HI, MOTHER NATURE, I’M BACK!

What prompted me to focus on nature this month is that I have been spending way too much time indoors, especially over the winter. Between working at the clinic and then spending computer time writing, doing social media, preparing for speaking engagements and even going to movies with friends, I have definitely been spending a disproportionate amount of time inside. Even though I love spending time in nature, I still don’t get outside enough! And, I know I’m not alone in this. Research shows that between being in buildings and vehicles, people spend about 93% of their time indoors! So, I decided to start a 365 Day #HiMotherNatureI’mBack Challenge! Join us on Facebook and Twitter and share what outdoor nature activities you’ve been doing. Check out the video to see what amazing health benefits await you, your family and friends.

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DRIVEN OR INSPIRED: WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

(c)Jennifer Harrison

(c)Jennifer Harrison

Have you ever been working out at the gym and you notice two people each using a treadmill? They’re both running at a moderate pace, earbuds in place listening to, presumably, their favourite tunes. From the outside looking in, they both look almost identical. However, do you ever wonder what’s going on in their minds while they work out? One person may be totally focused on losing weight so that they look good for their job in sales or maybe they’re worried that if they let a few pounds creep on their spouse won’t find them attractive anymore. The other person may be feeling grateful and pleased that they are staying committed to their health and happiness goals, of which working out regularly is a key part. While they look similar on the outside, what’s going on inside may be totally different. The first person is clearly driven while the second person is inspired. What difference does that make, you ask? It makes all the difference in the world! In this article I’m going to further outline the difference between being driven versus being inspired and I will help you to identify this within yourself. I will also go over the bodymind health risks of always being driven and the health benefits of coming from a place of inspiration. Finally, I will show you the action steps to take so that you can consciously create an inspired life. (more…)

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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

(c) Jennifer Harrison

(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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