CANCER TREATMENT: A NEW VIBE

Cancer Treatment A New VibeApril is cancer awareness month. I don’t know about you, but in the past year alone I’ve had too many friends and family members either be diagnosed with cancer or pass on from it. In my practice, patients, too. Usually I like to focus on cancer prevention but recently I came across an article about research that a music professor and some scientists have been doing using specific vibrational frequencies to kill cancer cells and it intrigued me. In fact, it prompted me to look into it further and you may be quite surprised to find what I uncovered in my research. (more…)

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SPRING: A TIME TO LOOK BACK

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(c) Jennifer Harrison

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you are probably excited that Spring is here! Plants are growing, the leaves are getting ready to come out and baby animals are being born. I have to confess that Spring is my favorite time of year (sorry to all of you who experience seasonal allergies!). While Spring is often a time of renewal and we look forward to the warmer weather and spending more time outdoors, it is also a good time to look back! Look back? Yes, remember those New Year’s Resolutions that you wrote down a few months ago? Are they still attached to your fridge or vision board? Or, did they end up tucked away somewhere, buried on your computer or tossed into the recycling bin? Research shows that only about eight percent of people actually follow through in achieving their New Year’s Resolutions. So what does the eight percent know that the other 92 percent doesn’t? Read more to find out. (more…)

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JUST SAY NO!

(c) Jennifer Harrison

(c) Jennifer Harrison

This article is about setting healthy personal boundaries, not about saying “no” to drugs (although saying “no” to drugs is always a good idea). As some of you may remember, “Just Say No” was the slogan for the anti-drug campaign that then first lady Nancy Reagan launched back in the 1980’s. The idea for the title came to me on March 6, 2016, which is the day that former first lady Nancy Reagan passed away. Interestingly, I didn’t find out that she had passed until a day later when I was telling a friend about the article I was writing and the title I had chosen. Saying “no” presents many challenges, particularly when people are asking for your time, assistance or money. How many times have you overextended and overcommitted yourself because you couldn’t say no? Knowing how and when to say no is a powerful way to keep the stress in your life manageable. It’s also an important aspect of self-respect. In this article I’m going to share with you some strategies to help honour yourself and know when to Just Say No! (more…)

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DO YOU HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM?

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Wine with dinner, beer with BBQs, hot toddies on a cold wet day. Humans have been making and consuming alcohol for literally thousands of years. Stone Age beer containers have been found dating back to 8000 BCE while it appears that fermenting wine came along later, around 5400 to 5000 BCE.1 Since ancient times, alcoholic beverages have been a part of religious and cultural ceremonies as well as family gatherings. While some research indicates that there may be a few health benefits to moderate drinking, the Mayo Clinic is quite clear when it says, “Even so, the evidence about the possible health benefits of alcohol isn’t certain, and alcohol may not benefit everyone who drinks.”2 The World Health Organization states things a little more bluntly revealing that 3.3 million people die annually due to the harmful use of alcohol.3 That works out to be one person killed every 10 seconds. In Canada, a 2002 study showed that the estimated total cost of alcohol-related harm totalled around $14.6 billion per year in lost job productivity, health care and law enforcement costs.4

So, how much is too much and when does drinking alcohol become a problem? In this article I’m going to bust some myths around alcohol consumption including our perception of alcoholics. You may also be shocked by some of the national guidelines on alcohol intake. In addition, I’ll offer some advice on what to do if you or a loved one have a drinking problem. (more…)

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3 THINGS YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOUR HEART

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Ah, the human heart; the subject of so many poems and songs about heartache as well as joy and love. Even though this is heart month, anytime is a good time to focus on your heart. Everyone knows that the heart pumps blood to your brain and the rest of your body, that exercise is good for your heart and that too much stress can lead to heart attacks. It’s also common knowledge that a fatty diet, drinking too much alcohol and smoking can damage your heart. However in this article, I want to share with you three things that you and your doctor probably do not know about your heart.

Back in 1990, heart specialist Dr. Dean Ornish turned the cardiology world on its ear with the research he highlighted in his book, Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery.1 Prior to that, if you had heart disease the only tools that medical doctors had to treat it were drugs and surgery. Since that time Dr. Ornish has become a leading expert on not only lifestyle changes that can have a powerful impact on your heart health, but also on how unresolved anger can harm your heart and how love can help heal it.2  However, Dr. Ornish isn’t the only one who has uncovered amazing secrets about the human heart and things we can do to not only be healthy, but to be happy as well! (more…)

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SMART HEART HEALTH

(c)Jennifer Harrison

(c)Jennifer Harrison

Even with the advancement of medical treatments, heart disease and stroke remain the leading causes of hospitalizations and death. They also result in the largest need for prescription drugs. In Canada, an estimated 70,000 people have heart attacks each year. That’s one person having a heart attack every seven minutes! In 2011, more than 66,000 people died from heart attack or stroke. Heart disease and stroke costs the Canadian economy more than $20.9 billion every year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity.1 In the United States, about 610,000 people die every year from heart disease which works out to be one in every four deaths.2 Pretty depressing, right? Actually, what’s really sad is that the majority of heart disease and stroke are preventable! If you want to be really smart about your heart health, read on. (more…)

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THREE TRICKS TO MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS STICK

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Image (C) Jennifer Harrison

Well, we are a few weeks into the New Year. How are you making out with your New Year’s Resolutions? Did they include exercising more? Losing weight? Stopping smoking? Getting rid of credit card debt? Spending more time with friends and family? Whatever your resolutions are, unless you have some concrete strategies in place, you will probably become part of the 92 percent of people who never achieve their New Year’s resolutions!1 However, I’m here to bring glad tidings, so to speak. I want to share with you three simple strategies that will help make your resolutions stick, not matter what they are!  (more…)

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