In Canada, April is Daffodil Month with a focus on raising awareness about cancer. Considering that cancer is responsible for about 30% of all deaths, even ahead of heart disease at 20%, it’s difficult not to already be aware of this awful disease1. We’ve all been affected, either directly or by knowing someone who is struggling with cancer. Although much research continues to go into treatment for the various types of cancer, as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This raises the question, are we doomed by our genes and national statistics or are there really things that we can do to prevent cancer? The International Agency for Research on Cancer is part of the World Health Organization. Their focus is on conducting and collaborating on research around the world looking at environmental and lifestyle factors. “This emphasis reflects the understanding that most cancers are, directly or indirectly, linked to environmental factors and thus are preventable.”2 In this article I want to explore some of the nutrition and lifestyle research that has been done and share with you some positive action steps we can all take to, not only try to prevent cancer, but to live healthier and happier lives. (more…)
A study was published recently in Occupational & Environmental Medicine which looked at the effects of exposure to bleach in the home among children in Finland, Spain and the Netherlands. Bleach, of course, is a widely used cleaning agent. We’ve all seen the ads for household products containing bleach “killing 99.9% of germs”. Previous studies had suggested that the use of various cleaning agents “may increase the risk of respiratory infections and wheezing during the first year of life and airway inflammation at school age.”1 This new study looked at 9,102 school aged children between the ages of 6 to 12. Their parents were given a questionnaire asking them whether they used bleach once a week when cleaning their homes and the number of times their children developed various infections like the flu, bronchitis, sinusitis, tonsillitis, ear infections and pneumonia. Even after taking into account whether the children were exposed to other irritants like second hand smoke and mold, the study showed that the number and frequency of infections were highest among children living in homes where their parents used bleach as a cleaning agent. The researchers concluded that the “high frequency of use of disinfecting irritant cleaning products may be of public health concern, also when exposure occurs during childhood.”2 You might be thinking, “But, I thought it was good to kill germs!” Well, in this article I’m going to show you that most germs aren’t the enemy that we’ve be told they are, how our very existence depends on the presence of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites on and inside our bodies, and ways that you can still live cleanly without endangering your or your family’s health. (more…)
Osteoporosis is a bone disease that results in loss of bone density and therefore, bone strength. (Osteoporosis is not to be confused with osteoarthritis which is a condition that affects the joints in the body.) Osteoporosis can cause the bones to become weak and fragile, leading to fractures most commonly in the spine, hip, wrist and shoulder. In fact, fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attacks, stroke and breast cancer combined! One in three women and one in five men will suffer a fracture in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. Yes, men can suffer from osteoporosis, too! Studies show that 28% of women and 37% of men will die within a year of having a fracture. Pretty serious stuff. There are a variety of risk factors that can contribute to getting osteoporosis such as being over 50, being menopausal, excess alcohol and caffeine intake, smoking as well as having a family history of osteoporosis. Even certain medications such as aluminum-containing antacids, prescription medications for heartburn and some anti-depressants can cause osteoporosis. Everyone is aware that getting enough vitamin D and calcium is important for bone health. However, did you know that there are many other things you can do, starting in childhood, to help prevent this debilitating and potentially lethal disease from developing in the first place? (more…)
What do Fitbit, Jawbone, Misfit and Striiv have in common? These pieces of “wearable technology” all use wireless radio frequencies to both transmit and receive information. Although it seems like wireless devices have been overtaking our daily lives more and more in the past few years, wireless technology has actually been around since the late 1800s. In 1878, David Hughes was able to transmit a radio signal over a few hundred feet using a special device. In 1880, Alexander Graham Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter invented and patented the photophone and had the first wireless phone conversation. While fitness technology that you wear or the nutrition and fitness apps you use on your cell phone can be very useful in helping you achieve your health and fitness goals, what most people don’t realize is that there are potential health hazards from excessive exposure to certain frequencies of radio waves. Did you know that your cell phone, tablet and other wireless devices including baby monitors come with warnings? In this article I want to help raise your awareness about the possible health hazards related to using wireless technology. I also want to provide some concrete suggestions on how you can minimize the risk for yourself and your family while still taking advantage of some of the benefits wireless devices have to offer. (more…)
How often does something tick you off? Has a family member or co-worker caused you to feel frustrated, maybe to the point where you lost your cool? Perhaps saying things in anger that you regretted afterwards? Have you ever been angry but talked yourself out of expressing the anger because you felt it would be wrong, that it wouldn’t be very polite, “Christian” or “spiritually minded” to do so? In this article I want to address some misconceptions about anger and how it is actually possible for anger to be a positive thing in your life. (more…)
We experience the world with our 5 senses: seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching. Particularly our sense of sight and touch lead us to believe that we live in a concrete, material, mechanistic world. When we observe the events of our lives, they may appear to be very random. Sometimes it appears that we don’t have any input or control at all regarding what happens to us. However, what if I were to tell you that our focus and intention actually do help to shape and create our lives? What if I told that there is more here than meets the eye? In this article, I want to share some mind blowing research as well as some practical action steps that can help us be more conscious creators and manifestors. (more…)
I’m a huge fan of the TV show “The Big Bang Theory”. For followers of the show, you know that Sheldon drives Penny crazy with his obsessive 3 part knocking on her door: knock, knock, knock, “Penny”, knock, knock, knock, “Penny”, knock, knock, knock, “Penny”. So in one episode, Penny teases Sheldon by saying “Who do we love?” as he’s knocking so it goes, “Who do we love?”, “Penny”, “Who do we love?”, “Penny”, “Who do we love?”, “Penny”. Then she opens the door with a big smile on her face.
All joking aside, who do we love? It’s easy to come up with a list of people we don’t like and who drive us crazy. It may be co-workers, family members or an ex-spouse or partner. Ironically, the people we do love are often the ones we take for granted. However, what I would like to explore in this article is the one key person we usually don’t love enough and they’re involved in every single relationship we have! (more…)