestors. TAKE CHARGE TO REBALANCE AND RESET...

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Fishing for Healthy Fats

When you look down the aisles of your neighbourhood grocery store, you can see why cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in Canada and the United States. Ninety percent of the products on the supermarket shelves are highly processed foods that are filled with harmful fats, loaded with sugar, and depleted of fibre. Combine these foods with lifestyles marked by inactivity, sleep deprivation, and stress, and you create a constellation of physiological phenomena that include low levels of good cholesterol (HDL), high levels of harmful triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Cardiovascular disease (CVD), namely heart disease and...

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Clinical Perspective on Fibromyalgia

Nearly two decades ago this kind and compassionate gentleman was representing a client who had been diagnosed with FM and was attempting to get disability compensation. He informed me that even with all the information available to him at the time, the judge threw the case out of court, saying that FM really didn’t exist and that it was all in his client’s head. The story angered me and gave me perspective on the challenges and difficulties women encounter with this stressful condition. Having a deeper understanding, elevated my motivation to even greater heights in trying to make the...

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